LoD Condemn Crusader Skills and Runes

Last updated on Nov 18, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 11 comments

On this page, we explain how to choose and use your skills when playing LoD Condemn Crusader in Diablo 3. Updated for patch 2.6.10 and Season 22.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Slash Icon Slash Guard Guard Right Mouse Button Condemn Icon Condemn Vacuum Vacuum 1 Provoke Icon Provoke Too Scared to Run Too Scared to Run 2 Laws of Valor Icon Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force 3 Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin Steel Skin Steel Skin 4 Akarat's Champion Icon Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet
Passive Skills
1.

Rotation

The LoN Condemn Crusader begins runs similarly to its set counterpart, by activating and staying in Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion for as long as possible, hammering Condemn Condemn explosions into massive groups of enemies and sustaining the massive costs through a combination of Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force, Provoke Provoke and Slash Slash. When exposed to massive bursts of damage — practically inevitable with the close range fighting style of the build — you can pop Iron Skin Iron Skin as a last line of defense, and allow yourself a moment of respite and repositioning.

2.

Skills and Runes

The primary damage dealer of the build is Condemn Condemn, a 15-yard circular AoE skill centered on the character, whose damage is amplified by various Crusader-specific items, and due to picking the rune Vacuum Vacuum, several Holy- and displacement-synergistic legendaries as well. Vacuum Vacuum edges over the other runes (including the former favorite Reciprocate Reciprocate) due to its monster pulling properties; the ability to create density through sheer movement through the Rift makes it the progression favorite.

Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion is a signature Crusader steroid skill that provides a base of damage amplification and resource restoration, as well as a defensive bulwark through the rune Prophet Prophet in the form of extra armor and a cheat death proc. The potency of this skill is a major reason for your investment in Cooldown Reduction across gear, and its moments of downtime are your most vulnerable by far. When Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion falls off, or in any moment you anticipate great spikes of damage — incoming projectiles, elemental affix bursts, etc. — you have the emergency Iron Skin Iron Skin cooldown, taken with the extra length of the Steel Skin Steel Skin rune.

The remainder of your active skill arsenal is dedicated to restoration and upkeep of your Wrath resource, which is quite demanding due to the gluttonous Condemn Condemn costs (40 per cast, due to Frydehr's Wrath Frydehr's Wrath, see this build's gear page for more information). The attack speed passive and active values of Laws of Valor Laws of Valor are lost to the build, but the resource cost reduction properties of the Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force rune are not — 50% RCR, lengthened by Long Arm of the Law Long Arm of the Law. Provoke Provoke acts as a three-in-one tool for Wrath generation, keeping enemies in the Condemn Condemn range through a taunting effect, and even a sizable debuff from the Too Scared to Run Too Scared to Run rune. Last but not least, you have an Armor-increasing primary attack in the form of Slash Slash, whose Guard Guard rune provides an extra protective layer during GR progression.

This concludes the overview of the Active Skills, now let us look through the Passives.

3.

Passives

Heavenly Strength Heavenly Strength is a signature Crusader passive, allowing you to wield two-handed weapons in one hand, and have a shield in the other. This The Furnace The Furnace-wielding Condemn Condemn build is no exception.

Finery Finery is another Crusader staple, adding 1.5% Strength for every socket across your gear, including weapon and jewelry. Assuming an average of 10 sockets across a well-equipped character, Finery Finery amounts to a decent boost of both damage and toughness.

In order to maximize your damage and add sustain, Holy Cause Holy Cause should be added to the passive mix, since it synergizes elementally with your main damage dealer and has a healing side effect. Its base 10% damage buff is also important to a build that can make good use of any DPS not reliant on AoE situations.

Long Arm of the Law Long Arm of the Law doubles the duration of the active effects of Laws and ensures constant availability of Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force. Aided by this passive, you will have an easy time maintaining spam of Condemn during the prolonged fights of Greater Rifts. If you want to go a safer route, you cannot do wrong with Indestructible Indestructible, Crusader's cheat death passive. Since Indestructible Indestructible procs second in the chain of on-death skills, with Prophet Prophet taking priority, this results in a nice juggle of your survival skills, and the almost constant availability of a buffer between you and death.

4.

Changelog

  • 18 Nov. 2020: Reviewed for Season 22. No changes required.
  • 30 Jun. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
  • 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
  • 19 Nov. 2019: Guide revised and updated for Season 19.
  • 22 Aug. 2019: Reviewed for Season 18.
  • 15 May 2019: Guide added.
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