Paladins is an objective-based team-based shooter developed and published by Hi-Rez Studios. The game is available on Playstation 4, XBox One, Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Nintendo Switch systems. XBox One and Nintendo Switch versions share a crossplay feature that allows players on those platforms to play together. The version for Nintendo Switch can be picked up at the Nintendo eShop with a free-to-play option.


Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a team-based shooter with deep strategy elements and in-match character progression through decks of collectible cards. These cards amplify and augment a character’s core set of abilities in many interesting ways. Paladins is free-to-play and exited beta testing on May 8th, 2018.

There are currently 36 playable characters with more expected in the future. Each Champion comes with cards, or the availability of cards that are specific to each of them. The cards are based on Armor, Weapons or one of the three Champion specific abilities. Two of the abilities are basic utility and one is movement. 

At the start of the match, players use their mount to move quickly across the map. It is best to avoid taking damage if possible while heading toward the Capture Point as this can cause the Champion to dismount. 

At the beginning of each match, players will be asked to draw a card from thier currently available selection. This card will be activated on use and will remain active unless the player is killed. Unless specifically mentioned on the card, the card will then go on a cooldown timer. The timer will depend on the quality of the card, with stronger cards having a longer timer. 

There are three kinds of cards: Armor, Weapon, and Ability cards, and this can be seen by their border. Armor cards provide utility and defense, Weapon cards improve your weapon shots, and Ability cards will enhance or change your Champion’s abilities.

Cards come in 5 tiers - Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic & Legendary.

There have been a number of significant changes to the card system through the beta, most notably the addition of Cards Unbound in OB64 and its removal in OB67 (The Realm Restored). Players with multiple duplicates can use the Crafting system to create unique cards for their Champions (limited to the maximum cards specific to that Champion).

Durning a match, capture points will become active that players and their teams must move onto in order to capture it. Capturing points spawns a powerful siege engine that automatically marches on the enemy's base to destroy it. Each base has two outer gates and a vault, which must be destroyed one by one. Once the vault is destroyed, the game is over.

Recommended Specs

  • Windows 7/8/10 64 bit
  • Quad core Intel or AMD
  • 4GB Ram
  • 1GB Video Ram
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 650+ or ATI Radeon 6950+



On Metacritic, Paladins got "generally favorable" reviews on PC getting a metascore of 83/100[1] and 74/100 on Switch.[2] While on, it receives an aggregate score (playscore) of 8.08 on PC,[3] 7.93 on PS4,[4] and 7.25 on Xbox One.[5]


  1. Metascore for Paladins on PCMetacritic, Retrieved March 2, 2020
  2. Metascore for Paladins on Nintendo SwitchMetacritic, Retrieved March 2, 2020
  3. playscore for Paladins on, Retrieved March 2, 2020
  4. playscore for Paladins on, Retrieved March 2, 2020
  5. playscore for Paladins on Xbox, Retrieved March 2, 2020
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