Seismic Slam Barbarian Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Aug 28, 2019 at 09:00 by Deadset 14 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Seismic Slam Barbarian. Updated for patch 2.6.6 and Season 18.

1.

Normal Rift Speed Farming Variation

The Seismic Slam Barbarian can deal reasonably well with Normal Rift farming all the way through the highest Torment difficulties. The build variation suffers from minor inconveniences compared to top tier speed farming builds (conflicting bracers, competing belts), but otherwise handles the task with ease.

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.

2.

Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Seismic Slam Icon Seismic Slam Permafrost Permafrost Right Mouse Button Leap Icon Leap Death from Above Death from Above 1 Battle Rage Icon Battle Rage Ferocity Ferocity 2 War Cry Icon War Cry Impunity Impunity 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 damage-oriented Bloodshed Bloodshed rune of Battle Rage Battle Rage, which is better suited to the damage demands of GR pushing, to the speed buff of the Ferocity Ferocity rune.
  • Optionally replacing the redundant toughness of War Cry War Cry Impunity Impunity with the active bursts of movement coming from Sprint Sprint Marathon Marathon.
  • In your passives, you can optionally replace Nerves of Steel Nerves of Steel with the globe-fueled movement speed bonuses of Pound of Flesh Pound of Flesh.
3.

Adapting Gear

Both the balancing act of the Endless Walk set and the conditional toughness bonus of Band of Might Band of Might greatly diminish in usefulness during Normal Rift farming. That progresion-oriented jewelry will be better replaced by a split between a Cold damage Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan (for the permanent damage increase) and an Avarice Band Avarice Band (for the synergy with Goldwrap Goldwrap and Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder).

Regardless of your chosen rings, they will be best complemented by The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time, which doubles the duration of Pylons that you find during rifting.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Strength
  2. Socket
  3. Crit Chance
  4. Seismic Slam %
Shoulders
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. Area Damage
  4. All Resistance
  5. Life %
Torso
  1. 3 Sockets
  2. Strength
  3. Vitality
  4. Reduced Damage from Elites
  5. All Resistance
Wrists
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cold 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. Seismic Slam %
  4. All Resistance
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cold Damage
  5. Strength
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Flat Damage Increase
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Flat Damage Increase
Weapon
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Damage %
  5. Area Damage
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 overall damage increase and elite protection of Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful. If you choose to run an Avarice Band Avarice Band plus Goldwrap Goldwrap setup, you can complete the gold utility triumvirate with Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon
5.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

When you are farming on your own and/or want to synergize with Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder, cube Goldwrap Goldwrap in your armor slot. If you choose to stay away from the gold synergy setup and stay with Band of Might Band of Might equipped, you can also retain War Cry War Cry on your bar (instead of Sprint Sprint) and cube Chilanik's Chain Chilanik's Chain in your armor slot. This mighty belt boosts the movement speed of the entire group considerably with every activation of the shout.

6.

Changelog

  • 28 Aug. 2019: Fixed diablo3.com build link.
  • 22 Aug. 2019: Item and skill recommendations are revised for Season 18.
  • 13 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 28 Feb. 2018: Added the guide.
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