Favored by Paladins and the occasional Warrior tank, Vitality is the stat used by tanking classes to determine the maximum amount of damage a character will take from a hit by comparing it with the attacker's Strength.
Vitality or VIT also works so that for every 2 VIT a character is attributed, their defense increases by 1 point.
Because of their high Vitality, the Galka and Elvaan races are prized as Paladins. The following is a breakdown of the beginning Vitality of all 5 races on a level 1 Paladin.
Because it is such an important stat for tanking, Vitality Food often comes with a defense bonus as well. This becomes a very effective way to lower the damage curve further and save your healer some stress.
As with all stats, a level 75 character has the option to permanently raise their VIT by putting Merit Points into this category.