MotE Seismic Slam Barbarian Guide


The Might of the Earth set has one of the highest damage multipliers in the game at a whopping 20,000%. Originally the set was intended for Earthquake builds, but over the past patches its primary used skill was Seismic Slam as there are many more damage multipliers for this skill in the game after Fjord Cutter has been updated. Let us take a look at the Seismic Slam variation of the set in this Guide!

Flavourful ✔
Fast Paced ✔
Ranged Playstyle ✔
Have Fun Leaping Around! ✔

Static Playstyle
Limited Item Options
❌ Band of Might Dependency
❌ Damage Caps at 10 Monsters

Core Item Build

Core Setup


  • The Might of the Earth (6) Bonus is where the majority of our damage comes from.
  • We add that up with Bracers of Destruction, Fury of the Vanished Peak and the relatively new Fjord Cutter to further increase the damage, attack speed and reduce resource costs.
  • Captain Crimson's Trimmings set is used for a great damage buff and the crazy cooldown reduction it provides for our Wrath of the Berserker (WotB).
  • Echoing Fury is nice to have for additional Attack and Movement Speed.
  • Mortick's Brace is a nice overall stat boost with Life per Fury Spent and additional toughness.
  • Optional items are Squirt's Necklace, Focus & Restraint or Convention of Elements for multiplicative damage and Band of Might for toughness.
  • Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac can be a nice alternative for cooldown reduction but you have to drop the damage multiplier from either Captain Crimson's Trimmings set or Convention of Elements to equip it.

Global Stat Priorities

Seismic Slam Attack Speed Breakpoints

Make sure to optimize your Attack Speed to reach certain Breakpoints (click here to learn more). You can have different Breakpoints with different Weapons as you can see on the table to the right.

Just a single 7% Attack Speed roll on your gear (for example by using quadfecta Pull of the Earth) with all buffs up puts you on 13 and 14 frames Breakpoints for very optimized damage output.

Aim for around 55-60% Cooldown Reduction to ensure a decent Wrath of the Berserker up time using Boon of Bul-kathos and potential complementary items like Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac.

Assembling the Build

1. Do the Challenge Rift for the materials to cube Legendary Powers. You can complete this once a week for additional resources and we always update the guide for you!

2. Gather the full Might of the Earth set. Each piece can be gambled from Kadala for Bloodshards. Do not salvage any duplicate pieces you find! Instead convert them to another part of the set with Recipe 4 in Kanai's Cube. If you have extra materials you can use Recipe 3 to craft the remaining pieces, but this is expensive and not recommended for new players.

3. Gamble from Kadala in this order:

  1. The full Might of the Earth set
  2. Create a level 1 Barbarian and gamble for Band of Might
  3. Bracers of Destruction, Mortick's Brace and Nemesis Bracers
  4. Convention of Elements, Focus and Restraint

4. Craft using Recipe 3 in Kanai's Cube in this order:

  1. Two-Handed Mighty Weapons to get Fury of the Vanished Peak
  2. Mighty Weapons to get Fjord Cutter
  3. Create a level 1 Witch Doctor and upgrade Maces to get Echoing Fury
  4. Rings to get Convention of Elements, Focus and Restraint
  5. Anything from the Gamble list in Step 3 that you haven't already acquired.

5. Do Bounties to acquire several important items for this build:

  • Act 1: Ring of Royal Grandeur
  • Bounty Turn In: Recipes for Captain Crimson's Trimmings and Cain's Destiny (for your follower)

6. At this point you can somewhat comfortably farm Nephalem or Speed Greater Rifts where you can find all the remaining items you need for different variants of the build. It's better to spend your materials improving your set pieces, getting ancient weapon etc. Finally you can spice up your season by doing some Ubers to craft Hellfire Amulet (recipe can be bought from Squirt the Peddler in Act 2).

