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This is my first time ever posting on these forums, so forgive me if someone has already posted on a similar build. I do not claim to be anywhere near the best, but my Barbarian can easy the ubers on Monster Power 5 without ever getting below half health and I didn't need hundreds of millions of gold to accomplish this. My build is basically the double whirlwind build with an emphasis on getting as high of chance to freeze as possible. Unfortunately, this limits the build to a few certain items. Still if you can reach the max freeze chance possible at 27.8% you will find that this build is frighteningly good.
-Whirlwind, with hurricane rune
-Frenzy with maniac or vanguard (if you want even more mobility)
-Warcry with Impunity
-Sprint with run like the wind
-Wrath of the Beserker with Thrive on Chaos
-Battlerage with into the fray
-Tough as nails/nerves (depends on your vitality)
Other options could be weapons master, ruthless, or superstition for people with low resist issues.
Gear: This is an extremely gear dependent build, and to reach the max freeze chance you must use very specific gear.
Weapon: Azurewrath, there is no substitute for the barb who wants to make ice sculptures out of ubers. 15% (Mine is 14.6%) max freeze chance and 21% max increased attack speed are great for this build. There is no life on hit, but you will get your life on hit from other gear and hopefully if you have over 20% freeze you wont be getting hit too often, as the nados from sprint proc freeze.
Shield: Any Rare/Legendary with 2.6% freeze chance or close to it. Stormshields can have chance to freeze, but I personally use a rare that gives more crit chance. Anything over 2% freeze chance is serviceable, mine currently has 2.5% chance to freeze.
Belt: Any Rare/Legendary with 5.1% chance to freeze or close to it. I currently use a solid rare, but I highly recommend immortal kings belt because it can roll good mods for ww and gives life leech, but a solid rare is plenty serviceable.
Pants: Blackthorne's Set pants or a good rare, though I recommend these pants because u will need as much life on hit as you can get and these are the only pants that give life on hit, mine give me 474 life on hit our of a possible 479.
Amulet: Star of Azkarnath with close to perfect freeze chance (p =5.1%). You can get away with not using this but it is the only ammy with freeze chance and I highly recommend it. They can roll with some good mods like crit damage or all resists.
Rings: This is really your call, I use rings with crit dmg, resists, attack speed, and other mods. I may use a hellfire ring down the road once I buy the damn plan XD, I already have plenty of organs, but havent bought the 2 million gold plan from squirt.
Helm: Any rare/legendary you want
Boots: Any rare/legendary with good mods and close to 12% increased walk/run speed.
Lastly some tips for playing with this build. While this build is easy to play there are some small things that can make you almost unstoppable.
Corral elites: When you run into elite packs hit battlerage, pop wrath and circle them with sprint. The nados will imprison them in ice the whole fight or most of it at least. When you learn to effectively circle them, elite packs literally can't fight back.
Always have battlerage on: It is easy not to notice certain things in the middle of a long fight. Keeping battlerage going has to be a priority for anyone using the build. It keeps your wrath going and it allows you to use whirlwind almost limitlessly.
I am not even close to being the best diablo player, but this build has been fun for me and very effective even at the higher monster power levels. Some of the gear is pricey like the ammy and weapon, but it is well worth it. If anyone has any improvements for this let me know, I am always trying to get better.
what do u mean chill proc on shoulders o.O
Isn't it shoulders that can get % chance to chill on hit as an affix? Maybe im wrong.....its been a while since I have even seen that type of affix.
Oh yea you are right
Here are the list of Procs on all slots
wpn : chance to (everything : blind , chill , fear , freeze , immobilise , knockback , slow , stun )
other's that can freeze include echoing fury , blade of the warlord etc ( but i think since u use azure wrath as an offhand , it would be advisible to get an EF with lifesteal + socket here of course as much dps as you can and strength version
amulet : chance to blind ( any idea what is this ? )
Legendary : Kymbo's chance to knockback
star of azkaranth's chance to freeze ( or everything else wow)
belt : chance to freeze ( IK / lamentation /witching hour top choices)
boots : chance to immobilise ( any idea what is this ? )
bracers : chance to knockback
legends : strong arm's chance to knockback
chest armour : gold skin : chance to make enemies drop gold ( wonder if it works on PvP LOL drop your billions of gold ! )
gloves : chance to stun
legends : stone gauntlets chance to stun
helm : chance to fear
blind fate : chane to blind on hit
Nats: chance to fear on hit
pants : chance to slow on hit
legends : Pox faulds : chance to stink ( wtf ? lol !)
rings : legends : broken promise chance to fear
justice lantern chance to block
hellfire ring : chance to fireball
shoulders : chance to chill
According to d3 rmt max state website:
Perfect is 27.8%
Azurewrath = 15% Max
Offhand = 2.6% Max (as you stated)
Belt = 5.1 Max
Star of Azkarnath = 5.1 Max
For a total of 27.8% being the best you could possibly have. With frenzy/whirlwind you hit so fast and so often that the % being so high is almost like infinite freeze sometimes. Currently im still working on getting the ammy, but right now im at 22.2% which isn't ideal but getting items with perfect freeze is expensive so I just try to get as close as I can.
You can't dual wield aurewraths can you? Or you mean just find a regular weapon with some freeze on it?
I would think with sprint it goes off your main hand, but with WW you go off both, so yeah you would freeze more.
I have a lil freeze on my echo, freeze on my belt, good times on uber runs. My other barb pals have picked up a few freeze pieces as well. MP9 is really painless. 10 would be as well but were short dps.
My follower is usually dead when the freeze would matter, mp9 or 10, but he does use the buriza.
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