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Great setup, but - at least in theory - I don't like Furious Charge with this build.

 

The mobility is amazing and yes the +30% from Strongarm needs a proc.  But Furious Charge is extremely slow - you will lose uptime on both halves of Focus/Restraint unless you're in dense areas, and you will absolutely lose it on single targets (when you need it the most).

 

Also, thanks to the changes with 2.3, it seems like most elites / bosses / etc. will be knockback immune, thus negating another benefit.

 

I would suggest instead Cleave, and either Scattering Blast (if "knock into the air" counts as knockback and knockback immunity isn't a thing) or simply Gathering Storm for the +10% damage buff for 3 seconds and light CC.  (You could also do Bash - Punish for a longer 5 second buff that only gave +4% damage.  While lower, it synergizes extremely well with the 5 second buff of Focus/Restraint, and technically you could also raise it to 12% with 3 hits).  These give simple damage boosts and otherwise don't get in the way of the need to use a generator every 5 seconds for optimal damage on your spender.

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Great setup, but - at least in theory - I don't like Furious Charge with this build.

 

The mobility is amazing and yes the +30% from Strongarm needs a proc.  But Furious Charge is extremely slow - you will lose uptime on both halves of Focus/Restraint unless you're in dense areas, and you will absolutely lose it on single targets (when you need it the most).

 

Also, thanks to the changes with 2.3, it seems like most elites / bosses / etc. will be knockback immune, thus negating another benefit.

 

I would suggest instead Cleave, and either Scattering Blast (if "knock into the air" counts as knockback and knockback immunity isn't a thing) or simply Gathering Storm for the +10% damage buff for 3 seconds and light CC.  (You could also do Bash - Punish for a longer 5 second buff that only gave +4% damage.  While lower, it synergizes extremely well with the 5 second buff of Focus/Restraint, and technically you could also raise it to 12% with 3 hits).  These give simple damage boosts and otherwise don't get in the way of the need to use a generator every 5 seconds for optimal damage on your spender.

Hello and thanks for the detailed comment! I would definitely agree that a generator makes F&R upkeep easier, but that unfortunately doesn't address one of the 'meta' realities in the D3 endgame: fishing for favorable circumstances. In the so-called ideal case scenario (which you will have to make dozens - or hundreds!- of attempts the higher you push), Furious Charge will give you the optimal balance of a movement tool + a Strongarm proc vs. large groups of enemies.

 

I would not worry about the CC reduction as much - it is definitely in effect, but to prevent spam-heavy perma-stun builds. In this case, you only try to proc your Strongarm once every 5 seconds, and you should realistically end the fight with anything that is not a guardian or a yellow elite well within the 20-30 second range.

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Very nice build, I love it! No more hand cramp from the constant whirlwinding tongue.png

 

However, I don't understand why you would need the Fury of the Ancients shoulders with this build, you're only spending fury with HotA (and battlerage). All of that is getting refunded and more.

At first, I thought maybe it procced the fury gen. bonus of F&R, but you're saying we should use furious charge to do that.

I'm probably overseeing something here, as I've seen most of the records holding barbs use it with a HotA build, so please tell me why.

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eric, its because "all of that is getting refunded and more" is simply not true. If you hit more than 3 enemies then your HOTA cost is not refunded and you are spamming it constantly pretty much (aside from the charge every 4-5 seconds)

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Hi I'm just wondering if this build would be effective using Seismic Slam?  I currently have the Fury of the Vanished Peak as my main weapon and I got the bracers that increases the damage of SS provided you hit more than 5 enemies.  Although the skills I use are 2 fury generators with Reaper's Wraps, Warcry and Threatening Shout.

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Very nice build, I love it! No more hand cramp from the constant whirlwinding tongue.png

 

However, I don't understand why you would need the Fury of the Ancients shoulders with this build, you're only spending fury with HotA (and battlerage). All of that is getting refunded and more.

At first, I thought maybe it procced the fury gen. bonus of F&R, but you're saying we should use furious charge to do that.

I'm probably overseeing something here, as I've seen most of the records holding barbs use it with a HotA build, so please tell me why.

Hi. Without the shoulders, you fury is not close to 100% to proc the Berserker's rage. Tested and confirmed.

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Hey Deadset and thx a lot for another informative and accurately explained build!

 

I have one point to add which makes life a lot easier to keep your Taeguk stacks between packs. Instead of hitting HotA you can just click Battle Rage which will seve to keep you Taeguk activated. When you reach the next pack you switch to HotA spamming and so on and so forth.

 

Battle Rgae does not need th force stand action to activate which makes it so much easier to use while moving, leaving you time to focus on finding the next pack to annihilate!

 

Best regards,

 

n

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Hi I'm just wondering if this build would be effective using Seismic Slam?  I currently have the Fury of the Vanished Peak as my main weapon and I got the bracers that increases the damage of SS provided you hit more than 5 enemies.  Although the skills I use are 2 fury generators with Reaper's Wraps, Warcry and Threatening Shout.

 

Hello! Seismic Slam is regarded as a viable, but weaker build option for Immortal King. Do not let it discourage you in playing it, but keep in mind for leaderboard performance.

 

 

 

Hey Deadset and thx a lot for another informative and accurately explained build!

 

I have one point to add which makes life a lot easier to keep your Taeguk stacks between packs. Instead of hitting HotA you can just click Battle Rage which will seve to keep you Taeguk activated. When you reach the next pack you switch to HotA spamming and so on and so forth.

