Anfänger Zealer Paladin Guide

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Before people discovered the strengths of Hammerdins, Paladins were mostly played as melee characters, foremost as Convictionist or Zealer Paladin. This guide informs about the latter, the Zealer, more precisely the Fanazealer. Fanazealers use the combination of the attack skill zeal with the damage bonus of the aura fanatism.

Auf Stufe 90 müssen 101 Fertigkeitspunkte ausgegeben werden:
20 Eifer
20 Opfer (Synergie für Eifer)
20 Fanatismus 
20 Heiliger Schild
1 Kraft
1 Rückzahlung
1 Erlösung
8 Durchgangsfertigkeiten
Erholen Sie sich in Fähigkeiten Ihrer Wahl

Our main skill is zeal, but we do not max this skill first, only put 4 points into it. First, we start maxing sacrifice until level 30, then we start maximizing fanatism. Secondly, we max sacrifice and lastly, we start maxing zeal.
Why do we start maximizing sacrifice before we start maximizing zeal?
Sacrifice is a synergy to zeal and grants +12% extra damage per hard-set point, while every extra point into zeal only gets you half of that damage; thus, we maximize sacrifice first.
Extra points can be spent however you need them, for example: If you feel like you’re lacking attack rating put some points into blessed aim! Every hard-set point grants you 5% extra attack rating. Every 2 hard-set point into resistance vs cold / fire / lightning you gain +1 max resistance.

Stärke: Genug, um unsere Ausrüstung zu tragen
Geschicklichkeit: Genug, um den 75%-Block zu erreichen (maximale Blockchance)
Vitalität: Ruhe
Energie: Keine, du lernst den Drill ...

Welche Art von Gegenständen brauchen wir? Alles mit folgenden Statistiken:
+ Schaden
+ Angriffsgeschwindigkeit
+ Rettungsring & Manaleech
+ Tödlicher Schlag
+ Crushing Blow
+ Widerstände
+ Stärke
+ Leben
+ Mana
+ Geschicklichkeit
+ Schnellere Trefferwiederherstellung

Budget Build:
• Gulliaumes Gesichtsset Helm (Orphan's Call)
• 3-Sockel-Rüstung mit Löwenherz-Runenwort - Hel Lum Fal
• Lightsabre Phaseblade or Baranar’s Star or Astreon’s Iron Ward
• 3 socketed paladin shield with ed/ar automod + Sanctuary runeword Ko Ko Mal
• Ohrgurt
• Amulett des Hochlords
• Rabenfrostring
• Rare ring with stats you’re missing (Lifeleech / Ar / Str / Res / whatever you can get)
• Tearhaunch-Stiefel
• Legen von Handschuhen aus dem The Disciple-Set

This build is super cheap, but it will do the trick! You get everything you need from this build! With the Lightsabre Phaseblade you reach max attack speed with of 4 FPA (Frames per attack). The game splits every second of the game into 25 frames. With zeal you will attack 5 times, which will divide into 4/4/4/4/8 frames each, which is the fastest attack speed you can get with your fanazealer. If you’re on a really tight budget you can start off the with Honor runeword (Amn El Ith Tir Sol), which is a great beginners weapon and available at level 27!

Mid Tier Build:
• Gulliaumes Gesichtsset Helm (Orphan's Call)
• 3-Sockel-Rüstung mit Zwangs-Runenwort - Shael Um Thul
• Oath runeword (Shael Pul Mal Lum) in eth elite sword / axe / mace
• Herold von Zakarum Shield
• Ohrgurt
• Amulett des Hochlords
• Draculs Griffhandschuhe
• Herold von Zakarum oder Spirit Elite Pala Shield 40 @ + (versuche 30fcr + eins zu bekommen)
• Bul-Kathos Hochzeitsband 3-4% Lifeleech
• Raven Frost Ring mit 20Dex / 200+ Ar
• Gore-Reiterstiefel
• Call to Arms runeword (Amn Ral Mal Ist Ohm) + Bo Spirit (Tal Thul Ort Amn)
• Paladinfackel

This build is solid enough to lead a few people though hell difficulty by yourself already! If you’re facing a physical immune monster – which are actually pretty rare – ignore it and let your merc with his holy freeze aura get the kill, depending on his equipment he will kill them pretty easily. Add Call to Arms + Bo Spirit, which will help you kill your enemies way safer and faster.

High Tier Build:
• Krone des Zeitalters mit 2x 15max 40 Schadensjuwelen
• Breath of the Dying runeword (Vex Hel El Eld Zod Eth) in eth Berserker Axe
• Seelenstärke-Runenwort (El Sol Do Lo) in 4-Sockel-Elite-Rüstungen
• Das Amulett des Hochlords
• Verdungo’s Hearty Cord 40 Vitality, 15 Damage Reduction, and 13 Liferep
• Steelrend Handschuhe 20 Str 60ed
• Exile runeword (Vex Ohm Ist Dol) in 4 socketed eth Vortex Shield with 45 all resistances 
• Hochzeitsband von Bul-Kathos mit 5%-Rettungsring
• Rabenfrostring 20dex / 250ar
• Gore Rider-Stiefel aktualisiert
• Call to Arms 6/6/4 runeword (Amn Ral Mal Ist Ohm) + Bo Spirit (Tal Thul Ort Amn)
• Paladin-Fackel 20/20/5
• Annihilius 20/20/10
• As many 3 Max Dmg / 20 Ar / 20 Life or 20Life / 5res small charms as you can afford!

This build will add up everything you can dream of! Tons of Damage, 4FPA attacks, max resisistances, tons of Crushing Blow and Deadly Strike! There won’t be many enemies left to challenge your with this build! It’s very expensive but absolutely worth every penny!


Budget Build:
Get an act 2 nightmare difficulty defensive mercenary and equip him with anything you find along the way! Rather upgrade your gear before you think about upgrading your merc! If you have trouble with AR you can switch you merc for an act 2 normal difficulty offensive merc with the blessed aim aura. If you want to equip him, I’ll suggest gear as close to yours as possible. Equip him with non-ethereal Bonehew or Reaper’s Toll weapon.

Mid-Tier Build:
Akt 2 Albtraum defensiver Söldner
Ätherischer Vampirblick
Verrat (Shael Thul Lem) in einer ätherischen Elite-Rüstung mit 3 Sockeln
Ätherischer Bonehew oder Reaper's Toll

Akt 2 Albtraum offensiver Söldner
Ätherisches Andariels-Antlitz mit einem Feuer-Res-Juwel von 15ias / 30
Pride runeword (Cham Sur Io Lo) in ethereal 4 socketed Colossus Voulge
Seelenstärke (El Sol Do Lo) in ätherischer Rüstung

There is only one thing you have to do: Click on the enemies!! Depending on your build you will just melt throw them like a hot knife through butter! There are some more items you can consider adding or switching in your build, foremost weapons: Last Wish in Phaseblade (Jah Mal Jah Sur Jah Ber) or Grief (Eth Tir Lo Mal Ral). Both are excellent options you should consider if you don’t want to use Breath of the Dying.
There are also armors you can consider switching in: Chains of Honor (Dol Um Ber Ist) for better resistances or Enigma (Jah Ith Ber) if you want your Fanazealer to be able to take advantage of teleport!

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