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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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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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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 ...
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Which feat to pick at 4th level to maximize damage for a sword-and-board duelist Vengeance paladin?

I'm going to be hitting level 4 soon on my Tiefling Oath of Vengeance Paladin with Soldier background. His stats currently are: STR: 15 / DEX: 13/ CON: 13 / INT: 10 / WIS: 10 / CHA: 15 (we did the ...
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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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Can a paladin give his bow the Keen special ability by using Divine Bond?

I am thinking about making an Archer Paladin build for Pathfinder and was wondering about the Divine Bond ability the Paladin gets at level 5. Normally the Keen weapon property for example states: ...
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Pathfinder favored class “using X level as Y level”

I have a Tiefling Arcanist with Variant Multiclass Oracle with Merciful Curse. Part of the curse reads "You gain the ability to lay on hands, as the paladin ability, using your curse level as your ...
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Can the Death Cleric's Channel Divinity stack with the Paladin's Smite?

The paladin class states that at 2nd level, when you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack, you can expend one paladin spell slot to deal radiant damage to the target. The Death Cleric Domain ...
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Is a Greatspear a good choice for a Paladin?

I have been told to build a Dragonborn Paladin and was wondering if the greatspear would be a good choice at level 1. If so, do I need a proficiency feat? The stats for that are: Superior two-handed ...
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What does the “+½ hit point” favored class bonus mean?

I want to blame this on lack of sleep, but this is just making no sense to me. I'm building a level 10 halfling paladin. It's to replace a PC whose player had to leave for a bit for work, and didn't ...
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Can you choose to not apply your divine sanction from a power?

I have a hybrid blackguard, and am looking to add a little defender to my repertoire. I wouldn't want to do this all the time though. If I choose some paladin powers that say the target is "subject ...
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How to become a paladin without actually becoming a Paladin?

[Hope of Humanity Spoilers Ahead] For my homebrew campaign, currently dubbed "Hope of Humanity" one of my PCs is playing a character who believes he is a Paladin of the dead god Aroden (but he ...
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Can a Paladin use their Divine Bond (Weapon) on different weapons?

Can a Paladin use their Divine Bond (Weapon) on different weapons? For example, if a Paladin primarily uses a long sword and they need to use a mace for undead, can the Paladin call the spirit to ...
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Optimized DPR at 10th to 13th level for a Vengeance Paladin

I am a level 6 Fallen Aasimar (from Volo's Guide to Monsters) Oath of Vengeance paladin. My goal is to optimize the build for nova damage/most damage I can inflict. I can't find the right level ...
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Does Divine Smite Reveal That a Creature Is a Fiend or Undead?

If a player uses Divine Smite on a creature, and unbeknownst to them, that creature is a fiend or undead, does the character learn this? If not, how does the DM ensure that the rules are fair, without ...
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Help me re-find this role-playing story

I want to find this story again to inspire my fellow newer players to break the mold of role-playing. I remember reading an incredibly inspiring [D&D probably] story about a player who was role-...
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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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How to tank up as a Paladin [closed]

Our last encounter was (apparently) 5 levels higher than us, and we killed it pretty quickly. That said, I took quite a chunk of damage (about half my health in one round), so I'm looking to tank up. ...
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Are hybrid paladins able to benefit from divine sanction?

The hybrid paladin entry lacks any reference to divine sanction (but then again, as printed in PHB1, so does the regular paladin). Powers that apply the sanction to the paladin's enemies seem to be ...
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Does Smite work while wild-shaped?

Does Smite work 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.
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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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Paladin PC sounds too OP

I just constructed a Level 5 Human Paladin character for one of my players and this is what I got. His base stats are... STR 15 DEX 14 CON 18 INT 14 WIS 17 CHR 12 This was done by using the 4d6 ...
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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 prepare more spells if they didn't cast any the previous day?

I know this seems like a silly question but it was just a random thought that I had today. I know Paladins only get so many spells a day by preparing them usually when they wake up and pray to ...
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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 ...
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When does a paladin's Channel Divinity refresh?

So in the PHB it says for Paladins "Channel Divinity" you choose which option to use, you must then finish a short or long rest to use your channel divinity again. I'm doing Oath of the Ancients, ...
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Do clerics, paladins, and warlocks gain level ups from their own power, or from their patrons or gods?

A friend and I (we both DM for each other occasionally) are having a discussion about where the increases in power of divine (cleric and paladin) and psuedo-divine (warlock) classes comes from at ...
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If a Paladin purposefully goes bad, can they still atone and return to prior status?

This question is for research purposes. I am writing a piece of fan fiction set in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe. In the series, it had been established that Andrew plays D&D, but never ...
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Does spell resistance from Oath of Ancients protect against dragon breath attacks?

I'm trying to find some clarification on something that seems a little vague to me: I'm going to be turning level 7 soon as a Paladin, and my oath gives me resistance against spell damage. I'm not ...
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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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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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Does an Oath of Vengeance Paladin have to pick a particular sworn foe?

Of the Oath of Vengeance paladin's four tenets in the PHB, two mention the phrase "sworn foe/enemy": "Faced with a choice of fighting my sworn foes or combating a lesser evil, I choose the greater ...
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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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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?
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Would Deft Blade affect Virtuous Strike?

I'd DMing a 4th Edition game, and one of my players is playing a Rogue/Paladin Hybrid and wants to take "Deft Blade" as his 11th level feat, but only if it would affect his Virtuous Strike. Would it? ...
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None Shall Pass/Bradaman's Weapon problems maintaining Divine Challenge

These two things allow a paladin to target Divine ChallengeDDI on two enemies. Bradaman's WeaponDDI None Shall PassDDI During his turn the paladin "must engage the target" or the mark ends and ...
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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 ...
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Is fully-errata'd Hybrid Divine Challenge a No Action or an Immediate Action?

According to the Essentials update 2 (November 2010), both the original Divine Challenge and the Hybrid Divine Challenge damage instance appear to have been errata-ed to be a no action event (yes, ...
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How much do you control a 'Find Steed' mount when you are unmounted? [duplicate]

There have been multiple questions asked about the specifics of mounted combat, especially as a paladin. Some of them have been conflicting and are mostly based on the rules we have in PHB p198 and on ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How does Paladin's Abjure Enemy ability really work?

Abjure Enemy specifically states that the enemy has a speed of 0 for the duration. However since this is different to the frightened condition (which makes no claims about movement speed) it's not ...
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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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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 ...
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Do the Enlightened Philosopher Oracle and Paladin bonuses to saving throws stack?

In our upcoming campaign starting at level 27, one of my players is going to play an Oracle 20/Paladin 7. Both the Enlightened Philosopher and Paladin provide a bonus equal to their Charisma to saving ...
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How does Improved Divine Smite change the Divine Smite damage cap?

This is a question from a realization brought on by this question and answer on what the wording between Divine Smite and Improved Divine Smite means; and ties in extensively to this separate answer ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Can you use Divine Bond (Weapon) with Magic Weapon Spell?

Can a Paladin use his Divine Bond (Weapon) on a weapon where Magic Weapon has been caste and does this count as a +1 for the purpose of adding a magic weapon feature?