Holy Melee Paladin [FULL PHYS] STR/DEX

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Glamdring26
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Moustache wrote:I would personally kill andariel after completing most of act 2 then creating a good 2h TU such as Faithshaker or The Dao of Xiansai. And as soon you hit 29/30 upgrade it to TU2.

But before that, put an Eld rune into a superior weapon either 1H or 2H (Shark). It also helps getting Pax Mystica (ElTir) into a 2 socket staff for Blink. And an armor with Ith rune in.


I dont think its necessary to mention pax mystica since its useful for every build. Also shark is only good until you get tu hog so i didnt wanna mention it. I think since you have free respec until 50, you can just level with whatever until you get tu.
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LightBeing
Skeleton
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Glamdring26 wrote:
LightBeing wrote:Where can I farm for the gear that you presented here for us to get for this build? im sure the end game gear you craft everything. how about early and mid? thank you


If you are on tsw you can buy cinadide set, for erawan nephilim you get the necessary runes from act 5 quest. If you are on sinleplayer you can farm k3k for set pieces i guess.


Thank you bro. :D :flip:
Kaljurei
Dark Huntress
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I used a Throwing Axe to level for most of Act 1. It's so much better than using pretty much any normal weapon. You can also try the RW Cheetah with it as it's pretty cheap/easy to make and has good stats. Shark is also pretty good I guess, but probably not on a Throwing Axe.
Moustache
Imp
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Glamdring26 wrote:
Moustache wrote:I would personally kill andariel after completing most of act 2 then creating a good 2h TU such as Faithshaker or The Dao of Xiansai. And as soon you hit 29/30 upgrade it to TU2.

But before that, put an Eld rune into a superior weapon either 1H or 2H (Shark). It also helps getting Pax Mystica (ElTir) into a 2 socket staff for Blink. And an armor with Ith rune in.


I dont think its necessary to mention pax mystica since its useful for every build. Also shark is only good until you get tu hog so i didnt wanna mention it. I think since you have free respec until 50, you can just level with whatever until you get tu.



True, but for early-early game it's good, but then again act 1-5 normal is quite easy, compared to Nightmare/Hell ^_^
b1gw0lf
Skeleton
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Great guide. I opted to go slightly differently in my leveling. I leaned a bit heavier on the percentile fire damage and innate elemental damage bonuses we get from the tree. Better or worse I have no idea, but different, might appeal to others if they're interested.

Stats:
Levels:
All strength

Damage scaling:
STR/%STR -> ias (99 total) -> flat phys -> fire pierce/CB/DS/etc.

Defensive scaling:
Res + phys res -> fhr (200) -> defense until 5% chance to be hit by whatever

MOs:
FHR till capped -> Flat phys -> MF

Sockets:
Whatever you need more of, though I recommend putting in stuff with + max res just to make life easier in a few ubers.

Items (Fire focus):
Lachdanan's Avenger
Lachdanan's Avenger
War Sword (4)

One-Hand Damage: (11 - 12) to (12 - 14)
Required Level: 12
Required Strength: 85
Item Level: 18
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
4% Chance to cast level 3 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+1 to Paladin Skill Levels
+(61 to 75)% Damage to Demons
+(61 to 75)% Damage to Undead
+(61 to 80)% Enhanced Damage
(1 to 2)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(16 to 25) to Strength
+(16 to 25) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(11 to 15)%
Socketed (1)
One-Hand Damage: (28 - 30) to (34 - 37)
Required Level: 30
Required Strength: 125
Item Level: 34
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
5% Chance to cast level 11 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+(1 to 2) to Paladin Skill Levels
+(106 to 120)% Damage to Demons
+(106 to 120)% Damage to Undead
+(101 to 120)% Enhanced Damage
(3 to 4)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(36 to 45) to Strength
+(36 to 45) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(21 to 25)%
Socketed (2)
One-Hand Damage: (72 - 78) to (84 - 91)
Required Level: 49
Required Strength: 244
Item Level: 54
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
6% Chance to cast level 19 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+(2 to 3) to Paladin Skill Levels
+(136 to 150)% Damage to Demons
+(136 to 150)% Damage to Undead
+(141 to 160)% Enhanced Damage
(5 to 6)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(56 to 65) to Strength
+(56 to 65) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(31 to 35)%
Socketed (3)
One-Hand Damage: (98 - 105) to (118 - 126)
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 481
Item Level: 90
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
7% Chance to cast level 23 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+3 to Paladin Skill Levels
+(166 to 180)% Damage to Demons
+(166 to 180)% Damage to Undead
+(181 to 200)% Enhanced Damage
(7 to 8)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(66 to 75) to Strength
+(66 to 75) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(36 to 40)%
Socketed (3)
- huge flat strength, res, +skills (to scale our fire damage), decent baseline weapon damage, wdm proc
Catechumen
Catechumen
Aerin Shield (4)

Defense: (188 - 198) to (368 - 389)
Chance to Block: 2%
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 7
Required Strength: 36
Item Level: 12
5% Chance to cast level 6 Flamefront on Melee Attack
Adds (4 to 7)-(8 to 13) Damage
+(19 to 30)% Damage to Undead
+(61 to 70)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(11 to 20)%
Lightning Resist +(11 to 20)%
Cold Resist +(11 to 20)%
Poison Resist +(11 to 20)%
+20 Life on Melee Attack
2% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (2)
Defense: (573 - 600) to (1027 - 1076)
Chance to Block: 2%
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 25
Required Strength: 53
Item Level: 29
9% Chance to cast level 18 Flamefront on Melee Attack
Adds (9 to 12)-(18 to 23) Damage
+(43 to 54)% Damage to Undead
+(91 to 100)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(21 to 30)%
Lightning Resist +(21 to 30)%
Cold Resist +(21 to 30)%
Poison Resist +(21 to 30)%
+40 Life on Melee Attack
3% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (2)
Defense: (1341 - 1396) to (2362 - 2458)
Chance to Block: 2%
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 112
Item Level: 50
13% Chance to cast level 30 Flamefront on Melee Attack
Adds (14 to 17)-(28 to 33) Damage
+(67 to 78)% Damage to Undead
+(121 to 130)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(31 to 40)%
Lightning Resist +(31 to 40)%
Cold Resist +(31 to 40)%
Poison Resist +(31 to 40)%
+60 Life on Melee Attack
4% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (3)
Defense: (1985 - 2060) to (3489 - 3620)
Chance to Block: 2%
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 51
Required Strength: 232
Item Level: 85
15% Chance to cast level 36 Flamefront on Melee Attack
Adds (17 to 19)-(33 to 38) Damage
+(79 to 90)% Damage to Undead
+(141 to 150)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(41 to 50)%
Lightning Resist +(41 to 50)%
Cold Resist +(41 to 50)%
Poison Resist +(41 to 50)%
+80 Life on Melee Attack
5% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (4)
- Big flat phys, res, life on melee, a nice fire proc, reanimate meatshields
Lanterne Rouge
Lanterne Rouge
Great Helm (4)

