Paladin Mastery Leveling Build for Last Epoch

Last updated on Nov 30, 2023 at 20:30 by AaronActionRPG

This is the perfect leveling guide for new players wanting to start with Paladin! This page will cover everything and anything you could need to know about leveling the class, including which skills to use, what stats to prioritize, and what uniques are useful early in the game.



This Paladin mastery leveling guide is designed to get us started in the right direction with your new mastery, by offering a simple skill setup to assist us while we play through main story act of the game and begin the Monolith endgame. We have chosen a set of skills and passives that create an effective and yet simplistic play style that can rapidly push our character to level 70 and complete the main campaign.

This build uses Rive Icon Rive with dual wield swords to dish out fast attacks as we dart around the battlefield with Lunge Icon Lunge. For defenses, we stick to Paladin skills Holy Aura Icon Holy Aura and Sigils Of Hope Icon Sigils Of Hope to keep ourselves in the fight, regardless of what tries to stand in our way. This build was made for brawling, diving into packs of enemies and triggering our three strike combination with Rive Icon Rive to cut down groups with ease. As a fail-safe for any major damage we are hit with, we can use Volatile Reversal Icon Volatile Reversal to rewind our position and restore our Health and Mana pools. This build works great with no reliability on uniques or must-have items.

Rive Icon
Lunge Icon
Holy Aura Icon
Volatile Reversal Icon
Sigils Of Hope Icon
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Paladin Leveling Passive Trees

Class Passives Skill Passives
Sentinel Void Knight Paladin
Rive Lunge Holy Aura Volatile Reversal Sigils of Hope

Sentinel Passive Tree

Sentinel Passive Tree

Sentinel is our base class to start this character off with. Our goal in this Passive Tree is to gain some critical stats for our Melee skills as they will be our focus all the way to level 70. We start with Juggernaut and Overwhelm boosting our Melee Damage and adding a chance to stun with melee attacks. Next, we move into Armour Clad for the Damage Reduction from nearby enemies and boosting our Armor. Our goal is to get to the skill node Gladiator as soon as we can for the ability to dual wield, sticking to two one-handed swords so we can benefit from Blademaster's increased Attack Speed for swords.

Now that we've completed our the Passive Tree for Sentinel, we will be moving on to our Mastery Passive Trees. For this build specifically, we will be splitting our passive points into a larger invest into Void Knight and a smaller amount into our chosen mastery Paladin. This is because we are simply going to be adding the minimum points into Paladin to secure two skills while keeping our focus on damage nodes in the Void Knight tree for Rive Icon Rive to help us with the leveling process.


Void Knight Passive Tree

Void Knight Passive Tree

The Void Knight tree will be focusing on buffing our damage and gaining Health Leech through the passive node World Eater. We start off with Devouring Blade to boost our damage by 100% as long as we are killing quickly, anything over 4 seconds between enemies and we will lose the buff. Then we take Abyssal Endurance and Doom Knight, for the flat health boost and Strength stats for added damage. Now we take one of the key components to our damage, Void Corruption, which grants us a Critical Strike Multiplier bonus for every point we have in the Void Knight passive tree. When we combine this with our Rive Icon Rive skill tree nodes that guarantee us a Critical Strike, we will receive all the damage buffs of the Void Knight passive tree.


Paladin Passive Tree

Paladin Passive Tree

Here we are only going to use only 15 points so we can unlock Sigils Of Hope Icon Sigils Of Hope. We will start with Conviction - a powerful damage node that also helps with Damage Penetration. Next, we add 2 points into Valor then put 5 points into Blinding Light for the chance to Blind enemies.



Rive Skill Tree

Rive Icon Rive is our main DPS skill and is performed in 3 strikes against the enemies. Each stage of the skill acts differently, but we are mainly focusing on the final stage which is an AoE attack around us. The main pathway we want to focus on completing first is the Flurry Icon Flurry, to Concentration, and finally Focused Strike. This last skill node is the most important, guaranteeing us a Critical Strike with our skill.



Lunge Skill Tree

This skill tree is broken into two main pathways, to the left hand side and the upper pathway. We want to complete the upper pathway first for the heal from Endless Will and extra skill charge from Double Strike. Then we can complete the path on the left hand side for Blade Stream, allowing to damage enemies we pass over with our skill. Lastly, we want the skill node Crusader's Fury for the bonus buff of Physical Penetration of 10% per enemy we hit along our path, a very big damage boost for Rive Icon Rive.


Holy Aura

Holy Aura Skill Tree

This is a skill that offers both a passive bonus, but also an amplified version when the skill is activated. To start, we want to increase the Health Regen and cleanse for this skill with Vital Boon and Purification. Then we will be focusing on using this skill's aura as a damage amplification with the pathway on the left hand of the skill tree ending with Extreme Zeal. Lastly, we can add points into Shelter from the Storm to assist with our defensive layers.


