Welcome to the Wrath of the Lich King Classic Paladin’s guide! This guide will help you learn about what’s new in the class since the last expansion, and improve your knowledge of the various specialization of this class, so you can take on some of the toughest dungeon and raid bosses in Wrath of the Lich King Classic.
In this guide, you’ll learn the different sides of the class to enhance your Paladin experience, and break down concepts such as talents and talent builds, BiS gear selection, stat priorities, consumables, gems, enchantments, various tips, macros, and addons.
WotLK Classic Paladin Overview
The gameplay of the Paladin class is based on changing seals, auras, blessings, and the unique abilities and mechanics that each seal, aura, or blessing grants you depending on the specialization. You will need to change them depending on the tactics of the battle and the situation in which you are. Also, by choosing the Paladin class, you have the opportunity to play for any of the three roles (Tank, Heal, DPS).
In Wrath of the Lich King, Retribution Paladin is a very dynamic melee class for the entire game. Although he is not the absolute leader in the DPS line, he is still firmly in his place in the ranking. He deals almost as good single target damage as a TBC Paladin and at the same time can deal massive cleave damage that rivals a Fury Warrior. Retri Paladin has the best resilience for solo play, as well as a huge amount of co-op abilities in PVP.
In Wrath of the Lich King, the Holy Paladin class received significant changes aimed at making the game easier to play and expanding useful features in some missing areas. Despite the Illumination nerf, Holy Paladin is one of those specializations that are the least affected by mana issues during combat, as it has a lot of new ways to manage it. Also, thanks to the new ability Beacon of Light, Holy Paladins now have a lot of flexibility to perform different tactics in raid zones.
In Wrath of the Lich King, the Protection Paladin has all the same popularity as in the TBC as a tank. Although it has a lower ability to build threat on a single target, it remains competitive no matter how it affects it. Having lower health and armor compared to the Tank Druid, it still remains at the top due to the reworked Ardent Defender talent, which makes us an incredibly safe tank
WotLK Classic Paladin Changes
Of course, the new expansion brings to us a lot of novelties, not only new levels and talents. You can find the lists of key changes below.
WotLK Classic Paladin Leveling
For leveling, you can adopt two builds. The first build uses Retribution talents as much as possible, and the second use together Protection and Retribution talent trees.
Retribution Paladin Leveling
Retribution build [0/13/58]: you should start from the Retribution tree and switch to the Protection after 60 level.
|Best talent choice for 61-70||Best talents choice for 71-80|
At level 80 respec to your actual PvE spec.
- Always use it at the start of fighting Hand of Reckoning damage is only dealt if the monster hasn’t targeted you yet;
- Seal of Command best seal you have available while leveling, which gives you cleave function (max 3 unit dmg);
- Blessing of Wisdom is your main blessing until around level 42 when you can get 3/3 points of Judgements of the Wise talent. After this point your main blessing will be Blessing of Might;
- Divine Protection helps to lower damage taken by 50% when you pulled multiple mobs, which you can definitely start doing around level 20 with Seal of Command.
Protection-Retribution Paladin Leveling
Prot/Retry build for the first 60 levels [0/40/11]: this spec focuses on getting the Seal of Command keystone as soon as possible, which is an important cleave spell so you can keep the threat from large groups of enemies solid and also gives us the opportunity to start dealing some serious damage.
Prot/Retry build for 60+ levels [0/53/18]: from this moment on, you can already start leveling in dungeons in solo or in a group, this is what a Protection Paladin can boast of, unlike a Retribution Paladin.
WotLK Classic Paladin Talents and Glyphs
Below are the most popular talent builds that you can use to raid in WotLK Classic. We will also present you with a list of the best WotLK glyphs for your specialization that are best suited for raiding.
Retribution talents build [11/5/55]: this is one of the 3 existing builds that is based on the Aura Mastery talent and will suit you if your raid group is not focused on performing improved tactics to killing bosses.
If you are not capped with expertise stat, highly recommended choosing Glyph of Seal Of Vengeance instead of Glyph of Exorcism.
Holy talents build [51/20/0]: this build is suitable for you if you are the only Holy Paladin in the raid group and aims to buff the Devotion Aura to increase the incoming healing of all targets affected by this aura. Having two Holy Paladins in the raid group, it is worth replacing part of the talents with one of them so that there are no senselessly spent talent points.
The third large glyph has a choice depending on whether you can use the Lay of Hands on yourself or not. If the raid leader allows you to use it on yourself, then you can replace Glyph of Beacon of Light with Glyph of Divinity.
Protection talents build [0/51/20]: this build shows a balanced type of talents, but also you can change it on the build where you chose more talents in Holy spec to get Aura Mastery talent.
The recommended glyphs shown here, such as Glyph of Judgment, can be replaced with Glyph of Avenger’s Shield. Survival is your primary duty, though Glyph of Divine Plea can be turned into a threat glyph if your resistance in fights allows you, such as Glyph of the Hammer of the Righteous or Glyph of Judgment. In general, you can be very flexible in your choice of glyphs.