Defense: (109 - 126) to (161 - 185)
Required Level: 8
Required Strength: 67
Item Level: 13
4% Chance to cast level 10 Flamefront on Melee Attack
10% Attack Speed
-3% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(12 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+15 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (1)
Defense: (388 - 430) to (536 - 594)
Required Level: 25
Required Strength: 99
Item Level: 29
6% Chance to cast level 16 Flamefront on Melee Attack
20% Attack Speed
-6% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(47 to 63)% Enhanced Defense
+20 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (3)
Defense: (990 - 1077) to (1343 - 1461)
Required Level: 43
Required Strength: 207
Item Level: 50
8% Chance to cast level 22 Flamefront on Melee Attack
30% Attack Speed
-9% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(81 to 97)% Enhanced Defense
+25 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (4)
Defense: (1481 - 1600) to (1999 - 2161)
Required Level: 51
Required Strength: 429
Item Level: 85
10% Chance to cast level 28 Flamefront on Melee Attack
40% Attack Speed
-12% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(98 to 114)% Enhanced Defense
+30 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (4)
- fire proc, ias, fire pierce
Visegrip
Visegrip
Light Gauntlets (4)

Defense: 29 to 56
Required Level: 6
Required Strength: 52
Item Level: 11
5% Chance to cast level 5 Crucify on Melee Attack
+(3 to 4) to Maximum Damage
(4 to 5)% to Strength
2% to Dexterity
Socketed (1)
Defense: 120 to 176
Required Level: 24
Required Strength: 76
Item Level: 28
6% Chance to cast level 10 Crucify on Melee Attack
+(6 to 7) to Maximum Damage
(8 to 9)% to Strength
(3 to 4)% to Dexterity
Socketed (2)
Defense: 273 to 381
Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 161
Item Level: 48
7% Chance to cast level 19 Crucify on Melee Attack
+(8 to 9) to Maximum Damage
(12 to 13)% to Strength
(5 to 7)% to Dexterity
Socketed (3)
Defense: 375 to 522
Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 333
Item Level: 83
8% Chance to cast level 30 Crucify on Melee Attack
+(9 to 10) to Maximum Damage
(14 to 15)% to Strength
(8 to 10)% to Dexterity
Socketed (4)
- Flat damage, %strength, wdm proc. Could sub in
Featherclaw
Featherclaw
Chain Gloves (4)

Defense: (28 - 30) to (49 - 54)
Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 38
Item Level: 8
5% Attack Speed
(21 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+(6 to 10) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)
Defense: (149 - 161) to (203 - 218)
Required Level: 22
Required Strength: 56
Item Level: 26
15% Attack Speed
(81 to 110)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
+(16 to 20) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)
Defense: (393 - 420) to (519 - 554)
Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 118
Item Level: 46
25% Attack Speed
(141 to 170)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(26 to 30) to Dexterity
Socketed (3)
Defense: (581 - 617) to (759 - 807)
Required Level: 48
Required Strength: 244
Item Level: 80
30% Attack Speed
(171 to 200)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (4)
if you're struggling for AR but honestly I haven't noticed myself missing at all with zero investment into AR.
Dragon Tail
Dragon Tail
Plated Belt (4)

Defense: (206 - 232) to (277 - 312)
Required Level: 10
Required Strength: 81
Item Level: 16
5% Chance to cast level 6 Seal of Fire on Melee Attack
15% Attack Speed
Adds (3 to 5)-(6 to 8) Fire Damage
Stun Attack
+(51 to 70)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(16 to 25)%
Socketed (1)
Defense: (640 - 708) to (828 - 916)
Required Level: 27
Required Strength: 119
Item Level: 32
6% Chance to cast level 14 Seal of Fire on Melee Attack
25% Attack Speed
Adds (8 to 13)-(13 to 20) Fire Damage
Stun Attack
+(81 to 100)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(36 to 45)%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (1519 - 1656) to (1928 - 2102)
Required Level: 44
Required Strength: 251
Item Level: 52
7% Chance to cast level 20 Seal of Fire on Melee Attack
35% Attack Speed
Adds (25 to 35)-(40 to 55) Fire Damage
Stun Attack
+(111 to 130)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(56 to 65)%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (2366 - 2553) to (2993 - 3229)
Required Level: 52
Required Strength: 519
Item Level: 87
8% Chance to cast level 24 Seal of Fire on Melee Attack
40% Attack Speed
Adds (81 to 100)-(121 to 160) Fire Damage
Stun Attack
+(141 to 160)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(66 to 75)%
Socketed (2)
- This item is actually bonkers. Stun attack means you'll lock down everything around you, res, a fire based proc (no idea how it scales), ias, flat fire
Death Spur
Death Spur
Heavy Boots (4)

Defense: 27 to 39
Required Level: 3
Required Strength: 28
Item Level: 5
1% Chance to cast level 6 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.09375 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(11 to 15) to Strength
+(11 to 15) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)
Defense: 109 to 141
Required Level: 20
Required Strength: 41
Item Level: 24
1% Chance to cast level 10 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.15625 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(21 to 25) to Strength
+(21 to 25) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)
Defense: 248 to 310
Required Level: 38
Required Strength: 87
Item Level: 44
1% Chance to cast level 14 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.21875 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(31 to 35) to Strength
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (3)
Defense: 346 to 427
Required Level: 46
Required Strength: 179
Item Level: 77
1% Chance to cast level 16 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.25 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(36 to 40) to Strength
+(36 to 40) to Dexterity
Socketed (4)
- Str, max damage
Werecat
Werecat
Breast Plate (4)

Defense: (203 - 224) to (379 - 422)
Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 55
Item Level: 8
5% Chance to cast level 1 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
15% Attack Speed
4% Life stolen per Hit
+(24 to 40)% Enhanced Defense
+(41 to 50) Defense
+(11 to 20) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 3%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (622 - 681) to (1100 - 1207)
Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 81
Item Level: 27
6% Chance to cast level 7 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
30% Attack Speed
6% Life stolen per Hit
+(58 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(81 to 100) Defense
+(21 to 30) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 4%
Socketed (4)
Defense: (1471 - 1589) to (2563 - 2777)
Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 170
Item Level: 47
7% Chance to cast level 13 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
45% Attack Speed
8% Life stolen per Hit
+(92 to 109)% Enhanced Defense
+(131 to 150) Defense
+(31 to 40) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (5)
Defense: (2168 - 2330) to (3757 - 4046)
Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 353
Item Level: 83
8% Chance to cast level 16 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
60% Attack Speed
10% Life stolen per Hit
+(109 to 126)% Enhanced Defense
+(181 to 200) Defense
+(41 to 50) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 6%
Socketed (6)
- ias, str, phys res, leech

Note: we're at 140/99 ias with this setup, so feel free to swap the helm or belt out if you want.

