Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [paladin]

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

12
votes
3answers
892 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
377 views

Is my multiclassed paladin/fighter/sorcerer built according to the rules? [on hold]

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
167 views

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 ...
15
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
14
votes
5answers
1k views

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 "...
9
votes
2answers
918 views

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 ...
15
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
140 views

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.
4
votes
1answer
263 views

Are Smite spells one-use only?

When I, for example, cast searing smite as a paladin, and then attack and hit successfully, does the spell end after this successful attack, or does the smite last until the concentration ends or the ...
14
votes
1answer
483 views

Does the Dueling fighting style add 2 to every damage die you roll?

One of my players is trying to say that if she smites as a paladin with the Dueling fighting style, she gets +2 to every damage die roll. This seems like a lot, as she could potentially be adding 40 ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Is my paladin/warlock multiclass a viable tank?

I'll be playing a D&D 5e Warlock/Paladin character in the Curse of Strahd adventure. I'll start off by taking 2 levels of Paladin (variant human with War Caster) and then start taking levels in ...
5
votes
1answer
145 views

Do grapple/shove/disarm attempts count as attacks for the Redemption paladin's Emissary of Redemption feature?

The Oath of Redemption paladin's 20th-level Emissary of Redemption feature (XGtE, p. 39) gives you resistance to all damage dealt by other creatures and automatically does radiant damage to creatures ...
13
votes
6answers
4k views

This can't be right? 61 damage in one blow as a 3rd-level paladin? [closed]

I'm running a Curse of Strahd campaign and one of my players just hit level 3. He told me he could do a blow causing 61 damage. That just didn't feel right. This is how you could do it assuming his ...
2
votes
0answers
119 views

5e Oath Selection [closed]

I am trying to find a Oath for a Paladin (5th Edition). My DM has explained that I can choose from the oaths in PHB, Sword Coast, Morda, and Xanithar's. I can't seem to settle on one oath, because ...
4
votes
2answers
637 views

What's the difficulty class for the paladin's Channel Divinity: Nature's Wrath?

The Oath of the Ancients paladin has the Channel Divinity option Nature's Wrath. What's the difficulty class for the Channel Divinity ability? All that I've been able to find is that the target ...
7
votes
4answers
1k views

How to become a “tank” with a Paladin [closed]

I just started a new campaign and am playing with some new players. I let them pick what roles they wanted first so they could have the most fun out of the game. The problem is that I got stuck with ...
4
votes
2answers
410 views

Does the paladin's Improved Divine Smite do additional damage to fiends and undead?

The paladin's Improved Divine Smite 11th-level feature gives every melee weapon attack an extra 1d8 radiant damage. Their 2nd-level Divine Smite feature does 1d8 additional damage to fiends and ...
22
votes
8answers
5k views

Would limiting Paladins to 1 Divine Smite per turn make them weaker than other classes?

It's no secret that paladins have a very high burst damage thanks to Divine Smite (and the ability to use it on every melee weapon attack as long as you have spell slots to burn), but this has proven ...
9
votes
3answers
2k views

Can a skeleton be a good paladin that serves a good god?

In the Monster Manual on page 272 it says that skeletons are lawful evil and in the passage of info it gives on them it says Skeletons arise when animated by dark magic. They heed the summons of ...
6
votes
3answers
385 views

Can the range of Lay on Hands be modified with the Distant Spell metamagic?

For a multiclassed paladin/sorcerer, can the range of the paladin's Lay on Hands ability be modified with the sorcerer's Distant Spell metamagic option? I assume that to do so it would have to be ...
2
votes
1answer
89 views

How is a bonded mount's base attack bonus calculated?

A paladin can choose a bonded mount at level 5. It references the Animal Companion feature from the Druid class. This is the animal companion’s base attack bonus. An animal companion’s base attack ...
12
votes
2answers
2k views

Can a Rutterkin's Bite poison a Paladin?

The Rutterkin (from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, pg. 136) has the following attack: Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: + 4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (3d6 + 2) piercing damage. If the ...
6
votes
2answers
368 views

If a paladin becomes Large, at what point does the paladin's aura originate?

If you enlarge a paladin (so that they take up 2x2 squares on a grid), what point does their aura's radius start at? For Medium/Small creatures (who take up a 1x1 square on a grid), it radiates from ...
3
votes
1answer
88 views

Does Paladin of Tyranny's Aura of Despair grant immunity to fear effects as Aura of Courage?

In the text for Aura of Despair, it doesn't mention the immunity to fear effects, and states that it acts as Aura of Courage, except that it's a debuff to enemies' saves instead of a buff to your ...
8
votes
1answer
424 views

Does Emissary of Redemption reflect damage after it applies resistance?

The Oath of Redemption paladin has the 20th-level feature Emissary of Redemption (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 39): Emissary of Redemption At 20th level, you become an Avatar of Peace, ...
1
vote
0answers
189 views

Critical Dice Damage Removal alternatives [closed]

First-time poster, I actually have a multipart question. So, our DM got upset when my Paladin crit with my smite ability while having a hunter's mark on this Werewolf encounter. So in the end it was ...
17
votes
3answers
5k views

Are Lawful Evil Tiefling Paladins possible?

I'm creating my character for a new campaign, and as it's only my third campaign I'm struggling a bit. I have been wanting to make a Tiefling for a long time, initially I wanted her to be a warlock ...
-4
votes
1answer
272 views

How should I touch myself when I use Lay of Hands?

