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.

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Fresh 70 Crusader: Getting the Free Set!

Click below to reveal the instructions you need for each step:

IMPORTANT: Setting up!
Seasonal Journey Chapter 2: Getting 2 piece
Seasonal Journey Chapter 3: Getting 4 piece
Seasonal Journey Chapter 4: Getting 6 piece
Crusader GR 20: 4pc Roland
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Fresh 70 Crusader: 6pc Free Set Build

Crusader Fresh 70 Roland’s 6pc
Skill Rune
Punish Fury
Sweep Attack Holy Shock
Steed Charge Endurance / Rejuvenation
Provoke Hit Me!
Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force
Iron Skin (Open) Steel Skin
Passives
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!

Non-set pieces
Roland Woes: Sweep attack or Shield Bash?

Gaining Power!

Now we have to gain as much power, as quickly as possible.

Legendary Gems

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”.

Roland's Legacy Fresh 70: Big 3 GemsOther gems?

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.

Get these to L25 ASAP: Powerful, Trapped, Stricken.

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.

Bane of the Stricken: 25~ for now as well. If you’re gonna choose where to dump excess gem upgrades though, choose this over Powerful. No one’s sad to own a solid Stricken.

Any other gems worth it? Boyarsky’s, EsoHoarder, Wreath.

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.

Boon of the Hoarder: You need this for speedfarming. And if there’s one thing Roland’s Legacy is good at… thank god it’s our free set!
(See: Speedfarming General, Crusader Speedfarming)

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…

Playing the Build & Adjustments

Options:
Provoke is technically an open skill. Its main use is generating Wrath.
Punish becomes optional at the extreme high-end power levels of Roland…

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.

Playing Roland's 6 - BasicsOffense & ResourceDefense & HealingSpeed & Mobility

*to follow… 🙂

More offense or Wrath needed?

Offense is usually categorized in Damage or, indirectly, Resource Gain.

This build is pretty much maxed out on “practical” Resource Gain / Management.

Insurmountable is great but we don’t have space for it! You can eventually ditch Long Arm of the Law with good CDR and resource management, but alas…

Shield Glare-Zealous Glare is another Wrath gaining tool, that’s quite good with the Shield Bash completed combo – underwhelming for now but good to keep in mind.

Akarat’s Champion is good for both damage and Wrath, but very impractical to use without good CDR and Zodiac! In time, this can potentially be part of your end-game build.

More defense needed?

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!

Shield Glare and its various runes can take the place of Provoke. Provoke, while a decent defensive skill is actually more useful as a Wrath generation tool.

Sadly, we cannot use the defensive Laws, as Unstoppable Force is too good to drop.

Akarat’s Champion-Prophet is an amazing defensive skill (with offensive effects, too) but troublesome to keep up without Zodiac or good CDR rolls. Later on in the end-game, maybe!

More mobility needed?

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
Bracer Drakon’s Lesson
Blood ShardsDeath's BreathClassics
Using Blood Shards:

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.

Bracers: should probably go first, as you can get Drakon’s or Nemesis. Strongarm also works with Gathering Sweep. It’s kinda sad, really.

Belts: Witching Hour is the usual tryhard belt, but you can get some great defensives here to help you push to higher difficulties such as Goldwrap and String of Ears.

Rings: JUSTICE LANTERN, ZODIAC, Compass Rose, CoE… lots of good little things you can get here. They’re 50 each so only beg Kadala for ’em once you have ‘everything else’.

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…

Again there’s nothing much you can do for Roland in terms of items…

Using Death’s Breath – Rare to legendary:

Upgrading 2H-Flail is the way to go. Golden Flense, Flail of the Ascended and the “good anywhere” Norvald’s Flail of the Charge. This is a no brainer.

Upgrading Shields are OK~ there’s a bunch you can get, notably Denial, Akarat’s Awakening and even some fillers like Hellskull. (Shields cost 25 at Kadala, though.)

Try to get Flail of the Charge and Shield of the Steed.
Completing this weapon set will help you greatly no matter what your goals are.

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.

The Classics: Good for any type of newer character, and even the most battle-hardened of builds.

Ring of Royal Grandeur: “Break” your 6-piece to make space for a good filler item!

Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac: Doubles up on the 2-pc Roland bonus. Use it to quickly reduce cooldowns not associated with the set, mainly AKARAT’S CHAMPION or Provoke.

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!

Accessory Sets: FocusRestraint or Traveler’s Pledge. Completing any of these 2-sets is a vast power jump. +100%++ is substantial for only 2 slots.

Convention of Elements: Good ‘ol CoE. Wear it, Kanai it, as a filler or till the end of time. Learning to maximize CoE in any build you choose is a turning point for higher GR’s.

Unity: Straight 50% damage reduction in the cube. Too bad you need two of ’em.

Goldwrap + Avarice + Boon of The Hoarder: I don’t care how many times I have to remind you about this combo. Be on the lookout. Avarice drops from ACT III bounties.

Bridging to the End-game

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.

Learn more about the Crusader sets! To help you decide what to aim for.

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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!

14 COMMENTS

  1. Used this guide and leveled to 70 in a matter of hours.
    Hit 70 and found a Gyrfalcons Foote to cube, that along with aquila curiass i never spend wrath. Pretty boss right now

    • we’re fixing our site right now to correct the bugs we got after changing our site’s theme… but apparently some pages were reverted to older guides. will fix this in a couple of days. really sorry about this. for now, you can see our build in Dfans/TeamBRG.

  2. From 2.4.2 Patch Notes:

    Thorns of the Invoker

    (6) Set Bonus
    The 800% Thorns damage dealt to the first enemy hit can now benefit from +% Physical Damage

    This should make Doombringer a viable alternative to Pig Sticker.

  3. Amazing build for fresh 70, I couldn’t believe how potent it is with full set of yellow only, I was doing T1 GR, and it felt like a walk in the park, guardian died right away. I was lucky to pick up the Boyarsky’s Chip in that GR, and it’s even more potent now I am sure.

    Thank you so much for writing this guide, it truly is amazing.

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