Defiant Hi gang. After seeing my defense numbers with just 900+ body armor, HoZ, a Defiance merc, slvl 24 Holy Shield, and one natural point in Defiance, I'm thinking I'd like to start a new Defiant paladin (one of my favorites from D2C). I was just curious if any of you had tried it in 1.10 or had any ideas? I searched for this topic in the Paladin forum but mostly just saw people saying "use defiance as a synergy and fanaticism as your aura", which does me no good at all. I'm not looking for the uber-build, just one that will fit the Defiant playstyle. Since I know the SPF is more variant-friendly, I hope you don't mind me asking. Stats STR 212 or 232 (In the unlikely event I find some good Sacred Armor, with +20 STR from HoZ) DEX 117 (To use Lightsaber, with +19 Dex from Ravenfrost) VIT all else NRG base Skills Sacrifice 20 (synergy for zeal) Zeal 20 (primary attack) Vengeance 1+ (for PI monsters, will add more after all others are reached) Holy Bolt 1 Blessed Hammer 1 Smite 1 Charge 1 Holy Shield 20 Prayer 1 Defiance 20 Meditation 1 Cleansing 1 Vigor 1 Redemption 1 90 total skill points, should reach goal with Hell Izual quest reward. Gear (This is where I'm most uncertain) - Whatever my highest def armor would be. The best I can do right now is a 1200+ Dusk Shroud, or I might go with an upgraded Atma's, but I'm on the lookout for more. - HoZ. The only shield I'd even think of using instead is, of course, Stormshield, and I don't have any of those. - Lightsaber. The best one-handed weapon I've got, the speed is nice, the ML is essential, and the extra lightning and magic damage will help this offensively-underpowered build a lot. - Ravenfrost. Entirely unsure about what my other ring would be, but I'm leaning towards a dual-leech Blood ring I crafted recently. - Any amulet that gives good resists. Any other mods would just be gravy. - No clue as to what my helmet would be. My current options are pretty limited here, though, and I'd have to choose between a Holy Giant Conch, Rockstopper, and Crown of Thieves, upgrading whichever I decide on, if possible. Were it not so ugly, especially on paladins, I'd choose Tal Rasha's mask, but it is so ugly, so I'm not choosing it. - A lot of decent belts to choose from, but none are really great: IK belt, SoE, Tal Rasha's, Hwanin's, Credendum, M'avina's. No TGod's, though. - As usual with gloves, I'll rotate between Laying of Hands, Gravepalm, and Venom Grip depending on the circumstances. Might add M'avina's to the mix, too, to save more stat points. - My collection of boots is so bad I might just go barefoot. Seriously, though, the only decent option, if you can call it that, is Tearhaunch right now. - +Life, FHR, resists charms, and at least one poison damage charm, no matter how weak, to slow down monster health regeneration. Merc - Might, armed with the next highest DR armor I have, a dual-Amned ethereal Cruel Partizan, and any helm with LL. As you can see, I'm 1) looking for balanced defense, not just the highest DR possible; and 2) crazy for attempting this build despite not having anything close to the best gear for it. Still, once I get that bug to play a Defiant, I don't let little things like equipment stop me. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have about my skill, stat, and gear thoughts.