 

Battle Rgae does not need th force stand action to activate which makes it so much easier to use while moving, leaving you time to focus on finding the next pack to annihilate!

 

Best regards,

 

n

 

Thank you for your kind words and on-point observation! You can, indeed, keep Taeguk up with Battle Rage. :)

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Why is fury listed so low on the Paragon stat priority? HotA gains 1% crit chance for every 5 fury you have, allowing you to easily hit 100%, and allowing you to roll %HotA damage on items where you would otherwise normally roll crit (for example, helmet).

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I only came by to say that, Deadset, your guides are some of the best available for Diablo 3. They may not always be the most optimized or even current as the season wanes, but your ability to explain in excellent detail the various builds for the game we all love simply cannot be surpassed. I bloviate, I know, but I had to say something. 

 

Big fan.

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Why is fury listed so low on the Paragon stat priority? HotA gains 1% crit chance for every 5 fury you have, allowing you to easily hit 100%, and allowing you to roll %HotA damage on items where you would otherwise normally roll crit (for example, helmet).

 

Will be corrected ASAP, made a mistake when pasting the Paragon table. Thanks!

 

 

I only came by to say that, Deadset, your guides are some of the best available for Diablo 3. They may not always be the most optimized or even current as the season wanes, but your ability to explain in excellent detail the various builds for the game we all love simply cannot be surpassed. I bloviate, I know, but I had to say something. 

 

Big fan.

 

Thank you for the kind words!

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Hey deadset
 

First awesome guide, have been useing it a lot, 

Im thinking why dont you use bane of the stricken instead of teaguk, im currtenly playing TX and bane is doing a good boost on bosses and RG 

 

Best regards 

 

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Hi guys
I have a question about the stat priorities of the items mentioned in this guide.
The list of some pieces include more affixes/ properties than the piece can have.
For example the shoulder piece in this guide has been discussed with 5 affixes, but it only can have 4 primary affixes.

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Hey bro, first of all, gratz for this guide, very helpfull! But Im wondering here... u've tried this build with Gogok instead Taeguk?

 

I really think its better... im having some probs with maintence Taeguk procs... and Gogok gives an nice AS bonus... as well Exoteric, for toughness, ive tried and i like it, cuz my survivability wasnt good, im playing greater rifts 52-53 with some problems to survive... wht u think? A couple of diamonds will solve toughness problems? Or Esoteric/Gogok/Bane of the Trapped will be the best legendary gems set in my case?

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Hi guys

I have a question about the stat priorities of the items mentioned in this guide.

The list of some pieces include more affixes/ properties than the piece can have.

For example the shoulder piece in this guide has been discussed with 5 affixes, but it only can have 4 primary affixes.

 

OK, so on those shoulders...

 

Shoulder Stat Priority:

1. Strength

2. Vitality

3. All Resistance

4. Area Damage

5. Life %

 

 

It gives you alternate stats that, though not as good, might help you decide what to pick.  So when comparing two different shoulders, neither one of which will get you all four of the best stats, you can pick the one with Life % knowing it's still better than the one with Life Regeneration.  Similar concept when you have two or more undesirable stats and you're deciding which to re-roll, you would know to re-roll Armor and keep Life %.

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Hey bro, first of all, gratz for this guide, very helpfull! But Im wondering here... u've tried this build with Gogok instead Taeguk?
 
I really think its better... im having some probs with maintence Taeguk procs... and Gogok gives an nice AS bonus... as well Exoteric, for toughness, ive tried and i like it, cuz my survivability wasnt good, im playing greater rifts 52-53 with some problems to survive... wht u think? A couple of diamonds will solve toughness problems? Or Esoteric/Gogok/Bane of the Trapped will be the best legendary gems set in my case?

 

 

I would swap in a few Diamonds and stick to Taeguk to be honest. It's a tricky gem to keep up sometimes, but always keep in mind you can spam Battle Rage in between fights to keep it up, no need to stop and HotA in thin air.

 

P.S. Thanks for clarifying the stat priority question, Warden! That's exactly what I had in mind when listing the stats.

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I'm seeing a lot of Veteran's Warning use on the leaderboards instead of Impunity for WC.  How do you feel about the difference between 20% elemental resistance and 30% dodge chance?

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Fun version of this build is running leap instead of furious charge. If you use out boots, hammer and RoRG passives from your cube you can get full set bonuses from both IK and MotE sets.

With BoW rings (equipped) and RoRG (cube) it doesn't leave a slot open for either Unity nor CoE. So currently I'm running both Together as one and Striding Giant instead of insanity. Swords to Plowshares on Battlerange to keep me and the ancients alive.

Stacking of the 250% dmg bonus from IK set and Insanity rune?

Since I only run Hardcore I haven't tested the viability endgame but it works in T10 with a normal IK-maul. Also play D3 on ps4 atm so is slightly different what skill combos are smoother to run (diff controls)

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I have a little doubt. In many configurations, on the weapon, it is indicated as the primary hole without ramalandi´s gift.I don´t understand the reason for this. I always, if the weapon has hole, took it off and put another stat and add the hole with the ramalandi´s gift.

 

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I'm seeing a lot of Veteran's Warning use on the leaderboards instead of Impunity for WC.  How do you feel about the difference between 20% elemental resistance and 30% dodge chance?

