Season of Discovery Protection Paladin Tank Guide

Last updated on Jul 05, 2024 at 10:00 by Sellin 5 comments

Welcome to our Protection Paladin Tank guide for WoW Classic - Season of Discovery, tailored for PvE content. Here, you will learn how to play the Paladin class as a Protection Paladin Tank. Click the links below to navigate the guide or read this page for a short introduction.



Protection Paladin has received the most changes of any class in the Season of Discovery version of Classic WoW, but these changes will enable you to compete as one of, if not the, best tanks in Classic WoW. Mana, threat generation, and of course the lack of taunt were the two largest things plaguing Protection Paladin in Classic, but due to the addition of powerful Rune Engravings, such as Rune of Hand of Reckoning Icon Hand of Reckoning and Rune of Aegis Icon Aegis, these are likely to be less of an issue. While not only being an incredible tank, Protection Paladin offers some of the games most powerful buffs and life-saving cooldowns in the form of their unique Blessings. Abilities such as Blessing of Protection Icon Blessing of Protection can be used to immediately stop physical damage on an ally close to death or even just allow them to play more dangerously while the buff is active.

Protection Paladin is one of the most highly sought-after Tanks in Season of Discovery due to their massive contributions to groups in the form of single target and AoE agro-generation as well as their powerful Blessings and Auras. Should you decide to play a Protection Paladin you will have absolutely no issue finding groups for all kinds of content, but especially Dungeons and Raids.

Strengths icon Strengths
  • +Incredibly sturdy and many tools to mitigate incoming damage
  • +Powerful unique buffs
  • +Immense soloing capabilities
  • +Great solo/group utility in the form of cooldowns
Weaknesses icon Weaknesses
  • -Slow kill speeds
  • -Limited mobility
  • -Extremely Mana reliant

Season of Discovery

Paladin has received some major changes in the Season of Discovery version of Classic World of Warcraft, and with those changes come many new ways to play one of the games' original classes. Below we have included guides to keep you current on not only Season of Discovery changes, but general game play tips and lists so you are best prepared to tackle the new adventures that await you in the Season of Discovery on your Protection Paladin.

Through the addition of entirely new abilities and Runes, the rotation, gearing options, and talent decisions for Protection Paladin has changed drastically with the coming of Season of Discovery. Use the guides located in the Table of Content at the top of this page to find all the information you'll need to master this new game mode!


Rune Engravings

Make sure to check out our Rune Engravings guide to best understand what each Rune does for your Paladin. Likewise, if you're unsure where to locate these Runes, we've listed the location for every Season of Dicovery Rune in the guide below to help you find the best available Runes for your class!



Professions have always been a big part of Classic WoW but are made even more important in Season of Discovery with the addition of many new recipes.

Engineering provides tons of situationally useful goodies that will help you in combat both in PvP and PvE either to deal more damage or sometimes even a niche defensive cool down to mitigate or even entirely avoid incoming damage or crowd control.

Blacksmithing now provides even more great gear with the new recipes found in Season of Discovery. Many of the new Epic crafted items are Bind on Pickup so you will need the respective profession to use the items.



  • 07 Jul. 2024: Reviewed for Phase 4.
  • 04 Apr. 2024: Reviewed for Phase 3
  • 16 Dec. 2023: Guide updated.
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