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Crusader Thorns of the Invoker Fresh 70 Starter Build (Patch 2.7 / Season 23)

Last updated on Apr 02, 2021 at 09:00 by Deadset 27 comments

This build is a starter build for fresh Level 70 Crusaders who have access to the Thorns of the Invoker 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 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 Bombardment Icon Bombardment Barrels of Spikes Barrels of Spikes
Passive Skills

How to Play the Build: Skills and Rotation

The Thorns of the Invoker starter build differs significantly from the leveling and fresh 70 build, and thorns builds in general are not built like most Diablo 3 specs. It is important to know from the get-go that Thorns damage can not crit, but rather relies on fast application and specific cooldowns. This means that for all pieces of gear you will be aiming for Thorns damage in the secondary stats, as well as cooldown reduction and attack speed wherever possible.

The basic rotation of this beginner Thorns build is to run from pack to pack — either with a short temporary boost from Laws of Hope Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels, or a longer distance charge from Steed Charge Steed Charge Endurance Endurance. You will then draw enemies in with Condemn Condemn Vacuum Vacuum, and drop Bombardment Bombardment Barrels of Spikes Barrels of Spikes manually to trigger the 4-piece Invoker bonus (however, you want to automate that as soon as possible with a Belt of the Trove Belt of the Trove). A combination of Iron Skin Iron Skin Reflective Skin Reflective Skin and Punish Punish Celerity Celerity Thorns application will decimate anything in your way.

In the passives, you will include the signature Thorns passive, Iron Maiden Iron Maiden. Before you obtain Belt of the Trove Belt of the Trove, you might have to temporarily work with Lord Commander Lord Commander in order to have Bombardment Bombardment as often as possible for the 4-piece set bonus damage reduction. As soon as you get the belt, swap that passive away for Hold Your Ground Hold Your Ground. Finery Finery is a consistently useful bonus (Strength is a multiplier to Thorns damage), and you should also lean towards one handers for faster Thorns application with Fervor Fervor.


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.



  • 02 Apr. 2021: Reviewed for Season 23.
  • 13 Mar. 2020: Reviewed for Season 20.
  • 22 Nov. 2019: Page added.
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