Questions tagged [paladin]

For questions about the paladin, a "holy warrior" character class or archetype in D&D and related RPGs. Paladins are usually devoted to a deity and/or an oath that guides their actions. Because they generally combine martial skill with magical ability, paladins are frequently viewed as a combination of the cleric and fighter classes.

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How do I play a paladin without being a stick in the mud?

What are some tips for/examples of an epitome-of-good type paladin who does not disrupt the 'sinful' fun of the rest of the group? As an example of the type of paladin I'm talking about, one of the ...
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My DM has removed heavy armour from the game. How can I make a Paladin work or convince him not to do this?

I am starting a new game with a good friend as DM. In my play group, I am almost always the DM, but this time one of my players has decided to run his own game with me and two new players. In order to ...
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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 ...
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Are paladins required to follow a god?

One of my players just submitted a character sheet for a paladin who doesn't follow or worship any god. This seemed strange to me, but looking at the Player's Handbook, the only relevant line I could ...
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Why did D&D Paladins originally have a requirement to be Lawful Good? [closed]

In every edition of D&D before 4e, Paladins are required to be Lawful Good. If they stray from that, they are completely stripped of their powers. This means that evil deities can't grant powers ...
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What happens to a Paladin's summoned steed if the Paladin dies?

The spell Find Steed allows a Paladin to "summon a spirit that assumes the form of an unusually intelligent, strong, and loyal steed, creating a long-lasting bond with it." The spell text describes ...
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Can a Paladin sense a Tiefling?

With respect to the Paladin's ability "Divine Sense" ability in 5th edition, would it be possible to argue that they could sense a Tiefling due to their infernal heritage? Both RAW and RAI points are ...
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Is my Paladin stacking Smite spells correctly?

I am the DM for a level 2 Paladin. Today, he managed to pull off what the table found to be a very powerful, yet simple, combo. The two of us read over the rules and we both think it was by the book, ...
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Does a Paladin's Aura of Protection Affect Allies' Death Saving Throws?

In D&D 5e, the Paladin feature Aura of Protection allows allies within 10 feet of you to add your charisma modifier as a bonus to their saving throws, as long as you are conscious. Certainly this ...
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Does a humanoid possessed by a ghost register as undead to a paladin's Divine Sense?

A Ghost (MM, p. 147) can possess a humanoid as per their Possession action: Possession (Recharge 6). One humanoid that the ghost can see within 5 feet of it must succeed on a DC 13 Charisma saving ...
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Is there anything preventing a Lawful Evil Paladin?

The concept With the vanishing of alignment restrictions on Paladins in 5e, I have been toying with the idea of a (PC or NPC) Lawful Evil Paladin. My particular image is of a Noble background ...
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Where does a dragon steed get summoned from, and where is its hoard kept?

A paladin's special mount ability says, in part, that Once per day, as a full-round action, a paladin may magically call her mount from the celestial realms in which it resides. This ability is the ...
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How do I handle a paladin who falls, but wants to choose a different class instead of taking the Oathbreaker subclass?

tl;dr: How do I handle a fallen paladin? I have a level 6 player who wanted to play a lawful good aasimar paladin (Oath of Devotion). There have been several events which I believe have led to their ...
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Do paladin oaths have to be taken seriously?

My friends are planning a game with a group of paladin characters. One of my friends is interested in the Oath of Devotion, which has the following tenets: Honesty. Don’t lie or cheat. Let your ...
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Is a Dexterity-based paladin build competitive with a Strength-based paladin as a front-line fighter?

After the release of Volo's Guide to Monsters, I was bantering with some friends about character concepts with the new races. One that came up was a Kobold Paladin—and once that seed was planted, the ...
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Is Smite Evil damage multiplied by a critical hit?

In Pathfinder, smite damage adds +paladin level (or 2 × paladin level) to damage when smiting evil. The rules for critical hits say: A critical hit means that you roll your damage more than ...
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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 ...
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Are you allowed to stack Divine Smite and Eldritch Smite on the same attack?

The specific example I'm looking at here is: you are a Paladin 2/Warlock 5 and snagged Eldritch Smite from XGTE as your 5th level Warlock Invocation. This gives you access to both... Divine Smite ...
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Do Oath of the Ancients paladins die of old age?

This question regarding monks' Timeless body feature recalled to me the similar phrasing of the Oath of the Ancients paladin's Undying Sentinel feature (Player's Handbook p87): Undying Sentinel .....
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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 ...
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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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What good is the paladin's Divine Sense?

