Paladin PvP Guides for WotLK Classic

Last updated on Jan 18, 2023 at 12:00 by Sellin 9 comments

Welcome to our PvP Paladin hub for Wrath Classic. Here you will find overviews of all viable PvP Paladin specs, learn about their strengths, weaknesses and best consumables and professions, as well as macros and addons for Paladin.

You can also find links to the detailed specialization guides below.



Paladins are one of the most versatile classes in WotLK Classic. While they lack one specific area where they are dominant, they excel in many different niche situations and always complement a team extremely well whether that is inside the Arena, a Battleground, or out in the worlds of Azeroth or Outland. Spells like Hand of Freedom IconHand of Freedom, Hand of Protection IconHand of Protection, and many other short-cooldown utility spells are what make Paladins unique in what they can offer to a group.

Holy, Protection and Retribution are all able to be played competitively in PvP in Wrath of the Lich King, with each having its own niche where it is one of if not the best at filling its role in a PvP scenario.

  1. Holy Is the healing specialization for Paladin. Holy is the king of burst healing in PvP thanks to Holy Shock IconHoly Shock and offers some of the strongest buffs in the game in the form of both Blessings and Hands. If you are not familiar with what Blessings or Hands Paladins possess, feel free to check out our Holy Paladin spells for a more in-depth breakdown of the spells available to you as a Holy Paladin. The one major downfall for Holy Paladin in Arena, Battlegrounds, and open-world PvP is their dependence on hard-casting spells and their lack of mobility. Paladin only has one school of magic so if you get interrupted trying to cast a Flash of Light IconFlash of Light or Holy Light IconHoly Light you will not be able to use any of your other abilities for the duration of the interrupt. Mobility is another major concern as Paladin does not have any kind of speed increase or gap-closing ability. While Hand of Freedom IconHand of Freedom is a useful tool to deal with slows you have to be very focused on your positioning to take full advantage of line-of-sight or you can find yourself getting crowd controlled quite easily and quite frequently.
  2. Retribution is the melee damage dealing specialization for Paladin. Retribution has some of the strongest burst in game, offers the most utility, and has the highest support potential of any melee damage dealer. In addition to powerful blessings that they are able to bestow upon their allies, Retribution Paladins are capable of healing in emergency situations, though only for short periods of time as their Mana pool is very small. Retribution Paladin thrives in a situation where they are grouped with other classes that can control the target they are trying to attack, because Paladin lacks any kind of move speed increase or gap-closing. Once in melee range, however, they are able to deal large amounts of damage in a short period of time using abilities like Judgement IconJudgement and Crusader Strike IconCrusader Strike. Similar to Holy, Retribution is extremely vulnerable to crowd-controlling effects and your largest damage increase, Avenging Wrath IconAvenging Wrath, will render you unable to cast Divine Shield IconDivine Shield or other immunity effects for a short period of time after using it.
  3. Protection deals a massive amount of damage as well as being extremely tanky. While it lacks a lot of the burst potential of Retribution its ability to sustain not only themselves but their teammates, while dealing a considerable amount of damage and control, makes this spec extremely powerful, especially in Arena. The majority of your damage coming from Judgement IconJudgement, Exorcism IconExorcism, and Seal of Vengeance IconSeal of Vengeance

Macros and Addons

Macros and Addons can greatly benefit your gameplay, especially in a high-paced environment like PvP where no two encounters are the exact same. Macros specifically can lessen the time it takes you to perform an action by combining two commands into a single button. Addons can increase the amount of information you are receiving in order to be able to better make a decision as to what your next move should be. Listed below are our guides for Paladin-specific Addons and Macros; most of these are targeted toward PvE but can also be quite useful for PvP.


Consumables in Wrath of the Lich king.

Consumables are considerably less relevant for PvP in WotLK Classic as many of them either do not work in instanced PvP or their effects are considerably lessened.


Holy, Protection and Retribution-Specific Guides

Listed below are links to our guides made specifically for Holy, Protection, and Retribution Paladins in PvP. Inside these guides we will go over the optimal specialization, best gear, and some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your character in PvP scenarios.


Paladin Arena Compositions

If you are interested in learning more about a variety of Arena compositions featuring a Paladin and its relative strength in PvP, please consult our guides on them below:



  • 18 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 26 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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