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                          THE PALADIN DEATH MANUAL v1.35
                          By Blade (BladeY2J@hotmail.com)
                          12th March 2002
                          Diablo II LOD Expansion v1.09D
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                                  INDEX 
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     Introduction
     Why?
     Concepts
     Stat Point Allocation
     Skills
    ----\ Combat Skills
    ----\ Offensive Auras
    ----\ Defensive Auras
     Combinations
    ----\ Player vs. Monster Builds
    --------\ Zealot
    --------\ Hammer-Din
    --------\ Avenger
    --------\ Charge-a-Din (Charger)
    --------\ Smite-a-Din (Smiter)
    --------\ Medic
    --------\ Shock-a-Din
    --------\ Mage-a-Din
    --------\ Chip-a-Din
    --------\ Ranger (Bow Paladin)
    ----\ Player vs. Player Combinations
    --------\ vs. Paladins
    --------\ vs. Barbarians
    --------\ vs. Assasains
    --------\ vs. Durids
    --------\ vs. Necromancers
    --------\ vs. Amazons
    --------\ vs. Sorceress
     Equipment
     Version History
     Credits
     Copyright Information
    
    
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                              INTRODUCTION 
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    - The Paladin is one of the most powerful and easiest to screw up characters
    in D2. The reason being that the Paladin has no passive skills, but he makes
    up for it in powerful auras and combat skills. Picking the right auras and
    combat skills are essential to making a good Paladin. Paldin auras also 
    extend to a radius so others in your party and hirelings will benefit from
    it. This makes the Paladin a party favourite unlike the Necromancer.
    
    
    
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                                  WHY? 
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    - I've noticed a sudden drop in the number of Paladins online, maybe due to
    the new Expansion classes but also due to the changes made to their skills
    which made some high level Paladins less than optimal. ie Fanaticism is so
    much better than Concentration now. Even I swore never to play as a Paladin
    ever again after Blessed Hammer got nerfed, but a look at the skill charts
    changed my mind. Hopefully after more people read this they too will want
    create a new Paladin and take advantage of their upgraded skills as I have.
    
    
    
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                                CONCEPTS 
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    - Skill Saving
    Every time you gain a level you are granted 1 skill point for your
    character. Don't waste it. Save it until you've reached  higher levels
    where it will become more useful. This is a good tip for all characters and
    if you wish to build a high level character of any type it is essential to
    your survival.
    
    - Auras Overlap
    When in a party with other Paladins it is best to use different auras since
    the same auras have no extra effect but different ones stack.
    eg. Fanaticism for damage and Salvation for resistance.
    
    - Physical Immunity
    Defense rating only helps so much against attacks. The best way to not take
    hits is to max out your "Chance to block" rating (75%). Holy Shield does
    this quite well and also provides an extra bonus to your overall defense
    rating. The mana cost is quite stiff but well worth it.
    
    - Party up
    A Paladin will be asked to join parties since all benefit from his aura.
    However in a party and/or with more people in the game it becomes
    increasingly harder. More experience is also given as a result of this.
    Always try to be with the party and fight together, you gain more experience
    than fighting solo elsewhere and getting your sorry ass whooped. The best
    place to level is in ActV: Bloody Foothills and the wilderness areas beyond
    that. The Ancients also give an excellent experience boost.
    
    - Specialize
    Use 3-4 main skills. You cannot specialize in everything. I like to use
    Vengeance with Conviction/Fanaticism each at 20. You can attain this around
    lvl 60 but if you want to max another skill you'll only do it by lvl 80.
    That's a far way off. It may be of more use to have some more diverse skills
    that don't need 20 points to be useful. 
    eg. Holy Shield, Salvation, Holy Freeze etc.
    
    - Hell Survival
    In Nightmare and Hell modes different penalties are incurred. Leaching is
    cut in half, resistances are reduced by 40 and 100, and in Hell physical
    damage is reduced by a staggering 50%. Elemental damage is your best bet to
    deal damage and survive. In other words... Vengeance or Holy Shock.
    
