Frenzy HotNS Barbarian Nephalem Rift Speed Farming Variation

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Horde of the Ninety Savages Frenzy Barbarian T16 Key Farming Variation

The HotNS Frenzy Barbarian is a capable build for Normal Rift and Bounty farming all the way through the highest Torment difficulties. 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. We have solo speed GR rankings and solo speed T16 rankings if you want to know more about which builds are best for speed farming.

Within the limited scope of regular difficulties, the necessary damage and toughness to triumph over the enemy is significantly smaller. Thus, your best course of action is to improve utility and speed.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Frenzy Icon Frenzy Vanguard Vanguard Right Mouse Button Furious Charge Icon Furious Charge Merciless Assault Merciless Assault 1 War Cry Icon War Cry Veteran's Warning Veteran's Warning 2 Sprint Icon Sprint Marathon Marathon 3 Battle Rage Icon Battle Rage Ferocity Ferocity 4 Wrath of the Berserker Icon Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity
Passive Skills

Adapting Rotation

When you are speed farming regular rifts, parts of your playstyle will adapt to the lowered challenge and focus more on speed and utility.

During speed farming, you are allowed much more liberal use of Wrath of the Berserker 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 In-geom. Aside from WotB, keep up War Cry War Cry and Battle Rage Battle Rage up at all times as your staple buffs, and reapply Sprint Sprint as soon as it falls off. The remainder of the core rotation stays the same; you will be using Furious Charge Furious Charge to jump between packs and one-shotting the priority target with one or two quick Frenzy Frenzy slashes. Due to the single target nature and In-geom 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 Frenzy is still your main damage dealer, but since you will be dropping progression-oriented weaponry like Azurewrath Azurewrath (and losing the elemental damage bonus as consequence) for In-geom In-geom (see gearing section below) you can change from the Cold rune Berserk Berserk or the Fire rune Maniac Maniac to any one you like. For the sake of example, we have swapped to Vanguard Vanguard, though it should be noted you receive all rune effects regardless, due to The Undisputed Champion The Undisputed Champion.
  • Furious Charge Furious Charge retains its role as a movement skill, along with the cooldown-resetting powers of the rune Merciless Assault Merciless Assault.
  • Battle Rage Battle Rage is present in the speed farming build as well, but the rune is swapped from the progression-oriented Bloodshed Bloodshed to the extra movement speed of Ferocity Ferocity.
  • When you are solo speed farming, use the slot usually occupied by Threatening Shout Threatening Shout for the short bursts of speed from Sprint Sprint Marathon Marathon — useful when there is no one to Furious Charge Furious Charge to, and especially so in Bounties.
  • War Cry War Cry stays in the build not so much for its defensive properties (although they are welcome), but for its speed farming synergy from a cubed or worn Chilanik's Chain Chilanik's Chain — providing a substantial, party-wide movement speed buff.
  • Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity is still part of your skill lineup, and will have much higher uptime due to In-geom In-geom.
  • You will retain the vast majority of your passive lineup from the solo GR progression build.Boon of Bul-Kathos Boon of Bul-Kathos is still quite useful for WotB uptime even with In-geom In-geom present, while Rampage Rampage and Berserker Rage Berserker Rage are consistent and straightforward damage buffs for a generator build in speed farming.
  • If you feel you confidently overpower the chosen difficulty, you can take off the excessive damage of Ruthless Ruthless (or the defense of Nerves of Steel Nerves of Steel, depending on your choice) for the extra movement speed of Pound of Flesh Pound of Flesh, which synergizes excellently with Avarice Band Avarice Band.

Adapting Gear

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 the Depth Diggers Depth Diggers legendary pants as a worn piece (instead of cubed, as in the progression version). They replace the Leggings of Savages Leggings of Savages and necessitate the use of Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur in your jewelry Cube slot to complete the 6-piece HotNS bonus. This change however nets you a valuable armor Cube slot for utility bonuses — see the Cube section below.

During standard rift speed farming, the timing and positioning-reliant bonuses of the Endless Walk set is greatly diminished in usefulness. In its place, try wearing a combination of an Avarice Band Avarice Band (or Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny) and a Band of Might Band of Might. Avarice Band Avarice Band is an Act III bounty cache legendary ring that increases your gold and health globe pickup radius as you pick up gold, stacking to the massive, half-screen circle of 30 yards — all for a generous 10 second duration. Its legendary power will greatly assist you in maintaining the movespeed bonuses from both Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder and Pound of Flesh Pound of Flesh. Starting in Patch 2.7 however, your chosen follower can wear this ring and emanate its power to your character, meaning you get its powers for free. As such, your next best choice is Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny, whose Fear-based speed proc (and innate Fear on hit roll, making it proc itself) will make your runs even faster.

Lastly, complete the jewelry with a Hellfire Amulet of Strength Hellfire Amulet of Strength (with Ruthless Ruthless) in solo play, or with The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time in groups. The latter doubles the duration of Pylon pickups, which in most speed farming cases covers for a third to half of a rift clear, further smoothing out runs. It is not recommended in solo play simply because it can be worn by the follower and emanated onto you.

During low tier GRs or normal rift speedruns in solo play, an optimized character can avoid the overkill of toughness in the bracer slot by swapping to Warzechian Armguards Warzechian Armguards for the additional environment destruction-based speed boost. The usual recommendation, Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers, can be worn by the follower starting from Patch 2.7, but should still be taken by the character themselves in group play.

