Paladin Lost Ark Class Guide

Detailed breakdown of the Paladin Class in Lost Ark
Paladin Class Guide

Our Paladin Lost Ark class guide is important if you want to make the most of this Warrior type subclass in both PvE and PvP content. Lost Ark’s classes give you a lot of options for building them, through skills, engravings, gear, and more. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, along with a place in the meta, so check out out Paladin Lost Ark class guide for a breakdown of all you need to know.

Paladin Class Guide Overview

The Paladin in Lost Ark is a Warrior type that wields a One Handed Sword and a Holy Tome of Scriptures. His musical instrument is a Warhorn. The Paladin has 2 types of attacks: Primal Light Skills (Yellow) or Fencing Skills (Blue). Generally, Primal Light skills have a supportive element, whereas Fencing skills are strictly attack based.

Their Identity Gauge, the Scales of Fate, fills up upon successful hits with skills to enemies. Once the Identity Gauge is full, the player has the ability to choose between 2 unique skills:

  • Judgment (Blue skill) – increase the radius and damage of their own attacks
    • or
  • Blessed Aura (Yellow skill) – increase the damage of allies within a certain radius around the Paladin

Judgment is generally only used for solo types of content or when there is another support in the party. Blessed Aura is the preferred identity skill to use while in a party as it far provides more benefits than if the Paladin were to only buff themselves. This is further emphasized when the Class Engraving: Blessed Aura is attained. With this engraving enabled, it also provides healing and damage reduction when the identity skill Blessed Aura is used.

Role of a Paladin

Paladin Banner Lost Ark

In both PvE and PvP, Paladins provide many useful synergies to the party. This is achieved with damage mitigation, providing an attack power buff, and applying a debuff on the target that increases it’s damage taken. While they can do damage and fair well on their own, their biggest attraction is to group content with their shields and buffs and some minor healing.

The Paladin is better off aiding their allies than being a sole damage dealer. The Identity SkillBlessed Aura is always the preferred skill to use as it will provide a damage mitigation buff and heals when used.

While you are totally welcome to play as a DPS and advance in content that way, in higher tier content many groups would rather take a pure DPS class over a DPS Paladin. Know that they would not pass on a Support Paladin if they didn’t already have a Bard support.


  • Provides Shields to self and party members
  • Provides Aura Buff to increase attack power
  • Provides Aura Buff to reduce damage taken
  • Provides Debuff on target that increases damage taken
  • Provides Heals to self and party members
  • Slightly higher damage than Bard


  • Lower overall damage compared to some DPS classes
  • Slightly lower healing and mana regen compared to Bard


The following table is a list of all Lost Ark Paladin Skills that you will unlock and at which level you will do so.

Level Icon Skill Name Cooldown (seconds) Type Description
10iconSpin Slash6NormalQuickly spin twice while slashing, inflicting 105 and 105 Damage for each slash.
10iconFlash Thrust8NormalSwiftly stab with your sword 4 times in position to inflict 189.1 total Damage, then stab one final time to inflict 55 Damage.
10iconLight Shock8NormalHold the sword in reverse and gather both hands to unleash a light shockwave that inflicts 153 Damage.
10iconLight of Judgment15NormalSpread powerful rays of light that inflict 348.8 total Damage.
10iconCharge12NormalCharge forward 6 meters and stab foes with your sword to inflict 266 Damage.
10iconSword of Justice15PointDrop a sword made of light at the target location to inflict 336 Damage to your foe and thrust the sword into the ground.
12iconFlash Slash15HoldingSlowly move forward and slash your foe 7 times, inflicting 55, 60, 60, 60, 60, 60, and 69 Damage with each slash.
14iconGodsent Law20PointSummon a magick circle of light through holy scriptures. Texts made of infinite light swirl within the magic circle, inflicting 541.4 total Damage to foes for 2s.
16iconPunishment15NormalSlash your foe with your sword in a cross shape using one hand to inflict 58 and 58 Damage with each slash. Then grab the sword with both hands and slash as you swing to inflict 271 Damage.
18iconWrath of God27NormalCall forth the energy of sacred thunder into your weapon and inflict 542 Damage to nearby foes.
20iconHoly Land18PointGenerate a holy area at the target location for 6s and inflict 237.9 total Damage over time.
20iconDash Slash18HoldingReposition yourself and sprint forward. When you finish sprinting, swing your sword to inflict 403 Damage to your foe and launch them into the air.
24iconExecutor’s Sword18ComboHold the sword in both hands and rapidly swing upwards to inflict 175 Damage and launch foes into the air. Use the skill again to gather your strength into your sword, then swing around as you slash and inflict 263 Damage before thrusting your sword into the ground.
28iconHoly Protection30NormalUse the power of divine light to create a barrier for 11.0% of Max HP for all party members within 24 meters for 6s.
32iconExecution of Justice24NormalHold the sword with one hand and quickly spin in position to inflict 429.0 Damage to your foe, then perform a crushing blow that inflicts 181 Damage.
36iconHoly Explosion30CastingGather divine strength for 2s before having it explode at the target location, inflicting 969 Damage.
40iconHoly Sword27NormalGather the Light Energy into your sword and thrust your weapon at your foe to inflict 62 Damage. Light will stream out of the sword and inflict an additional 556 Damage.
50iconHeavenly Blessings36NormalSummon the Solar Guardian and inflict 520 Damage to nearby foes. The guardian blesses all party members within a 24 meter radius. Damage received -11% for 8s.
LevelIcon Skill NameCooldownTypeDescription
50iconAlithanes’s Judgment5 minutesPointJump up and unleash a holy light that shines toward your target location for an attack that even penetrates through guardian monsters. Inflict 111 Damage on surrounding foes upon landing and create a barrier for 80% of your Max HP for all party members for 10s.
50iconAlithanes’s Light5 minutesNormalEmbue holy energy into your sword and unleash it forward. On hit, inflicts111 Damage. The energy then explodes and inflicts an additional111 Damage.

