Are Paladins really that bad? in Pillars of Eternity: Characters Builds, Strategies & the Unity Engine (Spoiler Warning!) Posted April 15, 2015 Well... There are obviously better back line damage dealers, so let's assume we want a Paladin as a tank. Fighter is a no-brainer for one slot, and for my money, a deflection tanking orlan chanter is hard to beat as second man on your front lines. There aren't a ton of other options for second tank, but DPS/offtanking fighter and Fire Godlike Barbarian do the trick. Paladin is no tankier than any of these three, and does less damage than the fighter and barbarian. The Orlan chanter brings drakes... I like paladins, but they are weaker than the other classes. Doesn't mean you can't have fun with one.