Protection Paladin Tank Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on May 17, 2019 at 14:19 by Treckie 35 comments

Welcome to our Protection Paladin guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5. 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.

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 8.1.5 Changes for Protection Paladins

3. Patch 8.1 Changes for Protection Paladins

  • Hand of the Protector Icon Hand of the Protector now increases healing done depending on the target's missing health, instead of your own.
  • Ranged Physical attacks are now blockable.
  • Avenger's Shield Icon Avenger's Shield is now able to kill Explosive Icon Explosive if it is your primary target.
  • Dauntless Divinity has been removed and replaced with Righteous Conviction Icon Righteous Conviction, which increases the healing done by Light of the Protector Icon Light of the Protector, as well as always providing the maximum healing increase during Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath.
  • Azerite Fortification have been removed, and replaced with Empyreal Ward Icon Empyreal Ward, which increases the targets armor by a small amount for 1 minute, after being healed by your Lay on Hands Icon Lay on Hands.
  • New animation for Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath.
  • The Mythic+ affix Necrotic Icon Necrotic has been changed from a magic debuff to a physical bleed.

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

  • 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 (mythic+ 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 (spells 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 (simulations 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 (gear page): Added Crucible of Storms gear.
  • 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 (addons 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 (FAQ 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 (rotation 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 (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 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added note about critical hits to Righteous Conviction.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (this 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 (spells page): Added note about Light of the Protector crits during Avenging Wrath.
  • 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.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (rotation page): Added note about Light of the Protector crits during Avenging Wrath.
  • 05 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added Mythic advice for BoD.
  • 05 Mar. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added BiS list, Grace of the Justicar and Judicious Defense.
  • 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 (FAQ page): Added Races and improved wording on Haste cap.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated Azerite and talent recommendations and seasonal affix.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Season 2 Outer Ring and the new traits.
  • 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 (enchants page): Minor rewording of enchants and consumables.
  • 20 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added BoD advice for Protection Paladins.
  • 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.
  • 12 Dec. 2018 (this page): Patch 8.1 updates added, including blockable attacks, new Azerite trait and Explosive changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ 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 (gear page): Minor revisions on trinkets.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons 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 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Major revisions, and Mythic added.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Minor updates to talents and Necrotic.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation 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 (talents page): Minor wording changes on Tier 2, 5 and 7 talents and priority.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells 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 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for Patch 8.1 and no changes are necessary.
  • 21 Nov. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Revamped the page with S-B Tier list.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Minor rewording on level 100 talents.
  • 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.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Minor edits on Azerite and Talent recommendations.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Uldir raid traits and minor rearrangements.
  • 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 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation 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.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Added Azerite recommendations to page.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Added paragraph below stat priority.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Edited cancelaura macro section.
  • 09 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Included Inner Light section.
  • 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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