Akkhan Condemn Crusader Nephalem Rift Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Aug 26, 2022 at 10:00 by Deadset 36 comments
1.

Nephalem Rift Speed Farming

The Akkhan Condemn Crusader can deal reasonably well with Nephalem Rift Speed Farming, covering the whole battlefield in Condemn Condemn detonations, while zipping through the Rift with Laws of Hope Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels. 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.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Provoke Icon Provoke Flee Fool Flee Fool Right Mouse Button Condemn Icon Condemn Unleashed Unleashed 1 Laws of Hope Icon Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels 2 Phalanx Icon Phalanx Bowmen Bowmen 3 Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin Flash Flash 4 Akarat's Champion Icon Akarat's Champion Embodiment of Power Embodiment of Power
Passive Skills
2.

Adapting Rotation

When you are speed farming regular rifts, parts of your playstyle will adapt to the lowered challenge and focus more on speed and utility.

The T16 key farming build will mimic parts of the GR speed farming rotation, but sped up one step further: you no longer wait on Phalanx Phalanxes to deliver the devastation, but inflict it yourself with manually cast Condemn Condemns, old-school style! You still cast Phalanx Phalanx Bowmen Bowmen on cooldown, but since Judgment Judgment is dropped in this variant, the summons are disempowered and are strictly there to reset your Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion cooldown. You should be able to oneshot pretty much any enemy pack with a single detonation of Condemn Condemn Unleashed Unleashed, and fluidly move between packs with Laws of Hope Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels (for short distances), or Steed Charge Steed Charge Endurance Endurance (for long distances). When in need of Wrath (or means to proc extra movement speed — see below), pop Provoke Provoke and continue the onslaught.

3.

Adapting Skills

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.

  • With your greatly increased speed, you will be zipping from one pack to the next, reducing the usefulness of the greater reach of of Condemn Condemn Shattering Explosion Shattering Explosion. In its place, use the immediate explosion of Unleashed Unleashed for precise, on-demand devastation.
  • Phalanx Phalanx Bowmen Bowmen are included in T16 runs strictly for their ability to reset the cooldown of Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion, which comes from the Akkhan set 4-piece bonus.
  • Instead of spreading Judgment Judgments and waiting on the summons to kill your foes, you will be diving into the fray and destroying them yourself; use Provoke Provoke to ensure you have enough Wrath to continually cast Condemn Condemns, and augment it with the Flee Fool Flee Fool rune for a proc of Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny, granting you additional movement speed.
  • For T16 farm, the inclusion of a Generator skill — usually there to proc the Bastions of Will jewelry set — will be too slow and an overkill of extra damage for the difficulty. Instead, you should use Iron Skin Iron Skin with the Flash Flash for an additional movement speed proc and removal of monster collision.
  • You should alter your Law of choice from the resource-oriented Laws of Valor Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force to the party-wide movement speed buff of Laws of Hope Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels.
  • Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion is an omnipresent self-buff in all versions of the build. With the protection of Goldwrap Goldwrap, you can consider substituting Prophet Prophet for Embodiment of Power Embodiment of Power.
  • Your passive selection remains largely unchanged from the progression build: Heavenly Strength Heavenly Strength, Long Arm of the Law Long Arm of the Law, and Finery Finery are still of great value. Consider using Indestructible Indestructible as your final passive, as a cheat death failsafe allows for some truly care-free plays in T16 — looting while inside Molten explosions, etc.
4.

Adapting Gear

You will still be taking advantage of the full 6-piece set bonuses of Akkhan, as well as the 3-piece set bonus of the Cpt. Crimon set — for its additional Cooldown- and Resource Cost Reduction, as well as the scaling "damage dealt increased by CDR" and "damage reduced by RCR" bonuses.

The difference from the usual GR progression setup come from the self-casted orientation of the T16 build. Phalanx-related items are dropped from the setup, as the summons are there just for Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion CDR. You should have the Condemn Condemn-boosting legendaries, Blade of Prophecy Blade of Prophecy and Frydehr's Wrath Frydehr's Wrath, equpped on your character — this frees up Cube slots for T16 farm-oriented legendaries (see below).

The freed-up helm and bracer slots should be taken up by Pride's Fall Pride's Fall and Warzechian Armguards Warzechian Armguards, respectively. Pride's Fall Pride's Fall, and Act III Bounty Cache-specific item, reduces the cost of your Wrath spenders by 30% after not taking damage for 5 seconds, making Condemn Condemn spam care-free. (You will protect its power with the near-impenetrable shield of a Cubed Goldwrap Goldwrap.) Warzechian Armguards Warzechian Armguards provide an environment destruction-based speed boost, which is constantly triggered by the Condemn Condemn explosions. Note that in groups, you should use the Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers in this slot to proc the extra elites at Shrines and Pylons, since you lose your Follower when partying up.

