Paladins Tier List: Best and Worst Characters [Oct 2021]

Paladin is a first-person team-based shooter game that emphasizes intense close combat where the champions fight each other using their unique abilities/skills and talents. Currently, there are 50 playable champions in the game, which are divided into four unique roles: Ancient Goddess, Interstellar bounty hunter, Cutthroat pirate, and Frost giant. With such an extensive champion roster, not every champion plays out the best. It is why we have a curated Paladins tier list to help you on that front.

We sub-divided our tier list into five categories, as mentioned below. Characters falling under each tier category are based on how good their attack power, overall support, and defense characteristics are in Paladins. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the tier list. Also, you can check out our other fps games tier lists such as Apex Legends, and Overwatch here.

In a game with 50 plus playable characters, also known as Champions, the question of ranking a certain champion better or worse than the other is a matter of personal preference. This Paladins tier list is based on our opinion. We did take into account the current meta, and at the same time, we ranked the champions based on how we think they perform in the game. So, our tier list does not necessarily follow what pro-players in Paladins suggest, and it may significantly differ in terms of ranking the champions.

S-Tier

All characters falling under this tier list category are very well-balanced regarding offensive and defensive characteristics. They can be your go-to playable class to support your team through healing, leading teammates in the assault, or just play the game solo and ignore PTFO.

Paladins Tier List
S-Tier Category
Name of Character Description
AtlasIf War from Darksiders had guns, he would definitely look like Atlas. This champion is all about landing the highest hit-points while caring less about himself. Every skill and talent of Atlas, except one, is designed to charge the enemy front-line and leading own team. He is definitely a go-to champion for players who love to charge.
BarikBarik is all about dealing damage using unique gadgets. In certain instances, he feels an overpowered champion in the game as he and his skills both deal damage separately. He dashes away from enemy attacks using his Rocket Boots and deploys a turret that fires automatically on an enemy. Overall, a worthy champion in our Paladins Tier List.
CassieJust like Sha Lin, Cassie is another champion that uses a bow as an offensive weapon. She is a versatile fighter who uses a bird to reveal nearby enemies to herself and her teammates. Cassie gets in and out of intense close-quarter fights and takes great advantage of her dodge roll skill.
KhanKhan is an excellent and versatile champion in Paladins. His skills and overall damage-dealing attributes shine the best at medium range. Not only is he a great attacker but a great support player as well. Khan receives temporary immunity from attacks and heals himself and allies using Battle Shout skill.

A-Tier

Champions of Paladins falling under our A-tier category are fierce, frightening, and fast. You are guaranteed to outsmart your opponents in one-to-one conflicts if you pick characters from this list. Their defense and offense characteristics are finely tuned to touch perfection, but still, they lack a thing or two. Still, you can never go wrong if you start playing with these characters in Paladins.

