Protection Paladin Tank Guide — Dragonflight 10.0.2

Last updated on Nov 28, 2022 at 12:20 by Panthea 50 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Protection Paladin guide for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.2. 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 WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Protection Paladin guide.


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.


Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Strong active mitigation and cooldown kit against predictable incoming damage.
  • +Unique group utility and damage reductions with Blessings and Auras.
  • +Good burst capabilities with coolodwns for damage and threat generation.
  • +Great emergency cooldowns like Lay on Hands Icon Lay on Hands and Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield when things look dire.
  • +Good self and group healing with Word of Glory Icon Word of Glory and Lay on Hands Icon Lay on Hands.
X Weaknesses

Changes to Protection Paladin in Dragonflight


Dragonflight Changes for Paladins

We are maintaining a list of changes for Paladins, so you can see what changes with every patch of Dragonflight.


Leveling as a Protection Paladin

If you do not have a Paladin at max level you can follow the link below to help you in your quest to reach max level. Keep in mind that leveling as a tank, while not always the fastest, means you are great at being able to pull large groups of enemies and AoE them down.

Should you be leveling as a tank, it is recommended to learn the ropes throughout the leveling process as well, as generally it is not tuned to be very hard. Addons are rather important to be able to tank well, such as threatplates, but also tracking buffs and debuffs. Playing dungeons while leveling will give you a sense of those addons before getting thrown into max level content.


Basics of Protection Paladin Gameplay

Tanking in general means a lot of pressure to not only do damage and thus threat to make sure things are attacking you, but also about surviving those attacks. As a Protection Paladin, this generally means generating as much Holy Power as possible, so you can spend it on Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous to reduce damage intake. With our active mitigation not being up constantly, it is important to make sure you can cover those times when Shield of the Righteous is down with another cooldowns should damage intake still be high. If you are fairly new to the class and spec and need to jump into it right away, we recommend the Easy Mode page linked below.

If you have got the basics down and want to improve your class knowledge, go to the Talent and Rotation pages for more in-depth information.


How to Gear Up as a Protection Paladin

Tanks are generally quite uncommon, so finding a group as a tank is not too difficult and gearing up might happen rather fast. At the start, all you really want is higher item level, as you value all the stats you can get. Once you have options of similar item levels you can follow these pages to read more on how the different stats influence your character, as well as what gems, enchants, and consumables you should be using. You can also find a page dedicated for more end-game gearing information in the BiS and Gear page.


End-Game as a Protection Paladin

End-game content comes in many forms that can vary quite a lot in both gearing and playstyle depending on what you focus most of your efforts into. While tanking in raids or in Mythic+ on the surface seems similar, there are many ways they differ, and you can focus on them separately in the pages linked below. PvP is typically not played with tank-specced players, so we recommend you play one of the other Paladin specializations (Holy / Retribution) should you wish to learn more of that.


Improving as a Protection Paladin

Tanking can sometimes be rather unforgiving, especially if you are not quite sure what is actually going wrong; below we have linked a few resources aimed at helping you improve playing your character.



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