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Protection Paladin Tank Guide (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Mar 13, 2018 at 17:04 by Vlad 192 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Protection Paladin tank guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Protection Paladin in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Treckie, who has been a long-time leading Protection Paladin who has competed for world first kills for 5 years. He is one of the casters for both last year's and this year's upcoming 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 7.3 Changes for Protection Paladins

  • All damage increased by 8%.
  • Bulwark of the Silver Hand Icon Bulwark of the Silver Hand trait increased to providing 35% extra armor instead of 20%.
  • Seraphim Icon Seraphim has been nerfed to 45-second duration (from 30-second).

3. Patch 7.2.5 Changes for Protection Paladins

4. Patch 7.2 Changes for Protection Paladins

5. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 10 pages:

6. ChangeLog

  • 13 Mar. 2018 (gear page): Removed a duplicate mention of Rethu's Incessant Courage.
  • 01 Feb. 2018 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added tier 3 trait priority.
  • 01 Feb. 2018 (artifact page): Added a mention about having added relic priorities to the Netherlight Crucible page.
  • 31 Jan. 2018 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated the tier 2 offensive priority for clarity.
  • 30 Jan. 2018 (easy mode page): Made a small update to the usage of Shield of the Righteous.
  • 30 Jan. 2018 (artifact page): Slightly updated the relic priority regarding survivability.
  • 30 Jan. 2018 (addons page): Added Tidy Plates to the add-on list.
  • 30 Jan. 2018 (Netherlight Crucible page): Updated the page considerably.
  • 30 Jan. 2018 (talents page): Updated the tier 1, 4, 5, and 6 discussions.
  • 30 Jan. 2018 (rotation page): Made small tweaks to the Shield of the Righteous and Light of the Protector sections.
  • 30 Jan. 2018 (gear page): Updated Set Bonus recommendation section, as well as a few other items (Aggramar's Conviction, Aman'Thul's Vision, Apocalypse Drive, Riftworld Codex, Soul of the Highlord, Sephuz's Secret, and Insignia of the Grand Army).
  • 30 Jan. 2018 (enchants page): Updated back enchants and potion section.
  • 30 Jan. 2018 (spells page): Made small updates to the Consecration and Ardent Defender sections.
  • 03 Dec. 2017 (enchants page): Replaced Ancient Healing Potion with Astral Healing Potion.
  • 29 Nov. 2017 (gear page): Updated Set Bonus recommendations, trinket discussion, and legendary rankings.
  • 12 Sep. 2017 (Netherlight Crucible page): Added Netherlight Crucible page for Protection Paladin.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (rotation page): Made various updates to the page (notably to rotation and cooldown usage).
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (gear page): Updated trinket and legendary item recommendations.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (spells page): Made small tweaks to the cooldowns.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (talents page): Updated most of the talent discussions considerably.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.3 changes.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (enchants page): Updated consumables section. Added Lightforged Augment Rune and new 7.3 epic gems.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (artifact page): Slightly updated relic priority.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (stats page): Improved the stat discussion.
  • 28 Aug. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated the page to account for changes made to the rest of the guide.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (artifact page): Added a small mention regarding Blessed Stalwart, following changes to it in Patch 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2.5 changes.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (stats page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (talents page): Made updates to tier 2, 3, and 5 talents.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (rotation page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (spells page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (enchants page): Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (easy mode page): Updated tier 3 talents to match updates on the talents page.
  • 13 Jun. 2017 (gear page): Updated trinket and legendary item recommendations and added Tier 20 Set Bonus recommendations.
  • 23 May 2017 (enchants page): Added a mention of switching to Retribution before eating in order to receive the Strength buff.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.2 changes.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (talents page): Made updates to tier 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 talent evaluations.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (easy mode page): Made a small tweak to the rotation.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (gear page): Updated trinket and legendary item rankings.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (stats page): No changes needed for Patch 7.2.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (rotation page): Tweaked the single and multiple target rotations slightly.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Added Mark of the Hidden Satyr as a neck enchant for damage output.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (enchants page): Changed food recommendation to Lavish Suramar Feast.
  • 28 Mar. 2017 (artifact page): Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 24 Jan. 2017 (spells page): Page added.
  • 24 Jan. 2017 (easy mode page): Added easy mode page.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (gear page): Updated legendary ranking (including new items) and added recommendations for Tier 19 Set Bonuses.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (addons page): Added a Hand of the Protector mouseover macro.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (stats page): Slightly improved the stat description text.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (rotation page): Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (artifact page): Updated the Relic recommendations slightly.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Updated the talent descriptions to account for Patch 7.1.5, and changed some talent discussions (tiers 1, 4, 6, and 7).
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (this page): Added summary of Patch 7.1.5 changes.
  • 10 Jan. 2017 (enchants page): Added Potion of Prolonged Power and Flask of Countless Armies as alternative recommendations.
  • 21 Dec. 2016 (gear page): Revised the Sephuz's Secret text.
  • 14 Nov. 2016 (talents page): Removed a mention about Blinding Light not damaging raid bosses.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated Bastion of Light, Crusader's Judgment, First Avenger, and Retribution Aura descriptions and discussions to account for Patch 7.1 changes.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (artifact page): Updated Artifact progression path introduction text and slightly updated Relic mentions.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (talents page): Updated Consecrated Ground evaluation.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the Eye of Tyr text to correctly mention that all damage is reduced, and expanded its recommended usage.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Updated the recommendations (gems, neck, consumables; Versatility recommendations removed).
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (stats page): Updated the survivability stat priority slightly, and added more mentions about the value of stats.
  • 17 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added BiS list.
  • 22 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Updated Hand of the Protector and Light of the Protector healing percentage (now 30% of missing health).
  • 22 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated Hand of the Protector and Light of the Protector healing percentage (now 30% of missing health).
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (stats page): Updated survivability stat priority slightly, and added a mention about Mastery.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Added separate recommendations for total damage reduction and a smoother damage intake, and also tweaked some of the other recommendations.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated the texts for Sephuz's Secret, Heathcliff's Immortality, and Breastplate of the Golden Val'kyr.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (artifact page): Clarified that Stern Judgment should be taken before Forebearant Faithful in the Artifact progression, and slightly tweaked Relic recommendations.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (talents page): Updated tier 1, 4, 5, and 7 talent sections to slightly re-evaluate our recommendations.
  • 19 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Made some small updates to the Light of the Protector section.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 21 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated Hand of the Protection description to account for a recent hotfix that changed the healing amount, and revamped Hand of the Protector, Seraphim, and Righteous Protector discussions.
  • 21 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the Light of the Protector description to account for a recent hotfix.
  • 04 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Added Cavalier talent in place of Blessing of Salvation.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Added different recommendations for survivability and DPS stat priorities.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Removed a WeakAuras string that is no longer up to date.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated the explanation for using Seraphim to clarify that it is a survivability loss to do so and that you should be careful not to die.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Added separate stat priorities for DPS and survivability.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Changed potion recommendation to Draenic Versatility Potion.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Removed a mention that Hand of the Protector's healing is not increased if you stand in Consecration, since this has been fixed.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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