Paladin FAQ

Paladin FAQs created by CaptainKO
Date: 4/10/07
Version 1.04


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Table of Contents
A.	Attributes & Skills
B.	Feats
C.	Gameplay
D.	Spells
E.	Races
F.	Multi-Classing
G.	FAQs
H.	Copyright

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A. Attributes & Skills

Strength - (14)
Strength is need for carrying items, raises you're Attack Bonus (aka AB) for
melee weapons and doing more damage. The amount of weight you can carry goes up
with every point of strength you receive and the damage you do with a weapon
does up every 2 points for +1 to damage and attack bonus. If you have a
Strength score of 10, you'll gain no benefits to damage, attack bonus and the
weight you can pick is standard. If you're Strength goes below 10, you'll start
to suffer -1 penalties towards AB, damage and the amount of weight you can
carry with every -2 you lose. (Penalties apply to weight every point taken from
strength)

A score of 14 is the standard for most paladin build. You can wield heavy armor
and shield while carry more item. Donít bother raising this attribute as you
have spells thatíll boost your strength, AB, and damage.


Dexterity - (10)
Dexterity is need to raise your Reflex saves against damaging spells, raise
your Attack Bonus (aka AB) for range weapons, Dexterity-based skills and traps
as well as raising your Armor Class (aka AC) for a better defense. Your Reflex
saves, Dexterity-based skills, Range AB and AC are raised by +1 points every 2
points of Dexterity you get. If you have Dexterity score of 10, you'll gain no
benefits to your Reflex saves, Dexterity-based skills, Range AB or AC. If
you're Dexterity goes below 10, you'll start to suffer -1 penalties towards
Dexterity based-skills, AB with range weapons, reflex saves and AC.

Paladins donít need to boost their dexterity as they are a well armored class
as it is. Just donít go below 10 with this attribute and youíll be fine.


Constitution - (14)
Constitution is need to raise one's Health Points (HP), Constitution-based
skills, and Fortitude saves against poison, disease, negative energy affects &
death spells, attacks and traps. Your Fortitude saves, Constitution-based
skills, and HP are raised by +1 every 2 points of Constitution you get. If you
have Constitution score of 10, you'll gain no benefits to your Fortitude saves,
Constitution-based skills, or Health points. If you're Constitution goes below
10, you'll start to suffer -1 penalties towards Fortitude saves,
Constitution-based skills, and HP.

In order to be an effective tank you need a Constitution score of 14 unless
youíre an Elven Paladin.

Concentration (Constitution-based skill): Allows you to continue casting even
being attack/damaged. The calculation for this is Concentration DC +
Constitution + Dice Roll vs. 10 + Enemy Damage. This skill isn't really needed
unless you plan to cast spells in the frontlines. Hopefully, youíre casting you
spells before you engage enemies in battle.


Intelligence - (10)
Intelligence is needed to gain another skill points and raise your score for
Intelligent-based skills. Your Intelligence-based skills and Intelligent-based
skills are raised by +1 every 2 points of Intelligence you get. If you have
Intelligence score of 10, you'll gain no benefits to your Skill points or
Intelligence-based skills. If you're Intelligence goes below 10, you'll start
to suffer -1 penalties towards Skill points and Intelligence-based skills.

Paladins arenít known for their brains, just their good looks so keep the
Intelligence score at 10.

Craft Armor & Craft Weapon (Intelligence-based skill): An ultra good-looking
paladin can get someone to do to craft armor. Or they can buy equipment from a
local vendor. Paladins are too pretty to be dirtying themselves while
blacksmithing.

Lore (Intelligence-based skill): You can identify items that appear to be
unknown when taking them out of a container. If you want to spend less money
having to identify items then youíll boost this skill.

Wisdom - (10)
Wisdom is need to raise one's Willpower save against mind spells, attacks &
traps and Wisdom-based skills. Your Willpower saves and Wisdom-based skills are
raised by +1 every 2 points of Wisdom you get. If you have Wisdom score of 10,
you'll gain no benefits to your Willpower saves and Wisdom-based skills. If
you're Wisdom goes below 10, you'll start to suffer -1 penalties towards
Willpower saves and Wisdom-based skills.

This attribute is vital to a paladin. What they lack in brains, they make up
for in common sense. Itís vital they get a score of 14 in Wisdom as the best
spell a paladin can get is Holy Avenger.

Heal (Wisdom-based skill): This is the best skill for a paladin as it does two
things: Completely heals your allies and removes any Fortitude saving aliment
like poison or disease. The calculation for Heal is Heal Skill DC + Wisdom
Bonus vs. Aliment. A successful roll cures the character of their aliment.


