We already have a guide on how experience works and how to farm it effectively here. In this article, we will talk about the 4-Player most effective tactic available (META) for experience (exp) farming. There are different ways to farm experience efficiently in groups:
- Clearing Greater Rifts as high and as fast as you can! This method yields the most exp by far as you can see in our Greater Rift Scaling Guide. We farm in groups because we are much stronger with more players and get nice group experience bonuses.
- Farm the new Echoing Nightmares system as fast as possible. Check out our META post on how to farm them in the fastest way possible and our new Tier List to see which classes are the best. In this post here we will keep our focus on the Greater Rift Farming Experience META.
Group experience META's for Greater Rifts generally include synergies that exceed normal support buffs, like Movement Speed buffs with Standoff for Furious Charge META or Land of the Dead combined with Life from Death & Reaper's Wraps for Rat runs. Here is a list of experience META's we had in past patches:
Disclaimer: The real Experience META, apart from Greater Rift farming, is to farm the new Echoing Nightmares system as fast as possible. Check out our META post on how to farm them in the fastest way possible and our new Tier List to see which classes are the best. In this post here we will keep our focus on the Greater Rift Farming Experience META.
|2.6.3||15 (Boon of the Horadrim)||RATS / LoN SB WD / Star Pact Wiz|
|2.6.4||16 (Season of Grandeur)||Charge Barb / RATS / Bazooka Wiz|
|2.6.5||17 (Season of Nightmares)||Vyr Wiz / RATS|
|2.6.6||18 (Season of Triune)||Vyr Wiz / RATS|
|2.6.7||19 (Season of Eternal Conflict)||WW Rend Barb / RATS / HF Sader|
|2.6.8||20 (Season of the Forbidden Archives)||RATS / Spirit Barrage WD|
|2.6.9||21 (Trials of the Tempests)||GoD DH / RATS / 150 LoD PSN Scythe|
|2.6.10||22 (Shadows of the Past + 4th Cube)||RATS / BATS|
|2.7.0||23 (The Disciples of Sanctuary)||RATS / BATS / BIRDS|
|2.7.1||24 (Ethereal Memory)||GODS / BIRDS / RATS|
|2.7.2||25 (Soul Shards)||INNA / RATS|
|2.7.3||26 (Echoing Nightmare)||RATS|
As you can see above, there has been one constant META since the Rise of the Necromancer release: Rat Runs! In Patch 2.7.3 there is a one contender holding somewhat strong: The Inna's Mantra Mystic Ally Monk. The Monks use the Water Ally rune to clear Rifts fast and farm Petrified Screams efficiently, but are still outclassed by the Legacy of Dreams "Rat" Skeletal Mage Necromancer and their insane clear speed.
1. Rat Runs with LoD Necromancer
This is the most figured out META with 2 LoD Mage Necromancers as Damage Dealers, a zNec and a zBarb. There have been a lot of variations in the past with Bones of Rathma (which gave the name to this META) Legacy of Nightmares, Legacy of Dreams (LoD) and many more. Rats have been the top tier experience farming META since its introduction into the game in patch 2.6.0 with the Necromancer as a new class. This META is extremely fast and can farm many Petrified Screams with ease!
The zNec leads the group, cursing every monster with Briggs' Wrath and applying the Critical Hit Chance debuffs from Brittle Touch on the enemies. They also freeze everything with Land of the Dead Frozen Lands to proc Krysbin’s Sentence and protect the damage dealers. The zBarb adds buffs, scouts and picks up the Health and Progression Globes as soon as possible! The most important buff to keep up is the crowd control immunity from Ignore Pain Mob Rule. The damage Necromancers stay close to slain enemies to get Essence back from Devouring Aura. Finally, they summon fully powered Skeletal Mage Singularity onto the Elites by hovering the cursor over them for focused damage.
At very high Paragon you can drop the zBarb completely and get a zDH in. That way the Necromancers get even more damage from Odyssey's End and Companion Wolf Companion. The tradeoff is the Necromancers can die very easily now without Ignore Pain and War Cry.
This setup is only recommended for very experienced players and can even outperform Ally Runs. For 99% of players, however, we strongly recommend playing with a zBarb.
2. Monk Runs: Inna Mystic Ally / LoD WoL Monk Speeds
(10 - 20% less exp than Rat-Runs)
Inna Mystic Ally
The group setup revolves around two Water Ally Monks supported by a zBarb pulling Elites and grouping monsters together so that the Allies can hit many targets at once, with a zDH tremendously buffing their damage.
