HotA Barbarian Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Aug 28, 2019 at 09:00 by Deadset 32 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of HotA Barbarian. Updated for patch 2.6.6 and Season 18.

1.

Normal Rift Speed Farming Variation

The HotA Barbarian can deal reasonably well with Normal Rift farming all the way through the highest Torment difficulties. The build variation suffers from minor inconveniences compared to top tier speed farming builds (conflicting bracers, competing belts), but otherwise handles the task with ease.

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.

2.

Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Furious Charge Icon Furious Charge Merciless Assault Merciless Assault Right Mouse Button Hammer of the Ancients Icon Hammer of the Ancients Smash Smash 1 Battle Rage Icon Battle Rage Ferocity Ferocity 2 Sprint Icon Sprint Marathon Marathon 3 Wrath of the Berserker Icon Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity 4 Call of the Ancients Icon Call of the Ancients Together as One Together as One
Passive Skills

In the skill selection, you will accomplish that by:

  • For Battle Rage Battle Rage, avoid overkilling on damage by swapping the Bloodshed Bloodshed rune for the extra movement speed of Ferocity Ferocity.
  • If you are clearing Normal Rifts with a group, maintain War Cry War Cry on your bar and strongly consider cubing Chilanik's Chain Chilanik's Chain (discussed in the gear section below) for the party-wide movement speed buff. If you are playing solo, you can consider swapping this skill entirely for the short bursts of speed from Sprint Sprint Marathon Marathon.
  • In your passives, you can change the flexible fourth slot from progression staples like Nerves of Steel Nerves of Steel to the globe-consuming Pound of Flesh Pound of Flesh to further speed up your clears.
3.

Adapting Gear

Both the balancing act of the Endless Walk set and the timing nature of Convention of Elements Convention of Elements greatly diminish in usefulness during Normal Rift farming.

As mentioned in the Skill section, Chilanik's Chain Chilanik's Chain is a strong addition to a HotA speedfarming build when played in groups, replacing Immortal King's Tribal Binding Immortal King's Tribal Binding. The belt's movement speed buff applies to all party members within War Cry War Cry's massive radius, and is a welcome addition to any efficient group.

As you grow more comfortable with the build, it is suggested that you transition this regular rift farming variant to include the Sage's set for Death's Breath farming. This will be done by splitting your rings between a Fire damage Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan (for the consistent damage increase) and a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur, which allows you to insert two of the three pieces total of the Sage's Journey set, without breaking the 6-piece Immortal King bonus. You can choose any two pieces between Sage's Purchase Sage's Purchase, Sage's Apogee Sage's Apogee, and Sage's Passage Sage's Passage, and replace the corresponding IK pieces.

Your jewelry will be best complemented by The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time, whose legendary power doubles the duration of Pylon pickups — this generous uptime, coupled with the spike of power they provide results in smoother farming overall.

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. All Resistance
  5. Life %
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
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. Strength
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Strength
Weapon
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Hammer of the Ancients %
  5. Damage %
  6. Life per Fury Spent
4.

Adapting Gemming

In speed runs, Elite and Rift Guardian fights take significantly less time; thus, the value of Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken diminishes and it is best replaced by the overall damage increase and elite protection of Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon
5.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

In speedfarming, a well-progressed character should not need the overkill DPS and damage reduction bonuses of the Mortick's Brace Mortick's Brace; stay with that item for early progression, but transition as soon as you are comfortable into the speedfarming staple Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers.

6.

Changelog

  • 28 Aug. 2019: Further revised skill and item recommendations.
  • 22 Aug. 2019: Item recommendations were revised for Season 18.
  • 13 May 2019: Guide was revised to include recommendations on including the Sage's set.
  • 31 Oct. 2017: Changed wording in some place to be in sync with the main build.
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