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Roland's Shield Bash Crusader Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Mar 12, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 1 comment

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Roland's Shield Bash Crusader. Updated for patch 2.6.8 and Season 20.

1.

Speed Farming

The Shield Bash can deal reasonably well with Normal Rift farming all the way through the highest Torment difficulties. The build variation suffers from minor inconveniences compared to top tier speed farming builds (conditional AoE, slightly clunkier mechanics), but otherwise handles the task with ease. 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.

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Justice Icon Justice Sword of Justice Sword of Justice Right Mouse Button Shield Bash Icon Shield Bash Pound Pound 1 Laws of Hope Icon Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels 2 Steed Charge Icon Steed Charge Endurance Endurance 3 Shield Glare Icon Shield Glare Zealous Glare Zealous Glare 4 Akarat's Champion Icon Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet
Passive Skills
2.

Adapting Rotation

When you are speed farming regular rifts, parts of your playstyle will adapt to the lowered challenge and focus more on speed and utility.

Your general playstyle will not alter greatly during farming; you will still rush from one elite pack to another (with the added incentive of In-geom In-geom cooldown resets),Shield Bash Shield Bashing the bigger targets and unleashing a Shield Glare Shield Glare to clear out the trash. Steed Charge Steed Charge will take you over any greater distance, and you will be doing the shorter runs with the speed boost of Laws of Hope Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels. If any monsters try to outrange you, draw them in with the pulling powers of Condemn Condemn Vacuum Vacuum.

3.

Adapting Skills

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.

4.

Adapting Gear

You will still be taking advantage of the full 6-piece set bonuses of Rolands, incorporating 5 of the 6 available pieces according to your best rolls. The cubed Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur allows you to tinker with additional bonuses, most notably the inclusion of the Sage's Journey set for Death's Breath farming. Take Sage's Ribbon Sage's Ribbon and Sage's Passage Sage's Passage for example, and then complete both bonuses with the RoRG.

Most of the gearing choices can be kept intact, but a speedfarming version of this build would benefit a lot from synergy with the plentiful gold drops in regular Rifts. This means the inclusion of Avarice Band Avarice Band over Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac, as well as a socketed Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder. Convention of Elements Convention of Elements' cycling damage bonuses will be too slow for standard rifts as well, so you can either use a Justice Lantern Justice Lantern in this slot (to make up for the loss of Cpt. Crimson damage reduction), or — once you are comfortable that you outscale the content — use a Physical damage Stone of Jordan Stone of Jordan.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Strength
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. ShieldBash %
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Shoulders
  1. Strength
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Area Damage
  4. All Resistance
  5. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  6. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Torso
  1. Strength
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Reduced Damage from Elites
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Wrists
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Physical Damage %
  4. Life per Hit or Vitality
  5. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Hands
  1. Strength (replaced by Area Damage at High Paragons)
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
Waist
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life %
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Legs
  1. Strength
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
Feet
  1. Strength
  2. Shield Bash Shield Bash %
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Armor
  6. Pickup Radius (Secondary Stat)
  7. Health Globe Healing Bonus (Secondary Stat)
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Physical Damage %
  5. Cooldown Reduction
  6. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  7. Melee or Missile Damage Reduction (Secondary Stat)
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction or Area Damage
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction or Area Damage
  5. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)
  6. Life per Kill (Secondary Stat)
Weapon
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. High Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Cooldown Reduction or Area Damage
  5. Area Damage
Off-hand
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Shield Bash Shield Bash %
  5. Area Damage
  6. Physical or Lightning Resistance (Secondary Stat)

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.

5.

Adapting Gems

Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped remains a universally desired damage amplification gem.

During speed farming, Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness will be a protective overkill and should be replaced by Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder. The latter is a high utility gem that feeds you practically infinite gold, gives you a massive short-term speed boost while picking it up, and synergizes excellently with the worn Avarice Band Avarice Band for a sizable speed boost.

Since monster health is much more tame in the standard difficulties, you should also replace Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken with Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful for the consistent, easily sustained damage increase. If you overpower content so much that even Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful is unnecessary, you can consider using Wreath of Lightning Wreath of Lightning for the extra speed.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon
6.

Adapting Kanai's Cube

Your Cube choices during normal rift farming will differ from those for Greater Rift progress, focusing heavily on utility and speed. In-geom In-geom should occupy the weapon slot, as its cooldown resets will come very handy and will happen with great frequency due to the fast elite kills in low difficulties. To keep the synergy going, you will also be using Nemesis Bracers Nemesis Bracers in the armor cube slot for the extra elite spawns.

Lastly, in order to maintain the valuable 6-piece bonus of Rolands and 3-piece bonus of the Sage set, you will need to cube a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur in the jewelry slot.

7.

Changelog

  • 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.
  • 15 May 2019: Guide was reviewed and approved for Season 17.
  • 22 Mar. 2018: Added the guide.
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