LoN Bombardment Crusader Speed Farming Variation
On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of LoN Bombardment Crusader. Updated for Patch 2.6.10 and Season 22.
The LoN Bombardment Crusader deals with regular Rift farming decently all the way through the highest Torments, making it a viable build for the task. The ability to play with Swiftmount or In-geom allows for freedom of movement that makes the build especially adept at bounties. We have speed farming rankings if you want to know more about which builds are best for speed farming.
Within the limited scope of regular difficulties, the necessary damage and toughness to triumph over the enemy is significantly smaller. Thus, your best course of action is to improve utility and speed.
|Bombardment Barrels of Spikes Steed Charge Spiked Barding 1 Condemn Vacuum 2 Iron Skin Reflective Skin 3 Laws of Hope Wings of Angels 4 Akarat's Champion Prophet|
When you are speed farming regular rifts, parts of your playstyle will adapt to the lowered challenge and focus more on speed and utility.
Most of your time will still be spent on the move, riding from pack to pack with Steed Charge, drawing them in with a quick Condemn Vacuum and finishing them off with a Bombardment assault; in the finite challenges of regular rifts, damage bonuses such as Iron Skin Reflective Skin and Akarat's Champion will just be extras on top. Last but not least, keep Laws of Hope Wings of Angels active as often as you can for the party-wide movement buff and collision removal.
Adapting Skills and Passives
Parts of the skill and passive selection will overlap with the base Greater Rift progression build, but others will have to change according to the task at hand. Ability to cross over great distances faster and more efficiently take precedence.
- Bombardment is still your main source of damage, both manual and automated from the worn Belt of the Trove. Stick to the rune Barrels of Spikes for the Thorns damage.
- Condemn Vacuum will fulfill much the same role as in Greater Rifts; piling monsters on top of you, to be quickly cleaned up with a precise Bombardment shot.
- Akarat's Champion and Iron Skin Reflective Skin are still present in the build as damage amplifiers, but due to the powers of In-geom you will be able to cast them both in a much more care-free manner.
- For speed farming, you can abandon Consecration Bed of Nails and branch out into Laws of Hope Wings of Angels — one of the strongest, group-wide mobility buffs in the game.
- Steed Charge is just as, if not more useful in speed farming than in GR progression. Consider altering the rune to Endurance, especially if you are doing bounties.
- Most of your passive lineup is too valuable to change: Iron Maiden, Lord Commander and Finery will also be present during farming.
- The additional CDR from Fervor can be overkill in speed farming, especially due to the cubed In-geom nullifying cooldowns. You can consider swapping this slot out for Long Arm of the Law to ensure permanent uptime of Laws of Hope Wings of Angels.
Most of the gear from the Greater Rift progression build will still make sense for speed farming, but a few variations will be necessary in order to maximize your productivity and momentum during regular Rift clears.
The vast majority of your pieces remain unchanged between the two builds; you will still rely on Aquila Cuirass for protection, on Hexing Pants of Mr. Yan and Lidless Wall for the extra damage, on Leoric's Crown for the CDR and Belt of the Trove for the free Bombardments.
The combination of Stone Gauntlets and Ice Climbers will be too defensive for regular difficulties, so you will do well to swap to two Act II bounty cache legendaries — Gloves of Worship and Illusory Boots. They both add to the fluidity of farming runs to a much higher degree than any alternative items in both slots.
In speed farming, it is advisable to abandon the additive damage increase from Strongarm Bracers in favor of a utility legendary in the face of Nemesis Bracers, as the extra elite spawns shorten the time to the Guardian fight. Another minor consideration for regular rifts is to swap from Pauldrons of the Skeleton King to Homing Pads, to ensure uninterrupted teleportation to town.
As for your weapon, replace progression-oriented options like Doombringer and Swiftmount with In-geom — the speedy fights will feed into your weapon procs for permanent uptime of all your important cooldowns.
To help you with farming the gear you need for your builds, we have two very useful guides that you can access by clicking the links below: a Salvage Guide to help you quickly check whether or not you can safely salvage a piece of gear and a Legendary Farming Guide to help you efficiently farm legendaries and set items.
Boyarsky's Chip remains a universally desired damage amplification gem for Thorns-based builds. The same can be said for Bane of the Trapped, which is an overall increase of damage against crowd controlled enemies.
In normal rifts, Bane of the Stricken should be replaced by Boon of the Hoarder. This high utility gem feeds you practically infinite gold and gives you a massive short-term speed boost while picking up gold, automated by a cubed Avarice Band.
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For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.
Adapting 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.
In your 4th Kanai's Cube slot in Season 22, place The Furnace. The unique effect of this two-handed mace provides you with an incomparable source of bonus elite damage, significantly shortening fights with champion packs and Rift Guardians — traditionally one-on-one affairs, where Blessed Shield builds suffer the most.
The Kanai's Cube can be used for much more than simply extracting Legendary powers from items. Please refer to our Kanai's Cube guide for more information.
Two legendary potions can be considered useful in a Bombardment Crusader build. Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid allows you to break through Waller affixes, which is a great boon to a build that is highly dependent on mobility. Bottomless Potion of the Diamond is a straightforward addition that simply layers a short All Resist protective coating after drinking (All Resistance is the preferred form of mitigation stacking for Strength-based characters, since their mainstat scales Armor already.)
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.
- 18 Nov. 2020: Added S22 Cube recommendation.
- 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: Item recommendations revised for Season 18.
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