Protection Paladin Dragonflight Class Guide

General Information

Welcome to our Protection Paladin Guide for World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. We will help you to learn and master Protection Paladin in either Raids or Mythic Keystone Dungeons.

Last Update: 26-03-2023

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Basics of Protection Paladin

With a flexible Talent Tree, chosing between magical or physical damage taken, Protection Paladins can use all their abilities to provide unique Utility to themself and their party members. Protection Paladins offer very strong Healing to their group, which makes them unique in comparison to other Tanks.

Stat Choice for Protection Paladin

General Stat Priority for Protection Paladin with our Build is:

  1. Strength
  2. Haste
  3. Mastery
  4. Versatility
  5. Critical Strike

Basic Rotation

Please read our Rotation and Cooldown section for further information. 

Table of Contents

Builds and Talents

Talent Tree Explanation

General Talent Tree
Most Notable Talents

Seal of Order, Seraphim or Sanctified Wrath, Zealot’s Paragon and all allocated bottom row talents have the biggest impact in your playstyle. Holy Avenger and Divine Purpose manipulated frequently your Holy Power generation.

Other Damage Talents

Avenging Wrath is your strong 2-minute cooldown, increasing your damage. Greater Judgement causes your Holy Power spender to deal more damage after using Judgement. and Seal of Reprisal grants passive damage increase to your main ability. 

Crowd Control & Utility

Repentance and Blinding Light either stun or disorient enemies. Turn Evil can fear an Undead, Demon or Aberration for 40 seconds. All your Blessings (Freedom, Sacrifice, Protection) are granting unique Utility abilities. Cleanse Toxins can remove debuffs from allies, and Rebuke interrupts enemies.

Defensive Talents

Most Talents on the left side are granting additional Healing to yourself and your party members, or can cause your next Word of Glory to be free-to-use.


Specialization Talent Tree
Single Target Talents
  • Final Stand causes you to taunt all targets during Divine Shield. 
  • Focused Enmity makes your Avenger’s Shield to only hit 1 target, but deals 100% increases damage.
  • Moment of Glory is a new 1.5-minute cooldown which grants you an absorb shield for 20% of all damage done.
  • Crusader’s Resolve reduces the enemies damage they deal to you by 2% per hit of Avenger’s Shield.
  • Crusader’s Judgement grants you an additional charge of Judgement, and reduces its cooldown by 3 seconds.
  • Uther’s Counsel reduces the cooldown of Lay on Hands, Divine Shield, Blessing of Protection and Spellwarding by 20%.
Multi Target Talents
  • Divine Toll causes you to cast instantly Avenger’s Shield on up to 5 targets within 30 yards.
  • Eye of Tyr is a new ability, which deals damage to all enemies in front of you, and reducing their damage done to you by 25%.
  • Tyr’s Enforcer causes your Avenger’s Shield to deal additional damage to all nearby targets when hit.
  • Soaring Shield causes Avenger’s Shield to jump to 2 additional targets.
  • Bulwark of Order causes you to gain an absorb shield 25% as much damage as Avenger’s Shield dealt.
  • Strength in Adversity grants you 2% parry per target hit by Avenger’s Shield.
  • Bulwark of Righteous Fury causes your Avenger’s Shield to increase the damage of your next Shield of the Righteous by 30% for each target hit, up to 5 stacks.

Rotation and Cooldowns

Basic Rotation for Protection Paladin in Single Target


Use Shield of Righteous when you have 5 Holy Power to trigger Blessing of Dawn. Try to not reach 0 Holy Power unless you want to trigger Blessing of Dusk.

Basic Rotation for Protection Paladin in Multi Target

Stat Priority

Stat Choice for Protection Paladin

General Stat Priority for Protection Paladin with our Build is:

  1. Strength
  2. Haste
  3. Mastery
  4. Versatility
  5. Critical Strike

Strength is your primary stat, meaning that Itemlevel is superior in most cases. Higher Itemlevel will also increase your Stamina and Armor that you gain.

Critical Strike increases the chance for your abilities and spells to deal double damage.

Haste reduces your global cooldown, your time to cast spells, and reduces the cooldown of many abilities.

Versatility grants you a flat damage increase, but also a damage decrease for half of its value.

Mastery increases your chance to block melee attacks and increases your attack power. While in Consecration, your damage taken is reduced.

The further we are getting into the expansion, the effects of diminishing returns start to limit your effective gain of your secondary stats. After reaching 30% (by rating) of any given stat, you will start to receive a penalty that reduces the gain from more of the same stat over this treshold.

Stat priority can differ on every character. Make sure to simulate yourself on Raidbots get the perfect results for you.

Gear and Trinkets

Best In Slot Gear for Protection Paladin

This List shows the current Best-In-Slot Gear for Dragonflight Season 1. Many Items can be potentially substituted with any Profession Gear, especially early on into the Season.

Additionally, there is the option for Profession Gear to be crafted with additional Buffs/Perks, which can benefit your character in certain situations.

Best Trinkets for Protection Paladin

This List shows the current Top 30 Trinkets, based on simulations for damage in a Single Target Situation.

This list might not reflect the perfect choice for your specific situation.

Trinkets can differ at any boss or in different dungeons.

To see a full overview of Trinkets – Please visit Bloodmallet


Gems, Enchants and Consumables