First of it i would like to thank the DKO staff members for bringing us this amazing game, i have been retired from MMO's from like over a year from now and this game awakened the old me that's a gamer. That being said i would like to thank as well to all Requiem members for taking me up as one of them, thanks guys i feel not rejected there (LOL)
Now about the Paladin
What build should a paladin take?
Many argue on that subject, the question in fact it is "What would you like to be?"
-Tank : The most basic and "useful" of all the builds, Weapon of choice? 1h and shield. Stats? I would say frankly to go all the way to CON (Since that's the classical) but for those that wanna be the perfect tank i would recommend a 3:1 CON/STR rate with STR runes in Red runes, Magic Res/ShieldBlock on Yellow Runes and of course CON on blue runes (Green ones should be HP and nothing else). What skills should i take? Right tree seems like the most logical option indeed, skipping agro skills tho is the best idea unless they fix it in OB, taking the mana increased % and the minus status passive is also the best idea ever (If you get enough points add Armor of Thorns as well), Skip Avatar since is pretty much useless, Long CD and just increases 4 stats (HP/MP/Armor/DPS). Most Popular term : Pure Tanking Paladin Build.
-Damage Dealer : For those that like to put some PvP into his tanking character. Paladins have a great asset of skills and stuns that make them ideal for mass pvp or single pvp, add that the heal skill and you are pretty much winning 70% of your pvp. Full STR seems like the most likely option for this since critical will be involved in your fight but going 2:1 STR/CON rate isnt that bad either if you are going for 1h and shield, most would preffer the 2h tho but that's for everyone personal opinion to pick what they think is the best for their tastes. Left tree is out of the question for choice, skipping off course Skills like resurrection and not maxing Holy Smash. Bind should be left lvl 1 as well and Damage Dealer Paladin should at least get max lvl heal from right tree for keeping himself alive. Runes should be STR or Crit on Red (Dibs on Crit for daredevils) Defense/Dogde/Magic Res for Yellow, CON/DEX for Blue and Totally HP for Green.
Most popular term : Berserker Paladin.
TheEriond's Crazy stuff : if i might add i tried a different kind of build for CB (Not stat wise tho but i had an idea what it would look like) and i found out a lot of interesing stuff (If you saw me at Ruemon the last week you would understand what i meant), we also tested some stuff that had to be tested against some big names on the game and the conclusion was that it might work against the right people and against the right weapon but in my personal opinion i hope my build make wonders on the last part of the game, since it will shine there
granting me both a great defense and an even greater offensive. I might try another hybrid build that comes from the first one tho if the first one starts to fail me out.
Eriond term for this : DealBreaker Paladin/Ragnarok Paladin.
Tips for Paladin
Int : Won't increase heals for that much, pretty much useless since Paladins are not supossed to be the main healers. Skip this stat as much as possible.
Wis : Also useless since palas got a skill to increase their own mana pool, plus regen is too slow (6 secs) to pretend you will live outta regen, Mana regen + Wis are most likely useless to Pala
CON : Main pala stat, is a must for anyone that consider himself a Paladin and should be present in any form (HP/Defense) in the runes you insert, otherwise you are wasting your natural born talents
STR : Paladin secondary stat, should be put on the first rune slot. Increase both damage/dps/critical so is a great stat for those that are aiming for Zerk Paladin. If you can't find red crit runes i would aim for STR red runes instead.
DEX : Top Secret ~
Well that's my feedback on the Paladin so far if i forgot to add something i might edit it later
you are free to question me or reply my opinions with yours but that will (most likely) dont change my mind.