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Akkhan Condemn Crusader Guide

Introduction

Akkhan Condemn Solo Push
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Akkhan Condemn Crusader is the build that has been around for the longest time, created with the introduction of Frydehr's Wrath in Season 1. Once the strongest in the game build for solo XP farming, for a long time it's been barely useful in T16, and even then, only if you have optimized gear and high Paragon.

Season 27 patch changed that with Akkhan rework, which made it into a set specifically focused on Condemn. The build now also includes Phalanx but the avatars themselves deal no damage, they are only here to proc Condemns and reduce the cooldown on Akarat's Champion. With the new set you can trigger almost a hundred explosions per second! A huge increase compared to the measly 5-6 we could do before.

Of course, there's also some bad news: Condemns triggered this way do not proc area damage, everything you are fighting will very quickly become CC-immune thanks to Judgment with all runes and no cooldown, and finally you are once again at the mercy of Pet AI (this seems to be a pattern with the buffs lately).

Overall, while the build was buffed by quite a few tiers and can now do everything decently well, it's not the best at anything. In Greater Rifts, pushing and speedfarming alike, it loses to LoD Bombardment, while in T16 AoV Fist of the Heavens still reigns supreme.

Tanky ✔
Great AoE Damage ✔
Can Include Horses ✔
Can do Everything on the Move ✔

❌ Long Bossfight
Dependent on Pet AI
❌ Very Starved for Skill Slots
❌ Forced to Spam Ludicrous Amounts of CC


Core Setup

Core Item Build

Items

  • Armor of Akkhan set provides 50% damage reduction, 1,500% damage increase, reduces cooldown of Akarat's Champion to just a few seconds and most importantly, lets our Phalanx avatars cast Condemn when they hit an enemy.
  • Captain Crimson's Trimmings set gives around 60% DPS, 20% Cooldown Reduction and around 65% damage reduction.
  • Ring of Royal Grandeur allows us to get full bonuses from both sets.
  • Blade of Prophecy increases Condemn damage by 800% and also triples the amount of explosions.
  • Frydehr's Wrath increases Condemn damage by another 800% and also turns it into a spammable skill with a Wrath cost.
  • Unrelenting Phalanx doubles the number of avatars we can get out and gives us 60% Phalanx Damage.





Season 27 Sanctified Items

Angelic Crucibles are new consumables that drop anywhere once you're Level 70. Using them on items reforges them into Sanctified Items with Primal Ancient stats, and adds one of three new unique Class Powers listed below. For full details on how they work, check out this Seasonal Guide by Chewingnom!

  • Blessed Hammer now crackles with energy damaging enemies within 15 yards of its path. All runes but Dominion now throw the hammer in a direct path in front of the Crusader.
  • Every two seconds, call down Fist of the Heavens on a random nearby enemy.
  • After casting Falling Sword, you descend from the sky with two Archangels that wield immense holy skills. 

Of these 3 powers only Sanctified Falling Sword can be useful in very high-end pushing, otherwise just use the Angelic Crucibles to get a free Sanctified Primal Ancient with perfect stats.

Since you can only equip one of them, choosing the right item to craft it on matters! Great candidates are Weapons, Offhands, Jewelry or any item with an important multiplier. With that in mind, we recommend Sanctifying one of the following items:

  • Blade of Prophecy
  • Unrelenting Phalanx
  • Talisman of Akkhan

Global Stat Priorities

Stack as much Cooldown Reduction as possible, there's no specifict breakpoint to hit, ideally you want a CDR roll on every piece that can have it except amulet. For Attack Speed aim for 18 frames breakpoint in Bowmen builds. For this you need Laws of Valor, 6-7% roll on the weapon and 13%+ or 12%+ on two other pieces. If you can't hit this breakpoint (or use a non-Bowmen build), don't bother with Attack Speed at all and focus on other stats. Make sure your defensive slots—Boots, Pants and Belt—have Vitality and Resistance to All Elements on them. Stack DPS stats wherever possible: Elemental Damage, Condemn Damage, Critical Hit Damage and Critical Hit Chance. Ignore Area Damage as it doesn't work with Condemns triggered by Phalanx avatars.