The Divine Sense feature of the Paladins looks underwhelming to me. It has limited uses, takes an action to use, and you know the location and type of any celestial/fiend/undead within 60ft, not ...
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Does a Paladin with Aura of Protection effectively get twice the Charisma save modifer?

The question is actually rather straightforward and many people seem to be confused about it: When a 6th or higher level paladin that has Aura of Protection rolls a Charisma save, does he ...
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What types of damage are affected by the lance special rule?

When using a lance while charging on a mount, the rules say that it deals double damage. My question is, what all damage is doubled? From what I can find, the die roll and strength bonus are doubled, ...
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What is the source of a Paladin's 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 ...
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Does a paladin's Divine Sense feature negate the Mirror Image spell?

My players went up against a homebrew creature I made, it was a fallen angel that could cast Mirror Image. Our paladin had the idea to use his Divine Sense ability to be able to tell which Image was ...
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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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Is Oath of the Ancients all about nature?

I'm finding it hard to DM for an Oath of the Ancients Paladin PC in my group. My concern is he's not following his tenets as well as he could be, but I'm more curious about what standards I should be ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is this Paladin overpowered?

My friends and I are playing a 5e campaign. My other friend is the DM for the group. We have been playing for about a week (we're at level 5). All this time we've had a Paladin who is able to do more ...
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How does Aura of Protection work with multiple paladins?

If multiple paladins are present, do members of their party receive both of their charisma modifiers on top of saving throws? For example: Two paladins, one with a CHA score of 16, one with 18, are ...
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Does Aura of Courage end the frightened condition if a frightened ally enters its area of effect?

So I just made level 10 with my paladin and got the added feature "Aura of Courage." I understand that currently I and anyone within 10 ft of me will be immune to the frightened condition. My question ...
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What happens when a Paladin falls from grace?

It is stated that when a Paladin falls from grace and does not repent, they must either become an Oathbreaker or choose a new class, but what exactly happens when they fall from grace? Does the ...
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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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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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Paladin Smite Spells and the Steed: Can either or both trigger the damage?

Short question How does the family of Smite spells work when a Paladin is mounted on a Paladin's Steed that was summoned by Find Steed spell? Steed and Paladin share the effects of some spells. ...
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Things a Paladin with low Wis/Cha can do with his spellcasting ability?

One of my players was fairly new to the game back when he made his Paladin, and decided to emphasise heavily on Strength/Constitution. However it's now a bit later into the game and he has reached the ...
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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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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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What is the maximum damage done by Divine Smite?

This is a mechanics question pertaining to the maximum allowed damage for the Paladin's Divine Smite ability. Divine Smite: ...you can expend one [Spell Slot] to deal Radiant damage in addition to ...
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Does the Holy Nimbus emanate actual sunlight?

The Oath of Devotion paladin has the Holy Nimbus feature at level 20: At 20th level, as an action, you can emanate an aura of sunlight. For 1 minute, bright light shines from you in a 30-foot ...
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Can a paladin use divine smite with a thrown weapon?

A paladin's divine smite says (PHB. 85), "...when you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack...", which I'm seeing two ways to interpret. "A melee attack with a weapon", so as long as it's a ...
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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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Can a paladin/cleric follow more than one god?

One of the other characters in our prospective party proposed this question. From some research, it seems that Clerics and Paladins are likely required to have a god, but can they have more than one? ...
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Is this homebrew Oath of the Jedi paladin subclass balanced compared to the official subclasses?

Is the following homebrew Oath of the Jedi paladin subclass balanced compared to the official subclasses? Oath Spells You gain oath spells at the following levels: 3rd - Jump, Catapult ...
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Heal as a paladin spell

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, ...
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If I multiclass into Paladin, can I use up any class's spell slots for Divine Smite?

Divine Smite: Starting 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, in addition to the weapon's ...
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What do I lose by going Paladin 17 / Warlock 3, instead of taking 1 additional level or 1 fewer level in Warlock?

Background I have a 9th Level Oath of Redemption Scourge Aasimar Paladin. Due to the way the story has evolved, I will need to multiclass into warlock. My intention was to take levels 10, 11 and 12 ...
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How can I get the most synergy out of this Paladin/Warlock multi-class combination?

I'm planning on playing a Paladin/Warlock in an upcoming game and I've picked the Oath of Vengeance, and Great Old One Patron/Pact of Tome. I've made my backstory (island home sunk when invaded by ...

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