Barbarian HotA Build with Immortal King

Last updated on Nov 19, 2019 at 23:05 by Deadset 34 comments

Welcome to our build guide for HotA IK 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 2.6.7 and Season 19.

For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our follower guide, which contains detailed advice on choosing the skills and the gear of your companion.

1.

Introduction

Empowered by the Immortal King set, this Barbarian build emphasizes melee devastation and pulverizes his enemies to the ground with Hammer of the Ancients Hammer of the Ancients, while maintaining a vast array of buffs and warriors at his side. This agile, face-to-face burst damage build is geared towards Greater Rift solo progression, but we also have a speed farming variant of it.

2.

HotA Raekor Barbarian Build

This HotA IK Barbarian Build used to have a Raekor variation, but it eventually grew into a competitive build of its own, which you can access using the link below.

3.

Quick Reference

3.1.

Skill Setup

The basic skill setup of the IK 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 Battle Rage Icon Battle Rage Bloodshed Bloodshed 2 Threatening Shout Icon Threatening Shout Falter Falter 3 Wrath of the Berserker Icon Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity 4 Call of the Ancients Icon Call of the Ancients Together as One Together as One
Passive Skills
3.2.

Gear Setup

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

3.3.

Legendary Gems

3.4.

Kanai's Cube

4.

Changelog

  • 19 Nov. 2019 (gear page): Revised and update for Season 19.
  • 19 Nov. 2019 (skills page): Revised and update for Season 19.
  • 19 Nov. 2019 (this page): Revised and update for Season 19.
  • 28 Aug. 2019 (this page): Revised recommendations for the Raekor and speedfarming versions of the build.
  • 22 Aug. 2019 (gear page): Item recommendations were revised for Season 18.
  • 22 Aug. 2019 (skills page): Skill selection was clarified for Season 18.
  • 22 Aug. 2019 (this page): Item recommendations were revised for Season 18.
  • 13 May 2019 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 13 May 2019 (skills page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 13 May 2019 (gear page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 27 Jan. 2019 (this page): Introduced minor improvements to the guide and adjusted the Raekor variant according to the meta.
  • 27 Jan. 2019 (skills page): Minor revision to the passive selection options.
  • 17 Jan. 2019 (this page): Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Season 16.
  • 17 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
  • 16 Jan. 2019 (skills page): Information was reviewed and approved for Season 16 with no changes required.
  • 20 Sep. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 15.
  • 14 Jun. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 14.
  • 16 Nov. 2017 (this page): Added the Raekor build variation for GR progress.
  • 31 Oct. 2017 (this page): Overhaul of the guide to reflect the 2.6.1 buffs that made this build the best build of the season for Barbarians.
  • 31 Oct. 2017 (gear page): Changed the weapon recommendation to a dual setup with The Istvan's Paired Blades replacing The Gavel of Judgment (which is now cubed).
  • 26 Jun. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for 2.6 and moved to new format.
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