Aegis of Valor Heaven's Fury Crusader BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Aegis of Valor Heaven's Fury Crusader in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.8 and Season 20.
Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives
The build takes advantage of the full 6-piece Aegis of Valor set bonus, incorporating five of the six available items and completing the requirements via a Ring of Royal Grandeur in the Cube. As far as bonuses go, the 2-piece set bonus is a stacking, self-multiplicative damage amplifier that persists for 5 seconds after casting Fist of the Heavens and does not reset, it simply needs to be refreshed on a regular basis. The 4-piece bonus is protection-oriented, offering a stacking damage reduction buff — and whose 'hit' requirement works with the Fissure ticks, making it easily stackable and persistent. The 6-piece bonus is a straightforward damage buff to the main spenders of the build, although this spec will focus on Heaven's Fury specifically and will use Fist of the Heavens as an auxiliary support skill (see this build's skills page for more information).
Armor set-wise, you will also be crafting and equipping two of the three pieces of the Captain Crimson set (the Captain Crimson's Thrust, Captain Crimson's Silk Girdle and Captain Crimson's Waders). You will complete their full bonus via Ring of Royal Grandeur in the Cube. This set provides CDR as well as RCR bonuses, and then scales your damage dealt and damage reduced according to both stats, respectively — bringing a massive boon to the build.
When it comes to jewelry, you will be wearing your two best rolled rings and cubing the third between Ring of Royal Grandeur (ideally cubed), Convention of Elements and Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac. Ring of Royal Grandeur reduces the required number of worn set items for the respective bonuses by one, and allows you to mix Cpt. Crimson in the build. Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac is a crucial ring for the build due to its cooldown reducing mechanics, which tirelessly chip away at your Akarat's Champion downtime with every Fires of Heaven. Convention of Elements simply provides a massive damage increase during the Holy cycle of its rotation.
The recommended amulet is The Flavor of Time, whose revised legendary power now doubles the duration of Pylons — an extremely potent power that, with careful timing, can turn the progressively harder fights in Greater Rifts greatly in your favor. In groups, where you might fulfill the role of a Rift Guardian Killer, your support teammates can protect you well enough to make wearing the glassy Squirt's Necklace damage bonuses worth it.
The remaining armor slots — bracers and offhand — will be occupied by dedicated Heaven's Fury legendary items that increase the skill's damage and modify its properties in a beneficial way. In your wrist slot, Bracer of Fury will augment your main damage dealer against targets affected by a hard crowd control effect. Shield of Fury is the best-in-slot shield for the build; a legendary that increases the damage taken by enemies for each hit they suffer from Heaven's Fury, stacking up to 20 times. Note that the shield's effect is not restricted to a single target, and will stack for each affected enemy separately; the stacks will also persist through zone transitions and death, making the shield's effect quite potent.
Surprisingly or not, but in a build where fast application of steadily increasing damage is paramount, you will be hard-pressed to find a better weapon to wield than Pig Sticker. While lacking any flashy bonuses, this noisy knife more than makes up for it. First, it has the superior attack speed of the dagger weapon class (1.5 base); second, it rolls up to five primary stats, meaning it can have Damage %, Area Damage, Cooldown Reduction and Increased Attack Speed, and have it be optimized with a Strength augmentation. And third, its unique bonuses vs. human and beast enemies are multiplicative in nature and can lead to massive damage spikes in certain rift compositions.
A Note on Fate of the Fell
Fate of the Fell can still be worn instead of cubed for respectable results, and allows for a (lazier) autocasting build. In the Cube, it takes Ivory Tower for the block-based, automated Fires of Heaven shots, and uses Aquila Cuirass in the armor slot — since it relies on procs and does not encourage spending your own Wrath. This variant also replaces Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac and The Flavor of Time with the Endless Walk set, The Compass Rose and The Traveler's Pledge. Note that this variant is easier, but not as strong as the one presented above.
Desired Stats, Breakpoints and Other Notes
For Offense stats, try to obtain Heaven's Fury % bonus on both the shoulders and chest (maximum of 30%), Holy elemental damage on both the amulet and wrists (maximum of 40%), Crit Chance and Crit Damage within a 1:10 ratio (ideally over 50% and 500%, respectively), and Area Damage of 100%+. Heaven's Fury Crusaders are heavily Cooldown-dependent, so try to your best to reach a 60%+ CDR point in your sheet to ease the strain on your Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac resets.
