Crusader Compendium: Guides, Builds, & Info

Crusader
⛨ UPDATED FOR PATCH 2.6.1 ⛨

"A Crusader's most potent weapon is the mind."

---- Cleric Akkhan


Welcome! This is a reference work created by the Crusader community. Its purpose is to provide a useful resource for players, especially those who are new to the Crusader class. If you're looking for detailed guides, information on skill mechanics, or engaging gameplay streams, you'll find them all in the links below.

You can help improve the compendium by posting your own suggestions for what I should include. If any of the threads I've linked seem outdated or irrelevant, please let me know about that as well. Thanks for your support, and stay in the Light.

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⛨ TABLE OF CONTENTS


1. BEGINNER GUIDES & SET DUNGEONS:
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/13682248394#post-2

2. CRUSADER BUILDS:
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/13682248394#post-3

3. ITEMS, GEMS, CRAFTING & COSMETICS:
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/13682248394#post-4

4. GAME MECHANICS:
https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/13682248394#post-5

5. CRUSADER SKILL MECHANICS:
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/13682248394#post-7

6. STREAMS & GAMEPLAY VIDEOS:
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/13682248394#post-8

7. COMMUNITY RESOURCES:
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/13682248394#post-9

8. PATCH NOTES:
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/13682248394?page=1#post-10

9. FIRST DISCUSSION POST:
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/13682248394?page=1#12
1. BEGINNER GUIDES & SET DUNGEONS


Starting a new class can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are several guides specifically created for new Crusaders. Take a look at these, and you'll be pushing into higher Torments and mastering your set dungeons in no time. Welcome to the crusade!

⛨ SET DUNGEON GUIDES


"Crusader Set Dungeon Guides" by Quin C

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcKDsqoF983Z_FyFOX_mVsmSmxYKo80jb

⛨ NEW PLAYER GUIDES


"Diablo 3 Difficulty Overview" by Bagstone

https://d3resource.com/difficulties/index.php

"Road to Torment: A Diablo 3 Guide for New Players" by Destoryar

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/17346426537

"Beginner's Gearing Guide" by Rhykker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKYR3H-wE98

"4 Simple Options All Players Should Know About" by Rhykker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rx425na7-70&list=PLynOeXfVv8P7bQqfvTOzHe7b6LQA7TbTe&index=22

"From Beginner to Expert: The Ultimate Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls Guide" by Rhykker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP_rnJd8Lxs

⛨ NEW CRUSADER GUIDES


"2.6.1 Best Crusader Builds" by Angry Roleplayer

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20759321559?page=1

"Crusader Leveling and Fresh 70 Guide" by Deadset

https://www.icy-veins.com/d3/crusader-leveling-and-fresh-70-guide-patch-2-6-season-11

DeadSet's Guide Collection on Icy Veins

http://www.icy-veins.com/d3/crusader-builds

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2. CRUSADER BUILDS


The Crusader has a wide variety of fun, viable builds to fit many different playstyles. With the right combination of skills and gear, you can turn your Crusader into a powerful ranged attacker, an unstoppable melee tank, or a phalanx-summoning lord commander. New players should turn on elective mode in the options menu to freely assign any skill to any hotkey.

⚒️ BLESSED HAMMER BUILDS ⚒️


"Hammerdin In-Depth Guide" by Glimwick

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20758508317

"Holy Hammerdin" by Angry Roleplayer

http://www.diablofans.com/builds/85719

“Superhuman / Thrill Conquest Blessed Hammer" by crayonsmind

http://www.diablofans.com/builds/71129-super-human-thrill-conquest-crusader-blessed

⚛️ BLESSED SHIELD BUILDS ⚛️


"Akkhan Blessed Shield" by Angry Roleplayer

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20759157442

"LoN Blessed Shield (Holy and Fire varations)" by Ravashak

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/20352305446

☀️ CONDEMN BUILDS ☀️


"Akkhan Condemn" by Angry Roleplayer

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20759257413

"Akkhan / Sage Condemn DB Farming" by DarthKitty1

http://www.diablofans.com/builds/94547

"Triple Bane Condemn Build" by Harnor

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20761756592

⚡️ HEAVEN'S FURY BUILDS ⚡️


"Akkhan Holy Machinegun" by Angry Roleplayer

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20759237818

"Holy Shotgun" by lao113

http://www.diablofans.com/builds/94870

"Lazy Shotgun" by AdamADisco

http://www.diablofans.com/builds/95085

"Sader Rift Guardian Killer" by Achilles 1743

http://www.diablofans.com/builds/95435

"Godly Gatling Gun" by Ravashak

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/19650315931

⚔️ PHALANX & PET BUILDS ⚔️


"Phalanx Commander (Petsader)" by JAB1012

http://www.diablofans.com/builds/73431

"Phalanx Bowmen" by Drahque

http://www.diablofans.com/builds/70029

⛨ SHIELD BASH BUILDS ⛨


"T13 Crusader Death Glare" by DarthKitty1

http://www.diablofans.com/builds/89344

"Shield Bash Builds GR 80+ (Unity & Block Versions)" by Angry Roleplayer

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20752452698

"2.3 Hybrid Roland's Fire Sweep Attack / Shield Bash" by ppuno

http://www.diablofans.com/builds/57431

⛓️ SWEEP ATTACK BUILDS ⛓️


"Roland Sweep Attack for GR 100+ (Fire / Lightning variants)" by Kikaha

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20755055837

"Roland the Rift Guardian Slayer, Season 9, HC-Friendly" by Romano

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20753107761
http://www.diablofans.com/builds/87517

