Holy freeze/shock running commentary... H everyone, Having played D2 on-off for a number of years and read these forums periodically, I always enjoyed reading threads relating to character builds so I thought I write on how I'm getting on with my paladin as it levels up all the way from level 1... First of all, I play single player only, so I play with what I find - let's see how lucky I am! Anyway, the plan for my character is to use Holy Freeze as my main aura, and switching to holy shock for cold immunes. If I meet a dual immune, I'll have to rely on my minimal physical but with crushing blow (Crushflange or Goblin Toe) or Open wounds (Bloodrise), should hopefully still be able to kill at a reasonable pace. The reason for above choice of auras are: 1) I've always liked Holy Freeze - slowing monsters down, plus adding a decent amount of cold damage seemed like a good balance between defensive and offensive capabilities 2) Holy Shock - Potentially more powerful than Holy Freeze, but since it's the next skill on the skll tree, means I save points on pre-requisites plus having points in Resist Lightning as a synergy, allows me to increase my maximum Lightning Resistace. Anyway, in terms of where I am at the moment: Level: 22 Skill Allocation: Holy Freeze 6, Cold Resist 5, Zeal 5, Pre-requisites (Might, Sacrifice, Holy Bolt, Smite, Charge, Blessed Hammer - 1). I've got one point saved from Atma quest in Act 2, which I'll use at level 24 for Holy Shock (other point for Holy Shield) Stats: I usually put 1 point in Strength and Dexterity, and 3 into Vitality each time I level up Resistances: FR: 28%, CR: 28%, LR: 75%, PR: 53% Equipment: Definitely a bit weak at the moment, but I guess that's the beauty of this build is that you don't necessarily need great equipment to have fun! Weapon: Scepter +16AR, 4% LL and +2 Holy Freeze Got it off Drognan - pricey, but the the +2 to Holy Freeze is worth it! Long term, a Priest's War Scepter with a +3 Holy Freeze would be nice... Armour: Arctic Furs While DR 47 leaves a lot to be desired, I'm a big fan of the +10 All Resistance - kinda like a poor man's Goldskin... If can find another Arctic set item (preferably the Gloves), would give a nice +3 DR/Level and a +75% MF bonus! Long term, Goldskin's the boy, but rather rare methinks! Headgear: Socketed Full Helm (regular and flawed ruby) This gives a nice +41 to Life - I'm actually a big fan of socketed items as it helps to personalise your gear, and you know the set bonuses. In one of my other paladins, I was fortunate to find a 3 socketed crown - +72% MF was rather sweet... I also once found a 2 socketed War Scepter with +3 Hold Freeze - having 2 Perfect amethysts helps solved my AR problems a little... Long term, Iratha's crown would be good or 3 socketed perfect ruby crown would be good... Shield: Socketed Large Shield (3 chipped diamonds) From Charsi, the 42% block rate is not bad - once holy shield is up and running, this will help. The +18 All Resistance is once again, a poor man's prismatic prefix.. Long term, I'm a fan of Steelclash, but suspect I'll end using a Socketed Tower Shield (3 perfect diamonds of course!) Belt: Belt, +19% LR 3 slots are useful, and decent LR Long term: Iratha's heavy belt! Boots: Boots, +10 CR, +1 Dexterity Not many good drops... Long term: GoblinToe for the CB Gloves: Leather Gloves, +10% LR and Half Freeze Duration Long term: Iratha's light gaunlets... Amulet: +5% PR,+1 Dexterity Nothing better has dropped... Long term: Iratha's Amulet Rings: a) +10 LR, b) +20 PR, +3 Replenish Life Long term: Suspect I'll need some rings with AR... Generally, I tend to just run through areas (except for champions and uniques), and just clear out dungeons properly - this seems to be a reasonably efficient way to level up, as those dungeons tend to have a higher concentration of bosses anyway... I've just found the Horadric Cube (yay! Can finally turn all those rejuvenations potions into Full ones! Plus all those darn chipped gems...), and collecting the other pieces of the cube. In terms of skill points, the plan is put one more point into Holy Freeze, and once I hit level 24, build up Holy Shield to level 5 and put both points from Tyrael into Holy Shock. Once I get a bit further on, I'll give an update. Thanks for reading, and any advice/comments will be welcome!