Patriarch Spammydin: Holy Shock + Zeal Paladin

xxnothing

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Patriarch Spammydin: Holy Shock + Zeal Paladin

EDIT: Yes, the thread title says "Spammydin" but the character's name is Zippydin. Sorry for the mix-up. :) Spammy was my previous Pally build, my hammerdin.

One more "good old standard" build done! Amazing I've been playing off and on for around 10 years and I still have PLENTY of common builds to try!

Everyone's seen the Holy Shock build a zillion times, so I'll just hit the high-lights...

Skills:

20 Resist Lightning
6 Salvation
1 Prayer, Cleansing, Defiance, Vigor (I like Cleansing and Vigor as utility skills)

20 Holy Shock
1 in each prerequisite

20 Zeal
14 Sacrifice
1 Holy Shield
1 each prerequisite to get HS

1 unspent point. Future points to Holy Shield and/or Sacrifice

Stats

STR 91
DEX 133
VIT 255
ENR 20

11 unspent points. Future points to DEX or VIT.

Reists in Hell after Anya quest were 90/90/95/90.

The LCS

Gear

Kira's Guardian
Guardian Angel socketed w/ 15 resist-all jewel
Herald of Zakarum socketed w/ pDiamond
Nosferatu's Coil
Dracul's Grasp
Gore Riders
Raven Frost
Rare ring (resists, AR, mana leech)
Rare Amulet (nice ammy, worth listing below)
Code:
Viper Necklace
Amulet
Required Level: 50
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 86
Fingerprint: 0xa9751e07
+17 to Strength
+25 to Life
+22 to Mana
All Resistances +20
Replenish Life +7
+2 to Combat Skills (Paladin Only)
And the key to Holy Shock/Zeal fun times, a Crescent Moon Phase Blade
Code:
Crescent Moon
Zippydin's Phase Blade
'ShaelUmTir'
One-Hand Damage: 96 to 108
Required Dexterity: 136
Required Strength: 25
Required Level: 54
Sword Class - Fastest Attack Speed
Indestructible
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 80
Fingerprint: 0x7d78c6a6
+211% Enhanced Damage
20% Increased Attack Speed
Ignore Target Defense
25% Chance of Open Wounds
+2 to Mana After Each Kill
+10 Magic Absorb
10% Chance to cast Level 17 Chain Lightning on striking
7% Chance to cast Level 13 Static Field on striking
Level 18 Summon Spirit Wolf (30/30 Charges)
-35% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
Socketed (3: 3 used)
Charms were mostly dedicated to Attack Rating, with a smattering of resists. One Lion Branded and one Captain's grand charms.


As you can see, the AR on this build was abysmal. I used Demon Limb when things got too crazy, though most of the time it was bearable without the AR boost. Just took some patience. I could have gotten more AR somewhere, but I didn't like giving up certain items, such as the Drac's, which in fast-attacking melee builds are also known as "Gloves of Immortality". ;) I just couldn't figure out how to have everything I wanted... the crazy resists, Life Tap, etc and still have big AR, so I gave up the AR.

For the final Act, I lent him my Hammerdin's CtA, which was nice!

I had originally planned this to be a Holy Shock/Holy Freeze hybrid, using Voice of Reason on switch, but I respec'd him to go full HS. Partly this was because I didn't have a second HoZ for his switch, and partly because I liked the more focused approach. With a Might merc and some CB from the Gores, LI monsters went down reasonably fast.

Speaking of the Moron, he's a Might Merc wearing Leviathan, Vampire's Gaze and wielding a Hone Sundan (Shael, Shael, Amn). I considered a Blessed Aim guy to solve my AR problems, but I liked that Might aura too much to give it up.

Notable finds were an Um while questing (pre 1.13).

Hellforge was a Lum :(


Final Thought

The one thing I REALLY liked about this guy is how fast he can melt a single, high-hit-point target. Diablo and Baal both went down fast, thanks to the Static from Crescent Moon and all the CB from Gores and the merc's Hone Sundan.