Actually I found a great explanation about the difference between the two here:

http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?p=29736829&sid=0d291d6e71f87fe76e92bc174f11849d#p29736829

 

Most (but not all) damage is dodgeable. A few things that aren't include the molten, plagued, and poison enchanted ground effects. Ghom gas, things like that. Thunderstorm is dodgeable, arcane beams are dodgeable, electrified is dodgeable, and of course attacks are dodgeable.

There's also one-shots to consider. Dodge doesn't do anything to prevent one shots, while resists will increase your ability to withstand them, but if you're not in one-shot territory in the content you're doing, you can average out better with the dodge.

Also on the complete other end of the spectrum, where all the really scary stuff will one-shot you whether you have impunity or not, it is better to have a chance to dodge it. Impunity really only shines in the medium stuff where it can edge you from one-shot to not one-shot.

 

Adding Veteran's Warning to Wrath gives you a 44% chance to dodge.  That's not the same as DR (and not as reliable) but it's very powerful, especially since this build has to be right next to everything.  It's definitely worth considering.

 

 

Speaking of which, I finally tried this build out as well and the damage really is insane.  It's around 2.2 billion single-target, solo DPS for me with all buffs up (and that's with crappy equipment), ~2.5 B when I get knockback, and that puts the poor WW barb to shame (similar crappy equipment on that one is more like ~650 mil average).  However you REALLY feel the DR loss, and I find this build to be MUCH more fragile - especially without the constant escape and speed of WW.  And if you die with both Ancients and Wrath on cooldown... your chance of recovery is slim.  (You really need a monk for groups as well.)

 

One way I've tried to fix that is running Swords to Ploughshares, which is really nice with this crit-heavy build.  Life per fury spent is good, to the point where I wonder if Bloodthirst might make a good 4th passive, especially if you run a little attack-speed heavy.  (I happen to have two pieces with +Health Globe and that nearly doubles my HotA healing.)  Relentless seems useful, except that the first two benefits actually cancel each other out, which is weird.  So you're left with 50% DR (which translates to about +12.5% effective) under 35% health, which certainly doesn't hurt but I've found it's hardly a life-saver.  There's always Nerves of Steel, but I find myself getting trapped a lot with this build - and that won't save you from not being able to move.

 

One thing I wondered is if it might be worth dumping the Knockback Bracers, wearing Bracers of the First Men, and putting something in the cube like Ice Climbers or Illusory Boots.  The first keeps you from being frozen or jailed, and the latter allows you to move through enemies and walls.  It's a lot of damage to give up for escape, but this build really needs more escape, and the damage is fine, at least through the low-50 Grifts (and that's without Furnace).

 

 

Regarding passives, Weapons Master is another one that is really useful with this build - the extra fury "per hit" can suddenly keep your fury up ALL the time, instead of dropping fast from big groups.  It's seems good for a Hellfire addition if you can swing it, although big groups of non-elites aren't really what's stopping you.

 

It probably won't surprise anyone who has read the WW barb thread that I also like Goguk instead of Pain Enhancer.  smile.png  The DPS drop is more substantial (about 150 mil DPS for me) but the gain from the faster attack makes up for it against single targets at least, but the CDR is also nice for healing with War Cry or to keep Wrath up during long empty stretches.  PE is probably superior, though, especially since most bosses actually do spawn a few adds from time to time.

 

It's funny but you sort of want to avoid resource cost reduction, even in paragon points.  I'm not sure how IK's 4-piece interacts with HotA costing 18 fury instead of 20; I'll try to do more testing, but I'm wondering if you can halve your effective CDR on Wrath by using any RCR.

 

I think the guide isn't as clear on this, but max fury is worth maxing, at least until your crit on your equipment makes up for it.  Obviously if you have 100% crit on HotA you don't need more max fury, but until then it's worth every drop - absolutely a priority over Strength.  It's also nice to get +fury on your belt - it's definitely worth shooting for that if all your other stats are good.

 

Finally, for those like me who are still sad about not having a Furnace yet, Scourge is still a great 2nd choice.  Its bonus is particularly good with big damage 2-handers, and it adds about ~500 mil effective DPS to me (with all buffs except knockback).  Still not like Furnace, which would add about 1.2 billion to elites, but still:  it's a lot easier to come by.

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On the topic of damage, it's feels worth pointing out that:  with non-ancient weapons, only one or two ancient armor pieces, and STILL NO FURNACE I have tried or statted out on paper the three non-Raekor builds on this site (the Raekor build feels outdated at the moment, but I have no idea how viable it is), and this build simply blows the other two away when it comes to damage.  My 2.2 billion DPS above was ignoring CotA damage, knockback, and Pain Enhancer stacks and Rampage stacks.  With ONLY FIVE Rampage stacks and at least 2 bleeding enemies in range who have recently been knocked back, including all sources of damage this build goes up to 3.3 billion DPS.  Full Rampage?  More like 4 billion.  Which I'm adding another ~700 mil with Scourge or if I had a Furnace instead, another ~1.8 billion.  (And all this is still ignoring area damage and Bloodshed.)

