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Rend 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 Rend 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 Rend Barbarian guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

This build takes the combined power of the Immortal King set and the Wrath of the Wastes set, taking 5 pieces and 3 pieces of each set respectively and cubing a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur to reduce the number of items for set bonus completion by one. The Immortal King's Boulder Breaker Immortal King's Boulder Breaker and Immortal King's Tribal Binding Immortal King's Tribal Binding are taken as mandatory, since they do not conflict with the Wastes pieces. Pauldrons of the Wastes Pauldrons of the Wastes is guaranteed to occupy your shoulder slot, along with two more slots of your choosing — Helm of the Wastes Helm of the Wastes, Cuirass of the Wastes Cuirass of the Wastes, Tasset of the Wastes Tasset of the Wastes, Sabaton of the Wastes Sabaton of the Wastes or Gauntlet of the Wastes Gauntlet of the Wastes.

Rolls-wise, this Rend-centric build takes good advantage of Rend Rend skill bonuses on the Immortal King's Eternal Reign Immortal King's Eternal Reign and Pauldrons of the Wastes Pauldrons of the Wastes. High Toughness rolls are preferred on the Immortal King's Triumph Immortal King's Triumph Helm, Immortal King's Stature Immortal King's Stature Pants, Immortal King's Stride Immortal King's Stride Boots and Immortal King's Tribal Binding Immortal King's Tribal Binding Belt. As expected, double Crit stats are taken on the Gauntlet of the Wastes Gauntlet of the Wastes Gloves, alongside Strength and Area Damage. As a final note: high damage range, good Strength and Call of the Ancients Call of the Ancients %, as well as Vitality are the desired stats on the Immortal King's Boulder Breaker Immortal King's Boulder Breaker.

The ability to store the powers of Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur in the Kanai's Cube opens a powerful offensive 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 a generating and spender attacks, a requirement which you fulfill by alternating Whirlwind Whirlwind and Rend Rend with Furious Charge Furious Charge. Seek double Crit stats, Area Damage and an open Socket as the best-in-slot stats for both Focus Focus and Restraint Restraint. There is a notable alteration you can make in the jewelry to add more survivability to the build while still retaining some of the damage; a combo of Convention of Elements Convention of Elements and Band of Might Band of Might will give you 60% additional damage reduction.

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, Unforgiving Unforgiving, 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, Physical elemental damage and an open Socket.

There is some flexibility in the bracer slot depending on how threatened you feel and the content you are clearing. With perfected gear, crowd control secondary stats become vital for the build in highest endgame progression as means to proc Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders. Hard crowd control (stun and freeze) will proc APDs, while soft (chill, slow, blind…) will not; Chance to Stun is a possible roll on gloves, while Chance to Freeze can be rolled on belt; both can roll on weapons. When you obtain several (or all) of these secondary stats, you can take great advantage of Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders' scaling damage reduction. Otherwise, stick to the slight damage increase from Strongarm Bracers Strongarm Bracers, triggered by the Furious Charge Furious Charge knockup.

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

2. Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Strength
  3. Maximum Fury (up to personal preference)
  4. Vitality
Offense
  1. Critical Hit Chance
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Attack Speed
Defense
  1. All Resistance
  2. Life %
  3. Armor
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Area Damage
  2. Resource Cost Reduction
  3. Life on Hit
  4. Gold Find

3. Gems

Your three jewelry sockets will be taken up by the legendary gems Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped, Taeguk Taeguk and Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken.

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 by slows from your follower equipment (i.e. Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker), and your own crowd control secondary stats.

Taeguk Taeguk is the best hybrid of defense and offense among the legendary gem options, and continued Whirlwind Whirlwind channeling will ensure that your stacks remain capped. While the need for healing will force you anyway, it bears repeating: never stop Whirlwind Whirlwinding, as dropping the Taeguk Taeguk stacks and building them up from scratch is a significant loss of DPS and Toughness.

Introduced in Season 4, Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken occupies the third and final jewelry socket in GR progression. 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.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

Cubing the 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 during clears.

While hidden away in the Cube, Lamentation Lamentation is a centerpiece of the build that turns the middle-of-the-pack damage of Rend Rend into a doubled up, 2200% weapon damage monstrosity.

In a Wastes / Immortal King hybrid, you will need a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur, a cache legendary ring from Act I bounties, to tie the two sets together. The ability to run with 6-piece IK bonuses, 4-piece Wastes bonuses AND Focus Focus and Restraint Restraint, dodging the undesirable guaranteed stats on the Grandeur by cubing its power, is a major power spike for the build.

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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