Holy Paladin PvP Best Races and Racials (Shadowlands / Patch 9.1)

Last updated on Jul 02, 2021 at 11:04 by Mysticall 9 comments

Racial bonuses can provide interesting PvP benefits. Here are the best races to choose for each faction. The races are sorted from highest impact in arena to lowest. However, all races below have their own unique ways of making an impact in a PvP match.

This page is part of our Holy Paladin PvP Guide.


Best Alliance Races for Holy Paladins

  1. Human
  2. Dwarf

Human Racials

The Human racial bonus (Will to Survive Icon Will to Survive) is a great way to get out of stuns. If you think you will be the focus target versus teams with multiple stuns, this race allows you to play Relentless Icon Relentless. This will help increase your overall survivability. It is also important to note that Humans also have The Human Spirit Icon The Human Spirit. This increases your secondary stats (Haste, Critical Strike, Mastery, Versatility). This is another beneficial reason to play Human.


Dwarf Racials

The Dwarf racial bonus (Stoneform Icon Stoneform) removes Poison, Disease, Magic, and bleed effects. In addition to this, it reduces all Physical damage taken by 10%. This racial can make a large impact versus teams that have multiple Bleed or Magical damage over time abilities. It is also important to note that this racial lines up with the cooldown from Maledict trinkets and can be used to remove the absorption that is placed on you from Maledict. Another example is removing bleeds versus Assassination Rogues or Feral Druids that are focusing you. This will significantly slow down the damage being dealt to you.


Best Horde Races for Holy Paladins

  1. Zandalari Troll
  2. Blood Elf

Zandalari Troll Racials

The Zandalari Troll racial bonus (Regeneratin' Icon Regeneratin') channels a heal on you until you are at 100% health or get damaged. This racial is particularly good for Paladins, because you can use it while Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield is active. If you are the primary focus, you can use Divine Shield, then Regeneratin’, and be at full health when it expires. Zandalari Trolls also give you the ability to choose a passive Loa. Because Critical Strike is a very important stat to have, Embrace of Pa'ku Icon Embrace of Pa'ku is the best Loa to choose.


Blood Elf Racials

The Blood Elf racial bonus (Arcane Torrent Icon Arcane Torrent) has multiple effects. The primary use for this ability is that it removes 1 beneficial effect from all enemies in range. This is great for removing abilities such as Blessing of Protection Icon Blessing of Protection from Paladins or Soul of the Forest Icon Soul of the Forest from Restoration Druids. It can also be used versus players using the The Crucible of Flame Icon The Crucible of Flame Major Essence to remove the stacks it creates. The other effect is that it restores resources based on what specialization you are.



  • 02 Jul. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.1.
  • 08 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch (Patch 9.0.1).
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