Shield Bash Crusader Speed Farming Variation

Last updated on Jun 14, 2018 at 13:59 by Deadset 3 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Shield Bash Crusader. Updated for patch 2.6.1 and Season 15.

The other pages of our Shield Bash Crusader guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Normal Rift Speed Farming Variation

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.

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.

2. Adapting Skills

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

In the skill selection, you will accomplish that by:

  • Replacing the damage buffing Punish Punish Fury Fury generator with the increase of speed coming from Justice Justice Sword of Justice Sword of Justice.
  • Dropping the GR progression-oriented Laws of Justice Laws of Justice for the speedfarming staple Laws of Hope Laws of Hope Wings of Angels Wings of Angels, and the overly defensive Iron Skin Iron Skin for the long-distance movement tool Steed Charge Steed Charge Endurance Endurance.
  • Optionally replacing the redundant toughness of the Prophet Prophet rune on Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion for the additional Wrath restoration of Embodiment of Power Embodiment of Power.
  • In your passives, dropping the redundant health restoration of Wrathful Wrathful for the Wings of Angels Wings of Angels effect extension of Long Arm of the Law Long Arm of the Law.

3. Adapting Gear

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 Goldwrap Goldwrap over The Witching Hour The Witching Hour in your belt slot, Avarice Band Avarice Band over Unity Unity in your jewelry Cube slot, and Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder over Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration in your legendary gems. Of course, Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken's stacking mechanics are absolutely unnecessary for low difficulty content and the gem should give way to Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Strength
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Shield Bash Shield Bash %
  5. Vitality
Shoulders
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Area Damage
  5. All Resistance
Torso
  1. Strength
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Reduced Damage from Elites
  5. All Resistance
Wrists
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Physical Damage %
  4. Vitality
Hands
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Cooldown Reduction
Waist
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life %
Legs
  1. Strength
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Armor
Feet
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Shield Bash Shield Bash %
  5. Movement Speed
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Physical Damage %
  5. Strength
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Strength
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Strength
Weapon
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. Weapon Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Area Damage
Off-hand
  1. Strength
  2. Crit Chance
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Shield Bash Shield Bash %
  5. Vitality

4. Adapting Gemming

As previously mentioned, the GR build choices Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration and Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken should be replaced by Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder and Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful, respectively.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

5. Adapting Kanai's Cube

Your Cube choices during normal rift farming will vastly 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. Finally, Avarice Band Avarice Band will work in conjunction with the gemmed Boon of the Hoarder Boon of the Hoarder and the worn Goldwrap Goldwrap to form the gold triumvirate of speed, toughness and riches during fast farming sessions.

About the Author

This build is presented to you by Deadset, one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on Youtube and streams on Twitch, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.

6. Changelog

  • 22 Mar. 2018: Added the guide.
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