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HotA Barbarian Raekor Variation Variation

Last updated on Nov 16, 2017 at 21:08 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Raekor Variation variant of HotA Barbarian. Updated for patch 2.6.1 and Season 12.

The other pages of our HotA Barbarian guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Raekor HotA Variation

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Furious Charge Icon Furious Charge Battering Ram Battering Ram Right Mouse Button Hammer of the Ancients Icon Hammer of the Ancients Smash Smash 1 Battle Rage Icon Battle Rage Bloodshed Bloodshed 2 Ancient Spear Icon Ancient Spear Rage Flip Rage Flip 3 Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain Ignorance is Bliss Ignorance is Bliss 4 Wrath of the Berserker Icon Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity
Passive Skills

Using the Raekor set, the Hammer of the Ancients Hammer of the Ancients build can be altered into a slightly different playstyle that focuses on buildup and release of stacks in strategic moments.

2. Adapting Skills

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 Furious Charge Battering Ram Battering Ram scouting and building up stacks from the Raekor 6-piece bonus, and using Hammer of the Ancients Hammer of the Ancients Smash 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 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 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 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 Battle Rage Bloodshed Bloodshed with its AoE and Crit bonuses. On the protective side, Ignore Pain Ignore Pain will fulfill the same role as Call of the Ancients Call of the Ancients Together as One Together as One from the IK spec: cutting down your damage in half, plus a health restoration angle from the Ignorance is Bliss Ignorance is Bliss rune.

Your final skill slot can be altered according to your preference. For high endgame pushing, our recommendation is to try the long range pull of Ancient Spear Ancient Spear Rage Flip Rage Flip — a tool well known to Support Barbarians, that will conveniently pile enemies within the small radius of Hammer of the Ancients Hammer of the Ancients. An easier to play with, and more consistent in an average rift, alternative for the slot is Threatening Shout 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 Demoralize rune.

The roster of passives will remain unchanged between variations, meaning you take the trio of damage buffs Berserker Rage Berserker Rage, Rampage Rampage and Ruthless Ruthless, and add an emergency cheat death to them with Nerves of Steel Nerves of Steel. You can check out in-depth reasoning behind them in the main IK spec.

3. Adapting Gear

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 Furious Charge-based set. Since this build focuses on HotA for its damage dealing however, you will want Hammer of the Ancients Hammer of the Ancients % on both the Raekor's Will Raekor's Will and Raekor's Striders Raekor's Striders, while Raekor's Heart Raekor's Heart and Raekor's Breeches 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 Raekor's Burden and pick either to complement the Crit stats on the Raekor's Wraps Raekor's Wraps.

Similarly to the IK main build, you will be using the Endless Walk set (The Traveler's Pledge The Traveler's Pledge and The Compass Rose The Compass Rose) plus Convention of Elements 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 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 Pride of Cassius. Note the variance in its unique roll and prioritize the maximum 6-second extension of Ignore Pain 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 Little Rogue and The Slanderer The Slanderer) in your hands and taking the massive damage bonus from Bracers of the First Men Bracers of the First Men.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Strength
  2. Socket
  3. Hammer of the Ancients %
  4. Vitality
Shoulders
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. Area Damage
  4. CooldownReduction
  5. All Resistance
Torso
  1. 3 Sockets
  2. Strength
  3. Vitality
  4. Reduced Damage from Elites
  5. All Resistance
Wrists
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Fire Damage
  4. Vitality
Hands
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Cooldown Reduction
Waist
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life per Fury Spent
  5. Life %
Legs
  1. 2 Sockets
  2. Strength
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Armor
Feet
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. Hammer of the Ancients %
  4. All Resistance
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Fire Damage
  5. Strength
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Cooldown Reduction
  6. Flat Damage Increase
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Cooldown Reduction
  6. Flat Damage Increase
Weapon #1
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Area Damage
  5. Cooldown Reduction
  6. Damage %
Weapon #2
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Area Damage
  5. Cooldown Reduction
  6. Damage %

4. Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Maximum Fury
  3. Strength
  4. Vitality
Offense
  1. Critical Hit Chance
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Attack Speed
Defense
  1. All Resistance
  2. Life %
  3. Armor
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Area Damage
  2. Life on Hit
  3. Gold Find
  4. Resource Cost Reduction (can be skipped)

5. Adapting Gemming

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 Esoteric Alteration as its third gem to solidify defenses. Your other two gems are, of course, the progression staples Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped and Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

6. Adapting Kanai's Cube

With similar reasoning as the gemming adaptation, you will be using Aquila Cuirass Aquila Cuirass in the armor slot to augment Raekor's thinner base defense options. Naturally, the weapon slot retains The Gavel of Judgment The Gavel of Judgment for its HotA bonuses, and the jewelry slot keeps Band of Might Band of Might for the massive damage reduction after Furious Charge Furious Charge.

About the Author

This build is presented to you by Deadset, one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on Youtube and streams on Twitch, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.

7. ChangeLog

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  • 16 Nov. 2017: Added the build variant.
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