Items (Phys/general focus):
Lachdanan's Avenger
Lachdanan's Avenger
War Sword (4)

One-Hand Damage: (11 - 12) to (12 - 14)
Required Level: 12
Required Strength: 85
Item Level: 18
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
4% Chance to cast level 3 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+1 to Paladin Skill Levels
+(61 to 75)% Damage to Demons
+(61 to 75)% Damage to Undead
+(61 to 80)% Enhanced Damage
(1 to 2)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(16 to 25) to Strength
+(16 to 25) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(11 to 15)%
Socketed (1)
One-Hand Damage: (28 - 30) to (34 - 37)
Required Level: 30
Required Strength: 125
Item Level: 34
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
5% Chance to cast level 11 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+(1 to 2) to Paladin Skill Levels
+(106 to 120)% Damage to Demons
+(106 to 120)% Damage to Undead
+(101 to 120)% Enhanced Damage
(3 to 4)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(36 to 45) to Strength
+(36 to 45) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(21 to 25)%
Socketed (2)
One-Hand Damage: (72 - 78) to (84 - 91)
Required Level: 49
Required Strength: 244
Item Level: 54
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
6% Chance to cast level 19 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+(2 to 3) to Paladin Skill Levels
+(136 to 150)% Damage to Demons
+(136 to 150)% Damage to Undead
+(141 to 160)% Enhanced Damage
(5 to 6)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(56 to 65) to Strength
+(56 to 65) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(31 to 35)%
Socketed (3)
One-Hand Damage: (98 - 105) to (118 - 126)
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 481
Item Level: 90
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
7% Chance to cast level 23 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+3 to Paladin Skill Levels
+(166 to 180)% Damage to Demons
+(166 to 180)% Damage to Undead
+(181 to 200)% Enhanced Damage
(7 to 8)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(66 to 75) to Strength
+(66 to 75) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(36 to 40)%
Socketed (3)
- huge flat strength, res, +skills (to scale our fire damage), decent baseline weapon damage, wdm proc
Catechumen
Catechumen
Aerin Shield (4)

Defense: (188 - 198) to (368 - 389)
Chance to Block: 2%
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 7
Required Strength: 36
Item Level: 12
5% Chance to cast level 6 Flamefront on Melee Attack
Adds (4 to 7)-(8 to 13) Damage
+(19 to 30)% Damage to Undead
+(61 to 70)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(11 to 20)%
Lightning Resist +(11 to 20)%
Cold Resist +(11 to 20)%
Poison Resist +(11 to 20)%
+20 Life on Melee Attack
2% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (2)
Defense: (573 - 600) to (1027 - 1076)
Chance to Block: 2%
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 25
Required Strength: 53
Item Level: 29
9% Chance to cast level 18 Flamefront on Melee Attack
Adds (9 to 12)-(18 to 23) Damage
+(43 to 54)% Damage to Undead
+(91 to 100)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(21 to 30)%
Lightning Resist +(21 to 30)%
Cold Resist +(21 to 30)%
Poison Resist +(21 to 30)%
+40 Life on Melee Attack
3% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (2)
Defense: (1341 - 1396) to (2362 - 2458)
Chance to Block: 2%
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 112
Item Level: 50
13% Chance to cast level 30 Flamefront on Melee Attack
Adds (14 to 17)-(28 to 33) Damage
+(67 to 78)% Damage to Undead
+(121 to 130)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(31 to 40)%
Lightning Resist +(31 to 40)%
Cold Resist +(31 to 40)%
Poison Resist +(31 to 40)%
+60 Life on Melee Attack
4% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (3)
Defense: (1985 - 2060) to (3489 - 3620)
Chance to Block: 2%
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 51
Required Strength: 232
Item Level: 85
15% Chance to cast level 36 Flamefront on Melee Attack
Adds (17 to 19)-(33 to 38) Damage
+(79 to 90)% Damage to Undead
+(141 to 150)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(41 to 50)%
Lightning Resist +(41 to 50)%
Cold Resist +(41 to 50)%
Poison Resist +(41 to 50)%
+80 Life on Melee Attack
5% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (4)
- Big flat phys, res, life on melee, a nice fire proc, reanimate meatshields
Godhead
Godhead
Hundsgugel (4)

Defense: (97 - 132) to (145 - 196)
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 2
Required Strength: 18
Item Level: 4
+(31 to 60)% Damage to Demons
+(31 to 60)% Damage to Undead
4% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(11 to 50)% Enhanced Defense
+(21 to 30) to Strength
+10 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (2)
Defense: (373 - 464) to (523 - 650)
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 19
Required Strength: 26
Item Level: 23
+(61 to 90)% Damage to Demons
+(61 to 90)% Damage to Undead
6% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(61 to 100)% Enhanced Defense
+(31 to 40) to Strength
+20 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (2)
Defense: (1000 - 1185) to (1379 - 1635)
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 37
Required Strength: 55
Item Level: 43
+(91 to 120)% Damage to Demons
+(91 to 120)% Damage to Undead
7% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(111 to 150)% Enhanced Defense
+(41 to 50) to Strength
+30 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (3)
Defense: (1693 - 1947) to (2315 - 2661)
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 45
Required Strength: 115
Item Level: 76
+(121 to 150)% Damage to Demons
+(121 to 150)% Damage to Undead
8% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(161 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
+(51 to 60) to Strength
+40 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (4)
- damage, crushing blow, str
Visegrip
Visegrip
Light Gauntlets (4)

