Paladin Class Overview

Last updated on May 17, 2021 at 12:49 by Sellin 1 comment

Upholders of the Holy Light, Paladins are a staple in the World of Warcraft for their ability to fill every role and bestow their allies with powerful buffs.

in The Burning Crusade Paladins are widely considered to be even stronger versions of themselves while still having their amazing group utility many things have been added to faciliate higher performance level in solo and group content.


Races For Paladins

In the Burning Crusade, Paladins can be Draenei, Dwarf, or Human if you are playing Alliance. Blood Elf is the only race for Paladin if you are Horde. Paladins are masters of all things holy and one of only two classes in the WoW Burning Crusade expansion that can tank, heal, and DPS.




Are Paladins good in TBC?

Yes! All three Paladin specializations are very strong in The Burning Crusade, as many class adjustments have been made to fix the Mana issues with Retribution and Protection, while Holy still remains the dominant tank healer.


Can Paladins taunt in TBC?

Yes! Paladins are given the Righteous Defense IconRighteous Defense ability, which pulls aggro from a nearby friendly target, redirecting their threat to the Paladin that casts it. While it differs from traditional taunts, since you are using it on an ally instead of an enemy, it still works the same and can taunt up to 3 enemies.


Can Paladins tank TBC?

Yes! Protection Paladin has received a lot of love going into TBC, fixing a lot of the issues that existed for them in Classic, specifically the adding of Righteous Defense IconRighteous Defense, which gives them a taunt, and Spiritual Attunement IconSpiritual Attunement, which gives the Paladin Mana based off of how much they are healed for, making Mana a much more abundant resource and allowing you to use your abilities more freely to maximize threat, which was one of the big issues in Classic.


What race is best for Paladin?

It depends on your goals and faction choice. If you are Horde, Blood Elf is the only option and by default the best. As Alliance, you can choose from Draenei, Human, and Dwarf. Draenei is the best if you are focused entirely on PvE, as the added hit rating from Heroic Presence IconHeroic Presence is extremely powerful compared to other available racial bonuses. If you are looking mostly for PvP, Dwarf is your best option because of how prominent Poisons are in The Burning Crusade PvP. Stoneform IconStoneform is a great cooldown that could help you survive some situations you may otherwise not be able to.


Paladin Specializations

Paladins are able to choose from 3 specializations: Retribution, Protection, and Holy.

  • Retribution — Focuses on dealing damage with close range and melee attacks bolstered by the Light.
  • Protection — Focuses on survivability, protecting your allies by tanking, and mitigating incoming damage.
  • Holy — Focuses on healing; Holy Paladins are extremely powerful single target healers and widely considered the best tank healer in the game.

Gearing a Paladin



Paladins are able to wear Cloth, Leather, and Mail armor right away, and are able to wear Plate after reaching level 40.



Paladins are able to use both One-Handed and Two Handed Axes, Maces, and Swords, as well as Polearms.

You can learn more about weapons for Paladinin our specialized guide below:


Paladin Trainers


Horde Paladin Trainers


Alliance Paladin Trainers


Paladin Quests

Paladin have some very important class quests for example your resurrection ability Redemption IconRedemption is only able to be learned after completing a Paladin class quest! check out our guide below on the important class quests for Paladin.


Paladin Addons and Macros

Addons and Macros can greatly improve your quality of life in Azeroth and Outland. Listed below are some of our recomendations on Addons and Macros to help get the most out of your time playing the game.


Paladin Guides for The Burning Crusade: Classic

Listed below are guides filled with information to help you play your Paladin optimally in the Burning Crusade expansion for Classic WoW.

You might also want to check out our full class guides, which teach you how to play your class at the new Level 70 cap!



  • 17 May 2021: Page added.
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