A "holy warrior" character class. This is frequently viewed as a combination of the cleric and the fighter.

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Does Divine Sanction overwrite your own Divine Challenge?

So a Paladin technically has two different special marks, Divine Challenge and Divine Sanction. Some effects only work on your Divine Challenge target, and Hybrid paladins deal less damage with their ...
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Does Divine Sense negate Mirror Image?

My players went up against a homebrew creature I made, it was a fallen angel that could cast Mirror Image. Our paladin had the idea to use his Divine Sense ability to be able to tell which Image was ...
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Religion in Forgotten Realms - praying to other race's god

I play dwarven paladin sworn to Haela Brightaxe (dwarven goddess of war luck). Now, our party is travelling and there are no dwarven settlements, we encounter human ones instead. So, obviously, there ...
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How do Sanctuary and Sentinel Interact?

Sanctuary (PHB p 272) is described as: You ward a creature within range against attack. Until the spell ends, any creature who targets the warded creature with an attack or harmful spell must ...
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Paladin's Detect Evil and worn equipment with Evil aura

If a Paladin uses Detect Evil on a single target by a move action, does the eventual aura of their equipment count? Let's say for instance, if the target is Chaotic Neutral and not intending to harm ...
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Is fully-errata'd Hybrid Divine Challenge a No Action or an Immediate Action?

According to the Essentials update 2 (November 2010), both the original Divine Challenge and the Hybrid Divine Challenge damage instance appear to have been errata-ed to be a no action event (yes, ...
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Can a Paladin use Lay on Hands on himself?

Can a paladin use Lay on Hands on himself? Lay on Hands (Cha) When you touch someone, skin to skin, and pray for their well-being , roll+CHA. ✴ On a 10+ you heal 1d8 damage or remove one ...
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What are the Rules-As-Written limits on a Paladin's ability to work with demons? [closed]

The situation came up in my group where a demon offered us a temporary alliance with itself in order to kill a dragon. We have a Paladin in our group. I would have thought a Paladin would flat ...
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Do these Feats + Paladin Relentless Avenger = Redundant? [closed]

Forgive the awkwardness of this question, I'm not sure where to put it or how to flag this, as it's not pertaining to rulings but rather interactions. I'm currently using a Vengeance Paladin that ...
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Unsanctioned Knowledge, best combat buffs for a paladin and small party?

I have a 8th level Oath of Vengeance Paladin (see Iomedae's chosen one - Is there better way to shoot down a lot of enemies?) who specializes in ranged attacks. I'm interested in buffing myself or ...
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'Multiple' Cleric classes for one character

A player wishes to take 5 levels as a positive cleric (Spontaneous Cure) and 5 levels as a negative cleric (Spontaneous Inflict). In both cases the player wants to trade turn/rebuke for paladin auras. ...
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Paladin archer looking to combat optimize my 9th level choices

I am looking for any good point to improve my character. I'd like to be the "rock star" among my companions. This is my first character what i made. I already looked in all known guides: Bodhi's, ...
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Are Wizard spells also Paladin Spells when provided by Sword of the Arcane Order?

Background I have a Paladin that reveres Mystra, and would like to be take as much advantage of spells as possible. The DM has allowed the Serenity feat - which is excellent for reducing MAD. Of ...
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What does the “+½ hit point” favored class bonus mean?

I want to blame this on lack of sleep, but this is just making no sense to me. I'm building a level 10 halfling paladin. It's to replace a PC whose player had to leave for a bit for work, and didn't ...
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How does Improved Divine Smite change the Divine Smite damage cap?

This is a question from a realization brought on by this question and answer on what the wording between Divine Smite and Improved Divine Smite means; and ties in extensively to this separate answer ...
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Improved Divine Smite Differentiation

Improved Divine Smite (PHB, p. 85) says in part: ".... Whenever you hit a creature with a melee weapon, the creature takes an extra 1d8 radiant damage. If you also use your Divine Smite with an ...
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Does Divine Smite Reveal That a Creature Is a Fiend or Undead?

