FFXIV 3.2 Paladin (PLD) Best in Slot (BiS) Gear

3.2 UPDATED! PLD Best in slot guide! “THE SHIELD IS BACK!”. PLD Lore buy order, Melding, Pages & Normals, more!

So some of you are back from being Paladins from previous tiers sadness huh? Welcome to the 3.2 PLD BiS! In case you missed the memo – as of 3.2 tanks stack VITALITY! Thanks to Claes Henrietta for the help!

Quicknotes: All tank BiS pages are quite similar to each other, but the PLD BiS will “avoid as much SS as practically possible, and get as much Crit”.

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3.2 Paladin Best-in-Slot

PLDItemMeld 1Meld 2AccCritDetSSParry
WeaponPrototype Midan Metal SwordCRIT V--128461-
OffhandPrototype Midan Metal ShieldCRIT IV--35--35
HelmAugmented Hellfire Mask of FendingDET VDET V-6966--
BodyMidan Coat of FendingCRIT VCRIT V112102---
HandMidan Gauntlets of FendingCRIT VCRIT V4824-69-
BeltAugmented Hellfire Belt of FendingDET V--5112-36
LegsMidan Breeches of FendingDET VDET V-11299--
BootsAugmented Hellfire Sabatons of FendingCRIT VCRIT IV6969---
NeckAugmented Primal Choker of FendingSTR V--36--51
EarringMidan Earrings of FendingSTR V--49-36
WristAugmented Primal Bracelet of FendingSTR V-5134--
RingMidan Ring of FendingSTR V-36-51-
RingAugmented Primal Ring of FendingSTR V-5134--
FoodSteamed Staff---40-16-
StatsTotal stats from gear367550378197158
End value721904596551512

PLD BiS Discussion

Why STRENGTH melded in accessories? While VIT beats out STR in value, STR beats the secondary DPS stats (Crit, DET, SS…). So while yes, tanking primary stat is undoubtedly VIT – it’s not like STR became WORTHLESS! Aside from Parry, we cannot meld any more defense on the right side…

THE ABOVE BiS IS MISSING 2 POINTS ACCURACY. It’s  99.9+% hit rate, but this can be bothersome. Ultimately, there are many ways to get that last 2 points –

  • Food: Steamed Stafff -> Baked Pipira Pira (Most brainless solution)
  • Materia: Change one DET meld into ACCURACY (Laziest solution)
  • Swap certain pieces of gear with an ACC one (more on this later on…)

Of the above, I’d recommend AGAINST gear swaps, as the food or materia change are the best (Personally I’d go the materia route).

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PLD Lore Tomestone Buy Order

The below spending strategy is purely to obtain BiS fastest:

  • Boots: Acc Crit – it’s just the smarter buy at this point.
  • Mask: by order of savage floor obtained…
  • Belt: by order of savage floor obtained…
  • (Preference) Any other left-side filler (Chest>Legs)
  • Weapon: On tanks, I’d say weapon AFTER left-side is complete.
  • Ring > Wrist > Neck (Buying the acc pieces is safer…)

ANYTHING ELSE IS OPTIONAL: As mentioned earlier any left-side filler would be considered first (Chest, Legs) then Earring, Ring (Unupgraded).

Using up Pages and Midas Normal Parts

Click on the expandables below to see how you should spend pages, and which Midas Normal parts to get first –

Midan Savage Pages
Midan Normal Parts

Click the above!!!

PLD Crafted Gear Viability

As mentioned earlier, I update this a little later on just so I can update all lists ASAP. 90% of the info you need is already in the page, the rest is details…

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FFXIV Paladin (PLD) Cross Class skills guide

What are the Gladiator -> Paladin Cross Class Skills? Here, we will be strictly discussing the cross-class skills Paladin can get.

How many cross-class skills can I get as a Paladin? Any job class may only equip five (5) cross-class skills.

From what other classes does Paladin get skills from? Marauder and Conjurer.

What are the best Paladin cross-class skills? This is discussed below.

Full list of Paladin (PLD) Cross-class skills

NameIconLevelDescriptionFrom Class
Cure2Restores target's HPConjurer (CNJ)
Foresight2Increases defenseMarauder (MRD)
Skull Sunder4Attack that generates enmityMarauder (MRD)
Fracture6Damage over time (DOT)Marauder (MRD)
Protect8Increases physical and magical defenseConjurer (CNJ)
Bloodbath8Converts damage dealt to HPMarauder (MRD)
Raise12Ressurect targetConjurer (CNJ)
Mercy Stroke26Attack that can only be executed when enemy is below 20% HP. Up to 20% life steal.Marauder (MRD)
Stoneskin34Shield that absorbs damageConjurer (CNJ)

Paladin (PLD) Cross-class skills discussion

Skull Sunder and Raise are useless in 8-man raids. Raise has it’s uses in 4 person dungeons, though.

