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Whirlwind Wastes 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 Whirlwind Wastes Barbarian. Updated for patch 2.6 and Season 11.

The other pages of our Whirlwind Wastes Barbarian guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Normal Rift 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.

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 Furious Charge Icon Furious Charge Merciless Assault Merciless Assault Right Mouse Button Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind Hurricane Hurricane 1 Sprint Icon Sprint Marathon Marathon 2 Wrath of the Berserker Icon Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Insanity 3 Battle Rage Icon Battle Rage Ferocity Ferocity 4 War Cry Icon War Cry Veteran's Warning Veteran's Warning
Passive Skills

In the skill selection, you will accomplish that by:

  • As mentioned in the solo GR skill page, you can adapt your Whirlwind Whirlwind during speed farming to match the ease of resource management from the Bul-Kathos's Oath set. Either the healing Blood Funnel Blood Funnel or the monster pulling Hurricane Hurricane are great choices for the slot.
  • When farming lower content, the defenses of Ignore Pain Ignore Pain will be overkill and you can safely swap them away for the movement speed staple Sprint Sprint Marathon Marathon.
  • 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.
  • In less threatening content the value of pulls like Wrenching Smash Wrenching Smash and Rage Flip Rage Flip diminishes, so replace this skill slot with Furious Charge Furious Charge Merciless Assault Merciless Assault for additional mobility and a proc for Focus Focus and Restraint Restraint.
  • In your passives, you can change the flexible fourth slot from progression staples like Berserker Rage Berserker Rage to the globe-consuming Pound of Flesh Pound of Flesh to further speed up your clears.

3. Adapting Gear

The Bul-Kathos's Oath set, Bul-Kathos's Solemn Vow Bul-Kathos's Solemn Vow and Bul-Kathos's Warrior Blood Bul-Kathos's Warrior Blood, result in a much more mobile playstyle than Istvan's Paired Blades. The Bul-Kathos swords are unmatched in resource stability and fluid performance, making them the recommended set for speedruns.

In the tamer standard difficulties, both the timing nature of Convention of Elements Convention of Elements and the CDR focus of Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac will be more of a setback than benefit. In their place, take the Bastions of Will set — Focus Focus and Restraint Restraint, for their unparalleled 2.25 independent damage multiplier while you alternate generator and spender attacks. You will fulfill that requirement by weaving a regular Furious Charge Furious Charge Merciless Assault Merciless Assault in your Whirlwind Whirlwind channeling.

To avoid overkilling on defense, replace Pride of Cassius Pride of Cassius with Chilanik's Chain Chilanik's Chain in speedfarming to enjoy a significant, party-wide movement speed buff every time you use War Cry War Cry.

If you are confident in your damage output, you can also speed rifts up by replacing Strongarm Bracers Strongarm Bracers with Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers for the additional elite spawns (and smoother In-geom In-geom procs).
Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Socket
  2. Strength
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Whirlwind Whirlwind %
  5. Vitality
Shoulders
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Area Damage
Torso
  1. 3 Sockets
  2. Strength
  3. Vitality
  4. Reduced Damage from Elites
  5. All Resistance
Wrists
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Elemental Damage
  4. Vitality
Hands
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Chance to Stun (Secodary Stat)
Waist
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life per Fury Spent
  5. Chance to Freeze (Secondary Stat)
Legs
  1. 2 Sockets
  2. Strength
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Armor
Feet
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Whirlwind Whirlwind %
  5. Movement Speed
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Elemental Damage
  5. Strength
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction (one one ring)
  5. Area Damage (on the other ring)
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction (one one ring)
  5. Area Damage (on the other ring)
Weapon #1
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Area Damage
  6. % Weapon Damage
Weapon #2
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Area Damage
  6. % Weapon Damage

4. Adapting Gemming

In normal rifts where health numbers are much more tame, you should swap Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken out for the overall damage increase and elite protection of Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

5. 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 Focus Focus and Restraint Restraint and the cubed Skull Grasp Skull Grasp, 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.

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