Pathfinder: A Guide to the Divine Hunter Paladin

Updated on October 19, 2019
kcmorris profile image

Kevin has been playing tabletop games for almost as long as he can remember and currently edits for Jon Brazer Enterprises.

More excuses to demonstrate how awesome FFT's character art is! If you give an Archer White Magic as a support ability, they can kind of be like a divine hunter...I guess.  .
More excuses to demonstrate how awesome FFT's character art is! If you give an Archer White Magic as a support ability, they can kind of be like a divine hunter...I guess. . | Source

The Overview: Divine Hunter

Paladins are naturally strong archers in Pathfinder, so it may come as a surprise that Paizo created the divine hunter archetype (Ultimate Combat) to make them even better at it. Surprising or not, the divine hunter is a solid choice if you’re considering a paladin archer for your next character. It also plays well with throwing weapons and firearms (if you’re trying to make a holy gun). Beyond all that, the divine hunter makes a wonderful pack leader in a group heavy on ranged attacks, as several of its abilities make your allies better at ranged combat, as well.

Level-by-Level Guide

1st Level

At 1st level, the divine hunter gives up his heavy armor proficiency to gain Precise Shot as a bonus feat. For most paladins, this would be an uneven trade, perhaps, as heavy armor is crucial to their survivability, but that’s not so for the divine hunter. Given his higher Dexterity, the divine hunter’s not likely to be wearing heavy armor in the first place, so gaining Precise Shot (which he needs to truly function) is a wonderful trade.

3rd Level

At 3rd level, the divine hunter gains shared precision, which grants allies within 10 feet the Precise Shot feat against any target he hits with a ranged attack. He gives up aura of courage (and the all important fear immunity that comes with it) for this, however, so as a divine hunter, you’re going to want to encourage your party members to make use of ranged attacks more often than they otherwise might, so you don’t feel like you’ve gotten the shaft on this trade.

5th Level

5th level divine hunters form a bond with their ranged weapon (which works like the normal paladin’s divine bond, for the most part). In addition to the normal weapon abilities allowed for a weapon bond, the divine hunter can add distance, returning, and seeking to his weapon, though he loses access to defending and disruption, which aren’t really that useful for ranged weapons to begin with.

6th Level

Divine mercy, granted at 6th (and replacing the mercy ability normally gained then), lets the divine hunter spend two uses of lay on hands to heal an ally within 5 feet per level. This ability’s much more useful than it might otherwise appear. Melee paladins tend to spend most of their lay on hands on themselves, since they can do so as a standard action and they’re getting beat on. Divine hunters likely won’t be in such danger so often, and divine mercy allows them to act as healers to the rest of the party while remaining relatively safe from danger.

8th Level

At 8th level, the divine hunter trades aura of resolve for aura of care, which prevents him and nearby allies from providing cover against each other’s ranged attacks. This is probably a poor trade, overall (and really the only truly poor trade for the divine hunter). Since you’re likely to be far away from your enemies as a divine hunter (and so will any allies using ranged attacks), this ability isn’t likely to provide much benefit over the long run.

11th Level

At 11th level, the divine hunter gains hunter’s blessing in place of aura of justice. Instead of spreading around his smite evil ability, the divine hunter grants allies within range the Deadly Aim, Precise Shot, and Improved Precise Shot feats for one round. Though aura of justice is probably better overall, this ability has its purpose. As more enemies begin to fly and dedicated melee find themselves twiddling their thumbs, you can use hunter’s blessing to give your friends a basic competency with ranged weapons that they probably wouldn’t have otherwise.

14th Level

The divine hunter’s last ability, righteous hunter, is gained at 14th and replaces aura of righteousness. With the ability, the divine hunter’s ranged attacks are treated as good-aligned for the purposes of overcoming damage reduction (and allies gain the same benefit as long as they’re within 10 feet). Smite evil attacks normally bypass damage reduction, but in fights with multiple enemies (most especially demons and devils), this ability can be quite useful and really increase your average damage.

Sample Build

The divine hunter’s fairly simple to choose feats for, like most ranged characters. This particular build is an elf to gain access to some racial feats (most notably, Elven Accuracy) that are focused on archery (and because, in a flavor sense, elves probably have far more divine hunters than they do standard paladins).

Elven Paladin (Divine Hunter) 5
Ability Scores (15 Point Buy):
Str 13, Dex 16, Con 12, Int 9, Wis 11, Cha 14
Feats and Mercies
Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot (bonus)
Rapid Shot, mercy (fatigue)
Deadly Aim

Elven Accuracy is a feat you’ll definitely want to look into, as the ability to reroll concealment misses on ranged attacks is unique to elves in Pathfinder. Stabbing Shot can also be useful for getting enemies away from you in melee without giving up your full attacks, but a five-foot step can often accomplish the same thing (at least until your enemies commonly have reach). Because of hunter’s blessing, you won’t have to take Improved Precise Shot down the line, so the other feats you take are largely open once you’ve got the primary archery feats.

Though it’s one of Paizo’s more straight-forward archetypes, the divine hunter is a solid differently-flavored archetype that doesn’t end up making you weaker at your chosen specialization. If you’re looking to create a ranged paladin, it’s definitely worth it!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Anthony Thanghe profile image

      Anthony Thanghe 

      5 years ago from Saint Paul, Minnesota

      I found the divine hunter to be quite effective though my character build was a bit unusual. The character started out as a bow wielding inquisitor who dipped into zen archer monk (for the awesome AC bonus) and then dipped into divine hunter for two levels for the sick bonus to his saves. All in all, he is a demon/devil/undead/dragon @$$-whuppin' machine that does pretty good against regular opponents due to cluster shot.

      As to the lose of fear and charm immunity, not so much a huge deal when your saves are pretty damned awesome, though a 1 is a 1.

    • kcmorris profile imageAUTHOR

      Kevin C Morris 

      7 years ago from SOUTH BEND

      Your mileage may vary. As with a lot of things in Pathfinder, the more specialized, the less well-rounded you become. Some groups can afford that. Others can't.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Divine Hunter seems like a poor choice over baseline Paladin to be honest. Losing fear and charm immunity plus the boost to party saves against those when close versus providing archery feats to classes that otherwise don't have the other supporting feats (deadly aim) seems bad, at best.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Combine with one or two levels of the Zen Archer Monk archetype for a nice extra boost to your archery and saves.

    • kcmorris profile imageAUTHOR

      Kevin C Morris 

      8 years ago from SOUTH BEND

      Ideally, I get to do both. I DM my own game every couple of weeks and try to play in another once a week.

    • La Pit Master profile image

      La Pit Master 

      8 years ago from On Your Tabletop

      Well written article. Do you prefer to play or DM?


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)