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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 23, the Crusader free set is: Roland’s Legacy.
Updated Apr 15 2021: Added mentions of Follower Guide where applicable.
Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Fresh 70: The first step – setting up!
The very first step of your journey! Here, I discuss items, rerolls, and basic advice to keep in mind during your ascent.
Before you begin: Getting a Reaper’s Wraps ASAP is a godly evolution that isn’t RNG. The boost is huge early on! Recipe drops from any Torment Malthael.
You have to ALWAYS BE AWARE of how your FOLLOWER can greatly affect farming speed! S23 introduced the “full build” and emanate system – keeping items important for your Follower Farming Build is high priority!
0pc Roland free set – getting the 2pc
2pc Roland free set – getting the 4pc
4pc Roland free set – getting the 6pc
For clarity the next boxes contains builds and info if you currently have 4pcs of the Roland free set, going for 6 (you have the first+second Haedrigs gift bag, going for the third). This segment is further divided into three parts – Torment II, Torment IV, and GR20.
Torment II seasonal journey entries
Torment IV seasonal journey entries
4pc Rolands free set GR20
Fresh 70 Crusader 6pc Roland
|S23 Fresh 70 Crusader Rolands 6pc Build|
|Slash (See notes)||Guard|
Flame Sweep (See notes)
Draw and Quarter
|Laws of Valor (Justice)||
Unstoppable Force (Immovable)
Steel Skin (Flash)
Too Scared to Run
|Heavenly Strength / Fervor||Finery|
Long arm of the Law
FROM HERE OUR GOAL IS TO GAIN POWER FAST. The next logical steps are Legendary Gems, and being mindful of the good items you need to find.
- Generator? Slash is your “best” one. You can use Smite – Reaping for life regen if you like. Some build setups can eliminate the use of generator alltogether, but IMOI Slash – Guard should be your “default”.
- Sweep Attack rune? Flame Sweep is the best lategame rune overall. While some other runes may be better for now (defensively and utility), nothing will ultimately take Flame Sweeps place.
- Law? It’s either Valor – Unstoppable or Justice – Immovable for the most part. One for Wrath, one for toughness!
- Passives? Only Heavenly Strength (or Fervor earlier on) and Finery are seen as “needed”. Long arm of the Law is amazing with this build. That leaves one open passive slot to play around.
- Akarat’s Champion should be in the build as soon as you can reach good uptime on it. Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac helps greatly here, as well as Flawless Royal Diamond on helm, and Captain Crimson 2 piece set (w/ RoRG).
- Provoke is your open skill, and is traded in for Akarat’s Champion when you can.
- Follower build and items are IMPORTANT!
Gear up your follower ASAP. Craft them a Sage’s Bounty!
Keep in mind the important rerolls I mentioned at the start of this guide. Also, before you proceed, here’s a preview / reminder/ of items you need to look for.
Powering Up: Legendary Gems
Your next step after getting your 6pc is Legendary Gems. Why? LGems are a huge power spike relying on very little RNG. Simply spam Neph -> GR until you get the three gems you need and power them up to 25.
Bane of the Powerful: For 25 points you can’t go wrong. Its power caps out @25 and you really can’t ask for more. A basic DPS gem with a little defense rolled in.
Moratorium / Esoteric Alteration: You’re gonna need at least one (maybe 2) defensive gems early on and these are my bet. You can drop these for other gems once your survivability goes up.
Not into defense? Bane of the Trapped is the best generic DPS gem for this build. It’s your “best gem” along with Stricken. However, since Stricken purely for late-game GR, it’s best to tryhard investing gem levels into Trapped.
Bane of the Stricken – is the go to LATE GAME DPS Gem of choice. Its main use is shortening your Rift Guardian time (and helping out vs yellow elites).
Esoteric Alteration – is probably the best defensive gem in the game, and is worth having a strong one around.
Boon of the Hoarder – is used in many speedfarming builds alongside Avarice Band.
Again, Legendary Gems are a massive priority given their NON-RNG powerspike. Just having three useful gems at 25 will allow you farm a few torment levels higher.
Powering Up: Important Items & how to get them
Of course, any build will need a couple (or more than a couple) items to round out. Here, I list down what items you’re looking for, and how best to get them using various currencies and means.
Here’s advice on how to spend your blood shards with Kadala, roughly in order of importance.
Weirdly, this build has zero “core body items”.
Bracer for Nemesis and Strongarm. Eh, personally the Nemesis is more important IMO as it increases your farming speed.
Shield for Denial. While seemingly more important than the bracers, the chances for this to drop are abyssmal here. You don’t need much damage right now anyway.
Chest for Aquila Cuirass is a good defensive option but you NEED to have a more matured build to reap the benefits of this. Without Cpt Crimson, Golden Flense, and a “fuller build”, you’ll almost never activate this – hence why I list it last.
Rings? Are a longshot but if you’re desperate you can fish for your Zodiac and Compass Rose after all of the above. Don’t even think of Amulets.
Here’s advice on how to get your weapons from Deaths Breath rare item upgrades, roughly in order of importance.
2H Flail for Golden Flense. This is a huge priority since it gives a massive “wrath chargeback” for each enemy hit with Sweep Attack. It’s not infinite versus single targets, though, unless you have a very specific setup. It’s why we have a generator in the build just in case.
2H Mace for The Furnace. Since we have no other build specific legendary, we have to dip into the “general purpose” field. This, believe it or not, is your best bet after flense.
