LoN Bombardment Crusader BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points
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Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your LoN Bombardment Crusader in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6 and Season 11.
The other pages of our LoN Bombardment Crusader guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.
1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives
Strength and Vitality are recommended on all pieces of your gear, as they both feed into your Thorns damage (the former by default, and the latter through the unique affix of Heart of Iron). You will have to balance them in with cooldown reduction, which is the third primary stat of utmost importance to you; stacking over 61% CDR will allow you to properly sync Bombardment with physical Convention of Elements procs and not lose out on cycles, among survivability benefits. You will ideally reach the 65% CDR breakpoint in order to further improve the Akarat's Champion uptime during Physical cycles of Convention of Elements.
As this is a Legacy of Nightmares set spec, you have considerable freedom in picking out the rest of your gear slots. As a rule of thumb, focus on Thorns and Cooldown Reduction and remember the rings' requirements for ancient items, as well as their restriction on other set bonuses. You can run individual set pieces with beneficial stats, as long as they do not form any set bonus.
The Legacy of Nightmares set is a 2.4 rework, allowing you to run any legendary item combination while not losing out on the damage amplification and reduction associated with the traditional 6-piece sets. As long as the two rings — The Wailing Host and Litany of the Undaunted — are the only active set bonus you have equipped, every Ancient item will increase your damage dealt by 100% and reduce damage taken by 4%. In the stats, тръ to obtain a combination of Area Damage and Cooldown Reduction.
Rounding out the jewelry, the neck slot is best taken by a Hellfire Amulet of Strength — allowing you a free fifth passive slot to take Indestructible through. Other protective amulets — any of the immunity necklaces or Eye of Etlich — can also be slotted, but their niche defenses are inferior to the universal effectiveness of the Hellfire Amulet of Strength.
Belt of the Trove is a key legendary item in the build. It will produce Bombardments on a cooldown as low as 6 seconds, unaffected by your own downtimes. These Bombardments inherit the rune of your spec, get doubled by The Mortal Drama flail in the cube, and benefit from any other relevant skill and damage bonuses.
Your helm is best taken by a Leoric's Crown — this helm doubles the effectiveness of its slotted gem, becoming the single most powerful source of cooldown reduction offered by a legendary item — 25% with a Flawless Royal Diamond.
Two chest pieces are equally viable for the slot, and you can pick your better roll and cube the other. Aquila Cuirass will halve incoming damage as long as Wrath does not dip below 90% of its reserve, which is effectively a permanent bonus in this pure cooldown spec. Heart of Iron turns 300% of your Vitality into additional Thorns, offering a unique conversion of toughness into damage. When picking between the two, consider that the Heart of Iron naturally rolls Thorns in its secondary stats, but the unique property has a broad range and can roll pretty badly; on the other hand, the range on Aquila Cuirass does not matter to your build, but the piece does not roll Thorns by default and you might have to reroll into it.
St. Archew's Gage are the recommended gloves for the build; previously a support spec staple, they enjoy a rampant growth in popularity due to the Legacy of Nightmares set and their own powerful property. Shielding you with an absorption field that more than doubles your maximum health, St. Archew's Gage offers a temporary defensive edge to an otherwise fragile build — often enough time to significantly chunk the elite.
A spec that has to be on the run by necessity is the perfect home for Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan; if nothing else, the 25% additive damage increase while walking and the corresponding decrease when standing still is a good reminder to stay on the move.
When played correctly, few affixes can catch you as you weave around combat; even more so if you take advantage of the Act II cache legendary Illusory Boots, which make you immune to getting cornered, regardless of density and monster speed. Another option for the slot are Ice Climbers, which will not only remove two deadly sources of crowd control, but also reduce cold damage as a whole.
Truly deprived of a recommended legendary for the slot, the shoulders can be taken by your best rolled ancient item. Minor benefits can be found from options such as Death Watch Mantle and Pauldrons of the Skeleton King, but they cannot be considered a necessity by any means.
Your weapon for Greater Rifts can vary according to preference and content, including two-handed options (though you will have to switch into Heavenly Strength, resulting in suboptimal Bombardment cycling). In progression, it is recommended that you choose between one-handers like Doombringer and Swiftmount; the former will boost your damage with its natural physical element roll, while the latter will improve mobility by doubling your Steed Charge duration.
The shield of choice for most Bombardment Crusaders is Lidless Wall — a class-agnostic drop that is unique in its ability to roll elemental damage in its primary stats. Offering the highest damage potential among the shield options for the spec, your ideal roll will include high Strength, Vitality, Cooldown Reduction, Physical elemental damage and Thorns.
2. Stat Priorities per Gear Slot
3. Paragon Points
Bane of the Trapped is a potent source of additional damage, as it is its own multiplier in your total damage calculation. The gem procs itself with its level 25 property when in melee range, where you naturally draw enemies via Vacuum.
Completely disregarding its level 25 property, you will take Boyarsky's Chip for one purpose only: boosting your Thorns damage.
T Bane of the Stricken is almost universally a desirable progression gem, as it builds up your damage multiplicatively in prolonged fights and has a level 25 bonus specifically targeting Rift Guardians.
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5. Kanai's Cube
The weapon cube slot will be taken by The Mortal Drama, a flail that doubles the number of Bombardment impacts. The effect is simple, but devastating as it not only affects your own shots, but those of Belt of the Trove as well.
The jewelry slot in the cube is best taken by Convention of Elements, whose rotation is key in maximizing the burst potential of the spec. At 60% CDR or higher, your Bombardment cooldown can be up for every single physical cycle of the ring, and it will be your task to sync them up. This adds an impactful timing element to an otherwise simple playstyle.
For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our Follower Guide, which contains detailed advice for choosing the skills and the gear of your follower.
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