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Holy Trail Javelin Paladin Guide

Last Updated: February 21st 2024

Patch 1.0

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Welcome to the Holy Trail Javelin Paladin build guide. Burn cultists, undead monsters and void abominations with this holy Paladin and get the blessing of his sacred river of flames! Unleash Holy Trail every time you throw a Javelin, a versatile and powerful DoT Spell capable of disintegrating enemies and healing yourself and allies simultaneously. As a Paladin, you also have access to Holy Aura, an amazing support ability that buffs yourself and everyone else around you!

Cast Sigils Of Hope to gain powerful defensive and offensive buffs, use Volatile Reversal to apply debuffs to your enemies and move quickly around the map with Lunge, a versatile dash.

This setup doesn't require any Unique to function. However, Items like Atrophy, Bastion of Honour or Ravenous Void are amazing for the build.

Overall, the Holy Trail Javelin Paladin is a solid build capable of defeating all the content in the game. It's easy to play, has great Damage and is extremely sturdy thanks to its healing capabilities. If you are looking for a chill build that performs well and is great for group play, this setup is perfect for you!

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This article assumes you have a Level 70 Character.
Reach Level 70 with our Paladin Leveling Guide.
If you are looking for a different playstyle, check all our Build Guides!

Pros
  • Beginner Friendly
  • Great For Party Play
  • Amazing AoE Healing
  • Scale DPS and Survivability At Once
Cons
  • DPS Downtime
  • Damage Can Be Missed
  • Heavy Buff Management
  • Cooldown Based Gameplay

Skills

Javelin

This Javelin setup focuses on enhancing the power of the Spell procced by the Holy Trail Node. Grab Path of Judgement to allow this ability to scale off Healing Effectiveness. Take Pilgrimage, Spear to the Thigh, Strategic Patience and Mighty Delivery for the huge Damage Multipliers.

Click the Nodes at the bottom to see Skill Tree Progression

Alternative Skills & Tips

Gameplay

This Paladin uses Javelin to leave behind Holy Trail, a powerful Spell that burns enemies and heals yourself and allies. Make sure you are familiar with enemy mechanics to know when to use your Support Skills to stay alive. Pay attention to their telegraphed attacks!

Skill Usage/Rotation

  • Cast 4 Sigils Of Hope for their buffs.
  • Aim Javelin carefully, and release it, causing it to leave Holy Trail behind.
  • Lunge to move around the battlefield. Hit as many enemies as possible to stack Crusader's Fury.
  • Cast Volatile Reversal on top of enemies for its buffs and extra Damage.
  • Use Holy Aura when you want to Slow enemies around you.
  • Maintain 4 Sigils Of Hope at all times.

Mapping

  • Rush to the objective with Lunge.
  • Walk on top of your own Holy Trail to get healed and funnel enemies into its burning AoE.
  • Be careful to not backtrack when using Volatile Reversal.
  • Group mobs before using Volatile Reversal to maximize its buffs.

Bossing

  • Take advantage of all your defensive buffs and keep them active.
  • Actively use Holy Aura to double the effect of its buffs.
  • Use Javelin on Bosses and then use Volatile Reversal on top of them to rapidly ramp your DPS.
  • Keep a Movement Skill off Cooldown for emergency situations or telegraphed Boss attacks.

Advanced Skill Tips

Learn more about how to maximize your gameplay in the Build Scaling section of this guide.

Passives

Passives provide powerful effects that dictate the playstyle of a Class and its Masteries. Remember that you can allocate Passives on the first half of all Masteries regardless of the one you chose.

