Raekor HotA Barbarian Guide

Raekor HotA Solo Push

Introduction

The Legacy of Raekor Barbarian set allows Fury-spending attacks to deal tremendous amounts of damage by consuming Furious Charge stacks. The most widespread and strongest Barb Spender is Hammer of the Ancients (HotA). This high damage skill can be buffed by multiple complementary items like Bracers of the First Men and The Gavel of Judgment to deal massive damage during Convention of Elements timed rotations.

In the current Patch 2.7.0, this build is one of the weakest Barbarian builds. If you like to play a Hammer of the Ancients focused build we recommend the LoD variant. Let's hope for The Legacy of Raekor (6) Bonus rework to make this signature set viable for damage again! A damage reduction set bonus, like almost every set in Diablo has, wouldn't hurt either.

But now let's get into the current variation of this build and its rotation based playstyle!





Very Mobile ✔
Fast Attack Speed ✔
Fast Paced Playstyle ✔
High Single Target Damage ✔

❌ Rotation Dependent
❌ Wall Charge Playstyle
❌ Short Damage Window
❌ Band of Might Dependency


Core Setup

Core Item Build

Items

  • The Legacy of Raekor set provides massive damage and the ability to permanently Furious Charge a single target like the Rift Guardian to gain plenty of stacks. Furthermore having all runes of Furious Charge lets us reset our cooldown with Merciless Assault and instantly gain full Fury in large pulls with Stamina.
  • Our second highest damage multiplier is the The Gavel of Judgment. We want to cube this one because it is a 2-handed weapon and we have decent 1-handed options to better optimize our Critical Hit Damage with the additional 130% from the second Flawless Royal Emerald. The second effect on The Gavel of Judgment item also solves our Fury problem on single targets like the Rift Guardian.
  • Bracers of the First Men and Remorseless are the other two damage and Attack Speed multipliers scaling our DPS.
  • Mortick's Brace gives a lot of healing through Life per Fury Spent (we spend a lot with Hammer of the Ancients) and additional damage reduction.
  • Band of Might is used for the tremendous toughness gain and is procced by Furious Charge which we need to gain stacks for the The Legacy of Raekor (6) Bonus.
  • Convention of Elements for 200% multiplicative damage increase during our fire cycle, further explained in the gameplay section below.



Global Stat Priorities

Hammer of the Ancients Attack Speed Breakpoints

This build gets a lot of Attack Speed for free from Bracers of the First Men, Echoing Fury and Wrath of the Berserker. With Gogok of Swiftness we can reach the 13/13 frames Breakpoint when we have 7% Attack Speed on Echoing Fury to attack at the same speed as Remorseless. For more detailed informations on Attack Speed check out our Guide here!

High Cooldown Reduction is key for this build's damage output. Wrath of the Berserker and Call of the Ancients Together as One uptime is essential in maintaining our 250% damage increase from Remorseless. We further reduce the cooldown of both skills by using Boon of Bul-kathos. The Cooldown Reduction Breakpoints are 65% for a 32 second Wrath of the Berserker rotation or 47% for 48 seconds (see Gameplay section below).

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 The Legacy of Raekor 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 The Legacy of Raekor set
  2. Create a level 1 Barbarian and gamble for Band of Might
  3. Mortick's Brace and Bracers of the First Men
  4. Convention of Elements and The Compass Rose

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

  1. Two-Handed Mighty Weapons to get The Gavel of Judgment
  2. Mighty Weapons to get Remorseless
  3. Create a level 1 Witch Doctor and upgrade Maces to get Echoing Fury
  4. Create a level 1 Demon Hunter and upgrade Swords to get In-geom
  5. Rings to get Convention of Elements and The Compass Rose
  6. 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: Recipe for Cain's Destiny (for your follower)

6. There is one final required piece to piece to acquire, The Traveler's Pledge for push or Squirt's Necklace for speed runs. With amulets being so expensive to gamble and craft, we'll have to search for it to drop in Nephalem and Greater Rifts. They both can drop on any class so try to group up with friends when possible to share your loot!

