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The Complete Oathbound Paladin Guide

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Welcome to our Oathbound Paladin Guide, updated for Swords of Chult, mod 12b. In this guide, we will give you tips and info on how to play the Oathbound Paladin class.

The Oathbound Paladin is a holy warrior, introduced in mod 6: Elemental Evil. They can either be Healers through the Oath of Devotion paragon path or Tanks through Oath of Protection.

This Oathbound Paladin guide is meant as a general guideline. To get the most out of your character, tailor him or her to your playstyle. The Neverwinter Reddit is a good place to start if you want to learn more about your class. More builds and further info can also be found at MMOMinds.

Oathbound Paladin Guide Index

Basic Oathbound Paladin Info

Best Races as an Oathbound Paladin:

  1. Human: +2 to any stats. Versatile Defense (3% extra defense). Heroic Effort (3 extra heroic feats).
  2. Dragonborn: +2 to any stats. Dragon Heritage (5% extra healing from spells and abilities). Dragonborn Fury (3% extra power and crit).
  3. Dwarf : +2 Con, +2 Str. Stand your Ground (20% resistance to knock and push). Cast-Iron Stomach (20% resistance to DoTs)

Oathbound Paladin Attribute Priority:

  • Constitution > Wisdom > Charisma

Oathbound Paladin Stat Priority :

For stats in Neverwinter, aim to hit the hard/soft cap of your primary stat, then secondary and so forth. Try not to waste stats by going over the caps, and instead start gearing towards another stat.

  •  Power > Defense (Caps Damage Resistance at 95%) > Deflection (Caps at 100%) > Hit Points > Armor Penetration (Cap Resistance Ignored at 85%) > Recovery > Crit (Caps at 100%)

Oathbound Paladin Gear & Enchantments

If you are new to Neverwinter and need to know how to get better gear and increase your item level, check out our Gearing Up Guide. If you want to plan out your character and see what items are available the Neverwinter Character Simulator is a great tool.

Head:

  • Rex Corona (Best in Slot) > Primal Ward Umqhele >Guise of the Wolf Clan > Titansteel Ward Armet > Vivified Oathkeeper’s Ward Armet > Dragon Loyalist’s Visage

Armor:

  • Primal Ward Ibantshi (Best in Slot) > Deepknights Brigandine > Titansteel Ward Cuirass> Vivified Oathkeeper’s Ward Cuirass

Arms:

  • Primal Ward Ibhendis (Best in Slot) > Hullsnapper > Vivified Oathkeeper’s Restoration Couters > Pioneer Ward Tahadus

Feet:

  • Primal Ward Isikhumbas (Best in Slot) >  Boots of the Alpha > Vivified Oathkeeper’s Restoration Poleyns

Primary & Secondary:

  • Titansteel (Best in slot if rest of party is also Masterwork II set) > Oathkeeper’s> The Cloaked Ascendancy Set > Wootz+Teak

Neck & Waist:

  • Craigmire Set ( Cloak of the Protector, Greater Plated Belt of Constitution )

Rings:

  • Primal Restoration Ring > Ring of the Goblin Slayer +5 > Greater Ostorian Ring of Dod

Shirt & Pants:

  • Shirt & Pants of the Chultan Merchant

Artifacts:

  • Primary Artifact: Wheel of Elements
  • Secondary Artifacts: Horn of Valhalla – Lantern of Revelation (Craigmire Set) – Sigil of the Oathbound Paladin

Oathbound Paladin Enchantments :

When getting enchantments, always get the ones with the stats you are lacking in with your gear, boons, etc in mind. For example, if you’ve capped Crit with your gear and boons, don’t get azure enchantments for your offense slots.

Armor Enchantments :

  • Negation Enchantment

Weapon Enchantments :

  • Feytouched Enchantment

Offense Enchantments :

  • Radiant Enchantments

Defense Enchantments :

  • Radiant Enchantments

Utility Enchantments: Dragon’s Hoard x2 + QuartmasterX2 + 1 Fey Blessing / Dark Enchantments.

Overload Enchantments :

  • Corrupt Black Ice Enchantment

Armor Reinforcement Kits :

  • Power Armor Kit

Jewelry Reinforcement Kits: Action Point Gain Jewel

Oathbound Paladin Companions & Mounts

The Best Companion for Oathbound Paladin :

  • Summoned Companion: Sellsword. Active Companions: Air Archon, Earth Archon, Energon, Siege Master / Tamed Velociraptor (if rest of party is using one)

Companion Gear :

For the companion gear from Illusionist’s Gambit, the +4 rings are actually better than the +5 as they have two offensive/defensive enchantment slots and the +5 has an overload slot.

