ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Dragon Quest IX: VUST - Paladin's Virtue

Updated on July 14, 2011


VUST stands for Vocation Unique Skill Tree, and is a series of Dragon Quest IX articles I will be creating as time passes for each of the vocations. This is the second article of the series, in which I will be talking about Virtue, which is the Paladin's VUST.

This skill tree is made for filling the tank role of your late-game party. Characters who have invested in this tree will gain stat boosts to Resilience and HP, which will drastically improve their survivability. Read on as I list this skill tree out in detail!

Virtue Skill Tree Rundown

I am going to list the perks you get for leveling up this skill tree. The format will be:

Skill points required. Skill name here MP Cost (if applicable)


Read on, would-be Paladins! :)


4. Pincushion 0 MP

The first ability to be gained in this skill tree allows the Paladin to take a defensive posture, reducing damage by half (as if the Defend command had been used). The difference lies in that attackers suffer one-sixth of the total damage they inflict on you (so if your Paladin is hit for 120 damage, the monster is hit for 20 damage as well). While not terribly useful, it trumps the Defend command once you get it, if you can bothered to go through an extra menu to find the ability. :P

10. Natural Resilience +10

If you've read my first article of the VUST series, you know what I'm going to say here. Otherwise, here goes: Stat boosts are always a good thing to have. In this case, more Resilience translates into more Defense, so have fun with that! :D

16. H-Pathy 3 MP

Donates some HP to a fellow party member. To be quite honest, I'm not too sure how useful this is, unless you have a bunch of HP, in which case you're probably overwhelming your opponent anyway, so, color me unimpressed.

22. Natural Magical Mending +30

Oh look, another stat boost. :P

This one works nicely for your character if he/she is to be a healer. Honestly, it feels slightly out of place in the Paladin VUST, considering that the best healing spell Paladins have is Midheal, which is quite underwhelming in just about any situation (unless you have 50 or 100 Tension, but I mean, seriously, at that level of Tension even Frizz would hurt. :P). With that said, would-be healers could see the benefit of dabbling into this skill tree for this boost.

32. M-Pathy 0 MP

Donates some MP to a fellow party member. Unlike H-Pathy, which in my opinion is horribly situational, M-Pathy could be quite useful. Have a Sage with over half his/her MP left but another character has no MP left? M-Pathy. Your Paladin has no use for his/her MP but the Sage is out of MP? M-Pathy. So, M-Pathy is as useful as H-Pathy is useless. :P

42. Natural Resilience +30

As I said before: More resilience = More defense. Not much else to be said about this stat boost. ;P

55. Selflessness 0 MP

This skill allows the Paladin to cover a critically injured ally. In other words, it's a situational Whipping Boy. I don't like having my party members on the verge of death for too long, but your mileage may vary on this skill. ;)

(And, to be fair, it could help in covering someone you've just Zinged back to life, because the AI has a sick sense of humor when it comes to killing someone who's just been revived.)

68. Natural Resilience +60

Double the goodness of the Resilience boost you got not more than 30 skill points ago. Pass Go, collect $200. ;)

82. Forbearance 0 MP

Fans of the Dragon Quest series before it got the translation revamp may remember this skill as Guardian. It worked the same way back in the day as it does now, but for completeness' sake, I'll explain what it does. Forbearance is a mass Whipping Boy. In other words, the Paladin plants him or herself in front of the enemy, taking ALL hits meant for the party. It gives the rest of the party some breathing room, and gets your Paladin killed in one round if you're not careful. If your opponent uses a mass attack, the Paladin will get hit FOUR times. So, it's crucial you have some sort of defensive spell up before you start using this ability on a regular basis. With that said, this is the ultimate tanking technique. :)

100. Natural Maximum HP +80

The Paladin's ultimate skill is not an's a stat boost. With that said, wow is it one heck of a stat boost. +80 HP is not to be scoffed at, especially not at late-game with those hard-hitting monsters that start appearing in tougher grottos. As you may expect, I approve wholeheartedly of this usage of your skill points. :D


That wraps up my second VUST article. I hope that it has helped you on the way to becoming a full-fledged Paladin!

Feel free to comment on the Paladin vocation in the comments section. I've always enjoyed being the role of tank or healer in multiplayer RPGs I've played, as those are the classes that most get to help out other people. :)

Until the next time, take care and have fun! ;)



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Lord of the Sword 

      6 years ago


      SPOILER (I think):

      From what i've heard, luminaries are mainly the ultimate minstrel.

      At least, they have the same spells (and a bit better)

      But the quest isn't worth it (WHAT THE **** ARE MOAI MINSTRELS?!?!?!). Also, at least from what i've heard (not a lot :P)

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      If you use knight watch and then forbearance your entire party is invincible until your knight watch wears off. and it lasts for quite a few turns :P

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      using magic mirror or bounce then using forbearance against spell casting bosses (such as elucid)works wonderfully.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Awesome VUST my mains a Paladin and I've just learned M-Pathy so I'm looking forward to completing it!!!

    • Winterfate profile imageAUTHOR

      Darrin Perez 

      8 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thanks for the comment! :D

      I'll be writing these up as I max them out, so the pace is probably going to slow after a bit, since I don't even have Armamentalists or Luminaries yet. :S

    • GamerAinion profile image


      8 years ago from Miami, FL

      Well written and nicely explained. Extra credit for going into forbearance and how critical it is to examine the situation before using it.


    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)