Charisma- (16)+5
Charisma is needed to raise points toward Charisma based-skills. Your Charisma
based-skills are raised by +1 every 2 points of Charisma you get. If you have
Charisma score of 10, you'll gain no benefits to your Charisma based-skills. If
you're Charisma goes below 10, you'll start to suffer -1 penalties towards
Charisma based-skills.

First and foremost, if you donít plan to put any points in this or if you plan
to put more points into other attribute, then donít play this class. Seriously,
this class is more Charisma based in anything and most of the paladinís
abilities are such as his Charisma saves and Smite Evil link to this attributes
than Wisdom. The paladin is a beautiful and shining knight with a 
magnetic personality. Heís the leader of any group and a great
commander.

Diplomacy (Charisma-based skill): For these are mainly for role-playing use
only. When the option comes up, you'll be asked to come to an agreement in the
most passive way. These skills help you gain rewards without having to steal or
end a situation peaceful. Unfortunately, in the Original Campaign, half of the
NPC conversations are broke.


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B. Feats

-	Class Feats

Smite Evil: When making an attack, your smite evil attack takes your charisma
bonus, doubles it and applies it to your attack bonus.
Purpose: Offensive
Level 1 Ė 1 Smite Evil
Level 5 - 2 Smite Evil
Level 10 - 3 Smite Evil
Level 15 Ė 4 Smite Evil
Level 20 Ė 5 Smite Evil

Divine Grace: This is the ability that makes your class what it is. As you
progress through levels and put more points towards perform, you'll gain more
songs and you're bonus will become more powerful.
Purpose: Defensive

Lay on Hands: The Paladin is able to heal his/herself or another party member
for the same as the paladin's level x Charisma modifier score.
Purpose: Defensive

Divine Health: The Paladin is immune to natural and magical disease.
Purpose: Defensive

Aura of Courage: The Paladin is immune to magical and aura that cause fear.
Purpose: Defensive

Turn Undead: At level 3, the paladin gain the ability to turn undead by
calculating the Paladin's level and comparing it to their HD and CR of the
undead. The same is applied when turning outsiders.
Purpose: Offensive


Remove Disease: Starting at level 6, a paladin gains the ability to remove a
disease once per resting period and gains an additional Remove disease every
three levels. This is a really good skill as itíll save you from using healing
kits.
Purpose: Defensive
Level 6 Ė 1 Remove Disease
Level 9 Ė 2 Remove Disease
Level 12 Ė 3 Remove Disease
Level 15 Ė 4 Remove Disease
Level 18 Ė 5 Remove Disease

-	Selectable Paladin Feats

Extra Smiting: Gain 5 extra Smite evil attacks. This is a nice, but youíre not
going to need it considering the other feat available.

Divine Might: This feat gives you damage of the same amount as your Charisma
bonus for the same round as your Charisma bonus. This feat is a must if youíre
going to play a paladin properly.

Divine Shield: This feat gives you AC of the same amount as your Charisma bonus
for the same round as your Charisma bonus. Use this feat when using your 
weapon in both hands.


Extra Turn Undead: This feat gives the paladin 5 extra turn undead. Not really
needed.

-	General Feats

Power Attack: Youíll gain +3 to damage, but loss +3 to AB when this mode is
turned on. Damage is double when wielding a two handed weapon. Youíre mainly
getting this as a prerequisites feat to get cleave and improve power attack.

Cleave: This will help make the fights with groups shorter as you gain a free
attack to a nearby enemy after slaying another enemy NPC. Youíre not a Strength
Fighter or Barbarian so donít bother getting Great Cleave as the battles are
going to last longer at higher levels.

Knockdown: This feat is useful in taking down spellcasters. Youíll find that
itís next to impossible to down well armor foes with a lot of strength. This is
an option for Humans and Strongheart Halflings whom have extra feats to spare.

Luck of Heroes: This feat adds +1 to all of your saves and is selectable at
level 1 only. If you find knockdown lack, you should trade it for this feat.
This is an option for Humans and Strongheart Halflings whom have extra feats to
spare.

Lightning Reflex: You gain +2 points towards saves. This feat will even up your
Reflex saves score with your Willpower saves. This is an option for Humans and
Strongheart Halflings whom have extra feats to spare.

Weapon Focus, Improve Critical & Power Critical: Yet another highlight for the
Paladin. Put weapon focus on the weapon of choice and these two other feats
soon afterward. Combined with Smite Evil, Improve Power Attack, Divine Might
and an array of enchantments (most of which are from your own spellbook), the
Paladin can do up to +100 damage under the right conditions if you critical
hit. This is no joke either.


