FoH Smiter Paladin Build for Diablo 2 Resurrected

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

With its strong single target stunning attack that never misses and great survivability thanks to its high Life and Life Tap, the Smiter Paladin can take down any Boss with very little quality gear. One weakness that he used to always have though was the inability to clear large swarms of monsters quickly. With the addition of Fist of the Heavens Fist of the Heavens the Smiter can now cover this weakness and be more versatile!

1.

Introduction

One of the best and cheapest Boss killers in the game, it takes very little gear to make a Smiter effective. Smite Smite, the skill around which the build revolves, never misses its target and hits very quickly, allowing the Smiter to take advantage of on-hit effects such as Chance of Crushing Blow. Now, with Fist of the Heavens Fist of the Heavens becoming super strong, you can actually combine the two Skills to supercharge your Smiter and give him some great Area of Effect clear speed on top of his superb single-target style.

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

2.

FOH Smiter Paladin Skill Build

The following section shows the core skills for the FOH Smiter. 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 Smite Smite — Main skill of the build
  3. 20 points to Holy Shield Holy Shield — Synergy for Smite and powerful defensive buff
  4. 20 points to Fanaticism Fanaticism — Main Aura, providing both attack speed and damage
  5. 20 points to Fist of the Heavens Fist of the Heavens — Second Main Damage skill
  6. 20 points to Holy Bolt Holy Bolt — Synergy for Fist of the Heavens Fist of the Heavens
3.

FOH Smiter 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 FOH Smiter on our Skills page.

4.

FOH Smiter Paladin Gear

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

5.

FOH Smiter 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.

FOH Smiter Paladin Mercenary

Since Mercenaries rarely make it out of Uber Tristram alive, dedicated Smiters rarely opt to even hire a Mercenary. For the FOH Smiter however, you will probably spend a decent amount of time killing stuff outside of Uber Tristram so you can either hire a Defensive (Holy Freeze) or Offensive (Might) Desert Guard Mercenary in Act 2 depending on whether you want to slow monsters for added safety or improve your overall damage as well as that of your Mercenary.

7.

FOH Smiter Paladin Early Leveling

This is an early leveling build for the FOH Smiter.

  1. 1 point to Might Might
  2. 20 points to Smite Smite
  3. 1 point to Holy Bolt Holy Bolt
  4. 1 point to Blessed Hammer Blessed Hammer
  5. 1 point to Charge Charge
  6. 1 point to Blessed Aim Blessed Aim
  7. 1 point to Concentration Concentration
  8. All points to Holy Shield Holy Shield until level 29
  9. 1 point to Fanaticism Fanaticism at level 30
  10. All points to Holy Shield Holy Shield until Maxed
  11. All points to Fanaticism Fanaticism until Maxed

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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