Crusader Invoker Thorns Build

Last updated on May 17, 2019 at 09:00 by Deadset 59 comments
General Information

Welcome to our build guide for Invoker Thorns 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 2.6.5 and Season 17.

For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our follower guide, which contains detailed advice on choosing the skills and the gear of your companion.

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 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 Invoker Thorns 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 Celerity Celerity Right Mouse Button Steed Charge Icon Steed Charge Endurance Endurance 1 Laws of Valor Icon Laws of Valor Invincible Invincible 2 Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin Reflective Skin Reflective Skin 3 Provoke Icon Provoke Hit Me Hit Me 4 Akarat's Champion Icon Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet
Passive Skills
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Punish Icon Punish Celerity Celerity Right Mouse Button Steed Charge Icon Steed Charge Endurance Endurance 1 Laws of Hope Icon Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels 2 Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin Reflective Skin Reflective Skin 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 Invoker Thorns 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 Top Tier solo pushing build for its class in the current Season.

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. Changelog

  • 17 May 2019 (skills page): Minor fixes to skill recommendations; guide approved for Season 17.
  • 17 May 2019 (speed farming variant 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.
  • 17 May 2019 (gear 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 (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.
  • 17 Jan. 2019 (skills page): Information was reviewed and approved for Season 16 with no changes required.
  • 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 (speed farming variant page): Adapted the speedfarming variant to the 2.6.1 changes.
  • 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.
Show more
Show less