The Complete Paladin Justicar Tank Build – Neverwinter Mod 16 Undermountain

Welcome to our Paladin Justicar Tanking Guide, updated for mod 16: Undermountain and Level 80. In this guide, we will give you tips and info on how to play the Paladin class, previously called Oathbound Paladin.

The Paladin is a holy warrior, introduced in mod 6: Elemental Evil. They can either be Healers through the Oathkeeper paragon path or Tanks through Justicar. Consider using one loadout for a Oathkeeper build so that you can fill both roles. You can also check out our Paladin solo build here.

The purpose of our class guides is not just to show you a build that you can copy and use on your character, but to show you a base build and teach you the mechanics and stats of the game, so you can understand and play your class to its fullest capabilities. Try different gear, feats and powers and learn to tailor your own build for your playstyle. See our guide to making your own build for more info.

Paladin Justicar Guide Index

Basic Paladin Justicar Info

Best Paladin Justicar Races

  1. Metallic Ancestry Dragonborn – 3% + Healing – +2 to Any two stats – 1500 Crit – 3% Increased Damage
  2. Dragonborn – 3% HP + Healing – +2 to Any two stats – 1500 Crit – 3% Increased Damage
  3. Tiefling – 5% + Damage to targets below 50% health – +2 Cha and +2 Con or Int – 10% to reduce damage of target for 5 sec by 2.5%
  4. Human – 250 to all ratings (offensive & defensive) – +3 to any stat.
  5. Dwarf – 20% Resistance to Knock and Push – +2 Con and +2 Str or Wis – 2000 Defense bonus.

Paladin Justicar Ability Score Priority

Put at least 20 Points into Intelligence and Constitution and the rest into Charisma.

Paladin Justicar Stat / Rating Priority

Offensive Stats:

Armor Penetration (Caps at 68k) > Critical Strike (Caps at 68k) > Accuracy (Caps at 68k) Combat Advantage (Caps at 118k) > Power (No Cap)

Defensive Stats:

Defense (Caps at 68k) > Deflection (Caps at 68k) > Critical Avoidance (Caps at 73k) > Awareness (Caps at 78k) > HP (No Cap)

Paladin Justicar Paragon Path Feats & Powers

paladin justicar tank build

Paladin Justicar Combat Powers

At-Will Powers: Radiant Strike & Shielding Strike

Encounter Powers: Burning Light – Smite – Binding Oath / Bane (AoE)

Daily Powers: Shield of Faith – Radiant Charge / Divine Judgement

Class Features: Composure – Aura of Valor

Paladin Justicar Feats

  • Sacred Shield
  • Burning Vengeance
  • Divine Pursuit
  • Sheltering Light
  • Unyielding Champion

Paladin Justicar Boons

You should always choose boons based on what stats you currently need. Therefor a selection of several viable boons is available to you for each tier.

Tier 1 Boons

  • Recruit’s Training – 250 Power
  • Critical Avoidance – 250 Critical Avoidance
  • Cultist Bulwark – 1000 HP

Tier 2 Boons

  • Squire’s Training – 250 Power
  • Defense – 250 Defense
  • Demonic Bulwark – 1000 HP

Tier 3 Boons

  • Knight’s Training – 250 Power
  • Awareness– 250 Awareness
  • Dino Bulwark – 1000 HP

Tier 4 Boons

  • Captain’s Training – 250 Power
  • Deflect – 250 Deflect
  • Necrotic Bulwark – 1000 HP

Tier 5 Boons (Choose 2)

  • Call of Power – 1% AP Gain
  • Quick Turnaround – 1% Recovery Speed per rank.

Master Boons

  • Enhanced Application 3/3

Guild Boons

  • Offense – Power
  • Defense – Hit Points

Paladin Justicar Weapons & Gear

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.

The best way to gear up in Neverwinter is by making a lot of Astral Diamonds, check out our Astral Diamond Guide to learn all the secrets of AD farming.


Protégé’s Visor Helm (Best in Slot) – Helm of the Spy’s Guild


Fured Kuino of the Bear (Best in Slot)


Jawripper’s Gloves – Terrored Grips


Heels of Fury (Best in Slot)


Alabaster Greatsword / Alabaster Sword Knot (Best in Slot)

Main Hand Modification:

Offhand Modifications:


Ring of the Shadowstalker +4/+5 (Best in Slot)

Neck & Waist

Wyvern’s Eye Necklace & Wyvern-Skin Belt


Protege’s Shirt (Best in Slot)


Protégé’s Pants (Best in Slot)

Paladin Justicar Artifacts

Primary Artifact

Wyvern-Venom Coated Knives (Best in Slot)

Secondary Artifacts

Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.