Paladins Tier List
A-Tier Category
Name of Character Description
TiberiusTiberius wields a bladed chakram and a sword while fighting alongside his teammates. His movement speed, attacks, and defense characteristics are outclass. However, his abilities have a slow rate of fire, making him a sluggish character who needs team support most, if not all, times.
AndroxusAndroxus is yet again another champion in our Paladins Tier List who uses a revolver and fist as an offense in the game. He is a slow-moving attacker that offers versatility in his skills and talents. Androxus’s ultimate is the biggest weak point because half of the time while executing the ultimate attack, an enemy can evade it. 
Sha LinSha Lin is a fantastic ranged-attacker in Paladins, and he mainly uses his bow to outsmart opponents from a distance. The Rapid Shot ability allows him to fire multiple arrows while moving at the same time. This skill alone feels overpowered while fighting one on one with an enemy player. The only problem is he relies only on his skills. When they are on cooldown, Sha Lin is exposed and weak.
RaumRaum performs very closely to Makoa in Paladins, and that is why he is another excellent addition to the tank type of champion in the game. He is a beast of a character if you know how to efficiently rinse and repeat his skills and talents for high damage output.
MakoaMakoa is a giant armored turtle with canon in one hand and a retractable anchor in the other. He is a go-to champion for players who like to support their teammates by taking all the damage. His skills and talents make him more of a tank than an attacker.
ZhinZhin is fast, furious, and wields an inferno blade, devastating enemies with his vicious attacks. His skills have quick animations and have reduced cooldowns. However, Zhin’s attacks do not land good damage numbers, which I think is the biggest downside while engaging multiple opponents at once.
TerminusTerminus is a brute who loves to spam massacre axe ability to swing the massive axe on his foes. He is a force to reckon with in close combat situations. Terminus primarily uses his axe for dealing high amounts of damage and uses Power Siphon ability to absorb enemy attacks. Due to close-range attacks only, he could not make it in our A-rank.
IOIO is probably the only character in our A-tier who is more of a support champion than a damage dealer. Her area of effect healing, Moonlight ability, Life Link, and Goddess’ Blessing talent all favor her to become the best support champion in Paladins. That is why we reserved her a spot in A-tier.
GroverIf Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy had an axe, he could have looked like Grover. He is a combination of a ranged and healing kind of champion in Paladins. Using his primary attack, throwing axe, Grover deals the most damage – the farther an opponent, the greater the damage. His abilities involving nature as a source of attack are exceptional, unique, and almost unavoidable. His ‘Whirlwind’ ultimate gives 2500 healing every 1s for a short duration to nearby allies.
JenosJenos and Zhin perform relatively similarly in Paladins. He uses an automatic carbine called Star Splitter for medium to long-range offense and employs cosmic energy in other skill-based attacks. He, too, like Zhin, offers healing to allies through his Astral Mark ability, but it is pretty slow. I found the best use of Jenos if you have Zhin side by side with you.
VoraVora is a highly mobile champion in our entire Paladins Tier List. Her abilities and talents deal damage over time. Her enhanced mobility and burst damage-dealing attacks are the reason many Paladins players pick her up. Vora’s ultimate, called Harbinger’s Wrath, comes at the cost of a high animation time, and she remains exposed till the skill is executed. Other than that, she is a solid attack champion in the game.
EvieEvie is a small-sized character in Paladins with increased movement speed and moderate attack damage. Using her ice staff, she deals area-of-effect attacks. Her ice also provides a shield, and Evie conjures ice blocks to mitigate the incoming attack. She dominates most fights with her dynamic, ice-oriented abilities. Her low health is the only downside holding her back from becoming an excellent attack champion in the game.
CorvusCorvus uses his Officer’s Pistol to land direct damage on enemies. On the other hand, he uses an Abyss staff to heal allies using Abyssal Reconstruction and Mark of Fate abilities. I believe there is no parallel to Corvus in our List when it comes to a perfect all-rounder playable champion in the game.
LianLian is another fantastic addition to our A-tier list. She is a medium to long-range champion in Paladins, having a versatile set of abilities. Using her Valor skill, Lian can prove to be an efficient crowd-controlling character. For direct damage, she uses Heirloom Rifle. By mixing her abilities effectively, Lian can devastate an enemy team in a matter of seconds.
TyraTyra is a versatile champion that has a wide variety of arsenal ranging from an automatic rifle to grenade. Most of her abilities involve shooting enemies with the Auto Rifle or obliterating them from existence using Nade Launcher grenades. She only lacks in the shield or immunity-related abilities. Otherwise, Tyra could have made it into our S-tier list.

B-Tier

Champions of Paladins under this category have at least one significant flaw that holds them back. It does not necessarily make them a bad choice to pick and play the game. It is just that mastering them requires patience, persistence, and knowledge on how best to use their abilities and talents properly while fighting foes in the field. Also, these characters will appeal to players who like a little challenge.

