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 23, the Barbarian free set is: Wrath of the Wastes.
Updated Apr 15 2021: Added mentions of Follower Guide where applicable.
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.
Crafting a Reaper’s Wraps ASAP (Recipe from any Torment Malthael) will help you get past the early game struggles by alleviating your Fury issues.
Keeping items important for your Follower Farming Build is high priority!
0pc Wastes free set – getting the 2pc
2pc Wastes free set – getting the 4pc
4pc Wastes free set – getting the 6pc
For clarity the next boxes contains builds and info if you currently have 4pcs of the Wastes free set, going for 6 (you have the first+second Haedrig’s 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 Wastes free set GR20
Fresh 70 Barb 6pc Wastes Free Set!
|S23 Barb 6pc Wastes Free Set Build|
Blood Funnel / Wind Shear
Ferocity / Swords
Veterans Warning / Impunity
Weapons Master (Open)
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.
Build notes / reminders
- Diamonds on chest/legs. Amethyst on Helm is great early.
- Reroll off the trash stats, get the decent ones.
- GEAR UP YOUR FOLLOWER. Sage Set, Gloves of Worship etc.
- Reapers Wraps is “alright”. Wastes doesn’t really struggle with Fury but it’s a free legendary upgrade.
- Lots of defensive options placed in the base build. As well as Fury generation options. If you feel you have excess of either, adjust your build accordingly.
- Follower build and items are IMPORTANT!
Keep in mind the important rerolls I mentioned at the start of this guide. Also, before you proceed, here’s a preview / reminder/ of items you need to look for.
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 hands down your best gem. Pump as many points into it once you have L25 of your other gems.
Bane of the Powerful is a quick and easy gem that caps out at L25. Amazing given how little points you need to put into it.
Moratorium is a decent early game defensive gem. Use Esoteric Alteration if you want a more longterm investment (but don’t worry as you’ll be needing augments anyway). You don’t need any more than an L25 Moratorium anyway!
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).
Bane of the Trapped – is a better DPS gem than Powerful, if you want more straight up DPS.
Gogok of Swiftness is decent for Wrath of the Berserker builds.
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.
Here’s advice on how to spend your blood shards with Kadala, roughly in order of importance.
Belts – Lamentation: Well, this right here is essentially half of your ultra core items. There aren’t many other fillers you want with belts, but you still want to get this ASAP.
Bracers – Nemesis Bracers: You can equip this on your follower! It’s a good speed boost. Also, you get Morticks Brace.
There’s really nothing else you want from shards. There are a few fillers here for transitioning builds like Mantle of Channeling.
Here’s advice on how to get your weapons from Deaths Breath rare item upgrades, roughly in order of importance.
1H Mighty Weapons for Ambo’s Pride. The godliest of the god boosts for your build. It does so much DAMAGE! Also, you get both the Bulkathos set mighty weapons from this pile. So its mega value.
After this try for Rings. There’s a ton of great rings to mix and match for your needs. Band of Might is the jackpot. Obsidian, Focus, Restraint, and CoE are all great too. Unity is alright for another defensive ring.
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 them – and you haven’t got your core accessories, it’s a viable way to spend them.
There are so many ways to setup wastes, but these three rings will give you the most options.
- RoRG from ACT I Bounties – allows you to use Captain Crimsons belt and Legs which gives a ton of useful stats.
- Band of Might for MASSIVE DEFENSE. Try w/ Death’s Breath.
- Obsidiian Ring of the Zodiac. Ultra CDR. Try w/ DB’s.
RoRG + Band of Might + Zodiac is a great place to start.
Typically you’ll just find these as you grind, as they can be difficult to obtain with currency…
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 your follower build, which again, has a huge impact on your farming speed.
Wastes 6 Full Build Template Preview
|S23 Fresh L70 Barb Wastes 6pc Build Template|
Blood Funnel / Wind Shear
|Legs||Cpt. Crimson||Wrath of the Berserker||
Insanity (All active)
Ferocity / Swords
Veterans Warning / Impunity
|Ring||Band of Might||Bloodthirst (Open)|
BulKathos Solemn Blood
|Boon of Bul’Kathos|
BulKathos Warrior Blood
|Kanai’s Cube||Legendary Gems|
|Lamentation||Bane of the Trapped|
|Ring of Royal Grandeus||Gogok of Swiftness / Esoteric|
The above is the baseline template for a fully functional 6pc Wastes. 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!
Bridging to the End-game
(( Some links aren’t updated yet to S23 ))
(( But there’s still a lot of useful into there ))
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:
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.
That’s it for our seasonal Fresh 70 Barbarian guide! Enjoy your Wastes free set this season, and I hope we helped you out!