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    Avenger Auradin Guide by olufss

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    Olufssí Avenger Auradin Guide
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           -Table of contents-
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    I.	Purpose of the guide
    II.	Overwiev of the Paladin
    III.	Skills
    A. Combat skills
    B. Offensive auras
    C. Defensive auras
    D. Skill placement
    IV.	 Stat allocation
    V.	    Equipment
    VI.	Charms
    VII.	Mercenary
    VIII.
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    I. Purpose of the guide
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    The purpose of this guide is to help readers build an avenger auradin.  I
    will explain what items to use, stat allocation, skill point allocation,
    mercenary information and what charms to have in the inventory. This
    build is merely a suggestion and if you think that you should build the
    character otherwise do what you think is best. And by the way, this
    character is somewhat expensive to make, SO IF YOU CANíT GET IT, DONíT
    SWEAT IT!
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     II. Overview of the Paladin
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    The Paladin's skills range from passive-like auras, melee skills, and
    some casting skills. The Offensive Auras add damage, IAS, AR, and
    lowering enemy resistance. The Defensive Auras range from giving healing
    powers, faster run speed, and massive resistances. The Combat Skills
    range from casting to melee skills that do some of the most damages in
    the game. This build will focus on elemental damage.
    Pros: Can clear out rooms full of monsters very fast
    Can kill players in pvp relatively easy because you have 	enormous
    elemental damage
    Vengeance damages in both lightning, cold AND fire, so no 	enemy is
    immune (not counting uber Tristram)
    Vengeance has good attack rating boost combined with 	convictions
    defence reduction
    
    Cons: vengeance takes more mana points per level. (If you got mana leech,
    remove this:))
          You dint have many/any points in holy shield :(
    
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    III. Skills
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    The avenger auradin's skill points is balanced out in all of the three
    skill trees
    
    Combat skills:
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    *note that you donít have any points left to holy shield; it is not
    needed, but very useful. If you are going to use holy shield. I suggest
    removing some points from either resist lightning or salvation, and just
    put 1 point in it and let your combat skiller grand charms take care of
    you.
    Sacrifice
    =========
    Required Lvl: 1
    Effect: The Paladin's devotion is so great he enchants his weapon to add
    more damage at the cost of his own life. Always does 8% of the damage
    done, to you. If you have a weapon that steals life this skill is pretty
    decent. A good skill to max out for Zealots or Sacrificers but not for
    you. As soon as you get this skill leave it alone and forget that you
    ever learned it.
    
    1 point as a pre-requisite.
    Smite (OPTIONAL IF YOU WANT HOLY SHIELD)
    =====
    Required Lvl: 1
    Effect: Use a shield bash that stuns, knocks back, and damages your
    opponent. Another useless skill for an avenger auradin. Obtain this skill
    then dismiss it entirely.
    
    0-1 point
    Holy Bolt (OPTIONAL IF YOU WANT HOLY SHIELD)
    =========
    Required Lvl: 6
    Effect: Spawn a bolt of divine energy that heals your party members and
    damage the undead. Only damages the undead and no other monsters. Heals
    your allies but it does a rather low amount of life healed. A pretty
    crappy skill.
    0-1 point
    
    
    
    
    
    Zeal
    ====
    Required Lvl: 12
    Effect: If surrounded by many enemies the Paladin will channel his inner
    power and strike all adjacent enemies with his weapon. Attacks many
    targets, max of five hits. Increases damage and AR. One of the Paladin's
    best skill but totally unnecessary for you. Just like Sacrifice and
    Smite, learn this and leave it behind.
    
    1 point as a pre-requisite.
    Charge (OPTIONAL IF YOU WANT HOLY SHIELD)
    ======
    Required Lvl: 12
    Effect: Showing bravery and showing no weakness the Paladin charges
    fearlessly into battle. Adds a lot of damage, AR, and can be used as a
    way to get around. Charge cannot be used in melee range but will
    knockback if you are in melee range. Get this skill and forget about ever
    having this unless you'll use it as way to move around.
    
