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D&D 5e Paladin Warlock build

I have 20 levels to build a Spear/Shield badarse who at level 3 has: STR 16 DEX 14 CON 18 INT 14 WIS 14 CHA 18 (Provided by DM). We are heavy Roleplayers. I wish to build a 7’ air Genasi who fights ...
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For Paladin's Ranged Reprisal, if you have multiple weapons, which Reach applies?

Paladin's Ranged Reprisal says: You can use Retributive Strike with a ranged weapon. In addition, if the foe that triggered your reaction is within 5 feet of your reach but not in your reach, as part ...
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Is this homebrew rogue/paladin subclass balanced? [closed]

My player wants to make a custom class for my upcoming Dungeons of Drakkenheim campaign, is it balanced? The class is supposed to be a rogue/paladin hybrid. Black Knight Homebrew Features Heightened ...
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Aren't paladins uniquely vulnerable to being taken advantage on because of CoC? [closed]

There is a certain way DMs like to rule how paladins work. It generally has to do with a famous paragraph : Code of Conduct : A paladin must be of lawful good alignment and loses all class abilities ...
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What can a ranger 1/paladin 1 do with their spell slots?

Paladins and rangers get their spellcasting at level 2, as they are half-casters. However, a ranger 1/paladin 1 would have the spell slots of a 1st-level full caster. Would this hypothetical character ...
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Trying to make a Paladin sorcerer build (sorcadin) that has good nova damage with hits like divine smite and magic from sorcerer

I think what I'm trying to say is confusing but right now. I am a level 5 Paladin and level 1 Sorcerer. I have been trying to find a good way of getting heavy-hitting spells and doing a lot of damage ...
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Does Turn the Unholy work on fallen Celestials?

The description for the Oath of Devotion Paladin feature Turn Unholy mentions fiends and undead, but what about corrupted celestials that still have the celestial type (such as the Radiant Idol in ...
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How would Divine Health apply to a paladin that is a parasite?

If an intelligent parasite becomes a paladin and attains the Divine Health feature, what happens? It would have to protect against hyperparasites, but what else does it affect in this context?
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In Baldur's Gate 3, the Oath of the Ancients paladin has the Healing Radiance ability; do they have a corresponding ability in D&D 5e?

I'm in a real-life 5e table game where we meet weekly and I'm running an Oath of the Ancients paladin. I've just started BG3 and pick an Oath of the Ancients paladin as well to see how Larian have ...
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Is smite damage affected by Barbarian Rage/Frenzy?

I've got a question regarding the mechanics of the game. In theory the Barbarian Rage reduces the damage Barbarian takes by a half (piercing/bludgeoning/slashing). The weapon type used to cause the ...
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Can a paladin decide who is considered "friendly", and thus gets the benefit of their aura(s)?

Paladin auras typically state that all friendly creatures (including you) within X ft. gain effect Y. For roleplay reasons, can a paladin decide that they no longer consider party member Z to be "...
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when should a player declare divine smite? [duplicate]

Should divine smite be declared before or after rolling and applying the melee weapon's base damage? For example: a paladin and group have been ganging up on that session's miniboss and there's a ...
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Can Bards learn Oath of the Open Sea Spells via Magical Secrets? If so, does it require the GM's discretion?

The Oath of the Open Sea Spells section of Tal’dorei Campaign Setting: Reborn says: Paladins of the Oath of the Open Sea automatically gain two new spells through their Oath Spells feature. These ...
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Can I have a Lawful Evil Paladin with his justification being its the word of his god? [closed]

I'm thinking of having a lawful evil Paladin whose reason for being evil is it is the word of his god. Would this work? Is this a good idea?
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Can you take hand crossbows as beginning weapons as a fighter or paladin?

When you take the fighter or paladin as your starting class, you get the equipment options of "(a) a martial weapon and a shield or (b) two martial weapons" hand and heavy crossbows are ...
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Can a Dex-based Aberrant Mind sorcerer/paladin do better than Mage Armor?

A friend of mine is building an Eladrin Aberrant Mind sorcerer/Oath of Devotion paladin, but has decided to be Dex-based and not wear heavy armor. Most sorcadin guides we can find just assume heavy ...
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What happens when a non paladin casts a find steed spell from a ring of spell storing [duplicate]

A paladin casts Find Steed into a ring of Spell Storing. Another character then casts the Find Steed spell from the ring. The ring definition says that the spell uses the casting level, save DC etc of ...
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Does the paladin's Lay on Hands feature cure parasites?

My rogue is a very promiscuous individual. The paladin in the party is attempting to cure him of his STDs through a nightly application of Lay on Hands. Would the Lay on Hands feature cure pubic lice? ...
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How to counter the Open Sea paladin's "Marine Layer" Channel Divinity option?