I am playing an oradin. I am currently trap in a Black Tentacles spell. I want to use Lay of Hands on myself. Beginning at 2nd level, a paladin can heal wounds (her own or those of others) by touch....
0
votes
2answers
239 views

Spellcasting Multi-class options for level 3 Tiefling Paladin (Oath of Vengance) [closed]

What spellcaster multiclass options exist for a level 3 tiefling paladin, oath of vengeance, ideally the character should be able to still wear armour and have access to more spells/spell-slots than a ...
4
votes
1answer
771 views

Can an Oath of Redemption Paladin using Emissary of Redemption cast buffs on allies?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything, the Oath of Redemption Paladin's capstone ability, Emissary of Redemption, stops working under the following conditions: If you attack a creature, cast a spell ...
11
votes
3answers
3k views

Paladin Ranged Smiting

Right now I'm DMing for an entire party of level 9 Paladins. We have the Paladin that is the Spank (rerolls 1 & 2), the Tank Paladin (has a AC of 19), and the Paladin Controller (uses mainly Buffs ...
6
votes
1answer
121 views

How is a special mount released from service?

A level 5 paladin gains the spell-like ability special mount that, in part, says that "the paladin may release a particular mount from service (if it has grown too old to join her crusade, for ...
11
votes
1answer
615 views

Does a Paladin's Aura of Courage prevent or suspend frightened effects?

While you're standing in a Paladin ally's Aura of Courage: [the Paladin] and friendly creatures within 10 feet of [the Paladin] can’t be Frightened while [the Paladin is] conscious. Does this ...
5
votes
1answer
117 views

What qualifies as “in combat” for the purposes of Protective Spirit?

Protective Spirit (an Oath of Redemption feature) says: you regain hit points ... if you end your turn in combat with fewer than half of your hit points remaining What qualifies as a combat in ...
3
votes
3answers
237 views

Does using a lone smite affect all missiles fired using Manyshot?

Does a paladin with Ranged Smite and Manyshot add the damage bonus to all hits since it's only a single attack? And what about spells like divine sacrifice and find the gap?
17
votes
3answers
4k views

Paladin's source of spellcasting ability

PHB states that: [...] a paladin's oath is a powerful bond. lt is a source of power that turns a devout warrior into a blessed champion. and later: Although many paladins are devoted to gods of ...
11
votes
1answer
2k views

Changing paladin's oath

Having completed Tiamat campaigns at 15th level, my paladin had some time to re-think his worldview. Now he wants to change from Oath of Vengeance to the homebrew Oath of the Common Man. Paladin ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

Are there rules for what happens if a paladin breaks his oath? [duplicate]

Are there rules for what happens if a paladin breaks their oath? I haven't found a single one. Am I missing something?
8
votes
3answers
1k views

What happens if I use Lay on Hands to cure one disease when there are in fact multiple?

A new player of mine asked me this question: If I use Lay on Hands to cure what I assume is one disease, but it's actually at least two with similar symptoms, which disease gets cured? Do I target ...
13
votes
1answer
2k views

What happens if I try to use Lay on Hands to cure disease when there is in fact no disease?

5 points from a Lay on Hands pool can be used to cure disease (or neutralize poison). Some effects appear like diseases but are instead just spell effects or curses. If I attempt to use Lay on Hands ...
5
votes
1answer
726 views

If I overheal someone with Lay on Hands do the extra points return to my pool?

One of my player's asked me what happens if the number they choose for Lay on Hands is greater than the difference between the target's current and maximum HP. Will they will get refunded the ...
36
votes
3answers
4k views

Would Spawn of Kyuss worms infesting a Paladin die?

At third level, Paladins gain the feature Divine Health: By 3rd level, the divine magic flowing through you makes you immune to disease. (PHB, p. 85) There's a monster in Volo's Guide To Monsters ...
2
votes
2answers
274 views

Switching from Paladin to an evil aligned class

In D&D 3.5, if you fell as a paladin due to comitting evil acts, you could become a blackguard and benefit from your ex-paladin levels: Fallen Paladins Blackguards who have levels in the ...
10
votes
2answers
5k views

Can a Paladin's Divine Sense ability detect good and evil through a portal?

Can a paladin use Divine Sense to detect strongly evil or good forces through a portal generated by the Gate spell? Example: My Paladin is 10ft away from a portal, and on the other side of the portal,...
10
votes
1answer
2k views

Can Divine Smite be stored in a Ring of Spell Storing?

Ring of Spell Storing lets you save uses of a spell for later - great for a paladin who doesn't have many spell slots. At first I thought it'd be perfect for storing Divine Smite, but reading over it ...
17
votes
5answers
6k views

Should a paladin's alignment align with the alignment of their deity?

I gave one of my players a handout of the major Gods in Faerûn as I am running Storm King's Thunder pretty soon. My player wants to be a Chaotic good paladin and is not interested in any of the ...
21
votes
4answers
4k views

Is an ancient-oath paladin anti-fey?

I'm new to D&D so please bear with me... I am reading the Player's Handbook and one thing seems strange to me in the paladin class, specifically the path of the Oath of the Ancients. A paladin ...
4
votes
1answer
549 views

Does Aura of Protection add to my spell save DC?

I’m playing a paladin of conquest and am often casting spells or effects that require enemies to make a saving throw against my spell save dc. Can I add my aura of protection bonus to the spell save ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

Can a paladin cast Speak with animals?

I have a paladin in my campaign that through "Oath of the Ancients" has the Speak with Animals spell, but that's a ritual spell and Paladins don't have ritual spell casting as a class feature. Can he ...
6
votes
1answer
493 views

Calculating AC for a monk/enlightened paladin

Monks get an AC bonus from WIS. The paladin archetype “Enlightened Paladin” from the Inner Sea Combat Guide gains an AC Bonus based off of CHA? Can those stack?