Protection Paladin Tank Stat Priority (WoD 6.2.2)

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Protection Paladins in World of Warcraft WoD 6.2.2, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

The other pages of our Protection Paladin guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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1. Basics↑top

The stat priority for Protections Paladins is as follows:

  1. Bonus Armor;
  2. Haste (until the highest cap you can reach, as explained below);
  3. Mastery;
  4. Critical Strike;
  5. Versatility;
  6. Multistrike.

Note that if you are using the Seraphim Icon Seraphim tier 7 talent, then it is recommended to prioritise Critical Strike or Mastery after reaching the required Haste cap.

2. Getting a Better Understanding↑top

2.1. Statistics Explanations

Mastery, thanks to Mastery: Divine Bulwark Icon Mastery: Divine Bulwark, increases your chance to block attacks and your attack power, as well as increasing the gain from both of the effects of Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous. It is, therefore, a direct increase of your survivability.

Bonus Armor increases your armor mitigation and attack power, making it your most potent secondary stat. Since it is only available in a few select item slots, you will want to make sure you prioritise items with Bonus Armor in those slots.

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.

Haste increases your Holy Power generation slightly, thanks to Sanctity of Battle Icon Sanctity of Battle. It also improves your DPS and threat.

Critical Strike increases your damage and healing output, and also gives you avoidance due to Riposte Icon Riposte (a passive ability). You get 1 Parry from Riposte for every 1 point of Critical Strike.

Mulistrike increases the chance that your spells will trigger additional hits, increasing your damage, healing, and absorbs (Sacred Shield Icon Sacred Shield). The passive ability Shining Protector Icon Shining Protector also increases the amount of healing you receive from all sources based on your Multistrike chance.

Most encounters have abilities that cannot be mitigated or avoided. Also, you need to have a decent amount of health, in order to give yourself the chance to be healed before a subsequent attack kills you. In addition to this minimum amount of Stamina, we feel that Stamina remains quite valuable for Protection Paladins. Therefore, we advise you to consider getting more Stamina than is innately found on your gear (through trinkets, enchants, and gemming, in that order). As you become more comfortable determining the amount of survivability needed for each encounter, you can shift some of that Stamina into other stats (Bonus Armor, Haste, or Mastery, for example).

2.1.1. Haste Caps

There are several Haste caps for Protection Paladins. Your goal should always be to pursue the highest cap you can attain.

Your aim is to reach 50% buffed Haste, which requires 1715 Haste if you are using Empowered Seals Icon Empowered Seals as your tier 7 talent, and 3858 Haste if you are using Holy Shield Icon Holy Shield instead.

If you are using Seraphim Icon Seraphim as your tier 7 talent, then there is an offensive and a defensive cap. The offensive cap is for maximising DPS, and it is 2882 Haste, while the defensive one maximises survivability and it is 3858 Haste. If you are going for the offensive cap, you should prioritise Critical Strike after reaching it, and otherwise you should prioritise Mastery.

3. Changelog↑top

  • 09 Oct. 2015: Added mention of Haste caps.
  • 14 Jan. 2015: Updated the stat priority.