  1. Armour Clad grants Damage Reduction and is crucial for any Sentinel's survivability.
  2. Juggernaut, Abyssal Endurance and Holy Symbol provide tons of Resistances.
  3. Place at least 1 Point in Gladiator, Steel Aegis, Honour and Shield Wall for the Block Chance.
  4. Grab Valor, Prayer and Reverence of Duality for their stats and additional Healing Effectiveness.
  5. Combine Faith Armour with gear to cap your Critical Strike Avoidance before you build Reduced Bonus Damage Taken from Critical Strikes.
  6. The Flat Spell Damage granted by Heavenfire and Sanctuary Guardian are extremely powerful.
  7. Invest your final Points in Prayer Aegis or Light of Rahyeh, depending on your needs.
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Make sure to complete the Campaign to get all your Passive Points.

Gear

Gearing in Last Epoch revolves around finding Items and then using the powerful Crafting System to enhance them. As long as an Item has Forging Potential left, players can upgrade or modify their Affixes up to Tier 5. However, the powerful Exalted Tier Affixes are drop only and can't be modified by players.

Using the correct Item Bases allows you to make use of their amazing Implicits, this is fundamental for gearing efficiently. Combine Implicits, Passives, Idols and Blessings to cap your Resistances and other defensive layers, while fitting as much Health related Affixes or Endurance Threshold into your gear as possible. Plan ahead for your next upgrades and consider the final Blessings of your build while gearing. Finish up by farming Uniques with Legendary Potential and Sealing Affixes into Exalted Items to unleash all of your build's power!

Here are the Stat Goals for this build:

  • Capped Resistances
  • Capped Critical Strike Avoidance
  • Capped Endurance
  • 4000 - 5500+ Health
  • 40% - 60%+ Armour Mitigation
  • 3000+ Block Effectiveness
  • 50% - 100% Block Chance
  • 500% - 1000%+ Healing Effectiveness
  • 500% - 1000%+ Increased Damage
  • 40% - 70%+ Movement Speed

Gear Progression

Starting Gear
Advanced Gear
End Game Gear
BIS Gear

Milestone 1
Aim for good Item Bases with two valuable T5 Affixes. The defensive rolls on T5 Suffixes are very important at this stage as they can easily cap all your Resistances when combined with Item Implicits, Idols, Blessings or Passives. Get a good Argent Sceptre as soon as possible.

Milestone 2
Make sure your Critical Strike Avoidance is capped. Remember that Woven Flesh is always an option early on. It can be farmed by killing the Abomination in the Fall of the Outcast Monolith Timeline.

Milestone 3
Get an Ironglass Shield with T5 Block Chance as soon as possible.

Milestone 4
Fit as much Health into your gear as possible. Hybrid Health and Health are extremely valuable, but can be hard to find early on. Use regular flat Health until you find them.

Starting Gear Planner

Milestone 5
While you look for this basic set of gear, start farming your Empowered Blessings and look for any Idols that can help you cap all your Resistances momentarily or increase your Damage output. Your goal is to get 4 Adorned Rahyeh Idols with Increased Healing Effectiveness Prefix and Block Effectiveness or Health Suffixes.

Milestone 1
Farm a pair of Atrophy Gloves. This Item provides a great Damage boost and can easily be obtained by defeating Rahyeh The Black Sun in the Black Sun Monolith Timeline. They have a 50% drop rate on both Normal and Empowered Monolith.

Milestone 2
Get an Ironglass Shield with Block Chance, Block Effectiveness and Damage Taken on Block. This build relies heavily on the defensive power of Block, finding a good shield is crucial for its survival.

Milestone 3
Look for +Skill Levels to invest further into their respective Trees.

Milestone 4
When all your core Defenses are covered, start working on your Damage. Get Elemental Damage Over Time and Increased Healing Effectiveness on your Prefixes to increase your DPS drastically.

Advanced Gear Planner

Milestone 5
Keep looking for Adorned Rahyeh Idols with Increased Healing Effectiveness Prefix and Block Effectiveness or Health Suffixes. As you finish up your Empowered Blessings keep a decent Health pool, capped Resistances, Endurance and Critical Strike Avoidance. Your goal is to have Items with 4 valuable T5 Affixes, also known as T20.

