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Paladin from normal to hell: starting from zero

Discussion in 'Paladin' started by skymningsdagar, Feb 23, 2019.

  1. skymningsdagar

    skymningsdagar IncGamers Member

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    Hello everyone. I haven't played Diablo 2 in probably ten years or so (and even then I mostly PvPed and never actually played through the whole game), but a few days ago I played and finished the acts of Diablo 3 in a couple of hours and got the urge to revisit my old favourite game, the predecessor. I've started from the beginning with a Paladin, and I straddle a bit between going for a Smiter or some other meele-oriented skill-build. I scanned a couple of guides here on this forum but I noticed a lot of them has as a precondition the prospect of having access to highly qualified gear, which I don't, nor do I have any desire to get free items or so – I seek to complete every quest in every act solely by my own and by the equipment I find doing this. But which skill-build should I be going for with this in mind? As I said, a Smiter or a Zealot or something was what I had in mind. But the Smiter guide I can find in the collected guide-list on this forum is for a Uber Smiter who already has access to the best possible equipment. Maybe a Paladin with Fanaticism/Zeal is more realistically than a Smither? Hm...

    As of now, I just arrived to Act 2 in normal as a lvl 14 Paladin.

    Best regards,
    skymningsdagar
     
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    peytron IncGamers Member

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    A Zealot Paladin is likely your best choice. You can use Smite as a backup skill for bosses of course.

    Paladin's are probably the easiest class to run through to Hell untwinked since they are not as gear dependent.

    I generally followed the guide you mentioned using the "budget" items mentioned at first and didn't have any difficulty questing through.
     
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    skymningsdagar IncGamers Member

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    Thanks man. Your comment confirmed my suspicion that a Zealot would be the way to go. It's been quite a ride so far. I'm currently lvl 73 at Act 2 in Hell. Until now most stages have been quite easy. Not everywhere and always (Act 2 has been the most difficult act in all modes), but for the most time things have been doable. But it's seems that I now have reached a dead-end... I can't seem to get through the first quest in Act 2. Radamant is punishing me hard for my unwillingness to repent and surrender to the Dark Side of the Force... I won't! Journey continues...
     
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    Melee characters are too gear-dependent to make good first characters. Make a Summoning Necro or a Sorc to start with. Or a Hammerdin.
     
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    Kitteh IncGamers Site Pal

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    Not really true. Fanazealots can get by with a progression of runeword weapons, and runes are easily farmed. Then you have elemental zealots, which can use almost anything. Steel > Strength > Black works fine. Anything fast.
     
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    Runes are easily farmed by melee characters? Where?
     

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