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Jaypee
#1 Oct 4 2008 06:48pm
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Undying's Torch Hunter / Diablo Clone Killer Smiter Guide



Written and tested by: TheUndyingGod



Quick introduction

The following guide is my 4th so far on D2Jsp. After responding to an incredible amount of questions concerning PvM smiters, I have decided to take some time to share my knowledge and experience with them with you, reader. The layout of this build is meant to be a replica of my old East Softcore Non Ladder smiter. The character is now retired, as I decided to sell out my items on that realm and core.


Overview of the build

The build is meant to offer a certain safety when dealing with the three uber bosses or with Diablo clone himself. As PvM is way different than PvP, the build cannot be considered as a possibly effective dueler, it is meant to kill ubers quickly, and safely on any realm and core. I haven't tried a similar build on Hardcore so far but I'm pretty sure that it would be just as effective as it did for me, on softcore. The only difference would be the cost to gear it. I will expose two possible variants of the build, the 1st being the exact copy of the one that I used in the past - the safest version - and the second being an alternative similar build that can kill ubers somewhat a bit faster.


Paladin Class Overview



Usable stats at level 90: 460
Usable skills at level 90: 101


My build used to be pretty complete at 91, however, you'll be perfectly fine in the 80's.


With this build you can achieve:

90 LR / 85 FR / 85 CR / 75 PR in hell stacked
6 fpa smite attack speed (4.1 attacks per second)
A decent amount of life (depending on your charms and battle orders level)
A certain amount of absorb against every element but poison (granted by a few items)
Benefit of the crushing blow effect on every hit (with the first build)

And you will be able to:

Torch run under a minute (hunting down the 3 bosses) -- I used to do it in ~45-50 seconds
Kill Diablo clone with even more ease

Notes: You don't have to reach any specific FHR frame, it is unecessary for that purpose.
FCR is not needed either, as you will be walking.



Skill distribution

Note: The build will be completely finished at level 91-92 but will be effective way before that. Those extra levels are just meant to perfect it.


Combat Skills tree

20 Smite
20 Holy Shield

1 Holy Bolt
1 Charge
1 Blessed Hammer

Offensive Auras tree

20 Fanaticism
1 Might
1 Blessed Aim
1 Concentration

Defensive Auras tree (the ones that you should end with -- ordered)

1 Prayer
1 Cleansing
1 Defiance
1 Vigor
1 Meditation (I was using a +3 medi/+3 HS CtA to save that one, so I was totally done at 91)
10 Lightning Resistance (passive 5% maximum lightning resistance gain)
10 Fire Resistance (passive 5% maximum fire resistance gain)
10 Cold Resistance (passive 5% maximum cold resistance gain (perfecting points -- the build can survive without those)
1 Redemption (optional)
1 Salvation (optional)


Stats distribution

Strenght: Just enough to wear your shield (As my exil was a vortex shield, I had 138 total)
Dexterity: Enough to reach max blocking chances, as usual
Vitality: The rest here
Energy: I didn't have to mention it.


Item Setup #1 -- Safety, stacked resistances and 100% chances of Crushing blow

Helm: UM'd Kiras Guardian Tiara (for resistance purposes)
Amulet: Maras (2 to all skills granted, 20-30 all resists, period.)
Weapon: Last Wish Phase blade (lifetap, 60-70% chances of Crushing blow -- having 65%+ from it will give you an even 100%)
Weapon switch: Call to arms (useless)
Armor: Chains of honor (dusk, wyrm, scarab or even ap can work -- I used a wyrm one)
Shield: Exile (vortex, zakarum shield or sacred targe would be the best options -- Look for a shield that has base resistances; 40-45)
Shield switch: Paly spirit (pretty self-explanatory)
Gloves: 20 IAS, Crushing blow, mods crafted gloves (The 20 ias is a MUST, otherwise, your smite speed will be lowered to 7 fpa. The CB will lead you around 100% -- Life, dex or resistance can be nice adds when looking for a pair)
Ring 1: Ravenfrost (20 dex, cold absorb -- nuff said)
Belt: Thundergod's Vigor (otherwise uber Mephisto can be a pain sometimes -- absorb is your friend)
Ring 2: Dwarf star (life and fire absorb are a plus)
Boots: Goblin toes (25% crushing blow -- way superior than goreriders. Upgrade them once if you wish)


Charm setup

Annihilus
Torch (You can chose not to use one to be able to pick up the torches in uber trist if you wish)
37x 20 Life SC's (optional, but assures you a certain safety through having more hitpoints)


Item Setup #2 -- Faster killing speed, defensively weaker

Helmet: Guillaume's winged helm (35% Crushing blow, 15 strenght, bonus fhr)
Amulet: Maras (same purpose than for the first build)
Weapon: Grief phase blade (better than last wish when finishing up the ubers, as it gives a way superior damage bonus -- Any IAS will be enough)
Weapon switch: Call to arms
Armor: Still CoH
Shield: Exile
Shield switch: Paly spirit
Gloves: CB, IAS, mods crafted gloves
Ring 1: Ravenfrost
Belt: Thundergod's Vigor
Ring 2: Dwarf Star
Boots: Goblin toes

Note: The inventory should be exactly the same.

This setup can reach up to 70% Crushing blow (guillies, gloves, goblin toes), deals more damage but has less chances to cast lifetap on hit and has less stacked resistances (due to Kiras guardian on the other setup)

Ending notes: The first setup is the one that I have officially tested. I came up with the idea of a second setup since I am totally sure that it is faster in fact. However, if you are playing on a hardcore realm, I highly suggest to suit your paladin as in number 1.



cateye
#2 Oct 4 2008 07:05pm
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Great build

is there a build with no anni/torch at all
to do clone + uber
Jaypee
#3 Oct 4 2008 07:07pm
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Quote (cateye @ Sat, 4 Oct 2008, 21:05)
Great build

is there a build with no anni/torch at all
to do clone + uber


It can do it. The only thing is that you can lose up to 40 to all stats and resistances. In any case, if you chose to do that, stick to the first item setup.

This post was edited by TheUndyingGod on Oct 4 2008 07:08pm
cateye
#4 Oct 4 2008 07:13pm
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before i start any build
i used to message you for builds and advice


you never failed me
not even once


keep them comming!!!
Jaypee
#5 Oct 4 2008 07:14pm
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Quote (cateye @ Sat, 4 Oct 2008, 21:13)
before i start any build
i used to message you for builds and advice


you never failed me
not even once


keep them comming!!!


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liorkr1
#6 Oct 4 2008 07:33pm
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Great build smile.gif

Thanks for the effort
xVanished
#7 Oct 4 2008 08:04pm
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Great guide bud. wink.gif
Jaypee
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Quote (xVanished @ Sat, 4 Oct 2008, 22:04)
Great guide bud. wink.gif


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ReignOfPain
#9 Oct 5 2008 02:45am
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wow i just made a post about uber smiter items great guide answered every question

much appreciated
Jaypee
#10 Oct 5 2008 09:51am
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Quote (ReignOfPain @ Sun, 5 Oct 2008, 04:45)
wow i just made a post about uber smiter items great guide answered every question

much appreciated


You're welcome wink.gif
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