Assembling the Build

1. Do the Challenge Rift for the materials to cube Legendary Powers. You can complete this once a week for additional resources and we always update the guide for you!

2. Gather the full Armor of Akkhan set. Each piece can be gambled from Kadala for Bloodshards. Do not salvage any duplicate pieces you find! Instead convert them to another part of the set with Recipe 4 in Kanai's Cube. If your last missing set piece is Talisman of Akkhan - don't gamble for it! Instead gamble for a cheap and easy item, like Pauldrons of Akkhan, and once again covert it with Recipe 4. If you have extra materials you can use Recipe 3 to craft the remaining pieces, but this is expensive and not recommended for new players.


3. Gamble from Kadala in this order:

  1. The full Armor of Akkhan set
  2. Frydehr's Wrath
  3. Unrelenting Phalanx
  4. Tasker and Theo
  5. Warhelm of Kassar
  6. Nemesis Bracers
  7. Goldwrap

4. Craft using Recipe 3 in Kanai's Cube in this order:

  1. 2-Handed Swords to get Blade of Prophecy
  2. 2-Handed Flails to get Baleful Remnant
  3. Anything from the Gamble list in Step 3 that you haven't already acquired.

5. Do Bounties to acquire several important items for this build:

  • Act 1: Ring of Royal Grandeur
  • Act 3: Avarice Band and Pride's Fall
  • Act 4: Can drop any bounty item from any act
  • Bounty Turn In: Recipes for Captain Crimson's Trimmings, Cain's Destiny and Sage's Journey

6. At this point you can somewhat comfortably farm Nephalem or Speed Greater Rifts where you can find all the remaining items you need for different variants of the build. It's better to spend your materials improving your set pieces, getting ancient weapon etc.

Item Stat Priorities

SLOTITEMSTAT PRIORITY
Main-HandBlade of Prophecy
Baleful Remnant
In-Geom (Cubed)
1. Damage Range
2. Socket Ramaladni's Gift
3. Cooldown Reduction
4. Attack Speed
5. Damage %
6. Strength
7. Elite Damage
Off-HandFrydehr's Wrath (Cubed)
Unrelenting Phalanx
1. Critical Hit Chance
2. Condemn Damage
3. Cooldown Reduction
4. Strength
5. Elite Damage
HelmHelm of Akkhan
Guardian's Gaze (Crafted)
Aughild's Spike (Crafted)
Pride's Fall (A3 Bounties)
1. Critical Hit Chance
2. Socket Flawless Royal Diamond
3. Strength
4. Vitality
GlovesGauntlets of Akkhan
Stone Gauntlets
Tasker and Theo (Cubed)
1. Critical Hit Chance
2. Cooldown Reduction
3. Critical Hit Damage
4. Attack Speed
5. Strength
ShouldersPauldrons of Akkhan
Aughild's Power (Crafted)
1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Condemn Damage
3. Strength
4. Resistance to All Elements
5. Resource Cost Reduction
Chest Breastplate of Akkhan
Aughild's Rule (Crafted)
1. Sockets Flawless Royal Diamond
2. Condemn Damage
3. Elite Damage Reduction
4. Resistance to All Elements
5. Strength
6. Vitality
7. Life %
PantsCuisses of Akkhan
Captain Crimson's Thrust (Crafted)
Cain's Habit (Crafted)
1. Sockets Flawless Royal Diamond
2. Resistance to All Elements
3. Strength
4. Vitality
BootsSabatons of Akkhan
Captain Crimson's Waders (Crafted)
Cain's Travelers (Crafted)
1. Resistance to All Elements
2. Strength
3. Vitality
4. Armor
Ring 1The Compass Rose
Convention of Elements
Focus
Restraint
1. Socket
2. Cooldown Reduction
3. Critical Hit Damage
4. Critical Hit Chance
5. Attack Speed
Ring 2Rechel's Ring of Larceny
Avarice Band (A3 Bounties)
Ring of Royal Grandeur (A1 Bounties, Cubed)
Stone of Jordan
1. Socket
2. Cooldown Reduction
3. Critical Hit Damage
4. Critical Hit Chance
Bracers
Strongarm Bracers
Nemesis Bracers
Warzechian Armguards
Aughild's Search (Crafted)
Guardian's Aversion (Crafted)
1. Elemental Damage
2. Critical Hit Chance
3. Strength
4. Vitality
5. Resistance to All Elements
AmuletThe Travelers Pledge
Squirt's Necklace
Talisman of Akkhan
1. Socket
2. Critical Hit Damage
3. Elemental Damage
4. Critical Hit Chance
BeltCaptain Crimson's Silk Girdle (Crafted)
Guardian's Case (Crafted)
1. Resistance to All Elements
2. Strength
3. Vitality
4. Life %
PotionBottomless Potion of Kulle-AidFor breaking walls to pull enemies
and increase DPS

