Grats on your newly minted Fresh 70 Barbarian! If you’re wondering where to go from here, “Look no further“. Get your Haedrigs Gift free set ASAP, builds for each step, and items you need. Get to endgame with your barb NOW! (Not 70 yet? See Barb Leveling guide instead)
In Season 24, the Barbarian free set is: Immortal Kings Call.
Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Fresh 70: The first step – setting up!
The very first step of your journey! Here, I discuss items, rerolls, and basic advice to keep in mind during your ascent.
Early Reaper’s Wraps? Experienced barbs will have no problem with resource generation. But, for such a small cost, and being super easy to obtain (Plans drop from any Torment Malthael), I don’t see why you should pass up on this. Might as well!y
You have to ALWAYS BE AWARE of how your FOLLOWER can greatly affect farming speed! S23 introduced the “full build” and emanate system – keeping items important for your Follower Farming Build is high priority!
0pc IK free set – getting the 2pc
2pc IK free set – getting the 4pc
4pc IK free set – getting the 6pc
For clarity the next boxes contains builds and info if you currently have 4pcs of the IK free set, going for 6 (you have the first+second Haedrigs gift bag, going for the third). This segment is further divided into three parts – Torment II, Torment IV, and GR20.
Torment II seasonal journey entries
Torment IV seasonal journey entries
4pc IK free set GR20
S24 Fresh 70 Barbarian 6pc IK Build
|S24 Fresh 70 Barb IK Free Set 6pc Build|
|Furious Charge (Battle Rage)||
Merciless Assault (Ferocity)
|Wrath of the Berserker||
Striding Giant / Insanity
|Call of the Ancients||
Together as One / Ancients Fury
|Rampage / Boon of Bul-Kathos||
Weapons Master (Need Mighty Weapon)
|Unforgiving / Boon of Bul-Kathos||Relentless|
Grats on getting here! As for build options, Boon of Bul-Kathos should be used if struggling with WotB uptime. Unforgiving can be switched out if you have high self-healing. Furious Charge is solely for Fury Generation – if you can manage without it, go for it. The rune choice of Insanity vs. Striding Giant is obvious (you need more toughness now, but switch to Insanity when you can).
At the bottom part of this guide there’s a “full build preview” you can check out to see how the build evolves.
FROM HERE OUR GOAL IS TO GAIN POWER FAST. The next logical steps are Legendary Gems, and being mindful of the good items you need to find.
Important notes right now:
- Diamonds chest/legs for ALLRES, Diamond/Amethyst on Helm for either CDR or Life (Only use Diamond if you’re having a hard time keeping WotB up).
- Low effort rerolls – remove trash stats and get decent ones. No need to tryhard, but a little care goes a long way.
- Follower build and items – MASSIVE Farming speed gains for almost no effort.
Keep in mind the important rerolls I mentioned at the start of this guide. Okay, congrats on the 6pc, but your journey has just begun!
Powering Up: Legendary Gems
Your next step after getting your 6pc is Legendary Gems. Why? LGems are a huge power spike relying on very little RNG. Simply spam Neph -> GR until you get the three gems you need and power them up to 25.
Taeguk is your main gem, and after you 25 the gems you wanna use, dump all excess points here. Taeguk gives you both toughness and damage – lots of it. This is your best gem, and that rings true for most if not all channeling builds.
Bane of the Powerful is a great gem that you only need to put 25 points in. Good damage boost, and a little anti-elite stats for such a small cost!
Esoteric Alteration or Moratorium (you need one, or even two, defensive gems this early on) – choose one or both of these to shore up bad defenses. While IK is pretty tough, I’d wager you’re gonna need one of these until you get some of the defensive legendaries on your list. If you’re done with it – use it for Augments!
Bane of the Trapped is your basic DPS gem if you’re looking for another one.
Bane of the Stricken – is the go to LATE GAME DPS Gem of choice. Its main use is shortening your Rift Guardian time (and helping out vs yellow elites).
Esoteric Alteration – is probably the best defensive gem in the game, and is worth having a strong one around.
Boon of the Hoarder – is used in many speedfarming builds alongside Avarice Band.
Again, Legendary Gems are a massive priority given their NON-RNG powerspike. Just having three useful gems at 25 will allow you farm a few torment levels higher.
