Paladin Guide — Endwalker 6.1

Last updated on Apr 20, 2022 at 16:00 by nikroulah 1 comment

Paladin is a tank job in Final Fantasy XIV that seek to protect their party members with their sword and shield, channelling the holy power bestowed upon them to smite down their foes. Paladin can only be played at Level 30 or higher, after receiving their job stone as a Gladiator.

1.

What is Paladin's Playstyle?

Paladin is a tank that uses a sword and shield while combining melee combos and magical spells to down its enemies.

Paladin cycles between a combo-focused physical damage phase and a ranged spell-casting phase with its two core buffs: Fight or Flight Icon Fight or Flight and Requiescat Icon Requiescat. It also has special combo finishers, Goring Blade Icon Goring Blade and Blade of Valor Icon Blade of Valor, that afflict the enemy with a powerful damage-over-time effect. Optimization revolves around maximizing these two buff windows around downtime and disengages.

On the defensive side, Paladin has access to powerful raid mitigation and single-target mitigation tools, able to significantly lighten the load on healers in raids and trials, as well as fill the gaps in your co-tank's defenses.

2.

How to Unlock Paladin

Paladin upgrades from one of the starting classes, Gladiator, at level 30. To unlock Gladiator if it was not your starting class, visit the Gladiator's Guild at Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (x9.2, y11.7) and speak to Lulutsu.

Upon reaching level 30 on Gladiator and completing all of the class quests, speak to Lulutsu in the Gladiator's Guild at Ul'dah - Steps of Thal (X:9.2, Y:11.7) once more to accept the quest Paladin's Pledge. Upon completion, you will obtain the Paladin job stone and unlock the first of many Paladin abilities.

3.

The Oath Gauge

Oath Gauge

The Oath Gauge indicates when you have your tank stance, Iron Will Icon Iron Will, toggled on. After unlocking Sheltron Icon Sheltron, it will also show your accumulated Oath. You gain Oath by landing auto-attacks, which happen automatically in combat approximately every 2.3 seconds.

At level cap, Oath can be spent on three defensive cooldowns, Holy Sheltron Icon Holy Sheltron, Intervention Icon Intervention, and Cover Icon Cover, each costing 50 Oath.

4.

Paladin Actions

Action Name
  • Cast
  • Recast
  • Range
  • Radius
Effect
Fast Blade Icon Fast Blade Lv. 1
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 200.
Fight or Flight Icon Fight or Flight Lv. 2
  • Instant
  • 60.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Increases physical damage dealt by 25%. Duration: 25s
Riot Blade Icon Riot Blade Lv. 4
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 170. Combo Action: Fast Blade Combo Potency: 300 Combo Bonus: Restores MP
Total Eclipse Icon Total Eclipse Lv. 6
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to all nearby enemies.
Iron Will Icon Iron Will Lv. 10
  • Instant
  • 3.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Significantly increases enmity generation. Effect ends upon reuse.
Shield Bash Icon Shield Bash Lv. 10
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100. Additional Effect: Stun Duration: 6s
Shield Lob Icon Shield Lob Lv. 15
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 20y
  • 0y
Delivers a ranged attack with a potency of 100. Additional Effect: Increased enmity
Rage of Halone Icon Rage of Halone Lv. 26
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100. Combo Action: Riot Blade Combo Potency: 330
Spirits Within Icon Spirits Within Lv. 30
  • Instant
  • 30.0s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 270. Additional Effect: Restores MP
Sheltron Icon Sheltron Lv. 35
  • Instant
  • 5.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Block incoming attacks. Duration: 6s Oath Gauge Cost: 50
Sentinel Icon Sentinel Lv. 38
  • Instant
  • 120.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Reduces damage taken by 30%. Duration: 15s
Prominence Icon Prominence Lv. 40
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to all nearby enemies. Combo Action: Total Eclipse Combo Potency: 170 Combo Bonus: Restores MP
Cover Icon Cover Lv. 45
  • Instant
  • 120.0s
  • ↔ 10y
  • 0y
Take all damage intended for another party member as long as said member remains within 10 yalms. Does not activate with certain attacks. Duration: 12s Oath Gauge Cost: 50
Circle of Scorn Icon Circle of Scorn Lv. 50
  • Instant
  • 30.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 5y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100 to all nearby enemies. Additional Effect: Damage over time Potency: 30 Duration: 15s
Hallowed Ground Icon Hallowed Ground Lv. 50
  • Instant
  • 420.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Renders you impervious to most attacks. Duration: 10s
Goring Blade Icon Goring Blade Lv. 54
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 100. Combo Action: Riot Blade Combo Potency: 250 Combo Bonus: Damage over time Potency: 65 Duration: 21s Damage over time effect cannot be stacked with that of Blade of Valor.
Divine Veil Icon Divine Veil Lv. 56
  • Instant
  • 90.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Upon HP recovery via healing magic cast by self or a party member, a protective barrier is cast on all party members within a radius of 15 yalms. Duration: 30s Barrier Effect: Prevents damage up to 10% of your maximum HP Duration: 30s Additional Effect: Restore target's HP Cure Potency: 400 Effect ends upon casting barrier on self and nearby party members.
Clemency Icon Clemency Lv. 58
  • 1.5s
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 30y
  • 0y

