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

Last updated on Jan 14, 2020 at 03:00 by Treckie 37 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.

Patch 8.3 Changes for Protection Paladins

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

3.

Protection Paladin Strengths

4.

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
5.

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.

6.

Changelog

  • 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 (spells 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 (FAQ 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 (Essences page): This page have been updated with the new 8.3 Essences and balance changes.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated with 8.3 Essences.
  • 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 (rotation 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 (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 (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 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (stats 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.
  • 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 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated and added Mythic tips.
  • 26 Aug. 2019 (talents page): Added Conflict and Strife Essence in PvP section.
  • 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 (mythic+ page): Updated with the new seasonal affix Beguiling.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Page have been updated with improved Essence recommendation.
  • 13 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated Za'qul Main tank and Off tank Essence recommendations.
  • 12 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been updated with the new Azerite Traits from The Eternal Palace and Mechagon.
  • 12 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Updated Essence recommendations.
  • 12 Jul. 2019 (this page): Added Essences, Traits, Consumables, and Gear to Patch info.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Added Essence rankings.
  • 26 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): New gems, enchants, potions, and flask have been added for Patch 8.2.
  • 26 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Added further discussion to Blessed Hammer section.
  • 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 (how to improve 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 (addons 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 (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 (Crucible of Storms 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 (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 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (simulations 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 (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 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 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 (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 (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 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (gear page): Added Crucible of Storms gear.
  • 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 (spells page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 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 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 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 (talents 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 (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 (rotation 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.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (this page): Added note about Light of the Protector crits during Avenging Wrath.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added note about critical hits to Righteous Conviction.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (mythic+ page): Added a note clarifying use of Divine Shield on Dazar in Kings Rest.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (easy mode 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 (FAQ page): Added Zandalari Race.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (rotation page): Added note about Light of the Protector crits during Avenging Wrath.
  • 05 Mar. 2019 (mythic+ page): Added more advanced tips against Reaping.
  • 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.
  • 29 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated BoD advice according to live mechanics.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (FAQ page): Added Races and improved wording on Haste cap.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added BoD advice for Protection Paladins.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated Azerite and talent recommendations and seasonal affix.
  • 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 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Season 2 Outer Ring and the new traits.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (talents page): Minor wording changes on Tier 1, 2 and 5 talents.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (enchants page): Minor rewording of enchants and consumables.
  • 12 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added new trait Empyreal Ward.
  • 12 Dec. 2018 (this page): Patch 8.1 updates added, including blockable attacks, new Azerite trait and Explosive changes.
  • 12 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Avenger's Shield hits Explosive Orbs, updated Heartsbane Triad (Waycrest Manor) text.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Minor edits for talent and Azerite recommendations.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1 and added Strengths/Weaknesses.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation 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 (stats 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 (talents page): Minor wording changes on Tier 2, 5 and 7 talents and priority.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Major revisions, and Mythic added.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Minor updates to talents and Necrotic.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added new trait Righteous Conviction.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Minor revisions on trinkets.
  • 21 Nov. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Revamped the page with S-B Tier list.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Major update for Mythic+ launch.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Added Raid trinkets.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (how to improve page): Added Avenger's Shield buff to Shield of the Righteous.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Minor rewording on level 100 talents.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Minor wording changes on Tier 1, 2, and 7 talents.
  • 03 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added initial boss by boss outline for Uldir.
  • 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.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (FAQ page): Added Azerite and Pawn string to FAQ.
  • 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 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ 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 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ 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 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear 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 (easy mode page): Added Azerite recommendations to page.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Added paragraph below stat priority.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Added Inner Light section.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Swapped Unbreakable to default.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (talents page): Added War Mode talents.
  • 18 Jul. 2018 (this page): Added Unbreakable Spirit and War Mode section.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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