PVE Protection Paladin Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

PVE Protection Paladin Tank Guide (WotLK 3.3.5a)

PVE Protection Paladin Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Welcome to the Protection Paladin Tank guide for World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King 3.3.5a. In this guide, you will learn about playing a Protection Paladin in a raid. The guide includes Talents, Glyphs, Gems, Enchantments, BiS Gear, Add-ons, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips.

1. Talent Tree

Optimal talent tree for raids. You have two spare points to spend. I'd suggest Pursuit of JusticeJudgements of the Just or Vindication

PVE Protection Paladin Talent Tree, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

3. Gems

Gems are situational and depend on the build and equipment. They are used to reach the required stat caps.


Austere Earthsiege Diamond combined with Shifting Dreadstone and Sovereign Dreadstone
Rest of the gem slots can be filled with flat Stamina - Solid Majestic Zircon
There is also a second variant (below).


Regal Dreadstone or Shifting Dreadstone


Enduring Eye of Zul


Solid Majestic Zircon

5. Gameplay & Rotations

To put it simply, there is one main rotation for a Protection Paladin: the 969 rotation. It uses 5 skills: two with 6 sec cooldown and tree with 9 sec cooldown. Use a 9 sec skill, then a 6 sec skill, then a 9 sec skill, then another 6sec skill and so on.

9 sec CD:
Judgement of Light
Holy Shield
6 sec CD:
Hammer of the Righteous
Shield of Righteousness

6. BiS Gear

There is no real BiS list for tanks as a good tank will always want to adjust his armor depending on the encounter. Rings, Trinkets, and Amulets are often changed depending on the needed stats: HP Pool, Armor or Resists.


Head - Sanctified Lightsworn Faceguard
Shoulder - Sanctified Lightsworn Shoulderguards
Cloak - Royal Crimson Cloak
Chest - Sanctified Lightsworn Chestguard
Bracers - Bracers of Dark Reckoning
Gloves - Sanctified Lightsworn Handguards
Waist - Belt of Broken Bones
Legs - Legguards of Lost Hope
Boots - Treads of Impending Resurrection

Amulet - Marrowgar's Scratching Choker or Noose of Malachite
Rings - Juggernaut Band and Ashen Band of Endless Courage
Trinkets - Corroded Skeleton KeySindragosa's Flawless Fang or Satrina's Impeding Scarab


Main-hand - Mithrios, Bronzebeard's Legacy
Shield - Icecrown Glacial Wall

7. Add-ons

Add-ons improve your gameplay by a lot. It is necessary to utilize add-ons, since they play a vital role in your performance, whether you are in a raid, arena or at the auction house.

Check out our Add-ons Page which will provide you with a download link and some configuration info. The addon versions are for WoW WotLK 3.3.5a. The site has multiple versions of the add-ons, so if you need another version – you can also search for it there.

PVE Protection Paladin Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a
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