pve protection paladin stat priority (wotlk 3.3.5a)

As stats go we will want to focus on the following:

  1. Defense
  2. Expertise and Hit Rating
  3. Stamina
  4. Armor
  5. Block
  6. Dodge
  7. Parry

540 Defense rating is the cap that you will want to achieve, anything other than that puts you at risk of being called a “Paper Tank”. Paper tank meaning that you run the risk of being one-shot by certain boss mechanics, such as Lord Marrowgar’s Cleave or Professor Putricide’s last phase.

Hit rating just like any other melee class will be 8% which means 263 Hit rating. When we are thinking about expertise, we should remember that our talents help us cap it along with the Glyph of Seal of Vengeance like we mentioned earlier. The expertise cap as for all the other melee classes is 26.

Being a tank means that you have to stack armor and stamina, which is pretty much self explanatory, that is why we chose to stack stamina gems in the first place.

The Block Value affects us in certain different ways, first of all it increases the chance that our Holy Shield is procced, thus increasing our threat generation, secondly it offers us a great deal of damage mitigation.

Apart from the ICC raid, in which our dodge rating is automatically reduced, dodge rating will help you further mitigate incoming damage. Parry rating will be the last stat due to the fact that it does not bring in as much avoidance as the dodge stat, especially when considering diminishing returns of stacking the stats


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3 months ago

Block value should be above anything, defense is good if you don’t want to be one shoted but Block value buffs your Holy Shield which also increase block value and gives damage in return.

Last edited by Bong
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1 month ago

Reaching Def Cap for raiding is a must. Block value is the least of your concerns when tanking.

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