Sacred Defender Tree

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Overview

Drawn from the ranks of guards, knights, mercenaries, and thugs alike, stalwart defenders are masters of claiming an area and refusing to relinquish it. This behavior is more than a tactical decision for stalwart defenders; it's an obsessive, stubborn expression of the need to be undefeated. When stalwart defenders set themselves in a defensive stance, they place their whole effort into weathering whatever foe, conflict, or threat comes their way.

Most stalwart defenders come those desiring to be better guards for friends and allies. Dwarves are particularly suited to the role, though stalwart defenders of all races exist.

Stalwart defenders are masters of melee combat, striving to prove that the best offense is a good defense. Stalwart defenders are normally found on the front lines of battle, holding a position to cover their allies, leaping into breaches of opposing formations and holding them open for others, and guarding more vulnerable allies by acting as mobile fortifications, stable points in the ever-changing chaos of battle.

Core enhancements


EnhancementBenefitRanksAction
Points
SpentRequirements
Enhancement Holy Bastion Icon.png
Holy Bastion
  • +2% Fortification
  • For each action point spent in this tree:
    • +1 Hit Point
    • +1 Positive Energy Spell Power
110
  • Paladin 1
Sacred Defense (Stance) Icon.png
Sacred Defense

Cooldown: 6 Seconds

  • +2% Fortification
  • Defensive Combat Stance:
    • +10 Physical Resistance Rating
    • +10 Magical Resistance Rating
    • +150% bonus to Threat Generation
    • Cannot become Raged while active
115
  • Holy Bastion
  • Paladin 3
Enhancement Divine Righteousness Icon.png
Divine Righteousness

Activation Cost: 1 Turn Undead
Cooldown: 6 Seconds

  • Channel Divinity::
    • Temporary Hit Points equal to your Charisma score
    • 200% Sacred bonus to Threat Generation
    • Lasts 60 seconds
  • Passive:
    • +2% Fortification
1110
  • Sacred Defense
  • Paladin 6
Enhancement Redemption Icon.png
Redemption
1120
  • Divine Righteousness
  • Paladin 12
Enhancement Glorious Stand Icon.png
Glorious Stand
  • +20 Positive Healing Amplification
  • +3 Lay on Hands charges
  • +10% Sacred bonus to Maximum Hit Points
  • +5 Physical Resistance Rating
  • +5 Magical Resistance Rating
  • +2% Fortification
1130
  • Redemption
  • Paladin 18
Enhancement Eternal Defender Icon.png
Eternal Defender

Cooldown: 3 Seconds

  • Toggle: If you drop below 0 hit points but are not killed:
    • Expend Two uses of Turn Undead
      • +250 points of Positive Energy healing
  • Passive:
    • +2 Charisma
    • +2 Constitution
    • +2% Fortification
    • +10 Physical Resistance Rating
    • +10 Magical Resistance Rating
    • +100% Melee Threat
    • +250 Unconsciousness Range
1140
  • Glorious Stand
  • Paladin 20
Tier 1 enhancements

Improved Sacred Defense (Tier 1)

EnhancementBenefitRanksAction
Points
SpentRequirements
Enhancement Item Defense Icon.png
Item Defense
Chance to negate item wear:
Rank 1:
  • +25%
Rank 2:
  • +50%
Rank 3:
  • +75%
311
  • Paladin 1
Enhancement Extra Lay on Hands Icon.png
Extra Lay on Hands
Rank 1:
  • +1 Lay on Hands use per rest
Rank 2:
  • +2 Lay on Hands use per rest
Rank 3:
  • +3 Lay on Hands use per rest
311
  • Paladin 1
Enhancement Armor Mastery Icon.png
Sacred Armor Mastery
Rank 1:
  • +1 Armor Class
  • +1 Armor Maximum Dexterity Bonus
Rank 2:
  • +2 Armor Class
  • +2 Armor Maximum Dexterity Bonus
Rank 3:
  • +3 Armor Class
  • +3 Armor Maximum Dexterity Bonus
311
  • Paladin 1
Enhancement Commanding Presence (Sacred Defender) Icon.png
Commanding Presence
Rank 1:
  • +2 Physical Resistance Rating
  • +50% Melee Threat
Rank 2:
  • +4 Physical Resistance Rating
  • +100% Melee Threat
Rank 3:
  • +6 Physical Resistance Rating
  • +150% Melee Threat
311
  • Paladin 1
Tier 2 enhancements

Improved Sacred Defense (Tier 2)

