Paladin (monster)

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Obsolete: This article refers to an aspect of the game which has been removed. It is retained for historical reference only.

paladin @Paladin.png
HP 48-80
HD 10
XP 818
Speed 10
AC 0
EV 10
MR 40
Attack1 26 (hit: plain)

Type of Meat Contaminated
Resistances rN+++, rRot,
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence High
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Holy
Size Medium
Type human, human
Flags Fighter

This page is about the monster. For the obsolete player background, see Paladin. For a list of all holy monsters, see list of holy monsters.

A pious armoured warrior fighting in the service of the Shining One.

"Now shame to knighthood, brothers!
Must Summer plead in vain?
And shall I wait till others
My crown of sunshine gain?
Alone this day I'll dare the fray,
Alone this day I'll win;
In me my queen shall find, I ween,
A sturdy paladin."

-Katharine Lee Bates, "The Little Knight in Green". ca. 1890.

Useful Info

Paladins are powerful warriors with holy attributes; they can be considered the holy analogue to hell knights. They are constantly surrounded by a 2-tile halo aura and generally come with heavy armour, a shield of some sort, and a weapon of holy wrath (generally a blessed blade). While they are legitimate threats to undead and demonspawn characters, they are extremely rare, generally only appearing on holy-themed Pandemonium and Ziggurat floors.

Tips & Tricks

  • If you want to get a blessed blade without having to worship the Shining One, paladins often carry them.
  • As with other holy monsters, killing a paladin may result in the Shining One smiting you with Cleansing Flame. If you're very low on health, avoid killing any paladins lest you suddenly meet an untimely end.


Paladins were removed in 0.13.