Dual Wield Monk Version
This variant goes for maximum damage by using Bastions of Will, Aughild's Authority, Echoing Fury and Flying Dragon. Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard together with Serenity are used to protect our Squirt's Necklace buff. Finally In-geom rounds up the build giving us 100% uptime on Epiphany and nearly limitless dashes.
Spam Epiphany and Serenity, Dashing Strike forward, Cyclone Strike the enemies and watch your Mystic Allies destroy them. When you are not busy dashing or cycloning, use Way of the Hundred Fists to activate Bastions of Will and maintain Flying Dragon buff. Only use Mystic Ally when you see your waves transform into blue men!
With In-geom you want to focus mostly on elites, but since you have Cyclone Strike and excellent AoE damage it's also worth stopping for juicy packs of trash.
Depending on how you feel about your toughness you can swap some runes and passives around to get more damage or survivability. For offense, use Radiance, Unity or Momentum. For defense - Blinding Speed, The Guardian's Path or Near Death Experience. At low Paragon you can go for an extreme toughness setup by using Spirit Guards and Lefebvre's Soliloquy instead of Aughild's Authority.
LoD WoL Alternative
With the buff to Rabid Strike the Legacy of Dreams Wave of Light Monk build remains insanely strong and can replace both Inna Monks.
The Monks spam Serenity to maintain Squirt's Necklace buff. They use Cyclone Strike into Wave of Light spam to kill everything. They try to Epiphany teleport with Cyclone Strike instead of using Dashing Strike to get more Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac procs into Epiphany and Air Ally. The Monks need to pay attention to the position of their Rabid Strike clone (shown by a purple dot on the minimap). The clone likes to get stuck on terrain several screens behind, especially if the Monks teleport a lot. If that happens, they need to stop attacking for a couple of seconds to let it reset.
Pillar of the Ancients does more damage but has way smaller AoE than Explosive Light and can also be played as an alternative. Thanks to Stone of Jordan, the same gear can be used to play with either rune.
3. Combination Runs with Bomb Crusader or Marauder Demon Hunter
(21 - 50% less exp than Rat-Runs)
These runs utilize a basic team with zBarb, zDH and two DPS. The supports provide massive offensive and defensive buffs and a bunch of utility such as Movement Speed, pulling and grouping mobs, picking up globes, clicking pylons etc. In Season 26 we have 2 different damage dealers who are very close to each other in power: the LoD Bombardment Crusader and the Marauder Sentry Demon Hunter. Two demon hunters , two crusaders or 1+1 mix can all work and the results will be very similar.
The Crusader excels at AoE damage and also brings some Movement Speed and Damage buffs via Laws of Hope Wings of Angels and Strongarm Bracers.
The Crusader’s job is to group up mobs with Condemn Vacuum and destroy them with Bombardment. You should mostly focus on keeping your Iron Skin active at all times to buff automatic casts from Belt of the Trove. Manual Bombardment should be used on large groups of trash and elites.
Marauder Sentry Demon Hunter
With the changes introduced in Season 25 giving the Embodiment of the Marauder back its auto-fire ability and boosting Sentry damage through the (6) Bonus, the main source of damage is the turrets once again! A Cluster Arrow version and a Multishot version are possible and very similar in damage! While this Demon Hunter is very strong, but it takes some time to place all your Senties, so the runs are not up to speed of Rats or Inna-Runs.
As a Demon hunter keep up your buffs (5x Sentry, Wraps of Clarity, Bastions of Will) at all times. Let you Support gather enemies with and mow them down with Multishot. Activate Vengeance when needed for bigger bursts. Try to keep up Squirt's Necklace as much as possible for the extra damage buff by standing behind your line of defense.
There are plenty of options to farm experience efficiently in groups. Always communicate with your teammates to optimize Greater Rift times, Pool of Reflection uptime and town rotations. As the current seasonal theme has no impact on the power level of builds, experience values won't be crazy during Greater Rifts farming. However the Echoing Nightmare rewards take experience farming to new heights yet again during Season 26 and you need to do Speed Greater Rifts in order to farm Petrified Screams as fast as possible. Happy farming!
META report by Rob
Reviewed by Northwar
Updated for Season 26 / Patch 2.7.3