Barbarian HotA Build with Immortal King or Raekor

Last updated on Jan 27, 2019 at 09:00 by Deadset 20 comments
General Information

Welcome to our build guide for HotA 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 2.6.4 and Season 16.

General Information

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 either the Immortal King or Raekor sets, 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 available in two Greater Rift solo progression variants (with the Immortal King or with the Raekor set), as well as a regular Rift farming variation, explained in that order.

2. Quick Reference

2.1. Skill Setup

The basic skill setup of the HotA Barbarian is displayed below. Read the dedicated Skills page for detailed information on choices, alternatives and build customization. There is also a dedicated Raekor Variation page for the necessary skill alterations.

3. Builds

Greater Rift IK Solo Greater Rift Raekor Solo Speedfarming Variation
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 War Cry Icon War Cry Veteran's Warning Veteran's Warning 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
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Furious Charge Icon Furious Charge Battering Ram Battering Ram Right Mouse Button Hammer of the Ancients Icon Hammer of the Ancients Smash Smash 1 Battle Rage Icon Battle Rage Bloodshed Bloodshed 2 Ancient Spear Icon Ancient Spear Rage Flip Rage Flip 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
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 Ferocity Ferocity 2 War Cry Icon War Cry Veteran's Warning Veteran's Warning 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

3.1. 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. It also includes detailed explanations for Season 16 adjustments. Also take a look at the dedicated Raekor Variation page for the high tier pushing alteration to this base build.

3.2. Legendary Gems

3.3. Kanai's Cube

4. Role in the Current Meta

This build is ranked as a Top Tier solo pushing build for its class in the current Season.

This build is oriented mostly at solo Rifting (Greater and Normal). Due to its mediocre mobility on long distances, it is not recommended for Bounties. It is also not recommended for group Greater Rifts past the point where every party member can handle the content on his own.

5. Changelog

  • 27 Jan. 2019 (raekor variant page): Adjusted the Raekor variation to better reflect the current meta.
  • 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 (gear page): Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
  • 17 Jan. 2019 (this page): Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Season 16.
  • 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 (raekor variant page): Added the build variant.
  • 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).
  • 31 Oct. 2017 (speed farming variant page): Changed wording in some place to be in sync with the main build.
  • 26 Jun. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for 2.6 and moved to new format.
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