Aegis of Valor (AoV) is the latest Crusader set to be introduced into the game with Season 19. Featuring some impressive numbers—20,000% increased damage, as well as the only stacking buff in the game that was stacking multiplicatively with itself—this set brought about a new era in the world of Diablo III power creep. The highest Greater Rift tier—150—was cleared solo for the first time using AoV Heaven's Fury (HF) Crusader build.
Since then the build was nerfed in 5 separate occasions each time roughly halving the power of the setup, with the addition of a cap to Shield of Fury stacks then a nerf to it, the prevention of animation canceling, the nerf to Ivory Tower and finally the nerf to the (2) Bonus stacks to be additive instead of multiplicative with themselves.
However the build still stands as one of the strongest Rift Guardian Killers and one of the strongest solo builds across all classes. The raw power of the set itself also makes it very easy to get into higher difficulties straight away, even before the full build is completed. During Season 24, Ethereals allowed the build to be a hybrid setup between manual casts and block-based casts from Ivory Tower.
This build is an Area Damage (AD) build when using Norvald's Fervor setup, since selfcast Heaven's Fury can proc it, while other setups are not as Shield of Fury does not interact with it and Ivory Tower casts cannot proc it either (see Mechanics). Apart from Heaven's Fury, the set also increases damage of Fist of the Heavens (FotH). Despite not competing in terms of raw damage output, AoV FotH Crusader really shine in lower speedfarming content such as Nephalem Rifts, Bounties and Speed Greater Rifts, where Heaven's Fury is not so good due to its small AoE and overall clunkiness.
Easy to Play ✔
Good Season Starter ✔
Excellent Single Target Damage ✔
❌ Limited Skill Choices
❌ Clunky Supporting Items
❌ Sensitive to CC Resistance
- Aegis of Valor set provides 50% damage reduction, nearly infinite Wrath and whopping x1,600 Heaven's Fury damage increase.
- Captain Crimson's Trimmings set provides roughly 60% DPS increase and more than 100% toughness boost.
- Ring of Royal Grandeur is necessary to get the full benefit from both sets.
- Fate of the Fell increases Heaven's Fury by 500% and adds 2 extra beams, in case of Fires of Heaven all three beams can hit the same target, dealing triple damage.
- Shield of Fury increases Heaven's Fury damage by up to 300%
- Bracer of Fury increases Heaven's Fury damage by 400% but only against enemies affected by some of hard Crowd Control (CC) effects.
- Convention of Elements - due to the restriction imposed by Bracer of Fury this ring becomes much more valuable, increasing the overall damage output by more than 150% if CC is overlapped with Holy part of the cycle.
Season 24 Ethereals
Ethereals are powerful rare weapons that can only be found during Season 24. They have incredible stats, a random Legendary power, and a free passive for your class. Read our Ethereal Mechanics Guide for full details on how they work and our Ethereal Farming Guide to learn how to acquire them. What you should prioritize on them is the following:
- The Legendary Power
This build requires Fate of the Fell, Shield of Fury and Ivory Tower to be functional. We need our Ethereal to roll one of these powers so we can cube the other. We also want a good roll on our Legendary power if it has a range. For speed content it is always helpful to have Ethereals with In-geom or Messerschmidt's Reaver powers, so keep those if you find them.
- The Ethereal Itself
There are 3 different weapons available to us, each with its own benefits:
- The Redeemer - This is the best Ethereal for this build providing Holy Damage, Attack Speed and massive +50% Damage to Demons and Undead (about 60% of enemies you find in Greater Rift are one of these two types).
- Astreon's Iron Ward - This option comes in close second with its Critical Hit Chance and Critical Hit Damage rolls. It's about 15% weaker than The Redeemer when fighting Undead or Demons but 27% stronger against other enemies.
- Khalim's Will - This is the worst Ethereal for this build damage wise (36% weaker than Astreon's Iron Ward) but its high Attack Speed and Life Per Hit make it better defensively. It is, however, the best option for Nephalem Rift farming, thanks to the Steed Charge reset special affix it provides.
- The Ethereal Stat Rolls
Each Ethereal comes with its own fixed set of powerful affixes. While some have a static value, many have a wide stat range. This means the difference between good and bad rolls is significant and something you should look for.
- A Useful Passive
This is just icing on the cake because a fifth passive is not going to make or break your build. You're better off hunting for the things above. Check out the Passives section down below to see which ones you're looking for.
Global Stat Priorities
Get at least 55% Cooldown Reduction to have high uptime on Akarat's Champion. Make sure your defensive slots—Boots, Pants and Belt—have Vitality and All Resistance on them. Stack DPS stats wherever possible: Holy Damage Increase, Heaven's Fury Damage, Critical Hit Damage and Critical Hit Chance. Area Damage should be mostly ignored, because it doesn't get buffed by Shield of Fury.
- Put together the core items and acquire the full Aegis of Valor set.
- Stack Cooldown Reduction to keep up all your defensive buffs.
- Don't recast the buffs until they almost run out.
- Only use Crowd Control skills directly before your Holy rotation.
- Don't die 4Head
Guide by Northwar.