Gems

  • Bane of the Trapped is the most common damage gem. Mostly we use Judgment and the follower's slows to activate the bonus.
  • Enforcer boosts damage of our pets by 60% and that includes damage of Condemns triggered by Phalanx.
  • Bane of the Powerful is used for an extra bit of damage in T16 and speedfarm builds. Solo push version uses Bane of the Stricken to kill the Rift Guardian.
  • In some cases the last gem can be Boon of the Hoarder for gold or Esoteric Alteration for extra protection.

Skills

  • Phalanx and Judgment are both necessary to deal damage. Judgment has all runes at once, and Phalanx is usually set to Bowmen, but other runes also can be used in some builds.
  • Akarat's Champion Prophet is needed to activate our set bonus, on top of huge stat bonuses it provides.
  • One of the remaining skill slots is occupied by Law skill, which is either Laws of Hope Wings of Angels for mobility or Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force for defense.
  • Condemn, despite being the main damage skill, is not always included. Shattering Explosion rune is used in pushing for increased AoE and Unleashed is a must-have for speedfarming.
  • The last skill slot is usually a generator like Justice Sword of Justice for builds with Bastions of Will set or an utility skill such as Iron Skin Flash or Steed Charge in other builds.

Passives

  • Heavenly Strength is necessary to equip a 2h weapon together with Frydehr's Wrath.
  • Finery is the strongest generic crusader passive, which provides about 15% DPS and 12% toughness boost.
  • Long Arm of the Law is used to get higher uptime on our chosen Law skill.
  • The last passive is either Lord Commander for a little bit of extra damage or Indestructible for more survivability.

Paragon Points

CoreOffensiveDefensiveUtility
1. Movement Speed1. Cooldown Reduction 1. All Resistance1. Pickup Radius
2. Strength2. Critical Hit Damage 2. Armor2. Resource Cost Reduction
3. Vitality13. Critical Hit Chance 3. Life %3. Life per Hit
4. Maximum Wrath4. Attack Speed 4. Life Regeneration4. Area Damage

1 Add a bit of Vitality if you feel too squishy (a total of 750,000 Life is recommended).

Follower

Patch 2.7.0 revamped the follower system giving all 3 hirelings new powers and the emanate system. The first thing you should do is read our complete follower guide and remember the key takeaways:

  1. The emanation system allows followers to share certain legendary and set powers with you. The most important ones are: The Flavor of Time, Nemesis Bracers, Avarice Band, Sage’s Journey and Cain’s Destiny. Click the guide above for the full list.
  2. Follower’s powers are based on their main stat (maxed at 25.000, but they have a 2.5x multiplier so you only need 10.000). This means we stack Intelligence on the Enchantress, Dexterity on the Scoundrel and Strength on the Templar.
  3. Guardian's Jeopardy (3) Bonus works for followers by improving their inherent stat multiplier from x2.5 to x3.5, making it slightly easier to hit the 25,000 main stat threshold if needed.
  4. Followers share 20% of their Experience, Magic and Gold Find stats with you.
  5. Legendary gems do not work on followers, except Esoteric Alteration and Mutilation Guard.
  6. Cooldown Reduction does not work for any follower skill except the Templar’s Heal.
  7. Followers never deal significant damage; you’re on your own to clear the content.

Select Follower

Gameplay

Phalanx, the Law skill, and Condemn you can just mindlessly spam all the time, they don't have any animation and there's no reason to be conservative with either of them.

Akarat's Champion you can also just spam if you don't want to think about it, but if you want to optimize your survivability a little bit, only recast it when the green bar on top of the skill disappears.

