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Is Divine Smite part of a weapons damage, when you calculate damage for the Concentration save DC?

I was just wondering...when a paladin divine smites, is that part of the damage DC counted for rolling to see if you maintain a spell?
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Does the Flame Blade spell count as a melee weapon that can be used with the paladin's Divine Smite feature?

With the release of the new Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse, the revamped Fire Genasi trait "Reach to the Blaze" now allows the race access to the flame blade spell: [...] ...
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Can a Paladin smite using an unarmed attack if they’re wearing Demon Armor?

Since Demon Armor turns the wearer’s unarmed strikes into magic weapons can a Paladin smite with their unarmed strikes while wearing it?
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Is it overpowered to allow a Paladin in a 3.5e game to use the Pathfinder 1e version of Smite Evil?

Is it overpowered to allow a Paladin in a DnD 3.5 game to use the Pathfinder 1st Edition version of Smite Evil? It lasts the whole combat rather than just the selected attack.
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Can a paladin stack Divine Smite, Thunderous Smite, and Wrathful Smite?

Is it possible to cast wrathful smite then on the next turn use Divine Smite and thunderous smite stacking with the effects of wrathful smite on the first attack? If not, can I instead cast wrathful ...
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If a paladin has a negative Charisma modifier, how many times can they use the Divine Sense feature (per long rest)?

The description of the paladin's Divine Sense feature says, in part: You can use this feature a number of times equal to 1 + your Charisma modifier. When you finish a long rest, you regain all ...
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What's the best Paladin subclass to multiclass into for a Hexblade warlock with the Great Weapon Master feat?

I'm currently playing a Hexblade Warlock in a campaign who's considering picking up a Paladin multiclass. It will be for a maximum of 6 levels, so not enough for the 7th-level Sacred Oath feature. His ...
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Can a paladin use Divine Smite with unarmed strikes, but not Improved Divine Smite?

In the Player's Handbook, it says that paladins can use Divine Smite when they make a melee weapon attack. That seems to mean that I can use Divine Smite when I attack with my fists (I think, based on ...
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Does Paladin Aura of Protection apply to a Dream messenger?

Short backstory: The party was freed from imprisonment by a cult member who then ran off to make a distraction, to facilitate the party's escape. It's been several in-game months now and the party has ...
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If a paladin that used sacred weapon on a two handed weapon takes one hand off the weapon does sacred weapon dispell?

I realise it sounds strange but, if a paladin were to cast sacred weapon on a two handed great sword then use one hand to cast another spell would sacred weapon stop working? I am having a discussion ...
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Should Vow of Enmity or Hexblade's Curse be deployed first? [closed]

Imagine an Oath of Vengeance Paladin 3 / Hexblade 1. This is the big boss, and the character wants to use both Vow of Enmity and Hexblade's Curse on the same target. Vow of Enmity gives advantage on ...
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How does Divine Weapon Bond (Paladin) work with Sacred Avenger?

According to Sacred Avenger: This +3 cold iron longsword becomes a +5 holy defiant cold iron longsword in the hands of a paladin or a lawful good mythic creature. If the creature wielding this weapon ...
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What happens if a Paladin has a crisis of faith?

We have a long-running D&D 5e game in which there is a Paladin who worships a god invented by the Kuo-toa. Per the Monster Manual: Kuo-toa worship gods of their own insane creation, but if enough ...
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Is Empowered Spell compatible with Divine Smite? (using Booming Blade)

Okay this is a complicated one, so I am unsure whether it works and might need some deep diving into text, but I'm curious what people think. If your sorcerer-paladin has Booming Blade (or Green-Flame ...
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How does Death Ward interact with the Oath of Redemption paladin's Emissary of Redemption feature?

Does Death Ward affect the amount of damage taken or does it affect how that damage affects a redemption paladin's HP? For instance, if a redemption paladin who has 2 HP and death ward active takes an ...
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Is the Oathbreaker paladin's Channel Divinity option Control Undead based off of character level or paladin level?

The Oathbreaker paladin's Channel Divinity feature states (emphasis mine): Control Undead. As an action, the paladin targets one undead creature he or she can see within 30 feet of him or her. The ...
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Does Aura of Warding give resistance to the damage of Shadow Blade?

