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Their sturdy defense enables paladins to endure punishing attacks. They also possess a variety of abilities to aid their allies.

The Paladin is a job class from Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift exclusive to humes.

Paladins are tanks, with high HP and Defense stats, but they have low Speed, Evade and Strength. They are well-balanced attacking and supporting units, with their Nurse ability as an effective debuff remover, and their Cover ability invaluable in missions involving protecting a specific unit. They have an advantage against undead units, with their Saint Cross and Holy Blade attacks, and Sanctify, which can bury undead units in a small area, dealing heavy damage to ghosts and the like. Combining the class with White Magick boosts the Paladin's healing and smiting capabilities.

A truly fearsome set would be having the unit learn Dual Wield and equipping the Fallen Angel and Sequencer, with the Seer's High Magick as their secondary A-Ability set, as this would allow a debilitating Magic Frenzy combo attack on enemies in a small area (one magickal and two physical hits). Another good secondary A-Ability is the Parivir's Flair, coupled with Geomancy; this is preferable because the Paladin lacks in magick but makes up for it in equipment, and Geomancy lowers the foe's elemental resistance.

A recommended tank set includes equipping Mirror Mail (to reflect magicks) or a high level robe, a Ribbon (with the Ribbon Bearer passive) to avoid all debuffs, the secondary A-Ability slot set to Blue Magick for buffs, (specifically Mighty Guard and White Wind), and the Strike Back Reaction Ability. A balance of both Resistance and Defense can be achieved by combining levels of the Paladin and Seer for strong defensive stats, accompanied by a high-level robe, the Strike-Back R-Ability and the Ribbon-Bearer S-Ability (provided the player equips a Ribbon to make up for the low natural resilience) to avoid the majority of physical damage and protect against magick damage.

Another formidable build would be one resembling the character Cecil from Final Fantasy IV, achieved with a powerful sword such as the Master Sword or the Sequencer, an Orb of Minwu (risky, since this item won't protect against all debuffs), and high level robe, all accompanied by Chivalry, White Magick (or High Magick, for the sake of Cura and Recharge), Reflex or Strike-Back and Turbo MP. This results in massive damage output at the cost of one or two turns of acquiring, which the player can spend defending, then use their potent Healing/Holy damage.

Paladins' Resilience is below average, so inflicting debuffs on them usually has a 70% chance of succeeding, but by using their Warcry ability, which raises Resilience in a small area, or Nurse ability, which cures status effects and heals themselves and surrounding units, they can cover their naturally low Resilience.

Notable Paladins in the game are Frimelda Lotice and her partner Luc Sardac.


  • To Use: Master 3 Soldier A-Abilities


Weapons Head Body Equip Shields?
Greatswords, Knightswords Helmets Heavy Armor, Robes Yes

Move Jump Evasion Unarmed
Attack Raise
HP MP Atk Def Mgk Res Spd
4 2 0 18 C G D B E C 48%



The PALADIN commands these abilities to defend allies with a practiced blade.

Skill Source Equipment Effect Range AP To Master MP Use
Nurse Defender Recover HP and cure status ailments of the unit and surrounding units. All sides and self 100
Defend Lionheart Raise Weapon Defense and Magick Resistance for one turn. Self 200
Cover Save the Queen Covers a unit, allowing the user to take damage for the target until the user's next turn. 4 300
Parley Barong Attempt to remove a unit from the battlefield. More successful when the target has lower HP. Does not affect monsters. 1 150
Saint Cross Arch Sword Holy damage to surrounding units. All sides 400 10
Holy Blade Excalibur Normal damage; Holy element. Weapon Range 400 22
Sanctify Ogrenix Destroys undead. 3 250
War Cry Oblige Raises Resilience of surrounding units. All sides and self 300


Skill Source Equipment Effect AP To Master
Reflex Genji Armor Avoid all standard attacks. 350


Skill Source Equipment Effect AP To Master
Defense↑ Diamond Armor Increases Weapon Defense. 150


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The paladins, sometimes known as the Twelve Peers, were the foremost warriors of Charlemagne's court, according to the literary cycle known as the Matter of France.


  • Like its artwork for Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, the Paladin is depicted as wielding two swords, despite not actually being able to learn the Dual Wield skill. However, Dual Wield may be learned if a character has learned it as a Ninja and was changed to a Paladin afterward. The optional character Frimelda Lotice is the exception to this rule, starting off as a Paladin that can already Dual Wield.

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