Protection Paladin Tank Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Sep 04, 2018 at 02:10 by Treckie 29 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Protection Paladin tank guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Protection Paladin in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Treckie, a long-time leading Protection Paladin who competed for world first kills for 5 years. He currently raids in NollTvÄTre and has been a caster and an analyst of Blizzard's Mythic Dungeon Invitational. You can watch his stream on Twitch and you can follow him on Twitter.

1. Class Overview

As a Protection Paladin, you can expect to perform the role of a solid and reliable tank. In general, your damage intake will be relatively smooth, with many attacks being blocked by your shield or softened by your strong active mitigation. No other tank class has quite the array of tricks up their sleeve that a paladin does.

Note that this guide focuses on aspects that are specific to Protection Paladins and general tanking strategies are beyond its scope. If you wish to know more about the tanking role and what you can do to improve, we recommend that you read our tanking guide.

2. Patch 8.0.1 Changes for Protection Paladins

  • Tank threat generation has been significantly reduced, from +900% to +350% bonus threat generation.
  • The amount of damage you Block is dependent on the new Block value that passively comes on your Shield. This value can also be increased with other spells and talents.
  • Mastery: Divine Bulwark Icon Mastery: Divine Bulwark increases both your chance to Block as well as the passive damage reduction you get while you stand in your Consecration Icon Consecration.
  • Light of the Protector Icon Light of the Protector now heals for a set amount, which is then increased by missing Health, and is now able to Critically Strike, it also has an increased cooldown at 17 seconds.
  • Consecration Icon Consecration had its cooldown reduced and duration increased. However, multiple casts no longer stack with each other.
  • Avenger's Shield Icon Avenger's Shield will increase the damage done and Armor gained from your next Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous by 20%. In Legion, this effect used to be gained from standing in Consecration Icon Consecration instead.
  • Some abilities are now on the global cooldown, such as Hand of the Protector Icon Hand of the Protector, Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath, and Seraphim Icon Seraphim.
  • Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath has been reduced from 35% to 20%, but now also increases your Critical Strike chance by 20%. It is important to note that it now ONLY works for Paladin spells and abilities, which means it does not work with trinkets or other effects any longer.
  • NEW talent Unbreakable Spirit Icon Unbreakable Spirit has been added instead of Knight Templar. This talent reduces the cooldown of Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield, Lay on Hands Icon Lay on Hands, and Ardent Defender Icon Ardent Defender by 30%.
  • War Mode talents have been added, which are PvP talents that are active at all times in outdoor content, as long as War Mode is turned on.

Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous has received numerous changes for Battle for Azeroth, which are listed below.

  • It no longer requires a target to activate, and instead of dealing damage to your current target it deals damage in a cone in front of you.
  • It has been changed from a flat damage reduction to instead increasing Armor.
  • The Armor gained from Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous is increased by Strength.
  • Its cooldown has been increased to 18 seconds.

3. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 14 pages:

4. Changelog

  • 04 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Minor rewording on level 100 talents.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Added Raid trinkets.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (common mistakes page): Added Avenger's Shield buff to Shield of the Righteous.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Major update for Mythic+ launch.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (bosses page): Added initial boss by boss outline for Uldir.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Minor wording changes on Tier 1, 2, and 7 talents.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (FAQ page): Added Azerite and Pawn string to FAQ.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Uldir raid traits and minor rearrangements.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (easy mode page): Minor edits on Azerite and Talent recommendations.
  • 27 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated Repentance paragraph.
  • 25 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Added Quick Navigation enchant recommendation.
  • 22 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Added Darkmoon trinkets.
  • 20 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Revamped the page, and added traits.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (common mistakes page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Edited cancelaura macro section.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Included Inner Light section.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (common mistakes page): Added Inner Light section.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Added paragraph below stat priority.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Added Azerite recommendations to page.
  • 04 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Fixed Inquisition link.
  • 21 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Changed wording to better reflect Unbreakable Spirit vs Hand of the Protector.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (this page): Added Unbreakable Spirit and War Mode section.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Added War Mode talents.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (easy mode page): Swapped Unbreakable to default.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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