Paladin Leveling Guide

Lost Ark Paladin
Paladin Lost Ark

We recommend you to just try out all the skills and play for whatever is the most fun for you. However, if you just want to speed up the process (maybe thats the most fun for you) or you’re tying to power through with levelling an alt, follow this level by level breakdown of what skills to use and level up and which tripods to activate.

You can swap between saved skill tree slots whenever for free (even in combat as long as no skills are on cooldown). It’s recommended to use both your skillbook slots, choose abilities based on this: one for AoE and one for Single Target (Boss/Elites).

For solo content only use the Identity Skill Judgment; for group content only use Blessed Aura. (Blessed Aura only benefits other party members)

Skill Progression

Below is a chart that shows progression of placement of skill points and their Tripods. Early on, focusing on Blue skills to take down small packs and high mobility when moving between mobs. Then later using Yellow skills to AoE larger groups with ease.

LevelIconNameLevelTripod 1Tripod 2Tripod 3
11iconCharge4Excellent Mobility
12iconFlash Thrust4Law of the Jungle
13iconSpin Slash4Vital Point Strike
14iconFlash Slash4Vital Point Strike
16iconPunishment7Swift Fingers
17iconSpin Slash4* (delevel Flash Slash to gain points necessary)Vital Point StrikeStrength Release
18iconWrath of God4Wide Thunderstroke
20iconDash Slash4Quick Pace
22iconPunishment7Swift FingersDivine Punishment
24iconExecutor’s Sword6Stigmata
26iconExecutor’s Sword7StigmataChallenger’s Will
29iconWrath of God7Wide ThunderstrokeFaith
32iconExecution of Justice6Bulwark or Rune Prison
33iconExecution of Justice7Bulwark or Rune PrisonPerfect Strike
36iconHoly Explosion7* (delevel Execution of Justice, replace with Holy Explosion)Swift FingersWide Explosion
37iconExecutor’s Sword10StigmataChallenger’s WillExecutioner’s Strike
40iconHoly Sword7StigmataWeakpoint Detection
41iconHoly Sword10* (delevel Spin Slash and replace with Holy Sword)StigmataWeakpoint DetectionCondensed Energy
45iconPunishment10Swift FingersDivine PunishmentDouble Smite
46iconFlash Thrust
47iconFlash Thrust7Law of the JungleChain Attack
49iconHoly Explosion10Swift FingersWide ExplosionExplosion Aftermath


Early Game Enemies: Spin Slash > Flash Thrust

Early Bosses: Back attack with Spin Slash or Flash Thrust. Front attack with Punishment or Executor’s Sword. Then whatever is off cooldown.

Late Game Enemies: Wrath of God and Holy Explosion. Group up enemies and AoE them, then finish them off with Flash Thrust.

Late Game Bosses: Back attack with Flash Thrust then use Punishment and Executors Sword. Followed by a well timed Holy Sword.

Finally, for movement where you can’t mount use Charge and Dash Slash and then use Spacebar near the end of each skills animation to cancel it and move just slightly faster.


Just equip the highest Item Lv. item you find. Focus on Swiftness for increased movement speed, reduced casting time, and faster skill cooldowns. Secondly, your next best stat is Crit.

Level 50

At level 50 the final skill and first awakening will be available. In order to unlock them you need to complete the Main Story Questline in Vern City where Beatrice will tell you to visit her in Trixion. Here she will reward you with the Awakening Skill: Alithanes’s Judgmentand the level 50 skill End of the World.

