Crusader Invoker Thorns Build

Last updated on Apr 13, 2022 at 09:00 by Deadset 96 comments
Build Variations Updated for Season 26, Patch 2.7.3 Main Build Solo Greater Rift Progression Nephalem Rift Farming
1.

Introduction

The Thorns of the Invoker set unlocks a powerful, retaliation-based playstyle with what used to be the laughing stock of stats, Thorns. This tanky, utility and cooldown-oriented playstyle is designed towards Greater Rift solo progression, but we also have a speed farming variation.

2.

Quick Reference

2.1.

Skill Setup

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

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Slash Icon Slash Zeal Zeal Right Mouse Button Steed Charge Icon Steed Charge Draw and Quarter Draw and Quarter 1 Laws of Valor Icon Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force 2 Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin Reflective Skin Reflective Skin 3 Bombardment Icon Bombardment Barrels of Spikes Barrels of Spikes 4 Akarat's Champion Icon Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet
Passive Skills
2.2.

Gear Setup

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

2.3.

Legendary Gems

2.4.

Kanai's Cube

3.

How to Get This Build Going?

In this section, we will briefly go over how to kickstart this build into reality; which items you should aim for with priority when farming and gambling, and what is their relative priority for the functioning of this spec. Note that these suggestions are exclusively aimed at getting you up and running into endgame farming, and might not reflect the gear you need to wear for high-end Greater Rift solo or group pushing. This section also assumes a fresh Season's start, which usually is the point where most players work on assembling their first build with a particular set.

If the Invoker set is part of the Haedrig's Gift for the Season, your simplest and most straightforward path to assembling the build is to complete the Seasonal Journey chapters up to Chapter IV. The Seasonal Journey chapters will gradually give you a complete class-specific set, giving 2-3 pieces for Chapters II, III and IV.

From the pre-game menu, choose and do this week's Challenge Rift. When successfully completed, this weekly event will grant you 5,1 million Gold, 475 Blood Shards, 370 Reusable Parts, 350 Arcane Dust Arcane Dust, 125 Veiled Crystal Veiled Crystals, 35 Death's Breath Death's Breaths, and 15 of each Bounty cache material: Khanduran Rune Khanduran Rune, Caldeum Nightshade Caldeum Nightshade, Arreat War Tapestry Arreat War Tapestry, Corrupted Angel Flesh Corrupted Angel Flesh, and Westmarch Holy Water Westmarch Holy Water. This will allow you some early Seasonal leeway to extract and reforge items in Kanai's Cube, speeding up the assembly of this build with the items recommended below.

Having some materials at your disposal, either from farming or the Challenge Rift, is particularly important when you get duplicate pieces of your desired set. When you do, you can use Kanai's Cube Skill of Nilfur recipe (10x Forgotten Soul Forgotten Souls, 10x Death's Breath Death's Breaths, 1x Set item) to convert into another item from the same set. You should never salvage duplicate pieces of a desired set before you have it assembled.

In order to assemble an Invoker Thorns Crusader, you should do the following.

  • Gather the full 6-piece Shadow set using the advice above, or by spending Blood Shards at Kadala. In order of gamble chance, you should spend for: Shoulders, Boots, Gloves, Pants, Gloves, Helm, and Bracers. A trick you can also use is to gamble for duplicate pieces with an easier gamble chance (i.e., Shoulders) and convert them into another piece from the same set using the Skill of Nilfur recipe in Kanai's Cube.
  • Gamble Belts for Omnislash Omnislash and/or Belt of the Trove Belt of the Trove. Omnislash Omnislash will provide the Thorns build with a much needed AoE attack. Belt of the Trove Belt of the Trove will automatically proc the 4-piece damage reduction bonus, freeing up a skill slot on your bar from the otherwise necessary Bombardment Bombardment. Gambling on Belts will also net you Goldwrap Goldwrap, which is a nice survivability alternative for T16 runs.
  • Upgrade rare (Hope of Cain recipe in Kanai's Cube) One-handed Swords to get In-geom In-geom; doing this on a level 1 Demon Hunter alt will improve your chances due to their lowest loot pool of legendary swords. Invoker builds are pretty good at hunting and bursting down elites, which makes In-geom In-geom a great piece for them.
  • Gamble Shields or upgrade Rare Crusader Shields for Akarat's Awakening Akarat's Awakening; this is the block-based equivalent of Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac for Invoker builds, as it chips away at your cooldowns as you facetank attacks. This shield is one of your shortcuts to resetting the indispensable Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion cooldown, and can ease you into GR pushing with this build.
  • Gamble Bracers for Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers to get yourself additional Elite spawns, feeding into your In-geom In-geom cooldown reduction machine and greatly speeding up farming runs overall. Gambling Bracers will net you other valuable pieces, such as the farming staple Warzechian Armguards Warzechian Armguards, or the numerous build-specific legendary bracers for Crusaders.
  • Do Act I bounties to attain the act-specific Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur from Bounty caches. This will be helpful either in completing the basic set bonus, or mixing other helpful sets in (Cpt. Crimson) as described in the dedicated endgame Invoker Thorns guide. Bounties will net you the craftable set recipes to begin with, so you will be killing two birds with one stone. Bounties will also net you Avarice Band Avarice Band (Act III), another farming-oriented staple for most builds and classes, this one included.
  • While largely undesirable due to high costs, gambling or upgrading rare Jewelry is also possible; Justice Lantern Justice Lantern, Convention of Elements Convention of Elements, and the Endless Walk set (The Traveler's Pledge The Traveler's Pledge and The Compass Rose The Compass Rose) will all drastically improve the build, with other standout pieces that can also substitute or be temporarily helpful in the face of Unity Unity, or Oculus Ring Oculus Ring and The Flavor of Time The Flavor of Time for your Follower.
4.

