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 play the character


All of the Fighting Styles available to the Paladin either require you to be wielding a weapon in one hand, wielding a weapon in both hands, wielding a shield, or wearing armour, so by default, you can't use any of them while Wild Shaped. A generous DM might let you use a weapon or shield while Wild Shaped into something like an Ape, but I wouldn't.

However, you should be able to take advantage of the barding rules:

Barding. Barding is armor designed to protect an animal’s head, neck, chest, and body. Any type of armor shown on the Armor table in this chapter can be purchased as barding. The cost is four times the equivalent armor made for humanoids, and it weighs twice as much.

Then, when you Wild Shape into the animal, one of your allies can put the barding on you. This should allow you to gain the benefits of the Defense Fighting Style.

There is another possibility - if your DM allows you to ignore the (entirely arbitrary) restrictions on which Fighting Styles the Paladin can choose, you could take the Archery Fighting Style. It says:

You gain a +2 bonus to attack rolls you make with ranged weapons.

So if you Wild Shape into an animal that has a ranged weapon attack (like the Ape, for example), the Archery Fighting Style should still function. It's definitely worth asking your DM about.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Not sure about 5e, but in 3.5 natural weapons were still weapons – is that not the case here? \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Jun 28 '15 at 14:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan They are, but the Fighting Styles available to Paladins require you to be wielding a weapon in one hand or wielding a weapon in both hands. That said, you've given me an idea for something to add, so thanks! \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Jun 28 '15 at 14:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Miniman Oh I see... It could, considering you'd only be wearing non-metal armor, right? So the barding also must not be metal. \$\endgroup\$ – daze413 Jun 29 '15 at 0:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Miniman But the OP would be a burly half orc. It just might fit an ape ;) \$\endgroup\$ – daze413 Jun 29 '15 at 0:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ @daze413 In the end it's up to the DM. I wouldn't let it fly, other DMs might. In any case it's probably time to clean up most of these comments. \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Jun 29 '15 at 1:16

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