Barbarian Hammer of the Ancients GR Build With Legacy of Dreams

Last updated on Aug 26, 2022 at 10:00 by Deadset 11 comments

Welcome to our build guide for HotA GR LoD Barbarian in Diablo 3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know to play this build at the highest level. This build is updated for Patch 2.7.4 and Season 27.

1.

Introduction

With a slew of mighty Hammer of the Ancients and the Fire element at his side, the Barbarian can utilize the adaptable Legacy of Dreams bonuses for a powerful Hammer of the Ancients build that drops clunky set mechanics for a simpler, to-the-point playstyle.

2.

Quick Reference

2.1.

Skill Setup

The basic skill setup of the LoD HotA Barbarian is displayed below. Read the dedicated Skills page for detailed information on choices, alternatives, and build customization.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Furious Charge Icon Furious Charge Merciless Assault Merciless Assault Right Mouse Button Hammer of the Ancients Icon Hammer of the Ancients Smash Smash 1 Call of the Ancients Icon Call of the Ancients Together as One Together as One 2 Battle Rage Icon Battle Rage Bloodshed Bloodshed 3 Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain Ignorance is Bliss Ignorance is Bliss 4 Wrath of the Berserker Icon Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity
Passive Skills
2.2.

Gear Setup

The required gear setup for the LoD HotA Barbarian is listed below. Check the Gear page for detailed information on choices, alternatives, gemming, Kanai's Cube and Paragon distribution.

2.2.1.

Angelic Crucible Sanctification

Season 27 comes with the theme of Angelic Crucibles — consumable items that empower Legendary items with perfected Ancient-level stats, as well as infuse them with one of three unique, powerful, class-specific abilities at random. For this build, both the Whirlwind Whirlwind and Hammer of the Ancients Hammer of the Ancients Sanctifications are viable and important to consider. For high endgame pushing of Greater Rifts, where you're testing the build to its upper limits, the pulling utility of the Whirlwind Sanctification edges over its competitors. Thus, for high-end soloing endgame, we recommend substituting Ignore Pain Ignore Pain from the regular build and using Whirlwind Whirlwind Dust Devils Dust Devils to proc the following power:

  • Whirlwind Sanctification: Whirlwind pulls in and holds all enemies within 25 yards.

However, you will also be using the build in content where pulling is less of a concern, such as Echoing Nightmares and solo speed GRs. In these scenarios, you should use the regular build described above, and opt for the Hammer of the Ancients Sanctification instead:

  • Hammer of the Ancients Sanctification: Hammer of the Ancients hits in all directions around the Barbarian. Every tenth cast of Hammer of the Ancients unleashes a powerful shockwave.

Use Angelic Crucibles on an item that crosses over most (if not all) variants of a build, and is also an item that is relatively harder to perfect than other slots (since sanctifying an item maximizes its stats). In the case of this build, good candidates for Sanctification are Remorseless Remorseless and Bracers of the First Men Bracers of the First Men.

You can read more on Angelic Crucibles and the sanctification process in our dedicated Angelic Crucible Mechanics guide.

2.3.

Legendary Gems

2.4.

Kanai's Cube

3.

Changelog

  • 26 Aug. 2022 (gear page): Added Season 27 Angelic Crucible recommendations.
  • 26 Aug. 2022 (skills page): Skills and passives reviewed for Season 27.
  • 26 Aug. 2022 (this page): Added Season 27 Angelic Crucible recommendations.
  • 13 Apr. 2022 (this page): Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 13 Apr. 2022 (skills page): Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 13 Apr. 2022 (gear page): Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 09 Dec. 2021 (skills page): Reviewed for Season 25.
  • 09 Dec. 2021 (this page): Added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
  • 09 Dec. 2021 (gear page): Added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
  • 22 Jul. 2021 (this page): Added S24 Ethereal recommendation.
  • 22 Jul. 2021 (skills page): No changes required for Season 24.
  • 22 Jul. 2021 (gear page): Added S24 Ethereal recommendation.
  • 31 Mar. 2021 (this page): Revised gear recommendations and added a follower recommendation.
  • 31 Mar. 2021 (skills page): No changes required for Season 23.
  • 31 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Revised gear recommendations and added a follower recommendation.
  • 18 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Added S22 Cube recommendation.
  • 18 Nov. 2020 (this page): Added S22 Cube recommendation.
  • 18 Nov. 2020 (skills page): Reviewed for Season 22. No changes required.
  • 30 Jun. 2020 (skills page): No changes required for Season 21.
  • 30 Jun. 2020 (this page): No changes required for Season 21.
  • 30 Jun. 2020 (gear page): No changes required for Season 21.
  • 12 Mar. 2020 (skills page): No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 12 Mar. 2020 (gear page): No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 12 Mar. 2020 (this page): No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 19 Nov. 2019 (skills page): Guide revised and updated for Season 19.
  • 19 Nov. 2019 (gear page): Guide revised and updated for Season 19.
  • 19 Nov. 2019 (this page): Guide revised and updated for Season 19.
  • 22 Aug. 2019 (this page): Revised skill and item recommendations for Season 18.
  • 22 Aug. 2019 (gear page): Revised skill and item recommendations for Season 18.
  • 22 Aug. 2019 (skills page): Revised skill recommendations for Season 18.
  • 13 May 2019 (gear page): Guide added.
  • 13 May 2019 (skills page): Guide added.
  • 13 May 2019 (this page): Guide added.
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