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Best Barbarian Build in Diablo 3 Season 29

The best Barbarian build in Diablo 3 Season 29, outlining the best active and passive skills, item and weapon setup, legendary gems, Kanai's Cube, and more.
Best Barbarian Build in Diablo 3 Season 29

To quote Barbarians in Diablo 3: "Bul-Kathos Guides My Hand!" If you are looking for the best Barbarian build for farming, Solo Greater Rifts, and more in Diablo 3 Season 29, then we've got you covered.

This detailed guide outlines everything you need to know about the best Diablo 3 Barbarian build, from the active and passive skills (alongside their runes) to pick alongside the best-in-slot items to farm for, items to use in Kanai's Cube, Legendary Gems to acquire, and build alternatives for the latest season.

Update on 15 September 2023: We've updated this article with the best Barbarian build in Diablo 3 Season 29 with the update now live, taking all balance changes and item changes into consideration.

Is the Barbarian a Good Class in Diablo 3 Season 29?

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The Barbarian is perfect for those who love to swing big weapons in the latest Diablo 3 season. (Picture: Blizzard)

We aren't going to tell you the Barbarian is the best class in Diablo 3 Season 29. That would simply be a lie spun by Belial. What we can tell you is that the Barbarian is a solid class, perfect for those who love to get straight into the action and demolish foes with big, shiny weapons.

The Barbarian, with the correct build and all the best items, can compete in the middle to top of the pack, especially when it comes to Solo Greater Rift farming. It is also, arguably, one of the easier classes for beginners to get into. With that in mind, let's take a look at the best Diablo 3 Barbarian build, called Waste Whirlwind Rend. 

Best Diablo 3 Barbarian Build: Waste Whirlwind Rend

A few things before we get started. If you aren't a veteran Diablo 3 player, you might not understand why it is called the Waste Whirlwind Rend build. Whirlwind and Rend refer to the Wrath of the Wastes set, which you will need to farm.

Another note before we get to the active and passive skills alongside their runes is that you might see our build doesn't have Ambo's Pride in the best-in-slot items selection. Before you weapon toss an axe at us, please note that we do have Ambo's Pride in the Kanai's Cube, so we still do take advantage of the legendary power to boost the Waste Whirlwind Rend build for our Barbarian in Diablo 3 Season 29.

Active & Passive Skills for Best Barbarian Build in S29

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The active skills and their Runes for the best Barbarian build in Diablo 3. (Picture: Blizzard)

First up, here's a link to the official Diablo 3 website where we've completed the build. You can play around with different Active and Passive Skills there. Find the best active alongside Runes picked for the Best Barbarian build in Season 29 of Diablo 3.

Skill Rune
Ancient Spear Rage Flip
Whirlwind Wind Shear
Rend Bloodbath
Ignore Pain Contempt for Weakness
Battle Rage Swords to Ploughshares
Wrath of the Berserker Insanity

Now for the passive skills, which you can view below.

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Passive skill choices to make the Waste Whirlwind Rend Barbarian build in Diablo 3 sing! (Picture: Blizzard)

We chose Boon of Bul-Kathos, Berserker Rage, Ruthless, and Brawler, just in case the image doesn't open for you.

Waste Whirlwind Rend Barbarian: Best in Slot Items

Item Slot Best-in-slot choice for D3 Barbarian
Weapon 1 The Slanderer
Weapon 2 Little Rogue
Helm Helm of the Wastes
Gloves Gauntlet of the Wastes
Shoulders Pauldrons of the Wastes
Chest Cuirass of the Wastes
Bracer Mortick's Brace
Amulet Hellfire Amulet of Strength
Ring 1 Band of Might
Ring 2 Convention of Elements
Belt Lamentation
Pants Tasset of the Wastes
Boots Sabaton of the Wastes

Best Items for Kanai’s Cube with Barbarian

First, get your hands on the Kanai's Cube with our guide. Once you have it, check out the items below, which you should use with the best Barbarian build in Diablo 3 Season 29, specifically with the Ambo's Pride, as we gave a warning about earlier in this article.

  • Weapon Slot - Ambo's Pride
  • Armor Slot - Mantle of Channeling
  • Jewelry Slot - Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac

Legendary Gems for Best D3 Barbarian Build

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A Barbarian might start slowly, but with the right items and legendary gems, the class flourishes. (Picture: Blizzard)

This one is relatively straightforward. We are of the opinion that the three best Legendary gems for the Waste Whirlwind Rend build in Diablo 3 Season 28 are:

  • Bane of the Trapped
  • Bane of the Stricken
  • Taeguk

There are, of course, some alternatives and favorites out there. That being said, if you want to push Greater Rift farming, you should level these up asap.

Which Follower to Use with Diablo 3 Barbarian

We believe that no matter how you cut it, the Templar is the best follower for a Barbarian in Diablo 3's latest season. Truth be told, it might just be the best follower for any class that pushes high Greater Rift runs.

This is simply due to the Guardian ability of the Templar follower. With this ability, you can survive almost anything, making it excellent for Hardcore play in a new Season as well. Official description below:

When you take fatal damage, the Templar rushes to your aid, knocking back enemies within 15 yards, healing you for 15.00% Life based on the Templar’s Strength, and shielding you from all damage for 5 seconds.

Alternative Diablo 3 Season 29 Barbarian Builds

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There is no shame in trying out different Diablo 3 Barbarian builds until you find the best one for your playstyle. (Picture: Blizzard)

There is no shortage of alternative Diablo 3 Barbarian builds to try. Some might argue that there are better builds out there than the Waste Whirlwind Rend one we love, but that is up for heated debate!

Below, you can find the best alternative Barbarian builds in Diablo 3 Season 29. We've also provided links to the excellent site, Ice-Veins, so you know exactly what other builds to try out.

So there you have it, the best Barbarian build in Diablo 3 Season 29, with the best-in-slot items, active and passive skills, Kanai's Cube choices, the ideal follower, legendary gem choices, and much more.

Check out a Diablo 3 Barbarian Waste Whirlwind Rend build in action from the fantastic and informative Rhykker below.

With this Waste Whirlwind Rend build for Diablo 3's Barbarian class, we are sure you will always be on the move, mowing down the demons of the Burning Hells with ease. It's great for Solo Greater Rift play, and while the Barbarian might not be the best class ever, you will definitely be competitive, all while having a great time.