 

Wrath + BK?  Best I got with non-ancient, non-Furnace was about 650 mil average (using CoE), with another 100+ mil with full Rampage stacks - easily the lowest of the bunch.  The IK/WW Rend build?  Well your Rends can get up to 5 billion each, but that's spread out over 15 seconds.  With two of those stacked, plus PE and CotA damage, you are still only getting about 1.2 billion DPS.  Full Rampage gets you up to 1.5 billion, which is great - but it's still only like half of IK/HotA.

 

When it comes to survivability, the order is reversed:  Wrath/BK is amazing, thanks to higher DR and constant escape and speed from Whirlwind.  The others are both a distant 2nd, although IK/WW/Rend is probably the stronger of the two defensively since it also uses WW for escape.

 

I wanted to post some example numbers because this isn't something the guides get into, but both anecdotally and on paper, this build is the absolute strongest when it comes to pure damage, and you NEED that damage to complete the higher Grifts.  I didn't realize it was so much different until I played with a HotA barb for the first time and just watched packs melt in a group T10 rift.  The difference was palpable.  If you can support this build with a strong support Monk and drop Unity for CoE... yeah, you can spike over 10 billion DPS for 25% of the time.  (That's not including the Mantra bonuses or other Monk boosts, which can get you over 12 bil.)  That's why people like this build in groups so much, especially in two-player teams with Monks.  But it comes with a tradeoff, and that is your survivability MUST be supported or you will crumple like a paper doll.  (This is why you'll see people using full diamonds instead of rubies - you have DPS to spare, but you NEED that survivability.)

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When it comes to survivability, the order is reversed:  Wrath/BK is amazing, thanks to higher DR and constant escape and speed from Whirlwind.  The others are both a distant 2nd, although IK/WW/Rend is probably the stronger of the two defensively since it also uses WW for escape.

 

This observation matches my experience - particularly when comparing the IK variations, Rend was much easier to handle solo, while HotA devastates in groups. I average in the 12 billion range per HotA and my Barbarian still has improvements to be made.

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I am struggling with fury (and therefore WotB uptime). You said:

 

 

 

The 2-piece bonus assists you with the cooldown reset for a reason — the chosen rune e.png Together as One is the foundation of your Toughness, while the c.png Ancients' Fury rune (acquired through gear) is the basis of Fury management

 

 

I am new and sure I have missed something, but what is the gear source of Ancients' Fury?  Thanks.

