HotA Barbarian Raekor Variation
On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Raekor variant of HotA Barbarian. Updated for patch 2.6.6 and Season 18.
Raekor HotA Variation
|Furious Charge Battering Ram Hammer of the Ancients Smash 1 Battle Rage Bloodshed 2 Threatening Shout Demoralize 3 Ignore Pain Ignorance is Bliss 4 Wrath of the Berserker Insanity|
Using the Raekor set, the Hammer of the Ancients build can be altered into a slightly different playstyle that focuses on buildup and release of stacks in strategic moments.
In this HotA variant, you will be using the inherent mobility and stack building mechanics of the Raekor set to your benefits. You will alternate between periods of Furious Charge Battering Ram scouting and building up stacks from the Raekor 6-piece bonus, and using Hammer of the Ancients Smash to spend those damage bonus stacks once a good fight has formed. The key timing element that the build revolves around is the Convention of Elements rotation, and you will be aiming to spend all of your Raekor charges during its Fire proc. This alternating playstyle leads to greater tankyness compared to the IK main variant, at the expense of timing-sensitive DPS.
The remainder of your skills will be split evenly between buffing damage, increasing utility and protection. The Barbarian mainstay, Wrath of the Berserker, makes yet another appearance and bolsters your Crit and Dodge Chances, as well as your Attack and Movement Speed, plus the hefty 50% damage increase of the Insanity rune. And while this self-buff has a large cooldown that restricts it to major fights, you will constantly benefit from the 2-minute background buff of Battle Rage Bloodshed with its AoE and Crit bonuses. On the protective side, Ignore Pain will fulfill the same role as Call of the Ancients Together as One from the IK spec: cutting down your damage in half, plus a health restoration angle from the Ignorance is Bliss rune.
Your final skill slot can be altered according to your preference. The more consistent choice for an average rift is Threatening Shout — which will further cement your tankyness on use, generate you some extra Fury, and even serve to taunt enemies in the HotA reach with the Demoralize rune. Alternatively, you can try the long range pull of Ancient Spear Rage Flip — a tool well known to Support Barbarians, that will conveniently pile enemies within the small radius of Hammer of the Ancients.
In your passive selection, you take the trio of damage buffs Berserker Rage, Brawler and Ruthless, and add an emergency cheat death to them with Nerves of Steel (or alternate to Boon of Bul-Kathos for an all-out DPS GR "fishing" build). You can check out in-depth reasoning behind them in the main IK spec.
As the build title gives it out, this variation uses The Legacy of Raekor in Immortal King's place, taking all six available pieces of the Furious Charge-based set. Since this build focuses on HotA for its damage dealing however, you will want Hammer of the Ancients % on both the Raekor's Will and Raekor's Striders, while Raekor's Heart and Raekor's Breeches will be completely devoted to toughness. The build also benefits greatly from CDR and Area Damage, and you will seek a both on the Raekor's Burden and pick either to complement the Crit stats on the Raekor's Wraps.
Similarly to the IK main build, you will be using the Endless Walk set ( The Traveler's Pledge and The Compass Rose) plus Convention of Elements combo. Note that this Raekor variant places a much higher importance on the CoE rotation, so aim to plant yourself in place as soon as the Cold rotation starts (directly preceding Fire), to gain the most out of the Endless Walk damage bonus and prepare the fight. Once Fire comes in the CoE rotation, devastate everything with HotA spam.
Free from the Immortal King's Tribal Binding from the IK spec, the waist slot can be taken by one of the best progression belts for Barbarians — Pride of Cassius. Note the variance in its unique roll and prioritize the maximum 6-second extension of Ignore Pain before other considerations.
You will retain the HotA-centric choices in weaponry and bracers, keeping the Istvan's Paired Blades set ( Little Rogue and The Slanderer) in your hands and taking the massive damage bonus from your better roll between Bracers of the First Men and Mortick's Brace.
With an even greater emphasis on taking damage by yourself and to the face than its IK counterpart, this Raekor variant is all but locked into using Esoteric Alteration as its third gem to solidify defenses. Nevertheless, a viable alteration to this first gem is found in Gogok of Swiftness — its Attack Speed and CDR amplification fall in line with the playstyle of this build variant and its hunger for Wrath of the Berserker uptime. Your other two gems are, of course, the progression staples Bane of the Trapped and Bane of the Stricken.
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Adapting Kanai's Cube
Your Kanai's Cube selection remains the same as the IK counterpart, with the weapon slot retaining The Gavel of Judgment for its HotA bonuses, the armor slot — housing either Bracers of the First Men or Mortick's Brace depending on your worse rolled item, and the jewelry slot keeps Band of Might for the massive damage reduction after Furious Charge.
- 28 Aug. 2019: Revised skill recommendations.
- 22 Aug. 2019: Item recommendations were revised for Season 18.
- 13 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
- 27 Jan. 2019: Adjusted the Raekor variation to better reflect the current meta.
- 16 Nov. 2017: Added the build variant.
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