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Crusader Aegis of Valor Fresh 70 Starter Build (Patch 2.7.6 / Season 29)

Last updated on Sep 15, 2023 at 09:00 by Deadset 30 comments

This build is a starter build for fresh Level 70 Crusaders who have access to the Aegis of Valor set.

This guide is part of our Crusader Seasonal Progress Guide, which also includes a leveling build and other early builds for fresh 70 characters.


Fresh 70 Build

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Heaven's Fury Icon Heaven's Fury Fires of Heaven Fires of Heaven Right Mouse Button Fist of the Heavens Icon Fist of the Heavens Fissure Fissure 1 Laws of Valor Icon Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force 2 Provoke Icon Provoke Too Scared to Run Too Scared to Run 3 Steed Charge Icon Steed Charge Endurance Endurance 4 Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin Flash Flash
Passive Skills

How to Play the Build: Skills and Rotation

The Aegis of Valor set locks you into Fist of the Heavens Fist of the Heavens and Heaven's Fury Heaven's Fury pretty early on — as soon as you obtain the 2-piece bonus, you are incentivized to learn the interplay of their mechanics. To that end, we will be including Fist of the Heavens Fist of the Heavens with the superior coverage of the rune Fissure Fissure; learning how to efficiently spread its lightning pillars and arcs will be very beneficial, because as soon as you get the 4-piece Valor bonus, it becomes the basis of your Wrath management. Its highly damaging nuke counterpart will be found in Heaven's Fury Heaven's Fury, taken with the shotgun-like effect of the Fires of Heaven Fires of Heaven rune.

Mobility is paramount, whether we are talking about getting a character started, or pushing well into the endgame. To cover for the movement needs of the otherwise plodding Crusader, you will be taking Steed Charge Steed Charge with the longer lasting Endurance Endurance rune; later on, you can transition it to the crowd controlling Draw and Quarter Draw and Quarter.

While parts of your resource management will come with the Aegis 4-piece and learning the Fist of the Heavens Fist of the Heavens interplay, two staple resource cooldowns should be included in the build to help you early on. Laws of Valor Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force will cut Wrath costs in half for its active duration, which you will extend with the help of Long Arm of the Law Long Arm of the Law. Provoke Provoke Too Scared to Run Too Scared to Run will be another supplementary Wrath-generating cooldown, along with a helpful monster-debuffing side effect.

Lastly, you will do well to include a protective cooldown in the build for tougher engagements. Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion is the usual choice for endgame builds, but with its demanding cooldown reduction breakpoints, it is not advisable to implement it early on. In its stead, try Iron Skin Iron Skin Flash Flash — a versatile cooldown that also cuts incoming damage in half (albeit for a shorter period), along with a helpful mobility side effect when hit.

When it comes to passives, adapt your basic weapon passive — Fervor Fervor or Heavenly Strength Heavenly Strength — according to your best current weapon, and augment its damage even further with Holy Cause Holy Cause (straight additive damage buff) and Finery Finery (a socket-based boost to Strength). Lastly, take Long Arm of the Law Long Arm of the Law to extend the resource management benefits of Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force.


Gear and Builds Using This Set

The build above is specifically created not to require any additional sets or legendary items. In order to transition to a late game-oriented spec using the same set, we have a rough list of high priority items to obtain, as well as a link to the build they pertain to.



  • 15 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Season 29.
  • 22 Feb. 2023: Reviewed for Season 28.
  • 10 Dec. 2021: Reviewed for Season 25.
  • 23 Jul. 2021: Reviewed for Season 24.
  • 02 Apr. 2021: Reviewed for Season 23.
  • 20 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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