Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
PvP Paladin Guide Version 2
This document Copyright 2003 Acelyte
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Table of Contents:

1. Legal Copyright Protection
2. Introduction to Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
3. Introduction to this FAQ
4. Raising Your Paladin
5. Builds, Stats, and General Strats
   5a. Zealot (6 types)
   5b. Smiter (1 type so far)
   5c. Avenger (1 type)
   5d. Charger (2 types)
   5e. Fistadin (2 types)
6. Class-Specific Strategies
   6a. Amazon
   6b. Barbarian
   6c. Assassin
   6d. Druid
   6e. Necromancer
   6f. Sorceress
   6g. Paladin
7. Versions
8. Credits
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                      1. Legal Copyright Protection

This document cannot be reproduced in any way without my permission, 
unless for private use.  If I do give you permission, you MUST give 
credit.  It cannot be sold.  It definitely CANNOT be altered in any 
way.  It's as simple as that...
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           2. Introduction of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

If you've played Diablo I, the sequel is WAY better.  Instead of one 
set of skills for every class, you have different sets for each.  Also, 
your stats and skills are limited to 110 skill points and 505 stat 
points, which means you won't be able to max every stat since their 
caps are not at 100 or so.  Anyway, there are also new types of items, 
such as Rare and Set Items, etc.  And the best part: YOU CAN ACTUALLY 
REGENERATE MANA!  The improvements are too many for me to list, so on 
with the FAQ.
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                      3. Introduction to this FAQ

First of all, this FAQ is only meant for someone with substantial 
experience in Diablo II, knows his terminology, and plans to be a long-
term dueler (Is that even a word?).  Sorry if the previous intro, which 
was intended for newbies to Diablo II, misled anyone. ^_^ Anyway, Some 
of the builds I list might not be PvM-friendly, because they are 
especially made for duels (or PKing).  To me, Diablo II gets very 
boring in PvM when you reach level 99.  And as a result, I would want a 
bigger challenge; that's right--PvP!  For now, Hardcore PvP can wait 
(which I think is the biggest challenge of them all).  So if you're 
like me, you'll want to make the best PvP build you can make.  And that 
might be frustrating for the not-so-PvM-friendly builds, but patience 
is a virtue.
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                         4. Raising Your Paladin

First of all, this is assuming you don't have a friend whose characters 
are at a high level to rush you from Act I Normal to Act 5 Hell.  The 
purpose of this is to level up and progress through the game faster 
than single-player style, and maybe have some of the high-level players 
give you decent items.  That's why you start pumping up your Strength 
initially and occasionally later on when you level up, so that you can 
wear them.  Speaking of items, you should be collecting items with the 
mod "__ % Better Chance of Getting Magic Items" as you play.  You'll 
need them later on.

You start at level 1 with no skills.  When you decide on whether to 
create a game or join an existing one, join a Normal-difficulty game 
that says something like "act 1 rush," "act 1 andy," "act 1 normal," or 
"kill andy."  Afterwards, get everyone in your party, preferably with 
someone at a high enough level for that difficulty.  Make sure everyone 
is focused on killing Andariel, the first super-unique boss; forget the 
previous quests for now.  Someone should have the Catacombs Level 2 
Waypoint, so when he opens a Town Portal from the Waypoint, enter the 
portal and add it to your destination routes.  That way, if for some 
reason, your party is unable to kill Andariel, (like the high-level 
ally leaving suddenly or whatever), you will still have the waypoint 
for the next game you will join when you exit.  Once your party kills 
her, go to Act II.  The party should be getting the ingredients for the 
Horadric Staff to open the chamber to Duriel, the second super-unique 
boss.  Because of that, this act can be a rather time-consuming one, so 
pray you don't get disconnected or timed out in the middle of this.  
Anyway, once they get them all, they should have the Canyon of the Magi 
Waypoint (Otherwise, they will have to do some more quests, so be 
patient; you're still going to level up quite a bit from all the 
fighting, anyway).  Once they get all the items, they will open the 
Town Portal from that waypoint.  And of course, you should add that one 
too.  If one of them has a maphack (and usually they do), they will 
know where the real Tal Rasha Tomb is; if not, you'll level up some 
more.  Once they reach the real tomb, they will fight through to the 
Orifice, where the Horadric Staff should be placed.  Once a hole is 
blasted through a wall, let the others go first and then enter.  By 
now, you should have leveled up at least once, so if you have invested 
in any auras, take this rare opportunity to help your team out by using 
them.  Once Duriel is killed, go to Act III.  Someone should have the 
Durance of Hate Level 3 Waypoint.  If not, leave, because there's a 
task similar to the Horadric Staff in this act; and it takes WAY too 
long because of the vast jungle environment.  Anyway, once you get to 
the Durance of Hate Level 2 Waypoint, add it.  When you get to Level 3, 
let the others go first, and then follow them from a distance.  When 
they've reached Mephisto, keep away from him.  Once he dies, search the 
area around him for some decent items (not good items, because your 
teammates most likely took them all) and then go through the red portal 
to Act IV.  Once again, either get the River of Flame Waypoint or 
leave.  Unfortunately, this act will also take a long time.  No, not 
because of an ingredient quest again; it's because the Chaos Sanctuary 
is so large and that you must unlock 5 Seals, which are spread out, to 
summon Diablo.  At this point, you should have a substantial amount of 
points in Vitality if you plan to help your team out with any auras.  
Why?  Because his "Flame Nova," which has a radius of about 40 yards or 
so, can kill you in one hit if you don't.  If not, stay far back from 
the pentagram, but stay in the Chaos Sanctuary.  Once Diablo is dead, 
go back to the Pandemonium Fortress and then into the red portal to Act 
V.  Get to the Worldstone Keep Level 2 Waypoint and add it; then leave.  
No, not the game--the keep.  You see, Baal likes to occasionally hit 
you with elemental spells coming from out of NOWHERE but where you're 
standing (and they will kill you in one hit if it's not a poison cloud) 
when you haven't reached the Throne of Destruction yet; therefore, 
don't try dodging them because you can't.  When someone reaches the 
Throne of Destruction, tell him to open a Town Portal for you.  Once 
they clear all the monsters in their nearby area, they will see the 
message and open one for you; in the Throne of Destruction, I think 
you're safe from Baal's sneak attacks.  When they reach Baal and his 
minions, stay at a safe spot.  Then once you see everyone go through 
the red portal at the throne, follow them.  Once you're inside, stay at 
a safe spot again.  Once they kill Baal, search the area around him for 
good items and then start over again in Nightmare mode.  After that, do 
the same thing in Hell mode.

