Been playing a cold barb for about 3 months now. Started my own build which basically locks down everything with cold quakes and generates enough fury to spam SS between leaps. Its a fun build and the full write up is on the D3 barb forums as I use it a lot to help other players who struggle with T3/4/5 to do higher torments, especially for friends and family.
Ive tested all cold weapons and gear. Rimeheart with frostburns is good for trash, the proc works, however not for elites. That was nerfed back in the 2.0 PTR. However paired with a shatter monk build, you can both take down elites as monks have the ability to "chain proc" from whites to elites killing them both. There are other vids on my channel where Im running with a shatter monk who is doing this. The extra freeze you provide from x3 leaps contributes greatly to the monks proc, so together (although you are doing stuff all damage) you are taking down elites quickly. The RG is usually the problem so you need an area with trash you can proc on him, or we just bring a WD and make him use a furnace. The best build for this shatter monk/freeze barb combo is another Ive come up with that has no DPS but permanent Chilanicks chain boost due to high cooldown reduction (I think its in the order of 52% after deminishing returns). This build maybe efficient but I find its quite exhausting to play after a while and I go back to my other build.
Other cold weapons I recommend are Azurewrath and Utars Roar. But as mentioned by earlier posters, Frostburns are only good for a combo with Rimeheart and only on trash unless you bring a shatter monk. So I wouldnt bother going out of your way to integrate them into a build whereby you want to take down elites yourself. On their own (ie, no RH) they are lackluster.
My preferred weapons are a good SK and UR/AZ. Especially if you get your cooldown to 32% minimum, this will enable you to perma freeze trash with a cold/EQ leap build.
Looking forward to 2.1 as Ive got a OP Azurewrath Ive had for months that needs a Ramalandis Gift (extra socket consumable). Has over 2420 DPS and over 700 str, just need that socket.
Also, I wouldnt throw out any "Fury of the vanished peaks" if you have them, with Ramalandis Gift, these may just be usefull (wont be BIS but will be fun) as I have one that I was not using (as we all know 2 hdrs are terribad). It has 8% bonus damage, 1000 str and I rolled its DPS up to max (about 2903 DPS now) It has no socket. Even so, it does up to 22 mil crits with rampage stacked. So I might use a Ramalandis Gift on it and try to make a fun SS spender build with it.
Guys, what am I missing here? I watched a few videos on this build and they all show you being able to leap 3 times in a row and freezing the ground with each leap. I haven't been able to mimic this. What am I doing wrong? Is this an equipment proc or something?
You need the Earthen 4 piece bonus in combination with Lut socks...the Earthen set gives a quake after each leap and lut socks allow you to leap three times in a row before the cooldown goes off...with EQ on the bar this yields 4 quakes on the ground...
Great demonstration buddy. I know Leland knows what he is talking about Frost is great in Team base play with all them frozen en chills
Although i prefer Fire (sorry buddy), either way frost is GREAT and as explained the damage is not dropping that low
Yet on this patch you might go for 2hander, i red you replied it on the King of Frozen Earth build from Dick3cy I ran kinda the same build as Dick3cy in previous patch called Earth Kings build by me (Tramp). Video (you can tell its from old by knock back) Now still running with the same build and man am i satisfied, there will be a topic soon with video
My thoughts... Build from Earth Kings, for solo (maybe group) And with adjustment to Frost runes + (3 pieces, amu, wrist, weap) extra gear. You can easily switch back and forth from fire to frost as what ever you prefer on moment Remaking my older Earth Kings topic with video
As for upgrades, the Efficacious Toxin gem might not be the best choice. I know it adds 10% damage, but that just stacks in with your other +damage bonuses. The poisons damage it deals is pretty minimal, even at 25 (325% per second). You could always try to use Taeguk, which will give you more + damage and some toughness, though its pretty annoying to keep the buff up. Another option is Pain Enhancer, which is much higher damage, and adds a massive speed boost when you have the bleed on several mobs.
I'm not sure how you are doing with surviving, but Superstition I find is key on surviving in higher G rifts. It might be worth dropping Rampage for Superstition if you find you are getting killed often. Rampage is great for clearing, but doesn't usually do much on the Rift Guardian. However, with freeze builds, survival may not be an issue for you yet.
Other than that, your Ring of Royal Grandeur could have some Crit or Crit Damage on it instead of the life per hit, but that may require farming more :PLuckily, they just did a massive buff to bounties, with nearly 100% chance to have a legendary on T6.
Ill try the pain enhacer and Taeguk this Weekend, wasnt statisfied with the Toxin gem myself tbh. And yea i know about my rorg^^ ill try to get something better than that. Thanks alot for the advice, man!
This may be just my playstyle but I believe Fury of the Vanished Peak is BIS. I have better rolled Furnace and Wrath of the Bone King, but FotVP gives me better results. I can spam seismic slam when my jump is on cooldown and can easier kill stuff that is deadly up close, like electrify or fire chains.