You now got your Barb to level 70? It is time to get Haedrig’s gift for this season! In our Fresh 70 Barb Guide, you’ll learn exactly what to do for each step, ultimately leading to the end-game as your Fresh 70 Barbarian.
Season 19 Fresh 70 free set is: Wrath of the Wastes.
Before you begin: Considering aiming for a Reapers Wraps sometime early on. The recipe is a 100% drop from any Torment Malthael and is a godly early game item for a resource hungry character.
Click below to reveal the instructions you need for each step:
|S19 Wrath of the Wastes 6 piece Set Build|
|Whirlwind||Wind Shear (Blood Funnel)|
|Battle Rage||Ferocity (Any)|
|War Cry||Veteran’s Warning|
|(Open) Threatening Shout||Falter / Intimidate|
|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…
Keep these important things in mind as you progress!
Now we have to gain as much power, as quickly as possible.
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”.
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.
Any other gems worth it?
Bane of the Stricken is mandatory for higher difficulty GR’s. Wastes WAS laughably bad at killing elites and Rift Guardians (idk about now…). This gem is equal to, if not a little more important than Taeguk in the LATE GAME.
Esoteric Alteration is your go-to endgame defensive gem if ever you need one. Wastes 6 is capable of reaching astronomic toughness, though so I don’t know if you’ll need this.
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!
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.
“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 hit boxes 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”.
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.
Moar FURY: Resource Generation?
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.
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.
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?
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.
Items to look for
Now that legendary gems are wrapped up (the easy part), it’s time for the ENDLESS grind for the perfect items!
Before we continue I want to explain something a little weird for wastes… Ambo’s Pride is the most impactful legendary for Wastes (closely followed by Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac) – It is SO POWERFUL that Whirlwind specific boosters like Skull Grasp look a little silly, compared to things that boost Rend like Lamentation.
Reaper’s Wraps will begin to feel unnecessary as you gain more and more pieces of your build, but it’s never bad to have and use it early on.
Using Blood Shards:
Belts are up first Lamentation is amazing once we get Ambo’s Pride, and still decent for our build without it. 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, etc.
Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan from Legs is a great early game filler!
NOW FOR THE 50 SHARD TIER: RINGS
Ring: Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac is GODLY for Wastes. These will increase your power level by a tremendous amount all on their own. Convention of Elements also says hi. Skull Grasp is a great boost to Whirlwind damage but while great to have early on – is, I THINK, completely irrelevant compared to boosting Rend damage with things like CoE.
Again reminding you of the bounty rings:
Using Death’s Breath – Rare to legendary:
Upgrading 1H-Mighty Weapon is MEGA VALUE. The three possible jackpots here are, of course, Ambo’s Pride (which singlehandedly shoots us forward higher than any other single item), and the Bul-kathos’ Oath Set (Solemn Vow, Warrior Blood). A basic setup would be to use the set and cube the Pride.
There’s almost nothing else you’d want with Wastes using DB’s EARLY ON. You might want to dump death’s breaths from now on to bait for ancients, or upgrade body pieces / rings to find what you need.
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.
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!
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.
- Barbarian Speedfarming Builds & Primer
- D3 Speedfarming with any Class!
- Barbarian Best Speedfarming Build
Other Barbarian Guides:
- Barbarian Leveling
- Might of the Earth | MotE Set Dungeon
- Immortal King’s Call | IK Set Dungeon
- The Legacy of Raekor | Raekor Set Dungeon
- Wrath of the Wastes | Wastes Set Dungeon
Check out our D3 Guide Directory for other resources.