Frenzy HotNS Barbarian Speed Farming Variation
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.
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.
|Frenzy Vanguard Furious Charge Merciless Assault 1 War Cry Veteran's Warning 2 Sprint Marathon 3 Battle Rage Ferocity 4 Wrath of the Berserker Insanity|
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; 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 War Cry and Battle Rage up at all times as your staple buffs, and reapply Sprint as soon as it falls off. The remainder of the core rotation stays the same; you will be using Furious Charge to jump in between packs and oneshotting the priority target with one or two quick Frenzy slashes. 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 Azurewrath (and losing the elemental damage bonus as consequence) for In-geom (see gearing section below) you can change from the Cold runes Sidearm or Berserk to any one you like. For the sake of example, we have swapped to Vanguard, though it should be noted you receive all rune effects regardless due to The Undisputed Champion.
- Furious Charge retains its role as a movement skill, along with the cooldown-resetting powers of the rune Merciless Assault.
- Battle Rage is present in the speed farming build as well, but the rune is swapped from the progression-oriented Bloodshed to the extra movement speed of Ferocity.
- When you are solo speed farming, use the slot usually occupied by Threatening Shout for the short bursts of speed from Sprint Marathon — useful when there is no one to Furious Charge to, and especially so in Bounties.
- 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 — providing a substantial, party-wide movement speed buff.
- Wrath of the Berserker Insanity is still part of your skill lineup, and will have much higher uptime due to In-geom.
- You will retain Boon of Bul-Kathos and Ruthless from your progression passive lineup; the former is still quite useful for WotB uptime even with In-geom present, while the latter simply ensures that you oneshot most elite enemies.
- The increased damage at max Fury from Berserker Rage should be swapped out during speedfarming; its availability is not guaranteed with Sprint spamming, and it is easily overshadowed by the more powerful, killcount-dependent 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 for the extra movement speed of Pound of Flesh, which synergizes excellently with Avarice Band.
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 legendary pants as a worn piece (instead of cubed, as in the progression version). They replace the Leggings of Savages and necessitate the use of 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 are greatly diminished in usefulness. In its place, try wearing a combination of an Avarice Band and a Stone of Jordan with your chosen Frenzy rune element (i.e. Physical). 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 and Pound of Flesh. Stone of Jordan is simply a more consistent damage bonus alternative to the rotation-based, GR progression staple Convention of Elements. Lastly, complete the jewelry with 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, which will cut down clear times by spawning additional elites.
To ensure very high uptime of Wrath of the Berserker during speed farming, you should drop the Azurewrath recommendation from the progression build and use an 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 for the significant damage bonuses it provides. Note however that a high Paragon, optimized gear character can afford to drop Oathkeeper in favor of Echoing Fury and use a Rechel's Ring of Larceny instead of Stone of Jordan. The Fear proc synergy between those two items will further amplify your mobility.
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.
Simplicity's Strength remains a universally desired damage amplification gem for Primary skill-focused builds.
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 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 simply for its level 25 movement speed increase, further smoothing out farming runs.
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Adapting Kanai's Cube
Tucked away in the cube, Bastion's Revered offers a key legendary effect for the build — the extension of Frenzy stacks from 5 to 10. The result is a whopping 150% increase to Frenzy attack speed at cap, as well as a 25% damage buff from Maniac and 50% additional movement speed from Vanguard.
As outlined above, taking Depth Diggers into your worn item selection frees up this slot for the substantial movement speed increase of Chilanik's Chain. Its legendary powers trigger when using 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 in the jewelry Cube slot.
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 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.
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.
- 07 Mar. 2020: Page added.
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