This WoW Paladin Guide Will Get You Up To Date With Legion Expansion
Welcome to the first step of learning how to play a paladin in World of Warcraft. There is a ton to learn. This WoW Paladin Guide will help you bring the light to Azeroth, or at the very least you will sparkle a little bit.
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This introduction guide section will provide you with the basic information about playing a paladin. It includes the different roles and gives a little information on stats and abilities.
Where to begin depends on which level you are starting out at. If you are beginning from level 1 there will be a few different things to keep in mind. If you are starting from level 100, the process is sped up but the learning curve is higher.
You will be able to skip to whichever area of the WoW Paladin guide that best suites your needs.
World of Warcraft Paladin – Introduction
Paladins are versatile warriors that wield the power of the light. The path of a paladin allows players to experience each of the major roles in World of Warcraft.
A holy paladin lets you become a healer and protect your comrades. Protection paladins are the tanks (the ones that take the hits in a group), these guys are the front line between between victory or death. Then you have the Retribution paladin, these are the damage dealers when it comes to group and solo play. Let’s take a closer look at each role to get you started.
- High survival class.
- Can kill several mobs at once.
- Simple to play.
- Super fast leveling.
- Several cooldowns (special abilities) at your disposal
- Limited against ranged attacks.
- Self heals are small
- Single target killing is not an effective playstyle
- Lower healthpool (HP) than other tanks (mitigation and cooldowns help counter this)
Protection Paladin Summary:
The protection paladin (also called a Prot Pally) is a popular choice because they are survivors. When leveling a paladin, a prot pally can easily take down several mobs at a time.
Fighting spell casting enemies can be an inconvenience. You need to be close to your target to get max benefit from attacks as a Prot Pally. You can counter this by using line of sight. Run behind an object or wall so the caster will have to run to you in order to attack. This will bring your target well within range and allow you to take it down as normal.
Protection Paladins can be a fun class to play because you can always challenge yourself to see how big of groups you can take down on your own. Raiding with a Prot Pally can also be quite satisfying because you get to be right in the thick of the action.
- Can outheal a ton of damage.
- Group and raid scenarios will always be different for you.
- If played right can be a game changer in pvp and pve.
- Has some of the quickest heals in World of Warcraft
- Good PVP Healer
- Good for mobile (casting and running) healing with instant heal
- Limited damage output.
- Solo play can be difficult.
- Mostly a single target healer
- Your mastery bonus will require that you are close to your targets.
Holy Paladin Summary:
The healing paladin is a great healer. They have super fast heals and if you have the right stats can land some great critical hits. Fighting against another player in pvp would be tough, but with the quick heals and some skill you can come out ahead.
The holy paladin is very hard to kill but they do have limited damage output. If going to pvp on a holy paladin be sure to have some friends with you.
A Holy Paladin is best suited for a group. You will be welcome in any scenario. With some practice and a few addons (we will discuss on a separate WoW Paladin Guide) you can keep your group alive without breaking a sweat.
Role: Damage (DPS)
- Wearing plate makes you more durable.
- You are a heavy hitter.
- Can use their defensive and healing spells often.
- Not a popular spec in WoW currently
- May get denied groups because of spec
- Reliant on Holy Power
Retribution Paladin Summary:
Retribution Paladins are slow hitters. When they do hit, they can hit hard. A Retribution Paladin has been described as a combination of a Warrior class combined with a Holy Paladin.
Basically, you get a slow but hard hitting damage dealer that can heal and defend themselves. Though not a popular class at the moment, if you choose to play a ret paladin, just take the time to get good at it. You may surprise everyone.
WoW Paladin Guide Part 1 Summary
Now you have a better understanding of the different roles of a World of Warcraft Paladin. You can see the clear difference between each role and which works best for each situation.
For leveling you will want to go a protection paladin because of the mass aoe pulls and kills. This means you can complete your kill quests much faster. It will be easier to clear out areas for gathering quest items and more.
Holy Paladins have their benefits when grouping. If you collect some holy paladin gear, you can do your zone dungeons as a healer to get practice at lower levels.
What’s In Next Section of the WoW Paladin Guide
The next few sections of the WoW Paladin Guide will cover three topics. First will be the pros and cons of a Paladin in general. Second we will discuss gear and stats. You will learn what stats you want to focus on and why. Lastly, we will touch on playstyles. Playstyles are things like grouping, solo play, raiding, and PvP.