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Barbarian HotA Build with Immortal King

Last updated on Nov 16, 2017 at 21:08 by Deadset 95 comments

Table of Contents

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 2.6.1 and Season 12.

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 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.

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

3.2. Legendary Gems

3.3. Kanai's Cube

4. Role in the Current Meta

This build is ranked as a High Tier solo pushing build for its class in the current Season. If high leaderboard position without strict adherence to the meta is attractive to you, consider using this build.

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. Reading Further

To go in-depth on the skills, passives, itemization, gemming and variations to get the most out of this build, follow these pages:

  • Skills and Runes: exhaustive breakdown of the skill and passive choices, along with synergies, rotation and breakpoints (if applicable);
  • Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points: detailed explanations of BiS gear, stat priorities, gemming (both regular and legendary), rerolling and breakpoints (if applicable);
  • Raekor Variation Variation: Hammer of the Ancients Raekor variation for endgame pushing;
  • Speed Farming Variation: Hammer of the Ancients variation for endgame speed farming;
  • Follower Guide: for more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our guide, which contains detailed advice on choosing the skills and the gear of your companion.

About the Author

This build is presented to you by Deadset, one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on Youtube and streams on Twitch, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.

6. ChangeLog

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  • 16 Nov. 2017 (raekor variation variant page): Added the build variant.
  • 16 Nov. 2017 (this page): Added the Raekor build variation for GR progress.
  • 31 Oct. 2017 (speed farming variant page): Changed wording in some place to be in sync with the main build.
  • 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 (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.
  • 26 Jun. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for 2.6 and moved to new format.
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