    
    
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                          STAT POINT ALLOCATION 
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    - Each level you gain +2 to Life, +1 to Stamina, +1.5 to Mana. You also get
    5 stat points to distribute. I suggest adding all 5 to one stat since it's
    easier to keep track of things this way.
    
    - STRENGTH: Only put enough here to be able to use your equipment. More
    points will only increase you damage in very small amounts, usually by 1
    as you get past 100.
    
    - DEXTERITY: This affects two very important things, your 'Attack Rating'
    and your 'Chance to Block'. You should try to keep your attack rating above
    75% or you'll begin to miss everything. Around 125 here should do the job.
    Again just put enough to have a good 'Attack Rating' and be able to use
    your equipment.
    
    - VITALITY: Each point here gives +3 to Life and +1 to Stamina. As a melee
    character you'll need extra life and this becomes increasing important in
    the higher difficulty settings where you get hit hard. You should add to
    this every once in a while and once you've attained enough Strength and
    enough Dexterity pour all your points into this one and don't stop! You
    can never have enough Life since the Paladin has no +life skills.
    
    - ENERGY: Each point here gives +1.5 to Mana. You don't need alot of mana
    as a Paladin and as a result you don't need to add any points here, it'll
    be much better spent in Vitality. Get something with mana steal if you run
    out too often.
    
    
    
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                                 SKILLS 
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     COMBAT SKILLS 
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    - Sacrifice (Level 1)
    Offers increased damage and attack rating in exchange for 8% damage returned
    to you. It's useful in Act1 but not worth it when doing high damage. If you
    do 1000 damage and the monster has 10 hit points you still inflict 8% of
    1000 (80) damage upon yourself. It's very easy to commit suicide this way.
    Besides Charge offers higher damage and attack rating increases anyway and
    Vengence offers the same effect in elemental damage for mana.
    > Recommended Points: 1 if you plan on using Zeal, Vengeance etc.
    
    - Smite (Level 1)
    Smacks monsters stunning them for long periods using your shield. 
    > Recommended Points: 1 if you plan on using Charge, Holy Shield etc. 20 if
    you decide to become a Smiter.
    
    - Holy Bolt (Level 6)
    A bolt of energy that damages the undead or heals your allies. Wussy damage
    and only to the undead. Pure crap.
    > Recommended Points: 1 if you plan on using Blessed Hammer or Holy Shield.
    
    - Zeal (Level 12)
    A trademark Paladin skill. This makes the Paladin hit multiple times (Max 5)
    with one click of the mouse and it offers an attack rating bonus. Useful for
    clearing large groups of monsters however once you click you can't stop so
    you can die in the middle of a Zeal. Best used to leach back life and mana
    quickly providing you have items that leach.
    > Recommended Points: 1 if you want better skills, 4-5 for ocassional
    use, 20 for Zealots.
    
    - Charge (Level 12)
    A running powerful attack that knocks back the attacker. Superior to
    Sacrifice but you have to be about 2 yards from the enemy to use it. Useless
    in very tight situations, great against bosses and for dueling. The highest
    damage Combat Skill available to the Paladin. With mana leech items you can
    use this with hardly ever running out of mana.
    > Recommended Points: 20 or 1 for Holy Shield.
    
    - Vengeance (Level 18)
    Adds elemental damage to attacks. At level 20 it adds +184% Cold, Lightning
    and Fire damage which totals +552% in damage. In addition to that it also
    adds to your attack rating and of course freezes everything you hit.
    Incredible skill. Previously this skill did not work with mana or life leach
    items even though a portion of the damage done is physical damage but it
    has been fixed in this (1.09b) patch. With mana leach items you can use this
    with hardly ever running out of mana.
    > Recommended Points: 5 if you plan on using this against Physical Immunes
    only, 20 if you plan on using it alot.
    
