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Barbarian Whirlwind Build With Wrath of the Wastes

Last updated on Jun 26, 2017 at 11:34 by Deadset 146 comments

Table of Contents

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 and Season 11.

1. Introduction

This end game Barbarian build elevates the power of the Wrath of the Wastes set to the next level with synergistic weapon sets — either the tankier, safer Istvan's Paired Blades or 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.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Ground Stomp Icon Ground Stomp Wrenching Smash Wrenching Smash Right Mouse Button Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind Wind Shear Wind Shear 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 Swords to Ploughshares Swords to Ploughshares 4 War Cry Icon War Cry Veteran's Warning Veteran's Warning
Passive Skills

2.2. 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.

2.3. Legendary Gems

2.4. Kanai's Cube

3. Role in the Current Meta

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

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.

4. 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);
  • Speed Farming Variation: Whirlwind 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.

5. ChangeLog

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  • 26 Jun. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for 2.6 and moved to new format.
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