S8 (2.4.2) Akkhan’s Build Guide

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Hello and welcome to our Armor of Akkhan Build Guide! We show you the “Standard” build, along with options, evolution and variations to help you smooth your builds out.

Crusader: Armor of Akkhan
Standard Build | Stat Priority & Rerolls | Playstyle | Variations | Speedfarming

Page 1 is for Akkhans Thorns (Recommended)
Page 2 is for Non-thorns Akkhans

The Armor of Akkhan: Build, Skills & Items

Armor of Akkhan Build “Standard”
Equipment Skill Rune
Head Helm of Akkhan Punish Celerity
Shoulder Burden of the Invoker Bombardment Barrels of Spikes
Chest Breastplate of Akkhan Steed Charge Spiked Barding
Hands Gauntlets of Akkhan Consecration Bed of Nails
Legs Cuisses of Akkhan Iron Skin Reflective Skin
Feet Sabatons of Akkhan Akarat’s Champion Prophet
Belt Belt of the Trove
Bracer Shackles of the Invoker Passives
Amulet Traveler’s Pledge Iron Maiden
Ring Compass Rose Hold Your Ground
Ring Justice Lantern Finery
Weapon Hack Fervor
Off-hand Akarat’s Awakening
Legendary Gems Kanai’s Cube
Boyarsky’s Chip Mortal Drama
Bane of the Trapped Aquila Cuirass
Bane of the Stricken (Open) Ring of Royal Grandeur
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Stat Priority & Rerolls

Keep in mind the re-rolls change a little if you’re going all-in on a Hack based strategy, all-in on a Bombardment-centric setup, or a mix of both.

CLICK TO REVEAL STAT PRIORITY TABLE

Ok, this can get a little messy, but here’s a rundown

  • STR is obvious, the only place it’s possible not to roll is is MAYBE amulet.
  • Thorns should be in every piece, except Justice Lantern which cannot roll it.
  • Phys% is better here than with Invoker’s, since it affects hack.
  • Bombardment% is found on chest and shoulders, it’s up to you if you want it.
  • CDR is IMPORTANT – You NEED 56% sheet CDR for 100% Champion uptime.

56% Sheet CDR needed - click for details.

Critical related stats are useless: ATTACK SPEED is the only other DPS stat you have aside from STR, Thorns and somehow CDR.

Justice Lantern cannot roll Thorns. Its secondary is locked to “CC duration down”.

Life on Hit is a very important DEFENSIVE STAT. Bracers, Weapon, Helmet are OK. Amulet is a rather unknown but large source of LoH. Try to get a healthy amount.

ROLL THE DAMAGE RANGE OFF YOUR WEAPON: Since Thorns doesn’t care about weapon damage, you can get an extra stat off your mainhand.

Playing the Build

The build plays exactly like Invoker’s or LoN bomb, or a mix of both depending on your setup. What does this mean? Well, first of all we start with what’s unique about this build:

Akarat’s Champion should be up 100% of the time, and your re-rolls should facilitate this. It increases your base power by leaps and bounds. The rune we usually choose is Prophet, which is a free death every 20 seconds – powerful!

Hack/Bombardment hybrids are a great start – you can edit your build to your liking after you get a feel of the standard build. I personally like the Hybrid given the type of content you’re going to clear with this set (I don’t think you can go super high up, but it’s an extremely fast farming build that can “get up there” in GR levels.)

Iron Skin-Reflective Skin is a godlike offensive and defensive cooldown. Don’t hold on to it, it’s up every 15s (or less!) with the CDR of this build. (In builds with CoE, always use it on the physical cycle! The damage is unbelievable!)

I like the hybrid setup since you won’t feel useless at any point. While Invoker is more suited hunting elites, this build can both high density rifts, and elites to a good enough extent, preventing getting effed up by rift RNG.

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Variations and Evolutions

I’ll get more insights into this as the season progresses and will update accordingly.

Items
Skills

Speedfarming? Build Changes

Akkhan’s Thorns is a really good speedfarming baseline. Read these resources about it – It’s the current best setup, even beating out LoN Thorns IMO. Read up a bit on speedfarming!

Main Changes
+Lord Commander, +Flail of the Charge, +Shield of the Steed

1 passive and 2 items makes this build a speedfarming monstrosity. Norvald’s Set on this setup is extremely good, and is even a contender for non-speed builds. +100% damage is not a joke, and the uptime is quite high given the

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Crusader: Armor of Akkhan
Standard Build | Stat Priority & Rerolls | Playstyle | Variations | Speedfarming

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