Zealot Paladin Build for Diablo 2 Resurrected

Last updated on Sep 30, 2021 at 09:00 by MrLlamaSC 10 comments

The Zealot Paladin is a classic fast-hitting melee build with good survivability and Physical damage but limited area of effect. With a few key items, particularly those that provide Chance of Crushing Blow, the Zealot can take down bosses and single monsters extremely quickly. Overall, it is still one of the stronger melee builds in the game.



The Zealot revolves around using Zeal Zeal and Fanaticism Fanaticism to reach one of the highest attack speed in the game. With on-hit effects such as Chance of Crushing Blow, the Zealot can kill individual targets extremely quickly while ensuring his survival through Life Leech. The most glaring weakness of the build is a lack of area of effect damage, making it unsuitable for farming dense areas.

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


Zealot Paladin Skill Build

The following section shows the core skills for the Zealot. 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 Zeal Zeal — Main damage dealing skill, required
  3. 20 points to Sacrifice Sacrifice — Damage synergy for Zeal Zeal, required
  4. 20 points to Holy Shield Holy Shield — Improves Chance to Block and Defense, required
  5. 20 points to Fanaticism Fanaticism — Main Aura, increases attack speed and damage significantly, required

Zealot 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 this build on our Skills page.


Zealot Paladin Gear

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


MrLlamaSC's Zealot Paladin Video Guide

We also have a video guide that goes over the build, if you prefer that instead of or in addition to our written guide.


Zealot 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.


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%

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%

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%

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%

Zealot Paladin 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 your overall damage as well as that of your Mercenary.


Zealot Paladin Early Leveling

The following section features a generic Holy Fire Paladin skill point progression.

  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 between level 6 and 11
  5. 1 point to Zeal Zeal at level 12
  6. All remaining Points to Holy Fire Holy Fire
  7. Respec to your Zealot build at level 30, when Fanaticism Fanaticism becomes available

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



  • 30 Sep. 2021 (this page): Added video guide embed.
  • 22 Sep. 2021 (gear page): Page added.
  • 22 Sep. 2021 (skills page): Page added.
  • 22 Sep. 2021 (this page): Build added.
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