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Barbarian Horde of the Ninety Savages Fresh 70 Starter Build (Patch 2.7.6 / Season 29)

Last updated on Sep 15, 2023 at 09:00 by Deadset 38 comments

This build is a starter build for fresh Level 70 Barbarians who have access to the Horde of the Ninety Savages set.

This guide is part of our Barbarian Seasonal Progress Guide, which also includes a leveling build and other early builds for fresh 70 characters.


Fresh 70 Build

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Frenzy Icon Frenzy Smite Smite Right Mouse Button Seismic Slam Icon Seismic Slam Permafrost Permafrost 1 Furious Charge Icon Furious Charge Merciless Assault Merciless Assault 2 War Cry Icon War Cry Veteran's Warning Veteran's Warning 3 Threatening Shout Icon Threatening Shout Falter Falter 4 Battle Rage Icon Battle Rage Ferocity Ferocity
Passive Skills

How to Play the Build: Skills and Rotation

The presented Horde of the Ninety Savages starter build nudges you towards a Frenzy Frenzy-centric setup, but early on — especially as you gather the HotNS set from Haedrig's Gifts for example — you will not have much Frenzy synergy and bonuses to rely on. Nevertheless, you should get used to your main damage dealer for later, so you will be taking Frenzy Frenzy Smite Smite for the stun proc (note the doubled damage against crowd controlled enemies from the 2-piece bonus).

Due to the doubled effectiveness of Shouts in HotNS-based builds (again, as early as the 2-piece bonus), you will be incorporating all three that make an appearance in the endgame build as well. War Cry War Cry Veteran's Warning Veteran's Warning will add massive Dodge chance to improve your survivability, Battle Rage Battle Rage Ferocity Ferocity will improve your speed, and Threatening Shout Threatening Shout Falter Falter will enfeeble your enemies, making them more susceptible to your damage.

Mobility is always in demand, whether you are first constructing your build, or you are pushing into the endgame. To that end, you will be taking the Barbarian staple Furious Charge Furious Charge with the cooldown resetting powers of the Merciless Assault Merciless Assault rune. Its self-sufficiency will allow you to focus on improving offense and defense for your beginner character.

Last but certainly not least; as we mentioned, Frenzy Frenzy will grow into a powerhouse as you gather the full set and its dedicated supporting legendaries, but early on you will do well to include a highly damaging Fury spender to supplement your damage. The usual recommendations are Hammer of the Ancients Hammer of the Ancients Smash Smash or Seismic Slam Seismic Slam Permafrost Permafrost; the reason is because they both have easy-to-gamble supporting legendaries that you can insert in the Cube an demolish low tier content with. Bracers of the First Men Bracers of the First Men will allow you a HotA-based variant, while Bracers of Destruction Bracers of Destruction will allow you the Seismic Slam Seismic Slam Permafrost Permafrost variant presented above.

Your passives will partially support the beginner state of the build (via the cheat death Nerves of Steel Nerves of Steel), but will also harken to your endgame potential — with Inspiring Presence Inspiring Presence working in synergy with the Shout augmentation of the set, and DPS passives like Ruthless Ruthless and Rampage Rampage inflating the damage all the way to the endgame.


Gear and Builds Using This Set

The build above is specifically created not to require any additional sets or legendary items. In order to transition to a late game-oriented spec using the same set, we have a rough list of high priority items to obtain, as well as a link to the build they pertain to.



  • 15 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Season 29.
  • 22 Feb. 2023: Reviewed for Season 28.
  • 10 Dec. 2021: Reviewed for Season 25.
  • 23 Jul. 2021: Reviewed for Season 24.
  • 02 Apr. 2021: Reviewed for Season 23.
  • 20 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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