Leap/Earthquake MotE Barbarian Speed Farming Variation
Might of the Earth Earthquake Barbarian 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, it is generally not a recommended build for that purpose. We have solo speed GR rankings and solo speed T16 rankings if you want to know more about which builds are best for speed farming.
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.
|Earthquake Cave-In Seismic Slam Rumble 1 War Cry Veteran's Warning 2 Leap Death from Above 3 Battle Rage Ferocity 4 Wrath of the Berserker Insanity|
When you are speed farming regular rifts, parts of your playstyle will adapt to the lowered challenge and focus more on speed and utility.
The rotation of the Earthquake Barb remains pretty much unchanged between difficulties, retaining the cycle of triple Leap — Seismic Slam Rumble Fury dumps, as well as constant upkeep of buffs like War Cry (adding movespeed value in speed runs due to Chilanik's Chain) and Wrath of the Berserker. Battle Rage Ferocity is also added to the mixture for additional movement speed value, and should be kept active at all times.
Adapting Skills and Passives
Parts of the skill and passive selection will overlap with the base Greater Rift progression build, but others will have to change according to the task at hand. Ability to cross over great distances faster and more efficiently take precedence.
- Earthquake remains the main damage dealer of the build, but for the convenience of speed farming, you can swap from the highly damaging Molten Fury rune to the pulling effect of Cave-In. Note that this requires a swap from Fire to Physical damage in your gear rolls.
- Leap Death from Above is still your method of delivering Earthquakes and building up Fury, and Seismic Slam Rumble is still the Fury dump that resets cooldowns, making both a mainstay in the build.
- Wrath of the Berserker Insanity is an omnipresent self-buff in both versions of the build.
- War Cry Veteran's Warning is also present in the speed farming version of the build, and aside from its survivability value, it adds a movement speed buff angle via the equipped Chilanik's Chain. In case you want to go the route of Goldwrap, you can alter this slot to Sprint Marathon.
- Since you can easily overkill on damage with a well-equipped character, simply swap your Threatening Shout slot to the movement speed boost of Battle Rage Ferocity.
- Rampage, Ruthless and Earthen Might are still a solid foundation of your passive selection.
- In the In-geom-reliant speed farming variation, you can exchange the flat CDR of Boon of Bul-Kathos for the movement speed bonuses of Pound of Flesh.
Most of the gear from the Greater Rift progression build will still make sense for speed farming, but a few variations will be necessary in order to maximize your productivity and momentum during regular Rift clears.
The six pieces of the Might of the Earth set and the Blade of the Tribes are still integral parts of the Earthquake build, need to be worn during speed farming. The basic recommendations for the jewelry also still apply, with Hellfire Amulet of Strength as your amulet of choice (though alternatives like Squirt's Necklace in solo play and The Flavor of Time for groups can be considered), and the Bastions of Will set — Focus and Restraint — still fitting the playstyle overall. Note that the rings particularly can be experimented with; i.e. equipping a Physical damage Stone of Jordan and a Rechel's Ring of Larceny, capitalizing on the innate Fear Chance on the ring to proc the hefty movespeed increase legendary power.
When doing runs in the Torment difficulties, the extra Earthquake damage from Girdle of Giants can be overkill, so you can easily replace this belt with either Chilanik's Chain (for the extra movement speed when you use War Cry) or Goldwrap (its combo with Boon of the Hoarder and a cubed Avarice Band can render you practically immortal as long as you pick up gold).
During low tier GRs or normal rift speedruns in solo play, an optimized character can avoid the overkill of toughness in the bracer slot by swapping to Warzechian Armguards for the additional environment destruction-based speed boost. The usual recommendation, Nemesis Bracers, can be worn by the follower starting from Patch 2.7, but should still be taken by the character themselves in group play.
To help you with farming the gear you need for your builds, we have two very useful guides that you can access by clicking the links below: a Salvage Guide to help you quickly check whether or not you can safely salvage a piece of gear and a Legendary Farming Guide to help you efficiently farm legendaries and set items.
Season 29: Paragon Cap
Season 29 introduces a season-specific cap to stat benefits from Paragon levels, all while updating how Paragon point distribution is handled. For the duration of this Season, you can only assign 800 Paragon stat points to your character, removing the long-standing practice of main-stat stacking (with some gearing implications — see below) after you reach Paragon 800.
On top of that, you could only allocate 50 Paragon stat points to each of the four stats in a given Paragon category (Core, Offense, Defense, and Utility). In Season 29, you can allocate up to the full 200 points per category into any attribute, allowing you to more easily reach necessary build breakpoints (as outlined in the Gear page of the guide) for Cooldown Reduction, Resource Cost Reduction, etc.
With the changes to Paragon in mind, we recommend using the following Paragon distribution for this build:
- Core: Movement Speed: 200 points.
