The Paladin is a reliable, durable weapon developed by law enforcement looking for a high-powered but easily concealed sidearm for undercover agents. Surprisingly small for its hitting power, the Paladin is a variant on the Carnifex pistol. While it has a smaller clip than the Carnifex, its shots are unquestionably more powerful.
Much like the Carnifex, the Paladin is a heavy pistol with a low rate of fire, but very high damage; this allows you to easily pick off targets at long range, but also leaves you more vulnerable at short range.
The Paladin has one of the highest power-to-weight ratios in the game, making it an ideal backup weapon for classes reliant on powers such as Adepts and Engineers.
This gun is also ideally used as a sidearm for players whose primary weapon has a higher rate of fire and larger clip size (such as assault rifle-wielding Soldiers).
Infiltrators already wielding powerful, slow-firing weapons, such as the Black Widow and Mantis sniper rifles, would not gain much additional benefit from the Paladin.
The Paladin is also a very effective weapon against shields and armor even without the Piercing Mod, able to take down most enemies at lower difficulties with only one shot.
Recommended mods are the Thermal Clip mod (which, at level V, can upgrade the Paladin's capacity to five shots) and the High Caliber Barrel mod.