Joined: Aug 26, 2006 Posts: 422 Location: Maryland, USA
Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:15 am Post subject:
Well, I wouldn't be the best person to give you advice on this, because I lvl'ed Beracon all the way as a Prot spec, and didn't do any instances with him. Not because I didn't want to, but because I had bad luck finding a group that wanted a tank as I lvl'ed. It seemed whenever I was on my other chars, tanks were needed, but as soon as I logged on Beracon, the spots were filled.
But in general, I would say ret might be your best option, since you can kill mobs quicker. And instances would give you the most XP, both because of the quests and the elite XP. The only other tip I can think of is to make sure you are gaining XP while you have rested XP stored. _________________ Z
I would say stay ret till about 40 then full spec prot, nothing beats AoE questing/grinding. At 40 you can get holy shield then I would go spend 10 points in holy to get Spiritual Focus. I leveled Jiame from 40 to 70 as protection, and it was easy mode, nothing like killing 5 and 6 mobs at a time.
If you have any questions shoot me a tell in game on Jiame, Jymie or Lerlaura. _________________
I've been slowly working my paladin (42-64 over the last few months) and my focus hasn't been on fast leveling, so it hasn't been a lot of time played.
Personally, I was prot until ~40, then ret until ~50, then holy shock, until 60, now back to prot. I found holy worked well for one mob at a time, ret was just bad (for me) and prot has been a lot of fun since. Jymie was right to say there's nothing like taking on 5-6 mobs at at time and just watching them fall over.
Aside from Spec, I'd suggest Jame's Leveling guides at wow-pro.com. I've used them for leveling several characters and they are very efficient guides and the xp/hour beats most instance runs in my experience.
I went Ret all the way from 1-70 and it probably would have went faster if I played more often. With ret, you can take down 2-3 mobs at a time effortlessly, with prot you can handle more mobs it just takes a little bit longer to get em all burned down.
I never went Prot till level 70.
One big mistake I made is not keeping gear that I should have kept for re-speccing, now my healer gear is lacking because of it. _________________
Dredging up the past, here, but I thought I'd drop a quick opinion on leveling a Paladin post-cataclysm.
At lower levels, Retribution still seems best. With the redo of the old world there are fewer opportunities to aoe farm and with Word of Glory, the self-healing keeps the paladin an almost down-time-free killing machine.
After 70, Prot can be effective as well, particularly if interested in tanking instances.
If you plan on leveling in instances, either Prot or Holy can be good. _________________ [Image blocked due to inappropriate content]
Joined: Oct 20, 2006 Posts: 697 Location: Richmond, VA
Posted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:58 pm Post subject:
What are your thoughts on 80-85? I'm soloing as Prot and I'm finding its not quite as easy as 70-80 was. I can't tank as many mobs as effectively without taking some serious damage. I haven't been a fan of ret really since level 70 so I'm reluctant to change. But I haven't soloed as Holy in a very long time. _________________
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Don't know about Holy, haven't played it since right around BC release. I hear it's viable (whatever that means).
As far as Ret v Prot: both seem to work, depending on playstyle. I find prot really handy for the super-fast respawn times 'cause it can get hectic and Ret doesn't take as good of a beating (obviously). But mano a mano, ret is much faster. _________________ [Image blocked due to inappropriate content]
Yes, as Lush said with the respawns popping so fast it makes it hard, but very easy.... build up your holy power, once you have 3 pts you pop Word of glory which heals you for a good amount, I found myself literally taking down 8-12 mobs as ret with the crazy respawns...
I haven't done any questing as Prot, I definitely wouldn't even try as holy, Ret is the way to go honestly...
And leveling from lower than 80-85... I say keep Ret from 1-85 now, dual speccing is only 10 freakin gold lol... This means you have a DPS class for grinding out quests, and a healer or tank spec for dungeons.
At 85 I dropped Ret (Pally DPS sux...) and took Prot/Holy... loving it! Pally tanking is fun, healing is a bit intense, but still fun as well. _________________
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