Defense: 29 to 56
Required Level: 6
Required Strength: 52
Item Level: 11
5% Chance to cast level 5 Crucify on Melee Attack
+(3 to 4) to Maximum Damage
(4 to 5)% to Strength
2% to Dexterity
Socketed (1)
Defense: 120 to 176
Required Level: 24
Required Strength: 76
Item Level: 28
6% Chance to cast level 10 Crucify on Melee Attack
+(6 to 7) to Maximum Damage
(8 to 9)% to Strength
(3 to 4)% to Dexterity
Socketed (2)
Defense: 273 to 381
Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 161
Item Level: 48
7% Chance to cast level 19 Crucify on Melee Attack
+(8 to 9) to Maximum Damage
(12 to 13)% to Strength
(5 to 7)% to Dexterity
Socketed (3)
Defense: 375 to 522
Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 333
Item Level: 83
8% Chance to cast level 30 Crucify on Melee Attack
+(9 to 10) to Maximum Damage
(14 to 15)% to Strength
(8 to 10)% to Dexterity
Socketed (4)
- Flat damage, %strength, wdm proc. Could sub in
Featherclaw
Featherclaw
Chain Gloves (4)

Defense: (28 - 30) to (49 - 54)
Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 38
Item Level: 8
5% Attack Speed
(21 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+(6 to 10) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)
Defense: (149 - 161) to (203 - 218)
Required Level: 22
Required Strength: 56
Item Level: 26
15% Attack Speed
(81 to 110)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
+(16 to 20) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)
Defense: (393 - 420) to (519 - 554)
Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 118
Item Level: 46
25% Attack Speed
(141 to 170)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(26 to 30) to Dexterity
Socketed (3)
Defense: (581 - 617) to (759 - 807)
Required Level: 48
Required Strength: 244
Item Level: 80
30% Attack Speed
(171 to 200)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (4)
if you're struggling for AR but honestly I haven't noticed myself missing at all with zero investment into AR.
Deadfall
Deadfall
Heavy Belt (4)

Defense: (135 - 159) to (178 - 210)
Required Level: 7
Required Strength: 63
Item Level: 11
1% Chance to cast level 2 Shower of Rocks on Kill
1% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(24 to 46)% Enhanced Defense
+(16 to 25) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(11 to 15)%
Socketed (1)
Defense: (485 - 551) to (616 - 700)
Required Level: 24
Required Strength: 92
Item Level: 28
1% Chance to cast level 4 Shower of Rocks on Kill
2% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(69 to 92)% Enhanced Defense
+(36 to 45) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(21 to 25)%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (1270 - 1400) to (1595 - 1758)
Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 195
Item Level: 48
1% Chance to cast level 8 Shower of Rocks on Kill
3% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(115 to 137)% Enhanced Defense
+(56 to 65) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(31 to 35)%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (1918 - 2095) to (2403 - 2626)
Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 404
Item Level: 84
1% Chance to cast level 12 Shower of Rocks on Kill
4% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(138 to 160)% Enhanced Defense
+(66 to 75) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(36 to 40)%
Socketed (2)
- amazing proc, str, crushing blow
Death Spur
Death Spur
Heavy Boots (4)

Defense: 27 to 39
Required Level: 3
Required Strength: 28
Item Level: 5
1% Chance to cast level 6 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.09375 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(11 to 15) to Strength
+(11 to 15) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)
Defense: 109 to 141
Required Level: 20
Required Strength: 41
Item Level: 24
1% Chance to cast level 10 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.15625 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(21 to 25) to Strength
+(21 to 25) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)
Defense: 248 to 310
Required Level: 38
Required Strength: 87
Item Level: 44
1% Chance to cast level 14 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.21875 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(31 to 35) to Strength
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (3)
Defense: 346 to 427
Required Level: 46
Required Strength: 179
Item Level: 77
1% Chance to cast level 16 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.25 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(36 to 40) to Strength
+(36 to 40) to Dexterity
Socketed (4)
- Str, max damage
Werecat
Werecat
Breast Plate (4)

Defense: (203 - 224) to (379 - 422)
Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 55
Item Level: 8
5% Chance to cast level 1 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
15% Attack Speed
4% Life stolen per Hit
+(24 to 40)% Enhanced Defense
+(41 to 50) Defense
+(11 to 20) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 3%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (622 - 681) to (1100 - 1207)
Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 81
Item Level: 27
6% Chance to cast level 7 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
30% Attack Speed
6% Life stolen per Hit
+(58 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(81 to 100) Defense
+(21 to 30) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 4%
Socketed (4)
Defense: (1471 - 1589) to (2563 - 2777)
Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 170
Item Level: 47
7% Chance to cast level 13 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
45% Attack Speed
8% Life stolen per Hit
+(92 to 109)% Enhanced Defense
+(131 to 150) Defense
+(31 to 40) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (5)
Defense: (2168 - 2330) to (3757 - 4046)
Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 353
Item Level: 83
8% Chance to cast level 16 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
60% Attack Speed
10% Life stolen per Hit
+(109 to 126)% Enhanced Defense
+(181 to 200) Defense
+(41 to 50) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 6%
Socketed (6)
- ias, str, phys res, leech

Note: We're 39 ias short with this setup. 30 from MO on weapon and 9% anywhere else will have you sorted.

Skills:
max lionheart
max holy fire
max retaliate + counterattack
1 divine judgement + max consecration
1 apex predator (and prereq)
1 melee devotion
0-3 meditation (as needed)
1 dragon's blessing
1 divine apparition (alternate this and colosseum to zoom zoom)
blessed life (until 50% phys res total, can add tenacity if not enough)
rest into colosseum (at least to 5sec cooldown for 100% duration uptime) -> spark of hope (mainly for duration because I'm lazy but the extra speed is awesome) -> elemental wisdom (since we're leaning into the fire aspect, this is a substantial dps increase)

Merc:
I'd choose either act 1 (doesn't really matter which but I prefer priestess), act 2 (fighter-mage), or act 3 (necrolyte).

Reason being is that all 3 of those can do slows/CC. The slower and more controlled the battlefield, the easier your life will be as melee. Your damage and tankiness are already pretty high so you don't really need those.

Ranking:
MOST CC ---------------- MOST DPS
Act 2--------Act 1--------Act 3

Aside from Act 3, you want to gear the mercs with items that have slow, stun, and procs that slow or weaken enemies in some way.
For act 3, scale his cold damage and cast speed so that he uses his stuff more often.
For all mercs, give them res, phys res, life.
Edited by b1gw0lf 1 month.
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b1gw0lf wrote:I think there's an error for 2.0:

Solar Flare wont work with melee devotion, since it's a spell and becomes unusable.

