Akkhan Condemn Crusader Speed Farming Variation
On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Akkhan Condemn Crusader. Updated for patch 2.6.5 and Season 17.
1. Speed Farming
The Akkhan Condemn deals with regular Rift farming decently all the way through the highest Torments, making it a viable build for the task.
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.
2. Adapting Skills
|Steed Charge Endurance Condemn Unleashed 1 Laws of Hope Wings of Angels 2 Provoke Too Scared to Run 3 Iron Skin Flash 4 Akarat's Champion Embodiment of Power|
In regular Rifts, where you can take advantage of the interaction between Boon of the Hoarder and Goldwrap, you can abandon the excess tankyness of Prophet for Embodiment of Power; this solves your resource issues and allows you to run a speedrun-appropriate law. Laws of Hope Wings of Angels is a great example of that, as it greatly increases your movement speed and removes enemy collision for your entire party.
Tanking ( Slash Guard) or sustain ( Smite Reaping) primary attacks are unnecessary during farming, so you can take the extra movespeed of Steed Charge Endurance. You can also exchange the prolonged protection of Iron Skin Steel Skin for the speedy Flash rune.
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 Vacuum. In its place, use the immediate explosion of Unleashed for precise, on-demand devastation.
3. Adapting Gear
Due to Akkhan being a 7-piece set, you can adapt the Condemn build to include the Death's Breath farming Sage set. In order to do this, you will include 2 of the 3 pieces of the Sage's Journey set (between Sage's Passage, Sage's Apogee and Sage's Purchase), and cube a Ring of Royal Grandeur.
During regular Rift farming, you will wear Goldwrap instead of String of Ears. Synergizing with Boon of the Hoarder and Avarice Band, Goldwrap will render you practically invulnerable in any non-GR situation.
In speed farm, it is advisable to abandon the additive damage increase from Strongarm Bracers in favor of a utility legendary for the bracer slot. Either wearing Nemesis Bracers and cubing Warzechian Armguards or vice versa will speed up your clears with more frequent elites and environment destruction speed boosts.
The progression-oriented Focus and Restraint should be dropped from your jewelry during speed farming, since the Rift's ease makes the extra damage from the set obsolete. In their stead, use a holy damage Stone of Jordan for the consistent boost to your Condemns, and an Avarice Band for its synergy with Boon of the Hoarder.
4. Adapting Gemming
During speedfarming, Esoteric Alteration will be a protective overkill and should be replaced by 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 worn Goldwrap and 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 with Bane of the Powerful for the consistent, easily sustained damage increase. If you overpower content so much that even Bane of the Powerful is unnecessary, you can consider using Wreath of Lightning for the extra speed and Warzechian Armguards procs.
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5. Adapting Kanai's Cube
The extra elite damage of The Furnace diminishes in value in the limited difficulty of normal Rifts (and Blade of Prophecy should not be cubed in speedruns), so it best to use 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.
Your armor Cube slot will be taken by the worse rolled item between Nemesis Bracers and Warzechian Armguards. Both items will assist in getting the run done faster — Nemesis Bracers will spawn you an elite for every shrine or pylon pick up, while Warzechian Armguards will consistently speed you up from environment destruction.
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 in the jewelry slot.
- 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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