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Protection Paladin Tank Spell Summary (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Jan 30, 2018 at 13:16 by Vlad 188 comments

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General Information

On this page, we list the spells that you will often use as a Protection Paladin.

The other pages of our Protection Paladin guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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. Introduction

If you are new to Protection, this is a great place to start to get an understanding of how the spec works. On this page we will discuss what abilities you have, what they are used for within the specialisation, how they interact with each other and also with important cooldowns. If you already have experience with Protection and are comfortable with it in Legion, it is recommended you skip this section and move on to the rest of the guide.

2. Main Resource of Protection Paladins

Mana is your primary resource, but Protection Paladins do not have to manage Mana in any way, unlike other tanks who rely on specific resources like Rage or Pain; the cooldowns/recharge times of your abilities as well as the number of available global cooldowns will serve as limiting factors. You will spend most of your time dealing damage and using active mitigation abilities to help your healers keep you alive.

3. Basic Abilities for Protection Paladins

These are your core skills that are available regardless of talents, and form the core gameplay of the specialization.

Judgment Icon Judgment deals Holy damage to the target, and also reduces the remaining cooldown of your Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous by 2 seconds (4 seconds if you score a critical strike). Its cooldown is reduced by your Haste.

Consecration Icon Consecration affects an area on the ground around you for 12 seconds, dealing Holy damage to any enemies who stand in it. While you stand in your own Consecration, your Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous and Light of the Protector Icon Light of the Protector abilities are 20% stronger. Its cooldown is reduced by your Haste. Note that consecutive Consecration casts deal damage independent of each other, so casting Consecration while it is already active is perfectly fine, and it will result in additional damage.

Avenger's Shield Icon Avenger's Shield deals Holy damage to the target, interrupting and silencing them, and also bounces to up to 2 nearby enemies. Its cooldown is reduced by your Haste. Also, when you avoid a melee attack or use Hammer of the Righteous Icon Hammer of the Righteous, you have a 15% chance to reset the remaining cooldown of Avenger's Shield.

Hammer of the Righteous Icon Hammer of the Righteous deals Physical damage to your target. While you stand within your Consecration Icon Consecration, the hammer deals AoE damage as well. When using the Blessed Hammer Icon Blessed Hammer, talent it will replace Hammer of the Righteous and instead causes a hammer to spin around you, damaging any enemies it hits and causing them to deal reduced auto attack damage to you. Its cooldown is reduced by your Haste.

3.1. Utility for Protection Paladins

Blessing of Protection Icon Blessing of Protection protects the targeted ally from all physical damage for 10 seconds, and it has a 5-minute cooldown. It can be used to clear harmful physical damage debuffs and bleeds from the target. Bosses will not attack targets affected by Blessing of Protection. When using the Blessing of Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding talent, Blessing of Protection is replaced by an ability with a 3-minute cooldown that instead protects from Magic attacks. When used on yourself, however, it will not cause mobs to stop attacking you, but if they have a spell they use on the tank, they will simply choose another target for that spell.

Blessing of Sacrifice Icon Blessing of Sacrifice lasts 12 seconds, transferring 30% of the damage taken by your target to you. The effect is automatically canceled if the transferred damage would cause you to fall below 20% health. This cooldown is excellent for reducing the damage taken by the other tank, or other raid members.

Blessing of Freedom Icon Blessing of Freedom removes movement-impairing effects from the targeted ally, also granting them immunity to such effects for 8 seconds.

4. Important Procs for Protection Paladins

Grand Crusader Icon Grand Crusader is a proc with a 15% chance of occurring when avoiding melee attacks or using Hammer of the Righteous Icon Hammer of the Righteous. It resets the cooldown of Avenger's Shield Icon Avenger's Shield. This chance for this effect to proc is increased by 25% if you are using the First Avenger Icon First Avenger talent.

5. Active Mitigation for Protection Paladins

Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous deals Holy damage to the target, and causes you to take reduced damage for the next 4.5 seconds. The ability has 3 charges and a 16-second recharge time, and as with most of your other key abilities, its recharge time is reduced by your Haste.

Light of the Protector Icon Light of the Protector heals you for 30% of the amount of health you are missing. It is off the global cooldown and its cooldown is reduced by your Haste.

6. Cooldowns for Protection Paladins

  • Guardian of Ancient Kings Icon Guardian of Ancient Kings provides you with a 50% damage reduction for 8 seconds, on a 5-minute cooldown. While it is a strong cooldown, Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous will provide more damage reduction in most cases. You should use this before a period of large damage, or when you are unable to use Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous.
  • Ardent Defender Icon Ardent Defender is another powerful defensive ability, with a 2-minute cooldown and an 8-second duration. It reduces all damage taken by 20% while it is active, and it causes the first killing blow against you to heal you up to 12% of your maximum health instead of killing you (the latter effect consumes the Ardent Defender). This ability is best used to bypass deadly encounter mechanics, or to save your life in critical moments. It also allows you to play at low health and still be safe. Overkill damage higher than 200% of your maximum health bypasses Ardent Defender, and will just kill you instead.
  • Lay on Hands Icon Lay on Hands is essentially a massive heal with a very long cooldown. It will heal you (or a targeted ally) for your maximum health, with a 10-minute cooldown. It is best used as an emergency heal, either for yourself or another raid member, if Light of the Protector Icon Light of the Protector is on cooldown.
  • Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield makes you immune to all damage for 8 seconds. Normally, this ability is difficult to use while tanking (since the boss will immediately attack the next target on the threat table unless you Taunt it, which only lasts for 3 seconds), but it can be employed to clear certain debuffs, or to avoid fatal encounter mechanics.

Additionally, your Artifact grants you  Icon Eye of Tyr, an ability with a 1-minute cooldown that causes all nearby enemies to deal 25% less damage to you for 9 seconds (and also damages them). Use it defensively, as often as possible throughout the fight whenever Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous is not available.

7. ChangeLog

  • 30 Jan. 2018: Made small updates to the Consecration and Ardent Defender sections.
  • 28 Aug. 2017: Made small tweaks to the cooldowns.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Page reviewed and deemed updated for 7.2.5.
  • 24 Jan. 2017: Page added.
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