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Rend 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 Rend Barbarian. 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. Normal Rift Speed Farming Variation

The Rend Barbarian can deal reasonably well with Normal Rift farming all the way through the highest Torment difficulties. This build variation mostly suffers from its locked down belt slot, denying it the synergistic options associated with the best speed rifting builds.

Within the limited scope of regular difficulties, the necessary toughness to triumph over the enemy is significantly smaller. Thus, your best course of action is to improve damage and utility.

2. Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Furious Charge Icon Furious Charge Merciless Assault Merciless Assault Right Mouse Button Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind Hurricane Hurricane 1 Rend Icon Rend Bloodbath Bloodbath 2 Sprint Icon Sprint Marathon Marathon 3 Wrath of the Berserker Icon Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity 4 Call of the Ancients Icon Call of the Ancients Ancients' Fury Ancients' Fury
Passive Skills

In the skill selection, you will accomplish that by:

  • Exchanging the healing rune Blood Funnel Blood Funnel for the pull of Hurricane Hurricane on Whirlwind Whirlwind.
  • Since the survivability from Together as One Together as One is devalued, swap Call of the Ancients Call of the Ancients to Ancients' Fury Ancients' Fury for effortless Fury management.
  • Replacing the toughness boost of Striding Giant Striding Giant with the pure DPS boost of Insanity Insanity on Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker.
  • In speedruns, where Fury is taken care of by Ancients' Fury Ancients' Fury, you can safely swap the War Cry War Cry defensive cooldown for Sprint Sprint Marathon Marathon.
  • In your passives, you can change the flexible fourth slot from progression staples like Superstition Superstition to the extra damage of Brawler Brawler.

3. Adapting Gear

In normal rifts, your best option for the bracer slot becomes Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers, whose additional elite spawns will result in faster overall clear times.

On an extremely optimized endgame character (high paragons, gem levels, ancient gear with augmentations) it will also be possible to go further in utility in the jewelry. This will be done by splitting between a Physical damage Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan (for the permanent damage increase) and an Avarice Band Avarice Band (for the synergy with Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder).

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

4. Adapting Gemming

In speed runs, Elite and Rift Guardian fights take significantly less time; thus, the value of Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken diminishes and it is best replaced by the well rounded toughness increase from Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration. This is mostly done to counteract some of the survivability lost from your rune swaps on Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker and Call of the Ancients Call of the Ancients. If you feel confident in your survivability, you can also run Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful or Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder in this slot (the latter is especially useful if you have optimized your farming setup with an Avarice Band Avarice Band).

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

About the Author

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