Paladin PvE Guide

Below are our detailed articles on the different styles of play the Paladin can have in Lost Ark. For PvE, a character who has just reached level 50 combat level can now access their Final Skill and the Awakening Skills. For optimal play, players should make use of the 2 Skill Presets that they have access to for free. Generally speaking, they should be set up for:

  1. Multiple Targets: AoE Skills utilized in Chaos DungeonsThe Cube, etc.
  2. Bosses: Single Target Skills utilized in Guardian Raids and Abyss Dungeons

The Class Engravings can also change the way you choose your skills. Once the effects of your chosen one have been applied to your gear, you may need to change your skills accordingly. Generally, for paladin only the Blessed Aura engraving is utilized. However, the Judgment engraving can be used in addition at Lv. 1.

Paladin Chaos Dungeon and Cube Build

Check out our detailed guide for the best Paladin builds for Chaos Dungeons and Cube instances. In this article we break down the best skills to choose for clearing this content with relative ease.

Included in this guide is a skill variation for a fresh level 50 player. There are also 2 more builds for when you have collected more skill points. If you are in need of more skill points for these builds, check out our guide showing you where to get all of the available skill points in Lost Ark.

Paladin Raid Build

Check out our detailed guide for the best Paladin builds for Guardian Raids and Abyss DungeonsIn this article we break down the support playstyle focusing on the Blessed Aura class engraving. The best skills, tripods, runes, stats, and engravings to use for each of them are explained in detail here.

Included in this guide is a skill variation for a fresh level 50 player. There are also 2 more builds for when you have collected more skill points. If you are in need of more skill points for these builds, check out our guide showing you where to get all of the available skill points in Lost Ark.

Paladin PvP Guide

In Player versus Player Arenas, Paladins are a valuable asset to the team. They are fairly strong at holding out in 1v1, provide great utility for buffing teammates, and are decent at poking and peeling targets.

PvP Stats

  • 1000 Agility
  • 249 Endurance
  • 1 Crit

Paladin PvP Skills Build

Feel free to change whatever skills you like depending on your playstyle and how you see fit, below is a general build that is a great foundation to build upon.

IconNameLevelTripods Notes
iconGodsent Law101
Ranged Shield and Damage Reduction
iconHoly Sword103
Movement skill, Burst Damage
iconCharge7 or 81
Engagement Skill
iconHeavenly Blessings101
Damage, Damage Reduction, Attack Power
iconExecution of Justice103
Super Armor, Poke Combo. Could swap 2nd Tripod depending on Playstyle if you prefer to use Blessed Aura
iconWrath of God103
Great to combo poke from Charge Stagger > Wrath of God > Holy Sword
iconDash Slash72
Great Movement Skill
iconHoly Protection103
Combo Holy Protection Shield > Godsent Law to counter enemies big hitting skills. can swap last Tripod on preference
iconAlithanes’s JudgmentAwakeningGod Tier Life Saver

Here’s Youtuber Pum with some extraordinary gameplay of 1v1 PVP. Take note that for 1vs1 you should change your abilities to focus on self buffs and damage and not on party synergies.



The Awakening engraving allows for more usages in Raids and more frequent usage. Using the awakening skill also fills up the Identity Gauge very quickly so that you can use the Blessed Aura more often. Blessed Aura is also a no brainer as you will now heal when using the Identity Skill. Finally, Specialist will come in handy for party members who are below 50% HP. It provides increased healing and efficiency of shields when using Holy Protection and Holy Aura.

Icon EngravingDescriptionSource
iconAwakeningLv. 1: Awakening Skill Cooldown -10%. +1 maximum use.
Lv. 2: … -25% … +2
Lv. 3: … -50% … +3
Chaos Dungeons
iconBlessed AuraLv. 1: With Holy Aura, Damage received -10% and 2% of Max HP restored every 2.5s for all party members.
Lv. 2: … -15% … 2s
Lv. 3: … -20% … 1.5s
Guardian Raid
Abyss Dungeon
Specialist*Lv. 1: Shield and HP recovery effects used on yourself and party members are increased by 6%, and when the target’s HP is below 50%, this effect is increased by an additional 3%
Lv. 2: … 14% … 7%
Lv. 3: … 24% … 12%
Chaos Dungeons
*May not be available at launch


Spirit Absorption is a great option to reduce cooldowns on skills. Judgment (Lv. 1. only) will help fill the Identity Gauge faster when you use Fencing Skills. Heavy Armor Equipment is nice if strictly playing support. Otherwise, if you’d prefer to be a DPS, take Grudge instead of Heavy Armor Equipment.