Paladins Tier List
B-Tier Category
Name of Character Description
DrogozDrogoz has excellent vertical mobility and can easily use it to advantage in offense and defense situations. His attack weapon of choice is a rocket launcher and fire spit; both deal excellent area-of-effect damage. His damage and movement speed are solid, but he has high ability cooldowns (Fire Spit: 8s, Thrust: 11s, and Salvo: 6s cooldown). Even his ultimate called Dragon Punch has limited usability while fighting with an enemy.
YingYing is an illusion master in Paladins, and she can heal allies or confuse enemies using her illusion mirror. Ying’s Illusory Mirror bursts out a magic energy attack, dealing moderate but direct damage to an enemy. Her ability, Dimensional Link, allows her to teleport to her far-end illusion. It’s a fantastic skill when it comes to switching on the fly between offense and defense. Her ultimate, Illusory Rift, heals nearby allies for 8s. Her downside is that Ying has underwhelming health, and she is not a fast attacker.
KinessaKinessa is also an excellent gun-master champion that relies mainly on her sniper and carbine weapons. She is a perfect candidate when it comes to shooting enemies at long and short distances. Using her transporter ability, she throws a teleporter that spawns her wherever it lands. Kinessa’s ultimate, Headhunter, deals direct damage and grants 50% additional damage to enemies.
FernandoFernando is a knight in shining armor who uses a Flame Lance to deal area-of-effect damage. It is an excellent ability to attack an enemy team if they are in closer proximity. Other than that, using his Shield ability, he summons a shield having 5500 health that blocks incoming damage. His other two area-of-effect abilities include Fireball and Charge. Fernando’s ultimate, Immortal, allows him to prevent allies from falling below 1500 health.
Bomb KingBomb King is yet again another attack champion who offers an area of effect abilities. Most of his abilities, such as Sticky Bomb, Grumpy Bomb Poppy Bomb, and the ultimate King Bomb, are lined to favor crowd-controlling situations. However, Bomb King does not offer much to the table when it comes to one versus one engagement. I think he needs serious balancing, and if he gets one, it could take him up in our tier list.
MaeveMaeve is also a small-sized fighter like Evie. She is extraordinarily mobile and offers an outstanding balance between her offensive and defensive attributes. Her daggers are the primary weapon of choice to kill enemies, and Maeve’s ability, Nine Lives, gives heal for 400 points and also offers skill cooldowns of all the skills. She does not have a shield to block incoming damage; instead, players can use her Pounce ability to dash forward to attack an enemy or dodge an incoming attack. Players can also use her Prowl ability to move faster and jumper higher – an excellent ability to get out of tight spots.
RuckusRuckus is a goblin who sits inside a big mechanical digging suit. His weapon of choice is two miniguns and a missile launcher installed on the back. The former deals direct damage to enemies while the latter has area-of-effect damage. Ruckus’ ability called ‘Advance’ can be used to get out of hot zones and evade a dying situation. Other than that, one can use the Emitter ability to block up to 2000 damage for a short duration. Ruckus is a great champion in our B-category of Paladins Tier List.
VatuVatu is probably the only attacker in our B-Tier list that deserves a spot in A-tier. However, the reason he did not make it up is because of his inability to defend himself. Instead of a shield, he has a dash ability that throws him out of harm’s way, but it cools down after 5s. It is a lot of time to wait, and he has no tricks whatsoever to defend himself.
ImaniImani is a challenging champion to master in Paladins. Her abilities are incredibly dynamic and also come in alternate versions as well. Memorizing each skill takes time and even adds to the frustration, especially when you fail to execute them while fighting a single enemy or a full team.
OctaviaUnlike Seris, Octavia uses a Marksman Rifle, dealing 425 damage every 0.3s. She is an excellent champion for medium-long ranges but poor in close combats because of her sniper rifle. Octavia shares the same fate as Seris in Paladins, and both characters are similar in their offense and defense.
ReiRei is a weak offense champion in our entire B-category Paladins Tier List. Her Sigil ability deals direct damage of 450 every 0.7s, which is a little underwhelming. Her Spirit Link can be used at enemies to deal 50 damage for 0.75s and allies to heal for 50 health. Other than that, most of her abilities are designed to support team players by providing them heals. Rei’s ultimate, Vivify, makes an ally immune to attacks for 2s and restores 100% health after a certain time.

