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The Herald of Zakarum is probably the best shield option for Paladins that specialize in Combat Skills, such as FoHers, Smiters, or Hammerdins. Combined with other appropriate equipment, the Herald of Zakarum can be an indispensable item of many Paladins' repertoire.
Defensively, the Herald of Zakarum also has quite a few assets. Its large boost to Resistances is particularly useful for Nightmare and Hell difficulties, where resistances are drastically lowered. Additionally, the Herald of Zakarum boasts a very high chance of blocking.
On the other hand, offensively, besides its skill boosts, the Herald of Zakarum may be beaten out by other shields. It does give a boost to Strength and Attack Rating, but otherwise it gives no obvious boost to attack damage.
Still, the Herald of Zakarum is a fairly good paladin shield all around. Since it is the only exceptional unique paladin shield, it is also the easiest to access.
Herald of Zakarum
Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 89
Chance To Block: 82%
Smite Damage: 20 to 28
+150-200% Enhanced Defense
30% Increased Chance Of Block
30% Faster Block Rate
20% Bonus To Attack Rating
+20 To Strength
+20 To Vitality
All Resistances +50
+2 To Paladin Skill Levels
+2 To Combat Skills (Paladin Only)