Skills & Passives

Learn about the Skills, Gameplay and Passives for the Smite Shield Throw Paladin Build.

Shield Throw

Shield Throw is your means of creating Smite procs. Shield Barrage allows us to spam the skill while Polished Steel keeps the mana cost at 0. Armoring Aegis dramatically boosts our Armour while Eruption gives us more ailment applications.

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Sigils Of Hope

Sigils Of Hope provides valuable buffs, but with a high Mana cost that we use to keep our mana low for Devotion. Empowering Sigils provides extra damage. On defense Iron Sigils gives Endurance Threshold and Sign of the Guardian improves our Block. Enduring Hope and Word of Alacrity smooth out the play style.

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Smite is your primary damage and is procced through Chance To Cast Smite When You Hit With Throwing Attacks. It already has good single target damage, and by adding Unbalanced Scale you also get very good clear Conviction is needed to crit cap. Keep this off your bar and use Shield Rush as your Movement Skill.

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Javelin provides us with both healing and additional damage through Smite. Due to the lower proc rate of Shield Throw on single target, this skill is ultimately a better damage boost on bosses than Volatile Reversal. The healing from Banner of Restoration is also excellent.

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Holy Aura

Holy Aura is a strong support ability that provides powerful buffs to you and allies. This setup focuses on granting defenses with Shelter from the Storm and Purification plus tons of Throwing Attack Speed from the Expedite and Fanaticism Nodes, with the Haste buff on top!

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Alternative Skills & Tips

  • If you want to be able to auto cast Sigils Of Hope using the Num Lock trick you need to take Exigency. Note that you have much less control over your mana this way and won't be able to burn it at the start of a boss fight for maximum damage, so we do not recommend this.
  • If you find yourself crit capped and you don't need to invest the full 5 points in Conviction on the Smite tree, you can instead allocate those points to either Blinding Flash or Deep Impact. The DPS gains are very similar.
  • If Shield Throw is not at 0 mana in your setup, you can tank a point out of Fleet of Foot and place it in Polished Steel to further reduce the mana cost.


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, Holy Icon and Defiance provide tons of Resistances. Use them as needed.
  3. Place at least 1 Point into Gladiator, Steel Aegis, Honour and Shield Wall for the Block Chance.
  4. The stats granted by Reverence of Duality are extremely powerful.
  5. 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.


This Paladin uses Shield Throw to proc Smite, which calls down Lightning upon the battlefield. Remember that you don't need Smite on your Skill bar. 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 Sigils Of Hope until you're low mana to maximize the damage gained from Devotion.
  • Spam Shield Throw at enemies. Stand close to them to maximize damage.
  • Use unspecced Shield Rush or Lunge to move across the map.
  • Cast Javelin and Holy Aura on top of enemies for their buffs and extra Damage.
  • Maintain 4 Sigils Of Hope up at all times while also using it to keep your mana low.


  • Rush to the objective with unspecced Shield Rush or Lunge.
  • Proc the Haste buff from Holy Aura's Expedite Node for the additional Movement Speed.
  • Be careful not to backtrack when using Volatile Reversal.
  • Group mobs before using Javelin and Holy Aura to maximize their Buffs. Stand in Javelin to maintain consistent healing and lead enemies into it.
  • For large groups, use Shield Throw while staying on the move to maximize clear and reduce incoming damage.


  • Burn your mana with Sigils Of Hope just before engaging the boss.
  • Take advantage of all your defensive buffs and keep them active.
  • Actively use Holy Aura to double the effect of its buffs.
  • Use Javelin to ramp up your damage then spam Hammer Throw, staying as close as you can to the boss to maximize damage and the potential for multiple hits from the same hammer. Take advantage of the high healing from Javelin when needed.
  • Keep unspecced Shield Rush off Cooldown for emergency situations or telegraphed Boss attacks.

Advanced Skill Tips

  • Proc the Haste buff from Holy Aura's Expedite Node before using Shield Rush. The additional Movement Speed gained by the buff applies to the entire duration of Shield Rush, even if the buff expires.
  • Standing in Javelins banner aura increases your sustain substantially while also leading enemies into Smite procs, so use this strategically to maximize both survivability and DPS!
  • Try to use Shield Throw often to maintain high amounts of Armour. The Damage Reduction you get from this skill is huge.

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