Now here is where you level up like CRAZY.  Create or join a cow run in 
Hell mode; it's better to join a cow run so that way, you won't have 
everyone expecting you to get Wirt's leg in Tristram.  Why a cow run?  
Because they are the most sought after type of run online, so 
therefore, they are the most common.  Once you're in, party up.  If 
they need someone to create the portal, say that you can and create.  
By the way, if you don't have the Horadric Cube, go back to Act II in 
Normal difficulty and fight your way through the Halls of the Dead to 
get it; it's useful for things other than creating cow portals.  If you 
don't how to create the portal, use the cube to transmute the leg and a 
Tome of Town Portal and a red portal will appear right next to you.  
Once you're in the Secret Cow Level, you can either choose to support 
your team with your auras or search through the corpses of cows to find 
anything good (and you will find lots of them).  Either way, you will 
level up every 3 minutes or so.  This is a great way to raise your 
Paladin because not only do you level up quickly, but you can also get 
great items from the many corpses.  And as for the Cow King, many 
people say that anyone who kills the Cow King causes everyone in that 
game to lose their ability to create cow portals.  This is not 100% 
true--in fact, someone proved to me that only if someone kills the Cow 
King for the first time, then everyone loses the privilege.  
Nevertheless, there's no surefire way of knowing who has killed him 
before and who hasn't.  What you can do though, is find the Cow King 
and then WALK around in circles.  Why walk?  Because if you run, you 
will drain your stamina.  And the cows' running speed adjusts to your 
speed, so the slower you are, the slower they become.  That way, if 
someone starts killing the Cow King, you can alert the others and then 
exit if he continues to do so.  An even better way to monitor the Cow 
King's condition is to use a maphack.  Continue your usual routine and 
then check every now and then for anyone going near the Cow King.  If 
he's actually killing it, you know what to do.  As a side note, 
necromancers can be useful party members in cow runs because they can 
cast Bone Prison to trap the Cow King and guard it without having to 
walk in circles; that way, they can do this tedious job.  Of course, if 
you don't care at all, disregard this advice.  Anyway, keep doing cow 
runs until you level up to around 80.

Now it's time to put any Magic Find items you've collected to use.  
Create a Nightmare or Hell (if you can handle it) game in which the 
limit is 1 player.  Now you have the choice of killing Andariel, 
Mephisto, or Baal.  You can kill all three if you want to; however, 
you'll have to level up some more if you want to kill Baal.  Once 
they're dead, exit, create the same game, and do this over and over 
again.  Many people call this a run, like a "meph run" or "baal run" 
you see on the list of games.  I just call it "adfsdafas"; I don't care 
what the hell I name the game because no one else can join it. ^_^ Bad 
joke, I know... Anyway, if you don't want your defenses lowered for the 
sake of Magic Finding, create a Magic Finding Sorceress.  Now what do 
you do with all this extra Magic Find equipment?

What you do is create a Normal game with a password that can't be 
guessed easily.  Then exit quickly and select your Sorceress to enter 
that same game.  You have to be quick because in about a minute, that 
game will be erased if there's no one in it.  And there's that small 
chance you might get disconnected at that time.  It's still a risk I'm 
willing to take, though.  Anyway, once your Sorceress is in, equip 
whatever items you can at level 1.  Then do the same rushing routine I 
mentioned until you get to about level 30 or 40.  As you level up, 
invest in Static Field, Firewall, and Teleport.  What's good about the 
Sorceress is that she can kill Mephisto very easily in Hell mode at a 
level this low with these skills.  I've seen many people go to the 
Durance of Hate Level 2 Waypoint, teleport to the level 3 entrance, 
lure Mephisto towards the red portal in the center and then teleport to 
the other side of the lava.  While Mephisto walks back and forth, 
trying to get them, they cast Static Field and Firewall, which will 
drain his life rather quickly.  Therefore, using this same routine will 
effortlessly get you the items you want, but it might take a while.  
That's why Meph and Pindlebots exist.  You could also use a MF 
Barbarian with his Find Item skill, but you'd have to go melee, which 
requires the need for a higher level than the Sorceress.

You can also trade for good items, but you still have to get your own 
good items worthy of trading too.  And there's no sure way that the 
items the other guy has aren't duped or hacked or whatever.  Therefore, 
you should find all your items on your own.

I don't know where you can level after you get all your items.  Some 
say that the Ancients on Mount Arreat give good experience, while 
others say the Bloody Foothills, both of which are in Act V.  Anyone 
know for sure?
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                5. Builds, Stats, and General Strats

