Whirlwind GR Wastes Barbarian Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Nov 18, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 41 comments

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

1.

Whirlwind Wastes Barbarian Speed Farming Variation

The Whirlwind Barbarian deals with Normal Rift farming and Bounty runs excellently, making it a preferred build even outside Solo GR content. 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 War Cry Icon War Cry Charge! Charge! Right Mouse Button Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind Blood Funnel Blood Funnel 1 Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain Bravado Bravado 2 Wrath of the Berserker Icon Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity 3 Battle Rage Icon Battle Rage Bloodshed Bloodshed 4 Sprint Icon Sprint Marathon Marathon
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.

The Whirlwind Barb does not alter significantly as a playstyle during speed farming — you are still Whirlwind Whirlwinding throughout the Rift, reapplying important buffs as they come off cooldown. Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker has the biggest priority, and you will be aiming to reset its cooldown as fast as possible through In-geom In-geom resets (meaning you should prioritize elites slightly when picking your fights). Battle Rage Battle Rage will be applied for the extra speed of Ferocity Ferocity, and War Cry War Cry — for the temporary boost of Chilanik's Chain Chilanik's Chain. Pull abilities will not be necessary in standard content, so you can use the freed up skill slot for a final speed bump from Sprint Sprint Marathon Marathon.

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 is still your main damage dealer, and you can either maintain the rune Blood Funnel Blood Funnel from progression, or alternate to Hurricane Hurricane (and adjust elemental rolls on gear accordingly) for the vortex effect on enemies.
  • The protection-focused runes of Ignore Pain Ignore Pain (Iron Hide Iron Hide and Ignorance is Bliss Ignorance is Bliss) will not be necessary during speed farm, so you can switch to the extra speed of Bravado Bravado.
  • When you become confident in outdamaging and easily surviving the content, you should also change your Battle Rage Battle Rage rune to the Ferocity Ferocity movement speed increase.
  • While it might not seem like a speed farming-appropriate choice, maintain War Cry War Cry on your bar in order to trigger a party-wide movespeed buff from the cubed Chilanik's Chain Chilanik's Chain.
  • When you are solo speed farming, use the slot usually occupied by Threatening Shout Threatening Shout for the short bursts of speed from Sprint Sprint Marathon Marathon.
  • Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity is an omnipresent self-buff in both versions of the build.
4.

Adapting Gear

You will still use the full 6-piece Wrath of the Wastes set, wearing all available pieces and leaving the jewelry slots for stronger utility options. Naturally, the Bul-Kathos's Oath is still yor weapon set of choice, and it complements farming needs nicely with its innate movement speed bonuses. Keep Pride of Cassius Pride of Cassius as well, even though it will serve another purpose — extending the duration of the movement speed bonuses of Bravado Bravado.

Jewelry-wise, both The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time and Skull Grasp Skull Grasp are necessary for fluid farming. The cyclical damage bonuses from Convention of Elements Convention of Elements however are too slow for the tempo of standard rift fights, and the ring is better replaced by the consistent damage buff of Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan of the appropriate element as your Whirlwind Whirlwind rune of choice (Physical for Blood Funnel Blood Funnel or Cold for Hurricane Hurricane).

In the tamer standard difficulties, the extra Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker runes should not be necessary, and you can safely swap the bracer slot into the farming staple Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers; they will synergize nicely with a cubed In-geom In-geom to make up for the loss of Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Strength
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Whirlwind Whirlwind %
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Shoulders
  1. Strength
  2. All Resistance
  3. Area Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
  6. Chill On Hit (Secondary Stat)
Torso
  1. Strength
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Reduced Damage from Elites
  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 (replaced by Attack Speed at High Paragons)
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Waist
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life %
  5. 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. Whirlwind %
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  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. Cooldown Reduction (if The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time)
  6. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  7. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage or Flat Damage Increase
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage or Flat Damage Increase
  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. Area Damage
  5. Attack Speed Increase (on 1st Weapon)
  6. Cooldown Reduction (on 2nd Weapon)
  7. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
  8. Chill on Hit (Secondary Stat)
Weapon #2
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. High Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Area Damage
  5. Attack Speed Increase (on 1st Weapon)
  6. Cooldown Reduction (on 2nd Weapon)
  7. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
  8. Chill on Hit (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

Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped remains a universally desired damage amplification gem, and Taeguk Taeguk remains an extremely potent addition to channeling builds such as Whirlwind Whirlwind (though you can consider dropping one of these gems for the extra movespeed from Wreath of Lightning Wreath of Lightning once you comfortably outscale 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. Early on in character progression, if you are not comfortable with your toughness (or if you are doing a Death's Breath farming alteration), you can use the defensive bulwark of Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration in this slot.

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

In speed farming, where you lose Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac for the all-out offensive combo of the worn Skull Grasp Skull Grasp and Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan, you should make up the cooldown reduction loss with an In-geom In-geom. This will ensure a near unbroken chain of Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker activations, keeping up your damage and speed at a constant high.

Chilanik's Chain Chilanik's Chain can easily swap Mantle of Channeling Mantle of Channeling; the loss of damage and toughness will be insignificant in farming difficulties, and the party-wide movement speed buff after using War Cry War Cry will come in nicely.

Last but not least, you should also consider cubing an Avarice Band Avarice Band for the synergy with a socketed Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder.

In your 4th Kanai's Cube slot in Season 22, you should add Messerschmidt's Reaver Messerschmidt's Reaver to further reduce your crucial cooldowns and enjoy permanent uptime of the crucial Wrath of the Berserker Wrath of the Berserker buff.

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.

7.

Changelog

  • 18 Nov. 2020: Added S22 Cube recommendation.
  • 30 Jun. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
  • 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 19 Nov. 2019: Guide revised and updated for Season 19.
  • 28 Aug. 2019: Skill and gear recommendations have been further revised.
  • 22 Aug. 2019: Revised item recommendations for Season 18.
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