Volatile Reversal

Volatile Reversal Skill Tree

This skill is designed to be a fail safe for health as well as boost your overall damage and movement speed. We want to start with the upper pathway, taking all three skill nodes: Time Sap, Catching Up and Warped Time. These nodes will boost our Movement and Attack speed after using the skill. Next, we want to take the bottom right path for Timelost Wisdom. Finally, we will get the added damage of Void Rift Icon Void Rift with Incipient Void Rift and Terminal Void Rift. Remember we can use this as an extra Traversal skill along side Lunge.


Sigils of Hope

Sigils of Hope Skill Tree

This skill has perfect synergy with this build and a single cast can last for quite a while. We use the Sigils as an extra defensive layer to keep ourselves healed and to amplify our damage for every Sigil we have applied. The skill tree is separated into two sides: left and right. We want to take the left side first, getting Exigency as soon as we can for the insta-cast. Once that pathway is filled out, we can take the path on the right working towards the extra sigil with Tetragram.

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Mechanics and Playstyle

This build has fantastic mobility and damage; all you need to do is power up with Holy Aura Icon Holy Aura and Sigils Of Hope Icon Sigils Of Hope, then head off to the battlefield. Use your Lunge Icon Lunge and Volatile Reversal Icon Volatile Reversal to jump across the map, grouping together enemies for your Rive Icon Rive to cut down. Our damage is primarily focused into the third strike of Rive Icon Rive, adding kill threshold, boosted Critical Strike Chance, damage and most importantly, Health Leech. The rest of our skills are used to round out the build and increase our mobility.

Your typical rotation is quite simple. Start with Lunge Icon Lunge, targeting a pack of enemies. Once you dash to them, use Rive Icon Rive and cut them down. At this point, if you feel the need to reposition, you can use Volatile Reversal Icon Volatile Reversal to reset your position and buff your character. Holy Aura Icon Holy Aura and Sigils Of Hope Icon Sigils Of Hope will keep your survivability high and allow you to constantly be searching for the next group of enemies to attack. Overall, this build is strong enough to crush the Monolith, with fast and very effective gameplay. As long as you keep your buffs going and are playing smart with your position while using Lunge Icon Lunge and Volatile Reversal Icon Volatile Reversal, you should not have any issues. However, be aware that while you are almost unstoppable with Rive Icon Rive, your Lunge Icon Lunge skill does leave you vulnerable in between packs.


Gearing and Affixes

As for gearing, we will be targeting Strength based stats and some Health/Resistance for our brawler. You should aim to upgrade your gear using a loot filter to highlight the gear you need with the right affixes. This game also carries a substantial crafting system where you will be able to augment pieces of gear you find with either strong affixes or craft new one you can add to an empty slot. There is a deeper look at the crafting system in the link below.

Attributes Offensive Defensive
Increased Melee Damage
Increased Physical Damage
Increased Attack Speed
Critical Strike Chance
Critical Strike Multiplier
Chance to Shred Armour on hit
Damage Leeched as Health

Useful Uniques

As you go through the game, you will come across many uniques. While the majority of low-level uniques should be set aside for leveling alts (Yay, for unlimited stash space), we will want to keep our eyes out for these specific items to assist with the build. None of these have huge build changing affixes; the majority of them are solid items you can scale easily with. One of the themes you will see with these uniques is Movement Speed. This affix accelerates gameplay even just from being able to go around faster the battlefield.

A great unique for this build, is the Bleeding Heart Icon Bleeding Heart. This amulet is an easy quest pick up and grants us some Health Leech at early levels - very helpful. So be on the look out, they could literally save your life.

One of the best unique belts for Physical builds is the Thorn Slinger Icon Thorn Slinger with its extra skill point for all physical skills and increase to potions. Don't leave this one on the ground if you come across it.

Our next targeted unique are the unique gloves Fighting Chance Icon Fighting Chance. Despite their level 15 requirement, these gloves can be a massive damage boost and help accelerate you through the game. The only draw back is the increased damage taken, but everything else about them is amazing.

Speaking of accelerating, we must talk about unique boots, particularly the Advent of the Erased Icon Advent of the Erased. These boots boots can grant us Haste, and while this chance is small, it can happen on every kill. With a max roll of 11% it can trigger quite often.

Despite the lower level of these uniques, they are quite valuable and can help push you that much faster to level 70. These can all be expanded into fantastic items if found with Legendary Potential for any future leveling needs. Good luck hunting and may your luck be high!



Idol slots are gained through the campaign, unlocking small bonuses and unique affixes for the player to discover and augment their builds with. The Idol screen consists of a grid system for the player to fill out with different sized idols, eventually filling in every part of the grid. As the Idol shape increases (1x1, 1x2, 1x3, 1x4, etc.) the stronger an affix you might find for your build.

The target Affixes we want to look for in our Idols are:

  • +% Health
  • + Health
  • Resistances

Progressing to Endgame

This build will carry you all the way to the start of the Monolith, where you will need to decide on an Endgame build to follow. We have several options available to our Paladins.

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