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For lore of the class, see paladin.
For lore of the class with this specific race, see Paladin races#Human paladin.

Although the Paladins were once loved and revered throughout the lands of Lordaeron, they have since fallen on hard times. The entire Order of the Silver Hand was disbanded for refusing to kill innocent townsfolk who were believed to be contaminated by the dreaded Undead plague. Disenfranchised and driven from their former homes, the Paladins still work selflessly to protect humanity from the gnawing jaws of evil. Empowered by the Light, these mighty warriors brandish both warhammer and holy fire in battle against all who would trample the meek and innocent.


Level Attack (Ground/Air) Armor Strength Agility Intelligence Hit Points Mana
1 24-34 [29 avg]/None 4 22 13 17 650 255
2 26-36 [31 avg]/None 4 24 14 18 700 270
3 29-39 [34 avg]/None 5 27 16 20 775 300
4 32-42 [37 avg]/None 5 30 17 22 850 330
5 34-44 [39 avg]/None 6 32 19 24 900 360
6 37-47 [42 avg]/None 6 35 20 26 975 390
7 40-50 [45 avg]/None 7 38 22 27 1050 405
8 42-52 [47 avg]/None 7 40 23 29 1100 435
9 45-55 [50 avg]/None 8 43 25 31 1175 465
10 48-58 [53 avg]/None 8 46 26 33 1250 495

Hero names

Granis Darkhammer, Jorn the Redeemer, Sage Truthbearer, Malak the Avenger, Gavinrad the Dire, Morlune the Mighty, Agamand the True, Ballador the Bright, Manadar the Healer, Zann the Defender, Arius the Seeker, Aurrius the Pure, Karnwield the Seeker, Buzan the Fearless, Tirion Fordring.


The Paladin is a melee hero but is not quite as powerful as the Demon Hunter, Blademaster, or Mountain King. The Paladin is more of a background support Hero with a melee attack. The Paladin's spells are all useful. Holy Light is very useful for healing units during combat, especially at the start of the game against Creeps. Holy Light is primarily used for healing allied Heroes or other Heroes. It's much cheaper to heal a unit and have it continue than replace it. The Paladin's Divine Shield can protect the Paladin from incoming attack and thus, provides a chance to hit the enemies while not getting damaged. The Devotion Aura is useful when combined with Knights and Footmen and especially useful with a large team of allied units. Resurrection is a very useful spell because it can bring 6 dead friendly units back to life.

Spending Points

There are several point spending strategies. Some players go Holy Light then Devotion Aura followed by Resurrection. Others players go Holy Light and Divine Shield with a point or two in Devotion at higher levels. While you could go a mix of Divine Shield and Devotion Aura it's better to use Holy Light.

Paladin Counters

The Paladin is fairly easy to kill using focused fire or by surrounding him with melee units. Paladins should use Divine Shield immediately or run away and make sure they don't get surrounded.

Spells and abilities

Holy Light

A holy light that can heal a friendly living unit or damage an enemy undead unit.
Cooldown Mana Cost Range Allowed Targets
5 sec. 65 80 Air, Ground, Organic, Not Self
Level Effect Hero Level Req
1 Heals 200 HP/Damages 100 HP 1
2 Heals 400 HP/Damages 200 HP 3
3 Heals 600 HP/Damages 300 HP 5

The Paladin cannot cast Holy Light on himself.

Holy Light is much easier to use with Sub Groups. Simply group select units and hit tab until the Paladin's Holy Light button shows up. Left-click on the Holy Light button to target the spell, then left click on a damaged unit's portrait in the Sub Group. This will cause the Paladin to heal the unit without having to click on the unit itself. With practice you can quickly heal damaged units in battle, making this a very effective spell. The Paladin can keep important units such as Knights, Priests, and Sorceresses alive. If the enemy continues to attack them, the Paladin can continue to cast Holy Light to heal the damaged units. At the same time you can use other units to hit the attacking enemy units from the rear and make them pay the price for focusing on that specific unit.

Holy Light is very useful early on when trying to level up. You can attack Creeps with a small force and quickly recover from damage using Holy Light.