    - Blessed Hammer (Level 18)
    This summons a hammer that spirals around you outwards that hits anything
    it passes through. This used to do around 700-800 damage when combined with
    Concentration in the old days, I remember when letting five of these fly
    while getting surrounded would wipe out more than half of the monsters, now
    after it got nerfed it does about 400-450 magic damage. This is the best
    Paladin ranged attack IMHO.
    > Recommended Points: 1 if you plan to use Holy Shield, 20 if you think
    you're a Sorceress and you must have a ranged attack. Must be used with the
    Concentration aura to be effective.
    
    - Conversion (Level 24)
    Allows you to have a chance to convert a monster for 16 seconds during which
    they will fight for you and most importantly take hits while you cut into
    the pack. Some use this with Thorns but it isn't wise since the aura will
    stay on them for three seconds after the conversion wears off which means
    instant death for you and any other melee characters in your party. However
    this skill is a must have especially in Hell difficulty.
    > Recommended Points: 1-5
    
    - Holy Shield (Level 24)
    Temporarily increases your defense rating, your chance to block and Smite
    damage. The max chance to block is 75% so keep that in mind while adding to
    this skill.
    > Recommended Points: 1-5 or 6 points, 20 for the Smiter.
    
    - Fist of the Heavens (Level 30)
    1 second casting delay. Targets an enemy and delivers a huge surge of
    lightning which releases Holy Bolts to nearby enemies. Limited use, fairly
    good for duels, best used with Conviction against monsters and players.
    > Recommended Points: None or 1-20 for dueling.
    
    
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     OFFENSIVE AURAS 
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    - Might (Level 1)
    Increases damage by 60% at level 1! Good but there's plenty better down the
    road. Patience is a virtue.
    > Recommended Points: 1, if you plan on using Fanaticism or Conviction, 
    none if you planto use Thorns.
    
    - Holy Fire (Level 6)
    Does fire damage periodically to monsters within the aura. Not powerful
    enough to be of any use past Act1 Normal.
    > Recommended Points: None, 1 if you plan on using Holy Freeze or
    Conviction, 20 if you want to search for chipped gems.
    
    - Thorns (Level 6)
    Muliplies the damage taken upon the attacker. Very useful but it must be
    maxed out if you want to go this route. Best used with Conversion. This does
    1/10 the damage in PvP so it must be maxed if you want to use this in duels.
    Does not work against ranged atacks.
    > Recommended Points: 20 or none. 1 if you plan on using Conviction.
    
    - Blessed Aim (Level 12)
    Increases your attack rating giving you a better chance to hit monsters.
    > Recommended Points: 1 if you plan to use Fanaticism.
    
    - Concentration (Level 18)
    Increases the damage inflicted much like Might except that it also offers a
    20% chance of an unstoppable attack. This means that an enemy hit will not
    prevent you from hitting them 20% of the time. In early days of the old
    Diablo II I would have said max this but Fanaticism has been upgraded so
    much that Concentration is out of the window. This aura combines with
    Blessed Hammer to deal more damage.
    > Recommended Points: 1 to use Fanaticism, 20 for the Hammer-din
    
    - Holy Freeze (Level 18)
    Freezes and slows monsters within it's radius. It works in PvP even if the
    oponnent has item mods like "Cannot be frozen" or alot of cold resistance.
    Paladins aren't very good at PvP and this evens the odds quite a bit. Also
    useful when running for your dear life or retrieving your corpse around
    monsters.
    > Recommended Points: 7 if you plan on PvP, additional points add very
    little to the effectiveness of this aura past this. 1 if you like having it
    or if you plan on using Conviction.
    
    - Holy Shock (Level 24)
    Damages monsters within it's radius and adds lightning damage to your
    attacks. Good but not great. In Hell many monsters are immune to lightning.
    Adds 1-715 damage at lvl 20 and does periodic 74-83 damage.
    > Recommended Points: None, the Combat Skill Vengeance is superior to this
    as far as elemental damage is concerned. You can use this with a bow to
    deal a ranged lightning attack.
    
