Are you kidding me the Assasin is probably the most powerful character in the game, especially if you go for those fire traps, against Baal I just kept throwing those fire bombs at him and summoning my shadow warriors to keep him distracted, damn Baal was pathetically easy with that, I beat Diablo II the first time around with the assasin, next to the assasin the druid is probably the most powerful class in the game, i.e. you can get a whole swarm of crows(who can't get hit) to wear down your enemies while sending dire wolves and other summoned creatures at the guy, personally I think the assasin or druid to be the most powerful classes in the game, but not the most fun, somehow it was just to easy with those classes, so I restarted the game with a paladin(the class I beat the orignal diablo II with), and definitely had a lot more fun.
Sure the paladin isn't as good as a warrior as the Barbarian, nor can he summon a horde of creatures to do destroy his enemies, nor hit his enemies from afar(with the exception of the holy bolt, but this works only against undead, by the way holy bolt is a really kickass thing to put points into as you can use it to kill undead and heal your characters), the paladin is a rather weak warrior but thats why he was so fun, upgrading him getting him armor, dashing in with the old sword whacking at your enemies, then running away drink a few potions then run right back in, it was a lot more satisfying, he actually took some damage, plus I just really like doing close in fighting, the barbarian and assasin was to powerful. But anyway single players the paladin is really powerful, especially if you put points into holy freeze(this freezes your enemies slowing them often when you hit them you just shatter them), holy fire is useful for when you spoiler**********
encounter those bug swarms in the second level, just having it on burns them up in no time, to me the paladin simply rates very high on the coolness factor, even if he is a goody goody.
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