Invoker Thorns Crusader Build

A build that focuses on the Thorns effect, using it along with extremely high Attack Speed to quickly kill all enemies around you.


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Example Build in Skill Calculator

This build mainly revolves around taking advantage of Thorns of the Invoker, greatly enhancing the typically negligible Thorns stat. It boosts its damage greatly and makes that damage AoE. However, the main source of damage will be Slash, as it will get an extreme damage boost from Thorns. Another important Skill is Bombardment, which will give a defensive boost with the set bonus and, when using the Barrels of Spikes Rune, will have a damage boost based on your Thorns damage.

Aside from these two Skills, other core Skills of this build are:

  • Iron Skin – gives a boost to both offense and defense.
  • Laws of Valor – gives a boost to Attack Speed.
  • Akarat’s Champion – a staple in Crusader builds; it gives you a boost in both offense and defense.
  • Steed Charge – gives a boost in mobility and helps keep enemies close to you.



The primary armor of this build will be the Thorns of the Invoker set. You will need five pieces of it for the full effect (if you Cube the Royal Ring of Grandeur). Omnislash will cause Slash to damage everyone around you. Both the Pig Sticker and Echoing Fury will keep your Attack Speed high. Akarat’s Awakening will help reduce all of your cooldowns. The Captain Crimson’s Trimmings set and Endless Walk set will increase both your damage and survivability.

Boyarsky’s Chip, Bane of the Trapped, and Bane of the Stricken are generally the best Legendary Gems, all of which further increase your damage.

SlotStat Priorities
Weapon1. Socket (using Ramaladni’s Gift)
2. Attack Speed
3. Cooldown Reduction
4. Elite Damage
5. Life per Hit
6. Strength
Off-Hand1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Elite Damage
3. Thorns
4. Block Chance
5. Strength
Helm1. Socket (Flawless Royal Diamond)
2. Strength
3. Vitality
4. Life per Hit
5. All Resistance
Gloves1. Attack Speed
2. Cooldown Reduction
3. Critical Hit Damage
4. Life per Hit
5. Resource Cost Reduction
6. All Resistance
7. Strength
Shoulders1. Cooldown Reduction
2. Resource Cost Reduction
3. Strength
4. All Resistance
5. Vitality
Chest1. Sockets (3 Flawless Royal Diamonds)
2. Thorns
3. Elite Damage Reduction
4. All Resistance
5. Strength
6. Vitality
Pants1. Sockets (2 Flawless Royal Diamonds)
2. All Resistance
3. Thorns
4. Strength
5. Vitality
Boots1. All Resistance
2. Strength
3. Vitality
4. Thorns
5. Armor
Rings1. Socket
2. Attack Speed
3. Cooldown Reduction
4. Critical Hit Damage
5. Life per Hit
6. All Resistance
7. Thorns
Amulet1. Socket
2. Critical Hit Damage
3. Physical Damage
4. Attack Speed
5. Thorns
6. Strength
Bracers1. Physical Damage
2. Strength
3. Life per Hit
4. All Resistance
5. Vitality
Belt1. All Resistance
2. Strength
3. Thorns
4. Vitality
5. Life %

Paragon Point Distribution

1. Movement Speed1. Cooldown Reduction1. All Resistance1. Life per Hit
2. Strength2. Attack Speed2. Armor2. Resource Cost Reduction
3. Vitality3. Critical Hit Damage3. Life %3. Pickup Radius
4. Maximum Wrath4. Critical Hit Chance4. Life Regeneration4. Area Damage
  • Prioritize Vitality if you need more survivability.


Invoker Thorns Crusader Guide

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Crusader Thorns of the Invoker Build

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