D&D 5E 5E Survivor - Subclasses (Part IX: Paladin)

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
There's well over a hundred and twenty different classes and subclasses in the 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons game, and we're on a mission to determine which one is the Survivor! And this time around, we are comparing all of the Paladin subclasses from all of the Wizards of the Coast game resources against each other. The Survivor of this round will advance to the final round, where it will face off against the champions of all the other character classes.

(Yes, I know that we've done this before, but lots of new subclasses have been released in the years since. It's time to see if the new students can beat their PHB masters.)

SURVIVOR: 5E CHARACTER CLASSES
Round IX: The Paladin


This week, we are going to examine all of the subclass options for the Paladin class, in 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. Right now there are eleven subclasses available for the Paladin, and we're going to find out which one Survives!

The winner of this contest will advance to the Final Round, where it will represent ALL Paladins in the 5th Edition D&D game.

The Hall of Heroes
Round I, Artificers: Battle Smith
Round II, Barbarians: Totem Warrior
Round III, Bards: College of Lore
Round IV, Clerics: Tempest Domain
Round V, Druids: Circle of the Shepherd
Round VI, Fighters: Battle Master
Round VII, Monks: Kensei
Round VIII, Mystics: Immortal

The Rules and Stuff
  • In this round, only the Paladin subclasses are presented.
  • Only the subclasses written by Wizards of the Coast qualify. No third-party entries!
  • Each entry starts with 20 points.
  • Every day, you vote for one subclass that you like, which gains 1 point. And then you vote for a different subclass, which loses 2 points. It is intentional that a negative vote is worth more than a positive vote - first, because it takes something extra to whittle these guys down to size. Second, because.
  • Mark your upvotes in green, and downvotes in red. Or just show them in bold text and use "+1" and "-2" to mark them, if colored text is too difficult on your browsing device.
  • It's easier if you just copy and paste the previous poster’s vote and change the numbers; the Quote function isn't the best for this.
  • You may vote only once per day in each category. This is an honor system, and we are all honorable gamers; please do not abuse it. If this means you vote once at night one day, and once the next morning - that's fine, but don't vote again until the following day. Rule of thumb: if your most recent vote post says "yesterday" in the time stamp, you can vote again.
  • This is just another Internet popularity contest and you do not have to explain an upvote or downvote, but feel free to--explanations are where the fun is! And the more outlandish, petty, or nitpicky your reasons for voting, the better!
  • When downvotes reach 0 the subclass is removed from the list.
  • Finally, if an entry has one point left, then you have to make the choice to use all of your downvotes to eliminate it; there is no vote splitting. In addition, you can't upvote and downvote the same entry (no "see" votes). And you have to use BOTH YOUR UPVOTE AND DOWNVOTE if you vote.

The Most Important Bits
Three important points that you must read before voting--
  1. This is a pure popularity contest, and is meant to be fun. You can cast your votes for whatever reason you want; spite, malice, religious affiliation, sacred vow, strategic voting, and so on are all perfectly acceptable. But this is for enjoyment only. If you experience anger, hostility, or other evidence of Not Having Fun, you are doing it wrong.
  2. This week (and the next few weeks to come) will feature a list of character subclasses from the Player's Handbook, the Dungeon Master's Guide, Xanathar's Guide to Everything, Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, Unearthed Arcana, The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, and other places. Only the subclasses written and published by Wizards of the Coast are included.
  3. As always, the list is the list. If you have a complaint about the list, please direct it to /dev/null.
So. Onward to the contest!

PALADIN SUBCLASSES
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Oathbreaker (Dungeon Master's Guide)
Oath of the Ancients (Player's Handbook)
Oath of Conquest (Xanathar's Guide to Everything)
Oath of the Crown (Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide)
Oath of Devotion (Player's Handbook)
Oath of Glory (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything)
Oath of Heroism (Unearthed Arcana, "Bard and Paladin," 2019)
Oath of Redemption (Xanathar's Guide to Everything)
Oath of Treachery (Unearthed Arcana, "Paladin" 2016)
Oath of Vengeance (Player's Handbook)
Oath of the Watchers (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything)
 
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CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Oathbreaker 20-2=18
Oath of the Ancients 20+1=21

Oath of Conquest 20
Oath of the Crown 20
Oath of Devotion 20
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 20
Oath of Treachery 20
Oath of Vengeance 20
Oath of the Watchers 20
 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
Oathbreaker 18
Oath of the Ancients 22
Oath of Conquest 20
Oath of the Crown 20
Oath of Devotion 20
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 20
Oath of Treachery 18 ... what nonsense is this?
Oath of Vengeance 20
Oath of the Watchers 20
 

