Protection Paladin

Patch 9.0.5

Tokaine
Last Updated: 10th May, 2021

Playstyle & Rotation

Rotation

General Rotation:

  1. Cast Consecration if you are not standing in it.
  2. Cast Judgement
  3. Cast Hammer of Wrath (If you are in wings or there is a sub 20% health target)
  4. Cast Avenger’s Shield
  5. Cast Hammer of the Righteous / Blessed Hammer.
  6. Fill your globals with Consecration if you have nothing else to press.

The main thing for protection paladin is making sure if you’re tanking you’re inside your Consecration as it provides a large damage reduction while inside it. You will often get a chance in your natural rotation to just use Consecration when you run out of things to press but if you move the boss to a new spot always use Consecration first.

Multi Target:

Our multi target rotation is very similar to our single target rotation the only difference is that Avenger’s Shield has a higher priority so it will look like this.

  1. Cast Consecration if you are not standing in it.
  2. Cast Avenger’s Shield
  3. Cast Judgement
  4. Cast Hammer of Wrath (If you are in wings or there is a sub 20% health target)
  5. Cast Hammer of the Righteous / Blessed Hammer.
  6. Fill your globals with Consecration if you have nothing else to press.

Just a note, this is assuming 3+ targets if you’re fighting 2 targets then we use the single target ability priority order.

Playstyle

Protection Paladin is pretty good at dealing with fights with high magic damage just due to Holy Shield as being able to block spells is unique to paladin. It does have moments where you will be punished for incorrect play more than other tanks and that mainly comes with improper holy power and Consecration management.

Holy Power Management

Managing your Holy Power is the single most important thing you could do as a protection paladin, well that and standing in your Consecration! You need to make sure you never cap on your holy power which, to be honest, is very easy as you should be mainly using your holy power on Shield of the Righteous which is off the global cooldown. Word of Glory is generally not worth using unless it would be a Word of Glory that would save a life since keeping your Shield of the Righteous up will overall increase the smoothness of your damage.

Utilise that Utility… No really do it!

Protection Paladin brings the most utility out of every tank. You have Blessings in the form of Blessing of Protection, Blessing of Freedom, Blessing of Sacrifice and Blessing of Spellwarding. Additionally, you provide a fair bit of passive off healing through Judgement of Light as well as being able to provide some decent priority healing (at your own expense) with Word of Glory. With all these options, paladins have a wide array of abilities for every situation to help your team.

Survivability or Damage?

This goes for all tanks but it is especially true to Protection Paladin, you need to know how hard you will get hit with certain cooldowns during certain mechanics. A mistake a lot of new protection paladins will make is not remaining within their Consecration. You gain a huge bonus to damage reduction (Based on mastery) while you’re within your Consecration and you should always make sure when you’re actively tanking that you have Consecration running and you are inside it.

Now Protection Paladin has the potential to do the highest amount of damage when you use The Mad Paragon and are Venthyr you’re able to pump up your damage a lot, additionally when you run Redoubt and Seraphim you push it even further. Sounds great right? The only downside is you do give up a significant amount of survivability to truly pump as much damage as you can, when you’re more experienced it is definitely something to look into if you want to expand your gameplay! However, I recommend you stick to trying to play for defense until you’re really comfortable on Protection Paladin as you will be punished for mistakes if you’re full paper tank glass cannon build.