WotLK Classic Protection Paladin Spec, Builds, Talents, and Glyphs

Last updated on Sep 24, 2023 at 12:00 by Sellin 7 comments

On this page, you will find out the best PvE talent choices and builds for your Protection Paladin in WotLK Classic, as well as advised glyphs.


Talent Builds for Protection Paladin

Protection Paladin talents focus on maximizing survivability and damage to help with threat generation.


Leveling Builds

If you were looking for a leveling-oriented build, please refer to our Paladin leveling guide.


Talent Build

Protection does not have many if any flexible points; the build listed above will offer you the most threat while also taking full advantage of all defensive talents available to maximize your personal survivability.


Important Protection Paladin Talents


Protection Tree

Redoubt IconRedoubt greatly increases your chance to block when this buff is active, helping greatly with survivability and mitigating damage especially in lower gear levels.

Righteous Fury IconRighteous Fury acts as a flat damage reduction and greatly increases your threat generation when the Righteous Fury IconRighteous Fury buff is active.

Blessing of Sanctuary IconBlessing of Sanctuary is a situationally useful buff that reduces all incoming damage and returns damage to mobs dealing Physical damage to the Protection Paladin. This buff is especially useful against large groups of melee attackers.

One-Handed Weapon Specialization IconOne-Handed Weapon Specialization increases all your damage dealt when a one-handed weapon is equipped; not just your attacks, but all spells benefit.

Holy Shield IconHoly Shield increases your chance to block by 30% and returns damage to Physical attackers. This damage that is dealt causes an additional 35% threat making it considerably easier to maintain threat on melee mobs that are attacking the Paladin.

Ardent Defender IconArdent Defender reduces all damage taken when below 35% HP. This helps greatly in situations where bosses are dealing large amounts of damage but also against large groups of smaller mobs where you are constantly taking damage. It also acts as a cheat death effect allowing you to survive an attack that would otherwise kill.

Combat Expertise IconCombat Expertise increases your Expertise and your total Stamina. This Expertise allows you to focus your gearing towards other stats than Expertise.

Avenger's Shield IconAvenger's Shield is a strong tool to pull mobs or slow and deal damage to mobs that may be at range until you can close the gap.

Hammer of the Righteous IconHammer of the Righteous will be one of your largest generators of threat and allows for continuous multi-target threat generation even on the move.

Divine Sacrifice IconDivine Sacrifice redirects 30% of incoming damage from other party members to the Paladin.




Major Glyphs

Glyph of Divine Plea Icon Glyph of Divine Plea reduces your damage taken by 3% while Divine Plea IconDivine Plea is active, which should be 100% of the time while tanking.

Glyph of Judgement Icon Glyph of Judgement increases the damage dealt by Judgement IconJudgement by 10%, greatly increasing your threat.

Glyph of Seal of Vengeance Icon Glyph of Seal of Vengeance grants 10 Expertise while Seal of Vengeance IconSeal of Vengeance is active, allowing you a lot more freedom itemization wise.


Minor Glyphs

Glyph of Lay on Hands Icon Glyph of Lay on Hands reduces the cooldown of one of your strongest cooldowns.

Glyph of Blessing of Kings Icon Glyph of Blessing of Kings reduces the cost of both regular and greater Blessing of Kings IconBlessing of Kings by half, making rebuffing in combat less costly.

Glyph of Sense Undead Icon Glyph of Sense Undead provides a free 1% bonus damage against Undead while Sense Undead IconSense Undead is active.



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