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 2.6.6 and Season 18.
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.
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.
The recommended amulet is The Flavor of Time, whose revised legendary power now doubles the duration of Pylons — an extremely potent power that, with careful timing, can turn the progressively harder fights in Greater Rifts greatly in your favor. The former recommendation for the slot, Hellfire Amulet of Strength, remains a viable option, especially if you obtain a good roll with a synergistic fifth passive like Nerves of Steel, Animosity or Brawler. A perfect roll would include both Crit stats, elemental damage and an open Socket.
Girdle of Giants is the best-in-slot belt for Greater Rift progression, bringing a temporary damage increase to your Earthquakes after using Seismic Slam. Note that this item comes with an innate Attack Speed roll, but it is of little use to the setup and should ideally be rerolled into one of the stats listed below.
With its addition, Mortick's Brace overwhelms practically all other options for the slot for Barbarians. This class-specific legendary bracer grants you the effect of every Wrath of the Berserker rune: from the staple 50% damage increase of Insanity, through the burst damage additions of Arreat's Wail and Slaughter, to the protective and utility bonuses of Striding Giant and Thrive on Chaos.
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.
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.
To imbue your character with more of the vital cooldown reduction — necessary not only for lightning-fast Leap resets, but also shortening the downtime of Wrath of the Berserker — you will do well to take Gogok of Swiftness in your third and final gem slot. The gem's scaling Dodge bonus adds welcome extra protective utility.
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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. The general recommendation for this slot, especially for high-end pushing and Hardcore, is Band of Might. It offers the massive 80% damage reduction for the modest requirement of Leaping at least once every 8 seconds. You can also gamble on a favorable rift and monster composition by going glass cannon with the full offense power of Convention of Elements.
For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our Follower Guide, which contains detailed advice for choosing the skills and the gear of your follower.
- 28 Aug. 2019: Minor clarification to the gear and stat recommendations.
- 22 Aug. 2019: Item recommendations are revised for Season 18.
- 13 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
- 27 Jan. 2019: Updated the Season 16 Cube recommendation.
- 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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