Oath of the Crown, Variant (5e Subclass)

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Design Note: The Oath of the Crown presented in the Swords Coast Adventurer's Guide is considered to be underpowered compared to other oaths presented in the Players Handbook or Xanathar's Guide to Everything. Despite being an interesting concept, it lacked in a few areas and so this variant was created to make it a competitive option among other oaths.

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Oath of the Crown

Paladin Subclass

The Oath of the Crown is sworn to the ideals of civilization, be it the spirit of a nation, fealty to a sovereign, or service to a deity of law and rulership. The paladins who swear this oath dedicate themselves to serving society and, in particular, the just laws that hold society together. These paladins are the watchful guardians on the walls, standing against the chaotic tides of barbarism that threaten to tear down all that civilization has built, and are commonly known as guardians, exemplars, or sentinels. Often, paladins who swear this oath are members of an order of knighthood in service to a nation or a sovereign and undergo their oath as part of their admission to the order's ranks.

Tenents of the Crown

The tenets of the Oath of the Crown are often set by the sovereign to which their oath is sworn but generally emphasize the following tenets.
   Law. The law is paramount. It is the mortar that holds the stones of civilization together, and it must be respected.
   Loyalty. Your word is your bond. Without loyalty, oaths and laws are meaningless.
   Courage. You must be willing to do what needs to be done for the sake of order, even in the face of overwhelming odds. If you don't act, then who will?
   Responsibility. You must deal with the consequences of your actions, and you are responsible for fulfilling your duties and obligations.

Oath of the Crown Spells

You gain oath spells at the paladin levels listed.

Paladin Level Spells
3rd command, compelled duel
5th calm emotions, warding bond
9th beacon of hope, spirit guardians
13th banishment, guardian of faith
17th circle of power, geas

Channel Divinity

When you take this oath at 3rd level, you gain the following Channel Divinity options.

   Champion Challenge. You issue a challenge that compels other creatures to do battle with you. Each creature of your choice that you can see within 30 feet of you must make a Wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, a creature can't willingly move more than 30 feet away from you. This effect ends on the creature if you are incapacitated or die or if the creature is moved more than 30 feet away from you.

   Turn the Tide. As a bonus action, you can bolster your allies with your Channel Divinity. Each creature of your choice that can hear you within 30 feet of you regains hit points equal to your Charisma modifier (minimum of 1). In addition, the affected creatures have advantage on their next attack roll and have their speed doubled until the end of their next turn.

Divine Allegiance

Starting at 7th level, when a creature within 5 feet of you takes damage, you can use your reaction to magically substitute your own health for that of the target creature, causing that creature not to take the damage. Instead, you take the damage. This damage to you can't be reduced or prevented in any way.


Starting at 15th level, you are a bastion of law and order within a world of chaos. Creatures of chaotic alignments have disadvantage on attack rolls against you, and you have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, or frightened by them.

Exalted Champion

At 20th level, your presence on the field of battle is an inspiration to those dedicated to your cause. You can use your action to gain the following benefits for 1 hour:

  • You have resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage.
  • Your allies have advantage on death saving throws while within 30 feet of you.
  • You have advantage on Wisdom saving throws, as do your allies within 30 feet of you.

This effect ends early if you are incapacitated or die. Once you use this feature, you can't use it again until you finish a long rest.

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