Changelog

  • 13 Apr. 2022 (this page): Guide revised for Season 26.
  • 13 Apr. 2022 (gear page): Guide revised for Season 26.
  • 13 Apr. 2022 (skills page): Guide revised for Season 26.
  • 09 Dec. 2021 (skills page): Guide revised and added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
  • 09 Dec. 2021 (gear page): Guide revised and added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
  • 09 Dec. 2021 (this page): Guide revised and added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
  • 23 Jul. 2021 (this page): Added S24 Ethereal recommendation.
  • 23 Jul. 2021 (gear page): Added S24 Ethereal recommendation.
  • 23 Jul. 2021 (skills page): Minor clarification for a Season 24 adjustment.
  • 31 Mar. 2021 (gear page): Added follower recommendations.
  • 31 Mar. 2021 (this page): Added follower recommendations.
  • 31 Mar. 2021 (skills page): No changes required for Season 23.
  • 18 Nov. 2020 (this page): Revised equipment and Cube recommendations for Season 22.
  • 18 Nov. 2020 (skills page): Updated advice to match usage of Norvald's Fervor in S22. Changed a passive.
  • 18 Nov. 2020 (gear page): Revised equipment and Cube recommendations for Season 22.
  • 30 Jun. 2020 (gear page): No changes required for Season 21.
  • 30 Jun. 2020 (this page): No changes required for Season 21.
  • 30 Jun. 2020 (skills page): No changes required for Season 21.
  • 12 Mar. 2020 (skills page): No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 12 Mar. 2020 (this page): No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 12 Mar. 2020 (gear page): No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 19 Nov. 2019 (skills page): Guide revised and updated for Season 19.
  • 19 Nov. 2019 (this page): Guide revised and updated for Season 19.
  • 19 Nov. 2019 (gear page): Guide revised and updated for Season 19.
  • 22 Aug. 2019 (gear page): Revised Cube recommendations for the build for Season 18.
  • 22 Aug. 2019 (this page): Revised Cube recommendations for the build for Season 18.
  • 22 Aug. 2019 (skills page): Reviewed for Season 18.
  • 17 May 2019 (gear page): Minor fixes to skill recommendations; guide approved for Season 17.
  • 17 May 2019 (skills page): Minor fixes to skill recommendations; guide approved for Season 17.
  • 17 May 2019 (this page): Minor fixes to skill recommendations; guide approved for Season 17.
  • 24 Feb. 2019 (gear page): Item and skill recommendations revised further to reflect the meta.
  • 24 Feb. 2019 (this page): Item and skill recommendations revised further to reflect the meta.
  • 24 Feb. 2019 (skills page): Item and skill recommendations revised further to reflect the meta.
  • 17 Jan. 2019 (skills page): Information was reviewed and approved for Season 16 with no changes required.
  • 17 Jan. 2019 (this page): Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Season 16.
  • 17 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
  • 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.
  • 31 Oct. 2017 (gear page): Changed weapons to reflect Thorn's changes in Patch 2.6.1.
  • 31 Oct. 2017 (this page): Guide updated to reflect the Patch 2.6.1 buffs.
  • 31 Oct. 2017 (skills page): Replaced Provoke with Consecration.
  • 02 Jul. 2017 (this page): Updated for 2.6 and moved to new guide format.
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