LoN Thorns Bombardment Crusader was the META Crusader solo build back in Seasons 5 through 8. It was later outclassed by various set builds and more or less forgotten until Season 22. when it received massive buffs. With two separate multipliers added to The Mortal Drama and Belt of the Trove, the build's damage was buffed by approximately 23 Greater Rift tiers. This made LoN Bombardment quite strong again, however, the simultaneous buffs of Armor of Akkhan and Norvald's Fervor sets produced an even stronger Bombardment build.
Compared to Akkhan/Invoker Bombardment, LoN Bombardment deals less damage but has a lot more flexibility in terms of items and skills, making the build much more pleasant to play.
With Season 23 LoN Bombardment finally found the niche where it can shine: No Six Piece Set Crusader leaderboard!
LoN Bombardment Crusader is a Thorns build, which makes it very easy to get going since you don't need any Critical Hit Chance or Critical Hit Damage rolls, but at the same time leaves a lot of room for gear hunt. Getting all items in Ancient quality with Thorns secondary rolls on everything is no easy task.
Can be Very Tanky ✔
Lazy Playstyle Available ✔
Great at Utilizing Area Damage ✔
Can do Everything on the Move ✔
❌ Hard to Gear
❌ Inconsistent Cooldowns
❌ Limited Control Over your Damage
❌ Long and Boring Rift Guardian Fights
- The Mortal Drama doubles the number of Bombardment impacts and increases its damage by 500%.
- Belt of the Trove casts a free Bombardment every 4 seconds and increases its damage by another 500%.
- Convention of Elements increases Physical damage by 200%.
- Akarat's Awakening reduces all cooldowns with each block, while Leoric's Crown straight up adds some extra Cooldown Reduction. With these items we have permanent Akarat's Champion and can cast Bombardment on every Convention of Elements rotation.
- Stone Gauntlets increase our Armor by 250% with no downside thanks to Akarat's Champion.
- Aquila Cuirass reduces incoming damage by 50%.
Global Stat Priorities
Get at least 60% Cooldown Reduction (CDR). Thanks to Akarat's Awakening there's no hard breakpoints but having more CDR makes your life easier. Make sure your defensive slots—Boots, Pants and Belt—have Vitality and Resistance to All Elements on them. Get around 40k Life per Hit (Weapon, Bracer, Rings, Helmet, Gloves). Your damage stats are: Physical Damage > Bombardment Damage > Area Damage > Thorns. Attack Speed is mostly useless as it only lets you stack Bane of the Stricken faster; you can get some in place of Strength at high Paragon. Critical Hit Chance & Damage are completely useless because they don't affect Thorns damage.
- Stack at least 60% Cooldown Reduction
- Cast Iron Skin Reflective Skin and Bombardment on Physical Convention of Elements cycles
- Stack Area Damage, Physical Damage and Thorns
- The monsters go "poof"
Credits to mawbs for helping improve Solo Speeds variant of the build.
Guide by Northwar.
Dropping barrels full of spikes on top of monsters seems a bit impolite, but hey, it works!