This section will list all of the Paladin builds suitable for PvP and 
rate how well they measure up.  For every build, however, it is best if 
you equipped a 1-handed weapon and shield as one weapon set and then a 
2-handed melee weapon as another; use the shield when you must fend off 
an attack and the 2-handed weapon when using Vengeance or Charge.  And 
there are actually many variations of the Paladin that are very 
effective in PvP because of his auras.  The main strategy he uses is to 
use an aura that affects his opponent (like Conviction) and then switch 
to an aura that boosts his own attacking ability (like Fanaticism) 
because auras that affect the opponent still stay on the opponent for a 
few seconds after being switched off.  Then when Conviction is about to 
wear off, he switches back to it for a couple of seconds to keep it on 
his opponent, and then switches back to Fanaticism.  By doing this, he 
can make use of two auras at once.  Hence the name, "aura flashing."  
This is a must-learn skill; if you're up against anyone good, you will 
die if you don't.  By the way, the stats and skill point distribution 
can differ greatly from other people's opinion on how the build should 
be made because again, it's only meant for PvP.  For example, every 
build I will list has a maxed Fist of the Heavens!  Why should every 
Paladin have this, you ask?  Because of this one skill of the 
Sorceress--Teleport!  It's because of this that every other method of 
attack is rendered useless!  Run up to her to Zeal, Vengeance, or 
Smite, she'll teleport!  Charge from out of nowhere and she'll 
teleport!  Sure you can use Holy Shock and damage her that way, but 
most likely, she'll have a maxed Thunderstorm and Lightning Mastery, 
which surpasses your Holy Shock, even when aided with Conviction!  But 
with the automatic tracking of Fist of the Heavens, you can even the 
playing field against her, especially with Conviction!  Fist of the 
Heavens is also used as a last-ditch effort to kill a Necromancer who 
trapped you with Bone Prison and cursed you with Iron Maiden (more on 
this later).  As for Holy Shield, it can help you withstand a Barbarian 
who uses Whirlwind; this is important for melee-type Paladins.  Yes, 
all this trouble just to defend against 3 classes, but remember: these 
builds are meant to help you win against ANY class!

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                               5a. Zealot

Obviously, this sub-class uses Zeal as the main attack.  The best thing 
about Zeal is that it only needs 4 points invested in it, as opposed to 
20 for usual skills you would want to specialize in, because 1 point 
invested in it gives you an automatic 100% increased attack speed!  And 
the 3 extra points is to add the number the hits you do per Zeal, which 
can be obtained by + __ to All/Paladin/Combat Skills.  The purpose of 
the Zealot in PvP is to keep your opponent in hit/blockstun until he 
dies, so accuracy and attack speed are the main things you should 
improve on; you can also use certain weapons to improve your range too, 
but those types of weapons usually have slow attack speed (usually, not 
always).  It is still effective even if your opponent has fast enough 
hit recovery.  However, keep in mind that hit/blockstunning is what the 
Zealot is all about, so my advice is to use a weapon with very fast 
attack speed.  So what if it's weak?  That's why Fanaticism, 
Conviction, and Holy Shock are used to up the damage and Holy Freeze to 
screw over his hit recovery.

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                    Type 1 (Fanaticism & Conviction)

Stat Distribution:
Strength: 150+
Dexterity: 175+
Vitality: 150+
Energy: 15

Skill Distribution:
Zeal: 4
Fanaticism: 20
Conviction: 20
Fist of the Heavens: 20
Holy Shield: 20
Vigor: 9
Might: 1
Holy Fire: 1
Blessed Aim: 1
Thorns: 1
Sanctuary: 1
Holy Freeze: 1
Sacrifice: 1
Smite: 1
Holy Bolt: 1
Charge: 1
Blessed Hammer: 1
Concentration: 1
Vengeance: 1
Conversion: 1
Prayer: 1
Cleansing: 1
Defiance: 1

Fanaticism and Zeal contributes to the increased attack speed, while 
contributing to accuracy at the same time along with the high Dexterity 
(I think Conviction is a factor too.).  First, cast Holy Shield before 
battle.  When you approach the opponent, have the Conviction aura on.  
Once he is affected by it, go up to him, switch to Fanaticism and Zeal 
away, while flashing Conviction every few seconds to keep its effects 
on him.  If he decides to run, keep hitting him with a Fist of the 
Heavens; with it and Conviction maxed out, it will hurt like crazy.  
Then switch to Vigor and chase after him.  Make sure you flash 
Conviction every few seconds.  If you want raw power, this build is for 
you.  

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                    Type 2 (Fanaticism & Holy Freeze)

Stat Distribution:
Strength: 175+
Dexterity: 150+
Vitality: 150+
Energy: 15

Skill Distribution:
Zeal: 4
Fanaticism: 20
Holy Freeze: 20
Fist of the Heavens: 20
Charge: 20
Holy Shield: 16
Sacrifice: 1
Smite: 1
Holy Bolt: 1
Blessed Hammer: 1
Vengeance: 1
Conversion: 1
Might: 1
Blessed Aim: 1
Concentration: 1
Holy Fire: 1

Again, Fanaticism and Zeal contributes to the increased attack speed 
and accuracy.  Don't forget about Holy Shield.  First, slow your 
opponent down with Holy Freeze and then Zeal away again.  This time, 
you won't be doing as much damage or be as accurate as you would with 
the previous build.  However, the points diverted to Strength and less 
chance to escape Zeal range because of Holy Freeze makes up for that.  
If he runs, cast Fist of the Heavens again and then Charge him; 
usually, you should not miss the Charge because of the AR bonus and the 
fact that he cannot dodge it when slowed.  You won't get as much damage 
from this either, but Holy Freeze helps protect you from retaliation 
(since you cannot move before the lightning hits your opponent) and 
helps you catch up to him.  This build has a little bit of defense in 
it (the Holy Freeze) so that you won't get perpetually hit/blockstunned 
by your opponent and makes up for offense with slowing the opponent's 
running speed.

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                    Type 3 (Blessed Aim & Conviction)

Stat Distribution:
Strength: 175+
Dexterity: 125+
Vitality: 175+
Energy: 15

Skill Distribution:
Zeal: 4
Blessed Aim: 20
Conviction: 20
Fist of the Heavens: 20
Holy Shield: 20 
Vigor: 13
Might: 1
Holy Fire: 1
Thorns: 1
Sanctuary: 1
Holy Freeze: 1
Sacrifice: 1
Holy Bolt: 1
Blessed Hammer: 1
Vengeance: 1
Conversion: 1
Prayer: 1
Cleansing: 1
Defiance: 1

Blessed Aim adds twice as much AR as Fanaticism; that's the whole point 
of this build.  And the spare points for Strength help compensate for 
the damage lost by not having Fanaticism.  Weaken with Conviction, 
switch on Blessed Aim, Zeal away, flash Conviction, repeat.  Fist of 
the Heavens and Vigor is your backup if they run.  Another build for 
good offense.

