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Frenzy HotNS Barbarian Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Mar 07, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 13 comments

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Frenzy HotNS Barbarian. Updated for patch 2.6.8 and Season 20.

1.

Horde of the Ninety Savages Frenzy Barbarian Speed Farming Variation

The HotNS Frenzy Barbarian can deal reasonably well with 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 speed farming 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
2.

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 in between packs and oneshotting 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.

3.

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 runes Sidearm Sidearm or Berserk Berserk 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 Boon of Bul-Kathos Boon of Bul-Kathos and Ruthless Ruthless from your progression passive lineup; the former is still quite useful for WotB uptime even with In-geom In-geom present, while the latter simply ensures that you oneshot most elite enemies.
  • The increased damage at max Fury from Berserker Rage Berserker Rage should be swapped out during speedfarming; its availability is not guaranteed with Sprint Sprint spamming, and it is easily overshadowed by the more powerful, killcount-dependent Rampage Rampage (which is trivial to keep up in Torment difficulties).
  • If you feel you confidently overpower the chosen difficulty, you can take off the excessive defense of Nerves of Steel Nerves of Steel for the extra movement speed of Pound of Flesh Pound of Flesh, which synergizes excellently with Avarice Band Avarice Band.
4.

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 and Convention of Elements Convention of Elements are greatly diminished in usefulness. In its place, try wearing a combination of an Avarice Band Avarice Band and a Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan with your chosen Frenzy Frenzy rune element (i.e. Physical). 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. Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan is simply a more consistent damage bonus alternative to the rotation-based, GR progression staple Convention of Elements Convention of Elements. Lastly, complete the jewelry with The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time, which doubles the duration of Pylon pickups. In most speed farming cases, this extension covers for a third to half of a rift clear, further smoothing out runs.

During low tier GRs or normal rift speedruns, an optimized character can avoid the overkill of toughness in the bracer slot by swapping to Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers, which will cut down clear times by spawning additional elites.

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 and use a Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny instead of Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan. The Fear proc synergy between those two items will further amplify your mobility.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Strength
  2. Socket
  3. Crit Chance
  4. Vitality
  5. Crowd Control Reduction (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Shoulders
  1. Strength
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Area Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Torso
  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)
Wrists
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cold % Damage
  4. Vitality or Life per Hit
  5. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Hands
  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)
Waist
  1. Strength
  2. Frenzy Skill %
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Freeze on Hit % (Secondary Stat)
Legs
  1. Strength
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Frenzy Skill %
  4. Vitality
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Feet
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Armor
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cold % Damage
  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.

5.

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
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon
6.

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.

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.

7.

Legendary Potion and Follower

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.

8.

Follower

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.

9.

Changelog

  • 07 Mar. 2020: Page added.
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