Elemental/Conviction Zealot Build--Critique Please I'm working on an elemental zealot for general PvM play, not PvP. His current skill layout looks like this: Zeal: 4 Conviction: 20, or less if I can get more +skills equipment. After +skills items, it should be 25. Holy Shield: 5 at least That's all I know so far. It looks like I'll have 50+ points to play with to customize him. Strength: 80-100ish Dex: 100-120, enough for my phase blade Vitality: Everything after str and dex are met, so likely 250+ Energy: nada Equipment I'll be using on him: Cleglaw's set early on Tiamat's Shield w/ Perfect Diamond Voice of Reason phase blade (already made) Baranar's Star (already have) or Azurewrath (can trade for) Ginther's Two Ravenfrosts (already have), rare life leech ring Eye of Elitch (at least until I find something better at higher levels) Treachery in something like Wyrmhide, Great Cuirass, or Bone Weave for armor: 45% IAS, Fade, and Venom are all nice. I have this on my strafer bowazon and I like it quite a lot. Infernostride (fire damage and fire resists) Thundergod's Belt (for the str and life boosts, as well as the lightning damage and absorb) Lavagout gloves (enchant + fire damage) Shaftstop/Guillaume's Face (for resists/crushing blow respectively) Lots of lightning and fire damage small charms As for skills, I'm not really sure what to do with so many extra skill points. One thing I'm contemplating is putting 1 point into Smite as according to the 1-point Smiter guide. I might do some Uber runs with friends. I'm also a bit hesitant to work on his straight physical damage, because of my Voice of Reason phase blade which will offer only 35 max physical damage and could give me some problems for leech. On my Tesladin, I went for a balance between lightning and physical damage, so I could justify maxing Zeal and Sacrifice on him, in addition to max Holy Shock and Resist Lightning. On this guy, I think barring changing my weapon to something like Famine (which I don't have the runes or riches for), his physical damage will be pitiful. That's why I went with the cheap but supposedly powerful Voice of Reason suggested by SSoG in a thread. I have a lot of respect for his ideas and crazy builds, so when he suggested that Voice stands right behind Rift as super for a Conviction build, I jumped at it. It was something that I could afford with my small budget. Here are things I could do and seem reasonable to me: - Max Holy Shield. More blocking and defense? Yes, please. This seems like a no-brainer. Or is it? - Dump points into Defiance to complement Holy Shield's defense bonus, and then switch to a Duress or very high defense armor like Stone in an Archon Plate. It would be great to have like 20,000 defense or more. If I could afford a Fortitude or Chains of Honor, I would love to try those out...but I think Ums, Mals, etc. are about the highest I can get right now with runes. I don't have the patience or sanity to do runs for 5-10 hours straight like some people do. This makes for a very defensive Elemental Zealot. - Resist auras? If I pumped Resist Lightning, for example, I could have 85 in that and with the Thundergod's, be about invulnerable to lightning. But I wouldn't be using Holy Shock, so it seems a bit light a waste. I could, if I get enough $$, eventually morph him into an Auradin, using Phoenix, Dragon, or Dream rune words. However, I don't have any of those, so synergies go to waste. - Max Zeal for extra AR? I think level 25 Conviction lowers enemy defense by 90%, so I don't think AR will be much of an issue. Could do it though. At this rate, I could also max Blessed Aim for the passive 5% AR bonus per point. - Max Sacrifice for more physical damage? But my physical damage is very low, considering my phase blade. -_- - 1 point Vengeance, max synergies after my Conviction is maxed. Become a dual Avenger/Elemental Zealot for bosses or Ubers. Keep Voice of Reason for main weapon and carry an Oath ethereal cryptic sword on switch for massive Vengeance damage, while never needing to switch auras or equipment. Also, AR isn't really needed for Vengeance either because of conviction. This way I can deal with packs and bosses all in one character and my resists would be 80-85 across the board. - Max Zeal and Fanaticism and become a regular Zealot when needed. Also use Fanaticism + 1-point Smite and max Holy Shield for Ubers. What are your thoughts?