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Leap/Earthquake Barbarian BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Jun 26, 2017 at 11:34 by Deadset

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General Information

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 and Season 11.

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

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 Earthquake %, Area Damage and Cooldown Reduction are ideal rolls on the Spires of the Earth Spires of the Earth; Earthquake Earthquake % is best accompanied by toughness stats on the Spirit of the Earth Spirit of the Earth. While you can roll Seismic Slam 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 Pull of the Earth. Weight of the Earth Weight of the Earth should be dedicated purely to toughness rolls.

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 Focus and Restraint 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 Leap and Seismic Slam Seismic Slam. Seek double Crit stats, Area Damage and an open Socket as the best-in-slot stats for both Focus Focus and Restraint Restraint.

To complete the jewelry, you have a number of options for the amulet slot. A crafted Hellfire Amulet Hellfire Amulet with good rolls and a solid fifth passive (Nerves of Steel Nerves of Steel, Animosity Animosity, Brawler Brawler) is easily the best, and only rivaled by immunity amulets like Mara's Kaleidoscope Mara's Kaleidoscope and Xephirian Amulet Xephirian Amulet. A perfect roll would include both Crit stats, elemental damage and an open Socket.

Girdle of Giants Girdle of Giants is the best-in-slot belt for Greater Rift progression, bringing a temporary damage increase to your Earthquake Earthquakes after using Seismic Slam Seismic Slam.

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 Ancient Parthan Defenders (triggered by the Death from Above Death from Above stun).

Finally, Blade of the Tribes 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 Earthquake damage, and a unique power that turns two utility cooldowns — Threatening Shout Threatening Shout and War Cry War Cry — into another source of damage, each casting a simultaneous Avalanche Avalanche and Earthquake Earthquake upon use.

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

2. Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Maximum Fury
  3. Strength
  4. Vitality
Offense
  1. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  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

3. Gems

Bane of the Trapped 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 Death from Above stun, making it an integral part of this crowd control-heavy setup.

Introduced in Season 4, Bane of the Stricken 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 Esoteric Alteration is the strongest mitigation gem available, and its impact is noticeable in an all-in, facetanking build like the Earthquake Barb. Improving your elemental resistances with every gem level, as well as providing you with a last line of defense against one shots through the level 25 property, Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration edges over other defensive options like Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard and Mutilation Guard Mutilation Guard.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

Cubing The Furnace 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 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 Convention of Elements. A hardcore- and beginner-friendly alteration in the slot is Band of Might Band of Might, offering 60% damage reduction for the modest requirement of Leap Leaping at least once every 8 seconds.

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.

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