Powering Up: Important Items & how to get them
Of course, any build will need a couple (or more than a couple) items to round out. Here, I list down what items you’re looking for, and how best to get them using various currencies and means.
Craft a Hellfire Amulet, since you don’t really need any other amulets.
Spending currencies (Blood Shards & Deaths Breath):
Here’s advice on how to spend your blood shards with Kadala, roughly in order of importance.
Belts for Lamentation – Your best upgrade via BS. Double rend stacks (which is a TRUE double DPS modifier), and gives a large buff to rend damage too. Amazing.
Bracer for Mortick’s Brace – This is more powerful than you think. WotB now has both Insanity and Striding Giant active, which is huge. Aside from that you also get the “Thrive on Chaos” rune which gives you a ludicrous amount of Life per Wrath Spent.
Wrath of the Wastes Shoulder – Since IK has no shoulder slot, this has double value. While you need RoRG to make use of Wastes 2, you can use fillers here in the meantime like Mantle of Channeling.
Wrath of the Wastes Chest = you need RoRG to utilize Wastes 2 along with IK6, so I place this last. There aren’t really many good chest piece fillers either.
If you’re done with the above, try your luck with Rings.
Here’s advice on how to get your weapons from Deaths Breath rare item upgrades (Kanai’s Cube Recipe: 25x Deaths Breath convert a rare into random legendary of same type), roughly in order of importance.
1H Mighty Weapons for Ambo’s Pride. ALso in this pile are both the Bul’Kathos Set Weapons. Ambo’s Pride is an unimaginable boost to your DPS. Auto-rending on Whirlwind is not only a huge Quality of Life improvement (no Fury cost to Rend manually) – it also casually increases Rend damage by, well, FOUR TIMES.
Fury generation problems greatly alleviate once you have Ambo’s Pride,
and truly disappear once you wear the weapon set!
The Bul’Kathos weapon set is just the best choice for “speed” variants. You’ll want to wear this for 99% of your game-time. Farming.
Other Weapons? Hmm… There’s really nothing else. There’s no filler I would want except The Furnace but you might not ever need it… I’d rather spend all my DB’s trying to find the above Mighty Weapons.
If you’re done with those, then you can use DB’s to find your important rings or other things you’re missing. Notable you can upgrade MIGHTY BELTS for Lamentation if you’re unlucky with Blood Shards.
Rings and Amulets are tough to get from either BS or DB’s (due to the large amount of possible outcomes), but if you’re done getting your core items from these currencies – and you haven’t got your core accessories, it’s a viable way to spend them.
Hellfire Amulet is non-RNG. Craft one, look for a good one – up to you. Long story short, Amulet is an open slot so just used your best rolled one (even junk like a well rolled yellow works).
Band of Might is hands down the most important accessory upgrade for you. The toughness increase is just through the roof. The best skill to trigger this is Ground Stomp – Wrenching Smash.
Unity / Zodiac – Both rings aren’t really necessary, but these two are the next best things to round out your build. For the IK variant Zodiac is “meh”, but it can help with buff uptime. Unity is another defensive buff, which you can’t really complain about.
Typically you’ll just find these as you grind, as they can be difficult to obtain with currency…
As an aside – Ring of Royal Grandeur and Avarice Band are BOUNTY ONLY rings (respectively ACT I and III), which DO NOT APPEAR FROM any other source. They, like any other bounty item, DO NOT DROP from monsters, gambling, upgrades or any other source outside of their respective BOUNTY CACHE.
This is just a list of your “all-around” items that may or may not be mentioned previously. While I do not take set-specifics in this tab, it serves as a seasonal reminder (and helpful general list for newbies) on what’s “generally good”.
Reapers Wraps: A Crafted legendary whose plans drop from any Torment Malthael (and is oft mentioned in our Fresh 70 guides), any NON-RNG boost to power (in this case, resource generation) is welcome. MOST builds can benefit from an early reapers.
Nemesis Bracers: An absolute monster for increasing rift clear speed (and a little extra deaths breaths!), newer players might not value this as highly – try it out and you’ll be surprised.
Unity: Used alongside another Unity on your follower (Plus their unique “Cannot Die” relic) essentially halving all damage you take for one ring slot, that’s usable for any character. Not bad.
