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Thorns Invoker Crusader Season 13 Starter Build - Diablo 3 RoS

Thorns Invoker Crusader Season 13 Starter Build - Diablo 3 RoS

The most powerful Thorn-based build in Diablo 3. Invoker set will be awarded in the Haedrig Gifts in Season 13

Thorns Invoker
Crusader Build
Diablo 3 Patch 2.6.1

Invoker is the only set in Diablo 3 that revolves around the Thorns mechanics. Unlike all the other builds, Thorns require an entirely different set of attributes on the items. Thorns damage cannot critically hit, which means the stats you were after in any other build are redundant here. Thorns Invoker Crusader is a very powerful build, which has a Greater Rifts 100 and above solo capability. It is however not suitable for party play. 

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Invoker Thorns Crusader

Table of contents

  1. General information
  2. Recommended items
  3. Recommended skills

General information

The entire build is based on the Thorns of the Invoker set which provides the following bonuses:

  • Thorns damage now hits all enemies in a 15-yard radius around the Crusader. Each time an enemy is hit with Punish or Slash, or an attack is blocked, Thorns damage is increased by 140% for 2 seconds (Crusader Only) (2/6)
  • Take 50% less damage for 20 seconds after casting Bombardment (4/6)
  • The attack speed of Punish and Slash are increased by 50%, and these skills deal 5400% of effective Thorns damage to the first enemy hit (6/6)

Thorns Invoker Crusader build is all about dealing increased thorns damage with Punish or Slash attacks. Because thorns' damage cannot crit, and each hit deals fixed the amount of Thorns damage, this build relies on very high attack speed and cooldown reduction. This build has extremely high single target damage but lacks area attacks, which makes it more suitable for high Greater Rifting, rather than Bounty farming.


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Recommended items

Equipment

Crown of the Invoker
Head - Crown of the Invoker
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) Strength
3) Vitality
4) All Elemental Resistances
Socket: 

NOTE: We do not include Thorns on the set parts since Invoker items always roll Thorns as the secondary affix
Heart of Iron Chest - Heart of Iron
Stat priorities:
1) Strength
2) Vitality
3) Thorns
4) All Elemental Resistances
Sockets: 
Special power:
Gain Thorns equal to 250–300% of current Vitality
Renewal of the Invoker Pants - Renewal of the Invoker
Stat priorities:
1) Strength
2) Vitality
3) All Elemental Resistances
Sockets: 
Pride of the Invoker Gloves - Pride of the Invoker
Stat priorities:
1) Strength
2) Attack Speed
3) Cooldown Reduction
4) Area damage
5) Secondary res.
Zeal of the Invoker Boots - Zeal of the Invoker
Stat priorities:
1) Strength
2) Vitality
3) Armor
4) All Elemental Resistances
Burden of the Invoker Pauldrons - Burden of the Invoker
Stat priorities:
1) Strength
2) Vitality
3) Cooldown Reduction
4) Area damage
5) All Elemental Resistances
Shackles of the Invoker Bracers - Shackles of the Invoker
Stat priorities:
1) Physical damage%
2) Strength
3) Vitality
4) Thorns
5) All Elemental Resistances
Traveller's Pledge Amulet - Traveller's Pledge
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) Physical damage%
3) Strength
4) Vitality
5) Thorns
(Part of the Endless Walk set)
Set bonuses:
  • While moving, all damage taken is reduced by up to 50%
  • While standing still, all damage dealt is increased by up to 100%
Compass Rose Ring - Compass Rose
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) Cooldown Reduction
3) Attack Speed
4) Area damage
5) Strength
6) Vitality
7) Thorns
(Part of the Endless Walk set)
Justice Lantern Ring - Justice Lantern
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) Cooldown Reduction
3) Attack Speed
4) Area damage
5) Strength
6) Thorns
Special power:
Gain damage reduction equal to 45–55% of current Block Chance
Belt of the Trove Belt - Belt of the Trove
Stat priorities:
1) Strength
2) Vitality
3) Thorns
4) All Elemental Resistances
5) Life%
Special power:
Every 6–8 seconds, call down Bombardment on a random nearby enemy
Pig Sticker Weapon - Pig Sticker
Stat priorities:
1) Socket
2) Cooldown Reduction
3) Attack Speed
4) Area damage
5) Strength
6) Vitality
Sockets: 
Unique affixes:
+15–30% Damage to Beasts
+15–30% Damage to Humans
Akarat's Awakening Off-hand - Akarat's Awakening
1) Thorns
2) Strength
3) Cooldown Reduction
4) Area damage
5) Vitality
Special power:
Every successful block has a 20–25% chance to reduce all cooldowns by 1 second
Kanai Cube powers
Blood Brother Blood Brother
Grants a 15-20% chance to block attacks. Blocked attacks inflict 30% less damage. After blocking an attack, your next attack inflicts 30% additional damage
Aquila Cuirass Aquila Cuirass
While above 90–95% of the primary resource, all damage taken is reduced by 50%
CoE Ring Convention of Elements
Gain 150–200% increased damage to a single element for 4 seconds. This effect rotates through the elements available to your class in the following order: Arcane, Cold, Fire, Holy, Lightning, Physical, Poison
Legendary Gems
Bane of Trapped Bane of the Trapped
  • Increases damage done to enemies under the control-impairing effects by 15%
    Upgrade: +0.3% additional damage per Rank
  • Gain an aura that slows the movement speed of enemies within 15 yards by 30% (Requires Rank 25)
Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken
  • Each attack you make against an enemy increases the damage it takes from your attacks by 0.8%. Upgrade: +0.01% damage per Rank
  • Gain 25% increased damage against Rift Guardians and bosses (Requires Rank 25)
Boyarsky's Chip Boyarsky's Chip
  • Adds 16000 Thorns. Upgrade: +800 Thorns damage per Rank
  • Taunt the first enemy hit by Primary skills for 2 seconds (Requires Rank 25)
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Recommended skills

