[Top 3] Diablo 3 Best Crusader Builds

D3 Best Crusader Build
Crushing it!

The Crusaders are able to wade into the thick of battle with the help of the heavens, and heavy armor.

The class does have limited ranged abilities, however, to keep the wrath up, a Crusader needs to get into the thick of the demon mobs. The more attempts by demons to damage, the more Wrath Crusaders get to fuel their abilities.

Now the builds below are considered the best. However, keep in mind weapon specifics and player skills will affect results. These builds are able to push into the higher tiers and greater rifts.

Now let's ask for the guidance of the High Heavens as we look at the top 3 Crusader builds.

3. Aegis of Valor Push Build

It's so shiny!

Aegis of Valor set was introduced in Season 19 and is the newest armor set for Crusader.   This build is easily able to reach level 100 greater rift and shreds its ways through elites and bosses.  The skills are designed to work in conjunction with the Aegis to make this a great damage dealer. 

What Aegis of Valor Push Build Excels In:

  • Using Fists of Heaven and Heaven’s Fury together 
  • Being Strong - this is a tank build and hard to kill.
  • Rotation, Rotation, being mindful of how your cooldowns and buffs are stacking.

Gear Stats:  Critical Hit Chance,  Critical Hit Damage, Cool Down Reduction, and Resistance To All are what you are looking for here. 

Gear:  Gems in this set are Diamonds in helm and armor, and Emerald in the weapon.

  • Helm:   Crown of Valor
  • Shoulders:  Spaulder of Valor
  • Gloves:  Gauntlets of Valor 
  • Chest:  Brigandine of Valor
  • Belt:  Captain Crimson’s Brace
  • Pants:  Captain Crimson’s Thrust
  • Boots:  Greaves of Valor 
  • Bracers:  Bracers of Fury
  • Amulet:  The Flavor of TIme
  • Ring 1:  Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac
  • Ring 2: Convention of Elements 
  • Weapon 1: Pig Sticker
  • Offhand: Shield of Fury
  • Legendary Gems: 
    • Gogok of Swiftness
    • Bane of the Trapped
    • Pain Enhancer

Gear in Kanai’s Cube: 

  • Fate of the Fell
  • Stone Gauntlets
  • Royal Ring of Grandeur 

Active Skills:

  • Fist of Heavens - Fissure
  • Heaven’s Fury - Fires of Heaven
  • Shield Glare - Divine Verdict
  • Iron Skin - Flash
  • Laws of Valor - Unstoppable Force 
  • Akarat’s Champion - Prophet 

Passive Skills: 

  • Fervor
  • Long Arm of the Law
  • Holy Cause
  • Finery

Paragon Priority:

Core

  • Strength
  • Vitality
  • Movement Speed
  • Maximum Warth

Offense

  • Attack Speed
  • Cooldown Reduction
  • Critical Hit Damage
  • Critical Hit Chance

Defense

  • Life
  • Armor
  • Resist All
  • Life Regeneration

Utility

  • Area Damage
  • Resource Cost Reduction
  • Life Per Hit
  • Gold Find

Links for more information: 

Link to the Build:  https://www.diablofans.com/builds/105480-valor-fury-solo-push-build-2-6-7

Video about this build: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG5vtsB_plI

2. Legacy of Nightmare Blessed Shield Captain America

She is working on getting the right gear for her build. 

This powerful build uses the Legacy of Nightmare ring set that makes use of   Ancient Legendaries and Primal Legendaries provides you with a 750% increase to damage buff while decreasing damage taken by 4%.   This allows true customization with the recommendations below reaching the higher tiers and completing greater rifts.

What Crusader LoN Blessed Shield Captain America Excels In:

  • Improve as you go - as you get better pieces of gear, swap them in.  This build is more about the stats than anything else. Just make sure it’s Ancient or Primal Legendary. 
  • Blessed Shield is the main damage dealer.  - Just like when Captain America toss your shield  causes all the damage. 
  • It’s all about the cooldown reduction -  this fire build burns through Wrath quickly. .

Gear Stats:  Cool Down reduction, Blessed Shield, or Fire Damage whenever possible.  Then Strength followed by Critical Hit Chance and Damage.  

