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, druids get it as a 7th-level spell, and adepts, interestingly enough, get it as a 5th-level spell.
But paladins can only cast spells of up to 4th level, and of the above, only the Healing domain is capable of adding spells on to some list.
So, is there any way to add heal to the paladin’s spell list, such that a non-epic paladin could cast it? Alternate class features and variant (base-class1) paladins are acceptable, as are feats, prestige classes, and any other shenanigans you can find. The less abusive the method, however, the more preferred the option is.
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The goal is to enable swift-action heal via Battle Blessing.
- Please note that I am talking strictly about the paladin base class, and not the prestigious paladin variant found in Unearthed Arcana. Obviously, a cleric playing under that variant could trivially take paladin as a prestige class, and then the entire cleric spell list becomes, effectively (arguably), paladin spells. That is not a solution here.