Rend Wastes Barbarian Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Nov 18, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 83 comments

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Rend Wastes Barbarian. Updated for patch 2.6.10 and Season 22.

1.

Wastes Rend Barbarian Speed Farming Variation

The Wastes Rend Barbarian deals with Normal Rift farming excellently, its relaxing and smooth playstyle makes it very suitable for the purpose. We have speed farming 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.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Furious Charge Icon Furious Charge Merciless Assault Merciless Assault Right Mouse Button Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind Wind Shear Wind Shear 1 Rend Icon Rend Bloodbath Bloodbath 2 Sprint Icon Sprint Marathon Marathon 3 Battle Rage Icon Battle Rage Ferocity Ferocity 4 Wrath of the Berserker Icon Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity
Passive Skills
2.

Adapting Rotation

When you are speed farming regular rifts, parts of your playstyle will adapt to the lowered challenge and focus more on speed and utility.

A large part of your rotation will remain the same during speed farming; you will still spend the majority of your time Whirlwind Whirlwinding left and right, which applies Rend Rends through the Ambo's Pride Ambo's Pride legendary power. On the buff side, you apply Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker on cooldown and still keep Battle Rage Battle Rage active at all times, but you will add a mobility layer on top by chaining Sprint Sprint activations as well. You will be using Furious Charge Furious Charge Merciless Assault Merciless Assault as an instant charge from one enemy pack to the next, as well as a trigger for Band of Might Band of Might (if you choose to maintain it during speed farming).

3.

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.

  • Whirlwind Whirlwind Wind Shear Wind Shear is maintained from the progression build, as it will still be responsible for the application of Rend Rend Bloodbath Bloodbath (also retained) through the Ambo's Pride Ambo's Pride legendary power.
  • Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity is an omnipresent self-buff in both versions of the build.
  • Battle Rage Battle Rage stays in the build from the GR progression spec, but swaps runes from the healing-oriented Swords to Ploughshares Swords to Ploughshares to the extra movement speed of Ferocity Ferocity.
  • The duo of enemy displacement skills from the progression build — Ancient Spear Ancient Spear Rage Flip Rage Flip and Ground Stomp Ground Stomp Wrenching Smash Wrenching Smash — will give way to two mobility skills, Sprint Sprint Marathon Marathon and Furious Charge Furious Charge Merciless Assault Merciless Assault. Note that if you choose to drop Band of Might Band of Might from your setup, you can slot Ignore Pain Ignore Pain Bravado Bravado in the place of Furious Charge Furious Charge with similar success.
  • Rampage Rampage, Berserker Rage Berserker Rage and Boon of Bul-Kathos Boon of Bul-Kathos will be a solid, damage-oriented foundation of your passive selection.
  • You can change the flexible fourth passive slot from progression staples like Ruthless Ruthless to the globe-consuming movement buff of Pound of Flesh Pound of Flesh to further speed up your clears.
4.

Adapting Gear

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 speed farming variant of the Wastes Rend Barbarian still utilizes the 6-piece powers of the Wastes set, but a useful alteration you can make is to drop Tasset of the Wastes Tasset of the Wastes in favor of Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan, of course cubing Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur in the process. These legendary pants make resource management in this constantly moving build a breeze, as well as adding a smattering of damage to your overall Rend Rend burst.

Lamentation Lamentation is kept in the speed farming variant, and so is The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time — they both contribute too much to the Rend playstyle to be dropped.

In your jewelry, the recommended setup shifts away from the steady trickle of cooldown reduction of Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac and the timing-based damage bonuses of Convention of Elements Convention of Elements. Early on in character progression, or if you prefer a simpler setup to play with in general, you can play with a setup of Avarice Band Avarice Band and a Band of Might Band of Might. Avarice Band Avarice Band is an Act 3 cache legendary ring that increases your gold and health globe pickup radius as you pick up gold, stacking to the massive, half-screen circle of 30 yards — all for a generous 10 second duration. Its legendary power will greatly assist you in maintaining the movespeed bonuses of Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder, as well as Pound of Flesh Pound of Flesh. The Band of Might Band of Might is there to provide you with its incomparable damage reduction bonuses, triggered via Furious Charge Furious Charge in a speed farming setup.

If you want to hyper-optimize your speed farming performance, you can alter the second ring slot to Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny for its Fear-based speed proc, which takes advantage of the guaranteed Fear-on-hit roll of a worn Echoing Fury Echoing Fury.

