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

1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

Following the role stereotypes, the Support Barb uses a mixture of sets and utility legendaries to maximize Toughness, cooldown and resource management. Note that the value of experience gemming and gear has been greatly diminished since Patch 2.4, all but eliminating the formerly favored XP-oriented item setups.

The desired armor set is The Legacy of Raekor, incorporating Raekor's Wraps Raekor's Wraps, Raekor's Burden Raekor's Burden, Raekor's Breeches Raekor's Breeches and Raekor's Heart Raekor's Heart to attain Furious Charge Furious Charge CDR from the 2-piece bonus and all runes from the 4-piece bonus. Rolls-wise, aim for Vitality, Cooldown Reduction and Crit Chance on Raekor's Wraps Raekor's Wraps, CDR and Toughness stats on Raekor's Burden Raekor's Burden, and full Toughness stats on Raekor's Breeches Raekor's Breeches and Raekor's Heart Raekor's Heart.

Free of damage dealing concerns, the support Barbarian can focus on pure utility in the jewelry. You have three recommended rings — Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac, Band of Might Band of Might and Oculus Ring Oculus Ring — two of which you will equip and Cube the third, according to your better rolled items. Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac is a powerful tool for this cooldown-heavy build: benefiting greatly from the heavy Ancient Spear Ancient Spear use, it allows for permanent uptime of crucial abilities like Ignore Pain Ignore Pain, Threatening Shout Threatening Shout, and War Cry War Cry. Band of Might Band of Might will provide you with up to 60% damage reduction for the paltry requirement of a Furious Charge Furious Charge once every 8 seconds — a mandatory ingredient of your survival in high GRs. Finally, the revamped Oculus Ring Oculus Ring will provide up to the impressive 85% multiplicative damage buff in a circular area for your DPS party members to stand in. While its wording is vague, it does trigger off assists, and will thus work on support characters.

To complete the jewelry, it is recommended to obtain an immunity amulet for a highly lethal source of elemental damage. Xephirian Amulet Xephirian Amulet, which renders you immune to lightning, or The Star of Azkaranth The Star of Azkaranth against fire, are the most desirable options. Other variants include the proc-based grouping utiltiy of The Ess of Johan The Ess of Johan, or a nicely rolled Hellfire Amulet of Strength Hellfire Amulet of Strength with a synergistic passive like Relentless Relentless.

A crucial piece for the Support Barbarian is the mighty belt Pride of Cassius Pride of Cassius, whose legendary power extends the duration of Ignore Pain Ignore Pain by up to 6 seconds. Obtaining the maximum value of the unique bonus solidifies the uptime of your strongest mitigation buff, and thankfully the belt is common enough to obtain a BiS roll relatively quickly. Regardless, it can be cubed if you get a well-rolled Chilanik's Chain Chilanik's Chain first; stat-wise the two belts are interchangeable, but Chilanik's Chain Chilanik's Chain is easier to maximize through Kanai's Cube because of its broader legendary affix range.

Resetting survivability cooldowns is top priority in Greater Rifts, and no other helm will empower your socket bonuses quite like a Leoric's Crown Leoric's Crown. Essentially doubling the effect of the gem slotted in your helm, this legendary will bump your CDR by 25% with a Flawless Royal Diamond Flawless Royal Diamond.

You have some wiggle room when deciding on your bracer; a case can be made for the party-wide additive damage increase of Strongarm Bracers Strongarm Bracers, triggered by the Furious Charge Furious Charge knockup. Better yet though, you can take the elite-spawning Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers to shorten the time spent looking for champion packs — at least one elite spawner should be present in the group, and you are well suited to the task as the scout.

Illusory Boots Illusory Boots are a crucial piece for the mobility of the build, allowing you to ignore collision and pass freely through enemies — an indispensable bonus for a character tasked with scouting and monster control. These boots are farmed through Act II bounty caches, and are relatively easy to obtain with a good roll due to their fixed stats and no-range affix. Stat-wise, aim strictly for Toughness.

You have a degree of freedom in choosing your weapon and offhand, with many recognized and highly ranking viable combinations. The standard recommendation (especially if you are new to the playstyle) is the Pig Sticker Pig StickerStormshield Stormshield combo. Pig Sticker Pig Sticker conveniently offers five primary stats and a superior dagger attack speed. Since supports care nothing about Weapon Damage, Pig Sticker Pig Sticker is a pure stat stick that needs Strength, Vitality, Cooldown Reduction, Attack Speed, and ideally the damage range gets rerolled into Resource Cost Reduction (or one of the missing aforementioned stats). Alternatively, you can equip the Istvan's Paired Blades set — the two swords Little Rogue Little Rogue and The Slanderer The Slanderer. While depriving you of the Stormshield Stormshield defensive bulwark, these weapons will sync with the overall goals of the support Barbarian by supplying you with 30% Armor and Attack Speed when fully stacked.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Vitality
  2. Socket
  3. Crit Chance
  4. All Resistance
  5. Strength
  6. Life %
Shoulders
  1. Vitality
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. All Resistance
  4. Strength
Torso
  1. Vitality
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life %
  5. Strength
  6. Reduced damage from Elites
Wrists
  1. Vitality
  2. Crit Chance
  3. All Resistance
  4. Strength
  5. Life per Hit
Hands
  1. Vitality
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Crit Chance
  4. Attack Speed
  5. All Resistance
  6. Strength
Waist
  1. Vitality
  2. All Resistance
  3. Life %
  4. Strength
Legs
  1. Vitality
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. All Resistance
  4. Strength
  5. Armor
Feet
  1. Vitality
  2. All Resistance
  3. Strength
  4. Movement Speed
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Crit Chance
  4. Vitality
  5. All Resistance
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Vitality
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Vitality
Weapon
  1. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Vitality
  3. Attack Speed
  4. Strength
  5. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  6. Life per Hit
Off-hand
  1. Vitality
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Crit Chance
  4. All Resistance
  5. Strength

2. Paragon Points

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

3. Gems

Wreath of Lightning Wreath of Lightning provides you with a nice AoE proc to aggro enemies with, along with an extremely helpful 25% movement speed for the duration of the proc — easily obtainable from the gem's level 25 property.

Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness synergizes well with the build, indirectly providing the entire party with more survivability by increasing your essential Cooldown Reduction, as well as substantial personal Toughness from the Dodge bonuses.

The recommended gem for your third and final jewelry slot is Gem of Efficacious Toxin Gem of Efficacious Toxin, for the party-wide damage increase against — and reduced damage from — enemies affected by its poisonous DoT.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

The recommended item for the weapon slot is Solanium Solanium, whose Health Globe on Crit bonuses will feed nicely into Globe-reliant bonuses for your DPS teammates, such as the Gruesome Feast Gruesome Feast passive for Witch Doctors.

One core Kanai's Cube item is Chilanik's Chain Chilanik's Chain for the armor slot. This belt provides a party-wide movement speed buff when you activate War Cry War Cry, essential both during XP runs (for efficiency) and progression content (to skip bad fights). As mentioned above, this slot is interchangeable with Pride of Cassius Pride of Cassius depending on your better rolled item.

As previously mentioned, your jewelry slot will be taken up by your worst roll of the three necessary rings for the build — Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac, Band of Might Band of Might and Oculus Ring Oculus Ring.

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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