Akkhan Bombardment Crusader BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Akkhan Bombardment Crusader in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.4 and Season 16.
1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives
The backbone of the build lies in the 6-piece set bonuses of the Akkhan set — either mixed in with the Sage's set for efficient Death's Breath farming in regular rifts, or with synergistic legendaries during Greater Rift pushing.
For Season 16 adjustments, please refer to our dedicated section below.
In the regular rift farming setup, two of your armor slots have to be taken up by pieces of the crafted Sage's Journey set, complete with a Ring of Royal Grandeur for the 3-piece bonus (an additional Death's Breath drop). The remaining slots will be taken up by five pieces of the Akkhan set, which also benefit from the Ring of Royal Grandeur and complete the full 6-piece bonus. An example setup would be wearing Sage's Apogee and Sage's Passage to complete the Sage set, and Pauldrons of Akkhan, Gauntlets of Akkhan, Breastplate of Akkhan, Cuisses of Akkhan and Talisman of Akkhan to complete the Akkhan set.
Your weapon, offhand and belt will be fixtures in both setups. Norvald's Fervor set — Flail of the Charge and Shield of the Steed — doubles your damage output while Steed Charge is active, and for 5 seconds after you dismount. This creates a unique stop-and-go feel to the build, where you scout the battlefield (either for the full duration of Steed Charge, or you can cancel it by activating any other skill), then stop, pre-buff and release your burst. Make special note of the weapon stats: the weapon's damage range will not affect Thorns damage and can be safely rolled away for a better stat (i.e. CDR). Belt of the Trove is a well known item in Bombardment builds, which produces volleys of its own that inherit the rune on your skillbar, as well as benefit from any other equipment and cube bonuses.
As for the rings, you will be using a physical damage Stone of Jordan in regular rifts, where timing and keeping track of Convention of Elements is overkill; you should use the latter in Greater Rift progression only. Protection in both build variations will come from a worn Unity, coupled with the same ring on the follower plus an immortality relic for him (i.e. Enchanting Favor). In groups, where followers are not available, simply swap to Avarice Band and use the gold-induced damage reduction combo with a socketed Boon of the Hoarder and cubed Goldwrap.
1.1. Season 16 Adjustments
During Season 16 (and in seasonal play only), you will be getting the benefits of Ring of Royal Grandeur passively, without the need to wear it. For the Akkhan Bombardment Crusader, this introduces adaptability to spec into additional utility or damage.
Since this is primarily a farming build, the Akkhan Bombardment Crusader is best built into extra speed and convenience; the free RoRG allows you to include both Unity and Avarice Band, instead of forcing you to choose between the two. The former ups your survivability considerably during solo farming, which is a great boon to an otherwise frail build; the latter introduces pick-up radius synergies that work incredibly well during Torment speed-farming (consider the combo with Boon of the Hoarder outlined below).
2. Paragon Points
Your first legendary gem will be Bane of the Trapped — 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 in melee range, a condition that is conveniently fulfilled with the Condemn Vacuum pull.
Completely disregarding its level 25 property, you will take Boyarsky's Chip as your second legendary gem for one purpose only: boosting your Thorns damage.
There is some flexibility in your third gem socket; due to its (relatively) lower Greater Rift ceiling, the build makes better use of the overall damage boost and elite hunting synergy of Bane of the Powerful. When farming regular rifts in groups (or if you simply prefer the gold benefits), you can swap this slot out for Boon of the Hoarder, complemented by a worn Avarice Band and cubed Goldwrap.
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4. Kanai's Cube
In regular rifts, no cubed weapon provides a stronger effect than In-geom — in a purely cooldown reliant build, cutting all your downtimes by 10 seconds with every elite kill is an incomparable benefit.
The armor cube slot varies a lot by preference and purpose. In bounties, it is best to take the shrine duration increase of Gloves of Worship. In normal rifts, depending on your balancing of damage and toughness, you can either take Harrington Waistguard (doubles your damage for a short duration after opening a container), or Goldwrap (reinforces your defenses as you pick up gold).
The jewelry cube slot is necessarily taken by Ring of Royal Grandeur — a legendary item from Act I bounty caches that reduces the number of items needed for set bonuses by 1. This allows the Death's Breath farming spec to incorporate the Sage set and the GR pushing spec to equip Aquila Cuirass, without either setup losing the 6-piece Akkhan bonuses.
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.
- 17 Jan. 2019: Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
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