    - Sanctuary (Level 24)
    Damages, repels and offers increased damage against the Undead. Not all
    monsters are Undead. Much like Prayer, not as useful as it sounds.
    > Recommended Points: 1 if you plan on using Conviction.
    
    - Fanaticism (Level 30)
    Increases damage (more than Concentration) add to your attack rating and
    increases your attack speed. +373% Damage and +135% to Attack Rating at
    level 20... whoo! Oh yeah this is the one.
    > Recommended Points: 20 for every Paladin.
    
    - Conviction (Level 30)
    Reduces enemy defense and the resistances of monsters. A great combo with
    Vengeance for the Avenger since it increases your final elemental damage
    by a percentage doing +125% at lvl 20.
    > Recommended Points: None or 20.
    
    
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     DEFENSIVE AURAS 
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    - Prayer (Level 1)
    This aura regenerates life however it does so at the cost of mana unlike
    all other auras. It sounds good but it acts way too slowly to be of any real
    use. It's easier to get regeneration from items than waste points here. Or
    better yet get some life leach items.
    > Recommended Points: None or 1 if you plan on using Redemption.
    
    - Resist Fire (Level 1)
    Grants you resistance against fire damage. +52% at the first level is great
    but not as good as Salvation. I say it once.
    > Recommended Points: None.
    
    - Resist Cold (Level 6)
    Grants you resistance against cold damage. +52% at the first level is great
    but not as good as Salvation. I say it the second time.
    > Recommended Points: None.
    
    - Resist Lightning (Level 12)
    Grants you resistance against lightning damage. +52% at the first level is
    great but not as good as Salvation. Third time's a charm.
    > Recommended Points: None.
    
    - Defiance (Level 6)
    Increases your defense rating. Holy Shield can do this as well as increasing
    your chance to block. Defense is virtually useless.
    > Recommended Points: None or 1 if you plan on using Redemption.
    
    - Cleansing (Level 12)
    Reduces Poison and Curse durations. Not as useful as it may sound.
    > Recommended Points: None or 1 if you plan on using Redemption.
    
    - Vigour (Level 18)
    Increases stamina, stamina recovery and run/walk speed. Running out of
    stamina may be a problem at level 1 but not at level 10. This can also
    increase your Charge speed in PvP.
    > Recommended Points: None or 1 if you plan on using Redemption
    
    - Meditation (Level 24)
    Increases your mana recovery rate by 300%. Just use a potion instead, it's
    faster. Nova sorcs will appreciate this aura considerably.
    > Recommended Points: None, if you're going for Redemption you'll have the
    prerequisites so it's up to you, 1 point is all you need for this to be
    useful. Sorceresses like it but they can handle themselves.
    
    - Redemption (Level 30)
    Redeems corpses for life and mana. This is like a rejuvenation potion since
    it instantly replenishes your life from monster corpses. Best used after a
    battle to regain life. I prefer simply using leach items. The points you
    gain are too little even at high levels.
    > Recommended Points: 1-10, you may not want to go too high with this since
    all corpses will be redeemed eventually. More points makes it work faster,
    if it works too fast you'll use up all the corpses too quickly. If it's a
    big group of dead monsters you'll only be able to redeem once at a high
    level while at a low level you can maybe return for a second redeem. Then
    again the higher the level of your Redemption the more points you gain.
    
    - Salvation (Level 30)
    Resist all elemental (fire, cold and lightning) damage 60% at the first
    level. There are better auras but this one is very useful against elemental
    uniques eg. the deadly lightning enchanted. Turn it on when you need the
    extra resistance, use a better aura when you don't.
    > Recommended Points: 1-5, possibly even none. Try to get a 4 socket shield,
    preferably a Paladin shield with some + resistances already on it, and
    socket it with 4 perfect diamonds to boost your resistances so you'll have
    to rely on this aura less often.
    
