WOW: Ultimate Protection Paladin Guide

October 27, 2022
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Paladins are holy warriors who wield the Light to support or smite. A Protection Paladin is a spec that follows the path of a traditional tank, so it’s the best choice for those who want an experience of being a damage sponge capable of self-healing.

Protection Paladins have been one of the staple tank classes in World of Warcraft. With Dragonflight on the horizon, there may be some new things in store for Protection Paladins.

Check the guide down below for a guide to Protection Paladins.

Ultimate Protection Paladin Guide – WOW

Protection Paladins provide great utility to their party’s with blessings of damage reduction or damage immunity. They can also provide a multitude of CC’s, remove debuffs and heal party members.

Despite being a tank class, Protection Paladins have a good amount of offensive skills in their repertoire and deal a decent amount of damage.

Now you’ve learned of the strengths of the Protection Paladin, you should also be aware of its weaknesses. Being a tank, it does not have a lot of mobility. Protection Paladins are also very reliant on their skills such as Consecration and Shield of Righteousness. Mismanagement of these skills may lead to dire results.


There are basic skills that are available to all Paladins. However, becoming a Protection Paladin gives a player these spec exclusive abilities:

  • Avenger’s Shield
  • Mastery: Divine Bulwark
  • Cleanse Toxins
  • Hammer of the Righteous
  • Aegis of Light
  • Grand Crusader
  • Rebuke
  • Guardian of Ancient Kings
  • Ardent Defender
  • Riposte
  • Shining Light

As a Paladin, your role is to stand in the front lines and draw aggro from enemies so that your other allies are safe. You can use skills such as Judgment and Hammer of the Righteous to draw attention while using Word of Glory and Divine Shield to keep yourself alive or receive healing from other allies.

Skill Rotation

A typical skill rotation for the Protection Paladin would be

  1. Consecration
  2. Avenger’s Shield
  3. Hammer of Wrath
  4. Judgment
  5. Hammer of the Righteous
  6. Loop back to Consecration

Talent Tree

The new talent system has changed some things up, but they are relatively clear-cut.

The most straightforward build for the Protection Paladin to play is to utilize passive talents in mitigation to provide some tankiness. This does not require a lot of planning and can be used for any general situation.

Stat Priority

Seeing as you want to play defensively a Protection Paladin should prioritize states in:

  1. Haste
  2. Mastery
  3. Versatility
  4. Critical Strike