Item Stat Priorities

SLOTITEMSTAT PRIORITY
Main-HandRemorseless
The Gavel of Judgment (Cubed)
1. Damage Range
2. Socket Ramaladni's Gift
3. Cooldown Reduction
4. Area Damage
5. Damage %
6. Maximum Fury (Secondary)
7. Strength
Off-HandEchoing Fury
In-geom
1. Damage Range
2. Socket Ramaladni's Gift
3. Attack Speed
4. Damage %
5. Cooldown Reduction
6. Area Damage
7. Strength
HelmRaekor's Will1. Socket Flawless Royal Diamond
2. Hammer of the Ancients Damage
3. Critical Hit Chance
4. Strength
5. All Resistance
6. Vitality
GlovesRaekor's Wraps1. Critical Hit Chance
2. Critical Hit Damage
3. Cooldown Reduction
4. Area Damage
5. Strength
ShouldersRaekor's Burden1. Strength
2. Cooldown Reduction
3. Area Damage
4. All Resistance
5. Vitality
Chest Raekor's Heart1. Sockets Flawless Royal Diamond
2. Strength
3. All Resistance
4. Elite Damage Reduction
5. Vitality
PantsRaekor's Breeches
Captain Crimson's Thrust (Crafted)
1. Sockets Flawless Royal Diamond
2. Strength
3. All Resistance
4. Vitality
BootsRaekor's Striders
Captain Crimson's Waders (Crafted)
1. Hammer of the Ancients Damage
2. Strength
3. All Resistance
4. Vitality
5. Armor
Ring 1Band of Might
Convention of Elements (Cubed)
1. Socket
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Critical Hit Damage
4. Area Damage
5. Damage Range
Ring 2The Compass Rose
Ring of Royal Grandeur (Bounties A1, Cubed)
1. Socket
2. Critical Hit Damage
3. Cooldown Reduction
4. Area Damage
5. Damage Range
6. Critical Hit Chance
BracersMortick’s Brace (Cubed)
Nemesis Bracers
Bracers of the First Men
1. Fire Damage
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Strength
4. All Resistance
5. Vitality
AmuletThe Traveler's Pledge1. Socket
2. Fire Damage
3. Critical Hit Chance
4. Critical Hit Damage
5. Strength
BeltPride of Cassius
Captain Crimson's Silk Girdle (Crafted)
1. Strength
2. All Resistance
3. Life per Fury Spent
4. Life %
5. Vitality

Gems

  • Bane of the Trapped is the most common damage gem, and as a melee character, the rank 25 effect will slow all enemies within 15 yards providing us a flat 1.6 damage multiplier.
  • Gogok of Swiftness for massive Attack Speed, additional Dodge Chance and to meet the needed Cooldown Reduction for Wrath of the Berserker rotation.
  • Other popular choices are Bane of the Stricken for solo Rift Guardian killing, Boon of the Hoarder for Torment farming and Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard for a shield in combination with Squirt's Necklace for double damage, additional toughness & insane healing.

Skills

  • We take Hammer of the Ancients Smash as our main damage dealer. This skill has 1% increased Critical Hit Chance for every 5 Fury we have. On the beginning of our damage rotation we always start with Maximum Fury and high Critical Hit Chance.
  • Furious Charge has all runes from The Legacy of Raekor (4) Bonus. We reset our cooldown with Merciless Assault and instantly gain full Fury in large pulls with Stamina. We also need this skill to gain stacks for our The Legacy of Raekor (6) Bonus and to proc Band of Might.
  • We need Call of the Ancients to proc the legendary effect of Remorseless, Together as One provides 50% damage mitigation.
  • Wrath of the Berserker has all runes from Mortick's Brace and is the second skill necessary to activate Remorseless. It also provides massive stat boosts and Crowd Control immunity.
  • Battle Rage Bloodshed is a powerful damage choice as we are melee class and basically always critically hit with our Hammer of the Ancients Smash.
  • The last skill slot is optional. Most builds use War Cry Veteran's Warning for toughness or Threatening Shout Falter for a damage debuff on monsters. You can also use Ignore Pain Ignorance is Bliss to have a Crowd Control immunity option combined with some toughness enhanced by Pride of Cassius.

