Crusader Class Overview

Class Identity

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!

Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

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.

Starter Legendary Gems
  1. Everlasting Torment deals incredible damage over time after a Critical Hit. For a simple 1 star Legendary Gem, this packs a punch.
  2. Fervant Fang does fantastic single target damage. It can easily be acquired from the Battle Pass, without relying on luck from crests.
  3. Berserker's Eye provides increased damage in all cases, if you're willing to take more damage. This tradeoff works well for this build.
  4. Lightning Core does direct damage to an enemy group, often wiping them out in the process. While the damage is infrequent, it's useful for taking down larger targets.
  5. Seled's Weakening gives a frequent damage boost anytime you kill elites, making it have natural synergy with this build.
  6. Chained Death gives a solid damage boost, especially in AoE situations.
Best in Slot Legendary Gems
  1. Blood-Soaked Jade is the best Legendary Gem in the game. It provides massive damage and movement speed in a single package.
  2. Seeping Bile has poison that is devastating in large densities. It also slows enemies affected at higher ranks.
  3. Blessing of the Worthy is an incredible choice for any melee class. Any damage taken activates devastating damage every 15 seconds, obliterating anything nearby.
  4. Howler's Call blasts your enemies from incredible range and is triggered by any Primary, including Draw and Quarter. This adds an important ranged attack to your arsenal that triggers off your already stacked rotation.
  5. Chip of Stone Flesh has a chance to petrify a target and gives you a damage boost on top of it. Petrifying enemies can keep you alive in a Challenge Rift or secure a kill in PvP, making this an incredible choice.
  6. Frozen Heart provides great damage reduction vs ranged enemies. It's hard to beat percentage based damage reduction!

Skills

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.

Select a skill

Punish (Primary Attack)

Sacred Fire (Primary Attack)

Condemn

Conjuration of Light

Consecration

Draw and Quarter

Falling Sword

Holy Banner

Judgment

Sacred Chain

Shield Charge

Shield Glare

Spinning Shield

Sweep Attack

Punish

Strike an enemy for damage and gain Hardened Senses, increasing your Block Chance by 30% for 2 seconds.

Ultimate: Counterattack Storm - Enhance Punish for 12 seconds, striking all enemies in front of you, increasing its damage per hit and increasing its Block Chance bonus. You also gain a shield that absorbs damage equal to 20% of your maximum Life for 3 seconds.

Best Use: The additional block chance Punish gives is incredible for survivability, especially against bosses.

UnlockedLevel 1
CooldownNone
Charms2% / 4% / 6% / 8% / 10% damage
TypesNone

Legendary Items

  • None available.

Class Consumable

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.


Stat Priorities

Attributes

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.

  1. Strength +1 CR and +0.3 Damage.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Intelligence +1 CR. Gives nothing extra and is therefore the worst attribute.

Magic Affixes

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!


Normal Gems

  1. Tourmaline is better than Ruby, since Damage is better than Life.
  2. 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.
  3. Citrine is equal to Topaz, since both Potency and All Resistance are underwhelming stats. Simply use the highest leveled Yellow Gems you've obtained.

Awakened Priorities

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:

1. Shoulders

  • Sivket's Advantage - Draw and Quarter cooldown decreased by 10%.
  • Faith Ascendant - Falling Sword damage increased by 10%.
  • Wind-Blessed Pauldrons - Conjuration of Light cooldown decreased by 10%.

2. Legs

  • Bladed Jambeau - Draw and Quarter damage increased by 10%.
  • Cavalier's Courtwear - Draw and Quarter damage increased by 10%.

3. Off-Hand

  • Pavise of Ten Wings - Spinning Shield damage increased by 10%.
  • Sinkhole Cross - Spinning Shield cooldown decreased by 10%.
  • Bonebearer - Shield Glare damage increased by 10%.

4. Chest

  • Besieger - Draw and Quarter cooldown decreased by 10%.
  • Springback Chain - Spinning Shield cooldown decreased by 10%.
  • Justice Without Favor - Conjuration of Light damage increased by 10%.

5. Main-Hand

  • Tumult - Falling Sword cooldown decreased by 10%.
  • Little Lance - Falling Sword damage increased by 10%.
  • Karawan's Catch - Sweep Attack damage increased by 10%.

6. Head

  • Redeemer's Mettle - Shield Glare damage increased by 10%.

Check out our Awakening Guide for more information.


Paragon Points

For Paragon Points, always prioritize Damage and Life. Remember to activate the Paragon Tree that you want to use. Vanquisher is the best for damage, and Treasure Hunter can be used for a small Experience boost. Avoid activating the Gladiator Tree since its active nodes only work in PvP.

Note: This path is used for all PvE content, but is subject to change on launch as we achieve higher Paragon and see the finalized trees.

Use the Slider to see Paragon progression

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Summary

  • 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.

Credits

Written by echohack
Contributions by Facefoot
Reviewed by Raxxantarax, Wudijo

Changelog

May 13th 2022
Article published for launch