Protection Paladin Stats, Races & Consumables guide

Patch 10.0.5 Last Updated: 26th Jan, 2023
Asa Spades Protection Paladin Author
Asa Spades

Stat Priorities

Stat Ranking

When looking to see if something is an upgrade, the best thing you can do is to sim it. Generally, item level prevails above all. Otherwise, below are some general guidelines.

Damage oriented: item level >> Haste > Crit > Mastery > Versatility

Defensive oriented: item level >> Haste >= Mastery > Crit > Versatility

Stat Outline

Haste has been and is an important secondary stat for Protection Paladin. It lowers the cooldown on most of our important abilities which results in greater holy power generation and thus more DPS and survivability. 

Mastery is Protection’s best defensive secondary stat. The increase in block chance, flat damage reduction and chance to reduce the damage of harmful periodic effects while in Consecration make it an incredibly potent defensive stat, provided you are in Consecration. Damage-wise it’s still a very good stat giving a flat percent attack power. 

Critical Strike is the least defensive secondary for Protection, but it’s still very good. Crit increases parry, which is nice defensively. This increase in parry also increases the chance of getting Grand Crusader procs, which results in more holy power from Judgement, and uses of Avenger’s Shield. Damage-wise Crit is obviously good. Big number do good dam.

Versatility is weird for Protection Paladin. Percent for percent, Vers is worse than Mastery defensively, provided you are in Consecration. Damage wise, it’s slightly better than Mastery. Does this mean you avoid Versatility? Of course not. You take whatever stats you can get.

Races

Race doesn’t really matter for Protection Paladin, play whichever one you like more!

Horde

Tauren: Endurance gives you more health. Brawn makes your critical strikes deal 2% more damage and healing.

Blood Elf: Arcane Torrent is nice to have as Paladin’s don’t have a way to purge.

Alliance

Lightforged Draenei: Light's Judgment is a very strong on demand AoE DPS cooldown and it deals Holy Damage which protection paladins can increase.

Dwarf / Dark iron: Stoneform / Fireblood is very nice to remove nasty debuffs you may be afflicted with. (Dwarf Only) Might of the Mountain, identical to Tauren’s Brawn, makes your critical strikes deal 2% more damage and healing.

Human: The Human Spirit is just a nice boost to all your secondary stats.

Enchants

Cloak: Homebound Speed

Chest: Waking Stats

Bracers: Devotion of Speed

Boots: Plainsrunner’s Breeze

Legs: Frosted Armor Kit

Rings: Devotion of Haste

Weapon:

Gems

Sims will tell you which gems are best. You want at least 1 of the Fierce Diamond gems for the primary stat (example: Fierce Illimitited Diamond), otherwise haste or mastery gems will be best.

Consumables

Food: Grand Banquet of the Kalu’ak or Timely Demise

Phails: Phial of Glacial Fury for AoE damage, Phial of the Eye in the Storm as a slightly less damaging, but more defensive AoE option. Phial of Static Empowerment for raid encounters with relatively low movement, Phial of Elemental Chaos otherwise.

Potions: Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power, Elemental Potion of Power as a cheaper alternative.

Healthpots: Refreshing Healing Potion

Weapon Oil: Primal Whetstones

Runes: Draconic Augment Rune