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      General Many Legendary and Set items have had their drop chance increased Legendary Items Barbarian Band of Might After casting Furious Charge, Ground Stomp, or Leap, take 50–60% 60-80% reduced damage for 8 seconds Bracers of Destruction Seismic Slam deals 300–400% 400-500% increased damage to the first 5 enemies it hits. Bracers of the First Men Hammer of the Ancients attacks 50% faster and deals 150–200% 300-400% 400-500% increased damage Fury of the Vanished Peak No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Seismic Slam damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix. Reduces the Fury cost of Seismic Slam by 40-50% and increases its damage by 400-500%. Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible. Gavel of Judgement No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Hammer of the Ancients damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix. Hammer of the Ancients returns 20–25 Fury if it hits 3 or fewer enemies. The damage of Hammer of the Ancients is increased by 400-500% 600-800% and it returns 25 Fury if it hits 3 or fewer enemies Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible. Note: The Legendary power on this item is currently not functioning; this will be fixed in an upcoming patch Girdle of Giants Seismic Slam increases Earthquake damage by 80–100% 200-250% for 3 seconds. Skull Grasp Increase the damage of Whirlwind by 250–300% 400-500% 300-400% Standoff Furious Charge deals increased damage equal to 200–250% 400-500% of your bonus movement speed. Crusader Blade of Prophecy No longer rolls a bonus to Condemn damage as an inherent affix. Two Condemned enemies also trigger Condemn's explosion and the damage of Condemn is increased by 350-450% 600-800%. Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible. Bracer of Fury Heaven's Fury deals 150–200% 300-400% increased damage to enemies that are Blinded, Immobilized, or Stunned. Denial Each enemy hit by your Sweep Attack increases the damage of your next Sweep Attack by 30–40% 100-125%, stacking up to 5 times. Faithful Memory Each enemy hit by Falling Sword increases the damage of Blessed Hammer by 50-60% 60-80% for 10 seconds. Max 10 stacks. Fate of the Fell Gain two additional rays of Heaven’s Fury. Heaven's Fury gains two additional rays and has its damage increased by 150-200% 375-500% Frostburn No longer smart drops for Crusader. Frydehr’s Wrath No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Condemn damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix. Condemn has no cooldown and has its damage increased by 450-600% 600-800%, but instead costs 40 Wrath. Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible. Golden Flense No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Sweep Attack damage as an inherent affix. Sweep Attack restores 6 Wrath for each enemy hit and has its damage increased by 225-300% Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible. Gyrfalcon’s Foote Removes the resource cost of Blessed Shield and increases Blessed Shield damage by 400-500% 275-350%. Jekangbord No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Blessed Shield damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix. Blessed Shield ricochets to 6 additional enemies and has its damage increased by 300-400% 225-300%. Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible. Demon Hunter Dead Man’s Legacy No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Multishot damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix. Legendary power now also increases Multishot damage, now reads Multishot hits enemies below 50-60% health twice and its damage is increased by 125-150% 150-200%. Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible. Karlei’s Point The damage of Impale is increased by 60-80% 225-300% 300-375% and Impale it returns 10–15 Hatred if it hits an enemy already Impaled. Lord Greenstone’s Fan Every second, gain 160–200% 300-400% increased damage for your next Fan of Knives. Stacks up to 30 times. Manticore No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Multishot damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix. Reduces the Hatred cost of Cluster Arrow by 40-50% and increases its damage by 250-300%. Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible. Yang’s Recurve Multishot attacks 50% faster and its damage is increased by 125-150% 150-200%. Wraps of Clarity Your Hatred Generators reduce your damage taken by 30–35% 40-50% for 5 seconds. Monk Binding of the Lost Each hit with Seven-Sided Strike grants 3.0–3.5% 4-5% damage reduction for 7 seconds. Balance No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Tempest Rush damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix. The damage of Tempest Rush is increased by 450-600% and when your Tempest Rush hits 3 or fewer enemies, it gains 100% Critical Hit Chance.. Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible. Cesar's Memento Enemies take 300–400% 600-800% increased damage from your Tempest Rush for 5 seconds after you hit them with a Blind, Freeze, or Stun The Fist of Az’Turrasq Exploding Palm's on-death explosion damage is increased by 250–300% 400-500%.  Incense Torch of the Grand Temple No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Wave of Light damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix. Reduces the Spirit cost of Wave of Light by 40–50% and increases its damage by 450-500%. Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible. Scarbringer The damage of Lashing Tail Kick is increased by 300% 450-600% to the first 7 enemies hit Spirit Guards Your Spirit Generators reduce your damage taken by 30–40% 45-60% for 3 seconds. Necromancer Bloodsong Mail While in the Land of the Dead, Command Skeletons gains the effect of all runes and deals 100–125% additional damage and gains the effect of the Enforcer, Frenzy, Dark Mending and Freezing Grasp runes. Bloodtide Blade Death Nova deals 20–30% 80-100% increased damage for every enemy within 15 25 yards.. Dayntee’s Binding You gain an additional 40–50% damage reduction when there is an enemy afflicted by your Decrepify any of your curses. Defiler Cuisses Your Bone Spirit's damage is increased by 75–100% 400-500% for every second it is active. Fate’s Vow Army of the Dead now deals an additional 200-250% damage and gains the effect of the Unconventional Warfare rune. Golemskin Breeches Your Golem's damage is increased by 100–125% and You take 30% less damage while it your Golem is alive and the cooldown on Command Golem is reduced by 20-25 seconds. Leger’s Disdain Grim Scythe deals an additional 7–10% 65-80% damage for each point of essence it restores. Lost Time Your cold skills reduce the movement speed of enemies by 30%. In addition, your movement speed is increased by 4–5% 8-10% for 5 seconds. Maximum 5 stacks. Maltorius’ Petrified Spike Bone Spear now costs 40 Essence and deals 375–450% 550-700% increased damage. Mask of Scarlet Death When paired with the Revive: Purgatory rune, the mega-revived monster will drop the same number of corpses were used to create it on death. This item will now attempt to give preference to the strongest monster to become the mega-revive when selecting a group of corpses. Nayr’s Black Death Each different poison skill you use increases the damage of your poison skills by 50–65% 75-100% for 15 seconds. Scythe of the Cycle Your Secondary skills deal 250–300% 350-400% additional damage while Bone Armor is active but reduce the remaining duration of Bone Armor by 4 seconds. Steuart’s Greaves You gain 40–50% 75-100% increased movement speed for 2 10 seconds after using Blood Rush. The Johnstone Each corpse consumed in the Land of the Dead gGrants a 50 stacks of Macabre Knowledge when Land of the Dead expires. Macabre Knowledge increases the damage of Corpse Lance and Corpse Explosion by 150–200% while outside Land of the Dead. Witch Doctor Bakuli Jungle Wraps Firebats deals 150–200% 250-300% increased damage to enemies affected by Locust Swarm or Piranhas. Mask of Jeram Pets deal 75–100% 150-200% increased damage. Staff of Chiroptera No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Firebats damage as an inherent affix. Can still roll 10-15% as a random affix. Firebats attacks 100% faster, and costs 70-75% less Mana, and has its damage increased by 150-200% 125-150%. Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible. The Short Man’s Finger Gargantuan instead summons three smaller gargantuans each more powerful than before that have their damage increased by 500-650%. Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible. Note: There is currently a bug which causes the new and old versions of the ring to not work when both are equipped; this will be fixed in an upcoming PTR patch Wizard Deathwish While channeling Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, or Ray of Frost, all damage is increased by 30–35% 250-325%. Etched Sigil Your Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, and Ray of Frost also cast one of your other damaging Arcane Power Spenders which deal 125-150% increased damage every second. While channeling Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, or Ray of Frost, the damage of your Arcane Power Spenders is increased by 125-150% and you also cast one of your other damaging Arcane Power Spenders every second. Halo of Karini You take 45–60% 60-80% less damage for 3 4 5 seconds after your Storm Armor electrocutes an enemy more than 30 15 yards away Nilfur's Boast Increase the damage of Meteor by 200% 600%. When your Meteor hits 3 or fewer enemies, the damage is increased by 275–350% 675-900% Orb of Infinite Depth Each time you hit an enemy with Explosive Blast your damage is increased by 4% 8-10% and your damage reduction is increased by 15% 20% for 6 seconds. This effect can stack up to 4 times. Ranslor’s Folly Energy Twister does 225-300% more damage and periodically pulls in lesser enemies within 30 yards. The Grand Vizier No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Meteor damage as an inherent affix. Reduces the Arcane Power cost of Meteor by 50% and increases its damage by 30% 375-500% 300-400% Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible. Triumvirate Your Signature Spells increase the damage of Arcane Orb by 150–200% 300-400% for 6 seconds, stacking up to 3 times. Unstable Scepter No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Arcane Orb damage as an inherent affix. The damage of Arcane Orb’s is increased by 350-450% and its explosion triggers an additional time.. Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible. Wand of Woh No longer rolls Legendary-strength bonus to Explosive Blast damage as an inherent affix. The damage of Explosive Blast is increased by 300-400% and 3 additional blasts are triggered after casting Explosive Blast. Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible. Set Items Barbarian Immortal King’s Call (6) Set While both Wrath of the Berserker and Call of the Ancients is active, you deal 400% 750% 1500% increased damage. Might of the Earth (6) Set Increase the damage of Earthquake, Avalanche, Leap, Ground Stomp, Ancient Spear and Seismic Slam by 1200% 3000% 5600%. The Legacy of Raekor (4) Set Furious Charge gains the effect of every rune and deals 300% 500% 1000% increased damage. (6) Set Every use of Furious Charge increases the damage of your next Fury-spending attack by 750% 1500% 2800%. This effect stacks. Every use of a Fury-spending attack consumes up to 5 stacks. Wrath of the Wastes (4) Set During Whirlwind and for 3 seconds after, you gain 50% damage reduction and your applied Rends deal triple damage. (6) Set Whirlwind gains the effect of the Dust Devils rune and all Whirlwind damage is increased by 800% 1700% 3400% 3000%. Bul-Kathos' Oath (2) Set Increases Fury Generation by 10 15 During Whirlwind you gain 30% 45% increased attack speed and movement speed Crusader Armor of Akkhan (6) Set While Akarat's Champion is active, you deal 600% 900% 1000% 1300% 1500% increased damage and take 15% 20% 50% less damage. Roland's Legacymonke (4) Set Increase the damage of Shield Bash and Sweep Attack by 2500% 3300%. Seeker of the Light (6) Set Increase the damage of Blessed Hammer by 1250% 1500% 2000% and Falling Sword by 500% 1000%. Thorns of the Invoker (2) Set Your Thorns damage now hits all enemies in a 15 yard radius around you. Each time you hit an enemy with Punish, Slash, or block an attack your Thorns is increased by 35% 115% 70% 140% for 2 seconds. Note: There is currently an issue which causes the actual Thorns increase to be 35% instead of 70%; this will be fixed in an upcoming PTR patch (6) Set The attack speed of Punish and Slash are increased by 50% and deal 800% 1600% 2700% 5400% of your Thorns damage to the first enemy hit. Demon Hunter Embodiment of the Marauder (4) Set Sentries deal 400% 100% 400% increased damage and cast Elemental Arrow, Chakram, Impale, Multishot, and Cluster Arrow when you do (6) Set Your primary skills, Elemental Arrow, Chakram, Impale, Multishot, Cluster Arrow, Companions, and Vengeance deal 1200% 2100% 2400% 2500% 3000% increased damage for every active Sentry Natalya’s Vengeance (6) Set After casting Rain of Vengeance, deal 500% 750% 2500% 3500% increased damage and take 60% reduced damage for 10 seconds The Shadow's Mantle (6) Set Impale deals an additional 40000% 50000% weapon damage to the first enemy hit. Unhallowed Essence (6) Set Your generators, Multishot, and Vengeance deal 40% 70% 100% increased damage for every point of Discipline you have. Monk Inna’s Mantra (6) Set Gain the five runed Mystic Allies at all times and your damage is increased by 125% 150% for each Mystic Ally you have out. Monkey King’s Garb (6) Set Has been redesigned. Lashing Tail Kick, Tempest Rush, and Wave of Light have their damage increased by 600% 1000% for each stack of Sweeping Wind you have. Raiment of a Thousand Storms (6) Set Your Spirit Generators increase the weapon damage of Dashing Strike to 12500% 13000% for 6 seconds and Dashing Strike increases the damage of your Spirit Generators by 1250% 1300% for 6 seconds. Uliana’s Stratagem (4) Set Your Seven-Sided Strike deals double 777% its total damage with each hit. (6) Set Increase the damage of your Exploding Palm by 250% 1800% 2100% and your Seven-Sided Strike detonates your Exploding Palm Shenlong's Spirit The damage of your Spirit Generators is increased by 1.5% 2% for each point of Spirit you have When reaching maximum Spirit, all damage is increased by 150% 200%, but you no longer passively regenerate Spirit and 65 Spirit is drained every second until you run out of Spirit Necromancer Bones of Rathma (6) Set Each active Skeletal Mage increases the damage of your minions and Army of the Dead by 625% 1000%. Grace of Inarius (6) Set Bone Armor also activates a swirling tornado of bone, damaging nearby enemies for 750% 1000% weapon damage and increasing the damage they take from the Necromancer by 2750% 3750%. Pestilence Master’s Shroud (4) Set Each enemy you hit with Bone Spear, Corpse Lance or Corpse Explosion reduces your damage taken by 2%, up to a maximum of 50%. Lasts 15 seconds. (6) Set Each corpse you consume grants you an Empowered Bone Spear charge that increases the damage of your next Bone Spear by 3000% 4000% 3300%. In addition, Corpse Lance and Corpse Explosion damage is increased by 1500% 2000% 1650%. Trag’Oul’s Avatar (6) Set Your Life-spending abilities deal 3300% increased damage but cost twice as much Life. Your healing from skills is increased by 100%. Witch Doctor Helltooth Harness (2) Set Enemies hit by your primary skills, Acid Cloud, Firebats, Zombie Charger, Zombie Dogs, Gargantuan, Grasp of the Dead, Piranhas, or Wall of Death are afflicted by Necrosis, becoming Slowed, taking 1500% weapon damage every second, and taking 20% increased damage from your attacks for 10 seconds. (6) Set After casting Wall of Death, gain 1400% 1700% 5100% 3700% 4400% increased damage for 15 seconds to your primary skills, Acid Cloud, Firebats, Zombie Charger, Zombie Dogs, Gargantuan, Grasp of the Dead, Piranhas, and Wall of Death. Note: This set bonus is being temporarily disabled to fix an issue with the set. It will be re-enabled in a later PTR patch. Note: The damage bonus for you against enemies affected with Necrosis causes performance issues when encountering high density. This change is not intended to be a nerf and, when coupled with the six-piece change, should be a net buff for the complete set. This change should not change the gameplay style of this set. Raiment of the Jade Harvester (2) Set When Haunt lands on an enemy already affected by Haunt, it instantly deals 120 480 560 seconds worth of Haunt damage. (6) Set Soul Harvest reduces damage taken by 50% for 12 seconds and consumes your damage over time effects on enemies, instantly dealing 300 1200 1400 1650 seconds worth of remaining damage. Spirit of Arachyr (6) Set The damage of your creature skills is increased by 2400% 4500% 3900% 4500%. Creature skills are Corpse Spiders, Plague of Toads, Firebats, Locust Swarm, Hex, and Piranhas.  Zunimassa's Haunt (6) Set Enemies hit by your Mana spenders take 2500% 5500% increased damage from your pets for 8 seconds. Wizard Delsere’s Magnum Opus (6) Set Enemies affected by your Slow Time and for 5 seconds after exiting take 3500% 4100% 3800% increased damage from your Arcane Orb, Energy Twister, Explosive Blast, Magic Missile, Shock Pulse, Spectral Blade, and Wave of Force abilities. Firebird’s Finery (6) Set Your damage is increased by 120% 200% 150% 250% 200% and damage taken reduced by 3% for each enemy that is Ignited. This effect can stack up to 20 times. You always receive the maximum bonus whenever a nearby Elite monster is Ignited. Vyr’s Amazing Arcana (6) Set Increased number of Archon stacks gained when hitting with an Archon ability from 1 to 2 You also gain Archon stacks when you hit with an Archon ability. Archon stacks now also reduce damage taken by 0.15% and have their damage bonus increased to 18% 25% 50% Chantodo's Resolve (2) Set Every second while in Archon form you expel a Wave of Destruction, dealing 350% 600% 1000% weapon damage to enemies within 30 yards Every time you hit with an attack while not in Archon form, 350% 600% weapon damage is added to the Wave of Destruction, stacking up to 20 times Other Items Shields acquired by Necromancer players can now properly roll the +Max Essence affix Bug Fixes Fixed an issue where Mimics created from Rabid Strike were not correctly inheriting the player’s bonus damage from Lashing Tail Kick, Seven Sided Strike, Cyclone Strike, Exploding Palm and Wave of Light. Fixed an issue where after dying, the pet damage bonus granted from Jesseth Arms could sometimes be lost if skeletons are re-commanded onto the same target. Fixed an issue preventing the free Blood Nova granted by the Iron Rose from correctly granting the damage bonus from the Trag’Oul’s six-piece bonus. Fixed an issue causing certain items to drop for the Necromancer which are not able to be equipped by the class. Fixed an issue preventing Necromancer primary skills from taunting enemies when Boyarsky’s Chip is equipped. Fixed an issue which prevented the +% Thorns damage bonus granted by Aberrant Animator from applying correctly to items such as the Spear of Jairo Fixed an issue where you would not gain the buff from Crystal Fist when you had the buff from Channeling Pylon and Raiment of a Thousand Storms equipped (PTR Only) Fixed an issue with Etched Sigil where the internal cooldown for casting another spender was scaling with the item’s damage roll (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where minions summoned by the Demon Hunter's Companion skill would double dip on damage from the (6) Set bonus on Embodiment of the Marauder (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where Gargantuan would double dip on damage from the (6) Set bonus on Helltooth Harness (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where Hydra would double dip on damage from the (6) Set bonus of Tal Rasha's Elements Fixed an issue with the (2) Set power of Vyr's Amazing Arcana where your Arcane Blast and Arcane Strike would not Freeze enemies unless you had the Slow Time rune chosen (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where equipping certain Legendary items to a follower would cause performance issues (PTR Only) Fixed an issue which caused the change to Dayntee's Binding to incorrectly affect existing versions of the item Fixed an issue where the Wave of Destruction was doing slightly less damage than intended (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where the Legendary power on Gavel of Judgement was not being applied when the item was equipped (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where the equipping the new version and then the old version of The Short Man's Finger would result in no Legendary power from either being applied (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where the legacy version of the Legendary power on Dayntee's Binding did not upgrade to the new version of this item’s power in Kanai’s Cube (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where you could equip the legacy and new version of the Legendary power on Gavel of Judgement at the same time (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where every rune except for Shattering Throw was not benefitting from the increased damage from Akkhan’s Leniency (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where where Lashing Tail Kicks cast by mimics spawned by Rabid Strike were not having their damage increased by Scarbringer (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where the new version of Fate's Vow was not displaying the correct visuals per rune selected with Army of the Dead (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where Fate's Vow was not providing the maximum bonus to Army of the Dead when used in Kanai’s Cube (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where it was possible to reach zero HP and live when using Haunting Visions and Simulacrum (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where the damage over time effect left on the ground by Meteor was not being increased by the legacy version of Nilfur’s Boast. 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      ADVENTURE MODE
      Rifts Reduced the number of deadends when Rifts choose the Temple of the Firstborn tileset Increased the amount of experience and Rift progress granted by the Hematic Disciple Increased the amount of experience and Rift progress granted by Blazing Guardians Increased the amount of experience and Rift progress granted by Smoldering Constructs Reduced the fog effect in the Shrouded Moors tilesets in Rifts The Shrouded Moors tileset and the large Temple of the Firstborn tileset can no longer be selected for Greater Rifts The amount of experience and Rift / Greater Rift progress that Shock Towers provide has been increased Shield Pylons no longer reflects damage back to attackers Note: Reflecting damage back to attackers caused performance issues when encountering high density. Return to Top
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      Increased the amount of materials that the Challenge Rift Cache drops The Challenge Rift Cache now always drops 10 Death’s Breath Return to Top
      MONSTERS
      Bug Fixes Fixed a champion spawn rate issue for certain monsters required for the achievement ‘We Are the Champions’. The following monsters were adjusted and should spawn with the same frequency as other champion packs: Fallen Conjurer Fallen Peon Fallen Cur Fallen Grunt Fallen Overlord Fallen Slavelord Return to Top
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      D’jank Miem Players can exchange Blood Shards with this vendor for bags containing Legendary items Return to Top
    • By Stan

