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Leap/Earthquake Barbarian Speed Farming Variation

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

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Leap/Earthquake Barbarian. 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. Normal Rift Speed Farming Variation

The Earthquake Barbarian can deal excellently with Normal Rift farming all the way through the highest Torment difficulties. Due to the great distances that need to be covered for certain Bounties and the deliberate pace of Leap Leap, it is generally not a recommended build for that purpose.

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 Earthquake Icon Earthquake Cave-In Cave-In Right Mouse Button Seismic Slam Icon Seismic Slam Rumble Rumble 1 Battle Rage Icon Battle Rage Ferocity Ferocity 2 Leap Icon Leap Death from Above Death from Above 3 Threatening Shout Icon Threatening Shout Falter Falter 4 Wrath of the Berserker Icon Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity
Passive Skills

In the skill selection, you will accomplish that by:

  • Exchanging the Earthquake Earthquake rune from Molten Fury Molten Fury to Cave-In Cave-In for the convenience of the pulling effect.
  • Since you can easily overkill on damage with a well-equipped character, simply swap your Battle Rage Battle Rage rune to the movement speed boost of Ferocity Ferocity.
  • In the In-geom In-geom-reliant speed farming variation, you can exchange the flat CDR of Boon of Bul-Kathos Boon of Bul-Kathos for the movement speed bonuses of Pound of Flesh Pound of Flesh.

3. Adapting Gear

When doing runs in the Torment difficulties, the extra Earthquake damage from Girdle of Giants Girdle of Giants can be overkill, so you can easily replace this belt with Goldwrap Goldwrap — working alongside Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder and a cubed Avarice Band Avarice Band, this legendary will render you practically immortal as long as you pick up gold.

During low tier GRs or normal rift speedruns, avoid the overkill of toughness in the bracer slot by swapping to Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers, which will cut down clear times by spawning additional elites.

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. Physical %
  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. Physical %
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

4. Adapting Gemming

In farming content the value of Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken diminishes greatly, and it is best replaced by the speedrun staple Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful for its overall damage and toughness increase.

During Normal Rift runs, you can also swap Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration out for Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder to encase yourself in a near-impenetrable layer of defense and speed from the interaction with the worn Goldwrap Goldwrap and cubed Avarice Band Avarice Band.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

5. Adapting Kanai's Cube

The time and danger associated with champion and Guardian fights is significantly smaller when speed farming, and swapping the Weapon cube slot for In-geom In-geom will provide you with a steady flow of Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker activations, greatly improving clear speed.

In Normal Rifts, the Jewelry cube slot can be used by Avarice Band Avarice Band in conjunction with a worn Goldwrap Goldwrap and a gemmed Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder to bolster and speed yourself up significantly.

About the Author

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