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Crusader Akkhan Blessed Shield Build

Last updated on Nov 01, 2017 at 17:27 by Deadset 17 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

Welcome to our build guide for Akkhan Blessed Shield Crusader in Diablo 3. Here, you will learn everything you need to know to play this build at the highest level. This build is updated for patch 2.6.1 and Season 12.

1. Introduction

With massive numbers buffs in Patch 2.6.1, the dedicated legendaries from several patches prior finally elevate one of the signature Crusader skills, Blessed Shield, to an endgame state. This build plays on the compelling fantasy of using the shield as a weapon, charging it with holy might and reaping an entire field of demons with a single, mighty toss. This mid range, sustained damage playstyle is available in both Greater Rift solo progression and regular Rift farming variations, explained in that order.

2. Quick Reference

2.1. Skill Setup

The basic skill setup of the Akkhan Blessed Shield Crusader is displayed below. Read the dedicated Skills page for detailed information on choices, alternatives and build customization.

3. Builds

Greater Rift Solo Progress Speedfarming Variation
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Blessed Shield Icon Blessed Shield Combust Combust Right Mouse Button Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin Steel Skin Steel Skin 1 Laws of Valor Icon Laws of Valor Critical Critical 2 Steed Charge Icon Steed Charge Draw and Quarter Draw and Quarter 3 Consecration Icon Consecration Bathed in Light Bathed in Light 4 Akarat's Champion Icon Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet
Passive Skills
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Blessed Shield Icon Blessed Shield Combust Combust Right Mouse Button Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin Flash Flash 1 Laws of Hope Icon Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels 2 Steed Charge Icon Steed Charge Endurance Endurance 3 Condemn Icon Condemn Vacuum Vacuum 4 Akarat's Champion Icon Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet
Passive Skills

3.1. Gear Setup

The required gear setup for the Akkhan Blessed Shield Crusader is listed below. Check the Gear page for detailed information on choices, alternatives, gemming, Kanai's Cube and Paragon distribution.

3.2. Legendary Gems

3.3. Kanai's Cube

4. Role in the Current Meta

This build is ranked as the Top Tier solo pushing build for its class in the current Season.

This is a versatile build, able to handle all three major activities in the game (Greater Rifts, Normal Rifts and Bounties) with the adjustments outlined in this guide. It is not recommended for group Greater Rifts past the point where every party member can handle the content on his own.

5. Reading Further

To go in-depth on the skills, passives, itemization, gemming and variations to get the most out of this build, follow these pages:

  • Skills and Runes: exhaustive breakdown of the skill and passive choices, along with synergies, rotation and breakpoints (if applicable);
  • Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points: detailed explanations of BiS gear, stat priorities, gemming (both regular and legendary), rerolling and breakpoints (if applicable);
  • Speed Farming Variation: Akkhan Blessed Shield variation for endgame speed farming;
  • Follower Guide: for more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our guide, which contains detailed advice on choosing the skills and the gear of your companion.

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.

6. ChangeLog

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  • 01 Nov. 2017 (this page): Added new build.
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