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I was poking around and looking at the Paladin and liked their lay on hands class feature. I, however, do not like the Paladin itself. So I was wondering if there were abilities one could acquire that work like Lay on Hands without being a paladin.

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What part of Lay on Hands are you after? Healing, possibly by touch? Ability to damage undead in the same spell? Allotment of healing points per day rather than uses per day? All of the above? –  Jonathan Hobbs Apr 4 '13 at 7:11
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Is it the LG alignment requirement of the Paladin that you don't like or the class as a whole? –  Discord Apr 4 '13 at 14:17
    
Well, Paladin has a code, the code can be broken and bad things happen when that does happen. ive also been tormented as a DM by Detect Evil. Im 1 Derailed Session from giving detect evil the [evil] descriptor. –  Novian Apr 4 '13 at 14:27
    
@Novian I was going to mention the Paladin of Freedom alternate class features from Unearthed Arcana as a way to play a CG Paladin instead of a LG, but I'm pretty sure that has the same issue with Detect Evil. :) –  Discord Apr 4 '13 at 20:49
    
I ment Derailed campaigns from a GM's Perspective. that is why i refuse to play paladin. because Paladins can unwittingly derail a campaign. without any effort or powergaming. –  Novian Apr 4 '13 at 22:02
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A quick list of non-paladin ways to get Lay on Hands:

  • Hospitaler prestige class (Complete Divine p48) - level 1
  • Champion of Corellon Larethian prestige class (Races of the Wild p113) - level 1, named "Corellon's blessing"
  • Knight of the Pearl prestige class (Stormwrack p52) - level 1

Of these, only Champion is somewhat useful.

Depending on what exactly do you require of "similar" ability, you may also want to take a look at

  • Touch of Vitality, class feature of Dragon Shaman (Player's Handbook 2, p14)
  • ex-cleric Defiant, prestige class (Planar Handbook p44), 1 level of cleric traded
  • Sentinel of Bharrai prestige class (Book of Exalted Deeds p69), 7th level

Of these, Touch of Vitality and Sentinel of Bharrai are usable - the latter being a full-caster prestige class and the former being a class feature of a half-decent class.

There may be more.

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this is what I was looking for thank you. –  Novian Apr 4 '13 at 14:25
    
Dragon Shaman is a really weak class. The breath weapon is low-damage and the recharge is problematic, and the auras are generally quite weak and suffer from DMs (consciously or not) countering them by bumping up enemies' stats by an equal amount, making the Dragon Shaman's presence kind of pointless. –  KRyan Apr 4 '13 at 15:51
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low-damage is fixed by entangling exhalation. auras are swapped for invocations. while I don't argue that it is anyhow strong, my point is that it is usable. –  Jeor Mattan Apr 4 '13 at 16:07
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If healing is what's desired, may as well include wholeness of body too. +1 good finds –  LitheOhm Apr 4 '13 at 17:47
    
I was about to mention that. Dragon Shaman isnt Weak per se. just weaker than some of the alternatives. and it depends on the level of Optimization the group in question is capable of doing. –  Novian Apr 4 '13 at 22:04
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