A Paladin is a holy knight, fighting for the cause of good in all aspects of life.
She shares some Clerical powers and fights nearly as well as a Warrior, and possesses the innate ability to Lay Hands. - EverQuest manual
Paladins are holy warriors who use blessed spells and strength of arms to fight the evil and undead of Norrath. Paladins are primarily a melee class, able to wear plate armor and wield many kinds of weapons.
Paladins are able fighters and battlefield healers whose combat spells focus on stunning enemies and smiting undead. They also have several spells that increase the health and armor of their allies. Every so often, paladins can lay hands on themselves or their friends to instantly grant a powerful heal.
Paladins are the greatest force against undead. At higher levels they gain special abilities to smite these foes. Paladins also gain a limited ability to resurrect their fallen friends with lessened penalties for death.
Paladins can sometimes work alone, healing themselves with magic, but in a group a paladin really shines, going head to head with his enemies and occasionally falling back to heal. Players who like to engage in melee fights but want the options spells provide will find paladins a great class to play.
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Choosing Your Race
The first thing you have to pick then is your race. Which race you pick will determine the foundation of you character for the rest of your life in Norrath so it is kind of important you pick one you like. With Paladins, the different races offer some large choices statistically which must be taken into account.
Dwarves, Half Elves and Humans offer the best melee stats. Dwarves particularly have the most hitpoints over other races, as well as superior strength. High Elves offer the most wisdom, and can still hold reasonable melee stats. This gives them more mana for casting spells over the other races. The Erudite Paladin unfortunately has very mediocre stats, but there are a number of good Erudite only Paladin items in the game to compensate for this, (ex. Shield of the Stalwart Seas) but for most of your life you will be less efficient than other Paladins if you choose this race.
Humans and Erudites have no night vision whatsoever. This can be a problem if you are unfamiliar with your territory, but you can easily acquire light sources to help you see better at night, or ask around for a vision enhancing spell. Besides some races having infravision there are no other special abilities any one race has over the other.
All of the Paladin races level at the same rate, and there are no experience penalties imposed for any specific race/class combination. Faction wise, all of the Paladin races are welcome in any other neutral or good-aligned city, however Erudite Paladins have an advantage since the faction associated with their guild is somewhat difficult for non Erudites to increase. Erudites have high faction with this guild automatically.
The true choice you have in selecting your race is what race you prefer, the look of your class (some people just hate being short dwarves), and where you start. Besides the variance in starting stats, all of the races are otherwise fairly equal.
Paladins must choose a religion, as their magic powers flow from their devotion to their chosen god. There is only one significant item for paladins which your deity will affect, and that is the Natures Defender (Tunare only). Your religion will also impact on where your character can start. Selections include Karana, Rodcet Nife, Erollisi Marr, Brell Serilis, Mithaniel Marr, Prexus, Tunare, Mithaniel Marr and Quellious. Depending on your race you will be given a different number of these deities to choose from.