C-Tier

Playing with the characters of Paladins that rank in our C-tier have unexpected outcomes. At times, they will come out as undefeated champions, and in other instances, they will be wiped out easily by a character from S or A tier. In any case, the baseline is that C-tier champions have at least two or three abilities that do not have a greater potency to a) land high damage offense and b) block an enemy’s attacks efficiency.

Paladins Tier List
C-Tier Category
Name of Character Description
DredgeIf Blackbeard from Pirates of the Caribbean had a harpoon as an attack weapon, he’d look like Dredge. He is a damage-dealing champion in Paladin who uses Cursed Howitzer, Broadside, and Harpoon abilities for AoE damage. His ultimate, Kraken, deals 2500 damage and knocks back foes who come near its tentacles.
InaraInara uses stones to defend herself and attack foes as well. She deals burst damage throwing three sharp stone projectiles on its opponents, each dealing 225 damage. Using her Impasse, she casts a stone wall to block incoming attacks. Inara’s Earthen Guard sacrifices her damages for a short time but, in return, provides healing to the champion.
WilloWillo is an area-of-effect damage-dealing champion in Paladins. The Dead Zone ability allows her to spawn a toxic spore that stops the healing abilities of enemies if affected by it. Willo’s Wand of Overgrowth fires Fae Energy, dealing 500 damage in 0.75s.
YagorathIf you need a tank champion that does nothing else but soaks all the damage, then Yagorath is the way to go. His movement speed is slow, does not deal much damage, but he can take what you throw at him. He is not the best attacker or defender in the game. However, because of being a tanky champion in our Paladins Tier List, we gave Yagorath a spot in the C-tier list.
FuriaFuria is the fallen deity who transformed into a human. Based on her abilities, she is an attack champion in Paladins. Furia heals allies using her Kindle Soul ability. Moreover, her ultimate, Inflame, buffs 30% weapon damage and grants extra movement speed to the team.
BuckFor close-range combat, Buck’s Shotgun deals 700 of direct damage for every second on enemies. He can also slow enemies down to land more precision shotgun shots by deploying Net Shot ability, which entangles enemies dealing 200 damage and slows them down. For quick healing, Buck uses Recovery to recover 1000 health over 1.5s duration. He does not have the shield ability to defend himself but his Heroic Leap, which deals area damage, can also be used to evade attacks. Buck goes crazy after popping his ultimate – he gets 60% increase in the rate of fire & all ammo gets refilled.
AshAsh is another fine addition in our C-rank Paladins Tier List who dominates fights with her high-damage and defense abilities. When it comes to one versus one fights, there is no parallel to Ash. She deals with both area and direct damage using her Burst Cannon, Kinetic Burst, Assert Dominance (Ultimate), and Shoulder Bash. The latter deals 800 damage to enemies and knocks them as well.
ViktorViktor is the lone wolf with a big assault rifle. He uses military-issued weapons for his offense. Viktor is probably the only attack champion in our C-tier who deserves to go into B-tier. Using his Assault Rifle, Viktor does 135 damage every 0.1s, and Frag Grenade deals 750 damage on enemies. Viktor does not have a shield to block the incoming damage. However, he uses Hustle ability to run faster and avoid enemy attacks with an increased 65% movement speed.
LexLex wields dual guns and uses his agility to his advantage while charging the enemies. His movement speed is tremendous, and the rate of fire is extremely high as well. Lex deals 320 damage every 0.25s by using Magnums, the dual automatic pistols. Using his ‘In Pursuit’ ability, Lex can deals 960 damage over 1.4s with increased accuracy on a single target. Lex’s ultimate, The Law, is an area-of-effect damage attack.
VivianVivian is also another gun-oriented champion in Paladins, and she performs closely with Viktor. Her ultimate summons two drones, dealing 150 damage where ever you shoot. She uses Deflector Shield ability to block up to 1200 damage. The downside is that the shield has a 13s cooldown – relatively high.
SerisSeris is a mage champion in our Tier List. She is a great character to go with if you want to have an attacker champion with an excellent medium to long-range abilities. Her Soul Orb deals 210 area-of-effect damage to enemies. Players can use Seris’ Shadow Travel ability as a means to dodge the incoming attack because she does not have a dedicated shield.