Shield (NOT Crusader Shield, weirdly) for Denial. Just a great DPS boost against large clusters. If you didn’t get this from Blood Shards, DB’s are your next best bet.
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 them – and you haven’t got your core accessories, it’s a viable way to spend them.
Ring of Royal Grandeur is your priority as you’ll need it to wear (crafted pieces) Captain Crimsons. It’s a great mini-set that gives you RCR, CDR, toughness and damage! Overall a solid upgrade for “one piece”.
Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac allows us to cheat Akarat’s Champion into our build without hassles. While CoE might be better for progression, Zodiac is better in almost any other type of content.
Traveler’s Pledge + Compass Rose rounds out the accessories, and gives us amazing support for our playstyle. Tougher when looking around for clumps and elites, and stronger when you’ve decided to sit down and smash ’em.
Typically you’ll just find these as you grind, as they can be difficult to obtain with currency…
This is just a list of your “all-around” items that may or may not be mentioned previously. While I do not take set-specifics in this tab, it serves as a seasonal reminder (and helpful general list for newbies) on what’s “generally good”.
Reapers Wraps: A Crafted legendary whose plans drop from any Torment Malthael (and is oft mentioned in our Fresh 70 guides), any NON-RNG boost to power (in this case, resource generation) is welcome. MOST builds can benefit from an early reapers.
Nemesis Bracers: An absolute monster for increasing rift clear speed (and a little extra deaths breaths!), newer players might not value this as highly – try it out and you’ll be surprised.
Unity: Used alongside another Unity on your follower (Plus their unique “Cannot Die” relic) essentially halving all damage you take for one ring slot, that’s usable for any character. Not bad.
Obisidian Ring of the Zodiac: Core on many builds, but usable for any build that spends resource. It’s a unique source of “in-combat” CDR that would give you 100% uptime on skills you couldn’t otherwise achieve. It’s pretty crazy.
Focus+Restraint: If you can trigger both halves of the set bonus, and don’t mind losing defenses from rings – this is will “more than double” your DPS.
Travellers Pledge + Compass Rose: Another accessory set, this one is more suited for “elite killer” builds that like to travel in between packs, and face-tanking builds that tend to stay still while DPSing. It’s not very universal, but it can reasonably benefit any character.
Convention of Elements: Literally any character can use this ring. It’s a titanic boost in DPS (especially for builds that have tons of short-duration buffs… LINE THEM UP!).
Ring of Royal Grandeur: -1 set item requirements to help you fit random core or filler legendaries to help your build out. While absolutely necessary on some builds, most builds can benefit from this using “generic” legendaries for a temporary power boost (IE Aquilla Cuirass).
Avarice Band + Boon of the Hoarder (+Goldwrap) the gold farming speedy holy trinity. While you don’t really need all three all the time, this combo allows you to speed through and survive ANY difficulty (careful, this doesn’t improve DPS!).
You also need specific items for your follower build, which again, has a huge impact on your farming speed.
There’s a speedy alternative setup using Flail of the Charge and Shield of the Steed (Dropping Furnace and Denial) for faster travel times (Bounties?). You can experiment with this if you like, but overall it’s a DPS loss so you need to be “stronger than recommended” if you want the speed gain from this weapon set.
Rolands 6 Full Build Template Preview
|S23 Fresh L70 Crusader Rolands 6pc Build Template|
|Chest||Rolands Legacy||Sweep Attack||Flame Sweep|
|Arms||Rolands Legacy||Steed Charge||
Draw and Quarter
|Legs||Cpt Crimson||Laws of Valor (Justice)||
Unstoppable Force (Immovable)
|Boots||Rolands Legacy||Iron Skin||Flash|
|Belt||Cpt Crimson||Akarat’s Champion||Prophet|
|Bracer||Strongarm Bracer (Open)||Passives|
|Amulet||Traveler’s Pledge||Heavenly Strength|
|Ring||Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac||Long arm of the Law|
|Weapon||The Furnace||Indestructible (Open)|
|Kanai’s Cube||Legendary Gems|
|Golden Flense||Bane of the Powerful (Open)|
|Aquila Cuirass (Open)||Bane of the Trapped|
|Ring of Royal Grandeur||(Open) Esoteric, Stricken, Hoarder etc|
Furnace is worm instead of Flense due to superior base damage. However, if you want Life per Wrath Spent then you’ll have to reverse the setup (Not bad).
Gems are largely determined by content type. Stricken for tryhard, Powerful + Hoarder for speed nephs, etc.
This is a solid “midgame setup” malleable for many content types.
Not meant for razors edge progression.
The above is the baseline template for a fully functional 6pc Roland. It’s not heavily optimized for pushing GR, but more of a speedy farming slant. It’s a great place to be in, as you adjust the build to your needs!
Bridging to the End-game
**Some of these aren’t updated for S23 yet, but
can still serve as a decent point of reference**
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.
It’s highly likely you’ll transition into a PURE speedfarming build. If so, check out:
Crusader Best Speedfarming Builds
- Newer Crusader? Familiarize yourself with speedfarming!
Other Crusader Guides:
- Thorns of the Invoker | Invoker Set Dungeon
- Armor of Akkhan | Akkhan Set Dungeon
- Roland’s Legacy | Roland’s Set Dungeon
- Seeker of the Light | Light Set Dungeon
- Crusader Support Builds
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