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Holy Shield
Spell holy blessingofprotection.png
  • Holy Shield
  • 8 sec cooldown
  • 10% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Requires Shields
  • Increases chance to block by 30% for 10 sec and deals X Holy damage for each attack blocked while active. Each block expends a charge. 8 charges.
Usable by
TypeOffensive, Defensive
Cooldown8 sec
Talent treeProtection, Tier 5
Other information
RequirementsRequires Shields

Holy Shield is a Paladin spell that increases chance to block and causes blocked attacks to reflect holy damage. The spell is primarily used by tanking paladins in order to increase threat generation and increase chance to block. To this extent the spell has become one of the core abilities for any Paladin who desires to tank.

Rank table

Ranks are no longer in the game as of 4.0


The block chance increase from Holy Shield stacks with the increase from Redoubt. Both buffs combined equal a 60% increased block chance.

Holy Shield also benefits from 5.6% of your Attack Power plus 9% of your Spell Power for each charge.

Tips and tactics

Holy Shield is often used in combination with other damage reflection abilities, such as Retribution Aura, to cause large amounts of damage to attackers. See Paladin Tactics for more information.

Holy Shield has eight charges. With appropriate equipment, this can allow a Paladin to block every attack as long as there are charges remaining. This significantly helps in reducing incoming damage as all blocked attacks are deducted by your current block value.

Libram of Repentance is an epic relic for paladins that increases block rating by 42 while Holy Shield is active(5.3%) at level 70, (2.56%) at level 80.

Patch changes

  • Template:Patch 3.2.0
  • Template:Patch 4.0

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