Aegis of Valor Heaven's Fury Crusader Speed Farming Variation
The Aegis of Valor Heaven's Fury 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.
|Heaven's Fury Fires of Heaven Fist of the Heavens Fissure 1 Laws of Hope Wings of Angels 2 Shield Glare Divine Verdict 3 Steed Charge Endurance 4 Akarat's Champion Prophet|
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 Wings of Angels casts for shorter bouts of movement and Steed Charge Endurance when you need to cross longer distances. Simply spreading one or two Fist of the Heavens Fissures per screen should be more than enough for Wrath upkeep, as you oneshot the bigger targets, loot them and move on.
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.
- Heaven's Fury Fires of Heaven and Fist of the Heavens Fissure will remain your primary damage and resource upkeep dynamic in regular rifts, as you oneshot enemies with the former and restore Wrath and maintain set bonuses with the latter.
- Akarat's Champion Prophet is an omnipresent self-buff in both versions of the build.
- When speedfarming, the additional durability and attack speed of Laws of Valor will be overkill, so you can safely swap this slot out for the movement speed buffs of Laws of Hope Wings of Angels.
- The GR-progression oriented Judgment Debilitate is too defensive of a proc for the effects of Bracer of Fury, so you will do better with the straight damage buff of Shield Glare Divine Verdict.
- Finally, the progression-oriented hybrid of mobility and protection, Iron Skin Flash, should be replaced by the long distance champion Steed Charge Endurance.
- The majority of passives from the progression build are too valuable to ignore; you will keep Fervor, Long Arm of the Law and Finery.
- In speed farming where damage is of lesser concern compared to mobility, you can swap Holy Cause for the improved Steed Charge uptime from Lord Commander.
The vast majority of the Heaven's Fury-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, and potentially including an extra utility legendary for speed farming in the place of Cpt. Crimson's set. The trio of (cubed) Fate of the Fell, Bracer of Fury and Shield of Fury are too valuable to pass up in this build, so they also remain locked in place. In the place of the progression-oriented Pig Sticker, you can run the speedfarm staple In-geom to enjoy carefree spam of all your important cooldowns.
It is worth noting that in the limited challenges of regular rifts, both the Endless Walk set and Convention of Elements greatly diminish in usefulness. A better jewelry split is a Holy damage Stone of Jordan (for the permanent damage increase), and Avarice Band (for the synergy with Goldwrap and Boon of the Hoarder), as well as Squirt's Necklace for an extra damage multiplier.
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's interaction with Avarice Band and Boon of the Hoarder. In order to use your freed up slot, take off one of the Valor set pieces and replace them with a utility legendary. Our recommendation are the Gloves of Worship (Act II cache legendary), as their Shrine bonus extension mateches The Flavor of Time nicely, but there are other decent options — Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan's resource upkeep and damage buff bonuses while on the move, or even Homing Pads for the uninterrupted teleportation.
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 remains a universally desired damage amplification gem.
During speed farming, Pain Enhancer will be a progression-oriented overkill and should be replaced by 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 for a sizable speed boost, and the Goldwrap for near-invulnerability.
Since monster health is much more tame in the standard difficulties, you should also replace Bane of the Stricken with Bane of the Powerful for the consistent, easily sustained damage increase. If you overpower content so much that even Bane of the Powerful is unnecessary, you can consider using Wreath of Lightning for the extra speed.
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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.
Your armor Cube slot should be taken up by Warzechian Armguards, whose environment destruction-based speed buffs trigger consistently off the AoE of this build. You can still maintain the power of the former favorite in this slot, Nemesis Bracers, when you equip them on the follower — their power transfers to you via the Emanate mechanics. Note that this only applies in solo play where you can have a follower; in groups, you should still carry your own Nemesis Bracers here.
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 recommended follower for this build during standard rift farming for keys is the Enchantress due to her numerous utility bonuses, allowing you to smooth out your speed runs even further.
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.
The preferred potions for this build are Bottomless Potion of Amplification (the highest pure health recovery pot, as its healing amplification procs itself for 75% health restoration), or Bottomless Potion of Rejuvenation (for the extra resource recovery proc when used below half HP — useful in a resource-intensive build such as this one). Pick whichever you feel helps you out the most.
- 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: Minor revision to the build.
- 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: No changes necessary for Season 20.
- 03 Dec. 2019: Guide fixed to include a proper utility legendary recommendation.
- 19 Nov. 2019: Guide revised and updated for Season 19.
- 22 Aug. 2019: Reviewed for Season 18.
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