The Crusader charges forward on their glorious celestial steed, leading your party with high Area of Effect (AoE) damage, incredible speed, and party-wide buffs. As a Crusader, you will quickly crush groups of weak enemies, as almost every skill at your disposal excels at AoE-based DPS.
This guide is your shield against the demonic hordes, teaching you to be the best Crusader possible. Let's get started!
Crusaders are a melee and AoE damage based class with the fastest overall movement speed in the game. Most crusader builds rely on Draw and Quarter as their main skill to move around and deal damage. The Primary Attack given by Draw and Quarter when combined with Legendary Items such as Besieger and Bladed Jambeau, enable it alone to demolish waves of enemies. If damage becomes a problem, the Crusader has defensive skills such as Punish for improved block chance, or Conjuration of Light to make you and your party invulnerable for a short duration. In a party, Crusaders can use Holy Banner, giving all nearby party members a 100% Critical Hit Chance for a short duration. Crusaders also fill a party role as a scout, dealing AoE damage to trash monsters, triggering events, and pulling enemies together. In PvP, Crusaders have an impressive kit of stuns, interrupts, and dashes, such as Sacred Chain, Shield Charge, or Falling Sword with Little Lance. Overall, Crusaders are a top-tier choice for their high AoE damage, incredible movement speed, impressive defensive skills, effective party-wide buffs, and wide array of PvP skills.
The Crusader's reliance on Draw and Quarter exposes some weaknesses of the class. This skill is vulnerable to stuns and interrupts, causing you to immediately lose the entire duration. Most builds with Draw and Quarter rely on casting other skills before casting it, further decreasing your damage during stuns and interrupts for your entire build. Finally, using Draw and Quarter for movement means that when it is on cooldown, you have no options for escape. Since you are a melee class, relying on it for escape can make it easy to become trapped and make it difficult to dodge ranged attacks when it is on cooldown.
Crusaders have poor single target damage and high cooldown duration skills. This leads to many situations where all of your skills are on cooldown, leaving you with only your lackluster Primary Skill. As a result, certain bosses can be difficult to kill in Challenge Rifts.
Finally, as the scout for the party, you will be put in situations where you must push far ahead in order to advance a dungeon. This can mean giving up a portion of loot that drops on the ground, since you are tasked with pushing forward. This can result in a minor loss in salvage materials compared to the rest of your party (~10%).
What to Expect as Crusader
✔ High AoE Damage
✔ Wide Array of PvP Skills
✔ Effective Party-wide Buffs
✔ Impressive Defensive Skills
✔ Incredible Movement Speed
❌ Long Skill Cooldowns
❌ Difficult to Avoid Damage
❌ Low Single Target Damage
❌ PvP Relies on One Play Style
❌ Underwhelming Primary Attacks
Starting Out as Crusader
Starting your Crusader on the right foot is key in order to make your character as powerful as possible. Read our full Game Walkthrough for a comprehensive starter guide.
- Find better equipment for your character. Your bag will flash when you pick up better equipment.
- Upgrade your equipment at the Blacksmith. Turn on autopickup for all item types in settings and periodically return to town to salvage.
- Unlock and use Draw and Quarter at level 15. Remember you can hold down the Primary Attack button to attack while moving at the same time.
- Claim the Battle Pass Legendary Item. This gives you an early Legendary Item that will increase your character's power. Choose wisely!
- Hunt Legendary Items. Keep a special eye out for Sivket's Advantage, Karawan's Catch, Besieger, Bladed Jambeau, Pavise of Ten Wings, Bonebearer, and Tumult.
- Find Normal Gems and Legendary Gems. Hidden Lairs drop Normal Gems and if you use a Crest, Elder Rifts have a chance to drop Legendary Gems.
- Unlock the Helliquary at level 41. Try to unlock the Helliquary as soon as you can so you can always receive Scoria from your daily Battle Pass quest.
Legendary and Normal Gems
Legendary Gems provide incredible attribute bonuses and unique effects. They are found as a reward after completing an Elder Rift that is enhanced with a Legendary Crest. Many of them are also crafted using Runes and Platinum at the Jeweler in Westmarch.
