You now got your Barb to level 70? It is time to get Haedrig’s gift for this season! In this guide, you’ll learn exactly what to do for each step, ultimately leading to the end-game as your Fresh 70 Barbarian.

Wrath of the Wastes is season 11’s free set.

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Fresh 70 Barbarian: Getting the Free Set!

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Seasonal Journey Chapter 2: Getting the 2 piece
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Seasonal Journey Chapter 4: Getting the 6 piece
Barbarian GR 20: 4pc Wrath of the Wastes

Fresh 70 Barbarian: 6 piece Free Set Build

Wrath of the Wastes 6 piece Set Build
Skill Rune
Rend Bloodlust (Mutilate)
Whirlwind Wind Shear (Blood Funnel)
(Open) Sprint Marathon
Battle Rage Ferocity (Any)
War Cry Veteran’s Warning
(Open) Threatening Shout Falter / Intimidate
Rampage Weapons Master
Unforgiving (Open) Ruthless (Animosity)

Options & Notes:
You NEED TO USE MIGHTY WEAPONS to trigger Weapons Master!

Torment VI+: Is your new MINIMUM farming level (try higher). Survival will probably be your first roadblock as Wastes, since your damage is pretty high at this stage of the game.

A quick review before proceeding…

We’re going to need all the power we can get! Here are some of the things you need to look out for (gears and stats) and the legendary gems to help us maximize the Wastes set.

Keep these important things in mind as you progress!

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Gaining Power!

Now we have to gain as much power, as quickly as possible.

Legendary Gems

This is the easiest way to gain power simply because acquiring them has little to no RNG. Getting 3 of your best gems will increase your power dramatically in a short time span.

Click on the tabs to see Wrath of the Wastes “Big 3” gems, and “others”.

Wastes 6 Fresh 70: Big 3 GemsTab title

Taeguk: Very few builds can utilize Taeguk, defense and offense rolled into one gem! Taeguk is disgustingly strong when it’s viable – and no other does it like Wastes. This is your best gem by far, and should be your highest level one.

Bane of the Powerful: You don’t have to invest much in this gem, as it doesn’t scale in power. Leaving it at 25 is fine while you focus on other gems. Great anti-elite tool.

Gogok of Swiftness: I’m not kidding. I’m not even kidding, man. This gem obliterates Pain Enhancer in the early game. It gives as much AS as Pain Enhancer does with 5 bleeding enemies. However, enemies wont live long enough this early in! You can even clear up to GR80+ with Gogok of Swiftness… it also gives us the all powerful CDR and dodge stats. Once you’re done with it – use it for augments!

(Pain Enhancer? Why no PEI feel PE is bad early on. And even then, you only need an L25 PE. It’s up to you if you want to use PE this early on, but I do not recommend it. IT IS GREAT LATER ON, but not now)

Any other gems worth it?

Bane of the Stricken is mandatory for higher difficulty GR’s. Wastes is laughably bad at killing elites and Rift Guardians. This gem is equal to if not a little more important than Taeguk in the LATE GAME.

Boon of the Hoarder: You need this for speedfarming. And if there’s one thing Wrath of the Wastes is good at… thank god it’s our free set!

(See: Speedfarming GeneralBarbarian SpeedfarmingBarb Fastest Speedfarming)

Just get them asap while slowly climbing the GR levels. Neph. GR. Repeat. Until you have the BIG 3 GEMS.  Don’t overdo the level, just go for efficient farming and cheap empowering. GR 34 is enough to 25 a gem.

With 3 of your best gems at L25 – try much higher Torment levels. So now the real farming begins… and likely the defense problems begin, too.

Playing the Build & Adjustments

Now that we have our free 6 piece Wrath of the Wastes set and legendary gems, here are some tips and notes on How to Play the Build.

Also, as you progress and get items, your build may have a weak point here and there that you can patch up given the simple skill, rune, and passive changes listed below.

Here we discuss Playstyle Notes and build Build Adjustments.

Playing Wrath of the Wastes 6 - BasicsOffense & ResourceDefense & HealingSpeed & Mobility

“We must go faster”

Wastes is blazingly fast and powerful in the stage of the game. No other Barb build comes close to its ease of use and brainlessness to just simply faceroll anything of this difficulty tier.

Don’t drop Taeguk stacks!

Whirwind within elites and bosses” FAT enemy types with large hitboxes can get hit with many cyclones so SPIN WITHIN THEM.

There is no nuance to the early play of Wastes 6… It’s basic, it’s powerful… I can’t say much else but try not to fall asleep, keep your buffs up and SPIN2WIN.

More offense or Fury needed?

Offense is usually categorized in Damage or, indirectly, Resource Gain.

This build is pretty much fully stacked in “practical sources of offense”.

Rampage which is recommended already, is the best overall offensive passive. Brawler and Berserker Rage are notably poorer as they might not always be on.

Wrath of the Berserker-Insanity is a godlike DPS cooldown – it’s a little impractical for now but I would like to raise awareness about it. With enough CDR, the Passive Boon of Bul-Kathos and Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac, this can have 100% uptime, which is obviously VERY POWERFUL.

Battle RageInto the Fray or Bloodshed runes are great offensive evolution. I recommend Ferocity since most guys just explode right now.

The Ruthless passive, which I recommend in the build, is great. Don’t be fooled. This has “100% uptime”, as each enemy you’ve benefitted from will pass thru the Ruthless phase!