"Roland Sweep Attack Lightning" by Deadset

http://www.icy-veins.com/d3/crusader-sweep-attack-lightning-build-with-the-rolands-set-patch-2-4-3-season-9

"Roland Sweep (Solo & Groups)" by Drahque

http://www.diablofans.com/builds/70032

"Roland Globe Spawn Support Build" by Ravashak

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/20419813925

☄️ THORNS & BOMBARDMENT BUILDS ☄️


"Invoker Punish" by Drahque

http://www.diablofans.com/builds/79097

"Ultimate LoN Bombardment Guide" by CALLMEOCT

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/20742795205?page=1

"Melee Bomber" by Angry Roleplayer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN0CQs-sdZw

"5pc Akkhan / 2pc Invoker" by Roph

http://www.diablofans.com/builds/76925

"Speed T10 / Death's Breath Farming" by Drahque

http://www.diablofans.com/builds/69919

"Thorns 'The Thrill' Conquest" by nitrosnwbdr

http://www.diablofans.com/builds/71057

"Guardian of the Trove" by DarkOmicron

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/17261567762#post-1
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3. ITEMS, GEMS, CRAFTING & COSMETICS


In Diablo 3, a character's power is highly dependent on the items he or she equips. Items can boost your Crusader's stats, provide useful effects, and even alter the way skills work. Read these articles to discover the variety of items available to you, including crafted gear, bounty-exclusive loot, legendary gems, and cosmetics.

⛨ ITEMS & CRAFTING


"Legendary Drop Rates & Blood Shard Prices for 2.4" by Linkitch b. As far as I know, these rates have not changed since Patch 2.4. If you suspect this is incorrect, please let me know.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/4106z2/updated_legendary_drop_rates_bloodshard_prices/

"Bounty-Exclusive Legendary Items" from DiabloHub

http://www.diablohub.com/database/sorting/bounty-bags

D3 Max Stats. A useful tool for looking up the possible affix rolls on any item.

http://www.d3maxstats.com

⛨ KANAI'S CUBE


"Kanai's Cube Mechanics" from the Game Guide

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/game/guide/items/kanais-cube

"Kanai's Cube Hands-On Tutorial" by Flux

http://www.diabloii.net/blog/comments/kanais-cube-hands-on-tutorial

⛨ GEMS


Quick Reference for Gem Crafting Costs

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AoGdj6lmBu7ndHdvVkQ1TUdNY19lZjU3aW5PWGhhUmc&single=true&gid=0&output=html

"Legendary Gem Calculator" by jerbookins

http://www.diablo3gemcalculator.com/

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/18486732/this-gem-calculator-is-a-cut-above-the-rest-3-27-2015

⛨ COSMETICS


► "List of all Wings, Cosmetics, Pets, and Promos" by MissCheetah

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/d3/topic/20744844485

► "The Ultimate 2.4.1 and 2.4.2 Cosmetic Items Guide" by Quin69

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT52fKRo0_k

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4. GAME MECHANICS


You don't have to be a Crusader to appreciate these guides on general game mechanics. Educating yourself on the inner workings of Diablo 3 will help your performance with all classes.

⛨ CALCULATORS & TOOLS


"Diablo 3 Character Planner" by Riv. A comprehensive character simulator that also contains a full list of skill proc rates and attack speed breakpoints.

http://www.d3planner.com/

"Cooldown Reduction Calculator" by mew0ng

https://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/23nr4u/diablo_3_ros_cooldown_reduction_calculator/

"Convention of Elements Timer" by RNR13

https://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/3ls68m/so_i_made_a_coe_timer/

"Season + Non-Season Paragon Calculator" from d3bg.org

http://www.d3bg.org/paragon-calculator/en.php

⛨ ARTICLES & OTHER REFERENCES


"Area Damage Explained" by Quin69

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydMEhQaULu4&index=1&list=PLcKDsqoF983ZUcLc5k9BR3fqD3EJQKIhh

"Complete List of Monster Progression in Greater Rifts" by Silec

http://warpath.eu/progression.html

"Diablo 3 Difficulty Overview", from Diablofans

https://d3resource.com/difficulties/

"Elemental Skill Damage Explained" by Druin

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/11986398637?page=1

"A Game of Thorns - Thorns Mechanics Guide" by MightyMidgit

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/12945294787

"The Effectiveness of Stacking Resource Cost Reduction" by Zamga

http://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/23pnox/the_effectiveness_of_stacking_resource_cost/

