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

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How has the Holy Avenger (or Holy Sword, or similar “holy” weapons meant for paladins) changed through the editions of D&D?

A follow-up on this Q&A regarding the origins of the Holy Avenger and similar "holy" weapons in the Forgotten Realms, and in D&D more generally. As noted there, the Realms have experienced ...
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What was the first published appearance of the Holy Avenger (or Holy Sword, or similar “holy” weapons meant for paladins) in the Forgotten Realms?

Anyone who has ever played D&D surely knows of the holy avenger, the mighty magical sword whose true power manifests only in the hands of a paladin. For purposes of a campaign to be set in the ...
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What action does it take to activate a paladin's bonded weapon's special abilities?

Paladin's Divine Bond special ability has the following text under the first option: These bonuses can be added to the weapon, stacking with existing weapon bonuses to a maximum of +5, or they ...
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What balance issues would arise from a Chaotic Good Paladin?

I have long been annoyed by the inability of Chaotic Good warriors to become empowered by their unwavering faith in freedom and human decency, and so am considering a custom archetype that would allow ...
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Does the UA Oath of Treachery paladin's Cull the Herd ability (from the Aura of Treachery feature) have a limit on the number of times it can be used?

The UA Oath of Treachery paladin (from Unearthed Arcana: Paladin) gets the Aura of Treachery feature at 7th level, which gives them this benefit (in addition to another one, Treacherous Strike): ...
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Balance Implications of Changing Divine Smite To Necrotic Damage? [duplicate]

I have a True Neutral Paladin that is also a Fallen Aasimar. He has fully embraced darkness, letting it into his heart and spurned his celestial heritage. He hasn't gone fully evil purely because he ...
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Balance Implications of Divine Smite Doing Necrotic Damage?

I have a True Neutral Paladin that is also a Fallen Aasimar. He has fully embraced darkness, letting it into his heart and spurned his celestial heritage. He hasn't gone fully evil purely because he ...
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If an Oath of Devotion paladin uses Sacred Weapon on the Shadow Blade spell, do they lose advantage from attacking a target in dim light?

The Oath of Devotion paladin gets the Sacred Weapon Channel Divinity option at 3rd level: As an action, you can imbue one weapon that you are holding with positive energy, using your Channel ...
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Mounted combat - move, attack, disengage, move. Possible? [duplicate]

Paladin, Mounted Combatant feat, Great axe, riding a Warhorse. I'd like to ride 30ft to the mob, bash him with my axe, have the steed disengage, and ride 30ft back. Can I do this? Jeremy seems to ...
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What level spells can a level 3 paladin cast?

Paladins don't get access to spellcasting until level 2. Once they are level 2 can they now cast both level 1 and level 2 spells in their list or only level 1 spells (since they couldn't cast ...
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Does the Paladin's Aura of Protection affect only either her or ONE ally in range?

Aura of Protection on PHB p. 85 states: Starting at 6th level, whenever you or a friendly creature within 10 feet of you must make a saving throw, the creature gains a bonus to the saving throw ...
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Are there any errata corrections for the epic Paladin's Turn Undead and Remove Disease progressions?

In my campaign the level 20 paladin PC is about to hit level 21 and I noticed 3.5 DMG page 208 states: Turn Undead (Su):The paladin turns undead as a cleric of two levels lower, as normal. ...
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What are the hit points for a Low Born Cavalier Paladin?

In Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Unearthed Arcana, the low born paladin has to earn experience points as a 0 level Cavalier Horseman and Lancer, according to page 16. However, it doesn't explain how ...
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What kinds of Mounts can a Paladin get besides Warhorse?

I distinctly recall AD&D paladins being able to have mounts like griffons, dragons, and planar variants, but I cannot locate these rules. I'm aware Cavalier Paladins had some of these, though I'm ...
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The Passive Wisdom (Perception) score of my character on D&D Beyond seems too high

I just made a 7th-level Dragonborn Vengeance Paladin character on D&D Beyond. It says his Passive Wisdom (Perception) is 18, but I don't understand how they calculated that number. The ...
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What are good multiclass options for a 6th-level cleric wanting to help in the front line? [closed]

Last session my group and I reached 6th level. As a cleric of the Life Domain, I got access to all the class features that I wanted out of being a cleric. Now I seek to branch out to being more ...
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Are there any ways to give a ranger Turn Undead?