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                   Type 4 (Blessed Aim & Holy Freeze)

Stat Distribution:
Strength: 175+
Dexterity: 125+
Vitality: 175+
Energy: 15

Skill Distribution:
Zeal: 4
Blessed Aim: 20
Holy Freeze: 20
Fist of the Heavens: 20
Charge: 20
Holy Shield: 18
Sacrifice: 1
Might: 1
Holy Fire: 1
Holy Bolt: 1
Vengeance: 1
Blessed Hammer: 1
Conversion: 1
Smite: 1

Again, the extra AR.  Do the exact same thing as you would with Blessed 
Aim/Conviction.  The problem is you won't do as much damage without 
Conviction, so you must switch to a fast 2-handed weapon (since you'll 
have enough strength for it) for even more damage.  Hell, instead of 
Fist of the Heavens, Charge with the weapon if they run!  And since 
you're wielding a 2-handed weapon, you have added range in addition to 
the high accuracy and the drop in your opponent's speed--another method 
of hit/blockstunning.

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                    Type 5 (Holy Shock & Conviction)

Stat Distribution:
Strength: 125+
Dexterity: 175+
Vitality: 175+
Energy: 15

Skill Distribution:
Zeal: 4
Holy Shock: 20
Conviction: 20
Fist of the Heavens: 20
Holy Shield: 20
Vigor: 11
Sacrifice: 1
Might: 1
Holy Fire: 1
Holy Freeze: 1
Thorns: 1
Sanctuary: 1
Holy Bolt: 1
Vengeance: 1
Blessed Hammer: 1
Conversion: 1
Smite: 1
Charge: 1
Prayer: 1
Cleansing: 1
Defiance: 1

By now, you should realize that any build that has Conviction in it is 
geared towards offense.  Conviction, then Holy Shock, then Zeal, you 
know the drill.  That's not important; the fact that you will deal on 
average of 350 lightning damage per hit is (You also have a nerfed 
version of Thunderstorm.).  So wield a fast weapon (Again, it doesn't 
matter if it's weak.) so you can do tons of lightning damage in a short 
amount of time.  If you check the stats, your Strength is rather low, 
because it's used to up your Dexterity to hit/blockstun them with 
accuracy.  I don't need to explain Fist of the Heavens, do I?

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                   Type 6 (Holy Shock & Holy Freeze)

Stat Distribution:
Strength: 125+
Dexterity: 200+
Vitality: 150+
Energy: 15

Skill Distribution:
Zeal: 4
Holy Shock: 20
Holy Freeze: 20
Fist of the Heavens: 20
Holy Shield: 20
Vigor: 14
Might: 1
Holy Fire: 1
Sacrifice: 1
Holy Bolt: 1
Vengeance: 1
Blessed Hammer: 1
Concentration: 1
Smite: 1
Prayer: 1
Cleansing: 1
Defiance: 1

Because you have no aura to boost your AR, you must up your Dexterity 
by a lot.  But you can also skimp on Strength (and only use it for 
armor) and opt for the fastest attack weapon you can find regardless of 
damage; again, that's what Holy Shock is for.  Even with Holy Freeze, 
you must use Vigor to catch up to him if he runs; fast attacking 
weapons don't usually have a lot of range.

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                               5b. Smiter

The purpose of the Smiter is to stunlock his opponent to death with his 
Smite attack.  Since Smite speed is dependent upon your weapon's speed, 
use the fastest one you can find; I don't care if it does 1-4 damage 
because you won't be using it (But if you do find a fast weapon with 
mods that does not require you to hit with it to work, like + __ to 
Life or + __ to Smite/Combat/Paladin Skills, then use it.).  It's the 
shield that's important--the damage it does and it's mods (like + __ to 
Smite/Combat/Paladin Skills) to up the stun duration.  The good thing 
about Smite builds is that you can skimp on Strength (only if you want 
good armor) and especially Dexterity (since Smite always hits) to build 
up your Vitality, because Smite does NOT miss!  Sure, you can't block 
for crap, even with Holy Shield, but if he's going to fight you head-
on, that's still a good thing for a Smiter like you.  Beware of 
Amazons.  Now for some bad news: you cannot life or mana leech with 
Smite.  Even worse, if your opponent has fast enough hit recovery, he 
can easily escape it, rendering the stunlocking part of Smite useless!  
Nevertheless, the 100% accuracy is still appealing, don't you think?

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                 Type 1 (Fanaticism & Holy Freeze)

Stat Distribution:
Strength: 100+
Dexterity: 20
Vitality: 350+
Energy: 15

Skill Distribution:
Smite: 20
Holy Shield: 20
Fanaticism: 20
Holy Freeze: 20
Fist of the Heavens: 19
Holy Bolt: 1
Charge: 1
Blessed Hammer: 1
Might: 1
Blessed Aim: 1
Concentration: 1
Holy Fire: 1
Sacrifice: 1
Zeal: 1
Vengeance: 1
Conversion: 1

Holy Freeze is a big help to the Smiter because it cuts their hit 
recovery rate in half, which definitely helps you stunlock.

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                    Type 2: Holy Shock & Holy Freeze

Can anyone confirm if Holy Shock works with Smite?