Milestone 1
Upgrade your T20 setup with Exalted items, high value Sealed Affixes or ideally both. Obtain the Affixes included in the Planner, but prioritize the indicated Item Bases for their Implicits. Make sure to Seal highly efficient low tier Affixes. Ward and Ailment Cleansing on Potion Use is a must have for Belts.

Milestone 2
Look for Bastion of Honour. This item is pretty rare and might take some time to find. Make sure to grab the Grand Binds of Sanctuary Blessing and find the Unique Shield Echo rewards in the Black Sun Monolith Timeline.

Milestone 3
Farm Atrophy with Legendary Potential. Aim for the indicated Affixes in the Planner for each slot. Make sure to collect Exalted Items that might be useful in this process.

Milestone 4
Get all your Adorned Rahyeh Idols with Increased Healing Effectiveness Prefix and Block Effectiveness or Health Suffixes. Keep stacking as much Health, Increased Healing Effectiveness and Elemental Damage Over Time on your gear as you can.

End Game Gear Planner

Milestone 1
Keep upgrading your gear with Exalted Items with Sealed Affixes. Get every stat in the right place and in the correct Item Base. Min/Maxing your gear in Last Epoch can be pushed to the extreme as Items with multiple Exalted Affixes are technically possible.

Milestone 2
Get as close to perfect rolls for all your Empowered Blessings and find all your desired Idols with the best in slot Prefixes and Suffixes.

Milestone 3
Continue farming Atrophy and Bastion of Honour with the maximum Legendary Potential you can find. Remember that some Unique Items are extremely hard to get with multiple Legendary Potential. Good luck with the chase!

Milestone 4
If you happen to find them with high LP, Yulia's Path can be a great addition to the build if you need the Resistances it provides.

End Game Gear Planner

Milestone 5
Ravenous Void are also an option if you want to be even tankier. This Item is extremely rare, but can be farmed by defeating The Husk of Elder Gaspar in The Last Ruin Monolith Timeline. They have a very low drop rate Empowered Monolith, that can be scaled up to 4% with Item Rarity in high Corruption.

Learn the basics for crafting gear with our Beginner Crafting Guide.
Check our Unique Item & Set Farming Guide and learn how to get them!
Want to know more about Legendary Items? Check our Legendary Guide!

Blessings

Completing a Timeline in the Monolith of Fate lets you choose one of several randomized Blessings from its unique pool. Their benefits are permanent and persist even outside of the Monolith of Fate.

Empowered Blessings are a fundamental part of all builds, so getting the correct ones for each is key.

The sooner you reach Empowered Monolith, the faster you can start farming your desired Blessings!

End Game Blessings
Normal Blessings
Empowered Combat Blessings
Empowered Drop Rate Blessings

Normal Blessings are not important as they are eventually replaced by Empowered Blessings. However they can still be a great source of Resistances, Critical Strike Avoidance or Life Leech for your build early on.

Pick up these Normal Blessings on your way to Empowered:

  • Hunger of the Void
  • Bastion of Divinity
  • Survival of Might
  • Persistance of Will
  • Bones of Eternity
  • Embers of Immortality
  • Body of Obsidian

Note: Don't target farm Normal Blessings. Get to Empowered Monolith as fast as you can.

Reaching Empowered Monolith unlocks all the level 100 Timelines and the ability to farm Empowered Blessings. Unlike Normal Blessings, these need to be farmed until you get the desired ones for your build. It is extremely important to get this set up as fast as possible to free up affix slots on your gear. Remember, the more value you get from your Blessings, the easier it is to craft efficient gear!

