Leap/Earthquake Barbarian BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Leap/Earthquake Barbarian in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.4 and Season 16.
1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives
The build takes advantage of the full Might of the Earth set bonuses, taking all six available pieces and opening up the jewelry slots for the damage multiplication of the Bastions of Will set. Rolls-wise, this Earthquake-centric playstyle makes good use of skill and area damage bonuses across gear. Earthquake %, Area Damage and Cooldown Reduction are ideal rolls on the Spires of the Earth; Earthquake % is best accompanied by toughness stats on the Spirit of the Earth. While you can roll Seismic Slam % on both helm and boots, the overall damage coming from the Fury dump will be minimal and these rolls cannot be recommended over toughness stats. Crit Chance, Crit Damage and Area Damage are sought after on Pull of the Earth. Weight of the Earth should be dedicated purely to toughness rolls.
For Season 16 adjustments, please refer to our dedicated section below.
Not skipping on any of the pieces required to obtain the 6-piece set bonus of Might of the Earth opens a powerful offense combo in the jewelry: the Bastions of Will set, Focus and Restraint. These rings offer an unparalleled 2.25 independent damage multiplier as long as you alternate between generating and spender attacks, a requirement which you fulfill via Leap and Seismic Slam. Seek double Crit stats, Area Damage and an open Socket as the best-in-slot stats for both Focus and Restraint.
To complete the jewelry, you have a number of options for the amulet slot. A crafted Hellfire Amulet of Strength with good rolls and a solid fifth passive ( Nerves of Steel, Animosity, Brawler) is easily the best, and only rivaled by immunity amulets like Mara's Kaleidoscope and Xephirian Amulet. A perfect roll would include both Crit stats, elemental damage and an open Socket.
You have a degree of freedom when picking out your bracer. For the absolute highest tiers of Greater Rifts, you should lean on the AoE superiority of the build and amp up your survivability significantly by equipping Ancient Parthan Defenders (triggered by the Death from Above stun).
Finally, Blade of the Tribes is a patch 2.4 addition designed around the Earthquake Barbarian. It matches its imposing looks with a hefty 200% increase to Earthquake damage, and a unique power that turns two utility cooldowns — Threatening Shout and War Cry — into another source of damage, each casting a simultaneous Avalanche and Earthquake upon use.
1.1. Season 16 Adjustments
During Season 16 (and in seasonal play only), you will be getting the benefits of Ring of Royal Grandeur passively, without the need to wear it. For the Earthquake Barbarian builds, this allows you include an extra source of damage to the build by buffing your spender.
You will use your set requirement reduction bonuses to wear the Lut Socks instead of cubing them; due to their fixed unique power, they do not require much effort to maximize stat-wise. In turn, this allows you to adapt your armor Cube slot to your current needs. Generally speaking, you can attain a significant damage increase by cubing Bracers of Destruction, as the massive 6-piece damage bonus affects not only your Earthquakes (the main focus of damage in the build), but also your Seismic Slams — and with the strongest rune, Rumble, it will nicely supplement the lacking single target damage of the build.
2. Paragon Points
Bane of the Trapped is a potent source of additional damage, as it is its own multiplier in your total damage calculation. The gem procs itself with its level 25 property, and is otherwise kept up with the Death from Above stun, making it an integral part of this crowd control-heavy setup.
Introduced in Season 4, Bane of the Stricken takes a firm slot in the second jewelry socket. Building up your damage multiplicatively in prolonged fights and with a level 25 bonus specifically targeting Rift Guardians, this gem is designed to assist AoE heavy builds in their struggle against single target, high HP enemies.
Esoteric Alteration is the strongest mitigation gem available, and its impact is noticeable in an all-in, facetanking build like the Earthquake Barb. This gem improves your elemental resistances with every level, and provides you with a last line of defense against one shots through its level 25 property. Note that you can viably alternate this slot to Bane of the Powerful not only in speedruns, but also if you change your Cube jewelry slot from Convention of Elements to Band of Might.
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4. Kanai's Cube
Cubing The Furnace provides you with an incomparable source of bonus elite damage, significantly shortening fights with champion packs and Rift Guardians — arguably the most dangerous fights in Greater Rift progression attempts.
A former best-in-slot item for the build, Lut Socks find a new home for their power in Kanai's Cube, making way for the full set and offense jewelry. This does not lessen their impact in the build, and they remain a key piece for the playstyle by allowing three Leaps within a 2-second window before the cooldown begins.
You have two viable routes to take in the jewelry slot of Kanai's Cube during Greater Rift progression. If you intend to push this build to its limits and do not care about overall safety of the build, you can gamble on favorable rift and monster composition by taking the full offense power of a Convention of Elements. Another strong alteration in the slot, especially for Hardcore, is Band of Might. It offers the massive 80% damage reduction for the modest requirement of Leaping at least once every 8 seconds.
- 16 Jan. 2019: Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
- 31 Oct. 2017: Some wording updates to the gem and jewelry sections (without changes in the recommendations).
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