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Defenders of the Faith: A Guidebook to Clerics and Paladins is a 96-page sourcebook for Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition released in May 2001.

Official synopsis[]

Divine dedication powers these crusaders.

This book spotlights the champions of deities in the D&D game, clerics and paladins. It's packed with ways to customize cleric and paladin characters, including:

  • New feats, prestige classes, weapons, and equipment
  • More uses for turning checks, and new magic items and spells designed specially for clerics and paladins
  • Information about special organizations such as the Laughing Knives and the Stargazers
  • Detailed maps of temples that players and Dungeon Masters can use as bases of operation or as enemy structures that must be brought down

Indispensable to both players and Dungeon Masters, this book adds excitement to any campaign.


Development and release[]


The book was written by Andy Collins, Monte Cook, Rich Redman and James Wyatt. Art was provided by Gerald Brom, Dennis Cramer and Todd Gamble.

The demon-slaying Knight of the Chalice prestige class was inspired by James Wyatt's home campaign setting, "Night", in which demons have taken over the world.[2]

According to writer James Wyatt, the enemy on the cover is Daros Hellseeker, a tiefling cleric from The Speaker in Dreams (2001).[3] He can be seen sundering a weapon, which matches the character Sunder feat.


Defenders of the Faith was released by Wizards of the Coast in May 2001 for $19.95 US.[1]

On January 6, 2015, it was re-released in digital format. It is currently available on DriveThruRPG and Dungeon Masters Guild for $7.99.

Reception and influence[]

Critical reception[]

As of 2023, Defenders of the Faith: A Guidebook to Clerics and Paladins reached the rank of Silver seller on DriveThruRPG.

Influence on other works[]

External links[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Product page. Wizards.com, via Web Archive.
  2. Tweet. "2001 Fun Fact: The Knight of the Chalice prestige class in Defenders of the Faith was inspired by my “Night” campaign setting, a world where demons took over. (See http://roleplaying.aquela.com/night)"
  3. Tweet. "2001 Fun Fact: The tiefling on the cover of Defenders of the Faith is Daros Hellseeker, who appeared in The Speaker in Dreams."
Dungeons & Dragons 3.0
Core rules
Player's HandbookDungeon Master's GuideMonster ManualDungeons & Dragons Adventure Game
Arms and Equipment GuideBook of ChallengesBook of Vile DarknessDefenders of the FaithDeities and DemigodsEnemies and AlliesEpic Level HandbookFiend FolioGhostwalkHero Builder's GuidebookLiving Greyhawk Gazetteer (Gazetteer) • Manual of the PlanesMasters of the WildMonster Manual IIOriental AdventuresPsionics HandbookSavage SpeciesSong and SilenceStronghold Builder's GuidebookSword and FistTome and Blood
The Sunless CitadelThe Forge of FuryThe Fright at TristorThe Speaker in DreamsThe Standing StoneReturn to the Temple of Elemental EvilHeart of Nightfang SpireDeep HorizonLord of the Iron FortressBastion of Broken SoulsCity of the Spider Queen

[[Category:2001 publications]