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C. Gameplay

The Class
The Paladin is the real tank class and power hitters. Out of all the tanks,
Paladins are the best tanks due to their high Charisma saves from Divine Grace,
their heavy armor and their ability to heal themselves. And unlike most melee
class, the Paladin class is effective against 80% of the enemies they meet
because they have spells and ability to combat the undead or evil characters.
Only in poorly designed modules (like the original campaign) does the Paladin
run into a dilemma in melee, but itís a rather minor one.

Paladins arenít a defensive class whatsoever (or at least not totally
defensive) as their spells amplify their existing combat abilities, increase
their damage and their chances of hitting a target. One of the reasons why I
told you not to put anything towards strength, has to do with that fact your
smite evil is the best feat a Paladin can have.

A paladin is capable of getting a 28 AB with the right equipment and feats and
38 AB with smite evil if they possess a Charisma of 20/+5. With a low critical
hit threat, improve power attack and buffs, a paladin is capable of smiting a
evil creature for +50 damage on a normal hit to +100 damage with a critical
hit maximum damage. However, this depends on your weapon of choice.

Pre-Battle
Before the battle starts, youíre enchanting yourself with the necessary buff to
make yourself stronger. Once youíre ready, run right into battle alongside your
allies.

Melee
You three objectives while in the frontlines: 1) tank the enemy NPC group, 2)
blitz the enemy NPC spellcaster, and 3) Smite Evil the enemy NPC boss with
everything you have. What order you do this in depends on the threat of each
NPC. If any of your party members are failing in health, are poisoned or
diseased then you should use your remove disease, healing kits or spells to
restore Health Points and remove bad aliments on them if possible. The spell
to cast when fighting along your allies at the frontlines is magic circle vs.
alignment as it will increase their saves and AC against evil characters. Plus,
your Aura of Courage will give them bonus save against fear so make sure
everyone stays close to you.

Range
Paladins are horrible range fighters. You shouldnít be in the back row at all.

Strengths
-	Paladins are a good melee class and ďbattle clericĒ class.
-	They have a good AB.
-	They specialize in fighting evil alignment characters and undead.
-	Paladins can serve as combat healers.
-	Paladins have high saves.
-	Holy Avenger gives a paladin a +5 enchantment toward evil, dispels
enchantments On-Hit and boost Spell Resistance.
-	Paladins are fun to roleplay.
-	Paladin fair-well in any server or module setting.

Weakness
-	Paladins have limited defensive tactics.
-	Paladins have the second lowest AB of all the Warrior Class.
-	Paladins lack versatility and are too straightforward, making them an
extremely boring class.
-	Paladins have poor range attack potential.
-	Because Paladins are a Charisma and Strength-based class, they are only
limited number of races who can be a true Paladin.
-	Paladins have limited roleplaying options.
-	Smite Evil and anti-evil spells only work on evil alignment characters
leaving the Paladin defenseless against neutral alignment attackers.
-	A well built cleric with Destruction can be a very good wannabe Paladin.


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D.	Spells

-	Level 1 Spell

Cure Light Wounds
The targeted ally is healed for 1d8 Health Points and additional + 1 Health
point per caster level for maximum of +5. This spell is useful until level 5.

Bless
This spell can provides +1 to attack rolls and fear saves.

Bless Weapon
This spell is great against undead and evil characters.

Detect Undead
This spell allows you to detect undead on your mini-map. Good for dungeons
filled with undead.

Endure Elements
You can absorb 10/- damage from all elements except holy or negative.

Magic Weapon
This spells enchants your weapon by +1. Good spell to use in early levels.

Divine Favor
The caster receives +1 to attack rolls and damage every 3 caster levels for a
total of 3.

-	Level 2 Spell

Aid
This spell gives 8 health and +1 to attack bonus to the caster or ally.

Bullís Strength
Bullís Strength boost the caster or ally by +4.

Eagleís Splendor
Eagleís Splendor boost the caster or ally by +4.

Aura of Glory
Aura of Glory boost your caster Charisma up by +4 and everyone near him
receives +4 to willpower saves to fear.

Resist Elements
You can absorb 20/- damage from all elements except holy or negative. This is
your best elemental resistance spell to date.

Shield Other: Your character absorbs half the damage of another character while
granting +1 to AC and saves. Good to use on your spellcaster or Rogue to
prevent them from dying.

Remove Paralysis
This spell is remove paralysis affect. Remove Paralysis is a very good spell to
use on your allies in crucial battles.


-	Level 3 Spells

Cure Moderate Wounds
The targeted ally is healed of 2d8 Health Points and additional + 1 Health
point per caster level for a maximum of +10. Not a useful spell once you get it.

