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Protection Paladin Tank Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Mar 28, 2017 at 00:44 by Vlad 143 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Protection Paladins. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.

The other pages of our Protection Paladin guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Treckie, one of the best Protection Paladins in the world, who raids in Nihilum. You can watch his stream on Twitch and you can follow him on Twitter.

1. Artifact Progression

Artifact Progression

As a Protection Paladin, for the first 35 Artifact points, there is really only one recommended progression path. The idea with this Artifact progression path is to pick up the  Icon Tyr's Enforcer and  Icon Bulwark of Order golden traits, but not to go for the third golden trait,  Icon Light of the Titans, right away, as it is lackluster. It is acceptable to go for Bulwark of Order before Tyr's Enforcer if you are jumping straight into raiding, but for 5-man content, Tyr's Enforcer will just be more beneficial to have right away. While increasing AoE damage might not feel very powerful, the main draw with the talent is that it damages everything close to whatever target you hit with Avenger's Shield Icon Avenger's Shield; without this trait you only hit 3 targets and would need to damage the others before they reach you. Strictly for raids, Bulwark of Order is more effective; it is fairly weak but has relatively high uptime.

  1.  Icon Eye of Tyr
  2.  Icon Truthguard's Light
  3.  Icon Faith's Armor
  4.  Icon Righteous Crusader
  5.  Icon Hammer Time
  6.  Icon Consecration in Flame
  7.  Icon Tyr's Enforcer
  8.  Icon Resolve of Truth
  9.  Icon Bulwark of Order
  10.  Icon Scatter the Shadows
  11.  Icon Unflinching Defense
  12.  Icon Painful Truths
  13.  Icon Sacrifice of the Just
  14.  Icon Bastion of Truth
  15.  Icon Light of the Titans
  16.  Icon Forbearant Faithful
  17.  Icon Stern Judgment
  18.  Icon Unrelenting Light
Artifact Progression Above Level 35

After the first 35 points, you should distribute the other points as follows.

  1. Bulwark of the Silver Hand Icon Bulwark of the Silver Hand
  2. Holy Aegis Icon Holy Aegis
  3. Defender of Truth Icon Defender of Truth
  4. Blessed Stalwart Icon Blessed Stalwart
  5.  Icon Consecration in Flame
  6.  Icon Hammer Time
  7.  Icon Stern Judgment
  8.  Icon Righteous Crusader
  9.  Icon Unflinching Defense
  10.  Icon Scatter the Shadows
  11.  Icon Faith's Armor
  12.  Icon Resolve of Truth
  13.  Icon Bastion of Truth

2. Relic Choice

When choosing which Relics to use, while it is sometimes worth sacrificing 1 weapon item level, we recommend always taking the one that grants you the highest item level, regardless of the benefit it offers. When having to choose between Relics that grant the same item level, chose based on the following trait enhancement recommendations.

Most traits are just small increases in throughput in either survivability or damage. We recommend looking out for the  Icon Unflinching Defense trait, as it gives more leeway with cooldown usage for raiding.

If you are looking for more throughput, good survivability traits are:  Icon Unflinching Defense,  Icon Righteous Crusader, and  Icon Faith's Armor.

For more damage, best Relics, in order are:

  1.  Icon Consecration in Flame;
  2.  Icon Hammer Time;
  3.  Icon Stern Judgment.

3. ChangeLog

  • 28 Mar. 2017: Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated the Relic recommendations slightly.
  • 17 Oct. 2016: Updated Artifact progression path introduction text and slightly updated Relic mentions.
  • 19 Sep. 2016: Clarified that Stern Judgment should be taken before Forebearant Faithful in the Artifact progression, and slightly tweaked Relic recommendations.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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