Aegis of Valor Fist of the Heavens Crusader Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Nov 18, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 11 comments

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Aegis of Valor Fist of the Heavens Crusader. Updated for patch 2.6.10 and Season 22.

1.

Speed Farming

The Aegis of Valor Fist of the Heavens build deals with regular Rift farming with ease all the way through the highest Torments, making it a viable build for the task. We have speed farming rankings if you want to know more about which builds are best for speed farming.

Within the limited scope of regular difficulties, the necessary damage and toughness to triumph over the enemy is significantly smaller. Thus, your best course of action is to improve utility and speed.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Fist of the Heavens Icon Fist of the Heavens Fissure Fissure Right Mouse Button Steed Charge Icon Steed Charge Endurance Endurance 1 Laws of Hope Icon Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels 2 Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin Flash Flash 3 Provoke Icon Provoke Flee Fool Flee Fool 4 Akarat's Champion Icon Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet
Passive Skills
2.

Adapting Rotation

When you are speed farming regular rifts, parts of your playstyle will adapt to the lowered challenge and focus more on speed and utility.

Your playstyle will not alter significantly from the GR build during regular rift farming; you will be focusing a lot more on speed however, chaining Laws of Hope Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels casts for shorter bouts of movement and Steed Charge Steed Charge Endurance Endurance when you need to cross longer distances. The role of Provoke Provoke will alter from an attention-drawing tool to a fear proc for additional speed via Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny.

3.

Adapting Skills and Passives

Parts of the skill and passive selection will overlap with the base Greater Rift progression build, but others will have to change according to the task at hand. Ability to cross over great distances faster and more efficiently take precedence.

  • Fist of the Heavens Fist of the Heavens Fissure Fissure is still the primary damage dealer of the build, and spreading just a few shots should clear entire screens in farming difficulties, making this build variant incredibly potent for the purpose.
  • Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet is an omnipresent self-buff in both versions of the build.
  • When speedfarming, the additional durability and attack speed of Laws of Valor Laws of Valor will be overkill, so you can safely swap this slot out for the movement speed buffs of Laws of Hope Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels.
  • A GR-progression oriented choice like Judgment Judgment should be exchanged for a fear proc for the cubed Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny via the skill Provoke Provoke Flee Fool Flee Fool. This will grant you even greater movement speed throughout the rifts.
  • The hybrid of mobility and protection Iron Skin Iron Skin Flash Flash and the long distance champion Steed Charge Steed Charge Endurance Endurance round out your active skill selection to ensure your adaptability to every situation. Note the damage buff you attain after dismounting from Steed Charge Steed Charge due to the worn Norvald's Fervor set.
  • Both Long Arm of the Law Long Arm of the Law and Finery Finery from the progression build are too valuable to pass up during regular farming as well.
  • In speed farming — and especially Bounties — where mobility is your primary concern, you can swap Indestructible Indestructible for the improved Steed Charge Steed Charge uptime from Lord Commander Lord Commander.
4.

Adapting Gear

The vast majority of the Fist of the Heavens-specific items will remain unchanged during speed farming. You will still be taking advantage of the full set bonus of the Aegis of Valor set, incorporating all 6 available pieces according to your best rolls.

It is worth noting that in the limited challenges of regular rifts, both the Convention of Elements Convention of Elements and Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac greatly diminish in usefulness. A better jewelry split is a Lightning damage Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan (for the permanent damage increase), and Avarice Band Avarice Band (for the synergy with Goldwrap Goldwrap and Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder), as well as The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time for the extra Pylon duration during farming.

This damage reduction from the Cpt. Crimson set will be redundant in regular rifts, where you can get all the protection you will ever need via Goldwrap Goldwrap's interaction with Avarice Band Avarice Band and Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder.

Last but not least, you should exchange the GR progression-oriented Strongarm Bracers Strongarm Bracers, as their smattering of additional damage will be unnecessary in regular Rift farming. In their stead, use Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers for the additional elite spawns, which will significantly shorten your run times.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Strength
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Fist of the Heavens Damage %
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Shoulders
  1. Strength
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Area Damage
  4. All Resistance
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Torso
  1. Strength
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Elite Damage Reduction
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Wrists
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Lightning Damage %
  4. Life per Hit or Vitality
  5. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Hands
  1. Strength (replaced by Area Damage at High Paragons)
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
Waist
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life %
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Legs
  1. Strength
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Feet
  1. Strength
  2. Fist of the Heavens Damage %
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Lightning Damage %
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Weapon
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. High Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Area Damage
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Off-hand
  1. Strength
  2. Crit Chance
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Fist of the Heavens Damage %
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)

To help you with farming the gear you need for your builds, we have two very useful guides that you can access by clicking the links below: a Salvage Guide to help you quickly check whether or not you can safely salvage a piece of gear and a Legendary Farming Guide to help you efficiently farm legendaries and set items.

5.

Adapting Gems

Zei's Stone of Vengeance Zei's Stone of Vengeance remains a universally desired damage amplification gem.

During speed farming, Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness will be a progression-oriented overkill and should be replaced by Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder. The latter is a high utility gem that feeds you practically infinite gold, gives you a massive short-term speed boost while picking it up, and synergizes excellently with the worn Avarice Band Avarice Band for a sizable speed boost, and the Goldwrap Goldwrap for near-invulnerability.

Since monster health is much more tame in the standard difficulties, you should also replace Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken with Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful for the consistent, easily sustained damage increase. If you overpower content so much that even Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful is unnecessary, you can consider using Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard for the extra regenerative convenience.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.

6.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

Both Darklight Darklight and Khassett's Cord of Righteousness Khassett's Cord of Righteousness are still required legendary effects in the build, and stay locked in the weapon and armor Cube slots, respectively.

You have some flexibility in your jewelry Cube slot, but our recommendation (especially when trying to maximize mobility) is to use Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny, due to the massive speed boost coming from the ring and the ease with which you can proc it (the Flee Fool Flee Fool rune of Provoke Provoke).

In Season 22, you are able to introduce one of the best quality of life pieces into the build, albeit temporarily — the convenience of In-geom In-geom's cooldown resets cannot be understated, and will make for much smoother farming with this build.

The Kanai's Cube can be used for much more than simply extracting Legendary powers from items. Please refer to our Kanai's Cube guide for more information.

7.

Changelog

  • 18 Nov. 2020: Revised equipment, skill and weaponry choices into a ranged version of the build. Added S22 Cube recommendation.
  • 30 Jun. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
  • 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 19 Nov. 2019: Page added.
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