Build Title: Paladin Blackguard
Class: N7 Paladin Sentinel
Map Difficult Rating: This build has potential for Gold gameplay
Energy Drain: (4) Damage, (5) Drain, (6) Armor Boost*
Snap Freeze: (4) Reach, (5) Duration & Slow, (6) Damage & Weakness
N7 Paladin: (4) Weapon Damage, (5) Power Damage, (6) Power Damage
Shield Mastery: (4) Durability, (5) Shield Recharge, (6) Cryo Shield
*Be aware that Armor Boost does not work off host, if you play off host, get Damage instead
M-11 Wraith or to a lesser extent the M-22 Eviscerator are the bread and butter to this build. If you have access to neither, substitute them for a shotgun you are comfortable in using that isn’t too heavy and try to keep your Recharge Speed above 120%. Put the Smart Choke and Shredder (or High Caliber Barrel/High Velocity Barrel) on it.
Use the Beserker Package, Stronghold Package or Juggernaut Pacakage for your gear bonus. Armor-Piercing ammo is suitable or Incendiary to make Fire Explosions. Use a Shotgun Rail Amp or Strength Enhancer for your weapon bonus. It’s up to you for the armor bonus. Editor’s recommendation: Cyclonic Modulator.
Welcome to the Paladin. This build you will be mostly relying on your gun to kill things, but above all this build excels at debuffing and weakening enemies for your teammates to mop up. The shield mastery line I took will ensure you are nice and beefy, even on gold with a respectable 1050/700 that still doesn’t mean you can just sit out in the open though. On an Atlas, or other shielded/armored enemy you’ll want to spam energy drain and unload your shotgun clip while waiting for a recharge. Once you’re down to armor on an Atlas, you then use your Snap Freeze to weaken it by 50%, ensuring that Atlas in front/behind the wall you’re shooting Snap Freeze through melts like it was made of butter. With that said, be aware that your Snap Freeze with its range of 15m can shoot through walls very effectively. The last piece of advice, and this one will take some practice, is use your heavy melee (Omni-Shield) to safely stand your ground on an approaching Phantom. Just do not think you can sit behind your shield forever. Be very careful when a sync-kill boss (Phantom, Banshee, Atlas, Brute, Scion, Praetorian) nears, as they will grab you matter-of-factly and you’ll be a dead, lonely Paladin. The melee is a great Phantom deterrent though as it usually staggers one (or smacks her away and up into the air), especially if she’s down to health from a two Energy Drains.
3 – With a decent weapon, and decent aim, you can safely play gold with this build and do respectable. I don’t ever play aggressively, as I run with two very aggressive guys already, but this is one of the most fun support builds I’ve played.
A16, A16, C16, 1:9B, B1
Black with red highlights, black of any sort is a must for any Blackguard
Thank you to Gemeril for supplying the feature image below, showing you guys exactly what your “Blackguard” will look like
Edits by CoreyImperia