Prayer
The caster and his/her allies receives +1 to saves, attack bonus and damage
while enemies receive a -1 one the same attributes mentioned.

Magic Circle vs. Alignment
This spell gives +2 to save, AC and immunity to mind spells from evil alignment
character to anyone standing within the circle.

Remove Curse
You probably wonít use this much since itís mainly the job of the cleric to
remove curse. However, if the cleric is unavailable then the Paladin should
remove it as possible.

-	Level 4 Spells

Cure Serious Wounds
The targeted ally is healed of 3d8 Health Points and additional + 1 Health
point per caster level for a maximum of +15. Not so useful once you get it.

Freedom of Movement
This spell is useful because you don't want to get stuck or slow down vs. vines
and grease.

Restoration
Removes attribute penalties and negative levels. This is a very important
ability to have at later levels.

Death Ward
This spell gives your caster or ally immunity to death spells.

Holy Avenger/Weapon
As a paladin, you will receive Spell resistance, On-Hit dispel affect, gain a
+5 enchantment against evil alignment characters and holy damage. This is the
reason you went 14 or more levels of paladin.


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E.	Races

The humans make the best well-rounded Paladins and get much needed extra skill
points for Heal. They get an extra feat to use for whatever they believe itís
best suited, provide the skill helps the paladin become a better tank.

Aasimar comes in second. Aasimars get +2 to Charisma and +2 to Wisdom, allowing
them extra attributes points to put towards other attributes such Intelligence,
Dexterity, Constitution or Strength. Despite their 5/- damage reduction to
Fire, Ice and Electrical, their free racial Light spell, they offer much more
than what a human can give or what a paladinís spell can provide.

Drow is tied with the Aasimar in being an effective paladin. They get spell
resistance +2 to Dexterity, Intelligence and Charisma, but -2 penalty towards
Constitution. However, you can still achieve similar status to Aasimar if put
your status in the right place. Even with the Constitution penalty, you can
still land a 14 in Constitution.

Gold Dwarves are good paladin only receive -2 to Dexterity and +2 to
Constitution. Gold Dwarves get favored enemy feats against giants, orcs and
goblinoids as well +2 universal save throws vs. spells. They can land the same
attributes as a human can.

Half-Elves can finally put there elven and human parent traits to use. Their
human parent trait gives the Ambiable racial feat, which gives +2 to Diplomacy
checks and their Elven parents get +2 to save against vs. enchantment spell.
They get no penalties to any of there attributes and are very ideal as paladin
when roleplaying as Half-elves make for very interesting roleplaying characters.

Elves
Moon Elves are the only elves who can qualify as Paladins, but are force to play
with a Constitution of 12 instead of a 14.

Other races
All other races canít be a paladin beyond level 20 because their Attribute
penalties.

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F.	Good Classes to take in consideration when multi-classing.

Cleric: The cleric offers Healing Domain to make your healing spells better,
Sun for better turning, Water for Evasion and Air for Uncanny Dodge. Only one
level is recommended.

Fighter: The Fighter offers 2 to 3 additional feats for combat. I recommended 1
level to 4 levels of fighter. However, this will hurt your Epic Smite Evil
damage if you choose to take more than 1 level of fighter.

Ranger: This is a good option for a human or a Strongheart halfing paladin who
wants to excel at killing undead. Choose 1 level of Ranger at level six and pick
undead as your favored enemy, you can then choose Favored Power Attack for more
damage against the undead.


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G.	FAQ

1.	Is this build for the Mask of the Betrayer?
Nope, as Iíve noted in my other FAQs the build is for any server or campaign.


2.	Why didnít you include Divine Champion?
The Divine Champion gives the Paladin the same extra feats and saves as a
Fighter class. Plus, Smite Infidel and Smite Evil donít stack making it
pointless going more than 2 levels in Divine Champion. The Champion of Torm
from the Neverwinter Night Hordes of the Underdak was a better multiclass
option for the Paladin as the Champion of Torm gave the Paladin both high
Fortitude & Reflex saves and a smite evil & lay on hands that stacked. Youíre
only getting +2 to saves and 2 free feats. Any more additional levels, and
youíre just hurting your smite evil.

3.	Is there any other way to build my Paladin?
Iíve shown you examples what the attribute should look like as well as provided
description of useful feat. If you diverge from the information, you are going
to find the paladin to be less effective due to limitation of tactical feat.
(i.e Knockdown)

4.	Why didnít mention more spells or feats?
I only mentioned what feats were good or available to the paladin and the
spells that would have a lot more impact on combat, even at later levels.


H.	Copyright and Permission

All the material written here is copy of myself and will not be used without
permission from me.