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                              5c. Avenger

The Vengeance with Conviction combination is very damaging.  Therefore, 
the purpose of the Avenger is raw power.  And again, with Conviction, 
Vengeance can be as damaging as a Charge!  And while the Zealot attacks 
his opponent's defense, the Avenger attacks his elemental resistances 
also; very useful if someone challenges you in Hell mode, where this 
will most likely happen.  With this added power, you can divert some of 
your stat points into Dexterity or Vitality.  And if they try to run, 
they'll have to take an amplified Fist of the Heavens!  However, this 
PvM-friendly build isn't effective in PvP without incorporating the 
speed of the Zealot to hit/blockstun and wielding a long-range 2-handed 
weapon to keep him stunned and hurting.  Furthermore, you cannot use 
Holy Freeze as your weakening aura; otherwise, that would defeat the 
whole purpose of the Avenger builds.  And without Holy Freeze, you 
cannot slow their hit recovery or whatever they do; a trade-off from 
the added damage.  Therefore, you cannot afford to be defending against 
your opponent because Conviction alone is useless.  It's up to you 
whether you want the speedy Zealot or the powerful Avenger.

                    Type 1 (Fanaticism & Conviction)

Stat Distribution:
Strength: 125+
Dexterity: 175+
Vitality: 175+
Energy: 15

Skill Distribution:
Vengeance: 20
Conviction: 20
Fanaticism: 20
Holy Shield: 15
Fist of the Heavens: 20
Sacrifice: 1
Zeal: 1
Might: 1
Thorns: 1
Holy Fire: 1
Holy Freeze: 1
Sanctuary: 1
Might: 1
Blessed Aim: 1
Concentration: 1
Holy Bolt: 1
Blessed Hammer: 1
Conversion: 1
Charge: 1
Smite: 1

Same thing as always.

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                              5d. Charger

With the astronomical bonuses in attack rating (No need for Blessed 
Aim!) and damage, you can easily kill around half of the classes in one 
hit, especially if you use a damaging 2-handed weapon!  And with 
Fanaticism and Conviction...ouch.  And the best thing is, you can use 
this from a distance and it will usually hit because you get extra 
running speed as you charge!  No Holy Shock here--the lightning damage 
bonus can't compare.  And one last thing you should know about--keep in 
mind that your chance to hit is capped at 95% and that your opponent's 
blocking can go as high as 75%, so if you somehow miss, have it 
blocked, or do not knock them back, Smite them back once to interrupt 
and knock them back and then Charge again (you'll be at enough of a 
distance from the knockback); problem solved.

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                    Type 1 (Fanaticism & Conviction)

Stat Distribution:
Strength: 200+
Dexterity: 125+
Vitality: 150+
Energy: 15

Skill Distribution:
Charge: 20
Conviction: 20
Fanaticism: 20
Holy Shield: 16
Fist of the Heavens: 20
Smite: 1
Might: 1
Thorns: 1
Holy Fire: 1
Holy Freeze: 1
Sanctuary: 1
Blessed Aim: 1
Concentration: 1
Holy Bolt: 1
Blessed Hammer: 1
Sacrifice: 1
Zeal: 1
Vengeance: 1
Conversion: 1

This is the build that will do the highest damage in one hit.  Enough 
said.

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                    Type 2 (Fanaticism & Holy Freeze)

Stat Distribution:
Strength: 200+
Dexterity: 125+
Vitality: 150+
Energy: 15

Skill Distribution:
Charge: 20
Holy Freeze: 20
Fanaticism: 20
Holy Shield: 19
Fist of the Heavens: 20
Smite: 1
Might: 1
Holy Fire: 1
Blessed Aim: 1
Concentration: 1
Holy Bolt: 1
Blessed Hammer: 1
Sacrifice: 1
Zeal: 1
Vengeance: 1
Conversion: 1

Less powerful than the previous build, but the Holy Freeze does have 
its perks.  It not only slows attack and running speed, but also 
casting speed too (very useful against Teleports used to dodge your 
Charge!).  In fact it slows everything your opponent does!  It's up to 
you--Conviction for damage or Holy Freeze for all-around offense and 
defense.  By the way, this is the build I use.

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                          5e. Fistadin

A completely different build from the previous ones (somewhat), this 
Paladin specializes in the Fist of the Heavens for its 700 lightning 
damage and its automatic tracking.  But because of the fact that it 
cost 35 mana points per bolt, you will need lots of mana.  Fortunately, 
the Meditation aura negates this need to put points into Energy.  
"Don't you still need some time to regenerate your mana?" you ask.  
Well, most likely, usually no one will fight at range with a Fistadin 
(except for Amazons and Sorceresses) so they'll run towards you to go 
melee.  Usually, you should run away, hitting them periodically.  In 
the time between bolts when running, it's enough time to recover most, 
if not, all of the mana you lost (the casting timer doesn't allow you 
to use it in quick succession anyway).  Even if you are facing an 
Amazon or Sorceress, you should have the common sense to try and dodge 
those Guided Arrows and Frozen Orbs.

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                    Type 1 (Meditation & Holy Freeze)

Stat Distribution:
Strength: 100+
Dexterity: 20
Vitality: 375+
Energy: 15

Skill Distribution:
Fist of the Heavens: 20
Holy Freeze: 20
Holy Shield: 17
Meditation: 20
Vigor: 20
Sacrifice: 1
Holy Bolt: 1
Zeal: 1
Vengeance: 1
Blessed Hammer: 1
Conversion: 1
Might: 1
Holy Fire: 1
Smite: 1
Charge: 1
Prayer: 1
Cleansing: 1
Defiance: 1

This build is built for pure run-away tactics.  Only pump up Strength 
to wear good armor.  Forget about the weapon.  The point is you'll have 
plenty more Vitality out of all the other builds; useful if you get 
caught within melee range (you shouldn't in ANY circumstance with this 
build).  And you will need Meditation since you still won't invest in 
Energy.  The maxed out Vigor is to run away when you have to; the maxed 
out Holy Freeze is there to help you too.  If for some reason, your 
opponent is still able to catch up to you even with Vigor and Holy 
Freeze, Smite him away from you, but don't try and stunlock with a 
Level 1 Smite!  Anyway, what you do is hold down the Shift key and have 
Fist of the Heavens as your left-click skill and then hold it to move 
towards your opponent; if your opponent is within 2 casting yards of 
your cursor, you will cast it on him.  This is a great way to aim and 
not miss and make you run TOWARDS your opponent.  Let go of the Shift 
key and run away with Vigor when necessary and flash Holy Freeze every 
couple of seconds.