    * For exact current stats for all skills including other character classes
    refer to... http://www.battle.net/d2exp/skills/
    
    
    
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     Player vs. Monster BUILDS 
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    - TIP: For close combat skills eg. Vengence, Sacrifice etc, clicking on a
    monster once and holding down the mouse button gives a zeal-like effect of
    continuous hits until the monster dies. It also saves you the cost of
    replacing your mouse. :)
    
    
    - ZEALOT: MAX Fanaticism with MAX Zeal
    Does quick damage but adds nothing extra. An old technique that's no longer
    useful unless you have some godly weapon.
    
    
    - HAMMER-DIN: MAX Concentration with MAX Blessed Hammer
    It deals magic damage which is not restricted in Hell or Nightmare but only
    does very low amounts of around 450. The mana cost is cheap though which
    means you can cast lots of these and heve them flying all over the place.
    
    
    - AVENGER: MAX Fanaticism, MAX Conviction with MAX Vengeance
    It's simple, just use Conviction till all monsters are affected, then switch
    to Fanaticism and hack them up quickly. Incredible combination. Don't be
    fooled by the displayed damage. Conviction increases your final elemental
    damage by a percentage so the damage inflicted is doubled! The best build
    in my opinion.
    
    
    - CHARGE-A-DIN: MAX Fanaticism, MAX Thorns with MAX Charge
    Does crazy damage with Fanaticism but it's pure physical damage. Best used
    to 'bounce' between monsters until you finish them off. Thorns works well
    when crowded.
    
    
    - SMITE-A-DIN: MAX Smite, MAX Holy Shield with MAX Fanaticism
    Unless you have a godly Paladin shield with good damage don't even attempt
    to do this build. But if you do, go for it!
    
    
    - MEDIC: Prayer, Meditation, Holy Bolt, Salvation and Cleansing.
    A unique new build that does no damage but instead just heals party members.
    For your morbid entertainment only.
    
    
    - SHOCK-A-DIN: MAX Holy Shock, MAX Conviction with Zeal
                   MAX Fist of the Heavens with Conviction
    Much like the Avenger, use Conviction until all monsters are affected by the
    aura and then switch to Holy Shock to hack them up with Zeal. Or summon a
    Fist of the Heavens for crowd control. Shock-a-dins can also use a bow with
    Holy Shock for a ranged attack that costs no mana. You should put some
    points into Vengeance for the Lightning Immunes in Hell.
    
    
    - MAGE-A-DIN: MAX Conviction, MAX Fist of the Heavens
                  MAX Blessed Hammer, MAX Concentration
    Blessed Hammer will do magic damage which is not reduced in Hell or 
    Nightmare with Concentration and Fist of the Heavens with Conviction will do
    sweet lightning damage. Of course you'll want more points in Energy.
    
    
    - CHIP-A-DIN: MAX Holy Fire, wear specialized equipment
    With the advent of the Horadric Cube recipe that can use chipped gems to
    create a Cruel three socketed sword, demand for chipped gems has risen from
    0 to "we can't get enough of them". Thus the Chip-a-din build. Basically you
    raise a Paladin to Lvl 28 and MAX Holy Fire. Then simply run around Act1
    Normal picking up chipped gems as you go along.
    
    Kinemil's Awl Giant Sword adds +6 to the Holy Fire aura, Magefist adds +1,
    Peasant Crown adds +1, Spirit Shroud adds +1 and a Monk's Amulet adds +1
    giving you a Lvl 30 Holy Fire. Sander's Riprap increases your speed by 40%
    together with 15% from Peasant Crown. The idea isn't damage but range, by
    the time you reach a monster it will be dead as you quickly run to the next
    grouping of monsters. You'll need 56 Strength and 34 Dexterity exactly to
    wear this equipment.
    
