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Job Base(s): Swordman
Job Type: 2-2
Race: Human
Changes At: Prontera Castle
Number of Skills: 18
Total Skill Points: 132
Total Quest Skills: 1
Job Bonuses
+7 +2 +7 +6 +3 +5


Defenders as known as Crusaders are a fine blend of physical strength and faith-driven magic prowess, making them a versatile class. They are capable of melee combat with a spear or a sword and shield, of playing a supportive role in parties with beneficial magic skills, and of sacrificing their health to wield powerful holy magic. Knowing this, they can be built more like a mage than a warrior, or a classic favorite is to play the crusader like a tank. What makes this class so popular is the versatility, it's natural aim towards fighting the undead, and its centralization around having high VIT and defense.

Job Change Guide

See Crusader Job Change Guide for detailed information.

Changing into a Defender from a Swordman requires the player to complete a number of tasks:

  • Item Collection
  • Endurance Test
  • Written Test
  • Battle Test

After completing these tests, the player will be transformed into a Crusader. Most of this takes place inside of the Prontera Castle.


There are a few primary builds of Crusaders, although there are enough skill points to become a mix of the builds:

  • Grand Cross, which deals Holy physical and magic damage to the enemy.
  • Holy Cross, which will use the Holy Cross skill repeatedly for high single target damage.
  • AGI-Spear, which deals rapid melee / CRIT damage at close range,
  • Sacrifice, which allows the crusader to take damage in place of an ally.
  • Shield, which deals ranged damage from afar.

Grand Cross

Stat Build:

Skill Build:


  • Sacrifice Optional 1-5 (For party situations)
  • Guard Optional 6-8 (Tanking for parties)

Grand Cross, which is often abbreviated GC, is a skill that relies on both the Crusader's ATK and MATK to deal damamge to the enemy. Getting both STR and INT is recommended for higher ATK and MATK, which also helps with Weight Limit as well as SP Regeneration. VIT is important for mobbing multiple monsters to level. DEX is important to a Grand Cross Crusader because it reduces cast time.

Holy Cross

Stat Build:

Skill Build:


  • Sacrifice Optional 1-5 (For party situations)
  • Guard Optional 6-8 (Tanking for parties)

Holy Cross is a powerful single target skill with a low SP cost. Two handed spears are recommended for leveling with this skill for double damage.

AGI-Spear Crusader

Stat Build:

  • STR: 70-90
  • AGI: 80-99 (for ASPD bonus)
  • INT: 1-40
  • VIT: 60-80
  • DEX: 30-50 (high DEX is not needed if near 100% CRIT rate)
  • LUK: 20-60

Skill Build:


A popular build for newer players without as much funds. The AGI sader focuses on single target meleeing, as opposed to the other builds that focus either on AoE mob training, single target skill spamming, or party support. This means that fewer HP / SP Healing Items would need to be used. The AGI in this build also applies to a Crusader's 3rd job role: the Royal Guard, which takes advantage of the ASPD for a powerful single target skill, Vanishing Point. Players can choose to use CRIT gear to bring out more damage in this build, as it benefits greatly due to its attack-speed boosts.

Equipment Recommendations:

The player can also choose to use the Pantie / Undershirt combo or the Fricco's Shoes / Odin Blessing / Falcon Muffler combo, if the player cannot afford a Morrigane's Manteau.


Stat Build

Skill Build:


There are end-game Royal Guard builds that are built as pure Sacrifice, but for a Crusader, this is more used as a very helpful utility skill for protecting the squishy classes in the party. Sacrifice should not be seen as a "build" but just another skill for Crusader class characters to acquire (it is actually so helpful to parties that every Crusader / Paladin / Royal Guard should invest at least one point in it). Crusaders are more concerned with leveling as quickly as possible, so it is recommended to utilize one of the leveling builds that are able to solo or kill monsters on their own. However, Sacrifice is very useful in party situations and any offensive build is able to fit this into their skill build. High VIT is recommended for a higher HP pool to take more damage.


Stat Build:

Skill Build:


For a crusader that will level using a Soul-Link and Shield Boomerang, it may be possible to forgo high DEX in favor of other stats, as Shield Boomerang never misses when under the influence of a Soul-Link.

In order to gain the best DPS with a Soul-Link, 182 attack speed is the ideal. This has to do with the animation delay of the skill. Nothing more than 182 attack speed will help when using Linked Shield Boomerang.

Also remember to use heavier shields to achieve more DPS using Smite and Shield Boomerang; it adds to the damage when using those skills. The weight does add to the total damage.


Recovering HP or Healing Items

When mobbing or tanking groups of monsters, especially for AoE leveling, Healing Items WILL need to be consumed and often even spammed. One popular healing item is Fresh Fish due to its cheap cost and low weight. It can be purchased from NPCs off the Chef's Assistant at the docks of Alberta (167, 134) as well as other locations for only 250z each (190z with max Discount).

579.png Fresh Fish

For a list of Healing Items, a comparison, and a list of a couple popular Healing Items, please see the main article: Healing Items.