    0-1 point
    Vengeance
    =========
    Required Lvl: 18
    Effect: Use the energies of past warriors to avenge their death by adding
    Elemental damages to your weapon. Adds a crap load of lightning, cold,
    and fire damage to your attack.
    20 points; Max it ASAP!
    Blessed Hammer (OPTIONAL IF YOU WANT HOLY SHIELD)
    ==============
    Required Lvl: 18
    Effect: Tap the blessed energies of a sacred, mystical, hammer-like relic
    and banish your enemies to hell. Summon small spiralling hammers that do
    150% damage to the undead (note: they still hurt monsters and demons).
    One of the Paladin's most successful skills but just use it as a pre-req.
    
    0-1 point
    Holy Shield
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    Required Lvl: 24
    Effect: Enchant your shield with divine magic to enhance your defence,
    smite damage, and block %. One of the best combat skills. But to use it
    is entirely optional. You can choose between more damage or more defence
    and % block. I suggest putting 1 point in here and let your combat
    skiller grand charms take care of you
    
    XX points (XX is the points you choose to distribute.)
    B) Offensive auras
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    *Note that you should not put any points in holy shock, holy freeze and
    holy Fire. Except 1 point in holy fire and holy freeze for pre-
    requisites. You will get your auras from your equipment.
    
    Might
    ~~~~~
    Required Lvl: 1
    Effect: While in battle you call upon the powers of justice to add damage
    to your melee based attacks. Adds a low amount of damage compared to the
    other damage adding auras. Do away with this skill as soon as you obtain
    it.
    
    1 point as a pre-requisite.
    Holy Fire
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    Required Lvl: 6
    Effect: Use the purificating power of fire to burn your enemies. Will add
    fire damage to melee based attacks (not Smite) and the aura pulse deals a
    little bit fire damage every second. Crappy skill, we are getting our
    auras from equipment. Found on the "Dragon" and "Hand of Justice"
    Runewords.
    
    1 point as a pre-requisite. Let your equipment take care of you.
    Thorns
    ~~~~~~
    Required Lvl: 6
    Effect: Use the powers of righteousness to retaliate on melee based
    attacks. Only works with melee hits not missile hits. You will still get
    hurt but you will also hit your opponent. Use when you think you are
    getting too hurt from a very strong monster. Does only 1/10th damage in
    PvP.
    
    1 point as a pre-requisite.
    Holy Freeze
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    Required Lvl: 18
    Effect: Using this aura the Paladin uses his powers to drop the
    temperature around him slowing enemies down and adding cold damage to
    your melee based attacks (not Smite). One of the crappiest auras ever.
    Adds very little damage and slowing down enemies isn't a very good effect
    either.
    
    1 point as a pre-requisite.
    
    
    
    Sanctuary
    ~~~~~~~~~
    Required Lvl: 24
    Effect: Shine with blessed light that adds magic damage, damages the
    undead with the aura pulse, and knockback the undead. Just like Holy
    Freeze this is a very pointless aura that should totally be kept away
    from gameplay.
    
    1 point as a pre-requisite.
    
    Conviction
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    Required Lvl: 30
    Effect: Using his determination the Paladin demonstrates his power;
    lowering the defence and resistances of his enemies. This Aura can break
    immunities of the monsters and lets you hurt monsters that would've been
    immune. Also lowers defence by a significant amount. The minus resistance
    has a cap of -150 but the defence reduction doesn't have a cap at all. A
    good skill for element based Paladins. This will be your main aura.
    
