Just got to Fresh 70 Crusader? Good job! Welcome to the REAL D3! Your goal is to get your FREE SET ASAP. In this guide, you’ll learn exactly what to do for each step, ultimately leading to the end-game as your Fresh 70 Crusader.
In S8, the Crusader free set is Seeker of the Light.
Click below to reveal the instructions you need for each step:
|Crusader Fresh 70: Seeker 6 Set|
|Falling Sword||Rapid Descent|
|Akarat’s Champion (!)||Prophet (!)|
|Laws of Valor (!)||Unstoppable Force|
|Insurmountable (!)||Hold Your Ground|
Insurmountable changes up as soon as you get some Wrath management items. Finery should be used ASAP, but the sockets from free set is good enough to use it. Champion and Valor are both open but they’re the best general purpose choices right now.
So, now what now!?
Torment IV+: Is your new MINIMUM farming level. Try goin’ higher. Try getting used to the Rhythm of the build! There’s a lot of damage and survivability options so the build is easy to adjust! I suggest IV since yellow elites can be a problem without a few upgrades…
A quick review before proceeding…
As you’re proceeding with the next steps, keep these important things in mind!
Now we have to gain as much power, as quickly as possible.
This is the easiest way to gain power simply because acquiring them has little to no RNG. Getting 3 of your best gems will increase your power dramatically in a short timespan.
Click on the tabs to see Seeker of the Light’s “Big 3” gems, and “others”.
Get these three to L25 ASAP:
Bane of the Powerful a value gem that you don’t have to invest much into. It also helps us out with our abysmal capabilities against elites. Also adds a relevant defense against them!
Bane of the Trapped good ‘ol basic Trapped! A gem that reliably increases your DPS – nothing much else to say! Dump as many points as you can in here!
Moratorium IS TEMPORARY, OK! Don’t freak out! This gem synergizes extremely well with Life per Wrath spent! Even keeping it at 25 is fine. You can even use it to augment later on! It adds a much needed layer of defense that you need right now. This gem is replaced by StrIcken or Hoarder for GR’s and farming respectively.
Any other gems worth it?
Bane of the Stricken is the only other gem you would want to be as high as your Trapped. This is great for the late game and you should invest in this once you 25 the three mentioned before. Mandatory once you go higher up.
Just get them asap while slowly climbing the GR’s you’re allowed to do. Do neph/GR/neph/GR etc until you get the big 3. Don’t overdo the level, just go for efficient farming and cheap empowering. GR 34 is enough to 25 a gem.
With 3 of your best gems at L25 – try much higher Torment levels (VI+ at least). Make some defensive changes in your build as you proceed!!! Now the real farming begins!
Playing the Build & Adjustments
Here’s some really basic tips for playing Seeker of the Light to help you as you progress into higher difficulties. It’s by no means comprehensive, but still helpful.
As you progress and get items, your build may have a weak point here and there that you can patch up given the simple skill, rune, and passive changes listed below.
Steed > Falling Sword to clumps > Hammer > Provoke > Falling as needed
It’s pretty basic – you’ll notice some Wrath problems against thin groups of enemies. “Stutter stepping” by walking + Hammering is actually pretty good to mitigate this at times.
Falling Sword should always be up against elites – so use it as a movement tool sparingly. Thankfully, the Rapid Descent rune gives us a ton of leeway for this.
Mainly, studying and getting used to the RHYTHM will yield you the most progress with the build. Judging when to best use Provoke is a huge difference in Wrath management. Insurmountable helps you out greatly with this early on.
The two OPEN slots give you a LOT of flexibility for random fixes to your build.
Offense is usually categorized in Damage or, indirectly, Resource Gain.
Wrath Gains is managed by many of the entries in the base build above:
- Provoke (made spammable by the Lights set)
- Insurmountable (Great vs large packs – but Provoke kinda does already…)
- Laws of Valor-Unstoppable Force (a “filler” for early on, but it does work)
Ultimately, gaining more Wrath via conventional skill and rune changes isn’t that viable. Core items will help you with this, but for right now FIGHTING LARGER GROUPS and not wasting time with 1-2 whites is what’s gonna help your clear time.
Damage? Is mainly augmented by passives at this point…
Fervor, Holy Cause, Blunt are the best DPS passives (aside from the all-encompassing Finery). It’s unlikely you’ll fit all three at any given time, keep them in mind.
Akarat’s Champion is the only skill that gives a meaningful DPS increase in your ENTIRE KIT at this point. Using it consistently is a problem without Zodiac. It’s a great tool, no doubt. Wrath generation, damage, utility – you name it! Again, better with Zodiac.
