Hi, all! I’ve been looking forward to presenting this build for a long time… it has gone through many (probably way too many) adjustments and tests as I tried to figure out what worked best. Then, 184.108.40.206 hit and made the final version even stronger So without further ado, here is my dear pistol pally.
The basic idea behind the build - to take advantage of the natural defenses that a paladin has by building as tanky as possible (hopefully without sacrificing TOO much in the way of damage)… while dual-wielding pistols at the same time. Because why the heck not.
Stats with just permanent buffs + word of renewal
Stats with all self-buffs: word of renewal, RF, ulzaad’s decree, deadly aim, and ascension
- 100% elemental-to-physical conversion on the guns with good rolls
- 100% passthrough(!) and +crit damage to RF, again thanks to the guns
- Huge defenses: ~4k armor and 40% physical res
- pew pew paladin
Notes on gear choices
All my craftables were crafted for armor and physique.
Weapons - Viper Sandspitters. Core of the build. Farmable from the vipers in the FR expansion; I found that the best farming path was running south from the Korvan Sands rift towards where the Forlorn Bastion path is, then resetting.
- The one big downside of these pistols is that the base stats don’t include any attack speed! As such, I’d highly recommend finding some with attack speed on the prefix and/or suffix, you will need it.
Head/Chest - You can also use 2-piece Octavius, though there is technically no need since all the conversion happens on the guns. Azragor was chosen for the extra lifesteal… and Gaze of Empyrion cause it’s cool and thematically appropriate
Shoulders - Fleshwarped Pauldrons are the choice here for the +RF points, innate %physical damage, and an innate armor boost. An alternative is Zantarin’s Shoulderguard, which comes with +Ascension and attack speed. Also, Elite Coven Combatant’s Spaulders as an easy-to-get option with great mods. (thanks Norzan)
Gloves - Now these convert 100% of the pierce damage on Aura of Conviction to physical instead of just 50%. Would not use anything else.
Belt - Picked this instead of an Ugdenbog Waistguard with +1 to all skills in the other class because it interfered with the aether damage conversion on the medal proc. Either’s fine, I don’t think it makes that big a difference. If you’re using a more conventional setup with Bat, I’d recommend Mythical Gladiator’s Distinction for total vit-to-physical conversion.
Necklace - the extra RR from the Conduit prefix helps a LOT. If you can’t obtain it, I’d use something with +1 to skills in both classes (e.g. Mythical Azrakaa’s Sands) as this build is tight on points.
Rings - Combustion Band is here because now in 220.127.116.11, it also buffs %physical damage! So, now we have 2 nice RR rings. Alternatives include a Mythical Ring of Astral Ruminations (attack speed, +Storm Spread) or a Gargabol’s Ring (+RF).
Medal - Turns out, the proc on this is actually really really nice. The petrify effect has helped me a lot in high SR, mainly by helping to keep Arcane heroes stunlocked until I can kill them. Alternative: Mythical Mark of Kalastor
As I mentioned, for this build in general, I have opted to go for a more defensive/armored feel as I think is thematically fitting for a paladin. Thus no Hydra even though it’s wonderful for a ranged build because it’s too out of the way and drops your defenses a lot if you go that direction.
Notably, in this version I dropped Bat entirely because I wanted to see if buffed Dire Bear (now in 18.104.22.168, the proc has no cooldown) could serve as my main sustain devotion instead. So far, it turns out… yes!!!
For SR, the build can farm SR 75-76 consistently and easily. It is quite relaxed if you don’t do something insane like grabbing 2 nemeses and the entire screen at once.
The health difference in the screenshot is due to the fact that Mogdrogen was killed during an earlier, and slightly weaker, iteration of this build. Should be even easier with the current setup, he isn’t too hard.
Ravager of Flesh:
While I have played for a long time, I’m pretty new at buildcrafting from scratch, so please be kind. XD Thank you for reading!