    20 points; Max it!
    C) Defensive Auras
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    Resist Fire
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     Required level: 1
     Effect: increases your resistance to fire
    
     While it's not a great skill on its own, it has three benefits:
     1) Its a synergy for holy fire
     2) It raises your max resists 1 resist for every 2 levels.
     3) Its a synergy for vengeance
    
    Max it; not only will you now have 85 fire resist, but Holy Fire will be
    that much stronger.
    Resist Cold
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    required level: 6
    Effect: increases your resistance to cold
    Itís not a great skill, and since we arenít using holy freeze it sucks.
    But it gives synergies to vengeance. So you might consider putting one
    point in here as well. If you won't be using holy shield, and go for pure
    damage, I suggest putting 3 skill points here.
    0-3 points
    
    Resist Lightning
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    required level: 12
    Effect: increases your resistance to lightning
    While it's not a great skill on its own, it has three benefits.
    1)It's a synergy for holy shock
    2)it raises your max resists 1 resist every 2 levels
    3)It's a synergy for vengeance
    15-20 points (depending on if you are going to use holy shield or not)
    
    Salvation
    ~~~~~~~~~
    Required level: 30
    Effect: increases all resistances
    
    This is a crowd-pleaser, as it raises all of your resists by a TON.
    It also synergizes Holy fire, holy shock AND 2% to each element in
    vengeance
    
    15-20 points (depending on if you are going to use holy shield or not)
    
    D) Skill placement
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    		20 points into vengeance
    		20 points into resist fire
    		20 points into conviction
    		15-20 points into resist lightning
    		15-20 points into salvation
    		0-9 points into holy shield
    		0-3 points into resist cold
    		7-11 into pre-requisites (7 if you are pure damage, 11 if you
    		use holy shield as well.)
    This is for an level 99 Pala with all skill quests done. So considering
    that will take time, put skill points into resist lightning and resist
    cold last. Or possibly holy shield (not recommended)
    
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    IV. Stat allocation
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    ~~Strength- Strength is what allows you to equip your gear. If you use
    dream/dragon in a vortex shield aim for about 150 strength Ė your
    equipment bonuses. But if you are going to use it in a zakarum shield for
    more block you should aim for about 142
    ~~Dexterity- considering dream and dragon has low chance to block, only
    put enough points to wear your hand of justice phase blade (136)
    ~~Vitality- dump ALL excess points in here, you need it for pvp!
    ~~Energy- well, you might think "vengeance takes a lot of mana in higher
    levels, so I need much energy" well thatís wrong. DON'T EVEN TOUCH THIS
    STAT. YOU WON'T NEED IT, EVER!
    
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    V. Equipment
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    **GLOVES**
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    For gloves, there's only one choice- you need Dracul's Grasp. The chance to
    Cast life tap allows you to fight and not die.
    
    \Dracul's Grasp (Unique Vampirebone Gloves)
    /Defence: 125-145
    \+90-120% Enhanced Defence
    /+10-15 to Strength
    \+5-10 Life after Each Kill
    /25% Chance of Open Wounds
    \7-10% Life Stolen per Hit
    /5% Chance to Cast Level 10 Life Tap on Striking
    **BELT**
     ******
    Verdungo's Hearty Coil provides tons of good stuff for you- damage reduction,
    Massive vitality boost, and a bonus to your hit recovery. Get it!
    
    \Verdungo's Hearty Cord (Unique Mithril Coil)
    /Defence: 125-158
    \+90-140% Enhanced Defence
    /10% Faster Hit Recovery
    \+30-40 To Vitality
    /Replenish Life +10-13
    \+100-120 Maximum Stamina
    /Damage Reduced By 10-15%
    
    
    **BOOTS**
     *******
    Your boots need to be sturdy- they carry your feet! The boots of choice for an
    Auradin are sandstorm treks. An all-around durable boot, they'll take you
    Anywhere.
    
