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Akkhan Blessed Shield Crusader BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Nov 01, 2017 at 17:27 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Akkhan Blessed Shield Crusader in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.1 and Season 12.

The other pages of our Akkhan Blessed Shield Crusader guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

Like any Akkhan-based build, you will be striving to reach a 56% CDR breakpoint in order to achieve permanence of the Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion buff. Note that in this build, you will be using Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness as one of your Legendary Gems, allowing you to lose CDR rolls from two major slots — ideally weapon and belt — in favor of other offense stats. You will be equipping all six core Akkhan armor pieces, losing the Talisman of Akkhan Talisman of Akkhan in favor of the Endless Walk set, discussed below. Cooldown Reduction takes priority on the slots where you can get it — certainly on the Gauntlets of Akkhan Gauntlets of Akkhan, where it accompanies the Crit stats, as well as on the Pauldrons of Akkhan Pauldrons of Akkhan. The Breastplate of Akkhan Breastplate of Akkhan and Cuisses of Akkhan Cuisses of Akkhan are best left to pure toughness stats. You can roll Blessed Shield Blessed Shield % damage on both the Helm of Akkhan Helm of Akkhan and Sabatons of Akkhan Sabatons of Akkhan, so seek it out on both.

Taking enough pieces to obtain the 6-piece bonus of the Akkhan set naturally opens a powerful offensive combo in the jewelry. One of the 2.4 reworks, the Endless Walk set — The Compass Rose The Compass Rose ring and The Traveler's Pledge The Traveler's Pledge amulet — adds a unique mechanic that slowly increases your damage by up to a 100% if you remain stationary, and drains it away and increases your damage reduction while moving. This dynamic fits the playstyle, which alternates Steed Charge Steed Charge scouting with stationary Blessed Shield Blessed Shield spam. Your second ring slot should be taken by Convention of Elements Convention of Elements; the ring rotates through all elements available to Crusaders, providing a massive bonus to your main damage skill during the Fire proc.

The best-in-slot belt for the build when pushing Greater Rifts is the glass cannon favorite, The Witching Hour The Witching Hour. What this belt lacks in unique properties, it makes up in unique rolls: it is the only item in the slot that can roll Attack Speed and Critical Damage. Both stats are immensely beneficial to your damage output, so seek as close to the maximum 7 IAS and 50 Crit Damage as you can.

The remaining item slots — bracers, weapon and offhand — will be occupied by dedicated Blessed Shield Blessed Shield legendary items that increase the skill's damage and modify its properties in a beneficial way. In your wrist slot, Akkhan's Manacles Akkhan's Manacles will augment your single target burst by adding significant damage to the first target struck. Gyrfalcon's Foote Gyrfalcon's Foote will not only provide a general boost to the skill, but will also completely remove its Wrath costs — making for a relaxed, trigger-happy playstyle that can focus entirely on survival and aiming without worry for resource management. Finally, Jekangbord Jekangbord will triple the amount of enemies struck by the shield ricochets, adding the signature bouncing chaos in fights.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Strength
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Blessed Shield Damage
  5. Vitality
Shoulders
  1. Strength
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Life %
Torso
  1. 3 Sockets
  2. Strength
  3. Vitality
  4. Reduced Damage from Elites
Wrists
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Fire Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Life per Hit
Hands
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
Waist
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. Critical Hit Damage (if The Witching Hour The Witching Hour)
  4. Attack Speed (if The Witching Hour The Witching Hour)
  5. All Resistance
  6. Life
Legs
  1. 2 Sockets
  2. Strength
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Armor
Feet
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. Blessed Shield Damage
  4. All Resistance
  5. Armor
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Fire Damage
  5. Strength
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Critical Hit Chance
  5. Strength
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Critical Hit Chance
  5. Strength
Weapon
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Life per Hit
Off-hand
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Blessed Shield Damage
  5. Vitality

2. Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Strength
  3. Vitality
  4. Maximum Wrath
Offense
  1. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Attack Speed
Defense
  1. All Resistance
  2. Life %
  3. Armor
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Area Damage
  2. Life on Hit
  3. Gold Find
  4. Resource Cost Reduction

3. Gems

Bane of the Trapped 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, making it an inseparable part of this mid range setup.

Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness synergises well with the build in Greater Rift pushes, indirectly providing you with faster cooldown resets and improved healing through your faster attacks. The 2.4.1 addition of scaling Dodge chance to the gem is just survivability icing on the cake.

Introduced in Season 4, Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken takes a firm slot in the third jewelry socket when Greater Rifting. 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. Blessed Shield Blessed Shield is a classic case in this scenario, making this gem mandatory.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

While hidden away in the weapon Cube slot, Akkhan's Leniency Akkhan's Leniency is another cornerstone item in the build that puts a heavy emphasis on the build's AoE strengths. The weapon scales your damage for each enemy struck, so try to keep to the nine bounces maximum imposed by Jekangbord Jekangbord as best you can.

Aquila Cuirass Aquila Cuirass cuts incoming damage in half if you maintain above 90% of your resource, which is a permanent effect in a build whose spender is nullified by Gyrfalcon's Foote Gyrfalcon's Foote.

While stored in the Cube, Unity Unity provides substantial damage reduction when paired with another worn by the follower, plus an immortality item for him (i.e. Enchanting Favor Enchanting Favor).

5. Follower

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.

About the Author

This build is presented to you by Deadset, one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on Youtube and streams on Twitch, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.

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