Obisidian Ring of the Zodiac: Core on many builds, but usable for any build that spends resource. It’s a unique source of “in-combat” CDR that would give you 100% uptime on skills you couldn’t otherwise achieve. It’s pretty crazy.
Focus+Restraint: If you can trigger both halves of the set bonus, and don’t mind losing defenses from rings – this is will “more than double” your DPS.
Travellers Pledge + Compass Rose: Another accessory set, this one is more suited for “elite killer” builds that like to travel in between packs, and face-tanking builds that tend to stay still while DPSing. It’s not very universal, but it can reasonably benefit any character.
Convention of Elements: Literally any character can use this ring. It’s a titanic boost in DPS (especially for builds that have tons of short-duration buffs… LINE THEM UP!).
Ring of Royal Grandeur: -1 set item requirements to help you fit random core or filler legendaries to help your build out. While absolutely necessary on some builds, most builds can benefit from this using “generic” legendaries for a temporary power boost (IE Aquilla Cuirass).
Avarice Band + Boon of the Hoarder (+Goldwrap) the gold farming speedy holy trinity. While you don’t really need all three all the time, this combo allows you to speed through and survive ANY difficulty (careful, this doesn’t improve DPS!).
You also need specific items for the farming follower build, which again, has a huge impact on your farming speed.
IK Full Build Template Preview
|S24 Barbarian Fresh 70 IK6W2 6pc Build Template / Preview|
|Shoulder||Wrath of Wastes||Rend||Bloodbath|
|Chest||Wrath of Wastes||Whirlwind||Wind Shear|
|Arms||Immortal King||Ground Stomp||
|Legs||Immortal King||War Cry||
|Boots||Immortal King||Wrath of the Berserker||
Insanity (Striding Giant)
|Belt||Immortal King||Call of the Ancients||
Together as One
|Ring||Band of Might||Relentless|
|Ring||Unity > Zodiac (Open)||Weapons Master (Ruthless)|
|Weapon||Bul’Kathos’s Solemn Vow||Superstition (Open)|
|Offhand||Bul’Kathos’s Solemn Oath||—|
|Kanai’s Cube||Legendary Gems|
|Lamentation||Bane of the Powerful (Flex)|
|Ring of Royal Grandeur||Bane of the Stricken (Flex)|
The above is the baseline template for a fully functional 6pc IK. It’s not heavily optimized for pushing GR, but more of a speedy farming slant. It’s a great place to be in, as you adjust the build to your needs!
If you string this build up you’re essentially Immortal. The amount of defensive buffs… It’s a great build to start out with and farm with, and you’ll find it easy to transition into whatever build you like.
Season 24: Ethereals and YOU? What do!?
I can’t go through every detail given the focus of this guide (Fresh 70). Best general advice? If it has a legendary power you want – then it’s “ALWAYS” AN UPGRADE. Does it convert your 2H into a 1H? GODLY UPGRADE. Rolling a good passive is simply icing on the cake!
Now, specifically for us, hmm… First – the very second you wear an Ethereal, Bul-Kathos set goes out the window. Which is huge. Second – Ambo’s Pride is the only “desirable” barb Ethereal effect.
So you’re left with an offhand (or 2H with Ambo’s effect), and a cube effect (Likely Furnace). It can work out, I suppose?
All in all, with any build that wants to use Ambo’s Pride,
Ethereals mean NO BUL’KATHOS SET (affects speedfarming mostly)
On the other hand, if the legendary power doesn’t match… it’s gonna be hard to justify using it.
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.
It’s likely you’ll transition into a PURE speedfarming build. If so, check out:
Barbarian Best Speedfarming Builds
Newer player? Familiarize yourself with speedfarming as a whole:
- Follower Guide (Builds, FAQ, Tips etc)
- Barbarian Speed-farming Builds & Primer
- D3: Speedfarming with any class!
Other Barbarian Guides:
- Immortal King’s Call | IK’s Call Set Dungeon
- The Legacy of Raekor | Raekor Set Dungeon
- Might of the Earth | ME Set Dungeon
- Wrath of the Wastes | Wastes Set Dungeon
Check out our D3 Guide Directory for other resources.
Some links aren’t updated yet to S23
But there’s still a lot of useful into there
That’s it for our seasonal Fresh 70 Barbarian guide! Enjoy your IK free set this season, and I hope we helped you out!