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Best Pillars of Eternity 2 Paladin Subclass & Multiclass

If you’re playing Pillars of Eternity 2 (POE2) as a Paladin, you’ll want to know what the best subclass and multiclass options are, or else you’ll be stuck on the character select screen for hours. This guide has you covered by letting you know which Pillars of Eternity 2 Paladin subclasses and multiclass combinations are generally considered the best.

Pillars of Eternity 2 Subclass & Multiclass Guides:
Monk Fighter Rogue Ranger Barbarian Chanter Cipher Druid Paladin Priest Wizard

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Pillars of Eternity 2 Paladin Subclass Options

Bleak Walker – Pillars of Eternity 2 Paladin Subclasses

Bleak Walker is generally considered to be the best option for a damage-oriented Paladin. I’m not sure that creating a single class damage-oriented Paladin is a good idea (no matter how damage oriented you make a Paladin, it will never come close to the damage output of any other class), but if you want to increase the survivability of a Rogue, Cipher or Monk, Bleak Walker makes an excellent multiclass option.

Darcozzi Paladini – Pillars of Eternity 2 Paladin Subclasses

Darcozzi Paladins have their Lay on Hands ability upgraded to give a flame shield to the recipient of the heal. This is pretty mediocre. You almost certainly won’t notice it in practice, except as a visual cue that your Paladin healed someone successfully. When it comes to Paladin subclasses, this one’s pretty forgettable.

Shieldbearer – Pillars of Eternity 2 Paladin Subclasses

Shieldbearer is your go-to subclass for any tank due to its bonus to engagement while equipped with a shield. Like the Darcozzi Paladin, it gains an improved Lay on Hands, but its improvement is much more significant because it grants immunity to being knocked out for several seconds.

Goldpact Knight – Pillars of Eternity 2 Paladin Subclasses

Goldpact Knight is another good option for a tank build, as it upgrade Sworn Enemy to also increase the Paladin’s armor. There’s nothing much else to be said about that; if you want increased armor on your tank, go for this. If you want increased engagements, go with Shieldbearer.

Kind Wayfarer – Pillars of Eternity 2 Paladin Subclasses

Kind Wayfarer is, in my opinion, the overall best Paladin subclass as it turns Flames of Devotion into a team-wide lifesteal. Great to pair with the Chanter’s bonus healing phrase. If you’re leaning into the offhealing capabilities of the Paladin, Kind Wayfarer is almost certainly the way to go.

Steel Garrote – Pillars of Eternity 2 Paladin Subclasses

Steel Garrote is another great option for a tank, especially if you’re multiclassing with a class capable of inflicting afflictions or if you have a party capable of putting out a lot of afflictions, because the main thing about the Steel Garrote subclass is it gains passive lifesteal whenever attacking any enemy with an affliction. This dramatically increases survivability, generally much moreso than the Goldpact Knight’s extra armor.

Pillars of Eternity 2 Paladin Multiclass Options

Pure Paladin – Pillars of Eternity 2 Paladin Multiclass

Unlike most classes, Paladins don’t gain too much by single-classing aside from the associated power level. They gain a decent healing spell, a slightly improved buff and a questionably useful AoE healing aura. Of course, if you multiclassed a Paladin with, for instance, a Chanter, they would also gain decent healing spells, buffs and healing auras and those things would be much better. Paladin doesn’t tend to be a main class in the first place, you typically multiclass another class with Paladin to increase its survivability.

Chanter – Pillars of Eternity 2 Paladin Multiclass

Chanter/Paladin is one of the best support options available in the game, especially if you choose to use the Troubadour subclass. The amount of healing this class gets most likely outclasses Priests and definitely outclasses Druids and on top of that, it has all the survivability that being a Paladin offers.

Fighter – Pillars of Eternity 2 Paladin Multiclass

If you’re thinking of making a dedicated tank character, it’s hard to go wrong with Paladin/Fighter, especially if you use the Shieldbearer and Unbroken subclasses. Even if you don’t go that route, though, a Paladin/Fighter of any subclass variation will be very difficult for enemies to make a dent in and will serve you well in terms of keeping your team alive.

That about covers it when it comes to the best Pillars of Eternity 2 Paladin Subclass and Multiclass options. Check out the games section for more game guides and other game-related content, and click here for more articles related to Pillars of Eternity 2.


  • Ryan Night

    Ryan Night is a lifelong RPG fan who had 10 year career in the games industry at various publishers and has been writing guides for RPGs since the early 2000s. He has written over 600 guides for over 70 games. His favorite games of all time include Final Fantasy 7, Persona 5 Royal, Suikoden 2, Metal Gear Solid and Baldur's Gate 3. In addition to writing for Bright Rock Media, Ryan is also a novelist who enjoys travel, music and all kinds of media.

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