Gear:  Gems in this set are Diamonds in the helm.  Diamond for toughness or, Rubies for Damage in armor. Emeralds in the weapon 

  • Helm:  Leoric’s Crown
  • Shoulders:  Homing Pads
  • Gloves: Magefist
  • Chest:  Aquila Cuirass 
  • Belt:  The Witching Hour
  • Pants:  Swamp Land Waders 
  • Boots:  Illusory Boots
  • Bracers:  Akkhan’s Manacles
  • Amulet:  The Flavor of Time 
  • Ring 1:  Litany of the Undaunted 
  • Ring 2:  The Wailing Host
  • Weapon 1: Gyrfalon’s Foote 
  • Offhand: Jekangboard
  • Legendary Gems: 
    • Bane of the Trapped 
    • Legacy of Dreams 
    • Bane of the Powerful

Gear in Kanai’s Cube: 

  • Akkhan’s Leniency
  • Strongarm Bracers 
  • Convention of Elements

Active Skills:

  • Blessed Shield - Combust
  • Iron Skin - Steel Skin
  • Condemn - Vacuum
  • Laws of Valor - Critical
  • Provoke - Hit Me 
  • Akarat’s Champion - Profit 

Passive Skills: 

  • Towering Shield 
  • Fervor 
  • Indestructible
  • Finery

Paragon Priority:

Core

  • Movement Speed
  • Strength
  • Maximum Resource
  • Vitality

Offense

  • Cooldown Reduction
  • Critical Hit Chance*
  • Critical Hit Damage*
  • Attack Speed

*One to Ten ration between Critical Hit Chance and Critical Hit Damage till both are maxed

Defense

  • Life
  • Resist All
  • Armor
  • Life Regeneration

Utility

  • Area Damage
  • Life Per Hit
  • Resource Cost Reduction
  • Gold Find

Links for more information: 

Link to this build: https://www.d3planner.com/374529733

Video about this build: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzFGsQXpk7A&t=36s

1. Valors Fury

The chest piece is durable, yet comfortable.  It breathes better than metal..

This build is considered one of the best and powerful builds for the Crusader.  The use of Thorns for damage means by attacking you, the attacker damages themselves, which in higher teirs and Greater Rifts is lethal.

What Valors Fury Excels In:

  • The radius of Damage is huge. 
  • It’s fast -  Compared to other Crusader builds - this one moves rather quickly. 
  • Conversion - as you get more items with Thorns damage, the effect can go from defensive (good for lower levels) to offensive (for higher levels).

Gear Stats:  Anything that adds power to the Thorns damage is important.  Attack Speed, Strength, Vitality - Don’t worry about Critical Hit Damage or Chance as they do not help in this build.  

Gear:  Gems in this set are Diamonds in the helm and armor.  Topaz in the weapon to increase the effect to the Thorns. 

  • Helm:  Crown of the Invoker 
  • Shoulders:  Burden of the Invoker
  • Gloves: Pride of the Invoker
  • Chest:  Aquila Cuirass 
  • Belt:   Belt of the Trove
  • Pants:  Renewal of the Invoker
  • Boots:  Zeal of the Invoker
  • Bracers: Shackles of the Invoker  
  • Amulet:  The Traveler’s Pledge
  • Ring 1:  Compass Rose
  • Ring 2:  Justice Lantern
  • Weapon 1:  Pig Sticker
  • Offhand: Akarat’s Awakening
  • Legendary Gems: 
    • Bane of the Trapped 
    • Boyarsky’s Chip
    • Bane of the Stricken

Gear in Kanai’s Cube: 

  • Echoing Fury
  • Nemesis Bracer
  • Convention of Elements

Active Skills:

  • Punish - Celerity
  • Steed Charge - Endurance
  • Laws of Valor - Invincible 
  • Iron Skin - Flash 
  • Provoke - Hit Me
  • Akarat’s Champion - Prophet

Passive Skills: 

  • Fervor
  • Iron Maiden
  • Finery
  • Fanaticism

Paragon Priority:

Core

  • Movement Speed
  • Strength
  • Maximum Resource
  • Vitality

Offense

  • Attack Speed
  • Cooldown Reduction
  • Critical Hit Damage
  • Critical Hit Chance

Defense

  • Life
  • Resist All
  • Armor
  • Life Regeneration

Utility

  • Life Per Hit
  • Area Damage
  • Resource Cost Reduction
  • Gold Find

Links for more information: 

Link to this build: https://www.d3planner.com/737517861

Video about this build: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7H4wBYyzNA&t=15s

 

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