Now that you have a Fresh Level 70 Crusader, you may be asking yourself “What do I do now?”. Look no further. Here we discuss step by step and build by build on your sure ascent to godhood. Let’s get to it! Complete the seasonal journey and get Haedrigs Gifts asap!
In Season 25, the Crusader free set is: Thorns of the Invoker.
For this guide though, the free set doesn’t matter (but we WILL be able to beat the whole Seasonal Journey, don’t worry), as we’re rushing with LoD. Why? We want to get out of the early and early-mid game, freeing up for us to transition STRAIGHT into high-tier speedfarming or tryhard builds. More why? S25 Soul Shards give L100 augments – skipping a huge “mid-game” lull we’re used to. Another reason is, selfishly, I want to have a baseline LoD setup for Fresh 70 classes, and this seems like the best time to do it.
Step 1) Initial Build & Getting Legacy of Dreams
Don’t get stressed out, yes, LoD builds might seem a little daunting but let me tell you that it’s a fun and exciting process. Ultimately you need two things right now: The actual LoD gem, and a basic build to get you going.
Generic Starter build (slightly related to our ‘final build’)
|Crusader Fresh 70 2H NO SHIELD Build|
|Fist of the Heavens||Fissure|
|Laws of Valor||Unstoppable Force|
|Falling Sword||Rise Brothers|
|Holy Cause||(Any) Finery, Long Arm|
The above build is meant to be in the middle of two things: Easy to edit – that hopefully game-changing legendaries can fit in no matter what. Related to our ‘final build’ – it’s a rough basic version of our “goal”, so it feels more natural as you transition towards it. Have a look down there for the final build preview to see what we’re going for.
Getting Legacy of Dreams ASAP
It’s simple, you need this GEM so get it ASAP.
Get 3 rift keys → Run 3 rifts → Wear three gemstones on your gear.
The first three gems will always be Bane of the Powerful, Legacy of Dreams, and one random one. So thankfully, there’s no RNG there.
Step 2) Easy power-ups. Huge gains for little effort.
You can go all of these things “simultaneously”, basically small tasks here and there that you should keep in mind right now that will greatly increase your power for little to no effort.
Make a Reaper’s Wraps: Speaking of no effort to big returns… Make this ASAP. Plans drop from any Torment Malthael.
What three Legendary gems?
Your next goal should be getting at least L25 on your three most important gems. Just get rift keys and spam GR’s until you get them, and do the absolute minimum level you need to level them up. Get them and level them quickly – do not feel pressured to “maximize” your rift keys by inflating the difficulty.
Legacy of Dreams is mandatory, as mentioned in the basics segment! Level this up as much as you can.
Esoteric Alteration is needed since the build doesn’t have many early defenses.
You can opt for a second early defensive gem like Molten Wildebeests Gizzard, or an cheap value gem like Bane of the Powerful.
Can’t ever go wrong with leveling up a Boon of the Hoarder for speedfarming. (Need a refresher? Basic offensive: Powerful, Trapped. Basic Defensive: Esoteric Alteration, Molten Wildebeests Gizzard)
Legendary Items in ALL SLOTS
LoD gets stronger with each legendary item you have equipped – so get to it! You should aim to get this done “passively” by natural item drops, but you can also craft items if you’re desperate.
Spending Blood Shards is “OK”, but only use Death’s Breath to fill up the slots if you’re absolutely desperate. You’ll get an item for each slot in no time (you can even craft them). Save your resources for finding SPECIFIC items that will greatly boost your power. We talk more about this in the next segment, refinement.
Ancients DOUBLE this bonus, and they’re a welcome boost to consider.
Defense Type & Gems
Barbs / Crusaders are STRENGTH classes (they get free Armor from STR). So, in the face of all this free armor, your prime defensive stats are ALL RESISTS > VIT. So try to reroll ALLRES on your gear if you need defense – it’s your best defensive stat by FAR.
So your gemming strategy (body and legs) should be slotting your best Diamonds, as they give ALLRES.
In S25 your head and weapon gems should be Soul Shards ALWAYS.
Since legendaries are a little expensive to reroll EARLY ON, try to make the most by REMOVING GARBAGE STATS, and getting anything “remotely usable”.
First of all Crusaders have a special “Life per Wrath Spent” stat which show up on Flails and Crusader Shields. It’s a pretty good source of healing.
Life per Hit is “mandatory” in the really early game. Comes in many sources but thankfully weapon Soul Shards have it.
Fist of Heavens % is found in Boots and Helm.
The Element%, you want is either Holy or Lightning, found typically in Bracers and Amulet.
Remove useless stats
Life Regeneration– garbage for any build. Attack Speed– it usually an endgame tune-up stat. Excess Resource Cost Reduction– Is a crutch, and only niche builds need it. Excess Cooldown Reduction– Only useful for an endgame “need”. Unused skill%– literally USELESS. Armor– Useless for us, take ALLRES instead.