MP Cost: 4000.0

Restores target's HP. Cure Potency: 1,000 Additional Effect: Restores to self 50% of HP restored to target if target is a party member
Royal Authority Icon Royal Authority Lv. 60
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 130. Combo Action: Riot Blade Combo Potency: 420 Combo Bonus: Grants 3 stacks of Sword Oath Duration: 30s
Intervention Icon Intervention Lv. 62
  • Instant
  • 10.0s
  • ↔ 30y
  • 0y
Reduces target party member's damage taken by 10%. Duration: 8s Additional Effect: Increases damage reduction by an additional 10% if Rampart or Sentinel are active Additional Effect: Grants Knight's Resolve to target Knight's Resolve Effect: Reduces damage taken by 10% Duration: 4s Additional Effect: Grants Knight's Benediction to target Knight's Benediction Effect: Gradually restores HP Cure Potency: 250 Duration: 12s Oath Gauge Cost: 50
Holy Spirit Icon Holy Spirit Lv. 64
  • 1.5s
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 25y
  • 0y

MP Cost: 2000.0

Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 270. Requiescat Potency: 540 Additional Effect: Restores own HP Cure Potency: 400
Requiescat Icon Requiescat Lv. 68
  • Instant
  • 60.0s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 400. Additional Effect: Grants 5 stacks of Requiescat Requiescat Effect: Increases the potency of Holy Spirit and Holy Circle and spells will require no cast time Duration: 30s Additional Effect: Grants Blade of Faith Ready when the effect of Requiescat ends Duration: 30s Confiteor changes to Blade of Faith while under the effect of Blade of Faith Ready.
Passage of Arms Icon Passage of Arms Lv. 70
  • Instant
  • 120.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 8y
Increases block rate to 100% and creates a designated area in a cone behind you in which party members will only suffer 85% of all damage inflicted. Duration: 18s Effect ends upon using another action or moving (including facing a different direction). Cancels auto-attack upon execution.
Holy Circle Icon Holy Circle Lv. 72
  • 1.5s
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 5y

MP Cost: 2000.0

Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 130 to all nearby enemies. Requiescat Potency: 300 Additional Effect: Restores own HP Cure Potency: 400
Intervene Icon Intervene Lv. 74
  • Instant
  • 30.0s
  • ↔ 20y
  • 0y
Rushes target and delivers an attack with a potency of 150. Maximum Charges: 2 Cannot be executed while bound.
Atonement Icon Atonement Lv. 76
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Delivers an attack with a potency of 420. Additional Effect: Restores MP Can only be executed while under the effect of Sword Oath.
Confiteor Icon Confiteor Lv. 80
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 25y
  • 5y

MP Cost: 2000.0

Deals unaspected damage with a potency of 900 to target and all enemies nearby it. Additional Effect: Restores own HP Cure Potency: 400 Can only be executed while under the effect of Requiescat. Effect fades upon execution.
Holy Sheltron Icon Holy Sheltron Lv. 82
  • Instant
  • 5.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Block incoming attacks. Duration: 8s Additional Effect: Grants Knight's Resolve Knight's Resolve Effect: Reduces damage taken by 15% Duration: 4s Additional Effect: Grants Knight's Benediction Knight's Benediction Effect: Gradually restores HP Cure Potency: 250 Duration: 12s Oath Gauge Cost: 50
Expiacion Icon Expiacion Lv. 86
  • Instant
  • 30.0s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 5y
Delivers an attack to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 340 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies. Additional Effect: Restores MP
Blade of Faith Icon Blade of Faith Lv. 90
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 25y
  • 5y
Deals unaspected damage to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 420 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies. Additional Effect: Restores own HP Cure Potency: 400 Additional Effect: Restores MP Can only be executed while under the effect of Blade of Faith Ready, granted when the effect of Requiescat ends. ※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Blade of Truth Icon Blade of Truth Lv. 90
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 25y
  • 5y
Deals unaspected damage to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 500 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies. Combo Action: Blade of Faith Combo Bonus: Restores MP Additional Effect: Restores own HP Cure Potency: 400 ※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
Blade of Valor Icon Blade of Valor Lv. 90
  • Instant
  • 2.5s
  • ↔ 25y
  • 5y
Deals unaspected damage to target and all enemies nearby it with a potency of 580 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies. Combo Action: Blade of Truth Combo Bonus: Restores MP Combo Bonus: Damage over time Potency: 80 for the first enemy, and 50% less for all remaining enemies Duration: 21s Additional Effect: Restores own HP Cure Potency: 400 Damage over time effect cannot be stacked with that of Goring Blade. ※This action cannot be assigned to a hotbar.
5.

