Group Experience META

General Strategy

We already have a guide on how experience works and how to farm it effectively here. In this article, we will talk about the 4-Player most effective tactic available (META) for experience (exp) farming. There only 1 real way to farm experience efficiently in groups:

  • Clearing Greater Rifts as high and as fast as you can! This method yields the most exp by far as you can see in our Greater Rift Scaling Guide. We farm in groups because we are much stronger with more players and get nice group experience bonuses.
    • Farming the Echoing Nightmares system for the experience rewards has been nerfed by 83% making it no longer viable for efficient experience farming.

Group experience META's for Greater Rifts generally include great synergies that exceed normal support buffs. The new Sanctified Whirlwind and Sanctified Wrath of the Berserker are great examples.

2.6.315 (Boon of the Horadrim)RATS / LoN SB WD / Star Pact Wiz
2.6.416 (Season of Grandeur)Charge Barb / RATS / Bazooka Wiz
2.6.517 (Season of Nightmares)Vyr Wiz / RATS
2.6.618 (Season of Triune)Vyr Wiz / RATS
2.6.719 (Season of Eternal Conflict)WW Rend Barb / RATS / HF Sader
2.6.820 (Season of the Forbidden Archives)RATS / Spirit Barrage WD
2.6.921 (Trials of the Tempests)GoD DH / RATS / 150 LoD PSN Scythe
2.6.1022 (Shadows of the Past + 4th Cube)RATS / BATS
2.7.023 (The Disciples of Sanctuary)RATS / BATS / BIRDS
2.7.124 (Ethereal Memory)GODS / BIRDS / RATS
2.7.225 (Soul Shards)INNA / RATS
2.7.326 (Echoing Nightmare)RATS
2.7.427 (Angelic Crucibles)IMPALE / RATS

As you can see above, there has been one constant META since the Rise of the Necromancer release: Rat Runs! In Patch 2.7.4 there is a one contender growing stronger: The Shadow's Mantle Impale Demon Hunter. These Demon Hunters use the new Sanctified Strafe to clear Rifts fast while moving and dealing high damage with Impale efficiently.
The Legacy of Dreams "Rat" Skeletal Mage Necromancer with their insane clear speed still stands strong and is just slightly behind but provide a stronger transition into high Great Rift Pushing as Bones of Rathma Army of the Dead RGK Necromancer and Trag'oul's Avatar Legacy of Dreams Death Nova Trash Killer Necromancer.

1. Strafe Impale Runs with Shadow Demon Hunter

The group setup revolves around two Impale Demon Hunters supported by a zBarb pulling Elites and grouping monsters together so that the Impales can hit many targets at once, with a zDH tremendously buffing their damage.
The Shadow's Mantle Impale Demon Hunters get a tremendous damage boost by the Sanctified Strafe allowing them to shoot out high damage dealing Impales while they move quickly with Strafe. You can either play Cold Impale Over penetration allowing your knives to pierce monsters and dealing decent Arena Damage or you play Fire Impale Chemical burn for up to double single target damage.
The zBarb also brings an insane new ability into the group with the Season 27 theme power Sanctified Whirlwind.
This allows the entire party to spin and move together with all the monsters picked up on the way and essentially almost never stop as the Sanctified Whirlwind ignores the monster's build in crowd control immunity.

Demon Hunter Gameplay
Whenever you enter a game or start a Greater Rift, make sure to activate Shadow Power once to receive the effects. Keep your Vengeance up at all times (cast once every 20 seconds). Activate Focus regularly with your Generator and use Smoke Screen to survive.

Shadow Impale DH x2
The Shadow's Mantle Impale Demon Hunter
Support#1 Sanctified Whirlwind zBarb

Feel free to replace one of the Impale Demon Hunters with a LoD HotA Barbarian or a LoD WoL Monk for additional AoE damage and also similar clear speed.

