Akkhan Bombardment Crusader Skills and Runes

Last updated on Jun 14, 2018 at 05:01 by Deadset 9 comments

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General Information

Below, we explain how to choose and use your skills when playing Akkhan Bombardment Crusader in Diablo 3. Updated for patch 2.6.1 and Season 15.

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

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Bombardment Icon Bombardment Barrels of Spikes Barrels of Spikes Right Mouse Button Steed Charge Icon Steed Charge Spiked Barding Spiked Barding 1 Laws of Hope Icon Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels 2 Condemn Icon Condemn Vacuum Vacuum 3 Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin Reflective Skin Reflective Skin 4 Akarat's Champion Icon Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet
Passive Skills

1. Rotation

The build's excellence for bounties and especially Torment rifts comes from the ability to cross long distances quicker than most Crusader builds, thanks to a combination of Laws of Hope Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels and Steed Charge Steed Charge with the Norvald's Fervor set. You will ideally hunt elite pack after elite pack, and kill trash as collateral damage. Upon reaching your target, you should have a triple buff punch prepared — ongoing Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion, damage bonus from recent dismounting via the Norvald's set, and a quick activation of Iron Skin Iron Skin Reflective Skin Reflective Skin. A single drop of Bombardment Bombardment Barrels of Spikes Barrels of Spikes should be enough to outright kill an elite pack in Torments, or inflict significant damage in higher tier Greater Rifts. To maximize destruction, make sure to draw enemies in beforehand with a Condemn Condemn Vacuum Vacuum.

2. Skills, Runes and Passives

Similarly to its higher end LoN sister spec, this Akkhan build focuses on Bombardment Bombardment as the primary damage dealer of the build, along with the Barrels of Spikes Barrels of Spikes rune that scales off Thorns damage on gear. By wearing Belt of the Trove Belt of the Trove, you will have a source of automated damage that inherits your selected rune and damage bonuses; however, you are still in control of your own cooldown, allowing you precision and buff-syncing for the bulk of your damage.

In order to output the maximum damage possible, you will be using a trio of buffs — Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion, Iron Skin Iron Skin Reflective Skin Reflective Skin and Steed Charge Steed Charge empowered by Norvald's Fervor set.

You will aim to transition from elite pack to elite pack in the shortest amount of time possible, especially in the In-geom In-geom-reliant Torment variation, where chaining elites is vital. Even in Greater Rifts mobility is needed to give yourself breathing room away from dangerous affixes and wait for important cooldowns. Crusader's best tool for the purpose is Steed Charge Steed Charge, and you can tie it to the Thorns strengths of the build with the rune Spiked Barding Spiked Barding — useful in finishing off low health stragglers. Steed Charge Steed Charge is especially important in this build, since it uses the Norvald's Fervor set (Flail of the Charge Flail of the Charge and Shield of the Steed Shield of the Steed), whose bonus doubles your damage while mounted and for 5 seconds after the skill wears off. You need to internalize the duration of this buff and reapply it accordingly, since you DPS hinges on its maintenance.

As an Akkhan-based build, it is only natural to include Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion in the setup. While the set bonus cuts the skill's cooldown in half, you will still aim for the 56% CDR breakpoint in order to reach permanent uptime of this powerful steroid. The rune of choice is, of course, Prophet Prophet — for the additional toughness and cheat death proc.

The traditionally defense-oriented Iron Skin Iron Skin skill sees its role reversed in Thorns builds with the rune Reflective Skin Reflective Skin. Instead of using it when endangered by burst, trigger it directly before a Bombardment Bombardment barrage to skyrocket its damage. Timing this skill becomes even more important if you push this build into Greater Rifts, since you will have to synchronize it with a physical cycle of the Convention of Elements Convention of Elements rotation.

Your active skill selection will be rounded out with utility picks. You will completely disregard the damage component of Condemn Condemn, taking it strictly for the AoE pull of the Vacuum Vacuum rune — very convenient for subsequent Bombardment Bombardments. Finish off the farming build with Laws of Hope Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels for its immense, party-wide speed bonuses.

This concludes the overview of the active skills, now let us look through the passives.

Unlike its LoN counterpart, this Thorns Bombardment variant uses Heavenly Strength Heavenly Strength as a baseline weapon passive, due to the mandatory two-handed Flail of the Charge Flail of the Charge in your hands. Note that in an early season setup, if you are still farming the Norvalds set, you can freely swap this passive out for Fervor Fervor according to your best rolled Thorns weapon.

You have a degree of freedom in your second passive slot, which you can adjust according to your preferences and attempted content. If you feel your defenses lacking (during early season gearing or late GR pushes, for example) or prefer the safety in Hardcore, include the Indestructible Indestructible cheat death. For a pure damage increase, look no further than Finery Finery, since Strength scales Thorns damage. If you aim to boost utility, you can increase the length of Wings of Angels Wings of Angels with Long Arm of the Law Long Arm of the Law.

Your passive choices will be rounded out by a Thorns and a Bombardment staple respectively — 50% increase of Thorns from Iron Maiden Iron Maiden, and a 35% Cooldown Reduction of Bombardment Bombardment from Lord Commander Lord Commander.

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