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                    Type 2 (Meditation & Conviction)

Stat Distribution:
Strength: 100+
Dexterity: 20
Vitality: 375+
Energy: 15

Skill Distribution:
Fist of the Heavens: 20
Conviction: 20
Holy Shield: 20
Meditation: 16
Smite: 20
Sacrifice: 1
Holy Bolt: 1
Zeal: 1
Vengeance: 1
Blessed Hammer: 1
Conversion: 1
Charge: 1
Might: 1
Thorns: 1
Holy Fire: 1
Holy Freeze: 1
Sanctuary: 1
Prayer: 1
Cleansing: 1

This build provides all-around offense and defense.  With Conviction, 
Fist of the Heavens will hurt a lot more, of course.  However, you do 
not have the safety of Vigor and Holy Freeze as with the previous 
build, so what do you do when your opponent gets within melee range?  
Well, that's what the maxed Smite is for; aside from not needing any 
Dexterity, it's good for knocking him back and potentially stunlocking 
him to death!  Even if he does have fast enough hit recovery, you'll 
still do considerable damage from Smite being maxed, Holy Shield, and 
along with Conviction, of course!  However, this is not meant for you 
to duel so that your main objective to stunlock him like the Smiter 
builds.  You see, some of your skill points are being invested in the 
Meditation aura, instead of, like, Fanaticism (otherwise, it would be 
exactly like that Smiter build) so that is why Smite in this build is 
for defensive purposes ONLY.  But like I said, if you Smite him when he 
gets too close and you manage to hit him again before he recovers (it's 
worth a try), then stunlock away!  Otherwise, just settle for a Fist of 
the Heavens; it's much more damaging than a Smite without Fanaticism.
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                      6. Class-Specific Strategies

This section will list the specific strategies you should use against 
certain classes.  Just like the Paladin, there are also many sub-
classes for the others.  Some of my builds have strengths against some, 
and weaknesses to others.  It's up to you what classes you want to be 
strong and weak against.  At any rate, I consider a win to be when your 
opponent goes back to town without killing you first, either by foot or 
Town Portal; keep that in mind--if you're out for his ear or gold, you 
might have some trouble getting those rewards if you use my strategies.

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                               6a. Amazon

In general, you must have max blocking (unless you're a Smiter), max 
DR, and max hit recovery.  The only sub-class I'm going to focus on is 
the Bowazon who uses Guided Arrow and/or Multiple Shot; the others are 
nowhere as effective.  Oh and beware of the Amazon's passive dodging 
skills!

Against the Burizon, an Amazon who uses Guided Arrow along with the 
Buriza Do Kyanon ballista, one arrow hit can mean death right there 
because it will pierce through you again and again along with other 
arrows; it's just like hit/blockstunning with the Zealot, only from a 
distance!  If you're hit, but have enough hit recovery, run away to the 
side, not straight away because the arrow that pierced through you will 
get you again.  Again, her dodging skills make her all the more harder 
to hit.  Even worse, it will be much harder to stun her with all of 
this in her arsenal, especially with a hail of arrows after you (maybe 
even impossible!).  Your best bet is to get as much "__ % Faster 
Run/Walk" and "__ % Faster Cast Rate" items to quickly cast Fist of the 
Heavens before the arrows get you and to outrun them; forget defense--
your objective is to not get hit.

And then there's the Amazon with Multiple Shot and a Windforce.  I've 
seen many of them on Hell cow runs, taking down a whole herd of cows 
and not one of them can recover fast enough from the Windforce's 
knockback effect, let alone retaliate; imagine her using this against 
you!  If you're hit, you will constantly get knocked back and get hit 
by arrow after arrow if you don't have fast enough hit recovery!  And 
obviously, it's extremely hard to dodge a hail of arrows covering an 
entire area (Although you can outrun them by running back, you are not 
doing anything in terms of offense.).  And once again, her passive 
dodging skills will be discouraging any physical attacks.  Your best 
chance is to use the same strategy as before; get faster running and 
casting and spiral towards your opponent.  When you are close enough 
for a Fist of the Heavens, use it and run away from the hail of arrows 
she will shoot at you (they will disappear if they travel a distance of 
a few screens).  And one more thing: Multiple Shot is least effective 
when you're up-close (because that is where the arrows cover the least 
area), so if you're a Smiter and you managed to get close enough, you 
can attempt to hit her with Smite, since it never misses (You should 
get her in a stunlock since Amazons don't usually need Hit Recovery 
items.)!

In any case, remember: the Amazon's power is limited to her quantity of 
arrows, so if she runs out (it will take a while), you technically win, 
even though you didn't kill her and get her ear or gold.

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                             6b. Barbarian

Very annoying to take down.  Not only does he have tons of HP from 
Battle Orders, but he can specialize in either melee attacks, or 
ranged, or both!  And the high Strength to allow him to wear the best 
armor is what makes him THE tank.

Against Whirlwind Barbarians, have good blocking, defense, or even 
better, Damage Reduction (but most importantly, the blocking, unless 
you're a Smiter, in which case you should concentrate on defense and 
DR), when they come close enough to use Whirlwind.  You should be able 
to survive it if you do.  Afterwards, Zeal away with your Zealot (good 
life leech technique), whack him with Vengeance (you should do more 
damage after he finishes his Whirlwind and leech more than he can), or 
Charge him to death (Smite to distance yourself if you need to; the 
high damage is also good for leech).  All of these attacks can be dealt 
AT LEAST 3 times for every time he Whirlwinds you (even more if you use 
Holy Freeze!).  For Smiters, you might have some problems if you cannot 
get him in a stunlock.  If this is the case, (and this also applies to 
the Fistadins) use Fist of the Heavens and avoid the Whirlwinds as much 
as possible; you cannot leech with Smite, you know.  Nevertheless, if 
you are still dying from one Whirlwind even though you have, like, 75% 
DR, the best armor there is for defense, and tons of HP, there might be 
a chance that your opponent has hacked items.  Against a hacked-item 
user, use Fist of the Heavens, have max block, and avoid his Whirlwinds 
at all costs; cheat or if you have your own hacked items, use them if 
he admits to this.