Use Holy Light on allied Heroes in team games. Just request allies to ask for Holy Light to let you know they need it. They can say "HL or Heal".

Holy Light is also great against Undead Heroes such as the Death Knight, Dread Lord, Lich, Pit Lord, and Dark Ranger.

Holy Light can be empowered quite a bit, both as healing for your own units and as damage against Undead, when combined with the Blood Mage's Banish. This combo is very nifty for damaging and healing units with a lot of HP, such as Heroes.

Divine Shield

An impenetrable shield surrounds the Paladin, protecting him from all damage and spells for a set amount of time.
Mana Cost Effect
25 Invulnerability
Level Duration Cooldown Hero Level Req
1 15 35 sec. 1
2 30 50 sec. 3
3 45 65 sec. 5

Divine Shield is an invincibility spell. You can cast this and the enemy cannot harm your Paladin until the spell wears off. Divine Shield allows you to use a Hero without having to worry about the enemy killing it. Divine Shield is also handy for running away when your Hero is about to die. You can run in and attack the enemy, waiting until they attack before using Divine Shield. You can then attack all you want while they can't respond. When it wears off you can use an Invisibility Potion to get away.

Divine Shield cannot be deactivated.

Divine Shield Counters

Just run away until the spell turns off.

Devotion Aura

Gives additional armor to nearby friendly units.
Area of Effect
Level Effect Hero Level Req
1 +1.5 to Armor 1
2 +3 to Armor 3
3 +4.5 to Armor 5

Devotion helps units take less damage. It is very useful for groups of Footmen and Knights and even more useful for large team games where the Aura helps lots of units in battle on the team. Typically players focus on Devotion early on along with either Holy Light or Divine Shield.

Resurrection (Ultimate)

Brings back to life the corpses of 6 friendly nearby units. The spell will choose the most powerful corpses to resurrect if there are more than 6.
Cooldown Mana Cost Area of Effect Allowed Targets Effect Hero Level Req
240 sec. 200 90 Ground, Dead, Friend Resurrects up to 6 Units 6

Resurrection is an incredibly powerful spell because it can allow up to 6 units to come back to life which is essentially giving you up to 6 free units without cost. The spell is best used when there are at least 6 units to raise.

If you Resurrect allied units, those units will go back to the original owner's control (your Ally).

Going Over the Food Cap

It is possible, using Resurrection, to go over the food cap. Say for example, you have reached your food cap of 100, and six Knights die near your Paladin. Immediately train additional units to get back to the maximum food limit, and then cast Resurrection to resurrect your six Knights that died. This will then allow you to have 124/100 food used, giving you an advantage during battle.

Resurrection Counters

Undead players can use Meat Wagons to remove the corpses or cast Raise or Animate Dead to prevent the enemy from Resurrecting.

Manual description

The Archbishop, Alonsus Faol, prior to the Second War, founded the Order of the Knights of the Silver Hand. The holy knights, or paladins, as they are commonly called, led the battle against the evil orcs and helped to save the lands of Lordaeron from ruin. Though it has been nearly fifteen years since the end of the Second War, the paladins still work selflessly to protect humanity from the gnawing jaws of evil. Empowered by the Light, these mighty warriors brandish both their warhammers and holy fire in the battle against all who would trample the meek and innocent.

Patch changes

Patch 1.03 (10/09/2002)
  • Divine Shield now costs 25 mana, down from 75.
Patch 1.04 (11/05/2002)
  • Divine Shield duration increased to 15/30/45 from 10/20/30.
  • Divine Shield cooldown changed to 35/50/65 from 60/60/60.
  • Resurrection mana cost reduced to 200 from 250.
Patch 1.10 (07/01/2003)
  • Devotion Aura now gives 1.5/3/4.5 armor per level from 1/2/3.
Patch 1.13 (12/17/2003)
  • Holy Light mana cost reduced to 65 from 75.
Patch 1.17 (09/20/2004)
  • Divine Shield can no longer be deactivated.

World Editor description

Warrior Hero, exceptional at defense and augmenting nearby friendly troops. Can learn Holy Light, Divine Shield, Devotion Aura and Resurrection.



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