Otherwise, great guide. I opted to go slightly differently in my leveling. I leaned a bit heavier on the percentile fire damage and innate elemental damage bonuses we get from the tree. Better or worse I have no idea, but different, might appeal to others.

Stats:
Levels:
All strength

Damage scaling:
STR/%STR -> ias (99 total) -> flat phys -> fire pierce/CB/DS/etc.

Defensive scaling:
Res + phys res -> fhr (200) -> defense until 5% chance to be hit by whatever

MOs:
FHR till capped -> Flat phys -> MF

Sockets:
Whatever you need more of, though I recommend putting in stuff with + max res just to make life easier in a few ubers.

Items (Fire focus):
Lachdanan's Avenger
Lachdanan's Avenger
War Sword (4)

One-Hand Damage: (11 - 12) to (12 - 14)
Required Level: 12
Required Strength: 85
Item Level: 18
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
4% Chance to cast level 3 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+1 to Paladin Skill Levels
+(61 to 75)% Damage to Demons
+(61 to 75)% Damage to Undead
+(61 to 80)% Enhanced Damage
(1 to 2)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(16 to 25) to Strength
+(16 to 25) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(11 to 15)%
Socketed (1)
One-Hand Damage: (28 - 30) to (34 - 37)
Required Level: 30
Required Strength: 125
Item Level: 34
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
5% Chance to cast level 11 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+(1 to 2) to Paladin Skill Levels
+(106 to 120)% Damage to Demons
+(106 to 120)% Damage to Undead
+(101 to 120)% Enhanced Damage
(3 to 4)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(36 to 45) to Strength
+(36 to 45) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(21 to 25)%
Socketed (2)
One-Hand Damage: (72 - 78) to (84 - 91)
Required Level: 49
Required Strength: 244
Item Level: 54
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
6% Chance to cast level 19 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+(2 to 3) to Paladin Skill Levels
+(136 to 150)% Damage to Demons
+(136 to 150)% Damage to Undead
+(141 to 160)% Enhanced Damage
(5 to 6)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(56 to 65) to Strength
+(56 to 65) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(31 to 35)%
Socketed (3)
One-Hand Damage: (98 - 105) to (118 - 126)
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 481
Item Level: 90
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
7% Chance to cast level 23 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+3 to Paladin Skill Levels
+(166 to 180)% Damage to Demons
+(166 to 180)% Damage to Undead
+(181 to 200)% Enhanced Damage
(7 to 8)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(66 to 75) to Strength
+(66 to 75) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(36 to 40)%
Socketed (3)
- huge flat strength, res, +skills (to scale our fire damage), decent baseline weapon damage, wdm proc
Catechumen
Catechumen
Aerin Shield (4)

Defense: (188 - 198) to (368 - 389)
Chance to Block: 2%
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 7
Required Strength: 36
Item Level: 12
5% Chance to cast level 6 Flamefront on Melee Attack
Adds (4 to 7)-(8 to 13) Damage
+(19 to 30)% Damage to Undead
+(61 to 70)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(11 to 20)%
Lightning Resist +(11 to 20)%
Cold Resist +(11 to 20)%
Poison Resist +(11 to 20)%
+20 Life on Melee Attack
2% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (2)
Defense: (573 - 600) to (1027 - 1076)
Chance to Block: 2%
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 25
Required Strength: 53
Item Level: 29
9% Chance to cast level 18 Flamefront on Melee Attack
Adds (9 to 12)-(18 to 23) Damage
+(43 to 54)% Damage to Undead
+(91 to 100)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(21 to 30)%
Lightning Resist +(21 to 30)%
Cold Resist +(21 to 30)%
Poison Resist +(21 to 30)%
+40 Life on Melee Attack
3% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (2)
Defense: (1341 - 1396) to (2362 - 2458)
Chance to Block: 2%
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 112
Item Level: 50
13% Chance to cast level 30 Flamefront on Melee Attack
Adds (14 to 17)-(28 to 33) Damage
+(67 to 78)% Damage to Undead
+(121 to 130)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(31 to 40)%
Lightning Resist +(31 to 40)%
Cold Resist +(31 to 40)%
Poison Resist +(31 to 40)%
+60 Life on Melee Attack
4% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (3)
Defense: (1985 - 2060) to (3489 - 3620)
Chance to Block: 2%
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 51
Required Strength: 232
Item Level: 85
15% Chance to cast level 36 Flamefront on Melee Attack
Adds (17 to 19)-(33 to 38) Damage
+(79 to 90)% Damage to Undead
+(141 to 150)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(41 to 50)%
Lightning Resist +(41 to 50)%
Cold Resist +(41 to 50)%
Poison Resist +(41 to 50)%
+80 Life on Melee Attack
5% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (4)
- Big flat phys, res, life on melee, a nice fire proc, reanimate meatshields
Lanterne Rouge
Lanterne Rouge
Great Helm (4)

Defense: (109 - 126) to (161 - 185)
Required Level: 8
Required Strength: 67
Item Level: 13
4% Chance to cast level 10 Flamefront on Melee Attack
10% Attack Speed
-3% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(12 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+15 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (1)
Defense: (388 - 430) to (536 - 594)
Required Level: 25
Required Strength: 99
Item Level: 29
6% Chance to cast level 16 Flamefront on Melee Attack
20% Attack Speed
-6% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(47 to 63)% Enhanced Defense
+20 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (3)
Defense: (990 - 1077) to (1343 - 1461)
Required Level: 43
Required Strength: 207
Item Level: 50
8% Chance to cast level 22 Flamefront on Melee Attack
30% Attack Speed
-9% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(81 to 97)% Enhanced Defense
+25 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (4)
Defense: (1481 - 1600) to (1999 - 2161)
Required Level: 51
Required Strength: 429
Item Level: 85
10% Chance to cast level 28 Flamefront on Melee Attack
40% Attack Speed
-12% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(98 to 114)% Enhanced Defense
+30 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (4)
- fire proc, ias, fire pierce
Visegrip
Visegrip
Light Gauntlets (4)

