Paladin Class Overview

Last updated on Aug 31, 2022 at 20:20 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 Wrath of the Lich King Paladins are widely considered to be even stronger versions of themselves while still having their amazing group utility. Many things have also been added to facilitate a higher performance level in solo and group content.


Races For Paladins

In Wrath of the Lich King, 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 Wrath of the Lich King expansion that can tank, heal, and DPS.




Are Paladins good in Wrath?

Yes! All three Paladin specializations are very strong in Wrath, 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 tank Wrath?

Yes! Protection Paladin has received a lot of love going into Wrath, fixing a lot of the issues that existed for them in Classic and TBC. In particular, the addition of Hand of Reckoning IconHand of Reckoning, which gives them a conventional taunt, and the rework of Spiritual Attunement IconSpiritual Attunement, which gives the Paladin Mana based off of how much they are healed for help immensely. Beyond that, the addition of Divine Plea IconDivine Plea makes Mana a much more abundant resource and allows you to use your abilities more freely to maximize threat, which was one of the big issues in Classic and TBC.


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 Wrath 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.


Paladin Addons and Macros

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


Paladin Guides for Wrath of the Lich King

Listed below are guides filled with information to help you play your Paladin optimally in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion.

You might also want to check out our full class guides, which teach you how to play your class at the new Level 80 cap!



  • 31 Aug. 2022: Page added.
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