The level 7 Oath of Ancients feature, Aura of Warding [Player's Handbook, pg. 87], gives resistance to all spell damage. The spell Shadow Blade [Xanathar's Guide to Everything, pg. 164] conjures a ...
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Rebuke the violent damage from attack where damage is reduced [duplicate]

Rebuke the violent says: Immediately after an attacker within 30 feet of you deals damage with an attack against a creature other than you, you can use your reaction to force the attacker to make a ...
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Can a Paladin use a Necklace of Prayer Beads as slots that can be expended to use the Divine Smite feature?

My level 7 Paladin(2)/Fighter(5) found a necklace of prayer beads. Can those spells bound to the beads be used for Divine Smite? The relevant part of the paladin's Divine Smite feature description ...
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Do paladins follow evil laws? [closed]

Lets say a paladin is in a town and the town has slavery or a racist law or something like that they know is evil. If they follow the law or let it continue that's evil but if they fight it that's ...
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Does a creature turned by an Oath of the Watchers paladin's Abjure the Extraplanar ability have to move away, even if it means it will take damage?

Does a creature turned by an Oath of the Watchers paladin's Channel Divinity option Abjure the Extraplanar have to move away, even if it means it will take damage? Suppose a fiend is on the edge of a ...
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Is this "Oath of Health" Paladin subclass balanced?

I have created a homebrew Paladin subclass, the Oath of Health, based off of the ideas of a Paladin completely devoted to healing and not combat. This was somewhat inspired by the brave doctors and ...
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How can multiclassing improve my lvl 9 Paladin (Oath of Vengeance)

Situation I am a beginner D&D5e player (1y), playing an Oath of Vengeance paladin, thinking on multiclassing, playing with a fairly unoptimal and small group (w/ 2 wizard). The world where we are ...
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What's the initiator level of a Paladin (7)/Crusader(2)?

The question is pretty simple. Multiclass characters get half their non-martial adept levels + full martial adept levels for initiator level. However, what happens when the level is odd? Do you round ...
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Do Abjure Enemy effects last only one turn?

I play the Oath of Vengeance paladin and I've came across a problem. There is the Channel Divinity: Abjure Enemy description, which states: As an action, you present your holy symbol and speak a ...
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For the Redemption paladin's Aura of the Guardian feature, can the damage the target would take be reduced before Aura of the Guardian triggers?

The Oath of Redemption Paladin subclass gets the Aura of the Guardian feature at 7th level (XGtE, p. 39; emphasis mine): [...] you can shield your allies from harm at the cost of your own health. ...
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Does the Conquest Paladin's Fear spell hurt allies until level 10?

I noticed an odd detail about Conquest paladins' ability to use Fear spell regularly, and I feel like I'm missing something/literally cannot read. The conquest paladin gets their aura at level 7. They ...
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Can you choose not to add your proficiency bonus to an attack roll?

I'm building a very gimmicky multiclass crit-confirmation paladin, and as a part of my build I have a feature that lets me reroll a failed attack roll as a reaction. The idea is that I want to fail at ...
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How does Blink work versus a readied action in this PvP scenario?

Bit of an odd one but I want rulings for this scenario: Yes this is PVP and it ended up been fun at the table, and no one was upset. Playing a Level 7 College of Swords Bard with a Homebrew Magic ...
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Is my homebrew paladin subclass based on Noelle from Genshin Impact balanced?

I've created a homebrew subclass based on Noelle from Genshin Impact. I don't know if this is where I should ask but can i get a honest review/feedback with some balancing tips? The goal of this ...
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In melee combat, is a poorly optimized high-level Paladin weaker than its optimized mount?

A while ago, I remember reading that past a certain level, a Paladin's combat effectiveness is little more than that of an escort for its superior mount. Given the optimization conditions in the title,...
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Is this a good alternative, both mechanically and role-playing, to the oathbreaker paladin? [closed]

In a current D&D 5e game I’m running, one of my players is running an Oath of Glory paladin who, after coming to disagree with his war-god deity, effectively broke his oath. To clarify the exact ...
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Does Harness Divine Power use Channel Divinity?