The Oath of the Open Sea paladin (a third-party subclass from Critical Role) gets the Channel Divinity option "Marine Layer" at level 3: As an action, you channel the sea to create a thick ...
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Turn Undead vs. Champion Challenge

An interesting situation happened last night during our 4th-level party's exploration of Chult, where wandering monsters really don't care about your party level or whether or not they are an ...
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Do a Ring of Protection and a Paladin's Aura of Protection stack?

Does a player wearing a Ring of Protection +1 and standing in a Paladin's Aura of Protection (bonus equal to Charisma modifier, +2 in my case) get a +3 bonus to their saving throws? Or do they only ...
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How many times can a creature be affected by the Avenging Angel Aura of Menace?

The party paladin (Oath of Vengeance) is currently 18th level and we are planning on playing to 20th. Eventually he will get the Avenging Angel class feature, which states, in part: At 20th level, ...
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What is the Avenging Angel Aura of Menace save DC?

The party paladin (Oath of Vengeance) is currently 18th level and we are planning on playing to 20th. Eventually he will get the Avenging Angel class feature, which states, in part: At 20th level, ...
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Tunnel Fighter + Oath of Vengeance + Echo Knight Potential Combo Ruling

I was thinking of a new character and had a question about how this would work. You are a Echo Knight (Level 3+) Multiclassed with a Oath of Vengeance Paladin (Level 7+) who has the Tunnel Fighter ...
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Explain Like I'm 5 How Oath Spells Work (D&D 5e)

What the title says. I genuinely cannot, for the life of me, figure out how they work. What spell slot would a level 8 Devotion Paladin use for Sanctuary? It says 3rd level, but I don't know if that's ...
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A question about paladin oath spells

So, I'm making a Devotion paladin. What spell slot level would I use for, say, Lesser Restoration (which is received at level 5)?
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Critical Hits on Oath of glory paladin Inspiring Smite is dice doubled?

When rolling a critical hit does all the dice associated with that attack double or just damage from the attack? Inspiring Smite. Immediately after you deal damage to a creature with your Divine ...
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Spell Slots at Paladin 5/Sorcerer 1 [duplicate]

I've started a new campaign group, with a Paladin main, but starting to spec into Sorcerer, with currently 4 1st level , and 2 2nd level spell slots, however my dm is not sure if that's correct, and ...
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How much damage can the Paladin's Divine Smite feature do in a single action?

The Paladin's Divine Smite feature description states: Starting at 2nd level, when you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack, you can expend one spell slot to deal radiant damage to the target, ...
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Is this Oath of Bees Paladin subclass balanced?

Mostly I am looking to see if the damage output Channel Divinity, and Aura are on par with other paladin oaths, and dont break the game. Oath of Bees Tenets of the Bees The tenets of the Oath of Bees ...
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Is there a spell or item that makes it so enemies have disadvantage when attacking anyone other than you?

I'm thinking of something similar to the effect of Goading Attack or Compelled Duel, but those can only be used on one target at once and require an action to activate. I was hoping for a higher ...
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Enhancement Question For My Hexadin [closed]

This is a bit of a min-max question, I built a level 12 half-drow hexadin: 8 oath of vengeance paladin 4 hexblade warlock with pact of the blade My feats are: GWM, Elven Accuracy (CHA) and Lucky, ...
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If the campaign ends at level 4, does it make any sense to take level 4 of Paladin compared to multiclassing as Warlock?

My current mini-campaign has come to its finale and we just advanced to level 4 ahead of the final episode. My Paladin has been doing great so far, but when looking at what he gains at level 4 ASI and ...
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Can you bond a different spirit by re-casting Find Steed?

Find Steed allows you to summon a spirit that assumes the form of a steed, creating a long-lasting bond with it. You can't have more than one steed bonded by the spell. It also says: You can also ...
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Why can't any oath give powers similar to that of a Paladin?

According to PHB p.82 the Oath itself is a source of power for paladins (emphasis mine). Whatever their origin and their mission, paladins are united by their oaths to stand against the forces of ...
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How does the Oath of the Crown paladin's Divine Allegiance feature interact with features that cause instadeath if the target's reduced to 0 HP?

Oath of the Crown paladins have the 7th-level feature Divine Allegiance (SCAG, p. 133). If someone within 5 feet of the paladin takes damage, Divine Allegiance lets the paladin use their reaction to ...
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How many spell slots does a Paladin/Warlock multiclassed character get? [duplicate]

I am playing a Level 8 Paladin Warlock Multiclass (5 Paladin / 3 Warlock levels) in DnD 5e. I am little confused over multiclassing with spell slots. If I understood correctly I have 3 first level ...
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What is the source of the powers of an oathbreaker?

As I understand, in the Forgotten Realms, when a paladin breaks their oath (assuming the optional class option from the DMG is used) they can change their subclass to an oathbreaker. It functions just ...
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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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