Defense is usually seen as mitigation or self-healing.
Life per Wrath Spent is a stat you SHOULD want on Weapon / Shield / Both. While it may not be the best stat for ultra tryhard GR – are you in that state yet? This can also be obtained via the Wrathful passive. I’ve mentioned it many times above but I need to reiterate how important LpWs is – your build has a chance to just fall apart without it.
I have to mention Holy Cause here, since it provides self-healing and a damage boost.
Laws of Justice-Immovable Object is the ultimate defensive law. Use it when you sorely need defense to advance! It’s great until the end-game. It’s notable that the base aura is pretty sucky compared to Monk. It’s a FLAT INCREASE worth 1 roll of ALLRES.
It sounds a little weird but I feel that with Light’s set, at this point, you can’t really push for too much defense…
While you have a lot of defensive cooldowns in the form of Iron Skin-Steel Skin, or Akarat’s Champion-Prophet – they’re not very consistent. Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac helps with this, of course.
Divine Fortress isn’t that bad… but you need some high strength, armor and block chance for you to see this shine.
Ultimately, damage reduction in the LATE GAME for Crusaders is pretty much taken care of by Justice Lantern, while Crusaders toughness options shine during leveling and mid-game – not many are actually useful later on.
Steed Charge-Endurance is recommended in the base build since none of the other runes matter at this point. Good for us since you can cover some crazy distance with this.
Crusaders have their mobility locked behind item synergies so don’t sweat it if you feel a little slow currently. Norvald’s Set is your friend.
Items to look for
Okay, now that the easy part of powering up is done, it’s time for the farmy bit. Here I will be listing all the high-impact items you can pick up, and how to get them (aside from drops).
LEGENDARY ITEMS LIST
Bracer: This is first up. Gabriel’s Vambraces is what you’re after! It provides a damage boost as well as resource management. You also get Nemesis here.
Legs: Hammer Jammers are great but require a little support to fully abuse. Blinds, stuns and roots are pretty hard to come by. There’s really no reliable way to abuse it right now. You should wait until you get…
Belt: Drops Sacred Harness and it’s a cute boost (by itself) – but it enables Hammer Jammers all on its own. Judgment roots WITHOUT a RUNE so you don’t need to have it on your rune bar.
Shield: while this is truly an RNG effort, shards and DB’s should be used to get Johanna’s Guard. It has a really low chance to pop from here, though.
Other body pieces gives some low level fillers that don’t affect your game play too much to note (Aquila, Leoric’s, Andrews etc). Use your shards to bait for ancients from here on out!
Might as well remind you about the 2 bounty rings here…
1H Flail for Johanna’s Argument. This is an extreme boost to power, doubling attack speed and damage. Tunnel into finding one! You can also get a consolation filler here, Justinian’s Mercy.
Crusader Shields while costing only 25 shards to gamble for – we should also be doing a double sided effort with Death’s Breath, too, trying to get Guard of Johanna. 250% damage increase is good, I hear.
1H Mace is up next hoping for Jace’s Hammer of Vigilance. This is the strongest general purpose item you can EQUIP, while cubing Johanna’s.
2H Mace Furnace is probably better for GRing (cubed) and you should be looking for that too.The above items are what you will be using in 99% of scenarios.
Try to get a cubed and held version of Johanna’s Argument.
Ring of Royal Grandeur: “Break” your 6-piece to make space for a good filler item!
Unity: Straight 50% damage reduction in the cube. Too bad you need two of ’em.
So you skipped a whole chunk of the powering up phase with the free set. Now what? Like I always say, “Speedfarming first before pushing GR’s”. So, convert what you have NOW to be as speedfarmy as possible, first.
- Crusader Speed-farming Builds & Primer
- D3: Speedfarming with any class!
- Crusader Best Speedfarming Build
Other Crusader Guides:
- Crusader: Armor of Akkhan | Akkhan Set Dungeon
- Crusader: Roland’s Legacy | Roland’s Set Dungeon
- Crusader: Seeker of the Light | Light’s Set Dungeon
- Crusader: Thorns of the Invoker | Invoker Set Dungeon
Check out our D3 Guide Directory for other resources.
That’s it for Fresh 70 Crusader! Season 8’s free set Seeker of the Light is one that I’ve always wanted to play with. It’s far from the strongest build, but is the best non-thorns Sader build you can get! For more updates check us out on Facebook!