Aegis of Valor Fist of the Heavens Crusader Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Jan 08, 2024 at 09:00 by Deadset 21 comments
Build Variations Updated for Season 30, Patch 2.7.7 Main Build Solo Greater Rift Progression Nephalem Rift Farming
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 solo speed GR rankings and solo speed T16 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 Divine Well Divine Well 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 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. A great rune you can consider here is Divine Well Divine Well, which offers an additional projectile spread.
  • Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet is an omnipresent self-buff in both versions of the build.
  • A GR-progression oriented choice like Condemn Condemn Vacuum Vacuum 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.
  • In speed farming — and especially Bounties — where mobility is your primary concern, Long Arm of the Law Long Arm of the Law and Lord Commander Lord Commander hold tremendous value. Complement them with Heavenly Strength Heavenly Strength to dual-wield the Norvald's Fervor set, and Indestructible Indestructible to prevent the occasional mishap.
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 the Endless Walk set greatly diminish in usefulness. A better jewelry split is a Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny (for the fear-based movement speed proc), and a Holy damage Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan (for the consistent damage bonus), as well as a Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace for the massive damage boost (its increase in damage taken is efficiently countered by Goldwrap Goldwrap and Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard).

This damage reduction from the Aughild set will be redundant in regular rifts and bounties, 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. Top off the utility combo with Warzechian Armguards Warzechian Armguards, whose environment destruction-based movement speed proc will be easily triggered with the general mayhem of Fist of the Heavens.

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. Holy 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. Holy 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.

4.1.

Altar of Rites

The former Season 28 theme, the Altar of Rites, has been revised and re-added to Diablo 3 as a permanent character progression mechanic. — For virtually all builds and players of all skill levels — from casual to advanced — we recommend progressing through the Altar tree using the path outlined below. The suggested path is geared towards maximum quality of life first, then amplifying damage, and then mopping up the tree with defensive and edge case utility nodes.

Note that while they require reaching them with a Seal, Legendary Potion Powers are not part of the Seal cost system; Potions unlock with a separate resource called Primordial Ashes, obtained from salvaging Legendary or Set items of Primal (red bordered) quality. Upgrade them as soon as possible, and in the order shown below (courtesy of Caleko's Altar of Rites planner).

Altar of Rites Planner

You can read more on the Altar of Rites, Seals and Legendary Potion Powers in our dedicated Altar of Rites Mechanics guide.

5.

Adapting Gems

Zei's Stone of Vengeance Zei's Stone of Vengeance's multiplicative damage increase against distant targets fits very well in the far-range nature of the build.

During T16 Nephalem Rift farming, you should use Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder. This high-utility gem feeds you practically infinite gold, gives you a massive short-term speed boost while picking it up, and synergizes excellently with the follower's Avarice Band Avarice Band for a sizable speed boost, and the Goldwrap Goldwrap for near-invulnerability. In bounties, consider Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness for the same slot.

Since monster health is much more tame in the standard difficulties, you should also replace Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken with Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard; its absorption shield will make the maintenance of Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace's damage bonus much smoother.

5.1.

Season 30 Soul Shards

In Season 30, your helm and weapon sockets will be taken over by the supremely powerful Soul Shards. For this build, we recommend the following:

  • Helm: Shard of Hatred with "Your movement speed is increased by 50%" as its Rank 3 power. For optimization benefits, aim for Strength or Melee/Ranged Damage Reduction on its Rank 2 roll.
  • Weapon: Stain of Sin with "You gain an additional Rift Progress Orb when you kill an elite pack" as its Rank 3 power. For optimization benefits, aim for Lightning Skills % Increase or Weapon Damage Increase on its Rank 2 roll.
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 Vigilante Belt Vigilante Belt 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 the uptime of valuable buffs like Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion) is to use Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac.

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

  • 08 Jan. 2024: Revised guide for the permanent addition of the Altar of Rites, and added Season-specific Soul Shard recommendations.
  • 13 Sep. 2023: Reworked the guide to reflect changes in Patch 2.6.7, and added Season 29 Paragon Cap and Gearing recommendations.
  • 22 Feb. 2023: Added Season 28 Altar of Rites recommendations.
  • 26 Aug. 2022: Added Season 27 Angelic Crucible recommendations.
  • 13 Apr. 2022: Guide reviewed for Season 26.
  • 09 Dec. 2021: Added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
  • 23 Jul. 2021: Added S24 Ethereal recommendation.
  • 31 Mar. 2021: Minor gear recommendation changes and a follower recommendation added.
  • 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.
Show more
Show less