  • Bold/Heroic Gear of the Companion

Companion Runestones: Bonding Runestones

The Oathbound Paladin Fighter Mounts :

When choosing a Legendary Mount for the Mount Powers, look for a mount that has both a useful equip and combat power. The best choices for a first legendary mount as a Oathbound Paladin is a Black Ice Warhorse.

What other mounts you use is not that important. What is important is to get the right insignia bonuses, and many different mounts can offer the various bonuses. To find out what mount has the bonus you want, check out our Insignia Bonus Guide.

All classes and specs should consider using Wanderer’s Fortune before you have refined all your gear and enchantments, for extra refinement every day.

The Best Oathbound Paladin Insignia Bonuses :

  • Assassin’s Covenant – Protector’s Camaraderie –  Artificer’s Persuasion – Gladiators Guile – Shepard’s Devotion

Insignia Type :

  • Dominance > Prosperity > Skill

Oathbound Paladin Mount Powers :

  • Mount Equip Power: Dominant Force (4000 power) Mount Combat Power: Aureal Armament (Swift Golden Lion)  Warpainted Tyrannosaurus Rex’em (Warpainted Tyrannosaur)

Oathbound Paladin Boons

Guild:

Power, Defense

Elemental Evil :

Protection: Wave of Force, Heart of Stone, Searing Aggression, Wall of Wind

Devotion: Wave of Force, Heart of Stone, Blazing Resilience, Wall of Wind

Sharandar :

Protection: Dark Fey Hunter, Fey Precision, Feywilds Fortitude, Elven Tranquility, Elvish Fury

Devotion: Dark Fey Hunter, Fey Precision, Elven Haste, Elven Tranquility, Elvish Fury

Dread Ring :

Protection: Reliquary Keeper’s Strenght, Evoker’s Thirst, Forbidden Piercing, Enraged Regrowth, Augmented Thayan Bastion

Devotion: Reliquary Keeper’s Strenght, Evoker’s Thirst, Forbidden Piercing, Enraged Regrowth, Burning Guidance

Icewind Dale :

Protection: Weathering The Storm, Appreciation of Warmth, Sleet Skills, Cold Shoulder, Avalanche

Devotion: Weathering The Storm, Refreshing Chill, Rapid Thaw, Cool Resolve, Winter’s Bounty

Underdark :

Protection: Primordial Might, Primordial Focus, Drow Ambush Tactics, Dwarven Stamina, Abyssal Strikes

Devotion: Primordial Might, Primordial Focus, Drow Ambush Tactics, Dwarven Stamina, Abyssal Strikes

Tyranny of Dragons :

Protection: Dragonheart, Dragon’s Gaze, Draconic Armorbreaker, Dragon’s Greed, Dragon’s Thirst

Devotion: Dragon’s Claws, Dragon’s Gaze, Dragonscale Defense, Dragon’s Greed, Dragon’s Fury / Revival / Grip (One in each)

The Maze Engine :

Protection: Abyssal Regeneration,  Demonic Resilience, Demonic Swiftness, Baphomet’s Might

Devotion: Abyssal Regeneration, Demonic Resilience, Demonic Swiftness, Engine Inspiration

Storm King’s Thunder :

Protection: Frosty Demeanor, Hardy Constitution, Icy Wrath, Glacial Strength, Chill of Winter

Devotion: Frosty Demeanor, Hardy Constitution, Chill Determination, Glacial Strength, Healing Warmth

The Cloaked Ascendancy :

Protection: Aura of Hope, Fiery Frency, Fey Brias, Aberrant Power

Devotion: Aura of Hope, Healing Heat, Soothing Zephyr, Vision of Beyond

Jungles of Chult :

Protection: Tyrant’s Terror, Soul Syphon

Devotion: Tyrant’s Terror, Lingering Curse

Oathbound Paladin Paragon Paths & Powers

The Oathbound Paladin paragon paths offer two vastly different play styles. The Oath of Protection for tanking and DPS, and the Oath of Devotion for healing.

oath of protection build

Oath of Protection

Combat Powers

At-Wills: Radiant Strike & Oath Strike  / Shielding Strike

Class Features: Aura of Courage, Aura of Wisdom

Daily: Shield of Faith & Divine Judgement

Encounter: Biding Oath, Templar’s Wrath, Burning Light

Oath of Protection Feats:

Oathbound Paladin Protection Build

 

oath of devotion build

Oath of Devotion

Combat Powers

At-Wills: Cure Wounds & Oath Strike

Class Features: Aura of Courage, Aura of Life / Wisdom

Daily: Shield of Faith, Healing Font

Encounter: Burning Light, Vow of Enmity, Bond of Virtue

Oath of Devotion Feats:

Oathbound Paladin Devotion Build

 

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  • This guide has been updated as of January 2018 for Neverwinter mod 12b, Swords of Chult

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