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Diablo 4 Barbarian BuildHammer Time 2.0 Barb (Abattoir Season 2) [Unique Glyph] HoTA S Tier

Season 2
Hammer Time 2.0 Barb (Abattoir Season 2) [Unique Glyph] HoTA S TierBarbarian build
Skills and Gear
Skill Tree
Paragon Board

Assigned skills

Primary
Secondary

Technique

Equipment

HelmGodslayer Crown
Chest ArmorRelentless Berserker's Aspect
GlovesAspect of the Expectant
PantsAspect of Disobedience
BootsGhostwalker Aspect
AmuletBanished Lord's Talisman
Ring 1Aspect of Echoing Fury
Ring 2Ring of Red Furor
Bludgeoning WeaponAspect of Limitless Rage
Dual-Wield Weapon 1Aspect of Ancestral Echoes
Slashing WeaponEdgemaster's Aspect
Dual-Wield Weapon 2Aspect of Inner Calm

Gems

WeaponRuby
ArmorRuby
JewelrySkull

Vampiric Powers
divinity3
ferocity4
eternity12

Blood Boil
eternity6
Metamorphosis
divinity2
eternity2
ferocity2
Hemomancy
eternity3
Prey on the Weak
ferocity2
Sanguine Brace
divinity1
eternity1

Skills

Basic

Bash
1
Enhanced Bash
Combat Bash

Core

Hammer of the Ancients
5
Enhanced Hammer of the Ancients
Furious Hammer of the Ancients

Defensive

Rallying Cry
1
Enhanced Rallying Cry
Tactical Rallying Cry
Imposing Presence
3
Martial Vigor
3

Brawling

Leap
1
Enhanced Leap
Power Leap
War Cry
1
Enhanced War Cry
Power War Cry
Booming Voice
3
Swiftness
3

Weapon Mastery

Thick Skin
1
Counteroffensive
3
Pit Fighter
3
Slaying Strike
3

Ultimate

Wrath of the Berserker
1
Prime Wrath of the Berserker
Supreme Wrath of the Berserker
Wallop
3
Heavy Handed
3
Brute Force
3
Tempered Fury
3

Passive

Unbridled Rage
1
2
Bash
3
Enhanced Bash
4
Combat Bash
5
Hammer of the Ancients
6
Enhanced Hammer of the Ancients
7
Furious Hammer of the Ancients
8
Rallying Cry
9
Enhanced Rallying Cry
10
Tactical Rallying Cry
11
Hammer of the Ancients
12
Hammer of the Ancients
13
War Cry
14
Enhanced War Cry
15
Power War Cry
16
Hammer of the Ancients
17
Hammer of the Ancients
18
Leap
19
Enhanced Leap
20
Power Leap
21
Pit Fighter
22
Slaying Strike
23
Slaying Strike
24
Slaying Strike
25
Wrath of the Berserker
26
Prime Wrath of the Berserker
27
Supreme Wrath of the Berserker
28
Heavy Handed
29
Heavy Handed
30
Heavy Handed
31
Brute Force
32
Brute Force
33
Brute Force
34
Wallop
35
Unbridled Rage
36
Wallop
37
Wallop
38
Tempered Fury
39
Tempered Fury
40
Tempered Fury
41
Thick Skin
42
Counteroffensive
43
Counteroffensive
44
Counteroffensive
45
Pit Fighter
46
Pit Fighter
47
Swiftness
48
Swiftness
49
Swiftness
50
Imposing Presence
51
Imposing Presence
52
Imposing Presence
53
Martial Vigor
54
Martial Vigor
55
Martial Vigor
56
Booming Voice
57
Booming Voice
58
Booming Voice

Build Details

How It Works
Summary

The Hammer Time Barb Build is BACK! It's now improved & a lot more fun to play. It's HAMMER TIME! Slam that massive Warhammer into the ground and grind your foes into dust. Hammer Time 2.0 is a HoTA Barb with a focus on HoTA & Overpower. It squeezes the Paragons for massive DPS + nice survivability. The playstyle is: buffing yourself with shouts, erasing groups of enemies with 1-2 hits then moving on to the next group & repeating this. The DPS as good as it gets so words like META or S Tier fit here.

This is the post-Abattoir Version! This means the paragon boards are USING the new Unique Glyph (Tears of Blood). Season 2 is Ongoing & after extensive testing I bring you a HoTA Barb with a Massive Overpower DMG Synergy for the archetype. The build's easy to gear up & get things going & requires 0 non-codex aspects. 2 out of 3 Uniques are Duriel drops too. As usual, I’ll evolve & keep my builds updated. This is one such build for the Barbarian Class called Hammer Time 2.0

VAMPIRIC POWERS:

  1. Metamorphosis = Evading making us unstoppable is great! This helps triggering Tibault's Will's unique special/effect. Also causes Vampiric Curse (read below why it's needed)
  2. Blood Boil = every 20 seconds a guaranteed Overpower is an amazing synergy for any Overpower Build
  3. Prey on the Weak = it's good bit of extra dps but also good synergy with HotA builds so we don't require Accursed Touch as evading through enemies will keep the curse on them (due to Metamorphosis).
  4. Sanguine Brace = a very good fit for classes that can keep the Fortify up (like a Barb) for that extra +8% crit chance is great here.
  5. Hemomancy = this one helps with trash mobs clear and also heals us a bit every 4 seconds. Very good on Overworld content like Helltide or Blood Harvest.

