Crusader

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Crusader
Special Class
Human Crusader Large.png
Class traits
Class trait: SCARS SCARS
Trait: Poison Immune Poison Immune, Trait: Mana Burn Immune Mana Burn Immune, Trait: Curse Immune Curse Immune
Class trait: MOMENTUM MOMENTUM
Successive kills add 15% bonus damage. Leveling up or losing momentum halves bonus
Class trait: MARTYR MARTYR
Extra altar spawn
Suggested Races
Class: Crusader Orc Crusader, Class: Crusader Halfling Crusader
Unlocking
Once you have unlocked all Gods, you may encounter the Crusader in a subdungeon. You must reach 100 Piety with any deity in order to gain his trust, at which point you will unlock the class.

Class Features

While not apparent at first glance, the class features of the crusader allow him to be played in more ways than probably any other class. Learning to properly use all the gods, as well as getting comfortable with desecrating their altars at the right time allows you to unlock the full potential of the Crusader.


Class trait: SCARS SCARS means you are resistant to most effects which hinder regen fighters, which makes you excellent at stacking damage resistances, even tough you don't start with any. It also makes you effectively immune to most of the maluses that Item: Patches the Teddy Patches the Teddy can inflict upon the player, meaning you should probably be prepping it on any Crusader run (as it can also get you some resistances, but also all sorts of other benefits).

While resistance stacking is certainly strong, even a spellcaster crusader can benefit from the potential mana increases Patches offers. At very minimum, the ability to use Patches freely is very effective.


Class trait: MOMENTUM MOMENTUM ability can be leveraged in two ways - by getting your attack very high (in combination with the highest base damage possible), to take down the boss in as few hits as possible. This is actually rather difficult to leverage, and while workable is probably the worst way to play crusader. It is occasionally the way to go - when you're facing a high damage but low health boss like Bleaty, Aequitas and such, or when you can only get a very, very few strikes in on a boss.

The best way to leverage it is to conserve popcorn (low level mosters) as much as possible during leveling. Then when you're ready to fight the boss you first kill 4 little guys for +60% damage, which is a lot and practically unparallel. You then strike the boss, and it drops to +30%. Kill two more little guys and you're back to 60% for the next strike. This is the most optimal way to play the crusader, and it makes him one of the highest damage classess in the game in a stable way.

It is best combined with either God: Taurog Taurog (for his string of Death Protections), God: Tikki Tooki Tikki Tooki (with his string of potions) or God: Dracul Dracul (for healing between strikes using his Bloodswell and Sanguine boons).


Class trait: MARTYR MARTYR means you will always have plenty of altars in the dungeon. This means you're more likely to encounter useful altars, and will have more opportunities for favorable conversion combos. This also means that it's somewhat more likely that you'll encounter the unpreppable god God: The Pactmaker The Pactmaker. If combined with the extra altar preparation then a Crusader will have a total of 5 altars, meaning more than half the pantheon will be present. Perhaps most importantly, it vastly increases the odds of finding an altar you can safely desecrate for bonus piety.

Bringing a Item: Burn Salve Burn Salve on any run means you can always desecrate God: The Earthmother The Earthmother altar with no effective downside. The God: Mystera Annur Mystera Annur altar can be easily desecrated if you have a way of removing resistances from your enemies afterwards; both God: Binlor Ironshield Binlor Ironshield and God: Jehora Jeheyu Jehora Jeheyu offer you a method of reversing her penalty. The Binlor altar can be desecrated for no punishment as long as you don't have any damage resistance, and since the Crusader doesn't have any by default this usually means it's a free desecration. God: Dracul Dracul's altar can be desecrated if you don't mind a minor health drop, but this can be problematic on high-difficulty dungeons where powerful monsters often come very close to 1-hit kills. The only altar which you should avoid desecrating at all costs is the altar of the God: Glowing Guardian Glowing Guardian.

A particularly effective combination is using God: Taurog Taurog and God: Dracul Dracul in combination for high resistances. Ordinarily any specific 2-diety combo requires some luck to find, but for the Crusader the odds are pretty good.

Race

Which race is best for the crusader depends on which gods you intend to use. The trick to beaing a great crusader is choosing a race who's bonus helps you level up.

Orc

The Class: Crusader Orc Crusader makes a great race for Crusaders. Due to his massive attack bonus, an Orc Crusader's heightened base attack will be multiplied to enormous proportions. An added benefit of playing an Orc is that early glyph conversions will help you level by killing higher level enemies saving a lot of "popcorn" for later to keep your damage boost from Class trait: MOMENTUM MOMENTUM stable.

Halfling

The Halfling makes a great race for Crusaders because of their many beneficial interactions with gods, the fact that you can use their healing potions in combination with Class trait: MOMENTUM MOMENTUM in order to spike a boss and the fact that you can use your health potions to kill higher level monsters while you level. Potions can also be used to power up the Item: Trisword Trisword and/or the Item: Alchemist Scroll Alchemist Scroll, and advanced users can make good use of converting potions for piety with the gods God: Glowing Guardian Glowing Guardian, God: Dracul Dracul or God: Jehora Jeheyu Jehora Jeheyu, and God: Tikki Tooki Tikki Tooki can turn health potions into freebie hits on the boss.

Goblin

The Goblin (if you can use them) is also makes a rather good crusader, since he can use his conversion bonus to level up while killing fewer enemies, leaving more enemies on board to keep the end-game Class trait: MOMENTUM MOMENTUM stable.

Strategy

The Crusader can build up to massive amounts of attack bonus by chaining kills. This allows Crusaders to deal massive amounts of damage that other classes simply couldn't achieve with a single blow. On the other hand, this bonus is halved if he doesn't land a killing blow (including with Glyph: BURNDAYRAZ BURNDAYRAZ, so watch out!), so he must repeatedly kill low-level monsters to rebuild his Class trait: MOMENTUM MOMENTUM and deal his maximum damage. This makes it exceedingly important to leave lots of low-level monsters alive for the boss battle, and makes him work very well with deities like God: Tikki Tooki Tikki Tooki. Managing popcorn monsters is the most important part of playing Crusader, as you'll need them to kill higher level monsters or bosses faster.

Interestingly, Glyph: PISORF PISORF doesn't cause you to lose your momentum, so if you need extra damage, Glyph: PISORF PISORF is preferrable to Glyph: BURNDAYRAZ BURNDAYRAZ.

One particularly devious strategy with the Crusader is the so-called "one-hit-wonder". This Crusader prepares a Item: Strength Potion Strength Potion or purchases one in dungeon, and otherwise works to maximize his attack bonus (usually by playing orc and converting just about everything). He then builds up Class trait: MOMENTUM MOMENTUM and activates the Item: Strength Potion Strength Potion. This will grant him a single attack that deals massive damage. This is often enough to wipe out a weaker boss.