Aegis of Valor Heaven's Fury Crusader RGK Variation
Aegis of Valor Heaven's Fury Crusader Rift Guardian Killer Variation
The AoV Heaven's Fury Crusader fits excellently with the role of a Rift Guardian Killer in high tier Greater Rifts, and is in high demand for leaderboard Greater Rift pushing.
The Rift Guardian Killer role demands focus from the character entirely into single target damage, eschewing any consideration for Area Damage or trash killing purposes. Your skill and especially your gear choices will reflect that.
|Heaven's Fury Fires of Heaven Fist of the Heavens Fissure 1 Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force 2 Blessed Hammer Thunderstruck 3 Iron Skin Flash 4 Akarat's Champion Prophet|
When serving as the Rift Guardian Killer, most of the AoV Heaven's Fury Crusader rotation remains the same; facing the bigger threats in Greater Rifts — especially the Rift Guardian, whose death will be largely your task — and mowing them down with Fires of Heaven shots. You will be using Fist of the Heavens and Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force for resource maintenance, as well as Iron Skin and Akarat's Champion for protection. Since your Supports will be applying the Crowd Control necessary for the Bracer of Fury damage amplification however, you will be using Blessed Hammer Thunderstruck in that slot for faster Bane of the Stricken stacking.
Adapting Skills and Passives
The entirety of your skill and passive selection, as well as the reasoning behind their use, will remain the same as the GR solo pushing build. The only difference, as noted in the rotation section above, is the replacement of your crowd control skill (i.e. Shield Glare) with Blessed Hammer Thunderstruck; simply taken as a tool to spam and build up your Bane of the Stricken stacks faster (especially vs. the Rift Guardian).
Most of the gear from the Greater Rift solo progression build will still make sense for the group RGK variation, but a few alterations will be necessary in order to maximize your potential in this role.
You will maintain the entirety of your armor set splits, still incorporating the 5 Aegis of Valor - 2 Captain Crimson's Trimming ratio. You will also be including a fully damage-oriented jewelry setup: Convention of Elements and a Fire damage Stone of Jordan. Note that "Fire" is not an error here; you will still be dealing Holy damage, but with the powers of the equipped Stone of Jordan (equalizing your elemental damage to your highest) and your cubed Magefist, you will be able to elevate your overall Holy damage via the numerous boosts available to Fire damage. To complement your Rift Guardian Killer role, you will also be using Squirt's Necklace as your amulet, and rely on your Support teammates to keep you safe to maintain its damage buff.
In this group setup, you will have to play around a non-permanent Akarat's Champion, which will now sport about ~60% uptime. Your goal is to reach the 64.5% CDR breakpoint with Gogok of Swiftness stacks, in order to bring your Akarat's Champion to a 32-second rotation that will properly align it to your Convention of Elements damage cycles.
The duo of Heaven's Fury-specific items that you know from the solo build — Bracer of Fury and Shield of Fury — will remain intact, but you will replace Pig Sticker with Johanna's Argument to double the attack speed of Blessed Hammer and stack your Bane of the Stricken even faster.
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.
Season 29: Paragon Cap
Season 29 introduces a season-specific cap to stat benefits from Paragon levels, all while updating how Paragon point distribution is handled. For the duration of this Season, you can only assign 800 Paragon stat points to your character, removing the long-standing practice of main-stat stacking (with some gearing implications — see below) after you reach Paragon 800.
On top of that, you could only allocate 50 Paragon stat points to each of the four stats in a given Paragon category (Core, Offense, Defense, and Utility). In Season 29, you can allocate up to the full 200 points per category into any attribute, allowing you to more easily reach necessary build breakpoints (as outlined in the Gear page of the guide) for Cooldown Reduction, Resource Cost Reduction, etc.
With the changes to Paragon in mind, we recommend using the following Paragon distribution for this build:
- Core: Movement Speed: 200 points.
- Offense: Cooldown Reduction and Critical Hit Damage: Allocate points to Cooldown Reduction so you get improved uptime on Akarat's Champion (65%+ sheet CDR), and then distribute points to get as close as possible to the desirable 1:10 ratio between the Critical Hit Chance and Critical Hit Damage stats, as displayed in your Character Details sheet.
- Defense: Life and All Resistance: Allocate points to maximize survivability; for Crusaders, this is usually achieved by evenly splitting 100 points into Life (directly increasing your Health pool) and All Resistance (to complement the naturally high Armor stat of Strength-based characters).
- Utility: Resource Cost Reduction: 200 points.
Season 29: Gearing Considerations
In terms of gear, keeping the Paragon cap in mind is paramount, as it stymies the traditional endless supply of main stat after Paragon 800. This means re-rolling mainstat off your gear is no longer desirable, and full equipment augmentation with your main stat is even more critical. Additionally, you should take a careful look at your build and consider if you can fit the following changes to strengthen your damage and survivability:
- Guardian's Jeopardy: This is a craftable armor set, and the recipe for its creation drops from Bounty farming. Guardian's 2-piece provides a decent damage reduction bonus, but the true powerhouse of the set is the 3-piece bonus, which nets you an additional 100% of your main stats from equipped items. This is a tremendous benefit in an 800 Paragon capped Season. If the Guardian set can fit into the build with minimal sacrifices (other craftable sets, tertiary damage multipliers, etc.), consider its implementation. The available pieces are Guardian's Aversion (Wrists), Guardian's Case (Waist), and Guardian's Gaze (Head). Of course, you can wear 2 pieces of the set and complete the full 3-piece bonus with a Ring of Royal Grandeur (found from Act I bounty caches).
- Endless Walk:This is a jewelry set consisting of The Traveler's Pledge (Amulet) and The Compass Rose (Ring), and is randomly found through farming, gambling Blood Shards, and/or Kanai's Cube recipes. The Endless Walk set is a nice compromise between damage bonuses (building up while stationary) and defensive bonuses (building up while moving). It can replace glass cannon choices like the Bastions of Will set ( Focus and Restraint) and Squirt's Necklace with acceptable losses to DPS.
- Unity: A character wearing this ring, along with another Unity on their follower plus an immortality relic for them (i.e., Enchanting Favor), will reduce their damage taken by 50%. Unity can roll excellent offense-oriented stats and has an innate Extra Damage to Elites roll, which somewhat offsets losing all-out offense jewelry.
Bane of the Trapped and Bane of the Stricken remain as universally desired damage amplification gems during progression. As you will not be responsible for the trash clearing, you will drop Pain Enhancer for the extra attack speed and cooldown reduction from Gogok of Swiftness.
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For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.
For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.
Adapting Kanai's Cube
Fate of the Fell is still a required legendary effect in the build, and stays locked in the weapon Cube slot.
As your support teammates will be taking care of your sustain and survivability in group GR progression, you will be dropping Stone Gauntlets from this slot for additional damage. By slotting Magefist here, you will attain another 20% boost to Fire elemental damage, which you will convert to Holy with the use of the equipped Stone of Jordan.
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.
- 13 Sep. 2023: 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.
- 01 Apr. 2021: No changes required for Season 23.
- 18 Nov. 2020: Revised the guide to reflect proper equipment in the 4-slot Cube variant in Season 22.
- 30 Jun. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
- 12 Mar. 2020: Guide added.
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