A sequel to this question, where I apparently missed the fact that Prestige Paladin has Turn Undead as a prerequisite. So how about it: are there any ranger variants, ACFs, feats, races, or anything ...
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Is paladin mount advancement strictly tied to paladin class level?

The SRD has a table on paladin mount advancement that seems to be linked to paladin level. I was wondering how this interacted with multiclassing and prestige classes. Does the paladin mount advance ...
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Does the level increase from Bracers of the Merciful Knight increase the number of rounds of Fast Healing for the Injured Mercy?

I know that the Bracers of the Merciful Knight increase the base healing of Lay on Hands and the number of times per day that a Paladin can use it. Do you also take the +4 levels into consideration ...
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Are there ways for paladin to regain their dead special mount faster?

When the paladin's special mount dies, the paladin can't summon it for 30 days or when they level up, whichever comes faster. I understand it is so that the paladin can't abuse their mount as a ...
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Can I get a paladin's steed by True Polymorphing into a monster that can cast Find Steed?

I am examining niche ways to cast Find Steed. I'm specifically interested in ones that don't require me to take levels in Bard, Thief Rogue, Wizard, or Paladin. I had the idea that I could True ...
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Will the paladin's Cleansing Touch or the Arcana cleric's Spell Breaker feature end the Feeblemind spell?

The Feeblemind spell provides a list of things that can end the spell, but it may or may not be exhaustive. Can the effects of the spell be ended by the Paladin's Cleansing Touch feature or the ...
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Do you need a weapon for Thunderous Smite, and the other 'Smite' spells?

Since unarmed strikes are considered melee weapon attacks, and the 'smite' spells don't have the same restriction as booming blade or green flame blade (the part where it requires "a weapon" in ...
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Do the spells of the paladin's oaths works like cantrips? [closed]

When a paladin gets to the third level, it can choose an oath from the paladins oaths. This oath gives certain abilities and spells that act "naturally" for the oath. This means that it doesn't need ...
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Is there any way for a ranger to be able to cast the Protection from Evil spell?

I'm working on a build, and wondering if I can get early entry to Prestige Paladin via Ranger. One of the requirements is the ability to cast protection from evil, so I was wondering if there's a way ...
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How would the Beacon of Hope spell interact with the paladin's Lay on Hands feature?

How would the beacon of hope spell interact with the paladin's Lay on Hands feature? Logically, I'm thinking it won't have any effect, as Lay on Hands heals an exact amount of hp (in my opinion, they ...
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How would an evil Oath of Devotion Paladin work? [closed]

So I can see Oath of Vengeance (to a degree) working with an evil paladin, I can also see Conquest, Trickery and obviously Oathbroken, but since 5e doesn't restrict alignments on classes, I'm curious ...
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Do Paladin Auras of Differing Oaths Stack?

If multiple paladins (say an Oath of the Ancients paladin and an Oath of Devotion paladin) are in close proximity, do the effects of Aura of Devotion and Aura of Warding both apply? Or does their ...
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Do natural melee weapons (from racial traits) trigger Improved Divine Smite?

Following up on Does Improved Divine Smite trigger when a paladin makes an unarmed strike? Improved Divine Smite will not trigger on an unarmed strike. Context The paladin in my campaign – ...
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Does Improved Divine Smite trigger when a paladin makes an unarmed strike?

Context The paladin in my game frequently uses his backhand to "correct" the ranger/assassin/warlock. The table enjoys these social interactions, as part of their bromance. It mostly happens out of ...
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Does a paladin have to announce that they're using Divine Smite before attacking?

I'm curious about the use of a paladin's Divine Smite. Does a player need to announce they are using it before they make the attack roll?
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Is a Sarenrae Paladin who threatens and coerces teammates into following a code of honor, in violation of that code of honor? [closed]

Our party is going through a Kingmaker-type campaign and is currently made of: One splendid half-orc, ex Gladiator, CN and pretty friendly Two twins tieflings, a CN Rogue-Sorcerer and a CN Rogue-Bard,...
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When does the Oath of Vengeance paladin's Powerful Justice ability expire?

The Oath of Vengeance paladin's Powerful Justice replaces the paladin's normal Aura of Justice: Powerful Justice (Su) At 11th level, an oathbound paladin may spends one use of her smite evil ...
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How should I handle a paladin player character killing foes after they surrender? [closed]

Recently my players were raiding a criminal headquarters. These were not nice people: drug runners, loan sharks, things like that. However, as the fight went poorly and they were unable to run away, ...
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Can a Paladin use Divine Smite when attacking a creature immune to the weapon's damage type?

