Finally a max level Crusader? What to do now? FARM AND GAIN POWER! Our Fresh Level 70 Crusader guide shows you what build and skills to use, and items to chase after to get from “Fresh 70” to “End-game”. This page discusses Crusaders WITHOUT the free set.
Basic skill setup for bounties, nephalem rifts and low-level greater rifts to get you going!
|Crusader Fresh 70 Build|
|Blessed Shield||Shattering Throw|
|Laws of Valor (Any)||Unstoppable Force (Any)|
|Heavenly Strength||Holy Cause|
|Hold your Ground||Insurmountable|
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As you progress, you may find aspects of your build lacking depending on what items you get – the below tabs will assist you in the necessary adjustments to push higher.
More defense needed?
It is extremely unlikely that you’ll have defense as your primary issue to push higher.
Level 70 Gear, with STR on everything! Craft yellows! Pick them up! Re-roll! I don’t care! STR (+VIT ideally) ON EVERY PIECE! You’ll be surprised how many of them DO NOT have primary stat!
Holy%: On bracer and/or Amulet will affect your output by a HUGE AMOUNT for a mere minutes spent re-rolling. On Bracer and/ore Amulet will increase your DPS by a SIGNIFICANT chunk for only TWO rerolls.
Skill%: Usually on Boots (and Helm is ok this early on) is another way to increase your power with again, only TWO rerolls.
Other re-rolls: Basic stuff like CRIT CHANCE on Helm, Gloves, Rings, Amulet. Try to get a socket in those too. Don’t bother too much with Crit Damage just yet.
Crit: Can appear on Gloves, Helm, Bracer and Accessories. Try to get a bit of it! Crit Damage isn’t so important right now, but welcome anyway.
Gems: aggressively combine your red gems to slot into your armor. +STR gives you both damage and armor and it’s better than blank slots, right!?
Followers: They exist! Templar is the basic follower everyone uses. Healing, resource gain and CC are always welcome especially early on.
I can’t tell you enough times how important this step is. Crafting/fixing your yellows to make “decent ones” far FAAAAAAAAAAAR improves your power rather than just wearing whatever and calling it a day. Taking a small amount of time and materials to make strong yellows will potentially save you hours down the line.
From here you want to do a mix of Bounties, Nephs and GR’s.
Unlocking Kanai’s Cube
Unlocking and using Kanai’s Cube gets us 3 extra legendary powers. This is a reminder, and should be the first place you look to increase power at little effort.
Getting your legendary gems
Have ’em? Good. Don’t? Get ’em! It’s the surest way to power up without relying on RNG. We recommend using any of the following for your Fresh 70 Crusader.
Bane of the Powerful is an amazing early game gem that scales very well into the late game, too. A flat DMG+, and a hefty boost to combat stats versus elites is solid – this gem only loses to other gems that are extremely high leveled.
Bane of the Trapped is a generic DPS gem that fits most if not all builds.
Any gem with base damage is a good early filler and in some cases for end-game!
- Wreath of Lightning: the most popular of the bunch given its uses for speedfarming. Don’t upgrade too far past 25 if it’s not part of your core build.
- Efficacious Toxin: Another brainless gem that helps out with damage and survivability.
- Mirinae and Pain Enhancer are both powerful, but are a little more niche.
Items to look for
Use your resources wisely! Some legendaries are more value than others for your fresh 70 Crusader.
Using Blood Shards:
Your main goal with blood shards is to find a 6 set! It gives a mega boost in power. You might not be sure what set you want, but it sure beats runnin’ around in yellows.
Bracer: Wow, lots of build warping legendaries can be obtained here.
- Akkhan’s Manacles is relevant to our build.
- Drakon’s Lesson – just change Blessed Hammer to Shield Bash!
- Gabriel’s Vambraces for hammers.
- Good ‘ol Nemesis.
- Bracer of Fury is a little meh since it takes a lot of work.
Head: Aside from set pieces, nothing “too” notable here aside from the two crowns.
Legs: Aside from set pieces, nothing is notable here.
Boots: Aside from set pieces, nothing is notable here.
Shield: Ohhhh boy. There’s a bunch of really great shields out there, but for the purposes of Fresh 70, we can’t list em all! Jekangbord is the best for our current build. Maybe I should put up a legendary list for each class… The crafted Piro Marella is great too, again just change skills to Shield Bash.
Using Death’s Breath – Rare to legendary:
When looking for weapons using DB’s to upgrade yellows to Legendaries is the most efficient way since they’re quite expensive with blood shards. Now the question is “What weapon type yields the most value”?
This is hard to answer with Crusader. 2H Flail might be best for now
- Akkhan’s Leniency is the most related to our Fresh 70 build.
- Golden Flense is good enough to change our build to Sweep Attack.
- Mortal Drama with Belt of the Trove is some great free DPS.
- Flail of the Charge for our speedy builds.
Next up might be 1H Flails
Any other uses of Death’s Breath might be best for build-specific legendaries!
The Classics: Good for any type of newer character, and even the most battle-hardened of builds.
Ring of Royal Grandeur: Makes your path to obtain 6 piece 1 item shorter. Useful for many builds that want to make space for an extra item. Drops in ACT I bounties.
Reaper’s Wraps: Sickeningly good on a fresh Crusader – Wrath is a premium early on.
Unity: Equipped on yourself and on follower is a brainless 50% damage reduction.
D3 end-game basically consists of 2 main objectives: Clearing high-level Greater Rifts and Speedfarming. I recommended building up your speed-farming set first. Let’s be realistic though, speed-farming is more about tweaking what you have RIGHT NOW!
- Crusader Speed-farming Builds & FAQ
- D3: Speedfarming with any class!
- Fastest Crusader Speed-farming Build
- Crusader Support Builds
Learn more about the other Crusader sets! To help you decide what to aim for.
- Armor of Akkhan | Set Dungeon
- Roland’s Legacy | Set Dungeon
- Seeker of the Light | Set Dungeon
- Thorns of the Invoker | Set Dungeon
Check out our D3 Guide Directory for other resources.
So, your Fresh 70 Crusader is as good as it’s going to get right now! Good luck! Remember, “speed-farming before GR progression”! For more D3 (and other games) updates, check out our D3 Guide Directory.