      Patch 2.6.1 is just around the corner and we're taking a closer look at some of its highlights in terms of skills and itemization.
      The main goal of Patch 2.6.1 is balance. Many class sets have been revisited and updated. Raekor & Uliana's Stratagem received numerical tweaks in power. Wrath of the Wastes got a damage boost and the damage reduction from the 4P set bonus lasts an additional 3 seconds. Blessed HammerLimitless has been redesigned, because it caused performance issues in high density areas. Arcane OrbFrozen Orb can now benefit from Audacity & Power Hungry passives, because its range has been increased to 40 yards. The vast majority of updates to Legendary items are number tweaks. Blizzard plans to deploy the last Patch 2.6.1 build to PTR this Thursday.
      - Update: Here are the probably final 2.6.1 patch notes.
      Blizzard (Source)
      The latest patch for Diablo III is on its way! Read on to learn more about incoming class set updates, skill changes, and balance passes coming in Patch 2.6.1.
      Class Set Revisions
      Following the release of the Necromancer, the theme of this patch is (appropriately) balance. We’ve taken a top-down look across all class performance in Greater Rifts, and made several changes to bring as many gameplay styles as close in line to each other as possible. Targeting the most popular or requested builds, we started with Class sets, and you can expect buffs coming your way no matter which hero is your favorite.
      While some sets, like Legacy of Raekor or Uliana’s Strategem, have simply received numerical tweaks in power, others have had minor functionality tweaks that make a big difference. For example, if you’re a big fan of spinning to win, you should revisit the Wrath of the Wastes set. In addition to getting a boost in damage, the damage reduction provided by the 4-piece set bonus now lasts an additional 3 seconds, making plenty of room to toss out a Rend without feeling too vulnerable.

