SotL Blessed Hammer Crusader Guide

Last Updated: September 11th 2023

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Introduction

SotL BH Solo Push
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Seeker of the Light Blessed Hammer Crusader build is the spiritual successor of famous Hammerdin build from Diablo II. This build does exactly what it says on the box: makes hammers fly. If you've always wanted to see approximately 30 hammers orbiting you while bonking denizens of hell on the head, then you've come to the right place!

Unfortunately, this set has a serious problem - the support skill which you have to use to activate your damage and toughness bonuses is Falling Sword. There's exactly one thing that is good about this skill - it looks cool. Other than that it does nothing. Damage is completely irrelevant, despite 1,000% increase from the Seeker of the Light (6) Bonus. None of the runes provide any meaningful utility. And while it is a teleport skill, the animation is so slow that it is barely faster than walking.

On the current patch Seeker of the Light Blessed Hammer Crusader is completely outclassed by either Bombardment Crusader or Fist of the Heavens Crusader in pushing and in farming. But if you want to conquer Seeker of the Light leaderboards this is (the only) build to do it!

High Attack Speed ✔
Straightforward Mechanics ✔
A LOT of Hammers Everywhere ✔
Can Grab a Tea during Falling Sword ✔

❌ Squishy
Bad Single Target Damage
❌ Area Damage Doesn't Work
❌ Falling Sword is Incredibly Slow

Core Setup

Core Item Build

Items

  • Seeker of the Light set provides 50% damage reduction, 12,000% Blessed Hammer damage increase and also lets us reset cooldowns of Falling Sword and Provoke extremely fast.
  • Captain Crimson's Trimmings set gives around 60% DPS, 28%-65% damage reduction and 20% Cooldown Reduction.
  • Ring of Royal Grandeur allows us to get full bonuses from both sets.
  • Hammer Jammers increase Blessed Hammer damage by 400%.
  • Faithful Memory increases Blessed Hammer damage by up to 800%.
  • Guard of Johanna provides a 250% Blessed Hammer damage increase when fighting lone Elites or Rift Guardians.
  • Johanna's Argument doubles the damage and attack speed of Blessed Hammer allowing us to cast up to 6 hammers every second.

Global Stat Priorities

Stack as much Cooldown Reduction (CDR) as possible, you want literally every single point of it on every single piece including the amulet. For Attack Speed you just need a 7% roll on the Weapon as it is multiplicative with rolls from other pieces. Make sure your defensive slots—Boots, Pants and Belt—have Vitality and All Resistance on them. Life per Hit is a great stat for extra recovery; having at least one roll on Weapon or Bracers is recommended, although not required. Stack DPS stats wherever possible: Holy Damage, Blessed Hammer Damage, Critical Hit Damage and Critical Hit Chance. Ignore Area Damage because it doesn't get buffed by Hammer Jammers.

Assembling the Build

Item Stat Priorities

Gems

Skills

Passives

Paragon Points

Follower

Gameplay

Hardcore

Variants

Nephalem Rifts
GR Solo Push
SotL BH Solo Push

Concept
This is the solo push version, which tries to get as much damage and toughness as possible. To that end we use Endless Walk, Convention of Elements and Strongarm Bracers. Our chosen rune on Blessed Hammer is Limitless because it deals twice as much damage compared to the base skill. And finally our two free skill slots are occupied by Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force and Iron Skin Steel Skin for extra toughness.

Gameplay
The gameplay is incredibly simple: you spam all your buffs and hold down Blessed Hammer. Don't fight less than 10 mobs to get maximum value from Faithful Memory. Before your Holy Convention of Elements cycle, use Falling Sword in the middle of the pull to refresh all the buffs and to apply Hammer Jammers to as many mobs as possible. If Oculus Ring spawns in the first second of Holy, use Falling Sword to get into it, otherwise don't bother.

Setups
If you don't have max Cooldown Reduction, replace Convention of Elements with Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac. It will solve your cooldown issues but you will have to use your skills conservatively. Only recast each buff when it's about to expire. If you do that well, you can even switch to Iron Skin Flash.

At very high Paragon (5,000+) you can switch Iron Skin rune to Flash. It will have significant downtime making you squishier, but in return you will gain the ability to take almost every Oculus Ring without losing too much damage.

Video Guide

Mechanics

Faithful Memory

Hammer Jammers

Summary

  • Put together the core items and acquire the full Seeker of the Light set.
  • Stack Cooldown Reduction before everything to survive.
  • Spam all the buttons!
  • Never let go of Blessed Hammer button.

Haha, the hammers go: "brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr".

Credits

Written by Northwar.

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