    \Sandstorm Trek (Unique Scarabshell Boots)
    /Defence: 158-178
    \+140-170% Enhanced Defence
    /+20% Faster Hit Recovery
    \+20% Faster Run/Walk
    /+1-99 Maximum Stamina (Based On Character Level)
    \+10-15 To Strength
    /+10-15 to Vitality
    \50% Slower Stamina Drain
    /Poison Resist +40-70
    \Repairs 1 Durability In 20 Seconds
    **JEWELRY**
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    + To all skills is very nice at an avenger auradin, so the bul kathos is
    very useful here
    \Bul kathos (unique ring)
    /+1 to all skills
    \3%-5% life leech
    /1-49 life (based on character level)
    \50 to maximum stamina
    As for your second ring, use a raven frost for some great bonuses- AR,
    dex, mana and Cannot Be Frozen.
    
    \Raven Frost (unique ring)
    /+150-250 to Attack Rating
    \Adds 15-45 Cold Damage, 4 sec. Duration
    /Cannot Be Frozen
    \+15-20 To Dexterity
    /+40 To Mana
    \Cold Absorb 20%
    For your amulet Maraís kaleidoscope is very nice cause to the + to all
    skills, attributes and all resistances.
    \Maraís kaleidoscope (unique amulet)
    /+2 to all skills
    \5 to all attributes
    /20-30 to all resistances
    
    
    
    It's time to figure out the equipment that gives auras!
    There are two different auras that you'll use- Holy Fire and Holy Shock.
    Holy Shock is granted by the runeword "Dream", found in helmets and shields.
    Holy Fire is in two runewords- "Dragon", found in armor and shields, and
    "Hand of Justice" (HoJ) found in weapons.
    When getting a shield, use dragon/dream in a paladin only shield that
    gives 40-45 to all resistances.
    \Dream (3 Socket Helms/Shields)- Io+Jah+Pul
    /10% Chance to Cast Level 15 Confuse When Struck
    \Level 15 Holy Shock Aura When Equipped
    /+20-30% Faster Hit Recovery
    \+30% Enhanced Defence
    /+150-220 Defence
    \+10 To Vitality
    /[Helm] Increase Maximum Life 5%
    \[Shield]+50 To Life
    /+0.625-61.875 To Mana (Based on Character Level)
    \All Resistances +5-20
    /12-25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
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    \Dragon (3 socketed body armor/shields)- Sur+Lo+Sol
    /20% Chance to Cast Level 18 Venom When Struck
    \12% Chance To Cast Level 15 Hydra On Striking
    /Level 14 Holy Fire Aura When Equipped
    \+360 Defence
    /+230 Defence Vs. Missile
    \+3-5 To All Attributes (varies)
    /+0.375-37.125 To Strength (+0.375 per Character Level)
    \+5% To Maximum Lightning Resist
    /Damage Reduced by 7%
    \[Armor] Increase Maximum Mana 5%
    /[Shield] +50 mana
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    *note that HoJ is best in a phase blade or a berserker axe for the attack
    speed and damage
    \Hand of Justice (4 Socket Weapons )- Sur+Cham+Amn+Lo
    /100% Chance to Cast Level 36 Blaze When You Level Up
    \100% Chance to Cast Level 48 Meteor When You Die
    /Level 16 Holy Fire Aura When Equipped
    \+33% Increased Attack Speed
    /+280-330% Enhanced Damage
    \Ignore Target's Defence
    /7% Life Stolen Per Hit
    \-20% To Enemy Fire Resistance
    /20% Deadly Strike
    \Hit Blinds Target
    /Freezes Target +3
    The best combination is probably using dragon as shield and armor and
    dream as helmet. But if you donít have enough resists/cant afford resist
    small charms you can use two dream and one dragon as well.
    