Protect – can be used if you somehow do not have any WHM’s. Why? The Conjurer Protect gives magic resist (Proshell)

Cure – an enmity generator during fight “downtimes”. Stoneskin does this alot better, though.

Foresight – As basic as this is, +20% defense is nothing to scoff at. Take it.

Stoneskin – This is pretty good. During phases where nothing happens in fights, this is the best skill to use. Hands down.

Bloodbath, Mercy Stroke – While not stellar, these two are the only ones which marginally have a place in your skillbar. Bloodbaths heal gives enmity (effectively +10%), and Mercy Stroke isn’t so bad.

 

Ideal Paladin (PLD) Cross-class progression

  1. Gladiator to 15 for: Unlocking other classes.
  2. Marauder to 6 for: Fracture, Foresight
  3. Gladiator to 30 for: PLD Requirement.
  4. Conjurer to 15 for: PLD Requirement.
  5. Paladin to 50 for: Maximum level.
  6. Marauder to 26 for: Mercy Stroke
  7. Conjurer to 34 for: Stoneskin (All Cross-class skills obtained)

Summary

  • Paladin use skills from: Conjurer and Marauder.
  • Stoneskin is useful for “downtime” during fights.
  • While not “super exciting”, you get lots of use from Fracture & Foresight.
  • Best Paladin Cross-class skills:
    Foresight, Stoneskin, Bloodbath, Fracture, Mercy Stroke.

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FFXIV Gladiator / Paladin Stats & Materia Guide

What’s a good gladiator stats build? What are useful paladin stats? Gladiator/Paladin materia? If any of these questions brought you here, you came to the right place. Whether its by stat allocation, gear or materia, knowing what stats your Gladiator or Paladin need should never be far from mind!

Gladiator (GLD) & Paladin (PLD) Stats

What are the gladiator or paladin stat weights?

VIT > STR > DEX > Parry > Determination > Skill Speed

*These may vary slightly from patch to patch, or by personal preference. Following the recommendation above will always give you a good GLD & PLD build.

Maruko’s Note: It’s still a toss up versus DEX and Parry. Either way, VIT STR is CEMENTED as the top two stats, while It is currently unknown whether DEX or Parry is better (Gut feeling leads me to think DEX). Just like all secondary stats though, these will always be wildly debated. Of course, any build similar to the above will always yield a good result.

Gladiator (GLD) & Paladin (PLD) Primary Stats Allocation

What stats should I add as a gladiator or paladin?

VIT> STR > DEX

Since this is where people may mess up the most, I’ll explain it in word for word. When you allocate stats, put as much points into VIT (Vitality) as you can. If you cannot put any more points into VIT, place points into STR (Strength). If you cannot put any more points into VIT and/or STR, invest in DEX (Dexterity).

Vitality – Increases total HP. This helps counter the Paladins glaring weakness of having a small HP pool, and low sustainability. This makes healing you less risky, and gives your healers breathing room to manage overall group healing.

Strength – More damage. More threat. Larger Parries. Larger blocks. What’s not to like?

Dexterity – While you may never find the need to allocate DEX, it is great to have. Increases Parry and Block % chances.

Gladiator (GLD) & Paladin (PLD) Secondary Stats

What are good secondary stats for gladiator and paladin, and why?

Parry > Determination > Skill Speed

While you can’t allocate this directly, these will be heavily considered when picking gear upgrades and slotting materia.

Parry – Increases rate of a successful parry. Really, this one needs no explanation. More damage reduction = happier & more successful raids.

Determination – Increases damage and healing. If you want more threat, you can have this over parry. Increases damage and threat a little bit, nothing too special here.

Skill Speed – Decrease Cast and Recast for weaponskills. Better than crit for paladins if you want to increasing threat. This also doubles as a pseudo “defensive stat”, by freeing up more GCD’s. Paladins superior resource management makes it safer to “do skills faster”.

Again, you cannot go wrong with this list. If you want more threat, take Determination > Skill Speed > Parry.

Gladiator (GLD) & Paladin (PLD) Materia

This is directly related to the first section. As you may know, all gear has a limit for each stat it can have, the higher its Item Level, the higher amount of stats it can hold. So the idea is to max out (or get close to maxing out) the left most, and work your way right. Again:

VIT > STR > DEX > Parry > Determination > Skill Speed

Materia Name
VIT: Vitality
STR: Strength
DEX: Dexterity
Parry: Battledance
Determination: Savage Might
Skill Speed: Quickarm

See Also: Materia Guide | Melding Guide

Summary:

  • Overall GLD PLD stat importance: VIT > STR > DEX > Parry > Determination > Skill Speed
  • GLD PLDStat allocation: VIT> STR > DEX
  • Secondary stats for GLD PLD: Parry > Determination > Skill Speed
  • Reference links: Gladiator FAQ, Paladin FAQ

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Paladin VS Warrior Tanking Comparison

Warrior Or Paladins? Is one truly better than the other? In this battle of the fat, we try to determine just that. PLD VS WAR comparison!

warrior war versus paladin pld tanking guide and comparison

Inevitably, it’s come to this. “Who is better”, Warriors (Marauders) or Paladins (Gladiators)? Here, we will try our best to give you the ins and outs of each class. Note that we will be discussing level 50 PLD and WAR capabilities, and this somehow extends to lower-level Gladiator and Marauder comparisons.