Defense: 29 to 56
Required Level: 6
Required Strength: 52
Item Level: 11
5% Chance to cast level 5 Crucify on Melee Attack
+(3 to 4) to Maximum Damage
(4 to 5)% to Strength
2% to Dexterity
Socketed (1)
Defense: 120 to 176
Required Level: 24
Required Strength: 76
Item Level: 28
6% Chance to cast level 10 Crucify on Melee Attack
+(6 to 7) to Maximum Damage
(8 to 9)% to Strength
(3 to 4)% to Dexterity
Socketed (2)
Defense: 273 to 381
Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 161
Item Level: 48
7% Chance to cast level 19 Crucify on Melee Attack
+(8 to 9) to Maximum Damage
(12 to 13)% to Strength
(5 to 7)% to Dexterity
Socketed (3)
Defense: 375 to 522
Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 333
Item Level: 83
8% Chance to cast level 30 Crucify on Melee Attack
+(9 to 10) to Maximum Damage
(14 to 15)% to Strength
(8 to 10)% to Dexterity
Socketed (4)
- Flat damage, %strength, wdm proc. Could sub in
Featherclaw
Featherclaw
Chain Gloves (4)

Defense: (28 - 30) to (49 - 54)
Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 38
Item Level: 8
5% Attack Speed
(21 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+(6 to 10) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)
Defense: (149 - 161) to (203 - 218)
Required Level: 22
Required Strength: 56
Item Level: 26
15% Attack Speed
(81 to 110)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
+(16 to 20) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)
Defense: (393 - 420) to (519 - 554)
Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 118
Item Level: 46
25% Attack Speed
(141 to 170)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(26 to 30) to Dexterity
Socketed (3)
Defense: (581 - 617) to (759 - 807)
Required Level: 48
Required Strength: 244
Item Level: 80
30% Attack Speed
(171 to 200)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (4)
if you're struggling for AR but honestly I haven't noticed myself missing at all with zero investment into AR.
Dragon Tail
Dragon Tail
Plated Belt (4)

Defense: (206 - 232) to (277 - 312)
Required Level: 10
Required Strength: 81
Item Level: 16
5% Chance to cast level 6 Seal of Fire on Melee Attack
15% Attack Speed
Adds (3 to 5)-(6 to 8) Fire Damage
Stun Attack
+(51 to 70)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(16 to 25)%
Socketed (1)
Defense: (640 - 708) to (828 - 916)
Required Level: 27
Required Strength: 119
Item Level: 32
6% Chance to cast level 14 Seal of Fire on Melee Attack
25% Attack Speed
Adds (8 to 13)-(13 to 20) Fire Damage
Stun Attack
+(81 to 100)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(36 to 45)%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (1519 - 1656) to (1928 - 2102)
Required Level: 44
Required Strength: 251
Item Level: 52
7% Chance to cast level 20 Seal of Fire on Melee Attack
35% Attack Speed
Adds (25 to 35)-(40 to 55) Fire Damage
Stun Attack
+(111 to 130)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(56 to 65)%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (2366 - 2553) to (2993 - 3229)
Required Level: 52
Required Strength: 519
Item Level: 87
8% Chance to cast level 24 Seal of Fire on Melee Attack
40% Attack Speed
Adds (81 to 100)-(121 to 160) Fire Damage
Stun Attack
+(141 to 160)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(66 to 75)%
Socketed (2)
- This item is actually bonkers. Stun attack means you'll lock down everything around you, res, a fire based proc (no idea how it scales), ias, flat fire
Death Spur
Death Spur
Heavy Boots (4)

Defense: 27 to 39
Required Level: 3
Required Strength: 28
Item Level: 5
1% Chance to cast level 6 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.09375 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(11 to 15) to Strength
+(11 to 15) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)
Defense: 109 to 141
Required Level: 20
Required Strength: 41
Item Level: 24
1% Chance to cast level 10 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.15625 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(21 to 25) to Strength
+(21 to 25) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)
Defense: 248 to 310
Required Level: 38
Required Strength: 87
Item Level: 44
1% Chance to cast level 14 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.21875 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(31 to 35) to Strength
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (3)
Defense: 346 to 427
Required Level: 46
Required Strength: 179
Item Level: 77
1% Chance to cast level 16 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.25 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(36 to 40) to Strength
+(36 to 40) to Dexterity
Socketed (4)
- Str, max damage
Werecat
Werecat
Breast Plate (4)

Defense: (203 - 224) to (379 - 422)
Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 55
Item Level: 8
5% Chance to cast level 1 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
15% Attack Speed
4% Life stolen per Hit
+(24 to 40)% Enhanced Defense
+(41 to 50) Defense
+(11 to 20) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 3%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (622 - 681) to (1100 - 1207)
Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 81
Item Level: 27
6% Chance to cast level 7 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
30% Attack Speed
6% Life stolen per Hit
+(58 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(81 to 100) Defense
+(21 to 30) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 4%
Socketed (4)
Defense: (1471 - 1589) to (2563 - 2777)
Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 170
Item Level: 47
7% Chance to cast level 13 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
45% Attack Speed
8% Life stolen per Hit
+(92 to 109)% Enhanced Defense
+(131 to 150) Defense
+(31 to 40) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (5)
Defense: (2168 - 2330) to (3757 - 4046)
Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 353
Item Level: 83
8% Chance to cast level 16 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
60% Attack Speed
10% Life stolen per Hit
+(109 to 126)% Enhanced Defense
+(181 to 200) Defense
+(41 to 50) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 6%
Socketed (6)
- ias, str, phys res, leech

Note: we're at 140/99 ias with this setup, so feel free to swap the helm or belt out if you want.

Items (Phys/general focus):
Lachdanan's Avenger
Lachdanan's Avenger
War Sword (4)

