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SO! Being the meat shield they need and deserve, huh? Paladin BiS for 2.4 is here!! Before anything else I feel that this BiS list I made is possibly the set with the absolute LEAST waste of stats. This BiS has parry favored, and has ZERO additional skill speed. This best-in-slot gear list for Paladin I feel is extremely balanced (Doesn’t need food for acc cap). Check it out!

Tank BiS disclaimer: Do you need parry, or do you need to DPS? If you’re interested in the DPS counterpart, check out the WAR BiS. It’s still functional for Paladin.

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PLDEHP/Parry--
WeaponDreadwyrm BladeExcalibur Zeta
Off-handDreadwyrm ShieldAegis Shield Zeta
HeadDreadwyrm Coronet of Fending
BodyAugmented Ironworks Helm of Fending
HandIronworks Gauntlet of Fending
WaistDreadwyrm Belt
LegsAugmented Ironworks Trousers of Fending
BootsDreadwyrm Sabatons of Fending
NeckPlatinum Scarf of Fending
EarsPlatinum Earrings of Fending
WristPlatinum Bangles of Slaying
RingPlatinum Ring of Fending
RingPlatinum Ring of Fending
FoodBacon Bread

Platinum Accessory melding for EHP/Mitigation

      
Platinum Scarf of FendingSTR IVSTR IV*FREE*FREESTR III
Platinum Earrings of FendingSTR IVSTR IV*FREE*FREESTR III
Platinum Bangles of SlayingVIT IVVIT IV*FREE*FREE*FREE
Platinum Ring of FendingSTR IVSTR IV*FREE*FREESTR III
Platinum Ring of FendingSTR IVSTR IV*FREE*FREESTR III

The above set and melds bring you to 518 Accuracy, 40 short of cap. This missing 40 Accuracy can be obtained through a mix of many means:

Melding: You have 10 free melding slots. 6x Heavens Eye III or 4x Heavens Eye IV (+ a little) solves this.
Excalibur/Aegis Shield Zeta: Can hold a maximum of 53 Accuracy (but more realistically 20ish.
Food: 10 to 12 from Popoto Pancakes if needed.
Lazy? Poor? Switch Belt: From Dreadwyrm to Ironworks gives you a huge boost to accuracy (22)

More on the Belt: I personally would use the belt for my own paladin and potentially save a megaton of gil for melding. Using the belt brings us to a base accuracy of 540, and we would only need 3x Heavens Eye III to cap! So my melds would looks something like this:

3x Accessories: STR IV – STR IV – STR III – ACC III – FREE
2x Accessores: STR IV – STR IV – STR III – FREE – FREE

This way you gain the most value (+STR, capping accuracy), while leaving up the free slots for when you have more gil to spare!

Hey, I use both tanks? It’s perfectly fine to use one set of crafted right side for both tanks. You don’t want to meld away like a hundred million gil right… The most important part of these accessories are they are AT or MAXED OUT on PRIMARY STATS (VIT & STR). Any stat melded into after those are really pale in comparison to the functionality those two give (withholding accuracy to realistic numbers)

2.4 PLD Poetics Tomes Buy Order

If you’re wondering whats the Paladin Poetics tomes buy order…

  • Chest (Dread in T13)
  • Legs (Dread in T12)
  • Shield is an awesome pseudo filler (Dread in T12)
    • This isn’t BiS but is 99% there.
  • Gauntlets (No ACC, careful when buying these…)
  • Belt (Dread in T11)
  • Rest are OPTIONAL
  • Earrings (Dread in T11)
  • Ring (Forced)(T10 Drop)
  • Bracelet (Use HA in the meantime: True Ice sucks)
  • Rest is Optional (Notes on weapon below)

Paladin should aim to get the Poetics weapon VERY LATE, as you will need a massive amount of tomes + T11 tome drop + t12 carbontwine for it to be significantly better than HA Blade.

Spending poetics on left side first is extremely viable since the raw +DEF and +MDEF (+VIT and +STR too) heavily outweight accessory purchases.

2.4 PLD Crafted Gear Viability

The Platinum crafted 110 are BiS for the sheer value they give (+STR). Below is a table for using and melding your Wootz Plate set.  For newer tanks/alts here’s a rundown of the body pieces. Again melds with * are “free slots”.

Cost Effective Wootz Melds for EHP / Mitigation Tanking (110 Crafted)

Wootz EHP Melding     
Wootz SalletACC IVDET IVACC IIIACC III*CRIT III
Wootz CuirassPARRY IVPARRY IV*PARRY III*PARRY III*PARRY III
Wootz Mitten GauntletACC IVACC IVACC III*DET III*DET III
Wootz Plate BeltPARRY IVPARRY III*CRIT III*CRIT IIIDET III
Kirimu Breeches of FendingACC IVACC IV*ACC III*PARRY III*PARRY III
Wootz SabatonsACC IVACC IV*ACC III*DET III*PARRY III

Which Wootz crafted pieces should EHP Paladins get first? Honestly, skip the legs and chest if you aren’t in a hurry. Helm, Boots and Gloves are all pretty solid.

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