Alternative options (instead of Hemomancy): Undying a bit of extra healing with each attack/cast Resilience extra Damage Reduction so you may prefer it over Undying. For lower tier NMDs & overworld content Resilience won't be needed and neither will it be needed for Uber Bosses (except maybe for Uber Lilith but for her you need well timed evading & keeping your armor high more than anything)

Good Aspects to use before you get all Uniques:

  • Rapid/Earthstriker (Ring 1)
  • Exploiter's Aspect (Helm)
  • Rapid/Earthstriker (Amulet) You can also put Disobedience or Ghostwalker in the Amulet until the unique drops for the bonus 50% efficiency.

In-Depth Explanation

Paragon Boards & Glyphs Order of lvlup

In what order to unlock the boards?

You want do it this way:

  • Board 2 is Warbringer
  • Board 3 is Blood Rage
  • Board 4 is Carnage
  • Board 5 is Bone Breaker

I recommend this order so that you can slot in the more important Glyphs (Ire, Wrath & Dominate) early as well as to make sure the last board is the one that has the least amount of Yellow/Rare nodes in it (in case you lack core stats). We're using 5 Boards go getting the Stats required for the Rare (Yellow) nodes on boards 4 and 5 may be a problem at first but with the uniques and the right gear rolls it will eventually be okay. You may also need to slightly modify HOW you reach from one cluster & board to another if you lack a specific stat.

Why pick those boards?

I've selected the boards based on two criteria: how much of the bonuses my glyphs require are within range of the socket (Str, Wil, Dex) and also what yellow & blue node clusters I can take from those boards. Since we're using 5 boards it meant we can not Invest heavily into the yellow & blue clusters in all 5 boards and sacrifices had to be made. There are amazing synergies in each of the 5 boards for both DPS and Survivability and I focused on patching up the Armor & Resistances above all else.

The Starting Board has 70 STR near the socket making it a very good choice for our 1st STR Glyph (Ire)

Warbringer has 49 DEX near the socket making it a very good choice for our 1st DEX Glyph (Wrath)

Blood Rage has 44 WIL near the socket (there are Boards with 54 but it's a worth it sacrifice) to get good dps from our only WIL Glyph (Dominate). On top of that the Blood Rage Legendary Node is a MUST HAVE & an amazing synergy for EVERY BARB build. The board also has a crucial +x% Damage while Berserking nodes cluster near it.

Carnage is a perfect fit board for any Barb build. It has two Damage while Berserking clusters (one near the glyph socket even) as well as a some decent Survivability blue and yellow node cluster (also near the socket). This board also has a solid 49 DEX near the socket for our Territorial Glyph's bonus dmg. Alternatively, Might, Marshal, or Revenge can be slotted here to boost the 3x5% or the 2x10% Damage while Berserking nodes for extra Blood Rage multiplicative dmg results.

Bone Breaker has enough STR near the socket to activate the bonus effect of our 2nd STR Glyph (Crusher) for x30% Overpowoer Damage. This board also has two Rare/Yellow +Overpower Damage node clusters, 1 of them is even near the Socket. There is also a decent survivability cluster near the socket too.

In what order to Level Up the Glyphs?

First, focus on getting all of the Glyphs to lvl 15, 1-by-1 and in this order: 1. Ire/Wrath (if you don't have Bloodrage yet delay Ire) 2. Ire/Wrath (if you don't have Bloodrage yet delay Ire) 3. Dominate 4. Crusher 5. Territorial

Then, get all of the Glyphs to lvl 21, 1-by-1 and in this order: 1. Ire/Wrath (if you don't have Bloodrage yet delay Ire) 2. Ire/Wrath (if you don't have Bloodrage yet delay Ire) 3. Dominate 4. Crusher 5. Territorial

Note about Gear: Godslayer Crown is what I picked for the Helm Slot BUT if you get uber lucky with some Uber Duriel kills and get a Shako/Harlequin's Crest it's going to be an obvious good pick as well, if fact it seems like the best-in-slot Helmet due to how much base damage HotA gets from 4 extra ranks vs the x60% from Godslayer. Hell, even Andariel's Visage will be worth using if it drops, for High Tier mobbing especially so. I tried Harlequin Crest instead of Godslayer's Crown and can confirm that the DPS is better for this build with the Uber Unique, so good luck on getting one!. Andariel's Visage was also a solid synergy when i tried it but the overal dmg per hit suffered.

Gameplay Loop

The gameplay Loop is simple and easy to follow for this build.

  1. Run towards a group of enemies or a boss. You could also Leap into them from afar.
  2. Use Rallying Cry & War Cry to buff yourself.
  3. Use Hammer of the Ancients (HotA) to delete your foes.
  4. Using Bash can give you a guaranteed overpower after 4 crits with the skill.
  5. If in need of Fury you can use Leap to gain 40 of it.
  6. Wrath of the Berserker (WotB) could be saved for big fights with many elites or for Bosses. BUT if you wanna use it more often feel free to do so.
  7. Repeat steps 3, 4, 5 till the fight is over then rinse/repeat from step 1 for the next fight

Key notes:

  • Each time you Evade you become Unstoppable (and if you decide to equip it for boss fights also can trigger the dmg buff of Tibault's Will as well as its Fury generation).
  • And each time you Stun or Immobilize an Elite (or hit a boss), you'll trigger Godslayer's Crown to pull in any nearby & distant enemies. BUT ideally, you'll get a Harlequin Crest as a helmet.
  • Rallying Cry & WotB (the ult) can also trigger Tibault's Will as they also make us Unstoppable.
  • Before bosses like Duriel you may wanna "load the musket" by spending fury to get the guaranteed critical + extra x30% dmg from Ring of Red Furor. And if to guaranteed 1 more Overpower you can even spend more Fury to load the Banished Lord's Talisman BUT that's not needed as 4 the Bash crits + Blood Boil's two guaranteed Overpowers will be more than enough.
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