FFXIV 3.2 Paladin (PLD) Best in Slot (BiS) Gear

3.2 UPDATED! PLD Best in slot guide! “THE SHIELD IS BACK!”. PLD Lore buy order, Melding, Pages & Normals, more!

***PAGE 2 IS PURELY FOR 2.1 CONTENT, and will probably contain OUTDATED info, only use this if you’re new and gearing up for Turn 6 onwards***


This guide is what we at FFXIVguild.com have determined to be the ideal gear for a Paladin given the possible stat combinations. This however, does NOT necessarily mean it is the “Best in Slot”. 

The ideal column is an entire set but the alternative columns are in a per slot basis only and are not to be considered as an entire set. 

PLDIdealGood AlternativesLesser Alternatives
WeaponAllagan BladeCurtana ZenithBreak Blade
Off-handOninon ShieldAllagan Round ShieldHoly Shield Zenith
HeadAllagan HelmValor CoronetCrown of Light
BodyValor SurcoatHeavy Allagan ArmorArmor of Light
HandValor GauntletsHeavy Allagan GauntletsGauntlets of Light
WaistAllagan Plate BeltHero's Belt of FendingBelt of Light
LegsValor CuissesHeavy Allagan CuissesBreeches of Light
BootsValor SolleretsHeavy Allagan FlanchardSabatons of Light
NeckAllagan Choker of FendingHero's Necklace of FendingUltima Choker of Fending
EarsAllagan Earrings of FendingHero's Earrings of FendingTremor Earrings of Fending
WristAllagan Bracelets of FendingHero's Bracelet of FendingInferno Bangle of Fending
RingHero's Ring of FendingVortex Ring of FendingRose Gold Ring
RingAllagan Ring of FendingUltima Band of FendingDarklight Band of Fending

What stats are important to a Paladin?

  • Accuracy –  The first thing you need to max out. Since you will be hitting bosses from the front, you need an accuracy of  about 482 for Bahamut’s Coil turn 5.
  • Parry – The more Parry you have, the more chances you have of reducing the damage of an attack.

Why did you choose this gear combination?

The main reason is that we wanted to get the maximum amount of Parry possible while still still being within the accuracy cap. This gear combination is at 485 accuracy without food.

We chose the Onion Shield because of its increased Block Rate. It may block a lesser amount of damage, about 20% compared to 25%, but the increased chance is perfect for tanking. Please note that you cannot block and parry at the same time.

What do I spend Tomes of Mythology on as a Paladin?

You will want to purchase things based on how deep it is in coil and also what gives you the biggest upgrade in that certain slot.

  • Hands & Wrist – These drop in Turn 4 so this is a good first purchase.
  • Chest – if you’re unlucky enough not to pick up the Heavy Allagan Armor, but you’re going to need one regardless.
  • Helm – Allagan Helm drops in Turn 5.
  • Pants & Boots – These drop in Turn 2 and Turn 1 respectively.
  • Accessories – get which ones you don’t pick up from Coil.

You may have to pick up some of the alternative pieces while waiting for the ideal ones in coil.

What secondary stats should Paladins get?

After much discussion, we have come to one conclusion about tanks, any secondary stat is a bonus. As a Paladin it can even be considered negligible which secondary stat you choose as long as you are within the accuracy cap.


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20 thoughts on “FFXIV 3.2 Paladin (PLD) Best in Slot (BiS) Gear”

  1. Thanks for this wonderful guide! I probably already know the answer, but are you going to making a guide for 3.4 as well? If so, when can we expect it?

      1. Well it depends on if you want a high or a low Sks build, if you get a 2.35 gcd on DRK, you can get an extra gcd in BW, which is very useful. that takes 750 sks iirc, and if you can’t reach that or higher, you shouldn’t take any. I have seen two builds, and personally I prefer the high sks build.

    1. Eh? That’s downright impossible. Those little green circles below the stats are materia slots. Each gear with at least 1 slot has a total hidden 5 slots.

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