S8 (2.4.2) Akkhan’s Build Guide

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THE NON THORNS HALF OF THIS GUIDE isn’t fully fleshed out yet – since it’s a sub-optimal use for the set. 

THIS PAGE IS FOR NON-THORNS AKKHAN’S
P1 is for Akkhan’s Thorns

S6 Note: If you’re looking for non-thorns Invoker – this page is it. While it’s synergistic and fun, non-thorns Akkhan is under-powered right now, but it’s an “open” set which means you can have a bit of fun with the build.

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

Akkhan: Skills & Items Setup

TABLE NEED

Akkhan’s Stat priority & Re-rolls

Chunky unsighly table of re-rolls right below

CLICK TO REVEAL STAT PRIORITY TABLE

COOLDOWN REDUCTION vs. OBSIDIAN RING OF THE ZODIAC

(WE DO NOT spend Wrath in this setup – but this is something Akkhan’s users should know)

Ok so there’s 2 ways to keep a 100% (or close to) uptime to Akarat’s Champion. It boils down to “A bunch of CDR” vs “ORoTZ“. It can also be seen as “Losing a bunch of DPS stats” vs “1 Ring slot”. Determining if it’s worth it is another issue all together. Personally – I think CDR is better, it’s FAR more consistent, and affects all other skills equally – as such it’s what I will be recommending in this write-up. 56% Sheet CDR is needed for Akkhan’s –

56% Sheet CDR needed - click for details.

Keep note some of the sets “hidden properties”

Jekangbord has up to +200% Blessed Shield damage.

Playing the Build

There’s not much to say here. If you’ve watched any Captain America movie, you should have a general idea how to play Akkhan Blessed Shield…. (OK, seriously).

More enemies = More Power: Tagging as many guys as you can with Blessed Shield makes you much stronger via Akkhan’s Leniency – so try to take on the biggest fights you can manage. (Did you see that last part? “You can manage”).

All the buffs: Keep track of the various buffs you have, it’s a large part of your play –

  • Akarat’s Champion – Is the very soul of your build, do not let it fall off. You should also know if you’ve used up your Prophet free death, too.
  • Punish – increases your block chance so never let it fall off! It also gives various bonuses depending on rune, or all of them with Angel Hair Braid.
  • Iron Skin – is it up? Will you need it soon? Should I use it now?
  • Convention of Elements

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Akkhan: Variations & Evolutions

Legendary Gem
Passives
Items
Skills

Speedfarming? Build changes

You might want to first check out:
D3 Speedfarming (General) | Crusader Speedfarming Guide.

Main Changes:
Items: Swiftmount (Cubed), your choice 
Passives OUT:

Passives IN:

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

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