Crusader Akkhan Holy Shotgun Build

Last updated on Sep 20, 2018 at 09:00 by Deadset 11 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our build guide for Akkhan Holy Shotgun 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 15.

1. Introduction

One of the original builds of Crusaders makes a return in Patch 2.6.1, elevated by numeric buffs and a slew of synergistic items added over the last few years. The Holy Shotgun Crusader embodies the tanky, impenetrable bulwark of steel that absorbs blows and retaliates in blasts of pure, radiant vengeance. Theorycrafted with the immense help of Adam ADisco, this build 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 Holy Shotgun 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 Punish Icon Punish Rebirth Rebirth Right Mouse Button Judgment Icon Judgment Debilitate Debilitate 1 Laws of Justice Icon Laws of Justice Decaying Strength Decaying Strength 2 Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin Flash Flash 3 Heaven's Fury Icon Heaven's Fury Blessed Ground Blessed Ground 4 Akarat's Champion Icon Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet
Passive 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

3.1. Gear Setup

The required gear setup for the Akkhan Holy Shotgun 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 a High Tier solo pushing build for its class in the current Season. If high leaderboard position without strict adherence to the meta is attractive to you, consider using this build.

This build is oriented mostly at solo Rifting (Greater and Normal). Due to its mediocre mobility on long distances, it is not recommended for Bounties. It is also 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 Holy Shotgun 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

  • 20 Sep. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 15.
  • 14 Jun. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 14.
  • 01 Nov. 2017 (this page): Added new build.
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