Moar FURY: Resource Generation?

Weapons Master and the Wind Shear rune are the ultra heavy lifters here. They are recommended in the base build for many reasons. Only remove these if you know EXACTLY what you’re doing.

Unforgiving and Animosity are suggested purely to increase the “LOL AFK” aspect of the build. While these suck in the late game, they’re great now while you don’t have the weapon set.

Aside from these there’s not much else you really want for Fury gains.

More defense needed?

Defense is primarily thought of as self-healing and damage reduction.

Life per Fury Spent is a DISGUSTING form of self healing that you should ABUSE. Wastes generates and spends fury like anything. And in turn, heals you like anything.

Ignore Pain is the ultimate defensive cooldown you can slot in that “open” skill. Once you have Pride of Cassius and some CDR, this can have 100% uptime!

Relentless is the highest scaling defense passive available to us. This passive does a lot or work, man! It’s almost impossible to “die slowly” with this passive!!

Threatening Shout-Falter is a great anti-elite damage reduction tool for the midgame.

Superstition is special. It was an old-school way to generate fury amidst elite affixes we could out-heal. Sounds risky doesn’t it? It’s actually not too bad. It serves as both defense and resource gain so it’s worth mentioning.

Nerves of Steel helps with one the few weaknesses of the build – getting killed in one hit. You can also use Tough as Nails – it’s crappy younger brother for the early game.

Pound of Flesh is notable in the sense that it gives you decent regen, but has a mega movespeed bonus, so it covers 2 bases. But, I guess I wouldn’t take it for defensive reasons – more for the movespeed…

More mobility needed?

Battle Rage-Ferocity (already recommended) is the best base rune for Battle Rage given the goals of Wastes. I would only consider changing this rune out in the toughest of GR’s.

Pound of Flesh does work. Mobility and healing, great for speeds. It adds a layer of regen that’s strong enough to make farming higher difficulties “brainless”.

Sprint is a simple but effective movement tool. It does fall into the “Greedy” category but if you’re going to sacrifice a skill for something, I might as well tell you which one to look for. It’s the default recommendation for the open skill.

Wastes is fast, people! There are so many ways to improve speed but that’s best discussed in a context of actual speed farming.

(See: Speedfarming General, Barbarian Speedfarming, Best Barbarian Speedfarming)

Items to look for

Not that legendary gems are wrapped up (the easy part…), it’s time for the ENDLESS grind for the perfect items!

Blood ShardsDeath's BreathClassics
Using Blood Shards:

Belts are up first. Pride of Cassius is the GODLIKE find here to increase our defenses. And another gem here is Chilanik’s Chain! MORE SPEED! Also, there are a TON of great fillers like Goldwrap, String of Ears and Witching Hours.

Shoulders for Mantle of Channeling is VAVAVAVALUE. +DMG and +DEF while Whirlwinding is godlike. Sadly, the other shoulders are trash.

Bracers hoping for Nemesis Bracer is great for speedfarming, and that’s what wastes does best. Other bracers are sadly quite bad and are pretty damn niche (APD, Strongarm).

Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan from Legs is a great early game filler!


Ring: Skull Grasp & Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac are the GODLY PAIR for wastes. These two rings will increase your power level by a tremendous amount all on their own. Convention of Elements also says hi.

Again reminding you of the bounty rings:
Ring of Royal Grandeur: Act I bounties, to fit random filler items.
Avarice Band: Act III bounties, for speedfarming.

Using Death’s Breath – Rare to legendary:

Upgrading 1H-Mighty Weapon the Bul-kathos’ Oath Set (Solemn VowWarrior Blood) is “THE” weapon set. Even if you have to wait for both of them, the gains you get from owning the pair far outweighs ANY OTHER SINGLE WEAPON. Race towards this.

2H Mace: The Furnace – one of those good ‘ol Barb staples. It stays in the cube for Wastes 6. 

There’s almost nothing else you’d want with Wastes!

The Classics: Good for any type of newer character, and even the most battle-hardened of builds.

Ring of Royal Grandeur – form Act I bounties. Use it to break your set for a temporary filler item!

Convention of Elements – Maximize this power by familiarizing yourself with its elemental cycle. 

Unity – Put it on your undying Follower and yourself for 50% DR. Value.

Accessory Sets: Bastions of Will and Endless Walk will always be a consideration for a grand majority of characters – you’re no exception.

Reaper’s Wraps: Not relevant for this build, but a classic nonetheless.

Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac: for the huge CDR. WW will trigger this a lot!

Goldwrap + Avarice Band + Boon of the Hoarder: Don’t be sick of me reminding you.
(See: D3 Speedfarming, Barbarian Speedfarming General)

Bridging to the End-game

So you skipped a whole chunk of the powering up phase with the free set. Now what? Like I always say, “Speedfarming first before pushing GR’s”. So, convert what you have NOW to be as speedfarmy as possible, first.

Other Barbarian Guides:

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  1. I found a different 4-piece skill setup, personal preference of course:
    LMB – Cleave – Reaping Swing
    RMB – Whirlwind – Wind Shear
    A – Furious Charge – Stamina
    S – Rend – Bloodbath
    D – Battle Rage – Ferocity
    F – War Cry – Invigorate
    P1 – Weapons Master
    P2 – Unforgiving
    P3 – Inspiring Presence
    P4 – Rampage


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