Our Draw and Quarter based build Steed and Slaughter allows you to deal ALL damage while moving while riding a glorious celestial steed. You will slaughter enemy groups so fast that you will need to plan routes around how fast you can pick up loot. Since you never stop moving, chaining massacre bonuses is easy. More massacre bonuses means more experience points, and fast monster kills means more loot! Moving from objective to objective with this build simply becomes a question, "How many enemies do I want to kill along the way?"
✔ 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
Solo Build - Steed and Slaughter
Speed farming builds are made to move fast and destroy groups of enemies quickly.
- Start your rotation with Consecration then charge forward with Draw and Quarter. Hold the Primary Attack button.
- After Draw and Quarter's duration is done, dash forward with Falling Sword to your next destination.
- If you spend all your cooldowns and run into a tough enemy, use Punish to deal damage before beginning your rotation again.
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.
- 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.
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.
Check out our Attributes Mechanics Guide for more information.
Because the total amount of primary attributes is so important, you rarely prioritize special attributes on gear. Still, several special attributes can make a difference, here are some of the best ones you can find:
- Critical Hit Chance to proc Everlasting Torment attack speed effect at Rank 6.
Bonus Attributes, Family Bonus, and Reforging
Family bonuses are hard to change so picking a powerful option is important. Here are some of the best Family Bonuses available for the Crusader:
- Tremor Stone provides additional stuns and damage in a melee radius, giving incredible utility in PvE or PvP.
- Vengeance Stone is an alternative option for those more concerned with raw PvE damage or with Primary Attack focused builds.
For more details, see our Upgrading and Reforging Guide.
Focus on Awakening your gear with 1 star Gems first (Everlasting Torment, Berserker's Eye, Ca'arsen's Invigoration etc.). We recommend Awakening your items in this order:
Check out our Awakening Guide for more information.
Check out our Paragon Guide for more information.
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Written by Echohack
Reviewed by Gregg2G