Paladin Tank Guide – 2.7

Warrior Tank posted by RoughRaptors

The Build: 61 Paladin / 15 Reaver / 0 Void Knight

NOTE
The soul trees and some tooltips on Riftscene are NOT accurate. The point spread IS accurate, just copy it over and you will be running the right build, the tooltips are simply wrong.

This is the #1 physical mitigation spec, although very boring, yet easy to play.

Cooldowns:

    • Touch of Life : Instant OGCD full heal
    • Life's Rapture : Instant OGCD raid full heal over 6 seconds and 10% mitigation. It heals 100% of your health instantly and heals your raid over 6 seconds. 1:30 CD (OGCD). Be VERY careful when using this, as it is extremely powerful and has a massive threat modifier. You will pull agro instantaneously on ANYTHING you are not currently the main target of…however this ability being so powerful can easily prevent a raid wipe, but also cause them.
    • Light's Protection : Increased heals for 12 seconds, 1m CD (OGCD)
    • Shield Defense : 30% less damage for 10 seconds, 1m CD (OGCD)
    • Aegis of the Light : Use when expecting a big hit. A 20% mitigation boost for 4s, 30s CD.

Taunts:

    • Interfere : Single Target Taunt
    • Judgment : AOE Taunt

Builders:

    • Aggressive Block : Keep this up 100% of the time.
    • Pacifying Strike : Your main builder, spam it for mitigation.
    • Light's Decree : AOE threat and great ST damage
    • Sweeping Strike : AOE threat
    • Ravaging Strike : Use as an armor debuff every 15s if your raid does not have one
    • Blood Fever : Keep this up 100% of the time, if there are multiple bosses being tanked, keep it up on all of them, even if you are not the current target —

OGCD:

    • Retaliation / Light's Reprisal / Light's Vengeance : Use after block

Finishers:

    • Light's Benediction : Your main finisher, it’s what makes this spec great
    • Reverent Protection : AoE Shield – still seems pretty worthless in 2.3

Utility:

    • Light's Balm / Light's Blessing : Heals target for an amount, good for spot heals and is surprisingly very very useful. I find myself using these quite a bit to help with raid heals.
    • Righteous Charge : Charge, awesome damage as well

Buffs:

    • Protector's Fury
    • Shield of the Hero
    • Shield of the Chosen
    • Void
    • Crest of the Abyss
    • Binding of Affliction

Macros:

Heal:

OGCD

What to do for max Mitigation:

Keep up Aggressive Block , Pacifying Strike Blood Fever , and  Light's Benediction 100%. Use cooldowns as needed, but be careful from  Life's Rapture threat! Keep up Ravaging Strike if needed as well.

What to do for max DPS!! 

Use your OGCDs on cooldown throughout the fight.

Pull with Light's Decree

Pacifying Strike ->  Light's Benediction (all the mitigation you need, insert Aggressive Block if you want to

Righteous Charge

Righteous Charge
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(NOTE:  Righteous Charge does not work at melee range, my recommendation is to jump backwards and then hit it and it should go off. During some encounters it might mess with your character or camera position, so be careful) Pacifying Strike ->  Pacifying Strike -> Light's Benediction

Spam Pacifying Strike , use  Righteous Charge

Righteous Charge
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and Light's Decree on cooldown, finish with 3 point Light's Benediction .

Also keep up Ravaging Strike for the raid’s DPS if they need an armor debuff.

 

Here is the math for all three of the main tank specs, use this to possibly determine what spec you want and when to use it. (I hope these are correct…updated for 2.5)

VK – 61 VK / 15 Reaver / 0 Paladin
3% block
10% non-spell mit
27% spell mit
15% resist
19% armor
25% endurance
10% incoming healing
5% hit reduction

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Paladin – 61 Paladin / 15 Reaver / 0 Void Knight
11% block
3% block damage reduction
16% non-spell mit
27% spell mit
15% resist
11% armor
25% endurance
9% threat bonus
5% hit reduction

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Reaver 61 Reaver / 15 Void Knight / 0 Paladin
3% block
11% non-spell mit
35% spell mit
21% resist
13% armor
25% endurance
5% incoming healing
5% hit reduction

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Hybrid 38 Reaver / 38 Void Knight / 0 Paladin
3% block
10% non-spell mit
39% spell mit
21% resist
19% armor
20% endurance
5% hit reduction

  • abero

    you say “Accord of Resilience” under buffs, but you don’t put any skill points in tempest, so you don’t have accord of resilience, is this an error?

