Grats on your newly minted Fresh 70 Barbarian! If you’re wondering where to go from here… “Look no further“. It’s time to get your seasonal free set! In this guide we help you every step of the way, getting your 2/4/6 set pieces and transition to end game! (Not 70 yet? See Barb Leveling guide instead)
In Season 22, the Barbarian free set is: Horde of the Ninety Savages.
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.
0pc Savages free set – getting the 2pc
2pc Savages Free Set – Getting The 4pc
4pc Savages free set – getting the 6pc
For clarity, the next boxes contains builds and info if you currently have 4pcs of the Savages 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 Savages Free Set GR20
Fresh 70 Barbarian 6pc Savages
|S22 Fresh 70 Barb 6pc Savages|
Veteran’s Warning (Impunity)
|Superstition||Nerves of Steel|
We’ve well and truly given up on “AoE”, focusing solely on Frenzy. Don’t worry, it gets better later on with some of your core legendaries. Note that there is simply no skill you can easily put to give you more AoE! Focus on an “elite hunting” playstyle until you get Bastion’s Revered (and even then…)
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.
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.
Simplicity’s Strength – Your BEST GEM and should be your main priority when leveling gems. It increases Frenzy damage and gives you an intense self-heal.
Bane of the Powerful – is a great filler gem that only ever needs 25 points. Great for general DPS and helps with elites for such a low investment.
Moratorium – If you need an early game defensive gem, this is it. Moratorium synergizes with SS’s self-healing. Another early defensive option would be Invigorating Gemstone, the CC immunity is amazing for this build, and the healing increase is welcome. No need to take either of these past L25.
Bane of the Trapped – is a better DPS version of Bane of the Powerful. Replace powerful with this once your defenses are in order, and when this is levelled up to 50+.
Note that any of these “early fillers” can easily be upgraded to around L50 and used for augments later.
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.
Here’s advice on how to spend your blood shards with Kadala, roughly in order of importance.
Belt – Undisputed Champion. Gives Frenzy ALL RUNES (which has huge implications in itself), while also giving it a GIGA damage boost. For a single item, this is the highest impact right here. There’s a few fillers here like Goldwrap and String of Ears.
Legs – Depth Diggers. Doubles your Frenzy damage. Nuff said. Usually cubed. No other useful fillers here.
Bracer – Aside from good ‘ol Nemesis Bracers, there’s Vambraces of Sescheron. I find it a little overkill considering our amazing self-healing with Simplicity’s Strength. Mortick’s Brace is great for the ultra end-game high CDR build variant if you’re into that.
Chest – Aquila Cuirass: Great defensive buff for the early game. While it “fights” for a slot with Depth Diggers, you may need survival more than DPS sometimes. Also works with RoRG for additional options.
The above is what I would consider important, everything else isn’t too important.
Here’s advice on how to get your weapons from Death’s Breath rare item upgrades, roughly in order of importance.
Upgrade 2H Mighty Weapon for Bastion’s Revered. What else can I say. This is the jackpot and will send your DPS soaring. Along the way, there are a couple usable 2HMW’s if you “miss”.
Upgrade 1H Mighty Weapon for Oathkeeper. Usually cubed. Augments all primary skills (Frenzy among them) with a hefty damage and attack speed bonus.
There’s a weird combination wherein Oathkeeper is held and Bastion is cubed, but for the sake of “majority cases” and “less headache and calculation”, wear the Bastion and cube Oath. Examples of such being Echoing Fury or similar type effects. Worry about the reverse when your build matures towards end-game.
There’s really not much else out there than can “easily” fit with the build.
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.
Band of Might can easily find its way into your build, and it’s the CHUNKIEST defensive item you can find. The DEF% is huge! Ground Stomp is what you’re gonna want to use to trigger it.
Compass Rose + Traveler’s Pledge is alright. I don’t know if this is better overall than a combination of other choices, but this definitely a contender.
Unity, well what can I say about good ‘ol Unity. It’s always an option if you need more defense.
Convention of Elements is always good. It becomes god-tier when you consider adding Berserker’s Rage into your build and time your press to the element.
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”.
Reaper’s 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 Reaper’s.
Nemesis Bracers: An absolute monster for increasing rift clear speed (and a little extra death’s 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.
Obsidian 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.
Traveller’s 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 Aquila 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!).
Savages Full Build Template Preview
The above is the baseline template for a fully functional 6pc Savages. 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!
Season 22: Savages Fourth cube slot?
Fourth cube slot can be any of the following…
Aquila Cuirass for defense. You’re always at full Fury anyway!
Leoric’s Crown for CDR (when pushing down Berserker’s Rage cooldown as much as possible).
Echoing Fury or The Furnace for more DPS. Furnace is probably more consistent.
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 highly 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 Savages free set this season, and I hope we helped you out!