WoW Classic Protection Paladin Leveling Talent Build from 1 to 60

Last updated on Oct 05, 2019 at 18:23 by Impakt 32 comments

On this page, you will find our Protection leveling guide for WoW Classic. Make sure to use the slider to make the guide adapt to your level. For more general leveling information, please refer to our Paladin leveling guide. We also have an Holy Paladin leveling guide and a Retribution Paladin leveling guide.

If you were looking for TBC Classic advice, please refer to our TBC Classic Protection Paladin leveling guide.



Paladin is one of two classes that can play every role, with Protection being their tanking specialization. Protection Paladins excel at dungeons due to their high AoE damage and threat, making Protection an alright choice for doing dungeons on your road to 60. However, for solo leveling, Protection will be extremely slow, and you would be better off playing Retribution.


Level by Level Rotation, Talents, and Trainer Skills


Leveling Talent Tree & Build

Protection Paladin Talents Level 10 to 60
Protection Paladin Talents Level 10 to 60

Protection Paladins excel at AoE, mainly because of two talents: Holy Shield Icon Holy Shield and Consecration Icon Consecration. Once you have both of these, tanking dungeons will be quite easy, with the only issue being that you will need to stop frequently to get mana back. This tree offers lots of other defensive talents such as Redoubt Icon Redoubt and Shield Specialization Icon Shield Specialization, which are required to tank as a Prot Paladin. Some of the defensive talents are not worth the investment while leveling, such as Toughness Icon Toughness, but you can move points around to take it if you want. Lots of the other talents are also taken assuming you are in a group, such as Guardian's Favor Icon Guardian's Favor and Improved Righteous Fury Icon Improved Righteous Fury. These are only worth taking if you are in a group, and can be skipped if you are confident that you will only be playing solo. Outside of the Protection tree, you absolutely need Consecration Icon Consecration and Benediction Icon Benediction, but the rest of the points are yours to do with as you please. If you know you are going to be doing lots of dungeons, starting off in Holy to go for Consecration Icon Consecration immediately is also a viable path.


Leveling Rotation

  1. Keep Seal of Righteousness Icon Seal of Righteousness up.
  2. Use Judgement Icon Judgement on cooldown if you have the Mana for it, keeping in mind that you will need to reapply your seal after.
  3. Keep up Holy Shield Icon Holy Shield.
  4. Use Consecration Icon Consecration on cooldown for more than 1 target, if you have the Mana.
  5. Melee.

Do your class quest to get Redemption Icon Redemption. This will not benefit you while you level alone, but is invaluable if you ever level with other people or do dungeons.

This is the first level where you could possibly learn Holy Shield Icon Holy Shield. If you started out in Holy to get Consecration Icon Consecration, you should consider paying the gold to swap specs and get Holy Shield Icon Holy Shield immediately. Holy Shield is one of the best and most important talents that you will pick up as Protection, and is worth getting as soon as possible.


Paladin-specific Quests


Protection Paladin Leveling Stats

Choosing what gear to wear is usually pretty straightforward since upgrades will be obvious most of the time. However, when given the choice, you are going to want to try to get Strength for more damage and Spirit for better recovery. Your basic priority will be:

  1. Strength;
  2. Spirit;
  3. Intellect;
  4. Stamina;
  5. Agility.

Strength is your most straight forward damage increase and will provide the most value. Spirit is a strong recovery stat, which will be more efficient than just going for more max mana or health through Intellect or Stamina. Spell power is also not a bad choice, but is rare to come across. Specifically you could pick up +Holy Damage pieces for even more damage. Having a high mana pool is important though, so Intellect is also a worthwhile investment if you can pick up lots of it on a piece.


List of Trainer Skills to Buy

Paladin specs benefit from upgrading roughly the same skills, so our list of skills to buy from trainers is the same, regardless of the spec. For this reason, you will find that list in our general Paladin leveling page.


Paladin Weapons

Protection Paladins do not benefit tremendously from weapon upgrades, but they are still good. They are the most important upgrades that you get while leveling, and especially with fast weapons they also will increase the rate of your Seal of Righteousness Icon Seal of Righteousness procs. Knowing what weapons to get and where is important, so check out the Paladin weapons guide below.


How to advance as a Paladin at Level 60

Well done on hitting maximum level in WoW Classic! Now that leveling is over, you can learn more about level 60 gameplay by reading our Protection Paladin Guide, which covers every facet of gameplay at 60 in detail.

The best individual pages to read through are as follows.



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