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Protection Paladin Tank Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on May 25, 2020 at 11:43 by Treckie 41 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Protection Paladin guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. Here, you will learn how to tank as a Protection Paladin in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons. We cover everything from the basics all the way to min-maxing techniques to optimize your survivability.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Protection Paladin Tank guide.

1.

Protection Paladin 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.

Shadowlands Changes for Paladins

We are maintaining a list of changes for Paladins for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below. We also have pages for the new Covenant abilities and Anima Powers.

3.

Patch 8.3 Changes for Protection Paladins

There are no Protection Paladin specific changes in Patch 8.3. However, we do have:

4.

Protection Paladin Strengths

5.

Protection Paladin Weaknesses

  • Limited Active mitigation uptime
  • Squishy outside of Active mitigation
  • Limited mobility outside of Divine Steed Icon Divine Steed
  • Proactive mitigation model, easy to die to unforeseen damage
6.

Viability of Protection Paladin in the Current Patch

Protection Paladins are currently one of the well rounded tanks for both raids and dungeons. We have fair self-sustain to dig ourselves out when dropping down to low health as well as very strong active mitigation to deal with predictable damage. Our main weakness is often high melee or constant damage intake as we can not obtain 100% uptime on mitigation. We do have good tools and cooldowns to help us out during active mitigation downtimes, but if the damage is constant enough we will quickly still run out.

7.

Changelog

  • 25 May 2020 (Corruption page): Updated page to reflect MOTHER selling corruptions.
  • 25 May 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated recommendation for Clockwork Heart.
  • 23 Apr. 2020 (gear page): Moved Corruption gear to its own page, added Shield to BiS gear, and removed old raid recommendations.
  • 23 Apr. 2020 (Corruption page): Page created.
  • 23 Apr. 2020 (mythic+ page): Minor changes in wording and added Talent tree.
  • 09 Apr. 2020 (easy mode page): Minor adjustments and Corruptions added.
  • 09 Apr. 2020 (Essences page): Added recommended load-outs.
  • 09 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Minor update in wording and made Blessed Hammer a recommended talent.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): This page have been updated with the new 8.3 Essences and balance changes.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for 8.3 with the addition of Heart of Darkness.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated with 8.3 Essences.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated with the new seasonal affix Awakened.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (enchants page): Added Force Multiplier and the Lightning-Forged Augment Rune from 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (The Eternal Palace page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Added Corruption gear, Gouged Eye of N'Zoth, and Mechagon gear.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 13 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Guide added.
  • 11 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Re-added the BiS list and added Ny'alotha, the Waking City trinket recommendations.
  • 26 Aug. 2019 (talents page): Added Conflict and Strife Essence in PvP section.
  • 26 Aug. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated and added Mythic tips.
  • 14 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Added new combat potion alternatives.
  • 14 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated Essence reccomendation layout.
  • 14 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Added The Eternal Palace trinket recommendations.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Page have been updated with improved Essence recommendation.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated with the new seasonal affix Beguiling.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated Za'qul Main tank and Off tank Essence recommendations.
  • 12 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated Essence recommendations.
  • 12 Jul. 2019 (this page): Added Essences, Traits, Consumables, and Gear to Patch info.
  • 12 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been updated with the new Azerite Traits from The Eternal Palace and Mechagon.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added Eternal Palace advice for Protection Paladins.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Added Leviathan's Eye gem to recommendations.
  • 07 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Benthic gear has been added.
  • 26 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Added further discussion to Blessed Hammer section.
  • 26 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): Added Essence rankings.
  • 26 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): New gems, enchants, potions, and flask have been added for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (gear page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 24 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 17 May 2019 (talents page): Updated wording for Blessing of Spellwarding.
  • 14 May 2019 (gear page): Updated Crucible gear recommendations.
  • 12 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Updated and added Mythic mode.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (gear page): Added Crucible of Storms gear.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (this page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (this page): Added note about Light of the Protector crits during Avenging Wrath.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (rotation page): Added note about Light of the Protector crits during Avenging Wrath.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (spells page): Added note about Light of the Protector crits during Avenging Wrath.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (mythic+ page): Added a note clarifying use of Divine Shield on Dazar in Kings Rest.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added note about critical hits to Righteous Conviction.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (easy mode page): Added note about Light of the Protector crits during Avenging Wrath.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (FAQ page): Added Zandalari Race.
  • 05 Mar. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added BiS list, Grace of the Justicar and Judicious Defense.
  • 05 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Mythic advice for BoD.
  • 05 Mar. 2019 (mythic+ page): Added more advanced tips against Reaping.
  • 29 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated BoD advice according to live mechanics.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (talents page): Minor wording changes on Tier 1, 2 and 5 talents.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Season 2 Outer Ring and the new traits.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (enchants page): Minor rewording of enchants and consumables.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added BoD advice for Protection Paladins.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added BiS Azerite from vendor, and Battle of Dazar'alor Raid Trinkets
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (easy mode page): Minor edits with Season two Azerite Rings.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated Azerite and talent recommendations and seasonal affix.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (FAQ page): Added Races and improved wording on Haste cap.
  • 12 Dec. 2018 (this page): Patch 8.1 updates added, including blockable attacks, new Azerite trait and Explosive changes.
  • 12 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added new trait Empyreal Ward.
  • 12 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Avenger's Shield hits Explosive Orbs, updated Heartsbane Triad (Waycrest Manor) text.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Major revisions, and Mythic added.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1 and added Strengths/Weaknesses.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added new trait Righteous Conviction.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Minor wording changes on Tier 2, 5 and 7 talents and priority.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Minor revisions on trinkets.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Minor updates to talents and Necrotic.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Minor edits for talent and Azerite recommendations.
  • 21 Nov. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Revamped the page with S-B Tier list.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Added Raid trinkets.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Minor rewording on level 100 talents.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Major update for Mythic+ launch.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (how to improve page): Added Avenger's Shield buff to Shield of the Righteous.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir 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 (FAQ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation 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.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Included Inner Light section.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Added paragraph below stat priority.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Added Azerite recommendations to page.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Edited cancelaura macro section.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Added Inner Light section.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 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 (talents page): Added War Mode talents.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (this page): Added Unbreakable Spirit and War Mode section.
  • 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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