Level 90 Protection Paladin Guide [PvE]

A World of Warcraft Class Guide, Updated to Patch 6.0.2

Tank Rotation & Cooldowns for Protection Paladin in PvE | Latest Patch 6.0.2

The following rotation guide was developed through extensive simulations and play testing with the goal of keeping the guide as simple as possible without sacrificing performance. This guide also included AoE rotations and provides details on when to use special talents and cooldowns.

Single Target Rotation

Buffs: Maintain these buffs at all times.

Tanking Priority: Execute this priority to build Holy Power and threat.

  1. Crusader Strike on cooldown to generate Holy Power.
  2. Judgment on cooldown to generates Holy Power.
  3. Avengers Shield with or without Grand Crusader.
  4. Hammer of Wrath when target is below 20% Health.
  5. Consecration on cooldown.
  6. Holy Wrath on cooldown.

Active Mitigation: Consume Holy Power with these skills to mitigate damage.

The key to the Protection Paladin tanking priority is to maximize your Holy Power generation so that you can spend it on Shield of The Righteous and Word of Glory as often as possible.

You will build Holy Power by using Crusader Strike and Judgment on cooldown. Prioritize Avengers Shield when Grand Crusader procs. Your next priority is to use Hammer of Wrath when available on targets below 20% health. After this, cast Consecration and Holy Wrath as time and Mana allow.

The choice between spending Holy Power on Shield of The Righteous and Word of Glory depends on the specific encounter. Shield of The Righteous is your go-to Holy Power spender and should be maintained as much as possible to reduce physical damage taken, but may be delayed by a few sec to line up with periods of high incoming melee damage. Word of Glory is a strong self-heal that should be used as often as Holy Power allows. It is okay to save a full stack of Bastion of Glory for a large Word of Glory if you expect to take a high amount of damage.

AoE Rotation

Tanking multiple targets basically follows the single target priority except you replace Crusader Strike and Judgment with Hammer of The Righteous. Use Avengers Shield as much as possible and watch for Grand Crusader procs. Next, cast Consecration and Holy Wrath on cooldown. Seal of Righteousness replaces Seal of Truth for AoE tanking.

Talents

Below is advice on how to use the performance-enhancing talents that were selected in this guide.

Effective Cooldowns

These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.

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