Take better stats
- STR VIT– can’t go wrong with these. Your core stats!
- ALLRES/ARMOR Life% Great defensive stats.
- Sockets are essentially MANDATORY.
- Life per Hit – Great early game sustainability.
- CRIT Stats (CHC / CHD) – More for endgame, but I’d take this over garbage stats.
- Skill and Elemental% – that you use.
Do not forget to fully equip your follower for farming. You can start by crafting Sage or Cain’s NOW and worry about the rest later.
Step 3) Refining, Using Resources -> ‘Full Build’
Again, reminding you, if you haven’t made a Reaper’s Wraps by now make one. This builds needs the Wrath.
Full Build Preview
So you can easily see what items you’ll need, and you can get an idea of what we’re trying to do here.
|S25 Fresh 70 Crusader: Early LoD Fist of Heavens Speedfarm|
|Head||Leorics / Prides Fall||Skill||Rune|
|Shoulder||Any / Skeleton King||Punish (Open)||Celerity|
|Chest||Any / Cindercoat||Fist of the Heavens||
Divine Well / Tempest / Arc
Stone Gauntlets (need Ice Climbers)
|Legs||Blackthorns Jousting Mail||Provoke||Hit Me|
|Boots||Ice Climbers||Laws of Valor||
|Belt||Khassett’s Cord of Righteousness||Akarat’s Champion||Prophet|
|Amulet||Hellfire (many viable passives)||Finery|
|Ring||Justice Lantern / Unity||Insurmountable (Long Arm of the Law)|
|Weapon||Darklight||Hold Your Ground (Open)|
|Kanai’s Cube||Legendary Gems|
|Messerscmidt’s Reaver / Burst of Wrath||Legacy of Dreams|
|Goldwrap / Archews / Pride’s Fall / Any||Esoteric Alteration|
|Zodiac / Unity / Any||Molten Wildebeests Gizzard / Hoarder|
Get CORE ITEMS asap. The heart of your build
The absolute core of your build are these:
Darklight (1h Flail) – use Death’s Breath. Khassett’s Cord of Righteousness (Belt)- use Blood Shards.
I suppose the next items to consider as “core” is the block and CDR synergies so, Akarat’s Awakening.
Spending Blood Shards and Death’s Breath
Here’s advice on how to spend your blood shards with Kadala, roughly in order of importance:
- Khassett’s Cord of Righteousness / Goldwrap – Belt
- St. Archews Gage / Pride’s Fall – Helm
That’s pretty much it for the “important” ones. Look for the other ‘unimportant’ things in the build preview after these (IE Ice Climbers, Gloves etc)
Here’s advice on how to get your weapons from Deaths Breath rare item upgrades (Kanai’s Cube Recipe: 25x Deaths Breath convert a rare into random legendary of same type), roughly in order of importance:
1h Flail for Darklight – absolute core to your build. It’s a 20x boost!
2H Mace for Furnace is another great cube option.
The only other weapon I would want is Messerschmidt’s Reaver from 2H Axe, when you’re trying to get 100% uptime on Akarat’s Champion.
Burst of Wrath is also useful, but only drops from Bounty boxes.
Nothing else is really WORTH spending DB’s for, and would rather spend to try and get jewelry you might not have yet.
Rings and Amulets are tough to get from either BS or DB’s (due to the large amount of possible outcomes), but if you’re done getting your core items from these currencies – and you haven’t got your core accessories, it’s a viable way to spend them. Typically you’ll just find these as you grind – then use currency if you’re desperate. Anyway, if I had to rank the importance of your rings and ammys…
Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac is for the time in your build wherein you’re trying for 100% Akarat’s Champion uptime.
Unity is a decent defensive option, but you need the follower immortality relic, and another Unity for the follower! It’s quite important for this build, so try to get it setup when you can.
As an aside – Ring of Royal Grandeur and Avarice Band are BOUNTY ONLY rings (respectively ACT I and III), which DO NOT APPEAR FROM any other source. They, like any other bounty item, DO NOT DROP from monsters, gambling, upgrades or any other source outside of their respective BOUNTY CACHE.
Follower Gear odds and ends
More of a reminder than anything, once you start farming you will be running into those little bonuses for your follower farming build. Keep an eye out!
Summary & Outro
Welp, that’s about it. I have to say these Soul Shards are weirdly exciting, and S25 is a little spicier for it. From here, you can easily do the Seasonal Journey if that’s your thing, or transition into literally any other build you like – the it’s exactly what the S25 fresh 70 LoD builds for each class are made for.
GL out there and check out our D3 Guide Directory if you need anything else!