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.
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
Paladin Justicar Guide Index
Basic Paladin Justicar Info
Best Paladin Justicar Races
- Metallic Ancestry Dragonborn – 3% + Healing – +2 to Any two stats – 1500 Crit – 3% Increased Damage
- Dragonborn – 3% HP + Healing – +2 to Any two stats – 1500 Crit – 3% Increased Damage
- Human – 250 to all ratings (offensive & defensive) – +3 to any stat.
- 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%
- Dwarf – 20% Resistance to Knock and Push – +2 Con and +2 Str or Wis – 2000 Defense bonus.
Paladin Justicar Ability Score Priority
Put all your available Ability Scores into Intelligence and Charisma.
Paladin Justicar Stat / Rating Priority
Paladin Justicar Paragon Path Feats & Powers
Paladin Justicar Combat Powers
At-Will Powers: Radiant Strike & Shielding Strike
Encounter Powers: Vow of Enmity – Relentless Avenger – Absolution
Solo Encounter Powers: Burning Light – Sacred Weapon – Smite
Daily Powers: Shield of Faith & Divine Protector
Solo Daily Powers: Divine Judgement – Radiant Charge
Class Features: Aura of Valor / Blessed Warrior (Solo) & Composure
Paladin Justicar Feats
- Sacred Shield
- Baneful Strikes / Burning Vengeance (Solo)
- Justicar’s Bulwark / Divine Pursuit (Solo)
- Sheltering Light / Shield of the Gods (Solo)
- Unyielding Champion
Paladin Justicar Boons
You should always choose
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.
- Enhanced Application 3/3
- 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.
If you want to plan out your character and see what items are available the Neverwinter Character Simulator is a great tool.
Main Hand Modification:
Neck & Waist
Paladin Justicar Artifacts
Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.
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.
Various Marks from Stronghold Vendor > Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing > Black / Red Dragon Glyph
Armor Reinforcement Kits
Jewelry Reinforcement Kits
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
Companions changed a lot in mod 16, so the information below is not yet complete.
You will want to maximise your Bolster by having more of the same type of companion as your summoned companion, up to 15% Bolster.
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.
Bold / Fierce / Heroic of the Companion
of Adorable Licks / Bites
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. The best choices for a first legendary mount as a Paladin Justicar is aBlack Ice Warhorse or a Whirlwind.
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
Survivor’s Blessing – Protector’s Camaraderie – Champion’s Return – Sheperd’s Devotion
Paladin Justicar Mount Powers
Mount Equip Power:
5000 or 10000 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.