# Question about Pala block percentage

#### YelgisDarej

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Question about Pala block percentage

"Chance to Block

This is the formula:

Total Blocking = (Blocking * (Dexterity - 15)) / (Character Level * 2)

Where Blocking is (Shield Blocking + Holy Shield bonus) if you are using Holy Shield. Notice that even if you wonâ€™t be shown more than 75% blocking in your shield, its base chance to block might be higher (for example, Stormshield has 77% chance to block, and Herald of Zakarum has 82% chance to block for paladins, those are the numbers that you have to use)" -- straight from pala handbook by Ragnarod

Ok I understand how to calculate dex needed at a certain level to reach max block and I understand some shield can get higher then 75% even though they don't list higher on the char screen.

What I want to make a little more clear is the Shield Block + Holy shield part of the equation and find out what is the max block percentage one can reach.

First what is the true block percentage cap? Is it 75% for all shields except ones with higher bases like HoZ and SS or is it always (shield block) + HS (ie 60% shield + 25% from HS = 85% to block) and if so is the cap at the 95% hard cap (since there is always a 5% to not block or not hit no matter how high a stat or attribute is).

Here is what I am asking... I have a Spirit Gilded shield with 52% base to black and my HS gives 33% chance so in according to this equation I could reach 85% blockrate if i had enough dex even though it would only list as 75 on the char screen?

#### Fallen Creation

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You can only have 75% block.

#### YelgisDarej

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Are you sure the paladin guide i got that excerpt from states that certain shields have higher then the 75% block such as Herald Of Zakarum which has 82% and that you can get over 75% using shields like that. It just shows it capped at 75 on the char screen even though it is higher.

#### TopHatCat64

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YelgisDarej said:
Are you sure the paladin guide i got that excerpt from states that certain shields have higher then the 75% block such as Herald Of Zakarum which has 82% and that you can get over 75% using shields like that. It just shows it capped at 75 on the char screen even though it is higher.
The SHIELD's raw blocking percentage can get over 75% but your CHARACTER's actual block cannot exceed 75%. The game crunches your shield's block, holy shield, dex, and char level THEN determines your character's actual in-game block.

#### wookie919

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TopHatCat64 said:
The SHIELD's raw blocking percentage can get over 75% but your CHARACTER's actual block cannot exceed 75%. The game crunches your shield's block, holy shield, dex, and char level THEN determines your character's actual in-game block.
I've always wondered who the man in the photo is in your avatar. Is it Keanu Reeves by any chance?

Err... Sorry for thread hijack, but I think the question is already answered...

#### TopHatCat64

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wookie919 said:
I've always wondered who the man in the photo is in your avatar. Is it Keanu Reeves by any chance?
Tony Leung Chiu Wai, HK actor. I'm a big fan of his, especially when he teams up with Wong Kar-Wai.

The photo itself is a screenshot from In The Mood For Love (cropped, gray-scaled and contrast boosted).