Paladins get the Divine Health feature at level 3:

By 3rd level, the divine magic flowing through you makes you immune to disease.

If a were-animal bites a paladin of level 3 or higher, would they be immune to turning into a lycanthrope themselves? I know people say lycanthropy is a curse, but is it also considered a disease?

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Paladins aren't immune, because lycanthropy isn't a disease.

Lycanthropes and lycanthropy are described in the Monster Manual (p. 206):

One of the most ancient and feared of all curses, lycanthropy can transform the most civilized humanoid into a ravening beast. In its natural humanoid form, a creature cursed by lycanthropy appears as its normal self.


Curse of Lycanthropy. A humanoid creature can be afflicted with the curse of lycanthropy after being wounded by a lycanthrope, or if one or both of its parents are lycanthropes. A remove curse spell can rid an afflicted lycanthrope of the curse, but a natural born lycanthrope can be freed of the curse only with a wish.

The description continues in much the same way. As you can see, lycanthropy is repeatedly described as a "curse", not as a "disease". As such, the paladin's Divine Health feature provides no protection against it.


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