Judgment is a skill you need to spam the most. Always make sure that every single enemy you encounter is properly judged and reapply the debuff at least once every 6 seconds.

Justice you only need to use once every 5 seconds to refresh Bastions of Will buff. On the Rift Guardian you need to spam it to stack Bane of the Stricken.

Hardcore

For Hardcore, swap Holy Cause for Indestructible. The build is fairly tanky as it is, but if you feel that it's not enough, you can use Esoteric Alteration instead of Zei's Stone of Vengeance. Check out our dedicated Hardcore Survival Guide to learn more about how to succeed in this game mode!


Variants

Nephalem Rifts
T16 Physical Condemn

Concept
In T16 it's best to use the old manual cast build and only include Phalanx for cooldown reduction. Casting Judgment and then waiting for your pets to attack the target is just way too slow when you can simply kill everything by pressing Condemn once or twice.

Gameplay
Playing Condemn Crusader in torments is not exactly rocket science. You spam all 6 of your buttons as much as you can and you run forward. That's literally it.

Setups
If you play in groups, equip Nemesis Bracers and replace Squirt's Necklace with Avarice Band. You can also put Warzechian Armguards into the cube if you want to be faster rather than tankier.

At low level and with unoptimized gear you might struggle to deal enough damage. In that case you can run Phalanx version of the build, similar to GR Speeds variant but with more movement speed and Goldwrap (click on the planner to see details).

GR Solo Speeds
Condemn Solo Speeds

Concept
This build is quite similar to the push variant, there's only 2 major differences. We use Laws of Hope Wings of Angels instead of Unstoppable Force to get some movement speed. Condemn rune is switched to Unleashed to avoid overkill.

Still this build has very little mobility so your runs will not be shorter than 3 minutes.

Gameplay
The gameplay is the same as in the push version described in the section above. In speeds you should pay extra attention to applying Judgment to every single mob on the screen. If your pets are stuck attacking unjudged enemy you are dealing no damage whatsoever!

Setups
At higher Paragon (3,000+) you should replace Guardian's Jeopardy and Stone Gauntlets with Captain Crimson's Trimmings and Strongarm Bracers for more damage.

If you want to play lower tier but go faster, drop Focus and Restraint for Stone of Jordan and Convention of Elements. This lets you replace Justice with Steed Charge Endurance.

GR Solo Push

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Video Guide

Coming soon.


Mechanics

Blade of Prophecy

  • Produces up to two extra explosions with 0.1-0.3 second delay.
  • Each enemy hit can trigger only 1 extra explosion; at least two enemies need to be hit to get full benefit.
  • Extra explosions inherit damage type and proc coefficient of equipped Condemn rune.
  • Extra explosions can proc Area Damage and Holy Cause.

Frydehr's Wrath

  • Reduces the cooldown of Condemn to 0.5 seconds.
  • This cooldown cannot be further reduced by Cooldown Reduction.

Condemn Vacuum

  • Only pulls in enemies that are at least 15 yards away.
  • Pulls in every 0.5 seconds for 6 pulls over 3 seconds in total.
  • Maximum pull range is increased by 2.5 yards with every pull, up to 30 yards.
  • Each pull can suck in a maximum of 10 enemies.
  • Enemies caught within the same pull ignore hitbox collision, however, they still need a space to be pulled into.

Armor of Akkhan

Condemns triggered by Phalanx:

  • inherit the equipped rune
  • have no proc coefficient and cannot proc Area Damage, Life per Hit or Holy Cause
  • can proc Blade of Prophecy
  • have their damage affected by Phalanx Damage rolls on gear and Enforcer.
  • are not affected by Warhelm of Kassar damage multiplier.

Summary

  • Put together the core items and acquire the full Armor of Akkhan set.
  • Stack Cooldown Reduction like a madman.
  • Judge everyone and everything.
  • Enjoy the fireworks!

Akkhan Condemn... What year is this!?


Credits

Written by Northwar.


Changelog

Aug 25th 2022
Added Shield Bearers Solo Push version.

Aug 24th 2022
Updated mechanics and builds with the new patch. Warhelm of Kassar removed. Added manual cast Solo Push version.