During speedfarming, where the multiple runes of Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker that come from Mortick's Brace Mortick's Brace are overkill in many regards, the preferred bracers are the elite spawning Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers. The additional loot — not to mention progression — coming from the extra elites lets you finish standard rifts that much faster, and acquire the coveted GR keys.

Finally, the Istvan's Paired Blades set will be too defensive for the limited challenges of standard Rifts. You have two solid options for the weapons during speed farming. In a simpler, more straightforward setup, you can use the Bul-Kathos's Oath set — Bul-Kathos's Warrior Blood Bul-Kathos's Warrior Blood and Bul-Kathos's Solemn Vow Bul-Kathos's Solemn Vow — for their combination of convenient Fury generation and Movement Speed bonuses. If you want to hyper-optimize your speed farming however (at the cost of a slightly more demanding gearing), your weapon slots will be best taken by Ambo's Pride Ambo's Pride (leaving space in the Cube for speedrun-oriented powers) and Echoing Fury Echoing Fury (mostly for its Movement Speed bonuses from the Frenzy buff).

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Strength
  2. Socket
  3. Crit Chance
  4. Vitality
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Shoulders
  1. Strength
  2. Rend %
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. All Resistance
  5. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Torso
  1. Strength
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Rend %
  4. Vitality
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Wrists
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Physical Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Hands
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Waist
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life per Fury Spent
  5. Maximum Fury (Secondary Stat)
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Legs
  1. Strength
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Feet
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Armor
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Physical Damage
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
Weapon #1
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. High Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Damage %
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Weapon #2
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. High Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Damage %
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)

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.

5.

Adapting Gems

Taeguk Taeguk remains a universally desired damage and defense amplification gem for channeling-based builds.

You will be using Wreath of Lightning Wreath of Lightning as a replacement of Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped strictly for its level 25 property — a sizable movement speed bonus (in fact, you can stop leveling the gem right then and there). Note that you can (and should) utilize Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped for as long as you feel the need for its damage multiplier, and only transition to Wreath of Lightning Wreath of Lightning when you comfortably overpower the content.

Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder is a great speed farming inclusion, as it increases both your gold income (necessary for empowering GRs) as well as your movement speed (which directly affects the damage of Charge Barbs).

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.

6.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

7.

Kanai's Cube

In the easier, initial setup you will match the weapon Cube slot to the progression build, using Ambo's Pride Ambo's Pride for its crucial Rend Rend bonuses while wielding the Bul-Kathos set. In an optimized setup where you wield Ambo's and Echoing Fury, you will be using Messerschmidt's Reaver Messerschmidt's Reaver in this slot for its CDR-per-kill powers, which offer a speedfarm-appropriate counterpart to the more GR-oriented Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac. You can also alternate to In-geom In-geom in this slot, and see which one fits your playstyle better. The goal of both is to provide you with a Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker reset as soon as possible, ideally overlapping.

Goldwrap Goldwrap is a speedfarming staple which renders you near-invulnerable as you pick up gold; it offers tremendous synergy with the triumvirate of Avarice Band Avarice Band and Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder.

In the more traditional setup, this slot should be taken by your weakest roll of the three jewelry recommendations — Avarice Band Avarice Band, Band of Might Band of Might of Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac (if you go according to the table above for example, you would cube ORotZ). If you go for the hyper-optimization route with worn Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan, you will need to complete the Wastes 6-piece bonuses with a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur in the Cube.

In your 4th Kanai's Cube slot in Season 22, you can freely add Messerschmidt's Reaver Messerschmidt's Reaver on top of the default Cubed weapon recommendation, Ambo's Pride Ambo's Pride, without having to sacrifice the utility of any of them.

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.

8.

Legendary Potion

Waller affixes are problematic for Rend Barb builds, since they greatly limit your opportunities to weave and DoT from one pack to the next, back and forth, which is the general playstyle of the build. As such, our general recommendation for your legendary potion — especially for standard Rifts, where threats are significantly lower — is the Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid, which allows you to break through Waller affixes.

9.

Follower

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.

10.

Changelog

  • 18 Nov. 2020: Revised base Cube armor slot choice. Added S22 Cube recommendation.
  • 30 Jun. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
  • 12 Mar. 2020: Revised the guide to include a beginner-friendly Bul-Kathos setup.
  • 19 Nov. 2019: Guide revised and updated for Season 19.
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