Rend Barbarian BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
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 2.6.6 and Season 18.
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 to reduce the number of items for set bonus completion by one. The Immortal King's Boulder Breaker and Immortal King's Tribal Binding are taken as mandatory, since they do not conflict with the Wastes pieces. Pauldrons of the Wastes is guaranteed to occupy your shoulder slot, along with two more slots of your choosing — Helm of the Wastes, Cuirass of the Wastes, Tasset of the Wastes, Sabaton of the Wastes or Gauntlet of the Wastes.
Rolls-wise, this Rend-centric build takes good advantage of Rend skill bonuses on the Immortal King's Eternal Reign and Pauldrons of the Wastes. High Toughness rolls are preferred on the Immortal King's Triumph Helm, Immortal King's Stature Pants, Immortal King's Stride Boots and Immortal King's Tribal Binding Belt. As expected, double Crit stats are taken on the Gauntlet of the Wastes Gloves, alongside Strength and Area Damage. As a final note: high damage range, good Strength and Call of the Ancients %, as well as Vitality are the desired stats on the Immortal King's Boulder Breaker.
With the changes in Patch 2.6.1, the recommended jewelry split for the build is Band of Might and Convention of Elements. The base damage increase of the armor sets, coupled with the significant boost to Band of Might's damage reduction, make this setup preferable and significantly smoother to play and enjoy. Like any Convention of Elements-centric build, make sure to pay attention to the timing of the ring and maximize Rend applications during the Physical cycle.
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, Unforgiving or Brawler. A perfect roll would include both Crit stats, Physical elemental damage and an open Socket.
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.
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 by slows from your follower equipment (i.e. Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker).
Taeguk is the best hybrid of defense and offense among the legendary gem options, and continued Whirlwind channeling will ensure that your stacks remain capped. While the need for healing will force you anyway, it bears repeating: never stop Whirlwinding, as dropping the Taeguk stacks and building them up from scratch is a significant loss of DPS and Toughness.
Introduced in Season 4, 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.
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4. Kanai's Cube
Cubing the 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.
In a Wastes / Immortal King hybrid, you will need a 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 and 4-piece Wastes bonuses, dodging the undesirable guaranteed stats on the Grandeur by cubing its power, is a major power spike for the build.
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: Slight revision to stat recommendations. Clarified gear selection.
- 22 Aug. 2019: Item revisions are introduced for Season 18.
- 13 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
- 17 Jan. 2019: Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
- 31 Oct. 2017: Changed jewelry for Patch 2.6.1. Band of Might and Convention of Elements replace Focus and Restraint.
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