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Paladins are holy warriors who use blessed spells and strength of arms to fight the evil and undead of Norrath. Paladins are primarily a melee class, able to wear plate armor and wield many kinds of weapons.

Paladins are able fighters and battlefield healers whose combat spells focus on stunning enemies and smiting undead. They also have several spells that increase the health and armor of their allies. Every so often, paladins can lay hands on themselves or their friends to instantly grant a powerful heal.

Paladins are the greatest force against undead. At higher levels they gain special abilities to smite these foes. Paladins also gain a limited ability to resurrect their fallen friends with lessened penalties for death.

Paladins can sometimes work alone, healing themselves with magic, but in a group a paladin really shines, going head to head with his enemies and occasionally falling back to heal. Players who like to engage in melee fights but want the options spells provide will find paladins a great class to play.

Class Titles

Level 1-50 Level 51-54 Level 55-59 Level 60
Paladin Cavalier Knight Crusader

Creation Guide

Choosing Your Race

The first thing you have to pick then is your race. Which race you pick will determine the foundation of you character for the rest of your life in Norrath so it is kind of important you pick one you like. With Paladins, the different races offer some large choices statistically which must be taken into account.

Dwarves, Half Elves and Humans offer the best melee stats. Dwarves particularly have the most hitpoints over other races, as well as superior strength. High Elves offer the most wisdom, and can still hold reasonable melee stats. This gives them more mana for casting spells over the other races. The Erudite Paladin unfortunately has very mediocre stats, but there are a number of good Erudite only Paladin items in the game to compensate for this, (ex. Shield of the Stalwart Seas) but for most of your life you will be less efficient than other Paladins if you choose this race.

Humans and Erudites have no night vision whatsoever. This can be a problem if you are unfamiliar with your territory, but you can easily acquire light sources to help you see better at night, or ask around for a vision enhancing spell. Besides some races having infravision there are no other special abilities any one race has over the other.

All of the Paladin races level at the same rate, and there are no experience penalties imposed for any specific race/class combination. Faction wise, all of the Paladin races are welcome in any other neutral or good-aligned city, however Erudite Paladins have an advantage since the faction associated with their guild is somewhat difficult for non Erudites to increase. Erudites have high faction with this guild automatically.

The true choice you have in selecting your race is what race you prefer, the look of your class (some people just hate being short dwarves), and where you start. Besides the variance in starting stats, all of the races are otherwise fairly equal.

Starting Statistics


Spending Your Bonus Points

Paladins are a tanking support class with great defensive skills and a powerful spells set to help you keep your group alive. As a paladin you are expected to have a high amount of hit points and AC to perform your main role as a tank and a decent mana pool to cast your aggro spells (flash of light and stun). With that in mind the most agreed upon is your agility should be 75 (erudites and dwarves must increase this), and you should dump as much as you can after that into stamina. After those two, weigh your options:

  • Wisdom: Will increase your manapool
  • Strength: Will increase your damage output (albeit slightly)
  • Dexterity: Will increase the likelihood of procs (Ghoulbane, Fiery Avenger, and Fiery Defender come to mind)
  • Charisma: Will increase the success rate of the Lull line of spells

Realistic/Modern statistic allocation:

  • Dwarf: Add 15 to Stamina and 5 to Agility.
  • Erudite: Add 15 to Stamina and 5 to Agility.
  • Half Elf: Add 20 to Stamina.
  • High Elf: Add 20 to Stamina.
  • Human: Add 20 to Stamina.


Paladins must choose a religion, as their magic powers flow from their devotion to their chosen god. There is only one significant item for paladins which your deity will affect, and that is the Natures Defender (Tunare only). Your religion will also impact on where your character can start. Selections include Karana, Rodcet Nife, Erollisi Marr, Brell Serilis, Mithaniel Marr, Prexus, Tunare, and Quellious. Depending on your race you will be given a different number of these deities to choose from.


Level 9


Level 15


Level 22


Level 30


Level 39

GuardSingle Target AC Buff Abj.Vendor.80

Level 49


Level 50

Flame of LightSingle Target Fire Based Direct Damage (Max: 125hp)Vel.Evo.NPC Drop.85

Level 51

Resist DiseaseIncreases disease resistanceKun.Abj.Vendor.50

Level 52


Level 53

Divine GlorySingle Target 150 HP BuffVel.Abj.E. Com.60

Level 54


Level 55


Level 56


Level 57


Level 58


Level 59


Level 60



Combat Skills

Level Trained Skill Cap Until 50 Cap Above 50
1 No 1 Hand Blunt 200 225
1 No 1 Hand Slashing 200 225
1 No 2 Hand Blunt 200 225
1 No 2 Hand Slashing 200 225
1 No Archery 75 75
1 No Bind Wound 100 210
1 No Defense 200 252
1 No Hand to Hand 100 100
1 No Lay Hands 200 200
1 No Offense 200 225
1 No Piercing 200 225
1 Yes Taunt 180 180
6 Yes Bash 175 200
10 Yes Dodge 125 155
17 Yes Parry 175 200?
20 Yes Double Attack 200 235
30 Yes Riposte 175 200
40 Yes Disarm 70 70

Casting Skills

Level Trained Skill Cap Until 50 Cap Above 50
9 No Abjuration 235 235
9 No Alteration 235 235
9 No Channelling 200 220
9 No Conjuration 235 235
9 No Divination 235 235
9 No Evocation 235 235
12 Yes Meditate 185 235

Miscellaneous Skills

Level Trained Skill Cap Until 50 Cap Above 50
1 No Alcohol Tolerance 200 255
1 No Beg 200 200
1 No Fishing 200 200
1 No Sense Heading 200 200
1 Yes Swimming 200 200


Paladin disciplines were introduced with the Velious expansion; they offer short term advantages with a long re-use: These are most useful in dragon/boss encounters.


Paladin-Specific Quests

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Class specific gear suggestions are cross listed on the Gear Reference page. For a full list, view the Paladin Equipment category.


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Velious Pre-Raid/Group

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Velious Raiding

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