Diablo 3 Crusader Builds Guide

Our Diablo 3 Season 19 Crusader Builds guide focuses on making this shield bearing tank a force to be reckoned with throughout the season

If you’re looking to find some great Diablo 3 Season 19 Crusader builds, for different purposes and different play-styles, you’ve come to the right place.

This guide will provide you with the best Diablo 3 Crusader build, for both beginners and end-game players; as well as a leveling build. We have builds for other classes as well if you are interested such as Necromancer.

Diablo 3 Season 19 Crusader Builds

This beginner build is for Crusaders at Fresh level 70, who have the Armor of Akkhan set.

Active Skills – The active skills you need for this build are:

  • Blessed Shield – Combust (Left Click)
  • Steed Charge – Endurance (Right Click)
  • Laws of Valor – Unstoppable Force (1)
  • Iron Skin – Steel Skin (2)
  • Shield Glare – Zealous Glare (3)
  • Akarat’s Champion – Prophet (4)

Passive Skills – The passive skills you need for this build are:

  • Heavenly Strength
  • Indestructible
  • Finery
  • Towering Shield

The Blessed Shield skill is perfect for beginners, as it gives a nice equilibrium between damage output and resource cost. It also lets you stay away from the enemies, while it goes from one target to another by itself.

The rune, Combat, gives good single-target and AoE at the same time; and it gives great synergy with the common drops like Cindercoat and Magefist because it is fire-based.

The activated effect of Laws of Valor – Unstoppable Force, and Shield Glare – Zealous Glare’s targeted refill is where your resource management will be divided. This build will allow you to spam Blessed Shield by reducing its cost, using the Wrath regeneration of an active Akarat’s Champion.

The utility skills of this build mostly go towards defense and mobility. Steed Charge is the best movement skill of the Crusader class, so it gets the lengthiest rune – Endurance. While Akarat’s Champion is down, Iron Skin – Steel Skin will provide a great defense boost.

For the passive skills, switch between Fervor and Heavenly Strength, according to what your best weapon is. Since you’re a beginner, you won’t have good gear, but the Indestructible passive will compensate for it.

Finery is one of the best passive skills of the Crusader class, as it gives an insane generic Strength boost. The last passive, Towering Shield, gives Blessed Shield a damage bonus, and Shield Glare a cooldown reduction.

Leveling Build

This leveling build is designed to help low-level Crusaders quickly, and reliably level up.

Active Skills – The active skills you need for this build are:

  • Blessed Hammer – Limitless (Left Click)
  • Steed Charge – Endurance (Right Click)
  • Laws of Valor – Unstoppable Force (1)
  • Condemn – Vacuum (2)
  • Provoke – Too Scared to Run (3)
  • Akarat’s Champion – Prophet (4)

Passive Skills – The passive skills you need for this build are:

  • Heavenly Strength
  • Long Arm of the Law
  • Finery
  • Blunt

This build revolves around the synergy between Blessed Hammer and Condemn, as it mixes Blessed Hammer’s circular demolition with Condemn’s vortex effect. What you need to do is use Condemn – Vacuum at the start of the fight to get enemies on top of you, then mow them down using Blessed Hammer. The rune, Limitless, will literally eliminate an entire screen full of enemies, giving a ton of XP.

Laws of Valor – Unstoppable Force and Provoke will help you manage resource-spending, Since Akarat’s Champion has a relatively long cooldown time, you should only use it when you actually need to. For mobility, Steed Charge is all you need.

Use Shield Bash (level 2) and Sweep Attack (level 5) until you reach level 12, where you can acquire Blessed Hammer. When you reach level 18, add the Burning Wrath rune, then switch it for Limitless when you reach level 35.

The mobility of this build is handled by the Steed Charge skill, which you unlock at level 13, but you’ll have to wait a bit to get the Endurance rune, which unlocks at level 42.

Subsequently, when you reach level 45, you will be able to add Laws of Valor – Unstoppable Force to this build, which is an insane resource generator, meaning you’ll never have to use a generator again.

Provoke and Condemn are great utility skills as they bait enemies right into your AoE, resulting in less whiffed Blessed Hammer attacks.

