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Best Crusader Build in Diablo 3 Season 30

In this guide, we'll walk you through how to create the best Crusader build for playing Diablo 3 Season 30.
Best Crusader Build in Diablo 3 Season 30

Since the very first season of Diablo 3, the Crusader has been lorded as one of the most powerful classes in the game. But if you're looking to take it to the next level and have it live up to this reputation, you'll need to have the right build for it, and that's where this guide comes in. 

We'll be walking you through the setup for creating the most powerful Crusader build in Diablo 3 Season 30, from active and passive skills to best-in-slot items to farm for, items to use in Kanai's Cube, Legendary Gems to obtain, and alternate builds for the most recent season, we have you covered on all bases.

Update on 12 January 2024: We've updated this article with the best Diablo 3 Crusader build for Season 30 with the update now live, taking all balance changes and item changes into consideration.

Is the Crusader a Good Class in Diablo 3 Season 30?

The Crusader class is a recommended class for most players, as the barrier to entry for using this class isn't very high. However, it still offers some powerful and complex gameplay options for veteran players, such as its ability to tank damage, remain agile while attacking, and deliver some heavy AoE (Area of Effect) damage. 

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The Crusader is a class that can work well for any player and is highly recommended due to its versatility. (Picture: Blizzard)

However, we should note that the Crusader isn't perfect, as it has been slightly nerfed in some aspects this season. The result of this makes the Crusaders a well-balanced class, but it suffers a lack of shine in any one area.  

Best Diablo 3 Crusader Build: Akkhan Condemn

The build we've chosen for the Crusader class in Diablo 3 Season 29 is dubbed the Akkhan Condemn build. Using the Akkhan set for its boost in damage, strength, and resistance, among other things, and Condemn for its almost overpowered AoE damage effect. Included in this build are also a few items, skills, and more that we'll be covering below. 

Active & Passive Skills for Best Crusader Build in S30

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Here are the best Active Skills for the Crusader class and our build. (Picture: Blizzard)

If you're curious about seeing this build in action or want to play around with the items yourself, then head to the official Diablo 3 website, where we've put the Crusader Akkhan Condemn build together for you to check out. Below, you can find the Active skills and the runes associated with each for the Crusader build. 

Skill Rune
Justice Sword of Justice
Judgment Mass Verdict
Akarat's Champion Prophet
Phalanx Bowmen
Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force
Falling Sword Rapid Descent

Next, we have all the passive abilities that are best suited for the Crusader build in Season 30 of Diablo 3. 

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Here are the best Passive Skills for the Crusader class and our build. (Picture: Blizzard)

Best in Slot Items for Crusader Build in S30

Item Slot Best-in-slot choice for D3 Crusader
Main-Hand Blade of Prophecy
Off-Hand Frydehr's Wrath
Helm Helm of Akkhan
Gloves Gauntlets of Akkhan
Shoulders Pauldrons of Akkhan
Chest Breastplate of Akkhan
Pants Cuisses of Akkhan
Boots Sabatons of Akkhan
Ring 1 The Compass Rose
Ring 2 Rechel's Ring of Larceny
Bracers Strongarm Bracers
Amulet The Traveler's Pledge
Belt Captain Crimson's Silk Girdle
Potion Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid

Best Items for Kanai's Cube for Crusader Build in S30

If you haven't yet obtained Kanai's Cube, then follow our guide on how to do so, and once done, use the items below to pair with the Akkhan Condemn Crusader build. 

  • Off-Hand Slot - Frydehr's Wrath
  • Hands Slot -  Tasker and Theo
  • Finger Slot - Ring of Royal Grandeur

Legendary Gems for Best D3 Crusader Build

The Legendary gems we've chosen for this build focus on boosting the Crusader build offenses and give you bonuses for being more aggressive in battle. While there are a few options to choose from, these are the ones we recommend. 

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Our chosen Legendary Gems will boost your attack strength and help you survive intense battles. (Picture: Blizzard)
  • Bane of the Trapped
  • Enforcer
  • Bane of the Powerful
  • Esoteric Alteration

Which Follower to Use with your Diablo 3 Crusader Build

When it comes to followers, we recommend the Enchantress because she is the only follower who grants Cooldown Reduction, allowing you to spam your abilities more frequently. She can also be equipped with the Esoteric Alteration, and Mutilation Guard, and use Hand of the Prophet to grant us Cooldown Reduction, Elemental Damage, Reduced Damage from Ranged Attacks, Armor, Attack Speed, and a Cheat Death.

Alternative Diablo 3 Season 30 Crusader Builds

There are numerous Crusader builds available for Diablo 3. While some do have other favorites, we believe that the Akkhan Condemn is the best all-rounder for any player, but feel free to try others out if there's something more specific you're looking for.

Best Crusader Build in Diablo 3 Season 27 Alternative builds
While there are alternative builds, we still recommend the Akkhan Condemn build. (Picture: Blizzard)

To help you, we've put together a list of the best alternative Crusader builds below. To make it simple for you to find more alternative builds to attempt, we've also provided links to the incredibly helpful Maxroll website.

And there you have it: the best Crusader build for Diablo 3 Season 30 with best-in-class gear, active and passive skills, options for Kanai's Cube, the optimal follower, alternatives for legendary gems, and much more.