The Harness Divine Power optional feature from both the Paladin and Cleric class in Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything says the following: You can expend a use of your Channel Divinity to fuel your ...
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Strictly RAW, is punching someone with a crossbow a melee attack with a ranged weapon? [duplicate]

I’m exploring ways to combine the Crusher feat with a melee rogue-paladin, and have come into a conundrum- without using my busy bonus action to two-weapon-fight with a club, is there a way to get ...
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What happens to the rider when their summoned mount is killed?

If a paladin is mounted on his summoned horse (via Find Steed spell) and the mount gets killed, what happens to the rider? Does he follow the rules for when the mounted creature drops prone?
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1st Edition Lawful Good woes

I have a few questions I’m hoping more experienced players can help me with. I’ve been playing in a 1st edition D&D game for about 1.5 years now as a lawful good human Paladin. I’m not super ...
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How to handle wrong application of Spells?

I am a DM for 2 sessions now. This includes a training-montage'esque session 0, so 3 in total. My group is completely new to D&D. Our Paladin has the detect evil and good spell (a divination ...
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Can the Oath of Vengeance paladin use the Channel Divinity option Vow of Enmity on an invisible target?

I was reading the Channel Divinity abilities of the Oath of Vengeance paladin on my character sheet on D&D Beyond. Under Vow of Enmity, it says: As a bonus action, you can use your Channel ...
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Would a Minimus Imprisoned Paladin still provide aura benefits to nearby allies?

If you cast imprisonment with the option Minimus Containment on a high-level paladin, can you wear the gem as a necklace and continue to gain paladin buffs? This is assuming that the paladin continues ...
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What are the requirements for an Oath of Vengeance paladin to use Vow of Enmity?

My party and I are very new to D&D, so we are still learning a lot of the rules. Anyway, I have chosen the Oath of Vengeance for my paladin. During a battle, I wanted to use Vow of Enmity against ...
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Lawful good oathbreaker paladin

One of my players has come up with a really interesting backstory. Basically, he was brought up in a cult worshiping an evil god as a paladin of that god. Due to an event that happened, he realised ...
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Could a Paladin use the Divine Smite ability on a disarm attack?

The Oath of Redemption Paladin that I DM for has asked me for clarification on disarming rules. I've decided to use the optional rules from page 271 of the DMG, which state: Disarm A creature can use ...
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Do you need a free hand for your holy symbol if you're wearing it visibly?

I've been creating a Paladin who uses the Defense fighting style while wielding two weapons (instead of the more common Dueling style with weapon and shield). However, I was worried that spell ...
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Can channel divinity affect a fiend in the ethereal plane?

In a fight with a Night Hag coven one hag uses the Heartstone to become ethereal, I know that divine sense can't reach into the ethereal plane and sense her. But can a Channel Divinity affect her? For ...
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Does a Turned creature have to take the Dash action?

A Turned creature (via a Cleric's Turn Undead or an Oath of the Ancients Paladin's Turn the Faithless) must spend its turns trying to move as far away from you as it can... For its action, it can use ...
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What is the break point for using a level 1 spell slot for Divine Favor rather than for Divine Smite?

Divine Favor (from a level 1 spell slot) lasts for up to 10 rounds, and on a hit does 1d4 radiant damage. On a critical hit it adds 2d4 radiant damage. Divine Smite (from a level 1 spell slot) is good ...
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If a paladin fails the saving throw against a Demilich's Howl and falls unconscious, are their allies frightened if they succeed on the save?

The demilich (MM, p. 48) has the following action available to it: Howl (Recharge 5-6). The demilich emits a bloodcurdling howl. Each creature within 30 feet of the demilich that can hear the howl ...
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What is a Paladin's Holy Symbol for?

As with all Paladins, mine has a holy symbol. What is its purpose? Does it being inscribed on my sword hilt have any bearing?
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Using Divine Smite as a dual-wielder

Divine Smite allows my Paladin to expend a spell slot to deal extra damage after landing a melee attack. My character wields two swords. Since Divine Smite isn't a bonus action (because the rules don'...
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Can a paladin use the Two-Weapon Fighting fighting style?

According to the online basic rules, the options listed for the paladin's Fighting Style feature are: Defense (AC bonus with armour) Dueling (damage bonus with a single one-handed weapon) Great ...
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