"Elite Affix Types and %Damage Reduction Mechanics" by Nagash & Bagstone

http://www.diablofans.com/forums/diablo-iii-general-forums/diablo-iii-general-discussion/91166-elite-affixes-types-and-damage-reduction-mechanics

"RoS Followers (Level 70) Complete Guide" by AshTag

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/12945954611

"Should You Be Stacking All Resistance or Armor?" by Diem_E37

http://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/23gz1v/should_you_be_stacking_all_res_or_armor_an/

"How far is a yard onscreen?" from diablo.incgamers.com

http://i.stack.imgur.com/IKkOB.jpg

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5. CRUSADER SKILL MECHANICS


In-game tooltips are useful, but often they don't tell the full story. These articles explain the internal mechanics of the Crusader's many skills, and how to use them to one's advantage.

"The BIG Thorns Guide" by Angry Roleplayer

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5gUyG8WUtMV6vqvgxfPLpm82hvF5An1J

Proc rates for all Crusader skills, from D3MaxStats.com

http://www.d3maxstats.com/procrates/crus/

List of Crusader skills / runes that activate Strongarm Bracers bonus

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/15699675199#2

Information on Firestarter Mechanics, by Spongebob

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/15537136258#7

"Invoker Interactions" by Hypnos164

https://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo3Crusaders/comments/41psfg/invoker_interactions/

"Flail of the Ascended - Bugs and Problems" by WWWJam

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/20744284450

"Guide to Pet Attack Speed". by Dialysis

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/12879508313

"Shield Bash and Block Chance" by Reddit User

https://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo3Crusaders/comments/329vm6/some_math_on_shield_bash_and_block_chance/

"The Tao of Avatars" by JAB1012. A comprehensive guide to the avatars summoned by different Crusader skills and items.

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/15699385989#1

"How to Stutter Step", by LuckyGaming.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGgZ1L-RbRM

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6. STREAMS & GAMEPLAY VIDEOS


Angry Roleplayer (YouTube Channel)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7_7Ch7ef_IIFAqwB2WA7_w

Deadset's stream (Twitch TV)

http://www.twitch.tv/thedeadset

Deadset Gaming (YouTube Channel)

https://www.youtube.com/user/Aarduil/

MannerCookie’s stream (TwitchTV)

http://www.twitch.tv/mannercookie

Mikhail's stream (TwitchTV)

http://www.twitch.tv/meatheadmikhail

Nerfinator's stream (TwitchTV)

http://www.twitch.tv/nerfinator

Quin69 (YouTube Channel)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpNBjjE8y8eFPhDU4YzYmKA

Rhykker (YouTube Channel)

https://www.youtube.com/user/Rhykker

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7. COMMUNITY RESOURCES


"Commonly Used Terms and Abbreviations in Diablo 3" by Jaetch

http://www.diablofans.com/forums/diablo-iii-general-forums/diablo-iii-general-discussion/30729-diablo-iii-urban-dictionary

"Rate the Crusader Above You, Part 11". An excellent source of peer feedback from fellow Crusaders! I will update the link below when the current thread reaches its post limit.

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/15142314230

"The Secret Bunker of Kehjistan" by Khanjali. Post your ideas for new Crusader-specific Legendary affixes!

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/16647414610

The Church of Zakarum on DiabloFans

http://www.diablofans.com/forums/diablo-iii-class-forums/crusader-the-church-of-zakarum

DiabloFans Build Creator

http://www.diablofans.com/builds/create/crusader

Diablo 3 Reddit

https://www.reddit.com/r/diablo3/

Crusader Reddit

http://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo3Crusaders/

Icy Veins: Diablo 3 News & Guides

https://www.icy-veins.com/d3/

Blizzard Customer Service Twitter

https://twitter.com/BlizzardCS

Diablo Twitter

https://twitter.com/Diablo

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Don't know if you played a part or not but thanks for your sticky magic RagingKoala :D
Plenty of great info here, just was a little hard to find before ;)
Yaaaay sticky! Grats on our first sticky Crusader post!
Finally a guide section, share the wealth of knowledge!
Congrats on the stick Wordmaster. Long overdue
Cool, a sticky! Thanks to everyone who supported and contributed to this thread, as well as its predecessor.

I will continue to update the OP with new guides and other resources. I am also writing short descriptions for each individual section.

EDIT: @RagingKoala and Uber, thanks a lot for contacting the moderators and telling them about this thread. Thanks to Grimiku for taking notice as well.

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/13840724018?page=1
Nice for a newb like me for sure.
Hi guys, what kind of stats should i look for in my shield??? please check out the shield im using now..
The "shield bash hidden mechanics" post is outdated as of Patch 2.1 Shield bash is now a normal speed attack that's affected by IAS and it can't be used to cancel animations anymore.
Thanks for the update, Hunter! I will remove that thread from the list.

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