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Akkhan Holy Shotgun Crusader BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Nov 01, 2017 at 12:52 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Akkhan Holy Shotgun Crusader in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6.1 and Season 12.

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

1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

Like any Akkhan-based build, you will be striving to reach a 56% CDR breakpoint in order to achieve permanence of the Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion buff. Note that in this build, you will be using Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness as one of your Legendary Gems, allowing you to lose CDR rolls from two major slots — ideally weapon and belt — in favor of other offense stats. You will be equipping all six core Akkhan armor pieces, losing the Talisman of Akkhan Talisman of Akkhan in favor of the Endless Walk set, as discussed below. Cooldown Reduction takes priority on the slots where you can get it — certainly on the Gauntlets of Akkhan Gauntlets of Akkhan, where it accompanies the Crit stats, as well as on the Pauldrons of Akkhan Pauldrons of Akkhan. The Pauldrons of Akkhan Pauldrons of Akkhan and Breastplate of Akkhan Breastplate of Akkhan will also host Heaven's Fury Heaven's Fury skill damage rolls, augmenting your main damage dealer. The Helm of Akkhan Helm of Akkhan, Cuisses of Akkhan Cuisses of Akkhan and Sabatons of Akkhan Sabatons of Akkhan should be largely dedicated to high toughness stats.

Taking enough pieces to obtain the 6-piece bonus of the Akkhan set naturally opens a powerful offensive combo in the jewelry. One of the 2.4 reworks, the Endless Walk set — The Compass Rose The Compass Rose ring and The Traveler's Pledge The Traveler's Pledge amulet — adds a unique mechanic that slowly increases your damage by up to a 100% if you remain stationary, and drains it away and increases your damage reduction while moving. This dynamic fits the playstyle, which alternates Flash Flash-powered bursts of scouting with stationary Punish Punish and Heaven's Fury Heaven's Fury spam.

The remaining ring slot will be taken by Justice Lantern Justice Lantern, whose unique stat Block Chance is now enhanced by a legendary property that reduces incoming damage by up to 55% of your Block Chance. The independence of the damage reduction mechanic from followers and the tie-in with the set bonuses and Ivory Tower Ivory Tower make it superior to Unity Unity.

The best-in-slot belt for the build when pushing Greater Rifts is the glass cannon favorite, The Witching Hour The Witching Hour. What this belt lacks in unique properties, it makes up in unique rolls: it is the only item in the slot that can roll Attack Speed and Critical Damage. Both stats are immensely beneficial to your damage output, so seek as close to the maximum 7 IAS and 50 Crit Damage as you can.

The remaining item slots — bracers, weapon and offhand — will be occupied by dedicated Heaven's Fury Heaven's Fury legendary items that increase the skill's damage and modify its properties in a beneficial way. In your wrist slot, Bracer of Fury Bracer of Fury will augment your main damage dealer against targets affected by a hard crowd control effect. Fate of the Fell Fate of the Fell will not only provide a general boost to the skill, but will add two extra rays, producing the signature shotgun effect. Finally, you have two crucial shields in the build, Ivory Tower Ivory Tower and Shield of Fury Shield of Fury, the better of which will be worn and the worse — cubed. Shield of Fury Shield of Fury is ideally worn, since it is a dedicated Crusader shield, and can roll vital Cooldown Reduction and skill damage rolls; unlike Ivory Tower Ivory Tower, which is classified as a standard Shield despite its Crusader-specific affix. However Shield of Fury Shield of Fury with the ideal stats and a maximized unique property (30% damage increase to Heaven's Fury Heaven's Fury per hit) being very hard to attain, it is more than likely that you should wear an Ivory Tower Ivory Tower (and its fixed legendary power) for a long, long time.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Strength
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
Shoulders
  1. Strength
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Heaven's Fury Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Life %
Torso
  1. 3 Sockets
  2. Strength
  3. Vitality
  4. Heaven's Fury Damage
  5. Reduced Damage from Elites
Wrists
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Holy Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Life per Hit
Hands
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
Waist
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. Critical Hit Damage (if The Witching Hour The Witching Hour)
  4. Attack Speed (if The Witching Hour The Witching Hour)
  5. All Resistance
  6. Life
Legs
  1. 2 Sockets
  2. Strength
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Armor
Feet
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Armor
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Holy Damage
  5. Strength
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Critical Hit Chance
  5. Block Chance
  6. Strength
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Critical Hit Chance
  5. Block Chance
  6. Strength
Weapon
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Damage %
Off-hand
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Heaven's Fury Damage
  5. Vitality

2. Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Strength
  3. Vitality
  4. Maximum Wrath
Offense
  1. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Attack Speed
Defense
  1. All Resistance
  2. Life %
  3. Armor
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Area Damage
  2. Life on Hit
  3. Gold Find
  4. Resource Cost Reduction

3. Gems

Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped is 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 when in range and is otherwise triggered by Judgment Judgment, making it an inseparable part of this melee range setup.

Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness synergises well with the build in Greater Rift pushes, indirectly providing you with more cooldown resets and improved healing through your faster attacks. The 2.4.1 addition of scaling Dodge chance to the gem is just survivability icing on the cake.

Free from the omnipresence of Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken due to Shield of Fury Shield of Fury fulfilling the same role (but better), the Holy Shotgun Crusader is able to take extra tankyness in the build. With its scaling elemental resistances offering the perfect counterpart to the Crusader's naturally strong Armor, Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration is easily your strongest mitigation option. The gem is a very welcome addition to a build whose approach to combat is taking as many hits to the face as possible.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

As previously mentioned, you will wear your better roll between Shield of Fury Shield of Fury and Ivory Tower Ivory Tower, and cube the other.

Aquila Cuirass Aquila Cuirass cuts incoming damage in half if you maintain above 90% of your resource, which is a permanent effect in a build without a Wrath spending attack.

While stored in the Cube, Convention of Elements Convention of Elements will provide a massive bonus to your main damage skill at regular intervals, as it rotates through all elements available to Crusaders and eventually reaches Holy.

5. Follower

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.

About the Author

This build is presented to you by Deadset, one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on Youtube and streams on Twitch, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.

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