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 If any of the guides I've linked seem outdated or irrelevant, please let me know about that as well.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.

Are you looking for popular Crusader builds in 2.6.1? Akkhan Condemn is one of the strongest solo builds in the game. Roland Sweep Attack, Akkhan Blessed Shield, Seeker Blessed Hammer, and Invoker Thorns are all great options too. Heaven's Fury Crusaders can also act as Rift Guardian killers in group play.

⚒️ 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

"Akkhan Condemn Quick Reference and Gameplay Footage" by superturn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDdoBthqXAo

⚡️ 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

☄️ 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 2.6.1"
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cM-s4e66ql2zsrkfkfKXmvVJ4zmngzxdzVLk9gvLvT8/htmlview#

"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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