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

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Any way to overcome a Paladin's immunity to disease without GM fiat?

Is there any way to overcome a paladin's immunity to disease without a gm fiat? The goal is to make a paladin able to fall ill through any means possible without him losing his immunity, but instead ...
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Which Paladin's Sacred Oath does the most damage?

This is my first time playing a Paladin. He just reached Level 3 and I am torn between all the Sacred Oaths. They all seem to have their advantages and disadvantages. I use the Great Weapon fighting ...
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What happens when I dismount my steed after sharing an AoE spell with it?

The spell Spirit Guardians is a 15' AoE spell with a range of Self, and it is a Concentration spell that lasts for 10 minutes. (PHB, 278) Find Steed includes the following: (PHB, 240) While ...
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As a 5e Vengeance Paladin, how do I get a bonus action? [duplicate]

super nooby question. I just started playing and have noticed that the paladin class has spells with a cast time of '1 bonus action'. So...how do I gain the ability to take a Bonus Action?
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Which feat to pick at 4th level to maximize damage for a sword-and-board duelist Vengeance paladin?

I'm going to be hitting level 4 soon on my Tiefling Oath of Vengeance Paladin with Soldier background. His stats currently are: STR: 15 / DEX: 13/ CON: 13 / INT: 10 / WIS: 10 / CHA: 15 (we did the ...
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How does uses of Channel Energy work for a multiclass Cleric/Paladin?

I have a Cleric/Paladin and, at the next level, my paladin should be able to use Channel Energy. On the paladin's page, it says that A paladin uses her level as her effective cleric level when ...
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Does spell resistance from Oath of Ancients protect against dragon breath attacks?

I'm trying to find some clarification on something that seems a little vague to me: I'm going to be turning level 7 soon as a Paladin, and my oath gives me resistance against spell damage. I'm not ...
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Mounted Combat - Specifics for this turn

I have a level 8 paladin, mounted combatant feat, who will be riding a celestial warhorse via find steed. As level 8, my paladin gets 2 attacks per round. The horse will be fitted with horseshoes of ...
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Paladin of Vengeance: Powerful Justice?

At 11th level, an oathbound paladin may spends one use of her smite evil ability to grant her allies within 10 feet the ability to smite evil, except they only gain the paladin’s bonus to damage, ...
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How does Aura of Protection work with multiple paladins?

If multiple paladins are present, do members of their party receive both of their charisma modifiers on top of saving throws? For example: Two paladins, one with a CHA score of 16, one with 18, are ...
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Can a Paladin's Steed act like a Ranger's animal companion

So can a Paladin's steed, not using it as a mount, attack and perform other task through your command like a Ranger's animal companion since it says in the player's handbook under the Find Steed spell ...
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How to tank up as a Paladin [closed]

Our last encounter was (apparently) 5 levels higher than us, and we killed it pretty quickly. That said, I took quite a chunk of damage (about half my health in one round), so I'm looking to tank up. ...
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How do paladin and ranger class levels add up for multiclass spellcasting?

From page 164 of the phb: Spell Slots. You determine your available spell slots by adding together all your levels in the bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, and wizard classes, half your levels (...
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Warding Bond on Self through a Find Steed mount

Could I, as a paladin mounted on a mount summoned as per the Find Steed spell, cast Warding Bond so that I am granted the +1 to AC & Saving Throws and so that I get the resistance to damage and ...
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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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How are Paladins made? [closed]

I'm trying to construct a D&D 5e dragonborn paladin character for my first game, and what I'm struggling to work into my character's backstory is: how did he become a paladin? Like, how does ...
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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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Can a paladin use his Divine Smite/Improved Divine Smite when using the Tentacle Rod?

Divine Smite can be used when the player makes a successful melee attack and at level 11 improved divine smite automatically adds 1d8 damage to all melee attacks. When wielding the tentacle rod you ...
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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 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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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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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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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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How do I play a paladin without being a stick in the mud?

What are some tips for/examples of an epitome-of-good type paladin who does not disrupt the 'sinful' fun of the rest of the group? As an example of the type of paladin I'm talking about, one of the ...
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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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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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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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What types of damage are affected by the lance special rule?

When using a lance while charging on a mount, the rules say that it deals double damage. My question is, what all damage is doubled? From what I can find, the die roll and strength bonus are doubled, ...
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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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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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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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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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Does the Paladin's Code apply to evil foes, such as demons?

Everyone knows a paladin risks falling for violating the paladin's Code (i.e., don't steal, don't lie, don't sneak, warn a foe you're attacking, and all that crazy paladin jazz). However, a paladin ...
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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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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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'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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...