Stupid question about using a smiter

OneLoveBoomer

Diabloii.Net Member
Stupid question about using a smiter

Hey guys, my level 24 smiter is the first one I have ever made and I am folowing one of the guides on this site.

Anyhow, my question it this, I am going to be distributing my skills to...

Zeal
Sacrifice
Fanaticism
Holy Shield
1 in Smite and prereqs.

So, my question is when I am fighting large groups of monsters, Zeal is obviously the way to go. Now when I am fighting a boss, I would assume I use smite with the fanaticism aura, but then why am I maxing Holy Shield?

Thanks!
 

HemeHaci

Diabloii.Net Member
First of all, why do you put only 1 in smite? You are smiter after all :S (ok I admit I have never built a smiter)

Holy shield enhances damage you do with smite. And as far as I am concerned people also go with defiance since its sinergy for holy shield.

So I think people did smiter like this:
Smite
Holy Shield
Fanaticism
Defiance
(dont remember the last one)
 

zallus

Diabloii.Net Member
for a pure smiter its just as heme says
max smite
holy shield
fanaticism
defiance

the rest are up to you

Boomer i think that you are talking about a 1 point smiter and that is a completely different build
 

OneLoveBoomer

Diabloii.Net Member
Yeah should have mentioned it, I am going to be a 1-point smiter.

I figured out the holy shield thing, I didn't realize it was a duration spell I thought it was an attack so I was like WTF why would I have that instead of smite.

Anyways, thanks for the help!
 

AnimeCraze

Diabloii.Net Member
Not only that, you get +block and +def with holy shield, and can easily get you to over 10+ def with moderate gear. You can also get maxed block easily too.
 

Ludacris

Banned
I think the 1pt-smiter beats the pure smiter build. Okay in PvP you'll notice a real smiter from a 1pt, but in PvM its much more viable. Zeal takes care of great groupes like you said ans smite bosses. Also smite will take care of the ubers. Zeal the monster the ubers spawn. I wouldn't max defiance too, if you got extra points either max defiance or get vigor/salvation/rememption.
 

HemeHaci

Diabloii.Net Member
Not really, first of all smiter is not meant to beat groups of monsters. He is specialised on 1vs1 and pure build does that better for sure.
About ubertristram, I used my friend's pure build smiter with godly gear and yet ubers give you a quite hard time. I cant even imagine about 1pt smiter..
If you wanna group make hammerdin or sorceress, smiter is useless for that..
 

Ludacris

Banned
My dreamer was able to do Ubers. He uses salvation as aura (convic useless with smite) and he smites away with 1pt (I switch to grief when smiting though) Fast enough for me.
 

Jackson

Diabloii.Net Member
Heck.. if your AR is good enough, you might as well stick to zeal for most *normal* bosses. Uber Trist is really the only occasion I would switch to smite, since I sacrifice most of my normal PvM gear for resists, CB, etc.
 

OneLoveBoomer

Diabloii.Net Member
Speaking of which, what's the best way of improving my AR, aside from adding too much to Dex?

[STUPID QUESTION ALERT]
Also, for ubers I use smite right...well I'm only level 50 or so but my smite dmg is pretty low compared to my zeal dmg, even with Holy Shield...I should expect that this is normal? The main plus to Smite is the fact that it stuns the boss correct?

PS

Best merc for a 1-point smiter (a.k.a. Zealer with Fanaticism)? Act 2 Might or Act 2 Cold?
 

AnimeCraze

Diabloii.Net Member
Yes, your smite damage should be relatively low compared to zeal (unless you are using grief, in which case both your smite and zeal damage is ungodly high).

No, the who reason behind smite is it always hit. You would not want hits to miss when you are attacking the big 3. Also, smite leeches with lifetap. These together practically makes your paladin immortal.
 

OneLoveBoomer

Diabloii.Net Member
Yes, your smite damage should be relatively low compared to zeal (unless you are using grief, in which case both your smite and zeal damage is ungodly high).

No, the who reason behind smite is it always hit. You would not want hits to miss when you are attacking the big 3. Also, smite leeches with lifetap. These together practically makes your paladin immortal.
Hmmm wow ok thanks for the info AnimeCraze! Another dumb question, does life tap = life leech? Cause the words get thrown around so much I sometimes wonder if there is a difference.

Anyone have an opinion on the merc situation?



 

AnimeCraze

Diabloii.Net Member
Life tap = necro curse. It makes your character leech (massively) if you hit the cursed monster. Smite does not leech with normal life leech, but does with life tap.
 

Ludacris

Banned
I don't think a merc is needed at all. I'm not sure wich to choose, because i never used one, but i would have to say might merc or defiance?
 

herbboy

Diabloii.Net Member
might merc is betta cause of improved dmg. And besides if you get him a doom he gets freeze neway and exile has defiance. Best way to improve [email protected] angelkic rings and angelic ammulet massive boosts of 2-3k
 

Jackson

Diabloii.Net Member
I would go with the might merc. With high level holy shield, etc, you don't need to worry about monsters killing you physically, if you hve life tap active.
 
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