Frenzy HotNS Barbarian Greater Rift Speed Farming Variation
Horde of the Ninety Savages Frenzy Barbarian GR Speed Farming Variation
The HotNS Frenzy Barbarian is a capable build for Greater Rift Speed Farming, lagging only slightly behind the more dominant Whirlwind/Rend Build. The build variation suffers from the minor inconvenience of being a predominantly single target build, but with the correct playstyle (mostly ignoring trash and focusing down elite after elite), it handles the task with ease.
During lower tier Greater Rift farming, the balance between defense, damage and utility can be shifted to favor the latter two aspects of character building.
|Frenzy Berserk Furious Charge Cold Rush 1 War Cry Veteran's Warning 2 Threatening Shout Falter 3 Battle Rage Bloodshed 4 Wrath of the Berserker Insanity|
When you are Speed Farming Greater Rifts, your playstyle should at least partially reflect the circumstances by focusing on massive pulls, generic bonuses against enemies and chaining pylon effects.
During speed farming, you are allowed much more liberal use of Wrath of the Berserker; you can pop it as soon as you enter the Rift and keep it up pretty much indefinitely thanks to the powers of In-geom. Aside from WotB, keep up your usual build rotation of War Cry, Threatening Shout and Battle Rage up at all times as your staple buffs and debuffs over the enemy hordes. The remainder of the core rotation executes identically to the progression build; you will be using Furious Charge to jump from pack to pack (with some notable rune alterations — see below), and quickly whittling down priority targets with Frenzy. Due to the single target nature and In-geom proc dependency of this build, always keep in mind to focus on elites and very dense trash packs, largely ignoring stragglers on your way as they will only slow down your runs.
Adapting Skills and Passives
Parts of the skill and passive selection will overlap with the base Greater Rift progression build, but others will have to change according to the task at hand. Ability to cross over great distances faster and more efficiently take precedence.
- Frenzy is still your main damage dealer, but since you will be dropping progression-oriented weaponry like The Burning Axe of Sankis (and losing the elemental damage bonus as consequence) for In-geom (see gearing section below) you can change from the Fire rune Maniac to any one you like. For the sake of example, we have swapped to the Cold rune Berserk and have specced out the build for Cold damage, though it should be noted that you receive all rune effects regardless, due to The Undisputed Champion.
- Furious Charge retains its role as a movement skill. You have some freedom of choice when it comes to the rune; if you do not trust your dominance over the current content to ensure an uninterrupted streak of In-geom procs, you can stick to the self-sufficient cooldown-resetting powers of the rune Merciless Assault. Otherwise, we suggest that you alter to the rune Cold Rush for an instant proc of the Savages 2-piece set bonus, so you immediately deal the full damage of your Frenzy slashes; In-geom should cover for your reliably available mobility.
- Battle Rage Bloodshed, Threatening Shout Falter and War Cry Impunity are all kept as valuable and consistent buffs to your damage and survivability.
- Wrath of the Berserker Insanity is still part of your skill lineup, and will have much higher uptime due to In-geom. Of course, that depends on the gear setup — there are speed farming variants for relatively higher GRs that omit In-geom and play around the WotB downtime.
- You will retain the vast majority of your passive lineup from the solo GR progression build. Boon of Bul-Kathos is still quite useful for WotB uptime even with In-geom present, while Rampage and Berserker Rage are consistent and straightforward damage buffs for a generator build in speed farming.
- You will maintain a large part of your progression passive lineup, with Rampage providing a massive damage and toughness mutliplicative increase (due to Strength scaling), Berserker Rage providing consistent DPS boost because of your full Fury reserve, and Boon of Bul-Kathos cutting your ever so valuable Wrath of the Berserker cooldown shorter. Since you will not be running a setup with an axe in your mainhand, you should alter the Weapons Master passive to Brawler for a better damage bonus.
Most of the gear from the Greater Rift progression build will still make sense for speed farming, but a few variations will be necessary in order to maximize your productivity and momentum during regular Rift clears.
The Horde of the Ninety Savages set is still worn almost in its entirety, but it is recommended that you use 2 pieces of the craftable Aughild's Authority set, in order to capitalize on your elite fighting prowess and snowball your performance throughout the rift; the loss of life sustain items should be negligible during speed GR farming. Of course, this necessitates the use of Ring of Royal Grandeur in your jewelry Cube slot to complete the 6-piece HotNS bonus.
During standard rift speed farming, the timing and positioning-reliant bonuses of the Endless Walk set and Convention of Elements are greatly diminished in usefulness. You can still use this jewelry split, but will be slower and only suitable when you explore the upper GR limits of your speed farming. In their place, we suggest wearing a combination of Squirt's Necklace, Convention of Elements and a Band of Might. Squirt's Necklace is a glass cannon staple which doubles your damage with a separate multiplier, but has considerable drawbacks — requirement not to get hit and a penalty of increased damage taken if you do. You will offset these drawbacks with the shield of Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard lvl 25 bonus, and the combination of control you apply to the enemies plus your tremendous kill speed in GRs. Convention of Elements rotates through the elemental damage bonuses available to your class and dictates your playstyle around the spike of damage during your chosen element. Band of Might is a massive source of damage reduction with the trivial requirement of using Furious Charge on a regular (sub-8 seconds) basis.
To ensure very high uptime of Wrath of the Berserker during speed farming, you should drop the usual suspects for solo GR progression — The Burning Axe of Sankis and Azurewrath — and use an In-geom. The cooldown reduction upon elite kill powers of this legendary sword directly correspond to the elite hunting playstyle of the build. Note that if you decide to test the upper GR speed farming limits of the build, you can drop In-geom and play around the WotB downtime, switching to the Endless Walk set and arming yourself with an Echoing Fury — Oathkeeper combo.
To help you with farming the gear you need for your builds, we have two very useful guides that you can access by clicking the links below: a Salvage Guide to help you quickly check whether or not you can safely salvage a piece of gear and a Legendary Farming Guide to help you efficiently farm legendaries and set items.
When using Squirt's Necklace, you will have to introduce a shielding layer of protection in order to maximize its bonus. The most convenient way for most builds to do so, including this one, is to socket a Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard as a legendary gem. Its level 25 bonus provides a Life Regeneration-scaling absorption shield after not taking damage for 4 seconds, and is rather easy to keep up with the crowd control capabilities of this build. If you are playing an Endless Walk version of this build, simply swap this slot out for the other speed farming staple, Bane of the Powerful.
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For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.
Adapting Kanai's Cube
In order to maintain the 6-piece bonus of the Horde of the Ninety Savages set and the 3-piece Aughild's Authority set bonuses, you will need to slot a Ring of Royal Grandeur in the jewelry Cube slot.
The Kanai's Cube can be used for much more than simply extracting Legendary powers from items. Please refer to our Kanai's Cube guide for more information.
The recommended follower for this build during speed Greater Rift farming is the Enchantress due to her utility-laden arsenal of skills, and especially her cooldown reduction bonus, which assists your significant CDR needs during farming. Her balance of increasing survivability while also improving damage makes her an excellent choice during speed farming of any kind.
For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our Follower Guide, which contains detailed advice for choosing the skills and the gear of your follower.
You have two viable potion options for this build; either lean into extra health sustain with Bottomless Potion of the Leech for its Life per Hit bonuses, or try to compensate for your lack of permanent CC immunity due to lesser WotB uptime with Bottomless Potion of the Unfettered.
- 06 Apr. 2021: Variation added.
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