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Sacred Defender Tree

From DDO Compendium
Tree For: Paladin
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Sacred Defender Tree.png
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


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

Defensive Combat Stance:

  • +10 Physical and magical Resistance Rating
  • +50% bonus to threat generation
  • Cannot become Raged while Sacred Defense is active
115
  • Holy Bastion
  • Paladin 3
Enhancement Divine Righteousness Icon.png
Divine Righteousness

Activation Cost: 1 Turn Undead
Cooldown: 6 Seconds

  • Channel Divinity: You gain:
    • Temporary hit point equal to your Charisma score
    • 200% Sacred bonus to threat generation
  • Lasts 60 seconds
1110
  • Sacred Defense
  • Paladin 6
Enhancement Redemption Icon.png
Redemption
  • Spell Raise Dead Icon.png The spell Raise Dead is added to the Paladin spellbook as a level 2 spell.
  • Spell True Resurrection Icon.png The spell Resurrection is added to the Paladin spellbook as a level 3 spell.
  • Spell True Resurrection Icon.png The spell True Resurrection is added to the Paladin spellbook as a level 4 spell.
  • +5 Physical and Magical Resistance Rating
1120
  • Divine Righteousness
  • Paladin 12
Enhancement Glorious Stand Icon.png
Glorious Stand

Cooldown: 5 Minutes

  • Channel Divinity: For a short duration you gain:
    • DR 20/epic
    • Take reduced damage from elemental and negative energy
    • Receive double healing from positive energy
    • Are immune to secondary effects of attacks such as 'wounding' or 'vorpal'.
  • Passive:
    • +5 Physical and Magical Resistance Rating
1130
  • Redemption
  • Paladin 18
Enhancement Eternal Defender Icon.png
Eternal Defender

Cooldown: 3 Seconds

  • Toggle: While Eternal Defender is active, if you drop below 0 hit points but are not killed:
    • Two uses of Turn Undead are immediately expanded and you receive a reactive heal for 250 points of Positive Energy healing
  • Passive:
    • +2 Charisma
    • +2 Constitution
    • +10 Physical and Magical Resistance Rating
    • Your range of unconsciousness extends by 40
1140
  • Glorious Stand
  • Paladin 20
Tier 1 enhancements
EnhancementBenefitRanksAPPoints SpentRequirements
Enhancement Item Defense Icon.png
Item Defense
Rank 1:
  • You have a 25% chance to negate potential item wear.
Rank 2:
  • You have a 50% chance to negate potential item wear.
Rank 3:
  • You have a 75% chance to negate potential item wear.
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 Resilient Defense (Sacred) Icon.png
Improved Sacred Defense
Select an option to improve your Sacred Defense stance.
Rank 1:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +5 Sacred bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a 50% Sacred bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +1 Sacred bonus to all Saving Throws.
Rank 2:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +10 Sacred bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a 100% Sacred bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +2 Sacred bonus to all Saving Throws.
Rank 3:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +15 Sacred bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a 150% Sacred bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +3 Sacred bonus to all Saving Throws.
A different option must be chosen in each tier
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
Action Boost- Saves2 Icon.png
Action Boost
Activation Cost: 1 Action Boost
Cooldown: 30 Seconds
Rank 1:
  • Action Boost- Saves2 Icon.png Action Boost: Saves: Activate to gain a +2 Action Boost bonus to all Saving Throws 20 seconds. While under this effect you do not automatically fail Saving Throws on a roll of Natural 1.
Rank 2:
  • Action Boost- Saves2 Icon.png Action Boost: Saves: Activate to gain a +4 Action Boost bonus to all Saving Throws 20 seconds. While under this effect you do not automatically fail Saving Throws on a roll of Natural 1.
Rank 3:
  • Action Boost- Saves2 Icon.png Action Boost: Saves: Activate to gain a +6 Action Boost bonus to all Saving Throws 20 seconds. While under this effect you do not automatically fail Saving Throws on a roll of Natural 1.
311
  • Paladin 1
Tier 2 enhancements
EnhancementBenefitRanksAPPoints SpentRequirements
Enhancement Instinctive Defense Icon.png
Instinctive Defense
Rank 1:
  • You take +5% less damage when struck while helpless.
Rank 2:
  • You take +10% less damage when struck while helpless.
Rank 3:
  • You take +15% less damage when struck while helpless.
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 Resilient Defense (Sacred) Icon.png
Improved Sacred Defense
Select an option to improve your Sacred Defense stance.
Rank 1:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +5 Sacred bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a 50% Sacred bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +1 Sacred bonus to all Saving Throws.
Rank 2:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +10 Sacred bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a 100% Sacred bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +2 Sacred bonus to all Saving Throws.
Rank 3:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +15 Sacred bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a 150% Sacred bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +3 Sacred bonus to all Saving Throws.
A different option must be chosen in each tier
315
  • Improved Sacred Defense (Tier 1)
  • 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
EnhancementBenefitRanksAPPoints 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 Resilient Defense (Sacred) Icon.png
Improved Sacred Defense
Select an option to improve your Sacred Defense stance.
Rank 1:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +5 Sacred bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a 50% Sacred bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +1 Sacred bonus to all Saving Throws.
Rank 2:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +10 Sacred bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a 100% Sacred bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +2 Sacred bonus to all Saving Throws.
Rank 3:
  • Enhancement Durable Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Durable Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +15 Sacred bonus to Physical and Magical Resistance Rating.
  • Enhancement Inciting Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Inciting Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a 150% Sacred bonus to melee threat generation.
  • Enhancement Resilient Defense (Sacred) Icon.png Resilient Defense: While in Sacred Defense, you gain a +3 Sacred bonus to all Saving Throws.
A different option must be chosen in each tier
3110
  • Improved Sacred Defense (Tier 2)
  • 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% Sacred 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 +15% Sacred 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 +20% Sacred 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
EnhancementBenefitRanksAPPoints 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% Sacred 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 +15% Sacred 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 +20% Sacred 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
EnhancementBenefitRanksAPPoints 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 Reprisal Icon.png
Reprisal
Rank 1:
  • On Attacked: Your next attack gains +1 to damage. This effect can stack up to 3 times.
Rank 2:
  • On Attacked: Your next attack gains +1 to damage. This effect can stack up to 6 times.
Rank 3:
  • On Attacked: Your next attack gains +1 to damage. This effect can stack up to 10 times.
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% Sacred 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 +15% Sacred 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 +20% Sacred 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