In order to ensure very high uptime of Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker during speed farming, you should drop the Azurewrath Azurewrath recommendation from the progression build and use an In-geom In-geom. The cooldown reduction upon elite kill powers of this legendary sword directly correspond to the elite hunting playstyle of this build. For the most part of character progression, your other weapon should still be Oathkeeper Oathkeeper for the significant damage bonuses it provides. Note however that a high Paragon, optimized gear character can afford to drop Oathkeeper Oathkeeper in favor of Echoing Fury Echoing Fury to enhance the uptime of Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny. The Fear proc synergy between those two items will further amplify your mobility.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
  1. Strength
  2. Socket
  3. Crit Chance
  4. Vitality
  5. Crowd Control Reduction (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  1. Strength
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Area Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  1. Strength
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. All Resistance
  4. Elite Damage Reduction
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Elemental Damage acc. to Frenzy rune
  4. Vitality or Life per Hit
  5. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
  1. Strength (or Area Damage at high Paragon)
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Stun on Hit % (Secondary Stat)
  1. Strength
  2. Frenzy Skill %
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Freeze on Hit % (Secondary Stat)
  1. Strength
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Frenzy Skill %
  4. Vitality
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Armor
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Elemental Damage acc. to Frenzy rune
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Strength
  6. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Average Damage or Area Damage
Weapon #1
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. High Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Attack Speed (on Oathkeeper Oathkeeper)
  6. Freeze/Stun/Fear on Hit (Secondary Stat)
Weapon #2
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. High Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Attack Speed (on Oathkeeper Oathkeeper)
  6. Freeze/Stun/Fear on Hit (Secondary Stat)

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.


Altar of Rites

The former Season 28 theme, the Altar of Rites, has been revised and re-added to Diablo 3 as a permanent character progression mechanic. — For virtually all builds and players of all skill levels — from casual to advanced — we recommend progressing through the Altar tree using the path outlined below. The suggested path is geared towards maximum quality of life first, then amplifying damage, and then mopping up the tree with defensive and edge case utility nodes.

Note that while they require reaching them with a Seal, Legendary Potion Powers are not part of the Seal cost system; Potions unlock with a separate resource called Primordial Ashes, obtained from salvaging Legendary or Set items of Primal (red bordered) quality. Upgrade them as soon as possible, and in the order shown below (courtesy of Caleko's Altar of Rites planner).

Altar of Rites Planner

You can read more on the Altar of Rites, Seals and Legendary Potion Powers in our dedicated Altar of Rites Mechanics guide.


Adapting Gems

Simplicity's Strength Simplicity's Strength remains a universally desired damage amplification gem for Primary skill-focused builds.

Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder is a great speed farming inclusion, as it increases both your gold income (necessary for empowering GRs) as well as your movement speed.

Early on in character progression, you can use Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped for its solid damage increase against targets under the effects of crowd control. Once you are confident in your damage output however, it is advisable to change into Wreath of Lightning Wreath of Lightning simply for its level 25 movement speed increase, further smoothing out farming runs.

Slot Gems
Torso and Pants

For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.


Adapting Kanai's Cube

Tucked away in the cube, Bastion's Revered Bastion's Revered offers a key legendary effect for the build — the extension of Frenzy Frenzy stacks from 5 to 10. The result is a whopping 150% increase to Frenzy Frenzy attack speed at cap, as well as a 25% damage buff from Maniac Maniac and 50% additional movement speed from Vanguard Vanguard.

As outlined above, taking Depth Diggers Depth Diggers into your worn item selection frees up this slot for the substantial movement speed increase of Chilanik's Chain Chilanik's Chain. Its legendary powers trigger when using War Cry War Cry, necessitating that you pop it at least once every 10 seconds to maintain the solid, party-wide MS buff. During solo play, or if you do not particularly care to boost your speed further than the skill and worn item recommendations, you can slot Goldwrap Goldwrap here for its synergy with Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder and the Avarice Band Avarice Band worn by the follower, and enjoy near-invulnerability as you farm content that drops gold.

In order to balance the 6-piece bonus of the Horde of the Ninety Savages set with the aforementioned speed farming prerequisites, you will need to slot a Ring of Royal Grandeur 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 T16 rift farming for keys 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.


Legendary Potion

You have two viable potion options for this build; either lean into extra health sustain with Bottomless Potion of the Leech 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 Bottomless Potion of the Unfettered.



  • 10 Apr. 2024: Guide reviewed for Season 31.
  • 08 Jan. 2024: Revised guide for the permanent addition of the Altar of Rites, and added Season-specific Soul Shard recommendations.
  • 13 Sep. 2023: Added Season 29 Paragon Cap and Gearing recommendations.
  • 22 Feb. 2023: Added Season 28 Altar of Rites recommendations.
  • 26 Aug. 2022: Added Season 27 Angelic Crucible recommendations.
  • 10 Apr. 2022: Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 09 Dec. 2021: Added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
  • 22 Jul. 2021: Added recommendations for Season 24 ethereal weapon.
  • 06 Apr. 2021: Minor clarifications and fixes.
  • 28 Mar. 2021: Revised itemization choices to accommodate follower changes.
  • 18 Nov. 2020: Revised rune and weaponry choices. Added S22 Cube recommendation.
  • 30 Jun. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
  • 07 Mar. 2020: Page added.
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