Arcturia’s Music Box – Staff of Flowers – Any with the stats you need.

Paladin Justicar 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. If you still need to refine your enchantments, see our Refinement Guide for tips on how to farm refinement.

Offense Enchantments

Radiant Enchantment – Any with stats you need

Defense Enchantments

Radiant Enchantment – Any with stats you need

Armor Enchantments

Elven Battle Enchantment – Bloodtheft Enchantment

Weapon Enchantments

Vorpal Enchantment – Holy Avenger Enchantment

Overload Enchantments

Various Marks from Stronghold Vendor > Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing > Black / Red Dragon Glyph

Armor Reinforcement Kits

Any stat you might need.

Jewelry Reinforcement Kits
Combat Advantage Jewel

Paladin Justicar Consumables & Buffs

Consider to get VIP for the Power of VIP HP buff if you aren’t already. Also always stand in campfires to get the +1 ability campfire buff.

Get one from each of the rows below:

  • Empowered Chain of Scales (Best in Slot) > Adorable Pocket Pet > Tymora’s Lucky Coin
  • Wild Storm Elixir > Elixir of Fate
  • Squash Soup > Watermelot Sorbet

Paladin Justicar Companions

Summoned Companion

Bulette Pup


You will want to maximise your Bolster by having more of the same type of companion as your summoned companion, up to 15% Bolster.

Companion Powers

There is a lot of viable Companion powers to choose from. Generally choose powers for the stats you are neeeding. This section will be updated further.

Companion Equipment

Bold / Fierce / Heroic of the Companion

of Adorable Licks / Bites

Companion Runestones

Any stat you might need.

Paladin Justicar Mounts

When choosing a Legendary Mount for the Mount Powers, look for a mount that has both a useful equip and combat power.

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.

Paladin Justicar Mount Insignia Bonuses

Assassin’s Covenant –Barbarian’s Revelry –  Artificer’s Persuasion – Gladiator’s Guile – Cavalry’s Warning

Insignia Type

Any stat you might need.

Paladin Justicar Mount Powers

Mount Equip Power:

2000 or 4000 Power

Mount Combat Power: Aureal Armament (Swift Golden Lion) or Warpainted Tyrannosaurus Rex’em (Warpainted Tyrannosaur)

If you have any questions or suggestions about our Neverwinter Paladin Justicar guide, please leave a comment below! More info about the Paladin class can be found at The Neverwinter Reddit. More builds and further info can also be found at MMOMinds.

  • Yeet
    June 5, 2019

    Most pallys who use relentless avenger get a lot of complaints about it because it pushes enemies away and messes up aim for other players

  • GoodBye
    June 18, 2019

    I’m getting slaughter by everything. Powers I normally used before aren’t an option. I was 16k before and earned it through a lot of grinding on week nights and weekends. Now it’s like starting over. This sucks!

  • Diago
    June 26, 2019

    You have for the weapons “Alabaster Greatsword / Alabaster Sword Knot (Best in Slot)”. Am I missing something, or can paladins now use sword knots?

  • Essthompson
    June 27, 2019

    Alabaster Greatsword / Alabaster Sword Knot are Barbarian gear

  • Scott
    July 10, 2019

    Is Justicar gear same as Oathkeeper gear? Obviously gear listed for Justicar is barbarian gear.

  • Contractions of Fate
    July 24, 2019

    Relentless Tickle no longer pushes enemies away in Mod 16.

  • Scott
    August 3, 2019

    Is this guide ever going to be corrected?!

  • Drystin
    August 29, 2019

    It shouldn’t need to be corrected because it’s obvious what was meant. Alabaster greatsword, longsword, butterknife etc., clearly the Alabaster set is generally considered BiS for most classes by most players aside from Watcher and upcoming Mod 17.

    This, like all other class guides, is a base guideline of builds to help you make one all your own. Use it lightly, dig into more, make yours. Good gaming.

  • Contractions of Fate
    September 25, 2019

    Why does no one like Half Elves for Paladin?

  • September 26, 2019

    Time for an update!

  • Scott
    October 15, 2019

    The weapons I can understand but you can’t tell me that all that DPS hunt gear is BIS for a pally tank.

  • Ggamer
    December 16, 2019

    I heard that a negation was best in slot for armor enchantments

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