EnhancementBenefitRanksAction
Points
SpentRequirements
Enhancement Natural Shielding Icon.png
Instinctive Defense
While helpless, you take:
Rank 1:
  • -5% Damage
Rank 2:
  • -10% Damage
Rank 3:
  • -15% Damage
315
  • Paladin 2
Enhancement Bulwark Aura Icon.png
Bulwark Aura
You Aura now grants you and additional:
Rank 1:
  • +1 Armor Class
Rank 2:
  • +3 Armor Class
Rank 3:
  • +5 Armor Class
315
  • Paladin 2
Enhancement Sacred Shield Mastery Icon.png
Sacred Shield Mastery
Rank 1:
  • +5% Shield Armor Class
  • +1 Tower Shield Maximum Dexterity Bonus
Rank 2:
  • +10% Shield Armor Class
  • +2 Tower Shield Maximum Dexterity Bonus
Rank 3:
  • +15% Shield Armor Class
  • +3 Tower Shield Maximum Dexterity Bonus
315
  • Sacred Armor Mastery
  • Paladin 2
Action Boost- Defense2 Icon.png
Action Boost
Activation Cost: 1 Action Boost
Cooldown: 30 seconds
Rank 1:
  • Action Boost- Defense2 Icon.png Action Boost: Defense: Activate to gain a +5 Action Boost bonus to Armor Class and Physical Resistance Rating for 20 seconds.
Rank 2:
  • Action Boost- Defense2 Icon.png Action Boost: Defense: Activate to gain a +10 Action Boost bonus to Armor Class and Physical Resistance Rating for 20 seconds.
Rank 3:
  • Action Boost- Defense2 Icon.png Action Boost: Defense: Activate to gain a +15 Action Boost bonus to Armor Class and Physical Resistance Rating for 20 seconds.
315
  • Paladin 2
Tier 3 enhancements

Improved Sacred Defense (Tier 3)

EnhancementBenefitRanksAction
Points
SpentRequirements
Enhancement Resistance Aura Icon.png
Resistance Aura
You Aura now grants you and additional:
Rank 1:
  • +1 to Saving Throws
Rank 2:
  • +2 to Saving Throws
Rank 3:
  • +3 to Saving Throws
3110
  • Bulwark Aura
  • Paladin 3
Enhancement Strong Defense (Sacred) Icon.png
Greater Sacred Defense
Select an option to further your Sacred Defense stance.
Rank 1:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Hardy Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +2 Sacred bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Strong Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +2 Sacred bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +10% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
Rank 2:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Hardy Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +4 Sacred bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Strong Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +4 Sacred bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +10% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
Rank 3:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Hardy Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +6 Sacred bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Strong Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +6 Sacred bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +10% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
A different option must be chosen in each tier
3110
  • Paladin 3
Increase Ability (Charisma-Constitution) Icon.png
Increase Ability

Select from one of the following:

  • Enhancement Charisma Icon.png Charisma: +1 Charisma
  • Enhancement Constitution Icon.png Constitution: +1 Constitution
1210
  • Paladin 3
Tier 4 enhancements
EnhancementBenefitRanksAction
Points
SpentRequirements
Enhancement Reinforced Armor (Sacred) Icon.png
Reinforced Defense
Select an option to improve the Armor Class bonuses you receive from shields or armor.
Rank 1:
  • Enhancement Reinforced Armor (Sacred) Icon.png Reinforced Armor: The Armor Class bonus you gain from armor or docents in increased by 15%.
  • Enhancement Reinforced Shield (Sacred) Icon.png Reinforced Shield: The Armor Class bonus you gain from using a shield in increased by 15%.
Rank 2:
  • Enhancement Reinforced Armor (Sacred) Icon.png Reinforced Armor: The Armor Class bonus you gain from armor or docents in increased by 30%.
  • Enhancement Reinforced Shield (Sacred) Icon.png Reinforced Shield: The Armor Class bonus you gain from using a shield in increased by 30%.
Rank 3:
  • Enhancement Reinforced Armor (Sacred) Icon.png Reinforced Armor: The Armor Class bonus you gain from armor or docents in increased by 50%.
  • Enhancement Reinforced Shield (Sacred) Icon.png Reinforced Shield: The Armor Class bonus you gain from using a shield in increased by 50%.
A different option must be chosen in each tier
3120
  • Paladin 4
Enhancement Spellshield Aura Icon.png
Spellshield Aura
You Aura now grants you and additional:
Rank 1:
  • +2 Sacred bonus to Spell Resistance
Rank 2:
  • +4 Sacred bonus to Spell Resistance
Rank 3:
  • +6 Sacred bonus to Spell Resistance
3120
  • Resistance Aura
  • Paladin 4
Swift Defense (Sacred) Icon.png
Swift Defense
  • Sacred Defense grants a 10% Action Boost bonus to Movement Speed.
1120
  • Paladin 4
Enhancement Strong Defense (Sacred) Icon.png
Greater Sacred Defense
Select an option to further your Sacred Defense stance.
Rank 1:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Hardy Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +2 Sacred bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Strong Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +2 Sacred bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +10% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
Rank 2:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Hardy Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +4 Sacred bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Strong Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +4 Sacred bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +10% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
Rank 3:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Hardy Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +6 Sacred bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Strong Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +6 Sacred bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +10% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
A different option must be chosen in each tier
3120
  • Greater Sacred Defense (Tier 3)
  • Paladin 4
Increase Ability (Charisma-Constitution) Icon.png
Increase Ability