Item Stat Priorities

Main-HandFjord Cutter
Fury of the Vanished Peak (Cubed)
1. Damage Range
2. Socket Ramaladni's Gift
3. Cooldown Reduction
4. Damage %
5. Area Damage
6. Elite Damage
7. Strength
Off-HandEchoing Fury1. Damage Range
2. Socket
3. Cooldown Reduction
4. Damage %
5. Attack Speed
5. Area Damage
7. Elite Damage
8. Strength
HelmEyes of the Earth1. Socket Flawless Royal Diamond
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Seismic Slam Damage
4. Strength
5. All Resistance
6. Vitality
GlovesPull of the Earth1. Critical Hit Chance
2. Critical Hit Damage
3. Cooldown Reduction
4. Attack Speed
5. Strength
ShouldersSpires of the Earth1. Strength
2. Cooldown Reduction
3. Area Damage
4. All Resistance
5. Vitality
Chest Spirit of the Earth1. Sockets Flawless Royal Diamond
2. Strength
3. All Resistance
4. Elite Damage Reduction
5. Vitality
PantsWeight of the Earth
Captain Crimson's Thrust (Crafted)
1. Sockets Flawless Royal Diamond
2. Strength
3. 2 Sockets
4. All Resistance
5. Vitality
BootsFoundation of the Earth
Captain Crimson's Waders (Crafted)
1. Seismic Slam Damage
2. Strength
3. All Resistance
4. Vitality
5. Armor
Ring 1Restraint
The Compass Rose
Convention of Elements
Ring of royal Grandeur (Bounties A1, Cubed)
1. Socket
2. Critical Hit Damage
3. Critical Hit Chance
4. Cooldown Reduction
5. Damage Range
Ring 2Focus
Band of Might
Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac
1. Socket
2. Critical Hit Damage
3. Critical Hit Chance
4. Cooldown Reduction
5. Damage Range
BracersBracers of Destruction
Mortick's Brace
Nemesis Bracers
1. Cold Damage
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Strength
4. All Resistance
5. Vitality
AmuletSquirt's Necklace
The Flavor of Time
The Traveler's Pledge
1. Socket
2. Critical Hit Damage
3. Cold Damage
4. Critical Hit Chance
5. Strength
BeltCaptain Crimson's Silk Girdle (Crafted)1. Strength
2. All Resistance
4. Vitality
5. Life %


  • This is one the very few Barbarian ranged builds so we use Zei's Stone of Vengeance as our main damage gem.
  • Bane of the Trapped is the most common damage gem and we can proc it with our Seismic Slam Permafrost skill constantly providing us a flat 1.6 damage multiplier.
  • Other popular choices are Bane of the Stricken for solo gameplay to kill the Rift Guardian, Boon of the Hoarder for Torment farming. Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard can be used to gain a shield buff in combination with Squirt's Necklace for double damage output, some additional toughness & insane healing.


  • Seismic Slam Permafrost as your main long ranged damage dealer. We can only choose this Cold rune so we can proc our Fjord Cutter 2.5 damage boost.
  • Leap Call of Arreat together with the Might of the Earth (4) Bonus for a crazy Armor buff combined with the ability to proc our Band of Might.
  • Wrath of the Berserker as an overall stat boost & to gain Crowd Control immunity. You want to pair this skill with Boon of Bul-kathos and potentially Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac.
  • The last three skill slots are very situational: Most builds use Call of the Ancients Together as One for a permanent 50% damage reduction, War Cry for toughness and Threatening Shout Falter for an damage debuff on the monsters. You can also use Ignore Pain to have a Crowd Control immunity option combined with some nice toughness during Wrath of the Berserker down time or Battle Rage for a pure damage boost.


  • As a ranged build we can choose a crazy damage passive: No Escape for a flat 1.3 damage multiplier.
  • Rampage is the strongest Barbarian passive there is with it's 25% buff to total Strength. It provides a massive boost to both offense and defense (Armor).
  • Boon of Bul-kathos for Wrath of the Berserker & Call of the Ancients Together as One up time.
  • Another damage option is Ruthless to finish low hit-point targets quickly or we take Nerves of Steel as a defensive touch for a cheat death.

Paragon Points

1. Movement Speed1. Critical Hit Damage1. All Resistance1. Area Damage
2. Strength2. Critical Hit Chance2. Life %2. Pickup Radius
3. Vitality13. Cooldown Reduction3. Armor3. Resource Cost Reduction
4. Maximum Fury24. Attack Speed4. Life Regeneration4. Life per Hit

1 Add a bit of Vitality if you feel too squishy (a total of 700,000 Life is recommended).
2 Not really necessary, but can be played at high Attack Speed Breakpoints to not run out of Fury during your Cold Convention of Elements rotation.


Patch 2.7.0 revamped the follower system giving all 3 hirelings new powers and the emanate system. The first thing you should do is read our complete follower guide and remember the key takeaways:

  1. The emanation system allows followers to share certain legendary and set powers with you. The most important ones are: The Flavor of Time, Nemesis Bracers, Avarice Band, Sage’s Journey and Cain’s Destiny. Click the guide above for the full list.
  2. Follower’s powers are based on their mainstat (maxed at 25,000, but they have a 2.5x multiplier so you only need 10,000). This means we stack Intelligence on the Enchantress, Dexterity on the Scoundrel and Strength on the Templar.
  3. Followers share 20% of their Experience, Magic and Gold Find stats with you.
  4. Legendary gems do not work on followers, except Esoteric Alteration and Mutilation Guard.
  5. Cooldown Reduction does not work for any follower skill except the Templar’s Heal.
  6. Followers never deal significant damage; you’re on your own to clear the content.

