Thorns Bombardment Crusader Speed Farming Variation
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 solo speed GR rankings and solo speed T16 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.
During speedfarming, where you can drop the overkill protection of the GR progression setup and its rigid distribution of set pieces, the preferred bracers become Warzechian Armguards, for the environment destruction speed buffs that are easily provided by the AoE of this build. The former favorites, the elite spawning Nemesis Bracers, are still very valuable, but they can now be equipped on the follower while still getting their bonus via the Emanate mechanics. You should still equip them in groups, where you cannot have a follower with you. The Nemesis Bracers value comes from the additional loot — not to mention progression — coming from the extra elite spawns. They let you finish standard rifts that much faster, and acquire the coveted GR keys in greater amounts.
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.
The recommended follower for this build during standard rift farming for keys is the Enchantress due to her numerous utility bonuses, allowing you to smooth out your speed runs even further.
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.
The preferred potion for this build is Bottomless Potion of the Leech due to its Life per Hit bonuses, adding some much needed life sustain to the build.
- 13 Apr. 2022: Guide revised for Season 26.
- 09 Dec. 2021: Guide revised and added Season 25 Soul Shard recommendations.
- 23 Jul. 2021: No changes required for Season 24.
- 31 Mar. 2021: Minor revision to gearing and added follower recommendations.
- 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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