One-Hand Damage: (11 - 12) to (12 - 14)
Required Level: 12
Required Strength: 85
Item Level: 18
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
4% Chance to cast level 3 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+1 to Paladin Skill Levels
+(61 to 75)% Damage to Demons
+(61 to 75)% Damage to Undead
+(61 to 80)% Enhanced Damage
(1 to 2)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(16 to 25) to Strength
+(16 to 25) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(11 to 15)%
Socketed (1)
One-Hand Damage: (28 - 30) to (34 - 37)
Required Level: 30
Required Strength: 125
Item Level: 34
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
5% Chance to cast level 11 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+(1 to 2) to Paladin Skill Levels
+(106 to 120)% Damage to Demons
+(106 to 120)% Damage to Undead
+(101 to 120)% Enhanced Damage
(3 to 4)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(36 to 45) to Strength
+(36 to 45) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(21 to 25)%
Socketed (2)
One-Hand Damage: (72 - 78) to (84 - 91)
Required Level: 49
Required Strength: 244
Item Level: 54
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
6% Chance to cast level 19 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+(2 to 3) to Paladin Skill Levels
+(136 to 150)% Damage to Demons
+(136 to 150)% Damage to Undead
+(141 to 160)% Enhanced Damage
(5 to 6)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(56 to 65) to Strength
+(56 to 65) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(31 to 35)%
Socketed (3)
One-Hand Damage: (98 - 105) to (118 - 126)
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 481
Item Level: 90
Strength Damage Bonus: (0.11 per Strength)%
7% Chance to cast level 23 Spike Nova on Melee Attack
+3 to Paladin Skill Levels
+(166 to 180)% Damage to Demons
+(166 to 180)% Damage to Undead
+(181 to 200)% Enhanced Damage
(7 to 8)% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(66 to 75) to Strength
+(66 to 75) to Dexterity
Elemental Resists +(36 to 40)%
Socketed (3)
- huge flat strength, res, +skills (to scale our fire damage), decent baseline weapon damage, wdm proc
Catechumen
Catechumen
Aerin Shield (4)

Defense: (188 - 198) to (368 - 389)
Chance to Block: 2%
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 7
Required Strength: 36
Item Level: 12
5% Chance to cast level 6 Flamefront on Melee Attack
Adds (4 to 7)-(8 to 13) Damage
+(19 to 30)% Damage to Undead
+(61 to 70)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(11 to 20)%
Lightning Resist +(11 to 20)%
Cold Resist +(11 to 20)%
Poison Resist +(11 to 20)%
+20 Life on Melee Attack
2% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (2)
Defense: (573 - 600) to (1027 - 1076)
Chance to Block: 2%
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 25
Required Strength: 53
Item Level: 29
9% Chance to cast level 18 Flamefront on Melee Attack
Adds (9 to 12)-(18 to 23) Damage
+(43 to 54)% Damage to Undead
+(91 to 100)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(21 to 30)%
Lightning Resist +(21 to 30)%
Cold Resist +(21 to 30)%
Poison Resist +(21 to 30)%
+40 Life on Melee Attack
3% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (2)
Defense: (1341 - 1396) to (2362 - 2458)
Chance to Block: 2%
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 112
Item Level: 50
13% Chance to cast level 30 Flamefront on Melee Attack
Adds (14 to 17)-(28 to 33) Damage
+(67 to 78)% Damage to Undead
+(121 to 130)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(31 to 40)%
Lightning Resist +(31 to 40)%
Cold Resist +(31 to 40)%
Poison Resist +(31 to 40)%
+60 Life on Melee Attack
4% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (3)
Defense: (1985 - 2060) to (3489 - 3620)
Chance to Block: 2%
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 51
Required Strength: 232
Item Level: 85
15% Chance to cast level 36 Flamefront on Melee Attack
Adds (17 to 19)-(33 to 38) Damage
+(79 to 90)% Damage to Undead
+(141 to 150)% Enhanced Defense
Fire Resist +(41 to 50)%
Lightning Resist +(41 to 50)%
Cold Resist +(41 to 50)%
Poison Resist +(41 to 50)%
+80 Life on Melee Attack
5% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (4)
- Big flat phys, res, life on melee, a nice fire proc, reanimate meatshields
Godhead
Godhead
Hundsgugel (4)

Defense: (97 - 132) to (145 - 196)
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 2
Required Strength: 18
Item Level: 4
+(31 to 60)% Damage to Demons
+(31 to 60)% Damage to Undead
4% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(11 to 50)% Enhanced Defense
+(21 to 30) to Strength
+10 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (2)
Defense: (373 - 464) to (523 - 650)
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 19
Required Strength: 26
Item Level: 23
+(61 to 90)% Damage to Demons
+(61 to 90)% Damage to Undead
6% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(61 to 100)% Enhanced Defense
+(31 to 40) to Strength
+20 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (2)
Defense: (1000 - 1185) to (1379 - 1635)
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 37
Required Strength: 55
Item Level: 43
+(91 to 120)% Damage to Demons
+(91 to 120)% Damage to Undead
7% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(111 to 150)% Enhanced Defense
+(41 to 50) to Strength
+30 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (3)
Defense: (1693 - 1947) to (2315 - 2661)
(Paladin Only)
Required Level: 45
Required Strength: 115
Item Level: 76
+(121 to 150)% Damage to Demons
+(121 to 150)% Damage to Undead
8% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(161 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
+(51 to 60) to Strength
+40 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (4)
- damage, crushing blow, str
Visegrip
Visegrip
Light Gauntlets (4)

Defense: 29 to 56
Required Level: 6
Required Strength: 52
Item Level: 11
5% Chance to cast level 5 Crucify on Melee Attack
+(3 to 4) to Maximum Damage
(4 to 5)% to Strength
2% to Dexterity
Socketed (1)
Defense: 120 to 176
Required Level: 24
Required Strength: 76
Item Level: 28
6% Chance to cast level 10 Crucify on Melee Attack
+(6 to 7) to Maximum Damage
(8 to 9)% to Strength
(3 to 4)% to Dexterity
Socketed (2)
Defense: 273 to 381
Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 161
Item Level: 48
7% Chance to cast level 19 Crucify on Melee Attack
+(8 to 9) to Maximum Damage
(12 to 13)% to Strength
(5 to 7)% to Dexterity
Socketed (3)
Defense: 375 to 522
Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 333
Item Level: 83
8% Chance to cast level 30 Crucify on Melee Attack
+(9 to 10) to Maximum Damage
(14 to 15)% to Strength
(8 to 10)% to Dexterity
Socketed (4)
- Flat damage, %strength, wdm proc. Could sub in
Featherclaw
Featherclaw
Chain Gloves (4)

Defense: (28 - 30) to (49 - 54)
Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 38
Item Level: 8
5% Attack Speed
(21 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+(6 to 10) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)
Defense: (149 - 161) to (203 - 218)
Required Level: 22
Required Strength: 56
Item Level: 26
15% Attack Speed
(81 to 110)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
+(16 to 20) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)
Defense: (393 - 420) to (519 - 554)
Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 118
Item Level: 46
25% Attack Speed
(141 to 170)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(26 to 30) to Dexterity
Socketed (3)
Defense: (581 - 617) to (759 - 807)
Required Level: 48
Required Strength: 244
Item Level: 80
30% Attack Speed
(171 to 200)% Bonus to Attack Rating
+(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (4)
if you're struggling for AR but honestly I haven't noticed myself missing at all with zero investment into AR.
Deadfall
Deadfall
Heavy Belt (4)

