Best Paladin Builds in Diablo 2 Resurrected

An insight on the best builds for anyone trying to start their Paladin journey in Diablo 2 Resurrected.

The Paladin class in the Diablo 2 is a versatile class, especially with the right builds. They have great offensive abilities as well as buffing player stats and debuffing enemies to severely weaken them. Furthermore, it can also use ranged attacks. Hence, we list some of the best Paladins build in Diablo 2 Resurrected.

Paladin Builds Diablo 2
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Hammerdin

Hammerdin focuses on maximizing the use of the Blessed Hammer skill for great damage. In fact, a proper Hammerdin Paladin builds in Diablo 2 can easily rack up 15000 damage per hammer. Although getting there is somewhat difficult as this build is very expensive. This build is also useful for the magic to find runs.

Skills

Hammerdin’s skills focus on the highest damage output.

  • Combat Skills
    • Blessed Hammer – 20
    • Holy Shield – 10
    • Holy Bolt – 1
    • Smite – 1
    • Charge – 1
  • Offensive Auras
    • Concetration – 20
    • Blessed Aim – 20
    • Might – 1
  • Defensive Auras
    • Salvation – 10
    • Prayer – 1
    • Cleansing – 1
    • Defiance – 1
    • Vigor – remaining points

Attributes

  • Strength: Enough to wear all your gear
  • Dexterity: Enough to wear all your gear
  • Vitality: Everything Else
  • Energy: 10-25

Equipment

  • Weapon: Heart Of The Oak Runeword Weapon + Herald of Zakarum
  • Helmet: Harlequin Crest
  • Armor: Enigma Runeword (Mage Plate)
  • Gloves: Magefist
  • Boots: War Traveler
  • Belt: Arachind Mesh
  • Amulet: Mara’s Kaleidoscope
  • Rings: Raven Frost + Bul Kathos
  • Weapon Switch: Call to Arms Runeword Weapon + Spirit Runeword Shield
  • Charms: Hellfire Torch, Annihilus, Grand charms with +to Combat Skills (Paladin)/Life

Mercenary

  • Act 2 Nightmare Defense (Holy Freeze)
    • Weapon: Eth Breath of the Dying Runeword
    • Helmet: Eth Andariel’s Visage
    • Armor: Eth Fortitude Runeword

Smite Paladin

Smite Paladins are effective in crowd controlling with their stunning and accurate attacks. However, at lower levels, this sometimes falls weaker when compared to others. As you progress your attacks become strong enough for one-hit kills. Hence the stun becomes useless.

Uber Tristram

Skills

  • Combat Skills
    • Smite – 20
    • Holy Shield – 20
    • Holy Bolt – 1
    • Blessed Hammer – 1
    • Charge – 1
  • Offensive Auras
    • Fanaticism – 20
    • Might – 1
    • Blessed Aim – 1
    • Concentration – 1
  • Defensive Auras
    • Resist Lightning – 20
    • Salvation – 1
    • Resist Fire – remaining points

Attributes

  • Strength: Enough to wear all your gear
  • Dexterity: Enough to wear all your gear
  • Vitality: Everything Else
  • Energy: None

Equipment

  • Weapon: Black Runeword Weapon + Herald of Zakarum
  • Helmet: Guillaume’s Face
  • Armor: Lionheart Runeword
  • Gloves: Dracul’s Grasp
  • Boots: Goblin Toe
  • Belt: Credendum
  • Amulet: Highlord’s Wrath
  • Rings: Raven Frost + Dwarf Star
  • Weapon Switch: Call to Arms Runeword Weapon + Spirit Runeword Shield
  • Charms: Hellfire Torch, Annihilus, Charms with Resistances/Life

Diablo Clone Killer

Skills

  • Combat Skills
    • Smite – 20
    • Holy Shield – 20
    • Holy Bolt – 1
    • Blessed Hammer – 1
    • Charge – 1
  • Offensive Auras
    • Fanaticism – 20
    • Might – 1
    • Blessed Aim – 1
    • Concentration – 1
  • Defensive Auras
    • Resist Fire – 10
    • Resist Cold – 10
    • Prayer – 1
    • Resist Lightning – 10
    • Cleansing – 1
    • Meditation – 1
    • Defiance – 1
    • Vigor – 1
    • Redemption – 1
    • Salvation – 1

Attributes

  • Strength: Enough to wear all your gear
  • Dexterity: Enough to wear all your gear and reach max block chance
  • Vitality: Everything Else
  • Energy: None

Equipment

  • Weapon: Last Wish Runeword (Phase blade) + Exile Runeword (Vortex Shield)
  • Helmet: Kira’s Guardian
  • Armor: Lionheart Runeword
  • Gloves: Crafted gloves with 20 IAS (Increased Attack Speed) and Crushing Blow
  • Boots: Goblin Toe
  • Belt: Thundergod’s Vigor
  • Amulet: Mara’s Kaleidoscope
  • Rings: Raven Frost + Dwarf Star
  • Weapon Switch: Call to Arms Runeword Weapon + Spirit Runeword Shield
  • Charms: Hellfire Torch, Annihilus, Charms with Resistances/Life

Avenger Paladin

The Avenger is one of the strongest Paladin builds in Diablo 2 Resurrected. Its main skills are Vengeance and Conviction. Moreover, it focuses on elemental damage which can be used to easily overcome enemy resistances. Vengeance added elemental damage to every attack while combining with Conviction ensures maximum damage.