If a player uses Divine Smite on a creature, and unbeknownst to them, that creature is a fiend or undead, does the character learn this? If not, how does the DM ensure that the rules are fair, without ...
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Heal as a paladin spell

By far the best healing spell in the game, heal, is a 6th-level spell for clerics. It’s also found on the Healing domain, again as a 6th-level spell. Various other classes get it as a 6th-level spell, ...
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Is there a Prestige Class or Archetype that mimics the Medician from AD&D 2nd Edition?

Back in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition, one of my favorite Paladin Kits from the Paladin's Handbook was the Medician. The Medician was: Description: The Medician seeks to treat the ...
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What good is a Paladin's Divine Sense against invisibility?

From the PHB: The presence of strong evil registers on your senses like a noxious odor, and powerful good rings like heavenly music in your ears. As an action, you can open your awareness to ...
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Is it possible to choose Channel Divinity options “on the fly”?

If you are a Paladin, are you forced to choose a Channel Divinity option once when you take that feature on your class and then stick with it, or can you choose which option to take when you are using ...
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Variances between 2 'Great Weapon Fighting' entries on purpose?

I had a question about 'Great Weapon Fighting' as it applied to Paladins, which lead me here: Does Great Weapon Fighting apply to Superiority Die rolls? During my research. While the answer cleared ...
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With the Paladin's Divine Smite, can you expend spell slots over 4th?

If I multiclass Caster 18/Paladin 2, could I use higher than 4th level spell slots to use Divine Smite, even if I gain no bonuses to damage for doing so?
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Return once more to the Light Side

In my campaign a level 13 paladin PC is about battle a blackguard. Eventually, the paladin will realize the blackguard is a former colleague who fell from grace. I'm sure the player will want to turn ...
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Can you tell when you've been Smitten?

The Paladin of one of my players is about to encounter a Black Guard during a jousting competition. The Black Guard will probably use smite attacks against him. Would a creature know it is the ...
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Is this Paladin overpowered?

My friends and I are playing a 5e campaign. My other friend is the DM for the group. We have been playing for about a week (we're at level 5). All this time we've had a Paladin who is able to do more ...
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Picking attribute boost or feats as high-stat 5e Paladin

I'm playing Hoard of the Dragon Queen with a group, and I play a Paladin with the following stats: STR 18 DEX 13 CON 14 INT 12 WIS 15 CHA 17 So my stats are already kinda high. When I get to level ...
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Is there anything preventing a Lawful Evil Paladin?

The concept With the vanishing of alignment restrictions on Paladins in 5e, I have been toying with the idea of a (PC or NPC) Lawful Evil Paladin. My particular image is of a Noble background ...
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Help me re-find this role-playing story

I want to find this story again to inspire my fellow newer players to break the mold of role-playing. I remember reading an incredibly inspiring [D&D probably] story about a player who was ...
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Why do Vengeance Paladins get Banishment twice?

Typo perhaps? They released an Errata for the 5E PHB but this was not touched on. In the Paladin Spell lists (PHB, p. 209), the spell Banishment is listed at 4th level for all Paladins. On page 88 ...
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Does a Paladin's Mount retain a cart when dismissed and called?

The Paladin's Mount states: The mount also appears wearing or carrying any gear it had when it was last dismissed. Mounts and Related Gear has: Cart This two-wheeled vehicle can be ...
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What Paladin fighting styles are usable while wild shaped?

What fighting style, if any, can I choose from Paladin 2 that will help in beast form? I have a plan for a half orc Paladin/Druid build, but I want to make sure this aspect of the build works before I ...
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Does Smite work while wild-shaped?

Does Smite work in beast form? I have a plan for a half orc Paladin/Druid build, but I want to make sure this aspect of the build works before I play the character.
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Can an undead character use a paladin's turn undead ability?