    Link the Holy Knight, creator of this build averages 13.5 chipped gems per
    half hour. Soon you'll be able to trade for some good Paladin gear. 
    
    
    - RANGER (BOW-A-DIN): MAX Holy Shock with MAX Conviction
                          MAX Fanaticism
    Why should Amazons be the only ones who can lay back and attack from a safe
    distance? Paladins too are capable of doing this effectively. With a fast
    bow and a Razortail belt (33% Piercing) sit back and watch the fireworks.
    Many points in Strength isn't necessary once you've found the right armor,
    those saved points should go in Dexterity to up your ranged damage.
    
    
    
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     BEST Player vs. Player COMBINATIONS 
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    - Firstly Paladins aren't the best in PvP so you need to invest in the right
    skills to be any good. Godly equipment also plays a big parin this.
    
    
    - There is one effective dueling build for Paladins. You could choose to
    either specialise as a Smiter or Charger but having both would really 
    surprise alot of people. This will require a high level Paladin with special
    equipment and careful skill and stat point placement. You also need a hell
    of alot of SOJs to buy your equipment.
    
    MAX Charge
    MAX Smite
    MAX Holy Shield
    MAX Fanaticism
    1 Holy Freeze
    1 Salvation
    
    Helm: Perfect Vampire Gaze
    Armor: Shaftstop and Guardian Angel (Um)
    Belt: Perfect String of Ears
    Boots: Gore Rider
    Gloves: Hellmouth
    Weapon: Scheafer's Hammer
    Shield: Herald of Zakarum (Um) and Stormshield
    Amulet: +2 Skills, Prismatic, Leech and Teleport Amulet
    Rings: 2 Dual Leech Prismatic, 2 Raven Frosts
    Charms: 
    ` 5% Small Run/Walk Small Charms (Enough to make you blindingly fast)
    ` 5% Resist All Small Charms (Till maxed resists with Guardian Angel)
    ` +20 Life Small Charms (Try to reach 2000 Life)
    ` + X Damage Small Charms (Enhances your damage)
    
    DO NOT DUEL WHILE LAGGING!
    
    
    - vs. Paladins
    Always try to chill them with Holy Freeze first. Wait for them to Charge
    then immediately start Smiting till dead.
    
    - vs. Barbarians
    Try to chill them with Holy Freeze first. Wait for the first few Whirlwinds
    so he'll be low on mana and Charge with Fanaticism and immediately start
    Smiting till dead.
    
    
    - vs. Assasains
    Be wary of her traps. If she charges up on nearby monsters wait till it 
    wears off. Chill her with Holy Freeze then Smite away until she dies.
    
    
    - vs. Druids
    Pick off his Minions and Spirit one by one with Charge, then Smite him away.
    
    
    - vs. Necromancers
    Necros will try the Iron Maiden/Bone Wall trick. Do not attack. Simply put
    on your Teleport Amulet to get close to him and Smite him, one should do it.
    
    
    - vs. Amazons
    Speed will help alot here, as will your blocking. Run up to her and Charge
    her or Smite her down.
    
    
    - vs. Sorceresses
    Put on your Guardian Angel and make sure your resists are at 95%. Wait till
    she's close and Smite her down.
    
    
    
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                                EQUIPMENT 
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     BASIC 
    This is a simple guide to know what to look for in an item and a few
    suggestions of attainable items. Most people can't afford uber items.
    
    
    - Armor: Defense is good but not great. Get one with a good mix of defense
    and/or resistances. I suggest Silks of the Victor for Avengers or 
    Runeword Smoke.
    
    - Shields: Try to get a 4 socket shield, preferably a Paladin shield with
    some + resistances already on it, and socket it with 4 perfect diamonds to
    boost your resistances. Until then try Ancients Pledge Runeword: Ral-Ort-Tal
    with any 3 socket shield of your choice preferably a Tower Shield or a nice
    3 socket Paladin shield.
    
