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Crusader Shield Bash Build with Roland's Set

Last updated on Jun 14, 2018 at 14:00 by Deadset 1 comment

Table of Contents

General Information

Welcome to our build guide for Shield Bash 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 14.

1. Introduction

The Roland's set splits its damage bonuses evenly between a sustain damage and a burst damage skill, boosting Sweep Attack Sweep Attack and Shield Bash Shield Bash with equal numbers. This Shield Bash Shield Bash variant is a bursty, single target-heavy, assassination-oriented build that is available in both Greater Rift solo progression and speed farming variations, explained in that order.

2. Quick Reference

2.1. Skill Setup

The basic skill setup of the Shield Bash 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 Fury Fury Right Mouse Button Shield Bash Icon Shield Bash Pound Pound 1 Laws of Justice Icon Laws of Justice Decaying Strength Decaying Strength 2 Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin Flash Flash 3 Shield Glare Icon Shield Glare Zealous Glare Zealous Glare 4 Akarat's Champion Icon Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet
Passive Skills
Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Justice Icon Justice Sword of Justice Sword of Justice Right Mouse Button Shield Bash Icon Shield Bash Pound Pound 1 Laws of Hope Icon Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels 2 Steed Charge Icon Steed Charge Endurance Endurance 3 Shield Glare Icon Shield Glare Zealous Glare Zealous Glare 4 Akarat's Champion Icon Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet
Passive Skills

3.1. Gear Setup

The required gear setup for the Shield Bash 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 Low Tier solo pushing build for its class in the current Season. If you are looking to challenge yourself with an unorthodox, but still very viable build to complete the Season Journey with, 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: Shield Bash 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

  • 14 Jun. 2018 (this page): Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 14.
  • 22 Mar. 2018 (speed farming variant page): Added the guide.
  • 22 Mar. 2018 (gear page): Added the guide.
  • 22 Mar. 2018 (skills page): Added the guide.
  • 22 Mar. 2018 (this page): Added the guide.
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