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Crusader Armor of Akkhan Fresh 70 Starter Build (Patch 2.7.2 / Season 25)

Last updated on Dec 10, 2021 at 08:20 by Deadset 27 comments

This build is a starter build for fresh Level 70 Crusaders who have access to the Armor of Akkhan 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 Blessed Shield Icon Blessed Shield Combust Combust Right Mouse Button Steed Charge Icon Steed Charge Endurance Endurance 1 Laws of Valor Icon Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force 2 Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin Steel Skin Steel Skin 3 Shield Glare Icon Shield Glare Zealous Glare Zealous Glare 4 Akarat's Champion Icon Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet
Passive Skills

How to Play the Build: Skills and Rotation

Due to the utility focus and generic nature of the set, it is hard to point at a specific build path as best for a beginner Akkhan build. The natural recommendation is to keep Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion from the leveling and fresh 70 build, since the set builds up your resource management and damage bonuses around the uptime of this cornerstone steroid skill. You can otherwise keep the beginner spec as-is (if you favor Blessed Hammer Blessed Hammer), change to any Wrath spender of your liking, or follow the Blessed Shield Blessed Shield-centric spec outlined above.

Blessed Shield Blessed Shield is recommended as a good Akkhan set starting skill, as it strikes a good balance between resource cost and damage dealt, and it also bounces between targets by itself while allowing you to keep your distance. The recommended rune is Combust Combust, as it offers decent AoE and single target all at once; it is also a fire-based rune, which allows easy synergy with common drops like Cindercoat Cindercoat and Magefist Magefist.

Your resource management will be split between the activated effect of Laws of Valor Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force and the targeted refill of Shield Glare Shield Glare Zealous Glare Zealous Glare. Combined with the Wrath regeneration of an active Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion, you will all but nullify the Blessed Shield Blessed Shield costs for comfortable spam.

Finally, you will split your utility skills between mobility and defense. The staple movement skill of Crusaders, Steed Charge Steed Charge, will of course be taken with the lengthiest rune — Endurance Endurance. Round out your build with Iron Skin Iron Skin Steel Skin Steel Skin for a massive, lengthy defensive boost — especially useful during Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion downtimes.

In the passives, alternate between Heavenly Strength Heavenly Strength and Fervor Fervor depending on your best weapon at the time. Indestructible Indestructible will be vital when you push against your gear limits, especially considering the squishiness of Akkhan set builds. The generic Strength buff of Finery Finery is one of the strongest passives in the Crusader arsenal, boosting damage and toughness by a substantial margin with the number of sockets in endgame gear. The fourth passive slot can be adjusted to your chosen spender; in the build we recommend, Towering Shield Towering Shield is a fitting choice for the Blessed Shield Blessed Shield damage bonus and Shield Glare Shield Glare cooldown reduction.


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.



  • 10 Dec. 2021: Reviewed for Season 25.
  • 23 Jul. 2021: Reviewed for Season 24.
  • 02 Apr. 2021: Reviewed for Season 23.
  • 13 Mar. 2020: Reviewed for Season 20.
  • 22 Nov. 2019: Page added.
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