Barbarian Whirlwind Build With Wrath of the Wastes

Last updated on Jan 20, 2019 at 09:00 by Deadset 25 comments
General Information

Welcome to our build guide for Whirlwind Wastes 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.

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

This end game Barbarian build elevates the power of the Wrath of the Wastes set to the next level with its synergistic weapon set, the agile and adaptable Bul-Kathos's Oath. The build is available in both Greater Rift solo progression and regular Rift farming variations, explained in that order.

2. Quick Reference

2.1. Skill Setup

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

3. Builds

Greater Rift Solo Progress Speedfarming Variation
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Ancient Spear Icon Ancient Spear Rage Flip Rage Flip Right Mouse Button Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind Blood Funnel Blood Funnel 1 Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain Ignorance is Bliss Ignorance is Bliss 2 Wrath of the Berserker Icon Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity 3 Battle Rage Icon Battle Rage Bloodshed Bloodshed 4 War Cry Icon War Cry Impunity Impunity
Passive Skills
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Furious Charge Icon Furious Charge Merciless Assault Merciless Assault Right Mouse Button Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind Hurricane Hurricane 1 Sprint Icon Sprint Marathon Marathon 2 Wrath of the Berserker Icon Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity 3 Battle Rage Icon Battle Rage Ferocity Ferocity 4 War Cry Icon War Cry Veteran's Warning Veteran's Warning
Passive Skills

3.1. Gear Setup

The required gear setup for the Whirlwind 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.

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 is a versatile build, able to handle all three major activities in the game (Greater Rifts, Normal Rifts and Bounties) with the adjustments outlined in this guide. It is not recommended for group Greater Rifts past the point where every party member can handle the content on his own.

5. Changelog

  • 20 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added a small clarification on stat priority for the rings to better reflect the possible rolls on the Zodiac ring.
  • 16 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
  • 16 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.
  • 26 Nov. 2017 (skills page): Revisited the skills to reflect the build switching from the Istvan's Paired Blades to the Bul-Kathos's Oath set.
  • 26 Nov. 2017 (this page): Revised the build's weaponry composition to better reflect 2.6.1 buffs.
  • 26 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Switched from the Istvan's Paired Blades to the Bul-Kathos's Oath set.
  • 31 Oct. 2017 (this page): No changes necessary for Patch 2.6.1, but the changes to other builds made this one drop from Top tier to Mid tier.
  • 26 Jun. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for 2.6 and moved to new format.
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