Against Throwing Barbarians, just have the common sense to dodge 
whatever he throws at you.  Like Amazons, if the Barbarian runs out of 
his throwing weapons, you technically win (although he is nowhere as 
dangerous).  And unlike Amazons with Guided Arrow, the Barbarian's 
projectiles cannot track, which is a big plus; just go melee on him and 
he should die quicker than the Whirlwind Barbarian.

Against Whirlwind and Throwing Hybrids, employ the strategy your build 
would warrant.  This type is the easiest out of all of them because he 
cannot master either style.

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                              6c. Assassin

There are basically two types of Assassins: the Trap-Assassin and the 
Martial Arts Assassin.  For both types, watch out for the Burst of 
Speed, which makes her move and attack faster, and Venom, which adds 
400 poison damage per hit.  And Dragon Flight too; I don't know if you 
can use your Charge to dodge it, but I've heard that you can run 
downwards to screw with its targeting in the GameFAQs Message boards.

The Trap-Assassin obviously specializes in Traps, which mostly do 
elemental damage.  Although it's like having minions that can't be 
killed, the traps are obviously stationary and weak, even the Wake of 
Inferno.  You won't need any special strategies here; however, if she 
uses Psychic Hammer to knock you back so that you can't get close, hit 
her with a Fist of the Heavens to flush her out.  If she doesn't use 
Psychic Hammer, but instead lets you approach her, beware of the two 
skills mentioned earlier.  She might try to hit/blockstun you so that 
her traps slowly chip away your life, as well as her Venom, and any 
attacks you try to hit her with, she'll leech back with Cobra Strike 
(it's a must have for all assassins even though it's part of the 
martial arts tree).  In this case, it's usually better to flush her 
out.

As for the Martial Arts Assassin, it suddenly gets a lot harder.  Burst 
of Speed and Venom now become her staple skills, as well as Phoenix 
Strike, Claws of Thunder, and Cobra Strike.  Phoenix Strike has Frozen 
Orb in it, so get some "Cannot be Frozen" items; the cold will leave 
you open for much more dangerous follow-ups.  Since she specializes in 
melee attacks, you will have a hell of a time taking her down.  You 
must stun her and not let her get a hit in.  Otherwise, her Cobra 
Strike will leech all the life she lost back; this is the reason she's 
a lot more dangerous than Barbarians.  Fistadins will have the most 
trouble since they will either do a LOT of running to lose her or do a 
LOT of Smiting.  She's one of the hardest opponents you'll ever face.

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                               6d. Druid

In general, watch out for a white spirit following him; it's the Spirit 
of Barbs, which grants him and his summons (except for that spirit 
itself) an effect similar to your Thorns aura, only his did not get 
nerfed in PvP!  For every build, except the Fistadin, kill it first 
before attacking him directly.  If he casts the same spirit again 
before you can get a hit in, just kill him with Fist of the Heavens.  
Your next target is his Oak Sage; if you kill this one, you'll cut his 
HP and mana in half.  If he tries to recast it, that is your chance to 
strike.  For Fistadins, keep him away while casting Fist of the Heavens 
if he's a shapeshifter.  With the other builds, you shouldn't have many 
problems.  If he uses summoning skills, just kill him by any normal 
means, depending your build.  The trick is to do it quickly before his 
spells do some real damage.  And get faster hit recovery because he 
does have stunning attacks.

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                            6e. Necromancer

If he uses summons, you should have a somewhat easy duel.  Ignore the 
skeletons and Golems (unless it's a Blood Golem; in that case, damage 
it and you'll do the same to the Necromancer) and go straight for the 
Necromancer himself (Zealots will have the most problems since they 
cannot stunlock without taking heavy damage from the summons or be 
cursed with Iron Maiden; and if there are Golems attacking too, some of 
the blows will be deflected towards them.).  Avengers do not have to 
worry as much, since most of their damage is elemental.  Smiters will 
have just as many problems as Zealots because of Iron Maiden.  
Fortunately, Chargers can stay out of Iron Maiden range (about half a 
screen's length away) and Charge the Necromancer to death before he can 
cast it.  For the Zealots and Smiters, I recommend Fist of the Heavens 
against this curse, which means Fistadins have a relative easy time 
against this type.  At any rate, a good way to piss your opponent off 
is to kill his Iron Golem (if he uses one) with Vengeance or even 
better, Fist of the Heavens.

If he uses Bone Prison, Iron Maiden, and Bone Spirit though, you are in 
for a world of hurt.  For the Zealots, Avengers, Smiters, and 
Fistadins, it's not much harder than the previous type (but still isn't 
that good), but for the Chargers, it suddenly gets a lot harder.  
First, he will cast Bone Prison to trap you, then Iron Maiden so that 
every time you hit the Bone Prison, you will take more than twice the 
damage you deal to it.  And even if you do break down the Bone Prison, 
he can just set up another one, while you take damage from his Bone 
Spirits and Poison Nova and damage yourself again by hitting the Bone 
Prison.  So don't stop moving unless you're attacking him (because he 
can trap you if you do) and stay more than half a screen's length away 
from him if you're not attacking him (That way, you'll be too far away 
for him to curse you with Iron Maiden).  And if he shoots his Bone 
Spirits, have enough + __ % to Run/Walk Speed items to not only outrun 
them, but to also retaliate.  In any case, every time he tries to cast 
ANYTHING, hit him with Fist of the Heavens (which you should support 
with "__ % Faster Cast Rate" items).  If he does trap you, only attack 
the Bone Prison if you're not cursed with it; if you are, you have no 
choice but to keep hitting him with Fist of the Heavens and hope that 
his Bone Spirits and Poison Nova don't kill you first.  