You have a bunch of viable choices for your jewelry. Pick and choose according to your needs between:

  • A Holy damage Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan, for the consistent elemental and elite damage increase;
  • A Unity Unity, which — when paired with another on your follower, as well as an immortality item for them (i.e. Enchanting Favor Enchanting Favor — reduces damage intake by 50% (only available when soloing);
  • A Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny, which greatly speeds you up when you Fear an enemy — achieved by using Provoke Provoke Flee Fool Flee Fool;
  • An Avarice Band Avarice Band, which increases your Pickup Radius as you pick up Gold, and has massive synergy with a socketed Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder and Goldwrap Goldwrap (needs to be used when grouped up!)
Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Strength
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality Damage
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Shoulders
  1. Strength
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Condemn Damage
  4. All Resistance or Resource Cost Reduction
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Torso
  1. Strength
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Condemn Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Wrists
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Holy Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
  6. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
Hands
  1. Strength (replaced by Attack Speed at High Paragons)
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Waist
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life %
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Legs
  1. Strength
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Feet
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Armor
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Holy Damage
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction or Attack Speed
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction or Attack Speed
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Weapon
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. High Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Cooldown Reduction
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Off-hand
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Condemn % Damage
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)

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.

4.1.

Angelic Crucible Sanctification

Season 27 comes with the theme of Angelic Crucibles — consumable items that empower Legendary items with perfected Ancient-level stats, as well as infuse them with one of three unique, powerful, class-specific abilities at random.

Unfortunately, T16-oriented Condemn builds do not have a great way of utilizing the three Sanctification powers. Thus, you should simply use Angelic Crucibles on an item that crosses over most (if not all) variants of a build, and is also an item that is relatively harder to perfect than other slots (since sanctifying an item maximizes its stats). The Sanctification power outcome does not matter. In the case of this build, a good candidate for Sanctification is your weapon, Blade of Prophecy Blade of Prophecy.

You can read more on Angelic Crucibles and the sanctification process in our dedicated Angelic Crucible Mechanics guide.

5.

Adapting Gems

Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped remains a universally desired damage amplification gem.

During speed farming, waiting on Phalanx Phalanx to deliver the Condemn Condemn damage is too slow; for this self-cast Condemn Condemn variant, you should replace Enforcer Enforcer with Boon of the Hoarder 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 a cubed Goldwrap Goldwrap and a worn (by yourself of your follower) Avarice Band Avarice Band for practical invincibility of your character.

Since monster health is much more tame in the standard difficulties, you should also replace Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken with Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful for the consistent, easily sustained damage increase. If you overpower content so much that even Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful is unnecessary, you can consider using Wreath of Lightning Wreath of Lightning for the extra speed.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.

6.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

For a self-cast Condemn Condemn build, In-geom In-geom is the ideal choice for the weapon Cube slot. Its power will allow you to easily chain long protective and mobility cooldowns, and even drop CDR from items in favor of other stats.

Our default recommendation for the armor Cube slot is Goldwrap Goldwrap, since its synergy with Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder and Avarice Band Avarice Band will render you practically invincible during regular Rifts.

Lastly, in order to maintain the valuable 6-piece bonus of Akkhan and 3-piece bonus of the Crimson set, you will need to cube a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur in the jewelry slot. Another viable option is to equip Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur on your character, and use this slot for some extra, daredevil damage multiplication from Squirt's Necklace Squirt's Necklace.

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.

7.

Follower

The recommended follower for this build during solo GR progression is the Enchantress due to her cooldown reduction buff from Prophetic Harmony Prophetic Harmony, as well as the Focused Mind Focused Mind attack speed buff.

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.

8.

Legendary Potion

Waller affixes are problematic for Condemn Crusader builds, since they greatly limit your opportunities to maneuver from one pack to the next, back and forth, which is the general playstyle of the build. As such, our general recommendation for your legendary potion is the Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid, which allows you to break through Waller affixes. Alternatively, Bottomless Potion of the Diamond Bottomless Potion of the Diamond is a straightforward addition that simply layers a short All Resist protective coating after drinking (All Resistance is the preferred form of mitigation stacking for Strength-based characters, since their mainstat scales Armor already.)

9.

Changelog

  • 26 Aug. 2022: Variation added, as well as Season 27 Angelic Crucible recommendations.
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