These are the core Combat Empowered Blessings for this build:

  • If you are lacking Critical Strike Avoidance, start with Grand Survival of Might. A high roll on this Empowered Blessing can be combined with a single high rolled T5 Critical Strike Avoidance or Faith Armour to cap it. If you're building Reduced Bonus Damage Taken from Critical Strikes, go for Grand Resolve of Humanity instead.
  • If you are lacking Block Effectiveness, start with Grand Bones of Eternity instead. A high roll on this Empowered Blessing is eventually the goal, but you should move to the others and come back to farm an almost perfect one later on.
  • Continue with Grand Bastion of Divinity for the Lightning Resistance.
  • Once your core Defenses are sorted, Grand Hunger of the Void for even more sustain.
  • Finish up by farming the best rolled Grand Body of Obsidian you can get. It grants an insane amount of Flat Armour that helps increase the survivability of the build.

These Empowered Blessings are flexible and depend on your current needs and goals.

These are valuable Empowered Drop Rate Blessings for this build:

  • Grand Mark of Agony is very valuable to help you find Adorned Rahyeh Idols with Increased Healing Effectiveness Prefix and Block Effectiveness or Health Suffixes. Once you find all your Idols, you can switch to the Grand Winds of Fortune and focus on Uniques instead.
  • Grab Grand Binds of Sanctuary to help you find more Shields or Grand Grip of the Lance to find more Gloves.
  • Lastly take Grand Savior of the North to find more Sceptres.

Learn how to farm Blessings fast with our Advanced Monolith Strategies.

Idols

Idols grant your character bonuses when equipped in the dedicated Idol Container. Unlock all the slots of your Idol Container by completing the Campaign and some of its Side Quests. Remember that some Idols are Class specific and you won't be able to equip them with other non-compatible Classes.

These are the Idols recommended for this build:

  • Find 4 Adorned Rahyeh Idols with Increased Healing Effectiveness Prefix and Block Effectiveness or Health Suffixes.
  • Get 2 Small Eterran Idols with Increased Healing Effectiveness and Void Resistance. These grant enough Void Resistance to cap it when combined with your Passive Tree.
  • You also want 2 Small Eterran Idols with Increased Healing Effectiveness and Physical Resistance or Necrotic Resistance, based on your needs.
End Game Idols

Other useful Idol Affixes

Make sure to complete the Campaign to get all your Idol Slots.
Learn how to be efficient with Idols with our Advanced Idols Setups Guide.

Build Scaling

This Paladin uses Javelin to release Holy Trail, a deadly Spell that deals Lightning & Fire Damage Over Time and heals allies that stand on it. Scale your Healing Effectiveness and Lightning & Fire Damage Over Time as much as possible. This build also has decent survivability thanks to the multiple defensive layers it can take advantage of.

