Fist of the Heavens (FoH) Paladin Build for Diablo 2 Resurrected

Last updated on Apr 28, 2022 at 12:00 by MrLlamaSC 1 comment

With the recent changes, Fist of the Heavens is now much stronger and can play through the entire game solo self found with budget gear even! On top of that, as gear is added the power of this Character only continues to grow and it tops out as one of the fastest Chaos Sanctuary clearing builds in the game.

1.

Introduction

With Patch 2.4, Fist of the Heavens Fist of the Heavens now deals Damage to both Undead Monsters and Demons. It also has a reduced Cooldown now and overall has just been improved greatly. These changes now allow this Character to not just fight in PvP but also PvM content.

You can check the viability of this build in PvM by consulting our PvM Tier List.

2.

Fist of the Heavens Paladin Skill Build

The following section shows the core skills for the Fist of the Heavens Paladin. For a detailed breakdown of all core and optional skills as well as the recommended order for allocating skill points, refer to the Skills page of this guide.

  1. 1 point to all prerequisites
  2. 20 points to Fist of the Heavens Fist of the Heavens — Main skill of the build, required
  3. 20 points to Holy Bolt Holy Bolt — Synergy for Fist of the Heavens Fist of the Heavens, required
  4. 20 points to Conviction Conviction — Main Aura, providing both lowered Resistances, required
  5. 20 points to Holy Shock Holy Shock — Synergy for Fist of the Heavens Fist of the Heavens, required
  6. 1 point to Holy Shield Holy Shield — Used for Max Block, required
  7. 1 point to Salvation Salvation — Very useful for Resistances, optional
  8. Any number of points to Resist Lightning Resist Lightning, Resist Fire Resist Fire, and/or Resist Cold Resist Cold — For every 2 points in Resist skills, you passively gain +1% Maximum Resist to the relevant element, optional
3.

Fist of the Heavens Paladin Stat Points and Attributes

Strength Dexterity Vitality Energy
Enough for gear; around 150 total Enough for max Block; around 150 total Everything else None

You can read more details about the Stats and Attribute requirements for the Fist of the Heavens Paladin on our Skills page.

4.

Fist of the Heavens Paladin Gear

The following section shows some of the most important items for the Fist of the Heavens Paladin. For a detailed per-slot breakdown of all items and alternative builds, refer to the Gear page of this guide.

5.

Fist of the Heavens Paladin Breakpoints

In Diablo 2, stats that affect action speed (known as frames) for attacking, casting, blocking, and recovering from a hit can almost never be taken literally. For example, gaining 10% Increased Attack Speed from an item will not necessarily translate into 10% faster attacks. To achieve faster actions, certain breakpoints must be reached, which vary for every class. The tables below list how much of a given stat is required to actually improve the action speed of the class for the stated action.

5.1.

Faster Hit Recovery Breakpoints

Faster Hit Recovery Breakpoints (1-Handed Weapons)
Frames to perform action 9 8 7 6 5 4 3
Faster Hit Recovery required to reach frame 0% 7% 15% 27% 48% 86% 200%
5.2.

Faster Cast Rate Breakpoints

Faster Cast Rate Breakpoints
Frames to perform action 15 14 13 12 11 10 9
Faster Cast Rate required to reach frame 0% 9% 18% 30% 48% 75% 125%
5.3.

Faster Block Rate Breakpoints

Faster Block Rate Breakpoints (No Holy Shield)
Frames to perform action 5 4 3 2
Faster Block Rate required to reach frame 0% 13% 32% 86%
5.4.

Faster Block Rate Breakpoints (With Holy Shield)

Faster Block Rate Breakpoints (With Holy Shield)
Frames to perform action 2 1
Faster Block Rate required to reach frame 0% 86%
6.

Fist of the Heavens Paladin Mercenary

7.

Fist of the Heavens Paladin Early Leveling

Since Fist of the Heavens is not available until Level 30, you can either run Holy Bolt Holy Bolt or you can use an alternative build until that time.

  1. 1 Point to Might Might
  2. 1 Point to Sacrifice Sacrifice
  3. 3 Points to Resist Fire Resist Fire until Level 6
  4. 6 Points to Holy Fire Holy Fire from Levels 6-11
  5. 1 Point to Zeal Zeal at Level 12
  6. All remaining Points to Holy Fire Holy Fire and Resist Fire Resist Fire until Level 30
  7. Respec to Fist of the Heavens Fist of the Heavens at Level 30-35

For more comprehensive leveling advice, please refer to our Paladin Fastest Leveling Build.

8.

Changelog

  • 28 Apr. 2022 (gear page): Page added.
  • 28 Apr. 2022 (skills page): Page added.
  • 28 Apr. 2022 (this page): Page added.
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