WotLK Classic Paladin Stats Priority
It is worth paying great attention to those characteristics that will increase your usefulness to a greater extent.
|Protection (Survivability)||Protection (Threat)|
WotLK Classic Paladin Best Race
Every WoW race has features, that can be good combinate with a class to make your character more powerful. So let’s learn Paladen options.
In this expansion, the horde doesn’t have Paladin race variety, so your only option is the Blood Elves with Arcane Torrent.
Things are much more interesting with the Alliance, so let’s show you which racial bonuses are most suitable for your main specialization:
- Retribution best races for PVE/PVP are Humans with Sword Specialization/Will to Survive/Mace Specialization and Dwarves with Mace Specialization /Frost Resistance;
- For Holy and Protection spec all 3 races are viable, but in the raid group considered more useful is Draenei with group aura Heroic Presence and decent heal ability Gift of the Naaru.
WotLK Classic Paladin Consumables, Chants & Gems
In the first phase of this expansion, we will not have all the top consumables, enchantments, and gems at our disposal. So the lists will change in the future.
WotLK Classic Paladin Best Professions
For a Retribution Paladin, the best choice for professions will be 3 to choose from listed: Jewelcrafting, Engineering, and Blacksmithing. The differences between them are so tiny that you will not feel them, so choose 2 professions from those offered to your taste.
Holy and Protection Paladins are a little different and have only 2 BiS professions for them, these are: Engineering and Jewelcrafting.
WotLK Classic Paladin Rotation
Of course, the sequence of your actions and decisions in the fight will depend on many details. But brief summary for all specs and types of encounters will be useful, we hope.
|Single-target rotation||AoE rotation|
- Beacon of Light – use on an ideal target, most often buffs on the tank and always keep this up during the fight;
- Sacred Shield – use Sacred Shield on an ideal target, most often you use it on the assigned tank, and always keep this up during fight.
- Judgement of Light – when tank pulled boss you must keep Judgment debuff on boss and also manage your buff from using Judgment which called Judgements of the Pure;
- Main healer button is Holy Light;
- You can get Light’s Grace buff up before your group starts fighting, useful just for fights where you need to output big healing;
- Divine Plea – use when your mana getting low or on special phases on the boss fight when you need just need to move anywhere, also on movement, you’ll use Holy Shock and/or Flash of Light on instant proc, or refresh your maint buffs if Holy Shock is on cooldown.
|Single-target rotation||AoE rotation|
|Keep Seal of Vengeance active. Apply Holy Shield. Use combat potion: Indestructible Potion.||Before combat starts keep Seal of Command active. Apply Holy Shield. Use combat potion: Indestructible Potion.|
WotLK Classic Paladin Phase 1 BiS List
Last but not least – BiS gear for you Paladin, including pre-raid BiS with the best items for Phase 1.
WotLK Paladin Pre-Raid BiS
WotLK Paladin Raid BiS
WotLK Classic Paladin PvP
The best Paladin specs to play PvP in WotLK classic are Retribution and Holy. The Holy Paladin can boast of its extremely high survivability and save abilities, due to the fact that it has the main type of armor “Plate”, and the Retri Paladin, in addition to the same high survivability as Holy, also has extremely strong burst damage that allows you to remove the target literally for one stun.
Let’s consider the most popular and effective setups.
|2v2 comps||3v3 comps|
Paladin / Rogue
|Paladin/ Hunter/ Disc Priest
Paladin/ Unholy Death Knight/ Disc Priest
Paladin/ Rogue/ Disc Priest
|2v2 comps||3v3 comps|
Paladin/ Death Knight
|Paladin/ Warrior/ Death Knight
Paladin/ Elem Shaman/ Affli Warlock
Paladin/ Death Knight/ Hunter
WotLK Classic Paladin Macros and Addons
Let’s consider the most needed macros and addons for all three specializations that will make your class more comfortable and enjoyable to play.
Hand of Protection cast/cancel:
#showtooltip Hand of Protection
/cancelaura Hand of Protection
/cast Hand of Protection
Cleanse mouseover cast:
/use [@mouseover,help,nodead][help,nodead][@player] Cleanse
Mouseover Flash light:
/cast [@mouseover] Flash Light
Divine Shield cast/cancel:
/cancelaura Divine Shield
/cast Divine Shield
- Pally Power – helps you and the rest of the paladins in the party or raid distribute your buffs;
- Weak Auras – helps you to manage your talent procs if you insert Weak Aura which depends on your specialization.
That was everything you need to know about new features and changes in all 3 Paladin’s specializations in Wrath of the Lich King Classic. If our WotLK Classic Paladin guide was useful to you, please let us know with feedback, and good luck in your raiding or PvP adventures!