iconSpirit AbsorptionLv. 1: Atk./Move Speed +3%.
Lv. 2: …+8%.
Lv. 3: …+15%
Chaos Dungeons
iconHeavy Armor EquipmentLv. 1: All Defense +30%. The amount of Defense increased by Heavy Armor Equipment is not affected by effects that cause Defense reduction.
Lv. 2: …+75%.
Lv. 3: …+150%.
Chaos Dungeons
iconJudgmentLv. 1: Punishment Damage +15%. When Punishment skill hits, Piety Meter gain +100%. Duration of Sacred Executioner +100%.
Lv. 2: …+20%.
Lv. 3: …+25%.
Guardian Raid
Abyss Dungeon
iconGrudgeLv. 1: Damage +4% to Boss or above monsters. Damage -20% from Boss or above monsters.
Lv. 2: …+10%
Lv. 3: …+20%
Chaos Dungeons

Gear Sets

Below is a list of all the gear sets and their bonuses that available to Tier 1 Paladins. You can mix and match 2-Set bonuses using 2 or 3 different ones. Depending on your playstyle and what’s available to you, you may want to take two 2-set bonuses instead of a full 5-set Bonus. You can also have one set for Chaos Dungeons and other Solo Content, and another for Guardian Raids and other Group Content.

Item LevelRaritySet Bonus NameEffectsSource
385RelicDark Night2-Set: When attacking a foe, 30% chance for +8% Atk and Move Speed for 6s. (Cooldown: 3s)
5-Set: Increases Crit Rate by 40%, but decreases Crit Damage by 40%.
Chaos Dungeon Rohendel (Welcome 3)
Chaos Dungeon Rohendel (Nightmare 1-4)
385RelicPhantom Memory2-Set: Attack Speed and Move Speed +5%
5-Set: Increases Damage with an Awakening Skill to Seed or lesser monsters by 60%. Increases Damage to Challenge or lesser monsters by 60% when hitting them with an Awakening Skill for 10s. (Cooldown: 60s)
Chaos Dungeon Rohendel (Welcome 3)
Chaos Dungeon Rohendel (Nightmare 1-4)
385RelicVoid Afterimage2-Set: Decreases damage taken by 30% when HP is below 30%.
+15% Atk. Speed and Move Speed, +10% Skill Cooldown.
5-Set: When hitting a foe with a normal attack, +15% Additional Damage for 3s (Cooldown: 1s)
Chaos Dungeon Rohendel (Welcome 3)
Chaos Dungeon Rohendel (Nightmare 1-4)
340LegendaryAwakened Hatred2-Set: Combat Resource Recovery Speed: +30%
5-Set: Crit Damage +25
Abyss Dungeon (Corridor of the Twisted Lord)
Abyss Dungeon (Hildebrigne, Dream Palace)
340Legendary Boisterous Elemental2-Set: Increases Attack Speed and Move Speed by 4% for 6s, up to 8% when attacking monsters Boss rank or above. (Cooldown: 3s)
5-Set: Increases damage to monsters Boss ranked or above by 12%.
Abyss Dungeon (Corridor of the Twisted Lord)
Abyss Dungeon (Hildebrigne, Dream Palace)
340Legendary Dense Confusion2-Set: Attack Speed and Move Speed +4%
5-Set: Crit Rate +15%
Abyss Dungeon (Corridor of the Twisted Lord)
Abyss Dungeon (Hildebrigne, Dream Palace)
340Legendary Enraged Nature2-Set: Move Speed +8%
5-Set: Atk. Power +4% for 8s, up to 12% when attacking a monster Boss ranked or above. (Cooldown: 3s)
Abyss Dungeon (Corridor of the Twisted Lord)
Abyss Dungeon (Hildebrigne, Dream Palace)
340Legendary Mist2-Set: Decreases damage taken from Normal ranked monsters by 20%.
5-Set: Increases damage dealt to monsters Challenge rank or below by 15%.
Abyss Dungeon (Corridor of the Twisted Lord)
Abyss Dungeon (Hildebrigne, Dream Palace)
302EpicAncient2-Set: When hit while HP is below 20%, restores 3% of Max HP for 15s each time you hit a Normal monster. (Cooldown: 60s)
5-Set: Increases damage by 17% when hitting 3 or more foes.
Abyss Dungeon (Valley of Beasts)
Abyss Dungeon (Spirit of the Necromancer)
302EpicRugged Valley2-Set: Move Speed +8%
5-Set: Atk. Power +4% for 8s, up to 12% when attacking a monster Boss ranked or above. (Cooldown: 3s)
Abyss Dungeon (Valley of Beasts)
Abyss Dungeon (Spirit of the Necromancer)
302 Epic Seraphic Oath2-Set: Attack Speed +8%
5-Set: Additional Damage +10%
Abyss Dungeon (Valley of Beasts)
Abyss Dungeon (Spirit of the Necromancer)
302 Epic Stalwart Years2-Set: Attack Speed +8%
5-Set: Additional Damage +10%
Abyss Dungeon (Valley of Beasts)
Abyss Dungeon (Spirit of the Necromancer)

Also make sure to check out our Lost Ark Berserker builds, for a breakdown of the best skills and engravings to pick for this tanky class.