PVE WotLK Protection Paladin Tank Guide (Short)


PVE WotLK Protection Paladin Tank Guide (Short)

PVE WotLK Protection Paladin Tank Guide (Short)

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Welcome to our PVE Paladin Tank guide for WoW WotLK. This guide will show you what you need to know to play the Paladin class as Tank.

Protection Paladins are good AOE tanks that have good damage mitigation. The take less damage than a Druid/Death Knight so mixing in a shield tank will really help your healers out.


Firstly, we have a build with just the core 56 talent points which are required as a prot paladin tank regardless.

Prot Paladin Core Talents

This 2nd build is the first “core” build filled out with Retribution talents to complete the build. The retribution talents give us better threat generation.

Prot Paladin Build (high threat)


Major Glyphs

Minor Glyphs


Gems can change based on your build, equipment and caps. You may need to adjust your gems to account for your gear.

Insightful Earthsiege Diamond requires 2 blue and 1 red gem to activate. After you activate your meta you can either stack Solid Majestic Zircon for health or gem for stats depending on what you need/prefer.


You may need to adjust your enchants based on your gear but these are the standard enchants.

Stat Priority

  1. Defense (540 is def cap / required to raid)
  2. Stamina
  3. Armor
  4. Hit rating (8% for raids)
  5. Expertise (26 is cap)
  6. Strength
  7. Dodge/Parry
  8. Block

You will need 540 Defense to be capped in raids. Keep in mind, this is 540 “Defense”, not defense rating. For raids you will need 8% hit, which is 263 hit rating. For dungeons you will need around 5%, which is 164 rating. Expertise cap is 26 which should be pretty easy to hit with the help of Combat ExpertiseGlyph of Seal of Vengeance and racial weapon passives.


Protection paladins follow the 969 rotation. This rotation contains 5 skills total. The first two skills have a 6 second cooldown and the other 3 skills have a 9 second cooldown. You use a 9 second CD skill then use a 6 second CD skill and work your way down the list alternating.

9 second skills

6 second skills

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