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Protection Paladin Quick Start Guide
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This Protection Paladin Guide is intended for new players just trying out the spec, casually raiding or working on max-level quests like class mounts, or for someone who hasn't played the spec in awhile and wants a quick brush up on what to do. If you are looking for more in-depth information, check out the other guide sections listed on the right-hand side of this page, or the
Here are some simple builds for new Protection Paladins. These are good all-around builds, but a more in-depth look at talents, as well as more niche recommendations for advanced situations, can be found on the
Protection Talent Guide
This build is focused primarily on raiding.
Mythic + / Questing
This build is focused on Mythic + and Open World Content.
More in-depth information about stats can be found
Fresh 110s in Legion can gear up pretty quickly (~910 ilvl) between World Quests, Relinquished Tokens from
, Heroic Dungeons, and PvP. Give our
Legion Gearing Before Raids
guide a read to learn which avenue of acquiring gear sounds the most interesting for you. Any gear can proc Warforged or Titanforged ilvl gains, so gear from any source can be a huge upgrade for new players.
Legendaries are difficult to distill into a simple recommendation, and multiple are useful, so check out the
Protection Gear Guide
for more details.
Thanks to the
catch-up mechanisms added in 7.3, you'll be able to empower your artifact exceptionally quickly even if this is your first 110, acquiring the first three golden traits with little effort.
As all level 110 players are above
40 in Patch 7.3, there are truly massive gains, allowing players to acquire numerous traits with one AP token. Artifact paths are less important in 7.3 as you'll be able to grab every possible trait, but we have included recommended paths in case you are struggling to earn Artifact Power.
For Protection Paladins the current recommended artifact path is this:
After that you can chose the last traits in any order.
After you acquire 35 traits:
Don't forget to socket your third relic slot when you hit 110. Patch 7.3 removed the quest requirements to unlock this slot. Acquiring the third relic will greatly increase the item level of your weapon and give you another free trait rank in the
is a new system of artifact progression added in Patch 7.3.
Once a player has unlocked the Netherlight Crucible on one character, any character that unlocks the Vindicaar can access the Crucible and put points into the Tier 1 Trait:
. Do this to earn +15 ilvls onto your artifact.
Players with 60-75 purchased traits can unlock additional Crucible relic traits. Because your choice in Tier 2 affects which traits you can reach in Tier 3, you need to balance both the Tier 2 and Tier 3 bonuses when you make your Tier 2 choice.
For the second tier,
Torment the Weak
is the best offensive trait,
Master of Shadows
are the best defensive traits.
For the third tier,
Consecration in Flame
is the best offensive trait.
However, the Crucible is complicated and the value of traits will shift based on the situation and gear. Make sure to check out the detailed
Netherlight Crucible page
for the full list of traits.
Protection doesn't have a set rotation really. However we do have a priority system for maximum survival :
(If you have GC proc with CJ talented and J under 1 charge)
Hammer of the Righteous
In terms of defensive abilities both
Shield of the Righteous
Light of the Protector
Hand of the Protector
are off the gcd so you can use them while using other abilities.
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