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                             6f. Sorceress

Nova Sorceresses are the easiest type you'll battle, no matter what 
type of build you have because the build requires her to get rather 
close to you to deal damage.  For Zealots, hit/blockstun her, for 
Avengers, keep swinging, for Smiters, well, keep Smiting, and for 
Chargers, Charge (Smite her back if she's too close for one, of 
course.)!  For Fistadins, stay out of Nova range or tank them if it's 
the only way to get a hit in, then run.  If she gets smart, she will 
realize that Nova is too weak to measure up even with maxed Lightning 
Mastery against your Lightning Resist and Teleport away.  If this 
happens, wait for her to Teleport back to you (she'll have to sooner or 
later) and that's when you set Fist of the Heavens as your left-click 
skill, swing the cursor back and forth in the direction she might come 
from while holding the Shift key and left-click down, and get a free 
hit.

A Teleporting Sorceress with Thunderstorm is harder because she can 
just keep Teleporting around you, letting Thunderstorm do its work and 
as I mentioned before, almost all of your attacks are useless against 
it!  Fortunately, you can keep hitting her with Fist of the Heavens 
with its auto-aim tracking (have it as your left-click and just make 
sure you actually aim to some extent) so that you'll be the one doing 
more damage.  The trick is to swing your cursor around the edges of the 
action screen (which does not include the toolbar at the bottom) while 
holding down the Shift key and it will get her.  Exclusively for 
Chargers, make sure you have a "Cannot be Frozen" item, because at some 
point, she'll have no choice but to hit you with something more potent, 
like Frozen Orb.  That is when you Charge right through it, take it 
like a man, and kill her in one hit (if you're a Charger, that is)!  
Even with her fast casting rate, she cannot Teleport out of the way in 
time because of Holy Freeze.  Remember, if it misses or gets blocked by 
a Blocking Sorceress, Smite her back to interrupt and Charge again.  If 
you're not a Charger, see below:

Speaking of Frozen Orb, it is dangerous if she has Cold Mastery to 
support it (and she will).  Your best defense against this is to use 
items with "Cannot be Frozen" once more, Cold Absorb, and tons of Cold 
Resistance, so that Cold Mastery won't reduce your resist to almost 
nothing (but if she puts enough points into Cold Master, your Cold 
Resist will still be reduced enough to make it hurt).  And because 
Frozen Orb's damage is more from quantity than quality, you will take 
the least amount of damage when you're up close to her (that way, 
you'll only get hit with the initial bolts, which are not that many 
compared to other places) or, even better, far away (when the orb 
explodes, so that only one of the bolts should hit you).  Therefore, 
the trick is to not be in the wrong place at the wrong time when she 
casts this; if you're caught right in the middle (as the orb is still 
moving), you're in for a world of hurt (and most likely be taken out of 
this one).  Many sorceresses like to teleport to this right location 
near you, which is around 5 casting yards, and then hit you with the 
orb, so think fast.  If she does get it right or lands right next to 
you, go up to her and kill her (No matter how fast her casting rate is, 
she cannot teleport to you, shoot a Frozen Orb, and then teleport away 
with impunity.  If she runs afterwards instead and you miss, hit her 
with a Fist of the Heavens.); do NOT run away in the same direction as 
the orb if you're caught!  If she lands too far away, do not approach 
her; by the time you get halfway, you'll be in that perfect spot where 
the orb does the most damage.  Instead, hit her with a Fist of the 
Heavens and run.

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                              6g. Paladin

I hate mirror matches.  In general, up your resists against Vengeance 
and Conviction, of course, but pay special attention to Lightning 
Resist because of Holy Shock and Fist of the Heavens.  Against Zealots, 
if you're being hit/blockstunned and you can't seem to retaliate, use 
the Concentration aura and Smite to knock him out of Zeal.  If you're 
not a Charger and you don't have Concentration, stay away from them, 
unless you want to invest a point in Concentration.  Same thing goes 
against Avengers.  Against Smiters, definitely have hit recovery and up 
your attack speed so that you'll hit him before he hits you; or simply 
stay away from him.  Against Chargers, have max blocking, defense, and 
DR because this can easily kill you in one hit; I don't know if you can 
use your own Charge to dodge his (can anyone confirm this?).
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                              7. Versions

Version 2 (5/1/03)--
1. Took out the Smiter build with Conviction, when someone asked me 
about the purpose of that aura in those builds.  He made me realize 
that it went against the stunlocking principle of a Smiter build, so I 
took out Conviction.
2. Also corrected the base Dexterity in the Smiter and Fistadin builds 
to 20 (you don't start with 10 Dexterity as a Paladin).
3. Changed "feet" to "casting yards" to signify that a "casting yard" 
(the distance of a spell's range in its description) is very different 
from an actual yard (obviously).
4. Improved the vs. Druid section.
5. Improved the vs. Sorceress section.
6. Improved the vs. Amazon section; also included strategies against 
Amazons with Multiple Shot.
7. Corrected the vs. Paladin section slightly.
8. Improved the vs. Necromancer section slightly.
9. Erased the Blessed Aim/Conviction combo of the Avenger since 
Vengeance adds enough AR and damage and because it also needs the added 
attack speed of Fanaticism.  Sorry if anyone was making one; it's not 
as effective as Fanaticism/Conviction.
10. Drastically changed the Avenger builds so that there's only one, 
upon realizing that the Avenger is not PvP worthy without incorporating 
the speed of the Zealot in it.
11. Included info on the vs. Assassin section!
12. Some minor changes that are too insignificant to be mentioned.

Version 1 (4/12/03)--first one.
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                               8. Credits

http://www.battle.net/diablo2exp for most of the skill-wise info here.  
Effects of a certain skill, radius of effect, etc.  And therefore, some 
of my strategies come from this info.

That someone for making me take out the Smiter with Conviction build.

CJayC for posting this FAQ.