Defense: (135 - 159) to (178 - 210)
Required Level: 7
Required Strength: 63
Item Level: 11
1% Chance to cast level 2 Shower of Rocks on Kill
1% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(24 to 46)% Enhanced Defense
+(16 to 25) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(11 to 15)%
Socketed (1)
Defense: (485 - 551) to (616 - 700)
Required Level: 24
Required Strength: 92
Item Level: 28
1% Chance to cast level 4 Shower of Rocks on Kill
2% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(69 to 92)% Enhanced Defense
+(36 to 45) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(21 to 25)%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (1270 - 1400) to (1595 - 1758)
Required Level: 41
Required Strength: 195
Item Level: 48
1% Chance to cast level 8 Shower of Rocks on Kill
3% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(115 to 137)% Enhanced Defense
+(56 to 65) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(31 to 35)%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (1918 - 2095) to (2403 - 2626)
Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 404
Item Level: 84
1% Chance to cast level 12 Shower of Rocks on Kill
4% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(138 to 160)% Enhanced Defense
+(66 to 75) to Strength
Lightning Resist +(36 to 40)%
Socketed (2)
- amazing proc, str, crushing blow
Death Spur
Death Spur
Heavy Boots (4)

Defense: 27 to 39
Required Level: 3
Required Strength: 28
Item Level: 5
1% Chance to cast level 6 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.09375 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(11 to 15) to Strength
+(11 to 15) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)
Defense: 109 to 141
Required Level: 20
Required Strength: 41
Item Level: 24
1% Chance to cast level 10 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.15625 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(21 to 25) to Strength
+(21 to 25) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)
Defense: 248 to 310
Required Level: 38
Required Strength: 87
Item Level: 44
1% Chance to cast level 14 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.21875 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(31 to 35) to Strength
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (3)
Defense: 346 to 427
Required Level: 46
Required Strength: 179
Item Level: 77
1% Chance to cast level 16 Spike Nova on Kill
(0 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.25 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(36 to 40) to Strength
+(36 to 40) to Dexterity
Socketed (4)
- Str, max damage
Werecat
Werecat
Breast Plate (4)

Defense: (203 - 224) to (379 - 422)
Required Level: 5
Required Strength: 55
Item Level: 8
5% Chance to cast level 1 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
15% Attack Speed
4% Life stolen per Hit
+(24 to 40)% Enhanced Defense
+(41 to 50) Defense
+(11 to 20) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 3%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (622 - 681) to (1100 - 1207)
Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 81
Item Level: 27
6% Chance to cast level 7 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
30% Attack Speed
6% Life stolen per Hit
+(58 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(81 to 100) Defense
+(21 to 30) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 4%
Socketed (4)
Defense: (1471 - 1589) to (2563 - 2777)
Required Level: 40
Required Strength: 170
Item Level: 47
7% Chance to cast level 13 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
45% Attack Speed
8% Life stolen per Hit
+(92 to 109)% Enhanced Defense
+(131 to 150) Defense
+(31 to 40) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (5)
Defense: (2168 - 2330) to (3757 - 4046)
Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 353
Item Level: 83
8% Chance to cast level 16 Claw Tornado on Melee Attack
60% Attack Speed
10% Life stolen per Hit
+(109 to 126)% Enhanced Defense
+(181 to 200) Defense
+(41 to 50) to all Attributes
Physical Resist 6%
Socketed (6)
- ias, str, phys res, leech

Note: We're 39 ias short with this setup. 30 from MO on weapon and 9% anywhere else will have you sorted.

Skills:
max lionheart
max holy fire
max retaliate + counterattack
1 divine judgement + max consecration
1 apex predator (and prereq)
1 melee devotion
0-3 meditation (as needed)
1 dragon's blessing
1 divine apparition (alternate this and colosseum to zoom zoom)
blessed life (until 50% phys res total, can add tenacity if not enough)
rest into colosseum (at least to 5sec cooldown for 100% duration uptime) -> spark of hope (mainly for duration because I'm lazy but the extra speed is awesome) -> elemental wisdom (since we're leaning into the fire aspect, this is a substantial dps increase)



Solar flare does work because im using it for the past week. I dont make guides without actually trying them out.

On the idea of your build, i know its an option. My good friend Ehler suggests me a lot to play it, and there is certainly bunch of tools to scale fire damage, instead of just making a physical build and not having as much options to scale. Especially on late game im running out of skills to put points into, and my last 30 points is like "whatever". If i were to just scale fire damage, i would have so many skills i can use in a meaningful way, and i can actually decide which skills should i put my points into. That being said, elemental builds and their scaling is out of my comfort zone , and not something i like to do at the moment, since i am trying to make the dexterity version work as good as strength version.
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Glamdring26 wrote:Solar flare does work because im using it for the past week. I dont make guides without actually trying them out.

On the idea of your build, i know its an option. My good friend Ehler suggests me a lot to play it, and there is certainly bunch of tools to scale fire damage, instead of just making a physical build and not having as much options to scale. Especially on late game im running out of skills to put points into, and my last 30 points is like "whatever". If i were to just scale fire damage, i would have so many skills i can use in a meaningful way, and i can actually decide which skills should i put my points into. That being said, elemental builds and their scaling is out of my comfort zone , and not something i like to do at the moment, since i am trying to make the dexterity version work as good as strength version.


Yep, you're right, it does work. I've edited my post. I'm excited to see how the dex version pans out, there's a lot of interesting options for dex for this spec.
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For boots - how about Knight's Grace or Akarat's Treks? Would either of those be an upgrade to the runeword?

Nice guide btw, I just got full Cinadide's and I'm tearing through Duncrag at 124.
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mfinggoodtime wrote:For boots - how about Knight's Grace or Akarat's Treks? Would either of those be an upgrade to the runeword?

Nice guide btw, I just got full Cinadide's and I'm tearing through Duncrag at 124.


Knight's Grace is not great because we dont really benefit from physical resist. Akarat's Trek is nice but nephilim gives as much damage as akarat while also giving more hp, so i see no point of using it. However, if you are planning to do labs you need sockets in your gear to put perfect gems, so i guess it would be good there.
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First time playing d2 or median and a bit confused how to get item upgrades. Damage feels very low and not sure how to get better weapons.