Skills

  • Combat Skills
    • Vengeance – 20
    • Holy Shield – 10
    • Sacrifice – 1
    • Zeal – 1
    • Smite – 1
    • Charge – 1
  • Offensive Auras
    • Conviction – 20
    • Might – 1
    • Holy Fire – 1
    • Holy Freeze – 1
    • Thorns – 1
    • Sanctuary – 1
  • Defensive Auras
    • Resist Fire – 10+
    • Resist Cold – 10+
    • Prayer – 1
    • Resist Lightning – 10+
    • Cleansing – 1
    • Defiance – 1
    • Vigor – 1
    • Redemption – 1
    • Salvation – 1

Attributes

  • Strength: Enough to wear all your gear
  • Dexterity: Enough to wear all your gear and reach max block chance
  • Vitality: Everything Else
  • Energy: None

Equipment

  • Weapon: Breath of the Dying Runeword Weapon + Herald of Zakarum
  • Helmet: Vampire Gaze
  • Armor: Chains of Honor
  • Gloves: Soul Drainer
  • Boots: Sandstorm Trek
  • Belt: Verdungo’s Hearty Cord
  • Amulet: Highlord’s Wrath
  • Rings: Raven Frost + Dwarf Star
  • Weapon Switch: Call to Arms Runeword Weapon + Spirit Runeword Shield
  • Charms: Hellfire Torch, Annihilus, Grand charms with +to Combat Skills (Paladin)/Max damage/Life

Mercenary

  • Act 2 Nightmare Defense (Holy Freeze)
    • Weapon: Eth The Reaper’s Toll
    • Helmet: Eth Vampire Gaze
    • Armor: Eth Treachery Runeword

Zealot Paladin

Zealot, also known as Zealadin or Zealer is an extremely strong build for players who only like to attack head one. They can attack in quick succession, attack multiple enemies at a time. Making Zealots one of the most popular classes in PvE playthroughs. On the other hand, a Zealot requires several expensive and hard to obtain equipment to excel at PvP. Fanaticism increases attack speed meanwhile Zeal skill inflicts tremendous melee damage. Hence combining both of them is enough to mow down waves of enemy hordes.

Additionally, Zealot has an extra advantage where it can use Holy Shield to defend as Zealot Paladins focus on swift one-handed weapons.

General Paladin build

Skills

  • Combat Skills
    • Zeal – 20
    • Sacrifice – 20
    • Holy Shield – 1
    • Holy Bolt – 1
    • Blessed Hammer – 1
    • Smite – 1
    • Charge – 1
  • Offensive Auras
    • Fanaticism – 20
    • Might – 1
    • Blessed Aim – 1
    • Concentration
  • Defensive Auras
    • Salvation – 20
    • Resist Lightning – 20
    • Redemption – 1
    • Prayer – 1
    • Cleansing – 1
    • Defiance – 1
    • Vigor – 1

Attributes

  • Strength: Enough to wear all your gear
  • Dexterity: Enough to wear all your gear and reach max block chance
  • Vitality: Everything Else
  • Energy: None

Equipment

  • Weapon: Grief Runeword (Phase blade) + Dream Runeword (Paladin Shield)
  • Helmet: Dream Runeword
  • Armor: Fortitude Runeword
  • Gloves: Laying of Hands
  • Boots: Goblin Toe
  • Belt: String of Ears
  • Amulet: Highlord’s Wrath
  • Rings: Raven Frost + Rare ring with Attack Rating, Life and Mana Leech, Resistances
  • Weapon Switch: Call to Arms Runeword Weapon + Spirit Runeword Shield
  • Charms: Gheed’s Fortune, Hellfire Torch, Annihilus, Grand charms with +to Combat Skills (Paladin)/Life/Attack Rating/Max damage

Mercenary

  • Act 2 Nightmare Offensive (Might)
    • Weapon: Eth Infinity Runeword
    • Helmet: Eth Andariel’s Visage
    • Armor: Eth Fortitude Runeword

Holy Freeze Paladin build

Skills

  • Combat Skills
    • Zeal – 20
    • Holy Shield – 10+
    • Sacrifice – 1+
    • Holy Bolt – 1
    • Blessed Hammer – 1
    • Smite – 1
    • Charge – 1
  • Offensive Auras
    • Holy Freeze – 20
    • Might – 1
    • Holy Fire – 1
  • Defensive Auras
    • Resist Cold – 20
    • Salvation – 20

Attributes

  • Strength: Enough to wear all your gear
  • Dexterity: Enough to wear all your gear and reach max block chance
  • Vitality: Everything Else
  • Energy: None

Equipment

  • Weapon: Doom Runeword (Berserker Axe) + Herald of Zakarum
  • Helmet: Nightwing’s Veil
  • Armor: Chains of Honor Runeword (Archon Plate)
  • Gloves: Rare gloves with 20 IAS (Increased Attack Speed) and other good stats
  • Boots: Sandstorm Trek
  • Belt: Verdungo’s Hearty Cord
  • Amulet: Rare amulet with +2 to Paladin Skills and Mana Leech, Life, Resistances
  • Rings: Raven Frost + Rare ring with Life Leech, Life, Resistances
  • Weapon Switch: Call to Arms Runeword Weapon + Spirit Runeword Shield
  • Charms: Hellfire Torch, Annihilus, Grand charms with +to Offensive Auras and Life, Resistances

Mercenary

  • Act 2 Normal Offensive (Blessed Aim)
    • Weapon: Eth Infinity Runeword
    • Helmet: Eth Vampire Gaze
    • Armor: Eth Shaftstop

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