Holy Judge (Paladin)

(Champions of Valor variant, p. 44)

This group of Tyr-worshiping paladins is focused primarily on its god's lawful aspects. The Holy Judges hunt and punish criminals and lawbreakers, and they have a fervent hatred for devils, which they see as a terrible perversion of a lawful society.


To take a Holy Judge substitution level, a character must have Tyr as her patron deity and be about to take her 1st, 4th, or 6th level of paladin.

Hit die


Skill points

2 + Int

Class Features

Favored Enemy (Ex): At 1st level, a Holy Judge gains devils as a favored enemy, just as if he were a 1st-level ranger. Unlike standard ranger favored enemies, which are classified by monster type, a Holy Judge's favored enemy bonuses apply only to devils, not all kinds of evil outsiders. At 5th level, and every five levels thereafter, the bonus granted by the Holy Judge's favored enemy class feature improves by 2. This increase has no effect on any other favored enemies the Holy Judge might have.

This benefit replaces the standard paladin's smite evil class feature.

Censure Devil (Su): A Holy Judge on his home plane can utter words of censuring that can daze a devil within 30 feet. The devil must succeed on a Will save (DC 10 + 1/2 paladin level + Cha modifier) or be dazed for 1 round. A Holy Judge can use this ability a number of times per day equal to three + his Charisma modifier.

Zone of Truth (Sp): A Holy Judge can use a zone of truth effect once per week, using his paladin level as his caster level.

This benefit replaces the standard paladin remove disease class feature. If the Holy Judge would later gain an extra weekly use of remove disease, he instead gains an extra weekly use of zone of truth.


Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special
1st +1 +2 +0 +0 Aura of good, detect evil, favored enemy devils +2
4th +4 +4 +1 +1 Censure devil
6th +6/+1 +5 +2 +2 Zone of truth 1/week

Class skills

Skill name Key ability Trained only Armor check penalty

Spells for Holy Judge (Paladin)