DDO Paladin Vanguard Build

Paladin Vanguard Build – DDO

Welcome to our Paladin Vanguard Build for DDO. This build is a defensive build with healing and some utility that gives it value in groups but also make it a strong solo build.

This build also works well as a first life build.

Paladin Vanguard Basics


  • Aasimar
  • Human
  • Dragonborn
  • Drow
  • Tiefling

For this Paladin build we are going with Aasimar



As you level up place your stats into Charisma.


When it comes to skills for this Paladin build you can choose what suits your playstyle. Some are more useful than others though, so here is a list of the ones we recommend:

  • Diplomacy
  • Intimidate
  • Use Magic Device
  • Haggle
  • Concentration


  • Level 1: Shield Mastery
  • Level 2 Deity: Follower of The Sovereign Host
  • Level 3: Toughness
  • Level 6: Knight’s Training
  • Level 6 Deity: Unyielding Sovereignity
  • Level 9: Improved Critical: Slashing Weapons
  • Level 12: Improved Shield Mastery
  • Level 15: Quicken Spell
  • Level 18: Weapon Focus Slashing
  • Level 21 Epic: Overwhelming Critical
  • Level 24 Epic: Epic Defensive Fighting
  • Level 26 Destiny: Perfect Two Weapon Fighting
  • Level 27 Epic: Epic Damage Reduction
  • Level 28 Destiny: Pierce Damage Reduction: Adamantine
  • Level 29 Destiny: Dire Charge
  • Level 30 Epic: Precision
  • Level 30 Legend: Scion of Arborea


When it comes to choosing spells, pick spells that benefit your playstyle. Below is just a list of spells that are beneficial in different sitations.

Level 1

  • Divine Favor
  • Cure Light Wounds
  • Lesser Restoration
  • Seek Eternal Rest
  • Protection from Evil
  • Lionheart

Level 2

  • Resist Energy
  • Remove Paralysis
  • Angelskin
  • Eagle’s Splendor
  • Owl’s Wisdom

Level 3

  • Remove Blindness
  • Remove Curse
  • Prayer
  • Magic Circle Against Evil
  • Cure Moderate Wounds

Level 4

  • True Ressurection
  • Holy Sword
  • Zeal
  • Death Ward


Vanguard (42 AP)

  • To the Fore! – Shield Combat I – Vicious Shield I – Shield Combat II – Vicious Shield II
  • Shield Specialization – Shield Smash III
  • Shield Specialization – Brutality I – Stunning Shield III – Melee Power Boost III
  • Shield Specialization – Fatal Bulwark – Strength
  • Shield Specialization – Armor Mastery III – Shield Charge III
  • Disorienting Smash III – Shield Charge III – Armored Strength

Sacred Defender (25 AP)

  • Holy Bastion – Sacred Defense – Divine Righteousness – Redemption
  • Item Defense III – Extra Lay On Hands III – Durable Defense III – Sacred Armor Mastery III
  • Tenacious Defense III – Charisma
  • Swift Defense – Strong Defense III

Knight of the Chalice (13 AP)

  • Slayer of Evil – Courage of Heaven – Slayer of Evil II
  • Extra Smite II – Attack Boost I
  • Divine Might III

Aasimar (9 AP)

  • Stronger Bonds I
  • Fight the Wicked – Bold III
  • Divine Purpose – Divine Resolve III

Destiny (24 AP)

Legendary Dreadnought

  1. Legendary Tactics III – Extra Action Boost III – Strength
  2. Strength
  3. Haste Boost II – Strength
  4. Strength
  5. Advancing Blows – Devastating Critical
  6. Master’s Blitz – Pulverizer

Twists of Fate (30 fate points)

  1. Sense Weakness (Tier 4 Fury)
  2. Endless Lay On Hands (Tier 3 Sentinel)
  3. Legendary Shield Mastery (Tier 2 Sentinel)
  4. Rejuvenation Cocoon (Tier 1 Primal)

If you have any questions or suggestions for our Paladin Vanguard build, please leave a comment below!

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  1. Your build has more than 80 points spent in the enhancement trees. So which areas would you remove points from because by following your build I am 7 points short for vanguard tree. I have 9 points in my racial tree, 25 in the sacred defender and 11 in knights of the chalice, which only leaves me 35 points for vanguard. What do you suggest?

    1. Drop the Racial points. This build is based off Racial reincarnations, which give you more racial action points.

  2. Hi, I’m brand new to DnD online. I’d like to choose Paladin Vanguard, but it seems only Warriors get the pathway or option to chose that. Sorry if it’s a noob question, but do I choose pally and than “custom?” I’m currently a “free to play” player…

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