      The Necromancer isn’t left out either; if you enjoy the bloody gameplay of Trag’Oul’s Avatar, the double-life cost from the 6-piece set bonus has been removed. Hardcore players may now feel a bit more comfortable experimenting with this set, enabling oodles of gore-tastic gameplay.  

      Skill Changes
      While most of the incoming changes are focused on items, there were some skills that needed tweaks to improve their overall performance. Skills are the stage upon which balance is built, so we identified a number of them that would benefit from more careful tuning and improved in-game performance .
      For example, Crusaders with a hankering for hammers will find that the Blessed Hammer (Limitless) rune has been redesigned. The additional projectiles were causing performance issues in high density areas, so we’ve compensated by increasing both the rune’s base damage as well as its area of effect.

      Other changes were more straightforward. We noticed, for example, that Arcane Orb (Frozen Orb) could not benefit from either the Power Hungry or Audacity passives due to its ideal explosion range. We’ve increased its range to 40 yards to make the intent of this skill’s synergies clearer.

      Item Revisions
      Like the changes made to class set items, we’ve targeted many Legendary items to help with tuning. The large majority of these are number tweaks, but keep an eye out for a few exceptions with broader updates!







      Patch 2.6.1 is well on its way and will make game play options more diverse than ever! What classic build are you looking forward to revisiting? Is there a play style you’ve always wanted to try that you plan on giving a whirl? Let us know in the comments below, or ask your questions about the upcoming patch. We’ll see you in Sanctuary!