Oath of the Ancients

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You fight on the side of light in the cosmic struggle against darkness to preserve the sanctity of life and the beauty of nature.
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Paladin Oath of the Ancients Icon.png
You fight on the side of light in the cosmic struggle against darkness to preserve the sanctity of life and the beauty of nature.
Oath of the Ancients is one of the Subclasses of Paladin. These Paladins have a deep connection with the natural world and the light within it.

Oath[edit | edit source]

Here is the full text of the Oath of the Ancients. For more details, see Oaths and Oathbreaking.

Paladin's default armour
Kindle the Light. Through your acts of mercy, kindness, and forgiveness, kindle the light of hope in the world, beating back despair.

Shelter the Light. Where there is good, beauty, love, and laughter in the world, stand against the wickedness that would swallow it. Where life flourishes, stand against the forces that would render it barren.

Preserve Your Own Light. Delight in song and laughter, in beauty and art. If you allow the light to die in your own heart, you can’t preserve it in the world.

Be the Light. Be a glorious beacon for all who live in despair. Let the light of your joy and courage shine forth in all your deeds.

Subclass Features[edit | edit source]

This subclass obtains all the features from its base class, Paladin, in addition to its unique features outlined below.

Level 1

Healing Radiance Healing Radiance
Channel Oath
Heal yourself and all nearby allies for Proficiency Bonus + Paladin Level + Charisma Modifierhit points hit points. Regain another Proficiency Bonus + Paladin Level + Charisma Modifierhit points hit points next turn.

Level 3

Nature's Wrath Nature's Wrath
Channel Oath
Invoke primeval forces to restrain an enemy. Attacks on restrained enemies have Advantage Icon.png Advantage
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Turn the Faithless Turn the Faithless
Channel Oath
Channel your Oath using ancient words to Turned Turn nearby Fey and Fiends.
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Oath Spells
You gain additional spells from your oath. They are Always Prepared.

Level 5

Oath Spells
You gain additional spells from your oath. They are Always Prepared.

Level 7

Aura of Warding Aura of Warding
You and any nearby allies have Resistance to damage from spells. The aura disappears if you fall Unconscious.

Level 9

Oath Spells
You gain additional spells from your oath. They are Always Prepared.

Oathbreaking Actions[edit | edit source]

This section details actions which will cause the player to break the Oath of the Ancients

Global[edit | edit source]

  • Killing someone non-hostile, even by "accident" (e.g., an NPC steps into an area-of-effect spell, such as Moonbeam or Spike Growth, and dies). This includes the petrified drow in the underdark
  • Actions that guards do not like, or add the "Witness" status, appear to cause a broken Oath; even attacking Duergar after telling the Deep Gnomes you'll free them in Grymforge has caused this.
    • Note that starting combat via conversational choices rather than attacking directly does seem to mitigate this most of the time.
  • Shoving someone to their death also counts as breaking the oath. This sometimes also includes evil characters such as Assassins of Bhaal in the arena where you fight Orin.

Act 1[edit | edit source]

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  • Torturing the prisoner in the goblin camp, even if you want to free him
  • Attacking the Tieflings guarding Lae'zel's cage by any means, including through dialogue, even if you knock them out
  • Prodding the wing of the Exhausted Bird
  • Using Bitter Divorce to raise Mayrina's Husband from the dead after defeating Auntie Ethel
  • Taking Auntie Ethel's deal once she surrenders will break your Oath regardless of if you convince her to free Mayrina or not
  • Siding with Sovereign Glut to defeat Sovereign Spaw
  • Killing the Owlbear Cub after killing his mother
  • Choosing to attack Halsin/ leaving him to the mercy of the goblins when in his bear form

Background HauntedOne Icon.png Spoiler warning! This section reveals interactions with The Dark Urge.

Act 2[edit | edit source]

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Act 3[edit | edit source]

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External Links[edit | edit source]

Oath of the Ancients on the Forgotten Realms Wiki