Active Skills

Punish
Punish
Strikes the enemy for 335% damage as Physical and gain Hardened Senses, increasing Block Chance by 15% for 5 seconds
Celerity
Blocking an attack will increase your attack speed by 15% for 5 seconds

Your main skill.  Punish provides very high attack speed which makes it the best choice for optimizing your DPS
Steed Charge Steed Charge
Mount a celestial war horse that allows the Crusader to ride through enemies unhindered for 2 seconds
Draw and Quarter
You drag up to 5 enemies within 15 yards when charging

Your main mobility skill. It also helps you group up enemies
Laws of Valor Laws of Valor
Passive: Recite the Law, granting the Crusader and their allies 8% increased Attack Speed
Active: Empower the Law, granting the Crusader and their allies 15% increased Attack Speed for 5 seconds
Invincible
Also increases your Life per Hit by up to 21457 at level 70

Since this build relies on Attack Speed this is the best Law available
Provoke Provoke
Taunts all nearby enemies and instantly generates additional 5 Wrath for every enemy taunted. Taunted enemies will focus their attention on the Crusader for 4 seconds
Hit Me
Increases your current block chance by 50% 

Great defensive buff, which increases your block chance and grants increased damage reduction from Justice Lantern
Iron Skin Iron Skin
The Crusader's skin turns to iron, absorbing 50% of all incoming damage for 4 seconds
Reflective Skin
Also increases your Thorns by +300% 

Mandatory skill for this build. Provides amazing damage reduction and thorns bonus. With high block chance and Akarat's Awakening shield, it is possible to have nearly 100% uptime on this buff
Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion
The Crusader explodes with the power of their order, increasing damage dealt by 35% and increasing their Wrath regeneration by 5 per second for 20 seconds
Prophet
Gain 150% additional armor while under the effect of Akarat's Champion. Also when taking fatal damage instead of dying you are healed to full Life. May happen only once per activation

Core Crusader skill that boosts up all your main attributes (damage and toughness)
Passive Skills
Finery Finery
Gain 1.5% increases maximum Strength by every gem socketed in your gear
Fervor Fervor
While wielding a one-handed weapon, you gain 15% increased Attack Speed, and all your cooldowns are reduced by 15%
Fanaticism Fanaticism

Increases the Attack Speed of all your primary abilities by 15%

Iron Maiden Iron Maiden
Increases your Thorns damage by 50%
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We hope you will enjoy this build as much as we did. And see you soon in the world of Sanctuary.

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