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Akkhan Holy Shotgun Crusader Speed Farming Variation

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

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Akkhan Holy Shotgun Crusader. 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. Speed Farming

The Akkhan Holy Shotgun 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

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Heaven's Fury Icon Heaven's Fury Fires of Heaven Fires of Heaven Right Mouse Button Shield Glare Icon Shield Glare Zealous Glare Zealous Glare 1 Laws of Valor Icon Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force 2 Steed Charge Icon Steed Charge Endurance Endurance 3 Provoke Icon Provoke Too Scared to Run Too Scared to Run 4 Akarat's Champion Icon Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet
Passive Skills

Waiting for blocks to cast your main damage source will be too slow for farming, so you will be switching to manually casting your shotgun shots by swapping Heaven's Fury Heaven's Fury from Blessed Ground Blessed Ground to Fires of Heaven Fires of Heaven. The large AoE of Judgment Judgment, oriented at prolonged fighting in a single area, should also be swapped for the quick CC shots of Shield Glare Shield Glare Zealous Glare Zealous Glare.

Since you will be swapping away from the block-based nature of the progression build (too slow and clunky for speed farming), you will be removing Punish Punish for the Wrath restoration of Provoke Provoke Too Scared to Run Too Scared to Run.

Too feed the Wrath costs of a manually cast Fires of Heaven Fires of Heaven shotgun, you should also replace Laws of Justice Laws of Justice with Laws of Valor Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force.

Finally, the progression-oriented hybrid of mobility and protection, Iron Skin Iron Skin Flash Flash, should be replaced by the long distance champion Steed Charge Steed Charge Endurance Endurance.

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 Passage, Sage's Apogee Sage's Apogee and Sage's Purchase Sage's Purchase), and cube a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur. Note that you will need to wear the Talisman of Akkhan Talisman of Akkhan that you skip in the progression setup.

During regular Rift farming, you will wear Goldwrap Goldwrap instead of The Witching Hour The Witching Hour. Synergizing with Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder and Avarice Band Avarice Band, Goldwrap Goldwrap will render you practically invulnerable in any non-GR situation.

The progression-oriented Endless Walk set and Justice Lantern Justice Lantern should be dropped from your jewelry during farming, since the Rift's clear speed makes their conditional buffs too slow to attain. In their stead, use a holy damage Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan for the consistent boost to your Fires of Heaven Fires of Heaven, and an Avarice Band Avarice Band for its synergy with Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder.

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
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. All Resistance
  4. 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. Strength
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Critical Hit Chance
  5. 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

4. Adapting Gemming

Since monster damage is much more tame in the standard difficulties, you should replace Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration 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 worn Goldwrap Goldwrap and Avarice Band Avarice Band for practical invincibility and super-speed of your character.

With a cubed In-geom In-geom taking care of major cooldowns, you should lose Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness in favor of the general damage and toughness increase of Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

5. Adapting Kanai's Cube

In regular rifts, no cubed weapon provides a stronger effect than In-geom In-geom — and in a cooldown reliant build, cutting all your downtimes by 10 seconds with every elite kill is an incomparable benefit.

Your armor Cube slot should be taken up by Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers, whose extra elite spawning property at shrines and pylons will greatly improve Rift clear times.

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.

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