Crusader Shield Bash Build with Roland's Set
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 2.6.4 and Season 16.
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The Roland's set splits its damage bonuses evenly between a sustain damage and a burst damage skill, boosting Sweep Attack and Shield Bash with equal numbers. This 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.
|Punish Fury Shield Bash Pound 1 Laws of Justice Decaying Strength 2 Iron Skin Flash 3 Shield Glare Zealous Glare 4 Akarat's Champion Prophet|
|Justice Sword of Justice Shield Bash Pound 1 Laws of Hope Wings of Angels 2 Steed Charge Endurance 3 Shield Glare Zealous Glare 4 Akarat's Champion Prophet|
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. It also includes detailed explanations for Season 16 adjustments.
- Helm: Roland's Visage (or Leoric's Crown in Season 16)
- Shoulders: Roland's Mantle
- Gloves: Roland's Grasp
- Chest: Roland's Bearing
- Belt: The Witching Hour
- Pants: Roland's Determination
- Boots: Roland's Stride
- Bracers: Drakon's Lesson
- Amulet: Hellfire Amulet of Strength
- Ring 1: Focus
- Ring 2: Restraint
- Weapon: Flail of the Ascended
- Shield: The Final Witness
3.2. Legendary Gems
- Legendary Gem 1: Bane of the Trapped
- Legendary Gem 2: Bane of the Stricken
- Legendary Gem 3: Esoteric Alteration
3.3. Kanai's Cube
- Weapon Slot: Piro Marella
- Armor Slot: Leoric's Crown (or String of Ears in Season 16)
- Jewelry Slot: Unity
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.
- 17 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added suggestions for the baseline Ring of Royal Grandeur for Seasonal characters.
- 17 Jan. 2019 (this page): Guide was revised with additional recommendations for Season 16.
- 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.
- 22 Mar. 2018 (skills page): Added the guide.
- 22 Mar. 2018 (this page): Added the guide.
- 22 Mar. 2018 (speed farming variant page): Added the guide.
- 22 Mar. 2018 (gear page): Added the guide.
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