Role Actions

Action Name
  • Cast
  • Recast
  • Range
  • Radius
Effect
Rampart Icon Rampart Lv. 8
  • Instant
  • 90.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Reduces damage taken by 20%. Duration: 20s
Low Blow Icon Low Blow Lv. 12
  • Instant
  • 25.0s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Stuns target. Duration: 5s
Provoke Icon Provoke Lv. 15
  • Instant
  • 30.0s
  • ↔ 25y
  • 0y
Gesture threateningly, placing yourself at the top of a target's enmity list while gaining additional enmity.
Interject Icon Interject Lv. 18
  • Instant
  • 30.0s
  • ↔ 3y
  • 0y
Interrupts the use of a target's action.
Reprisal Icon Reprisal Lv. 22
  • Instant
  • 60.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 5y
Reduces damage dealt by nearby enemies by 10%. Duration: 10s
Arm's Length Icon Arm's Length Lv. 32
  • Instant
  • 120.0s
  • ↔ 0y
  • 0y
Creates a barrier nullifying most knockback and draw-in effects. Duration: 6s Additional Effect: Slow +20% when barrier is struck Duration: 15s
Shirk Icon Shirk Lv. 48
  • Instant
  • 120.0s
  • ↔ 25y
  • 0y
Diverts 25% of enmity to target party member.
6.

Paladin Traits

Action Name Acquired Effect
Tank Mastery Icon Tank Mastery Lv. 1

Reduces damage taken by 20%. Furthermore, grants a bonus to maximum HP based on your vitality attribute, and a bonus to damage dealt based on your strength attribute.

Oath Mastery Icon Oath Mastery Lv. 35

Increases Oath Gauge by 5 each time an auto-attack lands.

Chivalry Icon Chivalry Lv. 58

Restores MP when using Riot Blade or Spirits Within.

Rage of Halone Mastery Icon Rage of Halone Mastery Lv. 60

Upgrades Rage of Halone to Royal Authority.

Divine Magic Mastery Icon Divine Magic Mastery Lv. 64

Halves MP cost for all spells while preventing casting interruptions via damage taken.

Enhanced Prominence Icon Enhanced Prominence Lv. 66

Restores MP when using Prominence.

Enhanced Sheltron Icon Enhanced Sheltron Lv. 74

Extends the duration of Sheltron to 6 seconds.

Sword Oath Icon Sword Oath Lv. 76

Grants three stacks of Sword Oath after successfully completing a combo with Royal Authority.

Duration: 30s

Sheltron Mastery Icon Sheltron Mastery Lv. 82

Upgrades Sheltron to Holy Sheltron.

Enhanced Intervention Icon Enhanced Intervention Lv. 82

Extends the duration of Intervention to 8 seconds.

Grants Knight's Resolve to target, reducing damage taken by 10%.

Duration: 4s

Grants Knight's Benediction to target, gradually restoring HP over time.

Cure Potency: 250

Duration: 12s

Divine Magic Mastery II Icon Divine Magic Mastery II Lv. 84

Adds a healing effect to Holy Spirit, Holy Circle, and Confiteor.

Cure Potency: 400

Melee Mastery Icon Melee Mastery Lv. 84

Increases the potency of Fast Blade to 200, Riot Blade to 170, Royal Authority to 130, Holy Spirit to 270, and Atonement to 420.

Spirits Within Mastery Icon Spirits Within Mastery Lv. 86

Upgrades Spirits Within to Expiacion.

Enhanced Divine Veil Icon Enhanced Divine Veil Lv. 88

Adds a healing effect to Divine Veil.

Cure Potency: 400

7.

Paladin Lore

For centuries, the elite of the Sultansworn have served as personal bodyguards to the royal family of Ul'dah. Known as paladins, these men and women marry exquisite swordplay with stalwart shieldwork to create a style of combat uncompromising in its defense. Clad in brilliant silver armor, they charge fearlessly into battle, ever ready to lay down their lives for their liege.

To be a paladin is to protect, and those who choose to walk this path will become the iron foundation upon which the party's defense is built.

8.

Changelog

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