Leveling Paladins in WoW Cataclysm

Paladins, armored in plate, wielding the power of the Light, blasting their foes with holy fire and standing as a bulwark between their companions and some of the most dreadful villains in the World of Warcraft game, are a signature class of WoW, and offer a lot of utility to their players. Able to damage, heal, and survive, these tough, versatile characters are available to both factions and have seen enough improvements to finally be fairly equal to other classes. Leveling paladins in WoW Cataclysm is a fairly rapid process thanks to the flexibility and durability of the class.

Most people who level paladins to 85 quickly do so in Retribution spec, because this talent specialization offers the highest damage per second of the three talent trees. Their high damage potential means that they can cut their way quickly through all kinds of content, including quests, dungeons, and battlegrounds. They specialize in wielding two-handed weapons.

However, leveling as protection paladin is another way of leveling paladins in WoW Cataclysm that will bear fruit if done properly. These paladins are able to survive fighting a small crowd of opponents at the same time, using Avenger’s Shield, Consecration, and other AoE abilities to wear down multiple opponents at once.

You will also be able to use your character as a tank in level appropriate instances, and since tanks are extremely rare, you will probably find that instance queues are seldom longer than a minute when you are playing your protection paladin. Of course, tanking requires both skill and maturity, as well as patience in dealing with other people, so be certain that you don’t mind being the monsters’ punching bag before you start your character on a career as a paladin tank.

Leveling as a holy paladin is not particularly viable if you try to do so through ordinary questing. The damage potential of this spec is very low, and although your character will probably never die on a level-appropriate quest, killing an opponent will probably take ten minutes or so with the feeble damage output your character is capable of. However, there are ways to level up as a holy paladin more efficiently.

One of these ways is to become a battleground healer. Healers are in short supply in the lower level battlegrounds, and if you use your character skillfully, you may be able to turn the tide of the whole battleground with well-placed heals. For example, in Warsong Gulch, heal the flag carrier; in Arathi Basin, heal people who are defending a critical base such as the Blacksmith.

An even more efficient way to level as a holy paladin is to heal instance groups. Since healers are fairly rare, you will benefit from short queue times and will be able to squeeze in numerous instances in a few hours of play.

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