Frenzy Thorns LoN Barbarian Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Nov 19, 2019 at 23:06 by Deadset 7 comments

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Frenzy Thorns LoN Barbarian. Updated for patch 2.6.7 and Season 19.

1.

LoN Frenzy Thorns Barbarian Speed Farming Variation

The LoN Thorns Frenzy Barbarian can deal reasonably well with Normal Rift and Bounty farming all the way through the highest Torment difficulties. It might lag slightly behind the top tier builds for those purposes due to its focus on hunting down elites, potentially skipping large amounts of valuable trash.

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 Battle Rage Icon Battle Rage Ferocity Ferocity 2 Sprint Icon Sprint Marathon Marathon 3 War Cry Icon War Cry Veteran's Warning Veteran's Warning 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.

The basis of the Thorns Frenzy Barb is still the same in standard rifts — jumping from one elite to another, and generally killing trash as collateral damage rather than the focus. The build's signature mobility is achieved largely through the combination of Illusory Boots Illusory Boots and Furious Charge Furious Charge, and you should aim to reset the cooldown of the latter by charging multiple enemies and taking advantage of the Merciless Assault Merciless Assault effect. During speed farming, this is also augmented by the combination of Chilanik's Chain Chilanik's Chain and War Cry War Cry, bringing a party-wide movement speed buff to your overall efficiency, as well as the personal movement speed buffs of Battle Rage Battle Rage Ferocity Ferocity and Sprint Sprint Marathon Marathon. Try to stick to elites, mowing them down with Frenzy Frenzy and activating Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker as often as you can (unbroken chains will not be uncommon due to the combination of The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time and Channeling Pylons).

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 means of Thorns application, however you should swap the Maniac Maniac rune for the movement speed stacking Vanguard Vanguard.
  • Furious Charge Furious Charge Merciless Assault Merciless Assault remains unchanged across variations, and you will largerly rely on it for mobility purposes. War Cry War Cry is also present during speed farming, but it gains an extra mobility edge due to the worn Chilanik's Chain Chilanik's Chain.
  • Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity is an omnipresent self-buff in both versions of the build.
  • Ignore Pain Ignore Pain and Threatening Shout Threatening Shout will step down, replaced by two pure movement speed utility skills: Battle Rage Battle Rage Ferocity Ferocity and Sprint Sprint Marathon Marathon.
  • Tough as Nails Tough as Nails, Berserker Rage Berserker Rage and Boon of Bul-Kathos Boon of Bul-Kathos are still a solid foundation of your passive selection.
  • You can change the flexible fourth slot from progression staples like Nerves of Steel Nerves of Steel to Pound of Flesh Pound of Flesh for its 20% additional movement speed at 5 health globe stacks. This bonus that is trivial to refresh with its generous 15 second duration and a cubed 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 vast majority of your pieces remain unchanged between the two builds; you will still rely on the combination of Aquila Cuirass Aquila Cuirass and St. Archew's Gage St. Archew's Gage for protection, on Illusory Boots Illusory Boots for freedom of movement, on Swamp Land Waders Swamp Land Waders for the extra damage, and Mortick's Brace Mortick's Brace for all the runes of Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker. You weapon and offhand combo will still be Hack Hack and Oathkeeper Oathkeeper.

Compared to the progression build, you have a bigger incentive to wear Andariel's Visage Andariel's Visage over Leoric's Crown Leoric's Crown, since WotB downtime is a lesser concern in standard difficulties. This will be greatly assisted by the doubled duration of Pylon effects, courtesy of The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time.

In speed farm, and especially when grouped up, consider swapping your belt from Pride of Cassius Pride of Cassius into Chilanik's Chain Chilanik's Chain for its excellent increase of party movement speed. Another minor consideration for regular rifts is to swap from Pauldrons of the Skeleton King Pauldrons of the Skeleton King to Homing Pads Homing Pads, to ensure uninterrupted teleportation.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Strength
  2. Socket
  3. Thorns (Secondary Stat)
  4. Vitality
  5. All Resistance
Shoulders
  1. Strength
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Thorns (Secondary Stat)
  4. Vitality
  5. All Resistance
Torso
  1. Strength
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Thorns (Secondary Stat)
  4. Vitality
  5. Reduced Damage from Elites
Wrists
  1. Strength
  2. Physical %
  3. Thorns (Secondary Stat)
  4. Vitality
  5. All Resistance
Hands
  1. Strength
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Thorns (Secondary Stat)
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Vitality
Waist
  1. Strength
  2. Thorns (Secondary Stat)
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Life %
Legs
  1. Strength
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Thorns (Secondary Stat)
  4. Vitality
  5. All Resistance
Feet
  1. Strength
  2. Thorns (Secondary Stat)
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Armor
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Physical %
  3. Thorns (Secondary Stat)
  4. Strength
  5. Cooldown Reduction
  6. Attack Speed
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Thorns (Secondary Stat)
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Strength
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Thorns (Secondary Stat)
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Strength
Weapon #1
  1. Strength
  2. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Life per Hit
  6. Freeze on Hit (Secondary Stat)
  7. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat if LpH not present)
Weapon #2
  1. Strength
  2. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Life per Hit
  6. Freeze on Hit (Secondary Stat)
  7. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat if LpH not present)
5.

Adapting Gems

Boyarsky's Chip Boyarsky's Chip remains a universally desired damage amplification gem for Thorns-based builds. The same can be said for Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped, although once you comfortably outscale the content, you can consider using Wreath of Lightning Wreath of Lightning in this slot for the lvl 25+ movement speed proc.

In normal rifts, Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken should be replaced by Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder. This high utility gem feeds you practically infinite gold and gives you a massive short-term speed boost while picking up gold, automated by a cubed Avarice Band Avarice Band.

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 in GR pushes, or 50% additional movespeed from Vanguard Vanguard when speedfarming.

If you struggle with survivability in high Torments, you can complement your Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder and Avarice Band Avarice Band with a Goldwrap Goldwrap in the Cube Armor slot — its legendary power skyrockets your Toughness as you acquire gold. Ideally though, this slot will be taken by the elite-spawning powers of Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers.

During speed farming, the jewelry slot in the Cube should be taken up by the Act III cache legendary ring Avarice Band Avarice Band. Its unique property extends your pickup radius up to the massive 30 yards for a generous 10 second period. Triggered, maximized and constantly refreshed from the endless stream of Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder gold, the ring and the gem will keep you sped up throughout the rift.

7.

Legendary Potion

The preferred potion for this build is Bottomless Potion of the Leech Bottomless Potion of the Leech due to its Life per Hit bonuses, which synergize perfectly for the high attack speed and sustain-through-attacks playstyle of the build.

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

  • 19 Nov. 2019: Guide revised and updated for Season 19.
  • 22 Aug. 2019: Updated for Season 18.
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