Prompted by this question about Sneak Attack and Immunities, it seems a character can hit (although for 0 damage) with a weapon which deals damage to which the target is immune. What would be the ...
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Why does this WotC pregenerated human paladin have an Int modifier of +1 if their Int score is 11?

On this page, WotC provides a bunch of pregenerated characters. I noticed that the level 1 human paladin (from the .zip file linked here) has an intelligence score of 11, but a modifier of +1. How ...
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How, other than Hallow, can a place or object be consecrated or desecrated, so that it would be detected by Divine Sense or Detect Evil and Good?

The paladin's Divine Sense feature allows the paladin to ...detect the presence of any place or object that has been consecrated or desecrated, as with the hallow spell. Similarly, the spell ...
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Can a paladin's Divine Sense detect if an object is cursed?

We ran in to this situation recently. The paladin of the group claimed that his Divine Sense can detect if an object is cursed or not. Is that really the case? I found that a bit overpowered, but we ...
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Does a multiclassed paladin gain oath spells based on character level or paladin level?

Say my character is a level 6 Oath of Vengeance paladin, multiclassed with a level 3 sorcerer (of unspecified subclass). At level 6, paladins do not have access to 3rd-level spells. The character's ...
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Does the Fear spell work with an Oath of Conquest paladin's Aura of Conquest?

Oath of Conquest paladins emanate an Aura of Conquest starting at 7th level (XGtE, p. 38): Starting at 7th level, you constantly emanate an aura while you're not incapacitated. The aura extends 10 ...
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Is there a feat akin to the Fighter's Action Surge which is available to other classes?

While reading the comments of this answer, I came across the following statement : ... if you still have 5 slots you can still use the [Divine] Smite 5× in a round(with 2 attacks, times two with a ...
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How does the paladin's Divine Smite damage interact with a Zombie's Undead Fortitude trait?

Imagine this scenario: A zombie has 8 HP. This is zombie's turn, it triggers an opportunity attack from Paladin, which uses Divine Smite. Warhammers' bludgeoning damage is 4, and the radiant damage ...
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Does the undead controlled by the Oathbreaker paladin's Control Undead ability get advantage/disadvantage on the saving throw?

I have two questions about my Oathbreaker paladin's relationship to the undead. When I use my Control Undead Channel Divinity option, I can take control of an undead. My question is "Does the turn ...
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Is my multiclassed paladin/fighter/sorcerer built according to the rules? [closed]

I wanna preface this by saying I'm a D&D fanboy/wannabe, Baldur's Gate and Critical Role is the closest I've ever gotten to playing the game. One of the things I love about any game is character ...
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Do the Dueling fighting style, Divine Smite, and Oath of Devotion paladin's Sacred Weapon Channel Divinity option stack?

I was in DM'ing a game the other day when the party's Level 3 Paladin one-hit KO'd a minor boss. Here's how he did it: Total damage = two-handed longsword (1d10) + Str modifier (+2) + Dueling ...
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What would happen if a Centaur Oath of the Ancients Paladin used Turn the Faithless?

Centaurs have the Fey trait (Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, pg. 16): Fey. Your creature type is fey, rather than humanoid. Since Centaurs are Fey, if a Centaur was also a Oath of the Ancients ...
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Is it reasonable to punish a paladin for breaking an oath to protect a creature they did not realize was a major antagonist? [closed]

Backstory The events of my homebrew campaign take place after the fall of a powerful mage tyrant, assumed dead. About 6 sessions ago, my players recovered a living horse and dead human from a "...
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Is it possible to smite with ranged weapons using either Branding Smite or Banishing smite?

Most of the paladin's smite spells start out with The next time you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack... or The first time you hit with a melee weapon attack... Neither Branding smite ...
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Can Lay on Hands be used to both heal hit points and remove diseases/poisons with the same action?

The Paladin's Lay on Hands feature says: As an action, you can touch a creature and [...] restore a number of hit points to that creature. It also goes on to say: Alternatively, you can expend ...
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What feature or ability lets a paladin share Smite Evil with her party?

What is the feat/trait/spell that allows a Paladin to share her smite evil with her party? I cannot find it anywhere.