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    VI. Charms
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    At all characters you need a torch fitting your player (in this case
    paladin) and an annhilus
    \"Annihilus" Small Charm
    /Required Level: 70
    \+1 To All Skills
    /+10-20 to All Attributes
    \All Resistances +10-20
    /+5-10% to Experience Gained
    \"Hellfire Torch" Large Charm
    /Required Level: 75
    \25% Chance to Cast level 10 Firestorm on Striking
    /+3 to random character class skills (we need paladin :D)
    \+10-20 To All Attributes
    /All Resistances +10-20
    \+8 to light radius
    /Level 30 Hydra (10 charges)
    Also you need grand charm skillers, called Pcomb in the realms. And if it
    has faster run/walk or + to life that would be better :D
    \Lion Branded Grand Charm X9
    /+1 To Combat Skills(Paladin Only)
    Fill out the rest of the space with
    \Shimmering Small Charm of Vita
    /+3-5% to All Resists
    \+16-20 Life(varies)
    
    
    
    
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    VII. Mercenary
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    The ideal mercenary for the avenger auradin is the Act 2 Desert
    Mercenary.
    They have an aura as soon as you get them which could benefit you and your
    Party. Go with the Normal or Hell Defensive mercs so they give you a defiance
    Aura for more defence. You can buy a normal or hell offensive to gain might aura
    for more PHYSICAL damage. But since we are elemental. I would go with defiance.
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    Weapon
    =======
    Some of you might think; "isnít it best to get infinity for elemental damagers?"
    well, the answer is no. Because we already use conviction there is no difference
    using infinity. For this build there are no specific weapons, but this is good:
    \"Doom"
    /5 Socket Axes/Polearms/Hammers
    \Hel + Ohm + Um + Lo + Cham
    
    /5% Chance to Cast Level 18 Volcano on Striking
    \Level 12 Holy Freeze Aura When Equipped
    /+2 To All Skills
    \+45% Increased Attack Speed
    /+330-370% Enhanced Damage (varies)
    \-(40-60)% To Enemy Cold Resistance (varies)
    /20% Deadly Strike
    \25% Chance of Open Wounds
    /Prevent Monster Heal
    \Freezes Target +3
    /Requirements -20%
    Preferably put it in an ethereal colossus voulge or an ethereal cryptic axe for
    more damage.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    Body Armor
    ============
    There is no doubt, fortitude gives 300% enhanced damage which makes it the only
    armor in consideration.
    
    \"Fortitude"
    /4 Socket Weapons/Body Armor
    \El + Sol + Dol + Lo
    
    /20% Chance to Cast Level 15 Chilling Armor when Struck
    \+25% Faster Cast Rate
    /+300% Enhanced Damage
    \+200% Enhanced Defence
    /+15 Defence
    \+(1-1.5) to (99-148) To Life (1 to 1.5 life per character level)
    /Replenish Life +7
    \+5% To Maximum Lightning Resist
    /All Resistances +20-30 (varies)
    \Damage Reduced By 7
    /12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
    \+1 To Light Radius
    *note that mercs cant break equipment, so make their fortitude in an ethereal
    sacred armor or so. Make sure they can have enough strength to wear it, but with
    andariel's visage he can use almost anything
     Helmet
    ========
    There are two choices for merc helms:
    
    \"Andariel's Visage" Demonhead (preferably ethereal)
    /Defence: 310-387 (Base Defence: 101-154)
    \Required Level: 83
    /Required Strength: 102
    \+100-150% Enhanced Defence
    /+2 To All Skills
    \20% Increased Attack Speed
    /8-10% Life Stolen Per Hit
    \+25-30 To Strength
    /+10% to Maximum Poison Resist
    \Fire Resist -30%
    /Poison Resist +70%
    \15% Chance to Cast Level 15 Poison Nova When Struck
    /Level 3 Venom (20 charges)
    
             Or
    
    \"Crown of Ages" Corona
    /Defence: 349-399 (Base Defence: 111-165)
    \Required Level: 82
    /Required Strength: 174
    \+50% Enhanced Defence
    /+100-150 Defence
    \+1 To All Skills
    /Damage Reduced By 10-15%
    \All Resistances +20-30
    /+30% Faster Hit Recovery
    \Socketed (1-2)
    /Indestructible