Future Plans
Now that he's a Pat, I'm going to consider how best to gear him up for some Baal runs. Not that he's an optimal runner, it's just nice to have some variety.

Thanks for reading. :)
 
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thefranklin

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Re: Patriarch Spammydin: Holy Shock + Zeal Paladin

Congrats.

I don't think AR wasn't abysmal, but I can see that is why you maxed zeal before sacrifice.. And ITD on the weapon helped I am sure. :thumbup:
 

xxnothing

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Re: Patriarch Spammydin: Holy Shock + Zeal Paladin

Yeah, I don't get that... even with ITD, I got an AWFUL lot of "whiffing". It often seemed as if the ITD didn't work. Definitely doesn't work against the act bosses... and that's where I used Demon Limb enchant charges.
And yes, I pumped Zeal trying to get as much AR bonus as possible. :) "59% chance to hit Baal" without Enchant on is, in my book, "abysmal". YMMV....
 

Paradigmshift

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Re: Patriarch Spammydin: Holy Shock + Zeal Paladin

Nice pat, I had the same trouble with my holy shock zealot with whiffing. Glad I am not the only one.
 

Hammy

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Re: Patriarch Spammydin: Holy Shock + Zeal Paladin

I like the pat. Tesladins rock my socks.

Mine uses an Azurewrath though, makes it a little easier to hit 4FPA and the cold/magic damage deals with LIs well. Anything that isn't LI dies fast enough, but at higher player settings, the -ELR is probably more useful.

I find a point in Conviction handy, if for no other reason than to make sure you don't whiff against LIs.

I'm struggling to find an end-game use though, the only thing he can really run well is AT and the knockback from Sanctuary is exceptionally annoying.

Rambling, sorry...

Anyway, congrats on the pat! Let me know if you find a use for him.


-Hammy
 

Doctor Clock

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Re: Patriarch Spammydin: Holy Shock + Zeal Paladin

Congrats on the Tesla. Get an Infinity merc and prepare for lulz.
 

omgwtfbbqpwned

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Re: Patriarch Spammydin: Holy Shock + Zeal Paladin

Congrats on the zapper! By the way, what's with that one charm sticking out like a sore thumb because you didn't organize it properly? It boggles my mind.
 

NagisaFurukawa

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Re: Patriarch Spammydin: Holy Shock + Zeal Paladin

Congrats, but what's up with your LCS shot having Holy Shield on right click? *demands real damage figures* :D
 

nubikoen

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Re: Patriarch Spammydin: Holy Shock + Zeal Paladin

Congratulations on the pat.

I actually find tesladins to be very viable Baal runners. In fact most Zeal based paladins do quite well I think. The tesladin being one of the least gear dependant.
 

xxnothing

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Re: Patriarch Spammydin: Holy Shock + Zeal Paladin

Congrats on the zapper! By the way, what's with that one charm sticking out like a sore thumb because you didn't organize it properly? It boggles my mind.
I know, ain't that like a needle in the ol' eye socket? :badteeth:

Congrats, but what's up with your LCS shot having Holy Shield on right click? *demands real damage figures* :D
Doh!!!

New screenshot here, with damage figures (buffed with CtA) and also including the offending charm moved to be slightly less offensive...:crazyeyes:



 

In the name of Zod

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Re: Patriarch Spammydin: Holy Shock + Zeal Paladin

Nice, got to try it. Can't understand you skills key configuration. Is the character/merc/lcs setup under s,d,f?
 

xxnothing

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Re: Patriarch Spammydin: Holy Shock + Zeal Paladin

Do you mean my hot-keys set-up?

Q-W-E for left-click skills,
A-S-D-F-G and Z-X-C-V-B for right click skills.
R for switch, T for town portal. F1-F5 for stuff like LCS, Merc screen, quests, skill trees, etc.
 
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