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Type Enemy
Environment Dungeon
AI Type Fighter
Damage 100 / 200 (melee)
120 / 180 (hammer)
Max Life 5000 / 10000
Defense 50
KB Resist 100%
Paladin Banner.png Paladin Banner
Coins 5 Gold Coin
Item (Quantity) Rate
Paladin's Hammer.png Paladin's Hammer
6.67% / 10%
Paladin's Shield.png Paladin's Shield
10% / 15%
Internal NPC ID: 290

Paladins are rare, resilient Hardmode enemies that spawn in the Dungeon after Plantera is defeated. They throw hammer projectiles rapidly that can pass through blocks and inflict extreme damage. Paladins only spawn in Dungeon areas with Brick Walls.

Paladins are immune to knockback, as well as the Poisoned, Venom, and Confused debuffs.

It is one of the few enemies that can be detected by the Lifeform Analyzer.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Although Paladins have a visual height of 4 tiles, they can pass through 3 tile-tall corridors.
  • Paladins cannot throw hammers while moving.
  • On the Mobile only.pngMobile versions, Paladins are not immune to the Confused debuff.
  • They have the same amount of defense as the Moon Lord and Duke Fishron in his first form.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • A good strategy to kill a Paladin somewhat quickly without him throwing his hammers would be to: Use a Tactical Shotgun with explosive bullets (Paladins are immune to knockback but explosive bullets deal good damage) You can use the Tactical Shotgun for its spread fire and higher damage than the Shotgun itself
  • Paladins are exceptionally tough enemies. Their projectile attack is unusually versatile for a non-boss enemy and inflicts extreme damage. A Paladin has more health than Skeletron, immunity to knockback and high defense, making it difficult to kill and dangerous to try to slip past or ignore. This is exacerbated by the fact other mobs, particularly the ones with ranged attacks, added to the mix can make for a whole new level of difficulty to the fight.
  • A Paladin will not throw its hammers if you are close to him. A good strategy is to stay as close to it as possible while hitting it with any kind of melee weapon. A sword that allows you to attack in the opposite direction of where you're going, such as the Terra Blade, can be very useful. Yoyos are also very useful.
  • Another strategy is to create a small hole in the walls of the dungeon close enough so that the Paladin won't throw its hammers. Then, use a Nimbus Rod. The Paladin will continually take damage while the player waits. Note this may take a while.
  • Paladins are less likely to target players outside their line-of-sight.
  • Fighting it in smaller hallways is not recommended, as this leaves no room for dodging, and often leads to a quick death. If you were to fight a Paladin in a longer, two-way corridor, you may be able to kill the Paladin by continuously attacking as you back away from it. This can still be dangerous though, as any additional enemies that sneak up from behind can worsen the situation.
  • A Paladin's attack will be interrupted if it takes damage, making fast weapons more effective at keeping it suppressed.
  • The damage taken from touching a Paladin is weaker than its thrown hammers, unless in Expert mode.

History[edit | edit source]

Characters: Blue Slime.png Pre-Hardmode Enemies • Pixie.png Hardmode Enemies • Goblin Warrior.png Event Enemies • Skeletron Head.png Bosses
Bunny.png Critters • Guide.png Friendly NPCs • Baby Dinosaur.png Familiars