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 S7, the Crusader free set is Roland’s Legacy.
Click below to reveal the instructions you need for each step:
|Crusader Fresh 70 Roland’s 6pc|
|Sweep Attack||Holy Shock|
|Steed Charge||Endurance / Rejuvenation|
|Laws of Valor||Unstoppable Force|
|Iron Skin (Open)||Steel Skin|
|Hold Your Ground||Long Arm of the Law|
|Heavenly / Fervor||Finery|
ROLAND 6 is a hard set to estimate…
Your power level right out of the gate varies wildly on your stats!
Even then, being honest… Roland isn’t too powerful…
So, now what!?
Torment IV: Is your new MINIMUM farming level. Sad ain’t it? While other classes free sets can stomp 6 and above, I cannot personally recommend anything above 4 for now. Thankfully you won’t be here long.
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 Roland’s Legacy “Big 3” gems, and “others”.
Since you may or may not stay on a Crit-related build (Thorns…), just stopping at these 2 gems is enough. Even if you go Roland or Thorns, these 3 gems will be useful.
Bane of the Trapped: Is a safe bet to invest as many points as you want in it. A generic DPS gem that’s tried and true – easy to trigger as a melee character.
Bane of the Powerful: Keep this at 25~ for now, as it doesn’t really scale up. It just gets a longer duration. Put some points in it, but you don’t need to tryhard this gem.
Boyarsky’s Chip: Might as well build this up if you’re eventually planning on going Thorns.
Esoteric Alteration: Is useful for many high-end Crusader builds.
Wreath of Lightning: is a commonly used speedy gem. Keep it at 25, it’s never bad to own one in any season – especially those who like to level different characters.
Aside from these 7 gems listed in these tabs, any other gem is considerably worse.
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 (VII at least). During and after this process will be the real farming – so it’ll pay off to know how to play your build and adjust your build on the fly…
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.
*to follow… 🙂
Offense is usually categorized in Damage or, indirectly, Resource Gain.
This build is pretty much maxed out on “practical” Resource Gain / Management.
Defense is usually categorized in either Toughness or Self-healing capability.
Iron Skin-Steel Skin is our default defensive “optional skill”. It’s hard to beat it. As we get stronger with Roland, this can be kept up longer and longer!
Sadly, we cannot use the defensive Laws, as Unstoppable Force is too good to drop.
Mobility and Speed shouldn’t be focused on THIS EARLY. It’s a luxury for a Fresh 70 Crusader. But when you can fit them in, consider these…
Steed Charge-Endurance is already recommended. Other runes have no real purpose.
Iron Skin-Flash is a great mobility tool at a defensive cost. This mobility rune is pretty much ONLY viable with Roland, making it a notable addition.
Lord Commander can be crammed in for bounties.
Any other changes for speed at this point is too greedy, and I can’t recommend it. Most Crusader mobility is locked behind items, unfortunately.
(See: Speedfarming General, Crusader Speedfarming, Crus Fastest Speedfarming)
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).
Again, keep in mind the good ‘ol table:
|Sweep Attack Items||Shield Bash Items|
|Weapon||Golden Flense||Flail of the Ascended|
|Shield||Denial||Piro Marella / Final Witness|
Since you got a free Roland’s 6, it’s time to patch up the extra pieces – There aren’t many amazing pieces you can get for Roland’s, though.
Shields: are powerful but have a very large spread of possible items. Dump shards here once you have something decent in all slots.
BOUNTIES: RORG can help you fit in more “filler items” aside from the cubed armor power. It’s an indirect upgrade you should go for (ACT I Bounties). Also, Avarice from ACT III Bounties. There isn’t much Roland can improve on with shards, after the above.
Other low-priority fillers…
- Cindercoat can help you with Wrath, temporarily using a Fire rune.
- Magefist in a very similar vein…
- Leoric’s Crown for more CDR or RCR.
- Ancient Parthan Defenders with Sweep Attack-Trip Attack.
- Reaper’s Wraps (plans drop from Malthael) for more Wrath.
Again there’s nothing much you can do for Roland in terms of items…
When upgrading shields – keep in mind you can snipe by upgrading a NORMAL SHIELD or a CRUSADER SHIELD depending on which category the one you’re looking for is.
Ring of Royal Grandeur: “Break” your 6-piece to make space for a good filler item!
Reaper’s Wraps: Kill Malthael for the plans – and craft it! A legit early boost with no RNG reliance. WRATH IS VERY IMPORTANT for Roland!
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
Learn more about the Crusader sets! To help you decide what to aim for.
- Crusader: Armor of Akkhan | Set Dungeon
- Crusader: Roland’s Legacy | Set Dungeon
- Crusader: Seeker of the Light | Set Dungeon
- Crusader: Thorns of the Invoker | Set Dungeon
Damn son that was long… That’s about it for Fresh 70 Crusader! Season 7’s free set Roland… I find it fun, but I’d be lying to you if I said I wouldn’t be changing it soon… (sadface) For more on D3 resources, check out our D3 Guide Directory. Like us on Facebook!