For passives, you should use either Fervor or Heavenly Strength, depending on what your best weapon is. Blunt and Blessed Hammer will provide a great damage boost to the build.


As the build name suggests, Aegis of Valor Heaven’s Fury Crusader build is aimed at powerful, high level players. This build is an absolute tank, it brushes off blows and dishes out godly damage. It works very well for progressing solo in the Greater Rift.

Active Skills – The active skills you need for this build are:

  • Heaven’s Fury – Fires of Heaven (Left Click)
  • Fist of the Heavens – Fissure (Right Click)
  • Laws of Valor – Unstoppable Force (1)
  • Judgement – Debilitate (2)
  • Iron Skin – Flash (3)
  • Akarat’s Champion – Prophet (4)

Passive Skills – The passive skills you need for this build are:

  • Fervor
  • Holy Cause
  • Long Arm of the Law
  • Finery

Unlike the previous builds, this build requires specific gear to actually work; as it is an endgame build.

  • Helmet – Crown of Valor
  • Shoulders – Spaulders of Valor
  • Gloves – Gauntlets of Valor
  • Chest – Brigandine of Valor
  • Belt – Captain Crimson’s Silk Girdle
  • Pants – Captain Crimson’s Thrust
  • Boots – Greaves of Valor
  • Bracers – Bracer of Fury
  • Amulet – The Flavor of Time
  • Ring 1 – Convention of Elements
  • Ring 2 – Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac
  • Weapon – Pig Sticker
  • Offhand – Shield of Fury
  • Legendary Gem 1 – Bane of the Trapped
  • Legendary Gem 2 – Pain Enhancer
  • Legendary Gem 3 – Bane of the Stricken
  • Weapon Slot – Fate of the Fell
  • Armor Slot – Stone Gauntlets
  • Jewelry Slot – Ring of Royal Grandeur

This build dishes out damage in a very simple manner, you target the enemies you wish to eliminate and you destroy them with Heaven’s Fury – Fires of Heaven.

To keep up the damage boosting triple stacks from the 2-piece bonus, plus the 4-piece bonus’ stacking damage reduction and Wrath regeneration, you have to throw in some Fist of the Heavens casts while spamming Heaven’s Fury. So, you’ll also have to cast Fissure every couple of Fires of Heaven casts to keep all of the bonuses.

You’ll have to use Judgement or Shield Glare to effectively crowd control the monsters so you can keep the Bracer of Fury damage bonus. This will also help you keep the more powerful monsters at bay for a bit. For the rest of your skills, just use them as soon as their cooldown wears off, as their bonuses help you no matter when you employ them.

The bulk of the damage output of this build will be coming from Heaven’s Fury –Fires of Heaven. Basically, the main purpose of the rest of the skills and runes is to amplify the damage from this single skill.

Bracer of Fury greatly amplifies its damage, but it also makes it necessary to use a crowd control skill. This is where Judgement comes into play, as there is no wider AoE and more defensive utility than it.

Fissure will help you out a lot with Wrath Management, and Laws of Valor – Unstoppable reduce your Heaven’s Fury Wrath costs, and also activate the Cpt. Crimson bonuses.

Iron Skin is a great skill for damage reduction, as it reduces incoming damage by 50% and with the help of the Flash rune, it gets rid of enemy collision. Obsidian Ring of Zodiac will help you keep Akarat’s Champion’s insane bonuses permanently.

While it is a great damage booster, Akarat’s Champions also works defensively in this build, with the help of the Prophet rune; giving you 150% additional armor and even a free life.

Fervor will provide you an extremely helpful 15% Attack Speed and Cooldown Reduction (with one-handed weapons). For every socket throughout your gear, Finery will provide you 1.5% Strength. While it has a base 10% damage boost, Holy Cause’s is used here as it synergizes elementally with the main damage-disher and also gives a healing side-effect.

Long Arm of the Law increases the duration of the active Law effects by 2x, and also keeps Unstoppable Force active permanently. This will allow you to spam Fires of Heaven, and also maintain the damage reduction of the Cpt. Crimson set

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