    - Weapons: The highest damage one handed weapon you can find with a nice
    fast attack speed. Blunt weapons are nice since they add an extra "+150%
    damage to the Undead". Aldur's Rythum is a great mid level weapon after
    that a Butcher's Pupil is a good step up. An Atlantean should be your
    main goal.
    
    - Helms, Gloves: Defense is a plus but try to get anything with good
    +resistance or Increased Attack Speed. Tal Rasha's mask is great for 
    Paladins.
    
    - Belts: Heavy or plated belts offer 16 potion slots try to get one with
    +life and/or resistance.
    
    - Boots: Anything with faster Run/Walk is great along with extra
    resistances. Tearhaunch is a good choice here.
    
    - Rings, Amulets: Anything that does mana/life steal, adds to life,
    resistances or skills.
    
    - Charms: These can fill up your inventory in a hurry. Keep only very good,
    preferably smaller charms that add to your resistance etc. One thing to
    keep in mind is that +7% small magic find charms and +damage small charms
    can be traded for valuable items.
    
    - The best of the four resistances to max is Fire and Lightning but try to
    max them all.
    
    
    
     UBER 
    
    - Armor: Guardian Angel (Um)
    
    - Shield: Herald of Zakurum (Um)
    
    - Weapons: Baranar's Star, Lightsabre or Scheafer's Hammer
    
    - Helm: Vampire Gaze (Um)
    
    - Gloves: Laying of Hands
    
    - Belt: String of Ears
    
    - Boots: Waterwalk
    
    - Rings: Duped dual leech prismatic rings
    
    - Charms: Whatever's needed to finish max your resistances or increase
    your life.
    
    
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                             VERSION HISTORY 
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    - This is the first edition of The Paladin Death Manual and is valid up to
    the 1.09B patch. Beyond that things can change alot, hopefully for the
    better as it has in the past for the Paladin. Generally speaking of course.
    
    - Second update to this FAQ. Included update on Smite-a-dins, Conviction,
    and updated the "Combinations" Section.
    
    - Third update to this FAQ. Included update on Zeal, I had erroneously
    typed 14 instead of 1 when describing the skill. Two new builds on
    the Shock-a-Din and the Mage-a-Din.
    
    - Fourth Update to this FAQ. Included update on the Shock-a-din build and
    revised the Strength and Dexterity stat point allocations. Added some
    suggestions on equipment. Corrected a few typos. This FAQ is current up to
    the 1.09C patch.
    
    - Fifth Update. Minor corrections. Current to the 1.09D patch.
    
    - Sixth Update. Revised the Conversion skill description.
    
    - Seventh Update. Added the Chip-a-din and Ranger builds.
    
    - Eight Update. Added info on Chip-a-din equipment.
    
    - Ninth Update. Corrected some errors with the descriptions of the Resist
    Cold and Resist Lightning. They stated that they give Fire resistance due
    to my copy and pasting. Current to the 1.09D Patch.
    
    - Tenth Update. Updated the Dueling Section.
    
    
    
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                                CREDITS 
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    - God most importantly.
    - GameFaqs.com for it's great collection of FAQ's
    - My brother who thinks Barbarians are better but is so wrong.
    - Blizzard for making a great game even though they screwed things up at
    first but they made up for it.
    - Slodeth (Martin Silbiger)for his Diablo II Paladin guide. It made me a
    better player and pushed me to write a good Paladin FAQ for the Expansion.
    - GameFaq posters for the Smite-a-Din build and the Medic build.
    - Will Nociti who sent in the Shock-a-Din build which I later refined.
    - GameFaq posters for unveiling the hidden usefulness of Conversion.
    - Link the Holy Knight for his Chip-a-din build.
    - Alex Carlson who tipped me off on the usefulness of Kinemil's Awl to
    to Chip-a-Din which I expanded upon further.
    
    - If you like WRESTLING be sure to check out my site at...
    
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