I'm planning a NPC for a campaign I'm getting ready to run. The NPC is a paladin who was killed and returned as a revenant. Within the revenant description they mention that some revenants can keep ...
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Paladin + Multi-Attack + Smite = Overpowered? [closed]

In the AL game that I run a player's paladin rocks the polearm master paladin. He has been able to triple smite every big boss that I've thrown at him so far leaving me feeling a sense similar to an ...
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What does the paladin spell list hold for an already versatile caster? [closed]

I am considering playing a cleric//wizard gestalt character in an upcoming campaign set in Eberron. I haven't picked a race, but I'm considering taking, on the wizard side, the prestige class silver ...
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What is a fair trade for a Paladin's mount in exchange for alternate abilities, feats, and skills, in dungeons and dragons 3.5?

I never use my mount for my level six swordsman/archer paladin, and I need a good idea to approach the DM with, he offered me a bonus feat instead, is that fair?
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Things a Paladin with low Wis/Cha can do with his spellcasting ability?

One of my players was fairly new to the game back when he made his Paladin, and decided to emphasise heavily on Strength/Constitution. However it's now a bit later into the game and he has reached the ...
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Paladin Smite Spells and the Steed: Can either or both trigger the damage?

Short question How does the family of Smite spells work when a Paladin is mounted on a Paladin's Steed that was summoned by Find Steed spell? Steed and Paladin share the effects of some spells. ...
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How do you decide when a paladin has fallen from grace in DnD 5e?

There does not seem to be a clear-cut way to determine when a paladin's actions have become egregious enough to justify them breaking their oath. Do a lot of minor slights eventually add up and cause ...
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What happens when a Paladin falls from grace?

It is stated that when a Paladin falls from grace and does not repent, they must either become an Oathbreaker or choose a new class, but what exactly happens when they fall from grace? Does the ...
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Paladin/Warlock sharing spell slots

I have a conundrum. I have a multiclassed 6th Paladin/ 5th Warlock character. With 6 levels of paladin, I have 4/2 spell slots, and as a 5th warlock, I have 2 spells that are cast as a 3rd level slot. ...
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Can a Paladin sense a Tiefling?

With respect to the Paladin's ability "Divine Sense" ability in 5th edition, would it be possible to argue that they could sense a Tiefling due to their infernal heritage? Both RAW and RAI points are ...
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How can I get the most synergy out of this Paladin/Warlock multi-class combination?

I'm planning on playing a Paladin/Warlock in an upcoming game and I've picked the Oath of Vengeance, and Great Old One Patron/Pact of Tome. I've made my backstory (island home sunk when invaded by ...
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What would you roll for “attacking” an enemy with Lay On Hands?

The paladin ability lay on hands requires you to touch the target. However, it looks like there are no touch rules for AC in 5e. Would this then mean that laying hands on a hostile enemy counts as a ...
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warlock blade fiend [closed]

Hello guys I am thinking of making a warlock/paladin character for the upcoming Elemental Evil adventure league. So far I have read up on the fighter 1/warlock 19 build Optimal Dragonborn Warlock for ...
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What is the maximum damage done by Divine Smite?

This is a mechanics question pertaining to the maximum allowed damage for the Paladin's Divine Smite ability. Divine Smite: "...you can expend one [Spell Slot] to deal Radiant damage in addition ...
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Is shared defense a zone effect or a granted boon?

For the Paladin, a Divine Defender, this is an alternative to a mercy. Shared Defense (Su) At 3rd level, a divine defender can spend one use of her lay on hands ability as a standard action ...
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If I multiclass into Paladin, can I use up any class's spell slots for Divine Smite?

Divine Smite: Starting at 2nd level, when you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack, you can expend one paladin spell slot to deal radiant damage to the target, in addition to the weapon's ...
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Optimizing Paladin's Ability Score Bonuses

I'm currently playing an about-to-be Level 4 Paladin. This is my first opportunity to select an ability score bonus and I'm stuck on the optimal ability score bonus to choose. My role is a two handed ...