D-Tier

All the characters in Paladins from our D-tier are useless. Some of them do not even have a diverse arsenal to attack or defend themselves. They will waste your time if you continue to pick and play with them in Paladins. I highly recommend steer-clear of them unless they are not fixed in a major game update.

Paladins Tier List
D-Tier Category
Name of Character Description
PipPip uses potion launcher ability to fire potions that deal 600 area damage on enemies. He can also heal allies for 1000 after throwing using the Healing potion ability. Pip does not have a shield to block enemy attacks, so he uses Weightless ability to launch himself upwards and use the ability to escape hot zones.
TalusTalus uses Veracharger, a fast-firing weapon, to deal 110 damage every 0.095s. He uses a sort of uppercut by using Blitz Upper ability to deal 600 damage, which also knocks back enemies as well.
KogaKoga is a difficult champion to master in Paladins. It is because the character has lots of alternating movesets, just like Inara. It adds confusion while fighting enemies in close proximity.
GrohkGrohk uses Lightning Staff to deal direct 75 damage every 0.1s. Other than that, he also uses a Shock Pulse to deal area damage of 150 damage per bounce. Grohk also has the ability to heal 300 health every 1s to allies. It is not a crazy heal, but at least he recovers some of the health bar of allies.
StrixStrix equips a weapon that transforms into a pistol or medium-ranged rifle. The Talon Rifle is a versatile weapon for close to medium-range combat. Strix throws a single flashbang while using his ultimate. It blinds enemies and deals just 150 damage which I think is relatively weak as compared to what other champions’ ultimate in the game offer.
SkyeSkye is another champion in our Paladins Tier List who should have been given more abilities that deal area damage but unfortunately, she does not have much. Her wrist-mounted crossbow attacks deal 130 damage every 0.1s, which is also weak. The only bright side is that her Ultimate, Time Bomb, deals 3000 damage and destroys all shields equipped by enemies.  
MojiMoji’s Familiar Spit ability deals damage based on the magical marks you do on the enemies. So, the higher the marks, the higher the damage. It is quite difficult to land high damage attacks using Moji champion in Paladins.  
TorvaldTorvald uses his Gauntlet to deal 190 damage every 0.25s. His Nullify ability has an 11s cooldown, but it is also an excellent attack ability that deals 800 damages over 2s. Torvald could become a tad bit better champion if he gets a balancing in future updates to deal damages at longer distances. If he gets the said balancing, he could rank higher in our Tier List.
Mal’DambaMal’Damba functions just like Torvald, and instead of a gauntlet, he has a snake who does his bidding. The Spitting Cobra ability deals 400 damage every 0.55s. He can also heal allies by restoring their 340 of health bar every 1s for 4s. Mal’Damba throws a Gourd, that explodes and deals damage to enemies while at the same time heals allies – a versatile and multipurpose ability not many champions in Paladins have.  

Summary of the Paladins Tier List

Before we move to some quick questions and answers, here is a summary image of the tier list.

Paladins Tier List
Complete Paladins Tier List

Who is the best support character in Paladins?

IO

Who is the best attack character in Paladins?

Atlas

Who is the best tank character in Paladins?

Raum

Who is the best healer character in Paladins?

Khan

That is pretty much everything you need to know. Now that you know which champion is the best and which one is worst, who will be your next go-to playable class in the game? Let us know more about it in the comments section below. By the way, we also did a Paladins vs Overwatch comparison, if you are curious.


Irfan Ansari


With four years of Video Game Journalism and Tremendous love for Gaming, Irfan loves chatting and writing everything about video games.
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