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Protection Paladin Tank Starter Guide - Shadowlands 9.0.5
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Welcome to our Prot Paladin starter guide, which covers everything you need to start playing a new character in Shadowlands. While our other guide pages go into more individual detail, this simple starter guide covers all the basics in one place, whether you're a new Prot Paladin, a returning player to Shadowlands, hardcore, or casual alike, it's the best place to get a beginners overview on the class. Included are basic talent builds, simplified rotations, stats, legendary recommendations, and more to get you started as quickly as possible.
Please keep in mind that this page is meant to get players started quickly as an introduction, and does not contain much in the way of detailed explanations, mechanics, competitive options, gearing, simulation comparisons, or nuance. For more in-depth information, including all those optimizations and more, check out the complete Prot Paladin Guide pages linked in the navigation on the left-hand side of the page, and if you're leveling up in Shadowlands, you can take a look at our
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Best Protection Paladin Covenant
Here are handy tables for Covenants to highlight how each one does in Raiding and Mythic+.
Best Raid Covenants
Best Mythic+ Covenants
In General / Fortified
Venthyr is going to be your general pick for raiding.
offers a high amount of damage and healing that can't be matched with another Covenant. It's a large amount of burst damage and Protection's kit is very suited for that type of damage. General Draven has
Pierre de service
to help supplement your defensive kit.
Kyrian will be the favored choice for Mythic+.
is really good for spread threat, utility and trash damage. It can be combined with
so it can be a defensive cooldown. It gives you a large chunk of Holy Power so you can get Shield of the Righteous up or you can heal with Word of Glory. You can use
Flasque de sérénité
to counter some of the dungeon specific debuffs that can be very punishing as key levels go up. Kyrian also has Pelagos, who brings
Méditation de combat
that gives some stats and
Renoncement au passé
that makes you take less magic damage.
The other Covenants bring different things as well. Night Fae has general use and some mobility. Necrolord brings
that adds buffs to
casts that can be used between pulls or it brings Emeni who offers run speed bonuses or Haste on kills which can be useful in Mythic Plus.
Best Protection Paladin Covenant
Kyrian Protection Paladin GuideNecrolord Protection Paladin Guide
Night Fae Protection Paladin GuideVenthyr Protection Paladin Guide
Best Protection Paladin Legendaries
Legendaries for a Protection Paladin can have a lot of flexibility depending on your goals as a player and the content you're doing. Some are good for damage, some are good for utility, some are good defensively. The best way to pick is to think about how you'll play your character and in what content. Consider the following questions before you craft your first one:
Will you be Raiding or doing M+ or a bit of both?
Are you doing just weekly keys or are you trying to push difficult content?
Is this an alt?
These questions will help you pick and upgrade your legendary. And this chart will help you narrow it down even further.
Area of Focus
Mythic+ / Dungeons / AoE Damage
Rempart de la fureur vertueuse
Raiding / Multi-Role Play
Sigil gravé du vengeur sacré
Single Target Damage
Jugement du magistrat
will give you the biggest bang for your buck in terms of stat effectiveness and are the stat combinations recommended. For more information on Legendary choice and the more finer details, check out the legendary guide.
Protection Paladin Legendary Guide
Best Protection Paladin Talents
This Protection Paladin build is well rounded and suited for all types of content, without focusing on any one thing in particular. For a deeper look at each talent and more specialized builds for specific activities, see the talent guide.
Protection Paladin Talent Guide
Best Protection Paladin Stat Priority
Protection Paladins prioritize Item Level, followed by Haste. Find out more about how stats work in the Stats Guide, or get an overview of gear to look for from dungeons and raids in the Protection Paladin Gear Guide.
Haste to 20%
Mastery / Versatility
Haste Above 20%
Item Level > Haste to 20% > Mastery = Versatility > Haste Above 20% > Critical Strike
Protection Paladin Stats GuideProtection Paladin Gear Guide
Best Protection Paladin Enchants and Consumables
Here is a quick overview of how you should enchant your gear or what consumables to use in Shadowlands. If you're looking to optimize more for DPS, then you should sim each of these options.
Enchantement d’arme (Direction céleste)
Enchantement de cape (Vitesse augmentée)
Enchantement de plastron (Rempart éternel)
Enchantement de brassards – Pierre de foyer d’ombre
Enchantement de gants (Force éternelle)
Enchantement de bottes (Bottines de l’âme)
Enchantement d’anneau (Doctrine de Hâte)
if you have less than 20% Haste otherwise use
Enchantement d’anneau (Doctrine de Maîtrise)
Protection Paladin Consumables Guide
Best Protection Paladin Rotation
This general Protection Paladin priority uses the talents above for maximum survivability. More optimized rotations and notes on cooldown use can be found in the rotation guide.
(if you're not standing in it)
Marteau de courroux
Bouclier du vengeur
Marteau du vertueux
(if you're standing in it)
Protection Paladin Rotation Guide
Our Prot Paladin guides are always updated with the latest information from in-game experience, simulations, and logs; make sure to check our changelog to this page, by clicking on
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