Eden Group Equipments Quests

Main article: Eden Group Equipments Quests

Eden Group Equipment is free and a great place to start for gear to use. The Spear is a good weapon and generally a good choice for a Crusader and their future classes' use.

General Equipment Recommendations

Main article: Equipment

The Equipment article lists some general all purpose equipment that is useful through the PVM phase and also for endgame use as well.

Third Class Compatible Equipment

Main article: Royal Guard Equipment

It is recommended to look at the Equipment recommendations for the Third Class job to see what equipment to strive for, rather than to spend a lot of money on a piece of equipment that will not be used in the future as a third class. However, some equipment may have a high level requirement, or are transcendent only.


After considering what requirement skills have (some skills can only be used with certain weapon types), the Weapon Search tool within the iRO Wiki DB site is very helpful. Generally, for physical classes (both melee and ranged), something with high ATK is best. For magic classes, something with high MATK is best.

Link to the iRO Wiki DB Weapon Search:

Class Data


See Swordsman Skills for first class skills.

Skill Description Levels Type
KN CAVALIERMASTERY.png Cavalier Mastery
Reduces the 50% ASPD penalty when riding a PecoPeco. 5 Passive
AL CURE.png Cure
Cures the target from Silence, Chaos and Blind status effects. 1 Supportive
Berkas:CR DEFENDER.png Defending Aura
Reduce incoming ranged damage; protects party members via Sacrifice. 5 Supportive
AL DEMONBANE.png Demon Bane
Increases attack against against Demons and Undead monsters by up to 30. 10 Passive
AL DP.png Divine Protection
Increases VIT defense against Demons and Undead monsters by up to 30. 10 Passive
Berkas:CR TRUST.png Faith
Increases Max HP and resistance to Holy-property attacks. 10 Passive
Berkas:CR GRANDCROSS.png Grand Cross
Summons a Grand Cross around the caster, damaging the caster and enemies with Holy property waves. 10 Offensive
Berkas:CR AUTOGUARD.png Guard
Blocks physical attacks with a Shield by chance for 300 seconds. 10 Supportive
AL HEAL.png Heal
Restore a target's HP, or damage Undead targets. 10 Supportive
Berkas:CR HOLYCROSS.png Holy Cross
Summon a holy cross that inflicts Holy damage on a target, blinding it by chance. 10 Offensive
KN RIDING.png Peco Peco Ride
Enables Knights or Crusaders to ride a Peco Peco. 1 Passive
Berkas:CR PROVIDENCE.png Resistant Souls
Temporarily increase resistance against Demon race and Holy property attacks. 5 Supportive
Berkas:CR DEVOTION.png Sacrifice
Protects a party member by taking all of the damage inflicted on said party member. 5 Supportive
Berkas:CR SHIELDBOOMERANG.png Shield Boomerang
Throw your shield at an enemy, dealing damage based on ATK and the shield's properties. 5 Offensive
Berkas:CR REFLECTSHIELD.png Shield Reflect
Reflect a fraction of the damage received back at an enemy. 10 Supportive
Berkas:CR SHIELDCHARGE.png Smite
Hurl your shield at an enemy, dealing damage based on ATK and knocking them back. 5 Offensive
KN SPEARMASTERY.png Spear Mastery
Adds +4 ATK (+5 while on a PecoPeco) per skill level to Spear weapons. 10 Passive
Berkas:CR SPEARQUICKEN.png Spear Quicken
Temporarily increase Attack Speed, CRIT, and FLEE when using a Spear. 10 Supportive

Quest Skills

Skill Description Levels Type Job Level
Berkas:CR SHRINK.png Shrink
Adds a chance to knock back opponents when you successfully block an attack with Guard. 1 Active None Shrink Quest

Soul Link

See Crusader Spirit.

Job Bonuses

Stat Bonus +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6 +7 +8 +9 +10 +11 +12
STR 7 11 17 23 25 32 48 - - - - -
AGI 30 36 - - - - - - - - - -
VIT 12 15 22 40 41 46 50 - - - - -
INT 9 20 21 35 38 44 - - - - - -
DEX 14 28 34 - - - - - - - - -
LUK 1 2 3 4 5 - - - - - - -


Equip Attack Speed From Swordman
Bare Handed 156 0
Shield -5 0
Dagger -8 −1
Sword (One Handed) -3 +4
Sword (Two Handed) -15 −1
Axe (One Handed) -10 +5
Axe (Two Handed) -15 +5
Mace -5 +5
Spear (One Handed) -13 +4
Spear (Two Handed) -12 +13
ASPD Potions Usable
645.png Concentration
656.png Awakening
657.png Berserk

External Links

Crusader & Paladin
2nd Class
Cavalier Mastery • Cure • Defending Aura • Demon Bane • Divine Protection • Faith • Grand Cross • Guard • Heal • Holy Cross • Peco Peco Ride • Resistant Souls • Sacrifice • Shield Boomerang • Shrink • Smite • Spear Mastery • Spear Quicken
Battle Chant • Gloria Domini • Martyr's Reckoning • Rapid Smiting
Quests Crusader Job Change Guide • Crusader Skill Quest • Rebirth Walkthrough
Weapons One Handed Sword • Spear • Two Handed Sword