With these in mind, let’s get into our recommendation for this build:

GR Pushing Scoundrel

GR Pushing Scoundrel

For Greater Rift Pushing we recommend this Scoundrel setup for the Critical Hit Chance from Anatomy, 10% increased damage from Piercing Shot, and the insane Critical Hit Chance cloud from Night’s Veil. Don't choose either of the first skill options as they apply crowd controls that we want to avoid. If you accidentally select one, you'll either have to live with it or make a new character to fix it as there is no way to de-select a follower skill :(.

Stat Priorities:

Since we have the immortality token, we do not need to stack survivability on our Scoundrel.

Dexterity > Attack Speed.

Key Items:

  • The Flavor of Time: For double duration on Pylons.
  • Nemesis Bracers: For more progression from Elites.
  • Oculus Ring: For 85% increased damage.
  • Unity: For 50% damage reduction if you're also wearing one.
  • Ice Climbers: To make your follower immune to Freeze and Immobilize effects.
  • Leoric's Crown and Cain's Destiny: For more Experience and Attack Speed.


Cast your War Cry to start and group up monsters by Leaping around proccing your Might of the Earth (4) Bonus toughness bonus. Cast your Wrath of the Berserker before you start attacking with Seismic Slam Permafrost.

If there are many Elite packs or you engage dangerous monsters, especially during Wrath of the Berserker downtime, cast Call of the Ancients Together as One to stay alive. Use Threatening Shout Falter to debuff the monsters ideally just before your Convention of Elements Cold cycle for a nice damage burst.


This build can be played in hardcore but is not particular HC friendly. Make sure to always use Nerves of Steel as a cheat death. You can always add more Paragon points into Vitality for a toughness boost as well. Another option is to use the high toughness setup with Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac and Ignore Pain.


GR Solo Speeds
Group or Solo Speed Greater Rift

This build can be played both for solo or for lower group speed Greater Rifts. We play a ranged Barb and can either have a teammate group up enemies for us and keep them at distance or we do it our self by using Leap Call of Arreat and hit them with long ranged Seismic Slam Permafrost.

Keep up your War Cry up for Toughness & Fury. Start by grouping up a bunch on monster with Leap Call of Arreat and use Call of the Ancients Together as One to help you survive. Once monsters are grouped up activate Wrath of the Berserker for more damage. Run or Leap out to create some distance for No Escape and Zei's Stone of Vengeance for an additional maximum 2,34x damage multiplier. Now burst them with Seismic Slam Permafrost on your Cold rotation of Convention of Elements.

Feel free to switch around Warcry or Threatening Shout Falter into Battle Rage or any other skill you want to try.

GR Solo Push
Solo Greater Rift

Here we focus mainly on trash monsters while we damage and drag Elites along in open maps to finish them off with a sick Conduit Pylon enhanced by The Flavor of Time. Of course we have to add Bane of the Stricken to be able to kill the Rift Guardian.

Create huge pulls by using Leap Call of Arreat. Run to create some distance for No Escape and Zei's Stone of Vengeance for an additional maximum 2,34x damage multiplier. Now attack the enemies with Seismic Slam Permafrost on your Cold rotation of Convention of Elements for massive Area Damage. Keep Wrath of the Berserker on a 32 second rotation at the start of each second Cold rotation to never miss the full damage window.

Feel free to switch out Call of the Ancients Together as One to Ancient Spear Rage Flip to keep dragging Elites and trash monsters forward on open maps. You can also drop Captain Crimson's Trimmings to take Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac for cooldown resets and add a Pride of Cassius together with Ignore Pain instead of Threatening Shout Falter for more toughness.


Bracers of Destruction

  • On the top section of this guide we already briefly touched the Bracers of Destruction problem. Indeed, the 6.0 damage multiplier of this item only applies to a maximum of 10 targets.
  • For this reason you will not get as much benefit from big monster pulls in comparison to AoE heavy builds like the Whirlwind Barb. Thus you will not focus on stacking Area Damage on your gear too much. This also means you will not be spending minutes trying to pull half the Greater Rift floor into one spot with Ancient Spear Rage Flip.
  • On some item pieces like Shoulders it is still worth going for, as this slot in particular lacks any decent alternative. On other items, like Rings or Echoing Fury, there are just better options with Cooldown Reduction or Physical Damage.
  • For a full in-depth Area Damage mechanics guide check out this post by sVr!


  • Lack of large AOE damage due to Bracers of Destruction limitations.
  • A half decent trash killer with nice benefits to the entire group with the different Shouts.
  • Fun and unique ranged Barbarian playstyle with Leap.
  • The Earthquake version of the build is not very viable at the moment.

The Seismic Slam build can be fun to play but is far behind the other top Barbarian builds like the Whirlwind Rend Barb. Let us hope we can get some nice additions to the set in future patches!

Guide by Rob.