Thorns Bombardment Crusader Speed Farming Variation
On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Speed Farming variant of Thorns Bombardment Crusader. Updated for patch 2.6.10 and Season 22.
The Akkhan Bombardment Crusader deals with regular Rift farming decently all the way through the highest Torments, making it a viable build for the task. 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.
|Condemn Vacuum Bombardment Barrels of Spikes 1 Laws of Hope Wings of Angels 2 Steed Charge Endurance 3 Iron Skin Flash 4 Akarat's Champion Prophet|
While stronger for Greater Rift progression, the Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force plus Cpt. Crimson combo will not be necessary in regular Rift farming. In its stead, use the massive, party-wide movement speed buff of Laws of Hope Wings of Angels. The same movement-driven logic is applied to Iron Skin, where you should adjust from progression runes like Steel Skin or Reflective Skin to Flash.
Moving stragglers around will be unnecessary in an environment where you mostly oneshot monsters, so change the Draw and Quarter rune of Steed Charge to Endurance. You will regain the control over monsters — useful to clump up enemies around you for a Bombardment barrage — with Condemn Vacuum.
Due to Akkhan being a 7-piece set, you can adapt the Condemn build to include the Death's Breath farming Sage set. In order to do this, you will replace the Cpt. Crimson slots from the progression build with Sage's pieces, meaning a mandatory Sage's Ribbon plus one more craftable piece of your choosing. The extra damage from the Invoker 2-piece will not be necessary, so you can exclude it in favor of utility legendaries like Leoric's Crown and Nemesis Bracers.
The progression-oriented Justice Lantern and Convention of Elements should be dropped from your jewelry during farming, since the Rift's clear speed makes their conditional buffs too slow to attain. In their stead, use a Physical damage Stone of Jordan for the consistent boost to your Bombardments, and an Avarice Band for its synergy with Boon of the Hoarder.
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.
Since monster health is much more tame in the standard difficulties, you should also replace Bane of the Stricken with 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 a worn Avarice Band for a massive Pickup Radius increase.
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For more information about gems, please refer to our guide on gems.
Adapting Kanai's Cube
You will keep the base selection of Cube items from the progression build — The Mortal Drama for the additional Bombardment impacts, Belt of the Trove for the automated Bombardment blasts, and Ring of Royal Grandeur to maintain the Akkhan and Sage set bonuses.
In your 4th Kanai's Cube slot in Season 22, you should add to your build either of the cooldown reduction powerhouses — In-geom (elite-centric) or Messerschmidt's Reaver (trash-centric) to ease the management of this cooldown-heavy build.
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.
- 18 Nov. 2020: Revised the guide to reflect its GR pushing capabilities, and added cube recommendations for S22.
- 30 Jun. 2020: No changes required for Season 21.
- 12 Mar. 2020: No changes necessary for Season 20.
- 19 Nov. 2019: Reviewed for Season 19.
- 22 Aug. 2019: Revamped variant around Captain Crimson set.
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