Crusader 1-60 Leveling Guide

Introduction

Leveling up in Diablo Immortal can be accomplished in different ways. You can take an efficient path focused on blasting the Story and Dungeons, or go on a more scenic route filled with Side Quests and Lair Hunting. Whichever way you choose, this guide covers everything you need to comfortably reach level 60 as a Crusader. We also have a full step-by-step game walkthrough if you ever get stuck along the way! Let's dive in.


Class Identity

Choosing your class in Diablo Immortal is a big decision. Your main character requires a significant time investment, and we want you to enjoy playing the one you've chosen. Please read our Crusader Overview to be sure it's right for you.

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


Leveling Build

Slide the bar at the bottom to see the skill progression

Level 1 - Punish, Spinning Shield, Shield Glare, and Sweep Attack are available at the start. You will soon replace all of these except Punish and Spinning Shield.

Level 8 - Falling Sword offers some extra AoE damage and mobility early on. This might stay in your build once you pick up its Legendary powers!

Level 15 - Draw and Quarter (replace Shield Glare) is Crusader's best skill. It might never leave your build after this point.

Level 20 - Consecration (replace Sweep Attack) is one of the best AoE damaging abilities in the game. Prepare to wipe out huge waves of enemies!


Finding Equipment

Finding better equipment powers up your character. When you find an upgrade to your current equipment, your bag icon will flash. Open your inventory and equip any items with green arrows. Any other items can be salvaged at the Blacksmith, giving you crafting materials that are critical for upgrading equipment. Pick up and salvage every item you can using autopickup and periodically return to town to salvage. Make sure to turn on autopickup for Grey, Blue, and Yellow items in General Settings. Don't leave items on the ground; salvaging every item has value! As you continue to level up, you will find Legendary Items, which are the highest tier items for your six Primary slots. After you hit the maximum character level, you will also find Set Items in Hell 1 difficulty and beyond, which are the highest tier items for your six Secondary slots.


Upgrading Equipment

Upgrading your equipment is the most important way to gain power in Diablo Immortal. The Blacksmith is where you will spend all of your hard-earned salvage materials. Don't worry about wasting materials upgrading "bad equipment" because you can transfer upgrades for free! Even if you end up salvaging upgraded equipment, you receive 100% of the invested resources as a refund. In other words, the game is carefully designed so you can't lose any salvage materials! Upgrade all of your equipment to Rank 6 before continuing to Rank 7 because this gives you an extra attribute for each Primary slot! Read our full Upgrading and Reforging Guide to learn the details around upgrading strategy, attributes, and family bonuses!


Legendary Items

Legendary Items are extremely rare items that enhance different skills. If you are lucky enough to find one, equip it and transfer your upgrades immediately because these roll better attributes than any other items. Try out the skill it buffs, even if it isn't part of our Crusader leveling build. It may give your character a huge power increase! Consider yourself extra lucky if you find Sivket's Advantage, Karawan's Catch, Besieger, Bladed Jambeau, Pavise of Ten Wings, or Tumult because these are the most powerful items for Crusader!

Essence Transfer - When you have a Legendary you no longer need, don't salvage it! Instead, go to the Essence Transfer NPC in Westmarch and extract its power. Now you can overwrite any future Legendary Item in the same slot with this power! Collecting every power is important because this will enable you to quickly swap builds in the future. If you already have the power extracted, then salvage it for a Glowing Shard.

Choosing the Battle Pass Legendary

Early on in the Battle Pass you can choose one Legendary for your class. We recommend taking Pavise of Ten Wings because it makes one of our most important skills even more powerful. Continue to level up the Battle Pass to gain even more power!


Normal Gems and Legendary Gems

Finding Normal Gems and Legendary Gems further powers up your character. During leveling, simply equip Normal Gems that you find from Hidden Lairs, pick Tourmaline when given the choice. Legendary Gems can be bought for Platinum from the Marketplace or by running Elder Rifts empowered by Rare Crest and Legendary Crest. You will get some Legendary Crest early on in the Battle Pass, so use these right away so you can equip Legendary Gems for an impressive power boost! Read our full Gem Guide for even more details on picking and upgrading the right gems for you.


Helliquary and Daily Battle Pass Activity Rewards

After reaching level 41 and completing Bilefen, follow your quests to Westmarch and unlock the Helliquary. This also unlocks your daily activity rewards, found in the activities tab of the Codex. This quest gives Scoria, enabling you to power up your Helliquary. You can stack this quest up to three days in a row, but after this it goes to waste. Even though you can't defeat Helliquary bosses right now, progressing it is important so you can unlock these endgame raids later on. The Empowered Battle Pass allows you to earn extra Scoria, so check it out if you want to boost your Helliquary even further.


Progressing to Level 60

Leveling requires more than just progressing straight through the story and every zone. You'll need to explore the rest of the game to get enough XP to progress. Once you reach a new area, you may encounter a message that says "You must reach X level before continuing." Here are two different ways to gain that required XP:

The Efficient Way

The best way to gain XP in Diablo Immortal is to advance your Battle Pass. Two of the fastest ways to do that are:

  1. Blasting Dungeons efficiently, only stopping to salvage when your bags are full
  2. Open world farming for Monstrous Essences and Side Quests.

The Scenic Route

Don't feel like spending your entire day in Dungeons? Hit up every Side Quests and Lairs you see while leveling up. These give you a nice break from blasting through the story, and they'll give you more XP, Items, Gems and Materials. By the time you hit the XP barriers, you'll have less grinding to do than the players who skipped them.


Reaching Level 60 and Endgame

Congratulations on beating the game! As you've probably guessed, the endgame awaits you. You'll need new builds and guides to help you along the way, and we've got everything you need listed right here:


Summary

  • Make sure you read the Crusader Overview to know if it's the right class for you.
  • Turn on Auto Pick Up in General Settings, loot everything, and salvage when your bag is full.
  • Upgrade your gear often - it's the best way to Power Up!
  • Use Essence Transfer on unwanted Legendaries to use their powers later.
  • Read our Full Game Walkthrough if you ever get stuck.

Credits

Written by Echohack
Reviewed by Gregg2G


Changelog

Apr 9th 2022
Published Guide.