Passives

  • Rampage is the strongest Barbarian passive there is with its 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 and Call of the Ancients Together as One uptime.
  • Berserker Rage since we are almost always at Maximum Fury due to Furious Charge generating Fury.
  • Other damage options include Brawler and Ruthless. Use Nerves of Steel or Relentless to add a defensive touch to this build.

Paragon Points

CoreOffensiveDefensiveUtility
1. Movement Speed1. Critical Hit Damage1. All Resistance1. Area Damage
2. Maximum Fury2. Critical Hit Chance2. Life %2. Pickup Radius
3. Strength3. Cooldown Reduction3. Armor3. Resource Cost Reduction
4. Vitality14. 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).

Follower

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 recommendations for this build.

Speed GR Enchantress

Speed GR Enchantress

For speed Greater Rifts we recommend this Enchantress setup because she is the only follower that gives Cooldown Reduction, allowing you to spam your abilities more. Since this is speed content, she’ll stay alive with Esoteric Alteration and Mutilation Guard and use Hand of the Prophet to gain all skills. This will give us Cooldown Reduction, Elemental Damage, Reduced Damage from Ranged Attacks, Armor, Attack Speed, and a Cheat Death.

Stat Priorities:

Since we do not have the immortality focus, we need to stack survivability on our Enchantress.

Intelligence > Vitality > Life % > Armor > All Resistance > Life Per Hit > 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.
  • Ice Climbers: To make your follower immune to Freeze and Immobilize effects.
  • Hellfire Ring, Leoric's Crown and Cain's Destiny: For more Experience and Attack Speed.

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.

Gameplay

Always keep Battle Rage Bloodshed up for the Critical Hit Chance and additional damage wave, along with War Cry and Ignored Pain if you use it. Use Furious Charge to group up monsters and build up stacks for The Legacy of Raekor (6) Bonus while keeping Band of Might up.

Find a good spot with Elites, plenty of trash monsters and keep building up stacks. In the last seconds of your Cold Convention of Elements cycle put yourself into a position that is close to an Elite. Right when it switches to Fire cast Call of the Ancients Together as One for Toughness and Fury along with Wrath of the Berserker to gain all the toughness and damage buffs in combination with Remorseless.

Try to spawn an Oculus Ring damage circle with Hammer of the Ancients Smash, Furious Charge into it quickly to do your main damage rotation until the end of the Fire cycle by spamming Hammer of the Ancients Smash. On the next Fire rotation your buffs will still be up so you can DPS again. One full Convention of Elements cycle is 16 seconds while Wrath of the Berserker lasts for exactly 20 seconds. Perform this damage rotation every 32 or 48 seconds depending on your Cooldown Reduction and Furious Charge damage stacks.

Hardcore

Not recommended but it can be done. Like in most Barbarian builds make sure to always stay with Band of Might and Nerves of Steel instead of Ruthless to not die! Feel free to add more Paragon Points from Strength into Vitality.


Variants

GR Solo Speed
Raekor HotA Greater Rift Speeds

Concept
In this speed setup we take Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard for a shield in combination with Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace for double damage, some additional toughness & insane healing. We do not need Bane of the Stricken anymore as the single target damage is already very high on lower Greater Rift Tiers. On top of that we add In-Geom to further reduce our cooldowns and permanently Furious Charge, even without enemies around. This gives us even more The Legacy of Raekor stacks to deal damage.

Gameplay
In this setup you have nearly almost permanent uptime on both Call of the Ancients and Wrath of the Berserker by focusing on killing Elite packs. This will guarantee good Remorseless uptime for optimal damage. Charge from Elite pack to Elite pack and burst them down with Hammer of the Ancients Smash.