Gradine

Final Form (she/they)
Oathbreaker 18
Oath of the Ancients 23
Oath of Conquest 20
Oath of the Crown 20
Oath of Devotion 20
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 20
Oath of Treachery 16
Oath of Vengeance 20
Oath of the Watchers 20
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Oathbreaker 16
Oath of the Ancients 23
Oath of Conquest 20
Oath of the Crown 20
Oath of Devotion 20
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 20
Oath of Treachery 16
Oath of Vengeance 20
Oath of the Watchers 20
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
Oathbreaker 16
Oath of the Ancients 24
Oath of Conquest 20
Oath of the Crown 20
Oath of Devotion 20
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 20
Oath of Treachery 14
Oath of Vengeance 21
Oath of the Watchers 20

Moving vengeance up 1 because @doctorbadwolf forgot to actually raise the number. ;)
 


Argyle King

Legend
Oathbreaker 16
Oath of the Ancients 24 + 1 = 25
Oath of Conquest 20
Oath of the Crown 20
Oath of Devotion 20
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 20
Oath of Treachery 14
Oath of Vengeance 21 - 2 = 19
Oath of the Watchers 20
 

FireLance

Legend
Oathbreaker 16-2 = 14 Not a paladin #1
Oath of the Ancients 25
Oath of Conquest 20
Oath of the Crown 20
Oath of Devotion 20+1=21 Not the OG but close enough
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 20
Oath of Treachery 14
Oath of Vengeance 19
Oath of the Watchers 20
 

Oathbreaker 14
Oath of the Ancients 23
Oath of Conquest 20
Oath of the Crown 20
Oath of Devotion 21
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 20
Oath of Treachery 14
Oath of Vengeance 19
Oath of the Watchers 20 something about that old men in black song and I just hate the outer planes with a passion.
 

Oathbreaker 14
Oath of the Ancients 23 - 2 = 21
Oath of Conquest 20
Oath of the Crown 20
Oath of Devotion 21
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 20 + 1 = 21
Oath of Treachery 14
Oath of Vengeance 19
Oath of the Watchers 21 (corrected from previous post, as nothing was added)
 

Lycurgon

Adventurer
Oathbreaker 14
Oath of the Ancients 21 + 1 = 22 Their channel divinities are not the best but their Aura is top notch
Oath of Conquest 20
Oath of the Crown 20
Oath of Devotion 21
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 21
Oath of Treachery 14 - 2 = 12 No one want a treacherous party member betraying them
Oath of Vengeance 19
Oath of the Watchers 21
 

DND_Reborn

The High Aldwin
Oathbreaker 14
Oath of the Ancients 22
Oath of Conquest 20
Oath of the Crown 20
Oath of Devotion 22
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 21
Oath of Treachery 12
Oath of Vengeance 19
Oath of the Watchers 19
 

Aldarc

Legend
Oathbreaker 14
Oath of the Ancients 22+1 = 23 I like what this paladin represents.
Oath of Conquest 20
Oath of the Crown 20
Oath of Devotion 22
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 21
Oath of Treachery 12
Oath of Vengeance 19-2 = 17 Maybe this would be cooler if I was still 15.*
Oath of the Watchers 19

* For those potentially sensitive or offended about this remark, I am only talking about my own tastes at age 15 and not implying anything about other people who may or may not like this subclass.
 

Oathbreaker 14
Oath of the Ancients 23
Oath of Conquest 21
Oath of the Crown 20
Oath of Devotion 22
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 21
Oath of Treachery 10
Oath of Vengeance 17
Oath of the Watchers 19
 

Oathbreaker 14
Oath of the Ancients 24 you're cool, but Nature's Wrath is utter trash
Oath of Conquest 21
Oath of the Crown 20
Oath of Devotion 22
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 21
Oath of Treachery 8 this doesn't even have tenets
Oath of Vengeance 17
Oath of the Watchers 19
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
Oathbreaker 14
Oath of the Ancients 24+1=25
Oath of Conquest 21
Oath of the Crown 20
Oath of Devotion 22
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 21-2=19
Oath of Treachery 8
Oath of Vengeance 17
Oath of the Watchers 19
 

OB1

Jedi Master
Oathbreaker 14
Oath of the Ancients 25
Oath of Conquest 21
Oath of the Crown 20
Oath of Devotion 22
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 19
Oath of Treachery 8-2=6
Oath of Vengeance 17
Oath of the Watchers 19+1=20 DMing for a Warforged Oath of the Watchers Paladin in Spelljammer right now, super fun subclass
 

gwek4580

Explorer
Oathbreaker 14
Oath of the Ancients 25 - 2 = 23
Oath of Conquest 21
Oath of the Crown 20 + 1 = 21
Oath of Devotion 22
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 19
Oath of Treachery 6
Oath of Vengeance 17
Oath of the Watchers 20
 

Omand

Hero
Oathbreaker 14
Oath of the Ancients 23 + 1 = 24
Oath of Conquest 21
Oath of the Crown 21
Oath of Devotion 22
Oath of Glory 20
Oath of Heroism 20
Oath of Redemption 19
Oath of Treachery 6 - 2 = 4
Oath of Vengeance 17
Oath of the Watchers 20
 

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