See, paladins, it wasn’t that long of wait. Blizzard felt pity on your souls and gave you your preview a couple days early, even! This is the last of the 10 class previews that Blizzard has released within the last week, looking at some of the changes that are on deck for the upcoming expansion, Cataclysm. Hit the jump to check out the three new high-level abilities that will be added to the paladin class.
Blinding Shield (level 81)
Blizzard’s Explanation: “Causes damage and blinds all nearby targets. This effect might end up only damaging those facing the paladin’s shield, in a manner similar to Eadric the Pure’s ability Radiance in Trial of the Champion. The Holy tree will have a talent to increase the damage and critical strike chance, while the Protection tree will have a talent to make this spell instant cast. 2-second base cast time. Requires a shield.”
Healing Hands (level 83)
Blizzard’s Explanation: “Healing Hands is a new healing spell. The paladin radiates heals from him or herself, almost like a Healing Stream Totem. It has a short range, but a long enough duration that the paladin can cast other heals while Healing Hands remains active. 15-second cooldown. 6-second duration.”
Guardian of Ancient Kings (level 85)
Blizzard’s Explanation: “Summons a temporary guardian that looks like a winged creature of light armed with a sword. The visual is similar to that of the Resurrection spell used by the paladin in Warcraft III. The guardian has a different effect depending on the talent spec of the paladin. For Holy paladins, the guardian heals the most wounded ally in the area. For Protection paladins, the guardian absorbs some incoming damage. For Retribution paladins, it damages an enemy, similar to the death knight Gargoyle or the Nibelung staff. 3-minute cooldown. 30-second duration (this might vary depending on which guardian appears).”
I’m not too familiar with the paladin class, as I haven’t played it past level 20. Don’t smite me, oh holy ones! But, these are the changes. As is the case with a couple other healing classes, they are getting a new heal to help with their rotations, as well. As usual, Blizzard has some insight into why that is needed.
If you want more information on the paladin class changes, including talent and mechanics updates that are planned, head on over to the official WoW forums where this information is housed.