Setups
There isn't much switch around here as the set slots are already fixed. Feel free to swap In-Geom to Echoing Fury for additional Movement and Attack Speed.

GR Solo Push
HotA Raekor Solo Push

Concept & Gameplay
Keep your main focus on small, high-progression trash monsters like Vile Swarms or Dark Hellions while you damage Elites in the process. Ideally play an open map ideally where you can finish off the already damaged Elite Packs with a Conduit Pylon.

The general gameplay is similar to the gameplay section above with a few exceptions: In good pulls try to move as little as possible and get our Furious Charge stacked up by charging into walls (see the mechanics section below). This will keep our offensive Endless Walk bonus up. It is essential to not waste your Furious Charge stacks to maximize damage during your Fire rotation when you hammer away with Smash. A special case is the Rift Guardian fight where you keep charging into a wall to stack Bane of the Stricken but do not use Hammer of the Ancients right away! Take the first full Convention of Elements cycle to build up a solid amount of charge stacks for your The Legacy of Raekor (6) Bonus and then start your damage rotation on the next Fire cycle.

Setups
You can change Berserker Rage to Relentless or Nerves of Steel if you need more toughness!


Mechanics

Hammer of the Ancients & Critical Hit Chance

  • This build starts the damage rotation at Maximum Fury, which is generated by Furious Charge.
  • During single target fights like on the Rift Guardian we stay at Maximum Fury all the time with The Gavel of Judgment and get up to 162 Fury (or even 174 if using a Mighty Belt with Maximum Fury).
  • We get 1% Critical Hit Chance per 5 Fury we currently have, so at full Fury we get 162 / 5 = 32% more Critical Chance. In conjunction with Battle Rage Bloodshed and Wrath of the Berserker, we gain a total of 32 + 3 + 10 = 45% bonus Critical Hit Chance.
  • With the 5% players get by default and another 5% we get from the Paragon System, this build reaches 55% Critical Hit Chance without any items. This allows us to drop some Critical Hit Chance on Rings to gain other stats like Cooldown Reduction or Damage Range.

Wall Furious Charge

  • A popular method with this build is to Wall Charge in order to gain stacks for the The Legacy of Raekor (6) Bonus faster.
  • The idea is to position yourself close to a wall with monsters nearby to keep spamming Furious Charge off cooldown, thanks to Merciless Assault. Doing so will build up stacks quickly.
  • The reason is because this method lowers the travel time part (which usually scales with Movement Speed) of Furious Charge, resulting in more stacks for the time spent.
  • You will also keep the offensive buff from the Endless Walk set by wall charging as you will stay stationary and not move at all.

Battle Rage Bloodshed

  • A great offensive skill that has been reworked a lot in the past due to multiple bugs like double dipping some damage multipliers such as Elite damage and Physical Elemental damage.
  • Releases a 20 yard wave around your character every second.
  • Does not proc Area Damage and diminishes its effectiveness.
  • The damage is calculated from a sum of the critical hits performed during the last second.
  • The damage wave itself is not further amplified by any damage bonus, including Physical Elemental damage, as its damage calculation is based off of your hits, which are already buffed.

Summary

  • Fast moving playstyle with Furious Charge.
  • Kills bosses fast with awesome burst damage.
  • Cast Wrath of the Berserker and Call of the Ancients for the Remorseless damage buff.
  • Remember to literally bang your head against a wall with Furious Charge to get these The Legacy of Raekor stacks up.
  • Hammer AWAY!

Currently this build and the entire The Legacy of Raekor set is very weak in comparison to others. Let's hope for The Legacy of Raekor (6) Bonus rework to make this signature set viable for damage again! A damage reduction set bonus, like almost every set in Diablo has, wouldn't hurt either. One can always hope for the next patch, but meanwhile enjoy blasting my fellow Barbarians!

Guide by Rob.