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PLD vs. WAR Forum thread

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Gladiator | Paladin : Marauder | Warrior

Base stats / Innate capabilities

Warrior
The main advantage of a warrior is it’s immense maximum HP. Does a lot of damage, and indirectly increases defenses by doing so. Marauders and Warriors are extremely combo sensitive, and are definitely more difficult to play. This further extends by adding the “Defiance” / “Infuriated” warrior system. Compared to Paladins, these guys pack a huge punch. Parrying serves as a welcome additional defense (Although Paladins have this too), they cannot block.

Paladin
Damage reduction / mitigation is the paladins key trait. Wears a shield by default (Blocks!). Paladins have a reactive gamplay style, and are much easier to play ‘mechanically’ than warriors. Paladins are susceptible to burst damage with a low HP pool, but over the course of longer encounters – their mitigation more than makes up for it. Their “Effective HP” is much much higher than a Marauder. Their damage is so pathetic, and could possibly be out DPS’d by a Conjurer.

So here we see the main difference, Warriors rely on HP and Damage. Paladins rely on Damage Reduction. This becomes brutally clear in the next section:

Defensive Skills

Warrior
— MRD —
Foresight – Increases defense by 20% for 20s. Recast 90 (Traited)
Bloodbath – Gain 25% “Lifesteal” for 30s (Traited). Recast 90.
Mercy Stroke – Killing a target with mercy stroke restores 20% of max HP. Recast 30 (Traited)
Thrill of Battle – Increases max HP by 20% (Traited) and heals for that amount. Duration 10s.
Storms Path – (If Combo’d into) Creates a shield equal to 20% of damage dealt up to 10% of max HP.
—WAR—
Defiance – (Stance) Increases maximum HP by 25%, while lowering damage dealt by 30% and increasing enmity.

Paladin
— GLD —
Rampart – Reduces damage taken by 20% (Traited) for 20s.
Convalescence – Increases HP restored by spells or actions by 30% (Traited) for 20s.
Awareness – Reduces critical strike damage taken by 15% for 25 (Traited) seconds.
Tempered Will – Immediately cures Bind and Heavy, while preventing knockback and draw-in effects.
Sentinel – Reduces damage taken by 40% (Traited) for 10s.
Bulwark – Increases block rate by 60% for 15s.
— PLD —
Shield Oath – (Stance) Reduces damage taken by 25%, and damage dealt by 30% but increases enmity generated.
Hallowed Ground – Renders you impervious to most attacks

Wow, from here it becomes rather obvious that warriors have the short end of the stick when it comes to purely defensive skills. Foresight is directly inferior to Rampart (Which also reduces magic damage) and Sentinel (40%!). Thrill of Battle is ‘cute’ at best, amounting to a large heal. Storms Path is the warrior saving grace here, giving you a reusable shield without a long cooldown.

Paladins on the other hand have a long list of defensive skills, all ridiculously effective. Just by comparing the stances, the trade-off for 30% reduction for damage dealt is just completely lopsided in the paladins favor: 25% damage reduction for the paladin, and 35% max hp for the warrior. While 35% HP is better in a vacuum, when healers are involved, this becomes next to useless (Remember Effective HP?)

Warriors scale extremely well with offense, and even benefit from it defensively. While this is good, the survivability gained is just nowhere NEAR the Paladin. Not even close.

Threat Generation

Both Paladins & Warrior have no trouble generating threat. It’s the small differences and situations that make the Warrior superior to Paladin in terms of threat.  It’s very unlikely that DPS will pull aggro during a fight from either a Paladin or Warrior, so what’s the difference? Two key points.

Threat on Demand
The main difference? Warriors are better in more desperate times. When sh*t hits the fan – you’re going to want a warrior. When resources are tight, and adds spawn, Warriors are much much better at picking them up and making them stick. Paladins have superior resource management and will match a warriors threat over time. Warriors excels at keeping up with initial burst aggro when picking up and killing newly spawned adds.

Adds, AoE
In both single target and AoE situations, Warriors will out-threat Paladins any day. Paladins also have decent AoE threat, but simply pale in comparison to what Warriors can do to multiple enemies, and struggle alot less to build up initial aggro. It’s like Warriors WANT adds to spawn, and lots of them, while Paladins would rather not!

Due to the length of this post, we split it into two pages. In Page 2, we discuss Healer Preference, Overall Kit, and finally Summary and Recommendations.

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