- Offense: Critical Hit Chance and Critical Hit Damage: Allocate points so they are as close to the desirable 1:10 ratio between the two stats, as displayed in your Character Details sheet. For 2-handed builds, this is usually achieved by spending all points on Critical Hit Damage. For dual-wielding 1-handed builds, this is generally achieved with 150 points into Critical Hit Chance and the remaining 50 into Critical Hit Damage.
- Defense: Life and All Resistance: Allocate points to maximize survivability; for Barbarians, this is usually achieved by evenly splitting 100 points into Life (directly increasing your Health pool) and All Resistance (to complement the naturally high Armor stat of Strength-based characters).
- Utility: Area Damage: 200 points.
Season 29: Gearing Considerations
In terms of gear, keeping the Paragon cap in mind is paramount, as it stymies the traditional endless supply of main stat after Paragon 800. This means re-rolling mainstat off your gear is no longer desirable, and full equipment augmentation with your main stat is even more critical. Additionally, you should take a careful look at your build and consider if you can fit the following changes to strengthen your damage and survivability:
- Guardian's Jeopardy: This is a craftable armor set, and the recipe for its creation drops from Bounty farming. Guardian's 2-piece provides a decent damage reduction bonus, but the true powerhouse of the set is the 3-piece bonus, which nets you an additional 100% of your main stats from equipped items. This is a tremendous benefit in an 800 Paragon capped Season. If the Guardian set can fit into the build with minimal sacrifices (other craftable sets, tertiary damage multipliers, etc.), consider its implementation. The available pieces are Guardian's Aversion (Wrists), Guardian's Case (Waist), and Guardian's Gaze (Head). Of course, you can wear 2 pieces of the set and complete the full 3-piece bonus with a Ring of Royal Grandeur (found from Act I bounty caches).
- Endless Walk:This is a jewelry set consisting of The Traveler's Pledge (Amulet) and The Compass Rose (Ring), and is randomly found through farming, gambling Blood Shards, and/or Kanai's Cube recipes. The Endless Walk set is a nice compromise between damage bonuses (building up while stationary) and defensive bonuses (building up while moving). It can replace glass cannon choices like the Bastions of Will set ( Focus and Restraint) and Squirt's Necklace with acceptable losses to DPS.
- Unity: A character wearing this ring, along with another Unity on their follower plus an immortality relic for them (i.e., Enchanting Favor), will reduce their damage taken by 50%. Unity can roll excellent offense-oriented stats and has an innate Extra Damage to Elites roll, which somewhat offsets losing all-out offense jewelry.
Bane of the Trapped remains a universally desired damage amplification gem.
During Normal Rift runs, you can also swap Gogok of Swiftness out for Boon of the Hoarder to encase yourself in a near-impenetrable layer of defense and speed from the interaction with the (potentially) worn Goldwrap and cubed Avarice Band.
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For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.
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 will provide you with a steady flow of Wrath of the Berserker activations, greatly improving clear speed.
Lut Socks are an irreplaceable part of the Earthquake Barb playstyle, guaranteeing their spot in the armor Cube slot.
In Normal Rifts, the Jewelry cube slot can be used by Avarice Band in conjunction with a worn Goldwrap (optional) and a socketed Boon of the Hoarder in your jewelry (recommended) to bolster and speed yourself up significantly.
The Kanai's Cube can be used for much more than simply extracting Legendary powers from items. Please refer to our Kanai's Cube guide for more information.
The recommended follower for this build during standard rift farming for keys is the Enchantress due to her numerous utility bonuses, allowing you to smooth out your speed runs even further.
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.
Two legendary potions can be considered useful in an Earthquake Barb build. Bottomless Potion of Amplification adds some extra healing to your Life per Fury Spent tactics with Rumble. Alternatively, Bottomless Potion of the Diamond can be a straightforward addition that simply layers a short All Resist protective coating after drinking (All Resistance is the preferred form of mitigation stacking for Strength-based characters, since their mainstat scales Armor already.)
- 13 Sep. 2023: Added Season 29 Paragon Cap and Gearing recommendations.
- 22 Feb. 2023: Added Season 28 Altar of Rites recommendations.
- 26 Aug. 2022: Added Season 27 Angelic Crucible recommendations.
- 13 Apr. 2022: Guide reviewed for Season 26.
- 09 Dec. 2021: Added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
- 22 Jul. 2021: Added S24 Ethereal recommendation.
- 31 Mar. 2021: Revised gearing recommendations and added follower recommendation.
- 18 Nov. 2020: Revised main hand recommendations to match the changes to Blade of the Tribes. Added S22 Cube recommendation.
- 30 Jun. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
- 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
- 19 Nov. 2019: Guide revised and updated for Season 19.
- 22 Aug. 2019: Updated skill and item recommendations to match the main build for Season 18.
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