Akkhan Condemn Crusader Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Nov 19, 2019 at 23:06 by Deadset 32 comments

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Akkhan Condemn Crusader. Updated for patch 2.6.7 and Season 19.

1.

Speed Farming

The Akkhan Condemn deals with regular Rift farming excellently all the way through the highest Torments, making it a viable build for the task. This variation is highly recommended for Rifts in particular, since it's able to fit in the Sage's set for Death's Breath farming. We have speed farming 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 Steed Charge Icon Steed Charge Endurance Endurance Right Mouse Button Condemn Icon Condemn Unleashed Unleashed 1 Laws of Hope Icon Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels 2 Provoke Icon Provoke Too Scared to Run Too Scared to Run 3 Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin Flash Flash 4 Akarat's Champion Icon Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet
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.

Similarly to its GR progression counterpart, the speed farming Condemn Crusader needs to stay in Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion form at all times; a significantly easier task in the limited challenges of standard rifts, and the ease of proccing the cubed In-geom In-geom (which does necessitate that you prioritize elites as much as possible). 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 plus Iron Skin Iron Skin Flash Flash (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 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.

  • With your greatly increased speed, you will be zipping from one pack to the next, reducing the usefulness of the wind-up pull of Condemn Condemn Vacuum Vacuum. In its place, use the immediate explosion of Unleashed Unleashed for precise, on-demand devastation.
  • Iron Skin Iron Skin still makes an appearance in the build, but the lengthy protection of Steel Skin Steel Skin is overkill for standard rifts; in its stead, use Flash Flash for an additional movement speed proc and removal of monster collision (note that Illusory Boots Illusory Boots are dropped from the Cube).
  • Provoke Provoke is still needed, but you can make some speed farm-appropriate alterations. You can stick to the rune Too Scared to Run Too Scared to Run from progression, or — once you grow comfortable that you can oneshot the foes — alter to Flee Fool Flee Fool and use it as a proc for Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny for even more movement speed.
  • 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.
  • Focus Focus and Restraint Restraint can still be used in early progression, but you should drop them for utility jewelry asap — and you should drop the generator attack with them. In its stead, use the Crusader long range movement tool — Steed Charge Steed Charge Endurance Endurance.
  • Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet is an omnipresent self-buff in both versions of the build.
  • Your passive selection can remain pretty much unchanged from the progression build: Heavenly Strength Heavenly Strength, Long Arm of the Law Long Arm of the Law, Holy Cause Holy Cause and Finery Finery. When doing bounties, you can consider dropping the latter for Lord Commander Lord Commander to have better Steed Charge Steed Charge uptime, but it is not a mandatory swap.
4.

Adapting Gear

You will still be taking advantage of the full 6-piece set bonuses of Akkhan, incorporating the 'upper' part of the set — the helm, shoulders, gloves, amulet, and chest piece. The 7-piece adaptability of Akkhan allows you to tinker with additional bonuses, most notably the inclusion of the Sage's Journey set for Death's Breath farming. Take Sage's Ribbon Sage's Ribbon and Sage's Passage Sage's Passage, and then complete both the Akkhan and Sage set bonuses with a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur in the Cube.

You will notice that the legs slot is still free, and our recommendation is to use Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan in that slot. This legendary piece will amplify both your damage and resource generation while you are moving, which synergizes perfectly with the constantly shifting Condemn build, and allows you to make up for the loss of a generator.

As noted above, your jewelry during farming can be the Bastions of Will set (Focus Focus and Restraint Restraint); however, once you perfect your character and no longer want for burst, you should use utility-focused jewelry instead. A combination of Avarice Band Avarice Band and a Holy damage Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan is a nice starting point. The union of Avarice Band Avarice Band with Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder will greatly improve your speed, as well as feed into your gold reserve for the costly GR empowerments. The Holy SoJ will simply be a consistent, care-free damage increase as you farm. You can alter the setup for even more speed by dropping the SoJ in favor of Rechel's Ring of Larceny Rechel's Ring of Larceny, and swapping the Provoke Provoke rune from Too Scared to Run Too Scared to Run to Flee Fool Flee Fool, but note that this is a trickier rotation to pull off and you need to be precise with your Condemn Condemn follow-ups, because you risk monsters fleeing too far and slowing the run down.

In speed farm, it is advisable to abandon the damage increase from the Aughild set in favor of a utility legendary for the bracer slot — the elite-spawning Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers.

While you can stay with The Furnace The Furnace as your mainhand weapon and Blade of Prophecy Blade of Prophecy as your Cubed power from progression, it is advisable to find yourself a good Blade of Prophecy Blade of Prophecy to wield during farming, which allows you to cube In-geom In-geom to nullify your movement cooldowns.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Strength
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  7. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
Shoulders
  1. Strength
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Condemn Damage
  4. Area Damage
  5. 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 Area Damage 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 Area Damage
  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 Area Damage
  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. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Area Damage
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Off-hand
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Condemn Condemn %
  5. Area Damage
  6. 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.

5.

Adapting Gems

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

During speed farming, Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration will be a protective overkill and should be replaced by 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 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
6.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

The extra elite damage of The Furnace The Furnace diminishes in value in the limited difficulty of normal Rifts (and Blade of Prophecy Blade of Prophecy should not be cubed in speed runs), so it best to use In-geom In-geom in the weapon Cube slot. The latter will allow you to easily chain long protective and mobility cooldowns, and even drop CDR items in favor of utility.

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. If you are comfortable with your base survivability and want for more speed (especially useful in bounties), you can use Warzechian Armguards Warzechian Armguards in this slot — Condemn Condemn is great at incidental environmental destruction for the movespeed procs.

Lastly, in order to maintain the valuable 6-piece bonus of Akkhan and 3-piece bonus of the Sage set, you will need to cube a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur in the jewelry slot.

7.

Changelog

  • 19 Nov. 2019: Guide revised and updated for Season 19.
  • 22 Aug. 2019: Reviewed for Season 18.
  • 15 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 27 Jan. 2019: Revised the speed farming variant to an improved setup.
  • 31 Oct. 2017: Updated variant to adapt to the changes in the rest of the guide.
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