The World of Warcraft Classic Paladin Leveling Guide

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General Leveling Tips

It’s going to be a long journey to level sixty, so here are some tips to help you along the way.

When you first start out the majority of your exp will come from quests. Similar to druid leveling, try to fill your log with as many quests as you can. But don’t always take the ones that require you to visit a dungeon or kill an elite.

These take organization so you won’t get to them right away and they’ll just sit in your quest log taking up space for other quests. Around halfway to level sixty though quests begin to slack off in terms of experience and you will be forced to do a lot of grinding.

When grinding, or killing mobs repeatedly for exp, always pick your targets carefully. One of the best things to do is try to pick mobs that give some type of reputation gains when killed. You generally don’t see these until higher levels, but that’s when you’ll be doing most of your grinding anyway. Another good idea is to grind on mobs that bring in the most cash.

Humanoids drop money and cloth and have a slightly higher chance of dropping green armor and weapons. Beasts will only drop animal parts that don’t sell for much. But if you are a skinner you can make money that way, especially off of rugged leather.

Also, paladins are best suited for fighting undead and demon mobs. The primary reason for this is your Exorcism spell because it can be used as a pulling tool and gives you some much needed damage.

And at higher levels you can also use your Holy Wrath spell for extra damage. Another good reason is that undead rely on diseasing their foe which you can Cleanse away. Unfortunately undead mobs are somewhat rare in the lower and mid levels except in Horde territory which you’ll want to avoid.

You must also use the Rest System to your advantage. It can double the amount of EXP you get so always try to log out at an inn. When I got to level fifty with my paladin I typically let him rest up till he had a full health bar and went and leveled up some of my lower level alts in the mean time. It took more days to reach sixty, but I spent fewer hours grinding.


Paladins are able to use one and two handed axes, swords and maces as well as polearms(spears). Some classes like rouges get certain bonuses by using specific weapons like daggers or swords, but paladins are not limited by that restriction.

An ax wielder can be just as good as a sword or mace wielder, so your choice will be determined exclusively by the stats and modifiers on the individual weapon.

In general I have found that the itemization in the game leans towards maces having slightly less DPS then axes or Swords since other classes like priests and druids are able to use those.

But this means that maces will often have stats that benefit your casting like +healing or intelligence. Classes like warriors or hunters won’t have any use for these kind of stats and you will have less competition for them.

Combat Tips

Every paladin must eventually admit that it is very hard for them to be an offensive character. Nearly all of our abilities are centered on being a defensive support class with nearly no abilities that up our damage.

Warriors, hunters, mages and rogues will always be able to out DPS you but if you know what you are doing you can get pretty close. Warlock can annoy you as well.

can annoy you as well.

The first thing you must know about fighting as a paladin is that your damage will only partly come from melee. We have nearly no abilities that increase our damage like a warriors Execute or a rouges Ambush.

They rely exclusively on increasing their physical damage. So in order for us to actually be able to beat things we supplement our low physical damage by dealing additional holy damage.

Holy damage can’t be resisted like magic or reduced by armor like physical damage so it is a solid guarantied amount of damage that builds up over time.

Primarily you will deal holy damage in three ways: Seals, Judgments and set of unique spells.