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Diablo II: Resurrected

Herald of Zakarum

Nathan Garvin

The Herald of Zakarum is arguably the best Paladin shield in the game, regardless of whether you’re playing a [Smiter], a Hammerdin or some other build. The only serious competition for it is a Spirit Paladin shield, preferrably one with a base Resist All +30% - 40%, in which case you’ll find yourself haggling over the superior +Skills, +Block Chance and +Block Rate offered by Herald of Zakarum versus the +Cast Rate and +Mana offered by Spirit. This choice will probably come down to whatever other gear you have on-hand and player preference, but with effectively +4 to Combat Skills (like Blessed Hammer and Smite), +50% to All Resistances, moderate bonuses to Strength and Vitality, and incredible blocking stats, it’s hard to argue against Herald of Zakarum.

Herald of Zakarum is a mid-tier drop, with an iLv of 50 it’s one of the many, many great items that can be dropped by Nightmare Mephisto. Alas, it’s still a somewhat rare and valauble drop, despite being mid-tier.

Herald of Zakarum makes a strong case for being the best Paladin shield in the game - certainly the best unique.

Herald of Zakarum (Gilded Shield)

Herald of Zakarum Stats

Herald of Zakarum iLv50
Defense 360 - 500~
Durability 50
Required Strength 89
Required Level 42
  • +2 to Combat Skills (Paladin Only)
  • +2 to Paladin Skill Levels
  • +30% Faster Block Rate
  • +30% Increased Chance of Blocking
  • 20% Bonus to Attack Rating
  • +150% - +200% Enhanced Defense (variable)
  • +20 to Strength
  • +20 to Vitality
  • All Resistances +50
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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Activision Blizzard
  • Platforms,
    PS4, PS5, Switch, XB One, XB X|S
  • Genre
    Action RPG, Hack-n-slash
  • Guide Release
    20 September 2021
  • Last Updated
    1 March 2023
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