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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?

Since he's suggesting you play a Paladin and removed Heavy Armor and claim combat will be deadly, just start a conversation with him and how he imagines your character surviving without the Heavy ...
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Do paladin oaths have to be taken seriously?

Paladin Oaths are meant to be taken seriously The choice of oath is a significant part of the paladin class and it is meant to be a serious choice. The PHB suggests that even before reaching third ...
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Can a Paladin sense a Tiefling?

First up, the RAW. This is pretty simple: Divine Sense works on celestials, fiends, and undead. Player characters are all humanoids (see page 11 of the PHB), and the Tiefling traits do not say ...
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Is my Paladin stacking Smite spells correctly?

This is correct, but note how much of his available resources this character is using up for each of these attacks. If there's another battle before he gets a long rest, he's not going to be nearly as ...
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Are paladins required to follow a god?

There is no mechanical or fluff requirement for a Paladin to follow a god. You've quoted the most relevant paragraph yourself, but for a backup, from the same page: Whether sworn before a god's ...
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Do paladin oaths have to be taken seriously?

A paladin must adhere to their oath, although they don't specifically need to be lawful good. Before it was edited, this question asked if the paladin has to be lawful good. It was later clarified ...
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Can a Paladin use Divine Smite when attacking (with a natural 20) a creature immune to the weapon's damage type?

Divine smite only requires you to hit, which immunity does not prevent Some creatures have vulnerability, resistance, or immunity to certain types of damage. Particular creatures are even resistant ...
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Is Turn the Tide completely OP?

You've missed one thing. Turn the Tide uses your Channel Divinity, which you can only do once per short or long rest. When you use your Channel Divinity, you choose which option to use. You must ...
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How to handle wrong application of Spells?

Learn about 'meta' knowledge and separate what the characters would know and what the players know (or, not know). First, welcome to D&D! It's worth pointing out that there are many things the ...
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What is the source of the powers of an oathbreaker?

It's a common misunderstanding of paladins to think that they draw their powers from a deity, but in 5e1 , this is a flavor thing. (If they drew their powers directly from a god, after all, they would ...
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Does a Paladin's Aura of Protection Affect Allies' Death Saving Throws?

A Death Save is, in fact, a save so bonuses to "all saves" apply to them as well. Just like a Monk gaining proficiency in "all saves" means they apply their proficiency bonus to ...
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This can't be right? 61 damage in one blow as a 3rd-level paladin?

Sure, once per day, if they roll max on everything This works. But there are some caveats: They can only do this once per day at level 3, because they do not have enough spellslots to do the combo ...
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Can Lay on Hands be used to both heal hit points and remove diseases/poisons with the same action?

Unfortunately not. RAW, the use of Lay on Hands is heal HP, or cure disease. The keyword in the phrase is "alternatively" (emphasis mine). Alternatively, you can expend 5 hit points from ...
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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?

It’s a situation that has to be worked out with the DM; there aren’t hard and fast rules for it. Even what it means to “abandon” a class is unclear—that could mean the ex-paladin can’t take more ...
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What are the requirements for an Oath of Vengeance paladin to use Vow of Enmity?

Vow of Enmity can be used if all of these are true You are able to use a bonus action. You are able to "utter" things. There is a creature within 10 feet of you. You can see that creature. ...
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Are you allowed to stack Divine Smite and Eldritch Smite on the same attack?

Yes, they stack perfectly well. Neither ability requires an action to use, so as long as you hit with a melee weapon attack that happens to use your pact weapon you can use both. The only exception ...
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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?

Talk to him about the burden he's putting on you. Talk to him about what he's asking you to do. Point out how hard it's going to be to tank without proper armor, how much more likely you are to die, ...
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Is there anything preventing a Lawful Evil Paladin?

Nope, you're good. The rules for 5e allow for this kind of paladin all but explicitly. You should have no trouble making and running this character.
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Would limiting Paladins to 1 Divine Smite per turn make them weaker than other classes?

Consider the "gritty realism" variant resting rules. Other answers have addressed how balanced your change to the paladin might be. However, it seems likely you have a more general problem with ...
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Does a humanoid possessed by a ghost register as undead to a paladin's Divine Sense?

RAW indicates No. The phrase the ghost then disappears in the description of Possession, together with the following listing of untargetability indicated that the ghost for the duration of the ...
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What happens to a Paladin's summoned steed if the Paladin dies?

The spell's duration is Instantaneous, so the Steed exists despite the Paladin dying. The description of Instantaneous spells (PHB, p. 203) states: The spell harms, heals, creates, or alters a ...
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Would limiting Paladins to 1 Divine Smite per turn make them weaker than other classes?

Add More Encounters per Day Most of the time they only have one fight per day To me, this seems to be the source of your problem. The DMG recommends multiple encounters per day (DMG p84). As ...
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Things a Paladin with low Wis/Cha can do with his spellcasting ability?

Stereotypical Dwarven warrior type and follower of Moradin. Paladin [...] Wis (and Cha) at 10 With those mental ability scores, Moradin isn’t doing much for this dwarf. Detect evil works, Aura of ...
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Why do Vengeance Paladins get Banishment twice?

Being on the Paladin spell list means that the spell is available, and the Paladin can prepare this spell. Since Banishment is an oath spell, Vengeance Paladins always have this spell prepared. Refer ...
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Is this Paladin overpowered?

Resource Management during the Adventuring Day As a class, the Paladin isn't overpowered. The Paladin does have a nice mix of weapon and spell skills to offer any party. Discussion On page 84 of ...
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Would Spawn of Kyuss worms infesting a Paladin die?

(these answers, IMO, also apply to the Monk's Purity of Body) RAW: Paladins are probably susceptible to Kyuss Worms Because of… Reasons. 5th edition did away with a lot of verbose text present in ...
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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?

You certainly can cause the Paladin to fall if they've amended their Oath to include a very specific creature, and are then compelled to attack said creature once they realize the deception. You ...
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What would happen if a Centaur Oath of the Ancients Paladin used Turn the Faithless?

Unclear, but I'd say No, the Centaur cannot turn itself The Oath of the Ancients paladin's class feature you are referring to is this one (PHB, pg. 87): Turn the Faithless. You can use your Channel ...
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Should a paladin's alignment align with the alignment of their deity?

Paladins are not tied to their deity (or lack of a deity) any more than anyone else In previous editions, paladins gained their power from there dedication to their deity or alignment and could even ...
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