    • abero

      sorry my fault, it’s a different skill so all is fine :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/wmolina Wayne Molina

    So quick question re: the Pal/Reaver build. Unless the tooltips are wrong, it says Sweeping Strike deals 462-511 damage, and Cyclone Strike deals 930-1028 damage. Would that mean in the Reaver variant that you should use Cyclone in place of Sweeping since it does higher DPS and therefore (unless threat here doesn’t work like it normally does) more threat? Also, would Soul Sickness be worth keeping up for a bit of extra DPS in that build? I suppose even if not you could use it for a quick ranged attack or ranged pull (since you need 0 VK as your third soul for the extra mitigation from Void).

    • RoughRaptors

      Cyclone Strike would in fact be better. Sweeping Strike is pretty much garbage and I overlooked adding in Cyclone Strike. I just never updated the guide for the two specs as they are so similar. Soul Sickness is pretty pointless since you have Light’s Decree. And tbh I’ve never used Soul Sickness in this build or even thought about it, but yes, it does do more damage then Pacifying Strike and could be a very slight (maybe 30-40) dps increase.

  • ReX

    Have you made any macro´s for the build ?

    • RoughRaptors

      No, I don’t generally use macros for tank specs. The only macros I really ever have for a tank spec (non 41/35) would be pacifying strike/reckless strike + shock pulse. Otherwise I prefer to do everything manually.

      However you can make a macro for every ability you have to cast retaliation at the end of it, that won’t hurt, it would just be tedious.

  • Endlessseal

    I think the link to the build is broken. I see an empty skill tree when I click on it

    • http://www.riftscene.com/ Qube

      Which browser are you using? Seems to work for me.

      • Endlessseal

        I am using Firefox on the latest update and I tried on Explorer on the lastest one.

    • Endlessseal

      When I click on the link it sends me to this page http://www.riftscene.com/soul-builder/?build=715

      • RoughRaptors

        That link brings me to the 61 Paladin build…not sure what is wrong.

    • RoughRaptors

      Works for me, dunno.

  • Kreme

    So which shield buff should I be using in this build? Shield of the Hero or Chosen?

    • RoughRaptors

      Both

      • Savil

        You get Blessed Aegis at level 55 allowing you to have to 2 active shield buffs on at once as well as increasing your endurance by 5%. So both /winkyface.

  • KT

    Why do you take the point in Binding of Affliction if you don’t use that buff?
    Couldn’t you use that point elsewhere, such as Soul Feast, to get heals from Blood Fever?

    • KT

      Also, what about Soul Sickness on single targets?

      • RoughRaptors

        There’s enough to keep up already, Paladin isn’t high DPS anyways so I don’t worry about it. I need to keep up Pacification, Light’s Benediction, Blood Fever, Ravaging Strike, and Aggressive Block. I’m not going to worry about Soul Sickness as well.

    • RoughRaptors

      I do use it, I just forgot to add it.

  • bob

    this build still viable ?

    • RoughRaptors

      Yes, all of my guides with the exception of Tempest are updated and 100% viable for end game raiding. I believe Tempest even says it’s outdated. I’ll start putting a note on top of all of my guides showing when they were last updated.

  • Ywoski

    Isnt it probably better to take the single point in Entropic Embrace on the Reaver tree and put it on Soul Feast? seen as you do keep Blood fever up 100% of the time?

    • RoughRaptors

      Not really, it’s only going to heal you for maybe 30 hp every 3 seconds or so.

      • Ywoski

        fair point, yea suppose a 2% non-physical damage boost is better then, especially with light’s decree

  • Char

    Why do we need to put a point into Light Hammer?

    • RoughRaptors

      What do you mean? It’s a 61 point build meaning it requires every point in the tree :-P . It’s mandatory to put a point in that for 61 points.

      • Char

        I meant that in your build, in any rotation we do not use Light Hummer. So fot what do we need this?

        • RoughRaptors

          You don’t ever use it in a raid environment, it’s worthless. It’s a requirement to pick up to fill out the entire tree…

  • Char

    I understood that all skills from “Control” type have no sence to use, am i right?

    • RoughRaptors

      It’s very rare to use any CC as a Paladin, yes.

      • Char

        Thx, everything is clear. Yet. :)

  • Edward Strongtalon

    As a tank, I use any spec that has threats, I don’t care about these guides.

    • RoughRaptors

      Cool story

  • Muon

    Why i cant use a shield and a weapon? Does this need to be learned?

    • RoughRaptors

      …No? You should just be able to use it, you must be doing something wrong :-P

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