If you peruse the forums looking for pure paladin builds you might see a lot of hate/derision directed toward this class (or at least that is the impression I had). To sum up the general feeling toward pure paladins: “Gimps”. I think I even saw them compared to cockroaches in one thread (they are very hard to kill, but can’t do much else).
So then I decided my 6th life was going to be a pure pally. Let me explain myself a little bit better:
I have a PLAN. It is an ambitious PLAN (at least for me, seeing that I take around 2-3 months to TR). At the end of this PLAN the only character I play will attain triple completionist status.
My PLAN began sometime in 2012 with my oh-so-gimptastic-1st life-10-con-combat-casting-elven-archmage-who-was-in-fact-killed-by-a-rat-in-Korthos-Island. After epic destinies came out, this toon maxed his magister destiny (getting to lvl 20 with him was…painful, but I refused to reroll) and left me wondering what to do. I decided to jump on the TR train, and since druids were the new shiny at the time, my second life was a hippy-druid life.
At the end of my druid-life, I grabbed and maxed the Draconic Incarnation epic destiny. Thinking about the future at the end of a druid life, my PLAN really took shape: to try out every class first without multiclassing to get a “feel” for them, while loosely following the Epic Destiny route (maxxing one Destiny per life).
This meant my 3rd life was as a pure Bard (going for Fatesinger). I chose a Horc TWF Warchanter build, and all I can say is, I had FUN, from level 1 to 20. But this post is about paladins, so let’s move on.
Shadowdancer was next. I could have chosen a Rogue life, but I had just bought the Artificer class, so I went for an Xbow loving Warforged Arty. Leveling this guy was almost like cheating, ‘cause it was so easy.
Moving on to my 5th life, a fork appeared in the road and I chose the Grandmaster path. Grandmaster meant Monk, and with Teacher Syn’s Guide help, I made a rocking human Light Monk. Mostly easy to level, but since this was my first build with evasion, I had created such high expectations for this ability that I was a little let down during the leveling process, especially when I died in the Crucible swim (due to my hubris). I won’t be making that mistake again.
And so I came to Unyielding Sentinal, a Destiny which is based on Paladins. The things I read on the forums about Pallys made me fear what was in store for me this life. But on I went and made a human THF KotC paladin. All I can say is: I had a freaking good time. I mean I loved playing my Pally, and he leveled faster than the previous lives. In this life I broke many personal tabus and accomplished things I never thought I could, such as:
- I survived the Repossession quest, breaking my Rite of Passage
- I saved the day on an elite BB PUG Chrono run, tanking Bloodplate and the CAD
- I soloed Invaders! on an elite BB with 0 deaths
- I soloed The Crucible on an elite BB and made the swim twice to get the extra chest
- I soloed Amrath on elite for the first time ever and got some Yugo pots! (and the Kormor’s Belt I’ve wanted for some time)
I’m telling you, if you want to have fun with a pure KotC Paladin, take him into Sins of Attrition on elite, run until you get Yellow or Orange DA and get surrounded by CR 29 mobs and just swing away, using your LOH to stay up and watching the numbers fly around. To me Amrath feels much more epic than any of the Forgotten Realms quests. Forgot to take a SS of Sins but here is one from the timed quest:
Anyway, my pally is not uber and I’m sure there are many other builds out there with superb DPS, but he wasn’t as gimp as the forums would have me believe.
On a side note, I TRed into my 7th life, an Evoker Favored Soul (following the Angel of Vengeance destiny). I’m up to level 6 by now and leveling him has been the oposite of my expectations: not fun yet and painful. Low level Favored Soul damaging spells suck, which leaves me hitting thing with a stick. Since I am not built for that, I don’t hit hard. Gah! I’m just hopping it will get better soon. Come on, balde barrier.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading. If you just skipped to the end, you were spared from my bad syntax, spelling and rambiling. Good for you. Make sure to leave your thoughts on paladins below.
Have a good week