Select from one of the following:

  • Enhancement Charisma Icon.png Charisma: +1 Charisma
  • Enhancement Constitution Icon.png Constitution: +1 Constitution
1220
  • Increased Ability (Tier 3)
  • Paladin 4
Tier 5 enhancements
EnhancementBenefitRanksAction
Points
SpentRequirements
Enhancement Reinforced Armor (Sacred) Icon.png
Reinforced Defense
Select an option to improve the Armor Class bonuses you receive from shields or armor.
Rank 1:
  • Enhancement Reinforced Armor (Sacred) Icon.png Reinforced Armor: The Armor Class bonus you gain from armor or docents in increased by 15%.
  • Enhancement Reinforced Shield (Sacred) Icon.png Reinforced Shield: The Armor Class bonus you gain from using a shield in increased by 15%.
Rank 2:
  • Enhancement Reinforced Armor (Sacred) Icon.png Reinforced Armor: The Armor Class bonus you gain from armor or docents in increased by 30%.
  • Enhancement Reinforced Shield (Sacred) Icon.png Reinforced Shield: The Armor Class bonus you gain from using a shield in increased by 30%.
Rank 3:
  • Enhancement Reinforced Armor (Sacred) Icon.png Reinforced Armor: The Armor Class bonus you gain from armor or docents in increased by 50%.
  • Enhancement Reinforced Shield (Sacred) Icon.png Reinforced Shield: The Armor Class bonus you gain from using a shield in increased by 50%.
A different option must be chosen in each tier
3130
  • Reinforced Defense (Tier 4)
  • Class Level 12
  • Paladin 5
Enhancement Harbored by Light Icon.png
Harbored by Light
Rank 1:
  • +10 to Physical and Magical Resistance
  • +1 Use of Lay on Hands
  • While actively blocking with a shield:
    • Enemies that attack you will take 3d4 Light Damage
Rank 2:
  • +15 to Physical and Magical Resistance
  • +2 Use of Lay on Hands
  • While actively blocking with a shield:
    • Enemies that attack you will take 4d4 Light Damage
Rank 3:
  • +25 to Physical and Magical Resistance
  • +3 Use of Lay on Hands
  • While actively blocking with a shield:
    • Enemies that attack you will take 5d4 Light Damage
3130
  • Character Level 12
  • Paladin 5
Enhancement Sacred Shield Mastery Icon.png
Divine Revelation
Improves your Aura of Courage. Your Aura of Courage now grants an additional:
Rank 1:
  • +1 Armor Class
  • +1 Saving Throws
  • +1 Spell Resistance
Rank 2:
  • +2 Armor Class
  • +2 Saving Throws
  • +2 Spell Resistance
Rank 3:
  • +3 Armor Class
  • +3 Saving Throws
  • +3 Spell Resistance
You personally gain 100 HP
3130
  • Character Level 12
  • Paladin 5
Enhancement Strong Defense (Sacred) Icon.png
Greater Sacred Defense
Select an option to further your Sacred Defense stance.
Rank 1:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Hardy Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +2 Sacred bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Strong Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +2 Sacred bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +10% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
Rank 2:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Hardy Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +4 Sacred bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Strong Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +4 Sacred bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +10% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
Rank 3:
  • Enhancement Hardy Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Hardy Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +6 Sacred bonus to Constitution.
  • Enhancement Strong Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Strong Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +6 Sacred bonus to Strength.
  • Enhancement Tenacious Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Tenacious Defense: Sacred Defense: While wearing medium or heavy armor or wielding a shield you gain a +10% Competence bonus to maximum hit points.
A different option must be chosen in each tier
3130
  • Greater Sacred Defense (Tier 4)
  • Class Level 12
  • Paladin 5
Enhancement Sacred Ground Icon.png
Sacred Shield
  • +10% Exceptional bonus to Armor Class
  • +12 Spell Resistance
  • Protected against Magic Missiles
1230
  • Character Level 12
  • Paladin 5