This article is about the obsolete player class. For the monster, see Paladin (monster).
Paladins are holy warriors who worship the Shining One, and share many abilities of the Fighter and the Priest. In particular, they are charged with smiting evil, and gain power from destroying demons, the undead, and other evil beings.
Note that a Paladin's religion requires them to fight honorably. They must refrain from using poison, unholy magic or items, or attacking while invisible. Nor can they attack a confused, held, fleeing, sleeping, paralyzed, or otherwise helpless opponent, unless that opponent is evil. Of course, you may deem the Shining One's protection and gifts to be more than worth all this restraint.
Paladins begin with 28 piety.
As with other religious classes, demigods cannot be Paladins. In addition, the undead races (mummies, ghouls, and vampires) and demonspawn may not start as Paladins, since the Shining One will not accept them as followers. Even temporarily becoming undead via the Necromutation spell will result in excommunication.
- Paladins start with a +0 falchion, +0 ring mail, +0 shield, potion of healing, and a bread ration, before racial variation.
Adjusted for species aptitudes:
Paladins were removed in 0.8.0.