Blessed Hammer Paladin Build BiS Gear and Runes for Diablo 2 Resurrected

Last updated on Aug 31, 2021 at 12:00 by Oxygen 11 comments

Below, we detail which items you should aim for in your different gear sets, and which stats you should prioritise for your Hammerdin Paladin and Mercenary in Diablo 2.

1.

Raw Damage Build (75% Faster Cast Rate)

This build is perfect for end-game content such as Baal runs or Cows, particularly with a high player count.

2.

Magic Find Build (125% Faster Cast Rate)

This build is best suited for quickly solo farming bosses.

3.

Budget Build

This is a cheap gear set to get you started.

4.

Stats Discussion

As a cast-oriented build, the Hammerdin relies chiefly on two offensive stats: faster cast rate and skill level bonuses (which include +x to all skills, +x to Paladin skills, +x to combat skills, and +x to Blessed Hammer Blessed Hammer). Most Hammerdins are geared towards maximising the skill level of Blessed Hammer and reaching the 125% faster cast rate breakpoint (approximately 2,77 casts per second).

Defensively, the Hammerdin is no different than many other caster builds. Resistances, faster hit recovery, life, and primary attributes are all important to focus on.

The Enigma body armor Rune Word is notable for the unique +1 to Teleport modifier, which negates the otherwise mediocre mobility of the Paladin class. Other items, such as Naj's Puzzler Naj's Puzzler, Spellsteel Spellsteel, and magic or rare items with the "of Teleportation" suffix are also useful as temporary substitutes with their Teleport charges.

5.

Mercenary

You can either hire a Defensive (Holy Freeze) or Offensive (Might) Desert Guard Mercenary in Act 2, Nightmare difficulty, depending on whether you want to slow monsters for added safety or improve the overall damage of your Mercenary.

5.1.

Mercenary Gear

5.1.1.

Optimal Mercenary Gear

5.1.2.

Budget Mercenary Gear

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Changelog

  • 31 Aug. 2021: Page added.
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