Hello! In this guide we discuss (seasonally updated) what’s the best or fastest speed farming build and for Crusader! The only truly viable builds are Thorns Based (Akkhan+Norvald Thorns, or LoN Thorns are roughly equal).

We suggest you read these resources on speedfarming:
D3 General Speedfarming | Crusader Speedfarming Primer

Fastest Crusader Speedfarming Builds

Akkhan's Thorns + Norvald'sLoN Thorns

THERE ARE MANY OPTIONS AND OPEN SLOTS. The only true core pieces are 6 pieces Akkhan + Norvald’s (Flail of the Charge, Shield of the Steed)

 Crusader Speedfarming Build : Akkhan-Thorns Standard Template
Equipment Skill Rune
Head Helm of Akkhan Any Any
Shoulder Pauldrons of Akkhan Bombardment Barrels of Spikes
Chest Breastplate of Akkhan (HoI) Steed Charge Spiked Barding
Hands Gauntlets of Akkhan Consecration (Open) Bed of Nails
Legs Akkhan Iron Skin (Open) Reflective Skin
Feet Akkhan Akarat’s Champion Prophet or Rally
Belt Belt of the Trove
Bracer Nemesis (Any) Passives
Amulet Talisman of Akkhan (Any) Iron Maiden
Ring Avarice Band (Any) Finery
Ring (Any) Heavenly Strength
Weapon Flail of the Charge (Open) Holy Cause, Indestructible
Off-hand Shield of the Steed
Legendary Gems Kanai’s Cube
Boyarsky’s Chip Mortal Drama, Swiftmount (Bounties), Furnace
Bane of the Trapped Leoric’s Crown
Boon of the Hoarder (Open) RoRGAvarice Band, Unity, CoE


LoN Thorns is brutally hard to roll for, and It’s not any “better” than Akkhan’s Norvald Thorns. You need 67% Sheet CDR for 100% uptime on Steed Charge! Ouch

Crusader Speedfarming Build : LoN Thorns Standard Template
Equipment Skill Rune
Head Leoric’s Crown Any Any
Shoulder Any (Homing Pads) Bombardment Barrels of Spikes
Chest Heart of Iron (Aquila Cuirass) Steed Charge Spiked Barding
Hands Any (St. Archew’s Gage) Consecration (Open) Bed of Nails
Legs Any (Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan) Iron Skin (Open) Reflective Skin
Feet Any Akarat’s Champion Prophet or Rally
Belt Belt of the Trove
Bracer Nemesis Bracers Passives
Amulet Hellfire Amulet (Eye of Etlich) Iron Maiden
Ring The Wailing Host Finery
Ring Litany of the Undaunted Heavenly Strength
Weapon Swiftmount (Open) Holy Cause, Indestructible
Legendary Gems Kanai’s Cube
Boyarsky’s Chip Mortal Drama
Bane of the Trapped Leoric’s Crown, Heart of Iron
Boon of the Hoarder Avarice Band, CoE
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Crusader Akkhan’s Thorns Speedfarming: Rerolls & Stat Priority

Here’s a standard spread of stats you want on your gear.

Crusader Speed Farming Build: Akkhan’s Thorns Rerolls & Stat Priority
Head STR Thorns VIT Life% RES LpH
Shoulder STR CDR Thorns VIT RES Life%
Chest STR Thorns VIT RES Life% Any
Hands STR CDR Thorns VIT RES LpH
Legs STR Thorns VIT RES Armor Any
Boots STR Thorns VIT RES MS% Armor
Belt STR Thorns VIT RES Life% Any
Wrist Phys% STR Thorns VIT RES LPH
Neck Phys% STR CDR Thorns VIT Any
Rings STR CDR Thorns VIT Any
Main See Notes STR CDR VIT Any
Off See Notes STR CDR VIT Block

Bombardment% on Shoulders and Chest is a “luxury”


Crusader Speedfarming Build Options, Notes & Reroll FAQ

Because this is such an open build full of options, let’s dedicate the first three tabs to talk about what’s absolutely set in stone: CDR needed, core items and core skills.

Akarat's Champion 100% uptime: Cooldown Reduction 56%
What are the CORE ITEMS?

Now we discuss the options, fillers and such.

Cubing Swiftmount for bounties is a great choice to reduce “deadzones” wherein Steed Charge won’t reset. You typically won’t miss Mortal Drama’s effect in these cases. This is a major notable evolution, so I put it up here.

Rings - the many choices
Passive choices
Legendary Gems
Amulets - not so varied...
Filler Items! Many possibilities!

Invoker 2pc – worth it?

Maximizing Invoker 2pc will put a hamper on your Crusaders “speed” of mobility but this is the prime evolution for harder content.

You only need to sacrifice a skill slot (for Punish or Slash, usually Punish-Celerity) and two filler items (Nemesis and another body piece), and it can boost your thorns by a HUGE AMOUNT. Even just 3 stacks DOUBLES your thorns.

Invoker pieces ALWAYS ROLL THORNS so this is a big relief for us. We’re forced to use Bracers (since it’s an “off-piece”), and the next best thing is probably Shoulders… but it doesn’t really matter.

Other Crusader Resources

We suggest you read these resources on speedfarming:
D3 General Speedfarming | Crusader Speedfarming Primer

Learn more about the Crusader sets!

If you need anything else check out our D3 Guide Directory.

Enjoy speed farming with your Crusader by LITERAL drive by. Listen to Norvald, even he didn’t care about defense!

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  1. Interesting guide. Two questions came shortly to my mind. If we can use “any” weapon in the cube, why not double bombardment impact (-> Trove Belt + Skillbar)? Second if the amulet slot is free, why not use Akkhan amulet and free a slot for the chest that converts vit into thorns for dmg boost?

  2. With Rorg, I can have 3 sets bonus: akkhan (5 pieces) + inovker (3 pieces) + norvald (2 pieces). Wouldn’t that be a good build?

    • It’s a huge source of CDR which is quite important for our build. You can ditch it if you find other means to get 100% uptime on champion. It may seem strange to see it on a build like this at all, but that’s cause we cant use Fervor with Flail of the Charge. Socket in a Diamond on it.


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