Read our Legendary Gems Guide for more information.
Skills are core to your character and the main way for your character to defend yourself and destroy enemies. Characters can equip five skills at once, including one Primary Attack and four Skills. Primary Attacks have no cooldown and fill your Ultimate bar when used. When the Ultimate bar is full, you can cast the Ultimate ability. Skills automatically gain ranks as you level up and can be swapped anytime out of combat. Charms add additional bonuses that enhance a skill's power. Legendary Items modify a skill's power, changing its behavior or enhancing its stats. You can only equip one per slot so be careful when planning your build. Finally, once you obtain a rank 10 Legendary Gem, Legendary Items can be Awakened, granting additional bonuses. Let's look at the Crusader's skills in detail to understand how they work.
Punish (Primary Attack)
Sacred Fire (Primary Attack)
Conjuration of Light
Draw and Quarter
- None available.
Class consumables are a resource that only drops from turning in a Bestiary page. These can only be used by opening your inventory to the third tab and directly tapping on the item from there. The Crusader has the Battle Hymnal which increases all damage done by you and your nearby allies by 10% for 20 minutes.
Offense Rating and Defense Rating (CR) are the most important stats for all classes in Diablo Immortal. In order to maximize CR, prioritize the total amount of attributes on your gear. You gain 1 point of CR from every attribute point (Strength, Fortitude, Vitality, Willpower, Intelligence).
The Crusader's main stat is Strength, giving +0.3 Damage per point. All other things equal, use gear with Strength to maximize the damage you deal. Fortitude is also important early on because it gives you Armor Penetration (and therefore Critical Hit Chance), but becomes less important later due to diminishing returns on how much Critical Hit Chance you can gain.
Crusader's worst stat is Intelligence because it only gives +1 CR. If possible, don't use it.
- Strength +1 CR and +0.3 Damage.
- Fortitude +1 CR, +0.1 Armor, and +0.1 Armor Penetration. Armor increases your chance to Block, which mitigates 20% of incoming damage. This is a nice defensive boost, especially when pushing Challenge Rifts or Helliquary bosses. Armor Penetration gives Critical Hit Damage, which is nice if you already have a high Critical Hit Chance.
- Vitality +1 CR and +3 Life. It never hurts to have more life, especially for end game pushes and PvP. Vitality is the best attribute after the damage-dealing ones.
- Willpower +1 CR, +0.1 Potency, and +0.1 Resistance. Potency increases the duration of harmful effects on enemies, while Resistance lowers the duration of harmful effects on you from enemies. Willpower may play a larger role in the future, but currently it is never prioritized.
- Intelligence +1 CR. Gives nothing extra and is therefore the worst attribute.
Because the total amount of attributes is so important, we rarely prioritize magic affixes on gear. Still, several magic affixes can make a difference, including Critical Hit Chance, Critical Hit Damage, Damage to Players (for PvP), or All Damage Increased. For more information, check out our full Attribute and Magic Affix Guide!
- Tourmaline is better than Ruby, since Damage is better than Life.
- Sapphire is better than Aquamarine, since Armor Penetration (Critical Hit Damage) is better than Armor. Don't completely ignore armor though. Crusader's heavy block chance makes it more useful than other classes, so use at least 2 Aquamarine the Armor boost.
- Citrine is equal to Topaz, since both Potency and All Resistance are underwhelming stats. Simply use the highest leveled Yellow Gems you've obtained.
Focus on Awakening your gear with 1 star Gems at first (Trickshot Gem, Berserker's Eye, Everlasting Torment etc.). We recommend Awakening your items in this order:
Check out our Awakening Guide for more information.
- Crusaders are a melee and AoE damage based class with the fastest overall movement speed in the game.
- Crusaders excel at AoE damage but are often outclassed by other classes at single target damage.
- Draw and Quarter is one of the most important skills for Crusader and is important to take for nearly every build.
Written by echohack
Contributions by Facefoot
Reviewed by Raxxantarax, Wudijo
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