For Defense stats, aim for a life pool between 700-900k; dropping as much as you can for offense as you grow accustomed to the build. You will mostly sustain through Life per Hit on gear, with at least one high roll in your setup (i.e. bracer).
All augmentations on gear should be done with your main stat, Strength.
Note that the stat suggestions below portray an ideally rolled item with stats listed in relative order of importance. The first four of them are main stats, and the latter two — secondary stats. If your item lacks and is unable to be rerolled into the primary stats outlined below, especially for a stat higher on the list, strongly consider its replacement. Perfecting Secondary stats is mostly a case of hyper-optimization and isn't a case for discarding an item, except where noted.
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.
In the Core section, max out Movement Speed to the 25% cap. Normally this is done by dumping the first 50 Core Paragon points into Movement Speed, but if your boots have an imperfect roll with Movement Speed as a stat that you cannot replace, adjust the necessary point investment accordingly by simply subtracting your roll from the 25% max. After that dump as much as you comfortably can into Strength, but feel free to invest into Vitality if you feel yourself lacking in toughness, or Maximum Wrath if you want to play around with a bigger resource pool.
In the Offense section, max out Crit Chance, Crit Damage, Cooldown Reduction, and Attack Speed in that order. In Defense, prioritize All Resistance, then Life %, then Armor, and finish off with Life Regeneration. In Utility, build up Area Damage and Resource Cost Reduction first, then finish off with Life on Hit and Gold Find.
Bane of the Trapped is a potent source of additional damage, as it is its own multiplier in your total damage calculation. The gem procs itself with its level 25 property when in range and is otherwise triggered by Judgment, making it an inseparable part of this melee range setup.
As this build scales excellently with Attack Speed and can afford to fight at a near-melee range, Pain Enhancer makes an excellent fit for high tier GR progression. The level 25 property of the gem amplifies your Attack Speed for every struck ('bleeding') enemy nearby, allowing you to drop some IAS from gear and use it for CDR and Area Damage instead.
With the loss of the infinite Shield of Fury stacking effect as of patch 2.6.7a (now capped at 20), Bane of the Stricken is re-introduced as a mandatory legendary gem for GR progression. Building up your damage multiplicatively in prolonged fights and with a level 25 bonus specifically targeting Rift Guardians, this gem is designed to assist AoE heavy builds in their struggle against single target, high HP enemies. Note that the middle ray of Heaven's Fury hits first of all three, so you can target-stack on a priority target, i.e. the Guardian (and not his minions).
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For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.
Tucked away in the Cube, Fate of the Fell will not only provide a general boost to the skill, but will add two extra rays, producing the signature 'shotgun' effect. Note that these rays are an exception to the procs rule, and count as casts of the skill — meaning, they have proc coefficients and will trigger area damage, to the tremendous benefit of the build. They additional rays also count towards the Shield of Fury stacking damage effect.
Stone Gauntlets are one of the most effective protective pieces in the game, bumping your armor by 50% at a significant (and stacking) mobility penalty — one which you will completely negate with crowd control immunization skills like Akarat's Champion and Iron Skin. If you are playing this build in groups as a Rift Guardian Killer, you will need to swap this slot out for the health globe-induced Wrath restoration of Reaper's Wraps, since resource restoration via Fissures will no longer suffice for constant spam.
In this Aegis of Valor / Captain Crimson mixture, you will need a Ring of Royal Grandeur: a cache legendary ring from Act I bounties, to tie the two sets together. The ability to run with one full 6-piece set bonus and an additional 3-piece bonus, dodging the undesirable guaranteed stats on the Grandeur by cubing its power, is a tremendous boost to the 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.
The preferred potion for this build is Bottomless Potion of the Leech due to its Life per Hit bonuses, which synergize perfectly for the high attack speed and sustain-through-attacks playstyle of the build.
For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our Follower Guide, which contains detailed advice for choosing the skills and the gear of your follower.
- 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
- 19 Nov. 2019: Guide revised and updated for Season 19.
- 22 Aug. 2019: Revised the item recommendations for Season 18.
- 15 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
- 17 Jan. 2019: Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
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