Damage
Defense
  • Flat Spell Damage: With the amount of Damage Multipliers this build has access to, you want to stack as much Flat Damage as possible. Nodes like Heavenfire and Sanctuary Guardian grant raw Flat Spell Damage and are extremely valuable for DPS. Your Argent Sceptre grants up to 48 Flat Spell Damage.
  • Increased Healing Effectiveness: This stat grants Flat Spell Damage to Holy Trail thanks to the Path of Judgement Node. Additionally, it improves the amount healed by your healing Skills. Holy Trail Heals for a base 25 HP per second. With the total Healing Effectiveness this build can stack, the Heal can be scaled by more than 10 times.
  • Strength: Javelin and therefore Holy Trail gain 4% Damage per point of Strength. Additionally it grants 4% Armour per point, which adds a nice defensive layer for the build.
  • Elemental Damage Over Time: This powerful Prefix has some of the highest numerical values of any offensive Affix in the game. This is a priority when it comes to scaling this build and its main source of Increased Damage.
  • Sigils Of Hope: With this set up. they grant increased Damage and Healing Effectiveness.
  • % Increased Damage: Anything that increases Lightning & Fire Damage Over Time is welcomed.
  • Volatile Reversal: The Time Rifts and Harbinger of Dust Nodes apply a powerful debuff on your enemies that makes them take additional Damage.
  • Lightning & Fire Penetration: Causes enemies to take extra Lightning Damage. The Conviction Passive grants a good amount. Combine Lunge's Torchbearer and Crusader's Fury Nodes to gain additional Fire Penetration with Lunge.
  • Level of Javelin: Get this Prefix on your Relic to invest more Points into its Skill Tree.
  • Armour Clad: Grants Damage Reduction and is crucial for any Sentinel's survivability.
  • Block Chance: Block is a defensive mechanic that grants a chance to reduce the Damage taken from Hits. Whenever you take a Hit, your Block Chance is rolled to determine if you Block the Hit. On a successful Block, a percentage of the Damage is mitigated. This build can have anywhere between 50% and 100% block. Bastion of Honour is an incredible Shield for the setup.
  • Block Effectiveness: The percentage of Damage reduced on Block depends on how much Block Effectiveness you have. The percentage cannot exceed 85%. The Grand Bones of Eternity blessing is an exceptional source of Block Effectiveness. Additionally, Sentinels have access to the Block Effectiveness Suffix on their Idols.
  • Endurance: It allows you to take up to 60% less Damage while below a certain Health threshold. Your base Endurance Threshold is equal to 20% of your total Health pool.
  • Strength: Grants 4% Armour per point.
  • Armour Mitigation: This setup can get insanely high Armour. Combine the Armour from your Item Implicits, Grand Body of Obsidian Blessing and all the %Armour this build has to reach 40% to 60%+ Mitigation. This is huge on top of all the other defensive layers the build has.
  • Health: This build can stack a decent Health pool that can surpass the 5000 mark. Health is very effective when combined with all the other defensive layers.
  • Increased Healing Effectiveness: This stat improves the amount healed by your healing Skills. Holy Trail triggered by Javelin Heals for a base 25 HP per second. With the total Healing Effectiveness this build can stack, the Heal can be scaled by more than 10 times. Additionally this stat grants Flat Spell Damage to Holy Trail thanks to the Path of Judgement Node.
  • Leech: Grand Hunger of the Void provides tons of Leech for the build.
  • Chill and Slow: Are Ailments that greatly reduce the Action and Movement Speed of your enemies. They are must haves on most builds, especially once you reach hard content with insane speed modifiers. This build struggles to apply Chill as it doesn't hit often, but can apply Slow to enemies reliably with Holy Aura's Demoralizing Aura Node.
  • Frailty: Enemies affected by this Ailment deal 6% less Damage (can stack 3 times). Lunge's Disarming Blow Node is your only reliable source of Frailty with this build.
  • Ward and Ailment Cleansing on Potion Use: Cleanse all Ailments on Potion use.

Our Damage Explained Article covers all you need to know to scale Damage.
Learn all you need to know to scale Defense with our Defense Explained Article.

Loot Filter

Loot Filters are critical in Last Epoch. Making sure you highlight all the related valuable Item Bases, Affixes, Uniques and Idols is crucial to ensure your character's progression. As your gear gets better, remember to hide the rules that are no longer useful to avoid screen clutter.

Here is the Endgame Loot Filter for this build:

Learn how to load and make Filters with our Loot Filter Guide.

Video Guide

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Summary

This holy Paladin creates a Holy Trail every time it throws a Javelin. Holy Trail is a versatile and powerful Spell capable of disintegrating enemies and healing allies simultaneously. Overall this Paladin is an amazing setup capable of completing all the content in the game. It's easy to play, has great AoE and amazing Heals.

  • Aim Javelin carefully, and release it, causing it to leave Holy Trail behind, a deadly Spell that deals Lightning & Fire Damage Over Time.
  • Walk on top of your own Holy Trail to get healed as you funnel enemies into it.
  • Bless yourself and everyone else around you with Holy Aura, a powerful support ability.
  • Maintain 4 Sigils Of Hope up at all times for the amazing buffs they provide.
  • Use Volatile Reversal on top of enemies for extra Damage.
  • While they are not mandatory, Atrophy, Bastion of Honour and Ravenous Void are great Uniques that you want to get to scale the build to its full potential.

Credits

Written by Lizard_IRL.
Reviewed by Aristotelian.

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