2. Rat Runs with LoD Necromancer

(5 - 10% less exp than Impale-Runs)

This is the most figured out META with 2 LoD Mage Necromancers as Damage Dealers, a zNec and a zBarb. There have been a lot of variations in the past with Bones of Rathma (which gave the name to this META) Legacy of Nightmares, Legacy of Dreams (LoD) and many more. Rats have been the top tier experience farming META since its introduction into the game in patch 2.6.0 with the Necromancer as a new class. This META is extremely fast and get another 1-2 tier in damage with the new Sanctified Command Golem power providing infinite corpses and thus Essence for full power Singularity Mages.

The zNec leads the group, cursing every monster with Briggs' Wrath and applying the Critical Hit Chance debuffs from Brittle Touch on the enemies. They also freeze everything with Land of the Dead Frozen Lands to proc Krysbin’s Sentence and protect the damage dealers. The zBarb adds buffs, scouts and picks up the Health and Progression Globes as soon as possible! The most important buff to keep up is the crowd control immunity from Ignore Pain Mob Rule. The damage Necromancers stay close to slain enemies to get Essence back from Devouring Aura. Finally, they summon fully powered Skeletal Mage Singularity onto the Elites by hovering the cursor over them for focused damage.

Rat Nec x2
Rat Nec

Rat Necromancer

At very high Paragon you can drop the zBarb completely and get a zDH in. That way the Necromancers get even more damage from Odyssey's End and Companion Wolf Companion. The tradeoff is the Necromancers can die very easily now without Ignore Pain and War Cry.
This setup is only recommended for very experienced players and can even outperform Ally Runs. For 99% of players, however, we strongly recommend playing with a zBarb.  

3. 150 META Runs with Death Nova or HotA Barb

(10 - 15% less exp than Impale-Runs)

Another great way to farm experience is just to run the standard 4-Player Push META and farm Greater RIfts 150 to get experience. Each completed one grants around 1.150 trillion experience and you can well do them below 10 minutes with the season powers!

The Death Nova Necromancer Build has the highest potential DPS with the recent reworks to Trag'oul's Avatar and Iron Rose. Furthermore they both bring Frailty into the group which makes Conduit Pylons extremely powerful. The Necromancer can destroy Trash that is pulled and controlled by the zBarb with just one hit with the great AoE scaling of Bloodtide Blade. Even Elites can die instantly in very dense Pixelpulls. On top of that, the Necromancer has good toughness, which makes it relatively easy to survive without a zMonk. The Necromancer curses the monsters to gain the Spreading Malediction damage buff. Once every monster is grouped up (preferably on top of Elites) the Necromancer creates an Oculus Ring. After moving into the damage circle, he starts casting Siphon Blood into the center of the pull. Together with Iron Rose and his Simulacrum Blood and Bone to deal devastating damage with Death Nova. Ideally this is timed with the Convention of Elements Physical rotation and a Ground Stomp Wrenching Smash from the zBarb for an insane burst with Arena Damage and Krysbin's Sentence.

TK Nova
Trag'oul's Avatar Death Nova Necromancer
Support#1 Standard zBarb
RGK Rathma
Bones of Rathma Army of the Dead Necromancer

The Bones of Rathma Army of the Dead Necromancer benefits a lot from the new Sanctified Army of the Dead dead power, roughly doubling its single target damage and will melt the RG. On top of that he brings 1 Curse like Frailty, Decrepify or Leech into the group.

Create your own META

In the end, there are plenty of ways to farm experience in Diablo 3. You can just group up with some friends and do Speed Great Rifts with almost any class and build. Pick whatever you enjoy!
Here are a few more general tips on how to build your group setup:

  1. Pick 1-2 Supporters
  2. Pick 1-3 Damage Dealers
  3. Create your own setup & have fun!


There are plenty of options to farm experience efficiently in groups. Always communicate with your teammates to optimize Greater Rift times, Pool of Reflection uptime and town rotations. The current seasonal theme has a big impact on the power level of many builds and creates many new choices. Happy farming!


META report by Rob
Reviewed by Northwar


Aug 14th 2022
Updated for Season 27 / Patch 2.7.4

Apr 6th 2022
Updated for Season 26 / Patch 2.7.3