Paladins are the holy warriors of the Warcraft universe, faithfully serving the Light and championing the causes of justice and righteousness. Originally exclusive to humans and dwarves, the class has been expanded over the years to include blood elves, draenei, tauren, and trolls. However, the influence of Uther Lightbringer and his Knights of the Silver Hand remains prominent, especially in the best paladin transmog sets.
Unlike their fellow servants of the Light in the priest class, paladins are able to wear any type of armor in the game. Their class sets are plate and usually adorned with glowing holy symbols and gold filigree. We’ve compiled a list of the best sets for transmog, whether your paladin wields the Light for healing, protection, or damage.
Best Paladin Transmog Sets in WoW: Dragonflight, Ranked Good to Best
Let’s dive into our list. We’ll be ranking these from our least to most favorite set.
Starting our list is this set from the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, Turalyon’s Plate. This set is also known as Tier 9 and drops from the Trial of the Crusader raid. This version is Alliance-only; the Horde set is also in this list.
This is basic paladin gear: it’s plate, and it’s gold and white with blue accents. The helm is a little goofy, but with that hidden, the set creates a nice silhouette. It looks especially nice with a blue Alliance tabard.
Light’s Vanguard Battleplate
Also known as Tier 21, which is where Blizzard stopped counting, the Light’s Vanguard Battleplate comes from the Legion expansion. It drops in the Antorus raid, with the version pictured dropping on Mythic difficulty. Less appealing recolors drop from the lower difficulties, and the PVP sets from season 5-7 of Legion are also recolors of this set.
This is another straightforward paladin set with gold detailing and a nice chunky plate look. The winged helm and broad shoulders are the big draw here, and there’s a matching cloak, which is always a plus.
Here’s something a little less sanctified than all the other gear in our list. Soulforged Dreadplate comes from the Sanctum of Domination raid in the Shadowlands expansion, and it sure looks the part. This version drops on Mythic difficulty, and there are several slightly less intimidating recolors from the lower difficulties as well as Shadowlands PVP season 2.
This set is suited to someone who wants to scare their enemies into repentance, with its terrifying gaping-maw helm and spiky features. One has to wonder, though, if a paladin could wear this and still walk the path of Light.
Sanctified Lightsworn Plate
Here we are with a set from the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, which was a great time to be a paladin (and still is, if you play WoW Classic). The Sanctified Lightsworn Plate set, better known as Tier 10, drops from the Icecrown Citadel raid, with the color scheme pictured above dropping in the Heroic 25-man version. A green recolor comes from the 10-man and a red color drops in the 25-man Normal mode.
This set includes one of several plate skirts on our list, along with a flaming skull for a helmet and some flaming pauldrons on the shoulders. It earns its spot through nostalgia more than anything else; Tirion Fordring and several other notable paladin NPCs wear the set throughout the WotLK expansion.
Commonly referred to as the “banana armor” set, the Lawbringer Armor set is also known as Tier 1, the very first paladin raid set in the game. It drops in the Molten Core raid.
With its distinctive shoulders and helm, along with its white and yellow color scheme, it’s easy to see where the set gets is nickname. It may look ridiculous to some, but to others it’s a real trip down memory lane. If you lose the unfortunate shoulder pieces, it’s actually not bad to look at either.
You may notice that a lot of paladin gear has a distinct Alliance vibe, with gold and white and blue being the most common colors. Here we have a set that definitely caters more to the Horde vibe. The Liadrin’s Plate set, also known as Tier 9, drops in the Trial of the Crusade from the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, and it only drops for Horde paladins. (The Alliance equivalent, Turalyon’s Plate, is also on this list.)
With its spiky shoulders and red color, this set actually manages to look refined enough for a paladin while still clearly fitting the Horde aesthetic. That’s not an easy feat.
Luminous Chevalier’s Gallantry
Luminous Chevaliar’s Gallantry drops in the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid from the Shadowlands expansion.
This set is strikingly different than anything else in this list. Its strange otherworldly look suits its origins in the Shadowlands, and its helmet brings to mind the Wardens, although the color scheme and bulky plate are distinctly paladin-looking.
Valorous Aegis Plate
Here we have another set from the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. Valorous Aegis Plate, or Tier 8, drops from the Ulduar raid. The version pictured drops on 10-man, while a red recolor drops on 25-man.
The set looks appropriate for something that was forged in a Titan facility, with its clean, polished metal and glowing blue orbs. Glowing runes on the shoulders and helm lend a holy vibe to the set, and it has a unique masked helm.
Watch of the Ceaseless Vigil
This one’s for all the Boba Fett fans out there. Watch of the Ceaseless Vigil, or Tier 18, is from the Warlords of Draenor expansion. The set drops in the Hellfire Citadel raid, with the version pictured above dropping on Mythic difficulty. There are multiple recolors of the set available from lower difficulties of the raid as well as Warlords PVP season 2. But none are quite as epic in their details.
Aside from its very Mandalorian-looking helmet, the set has animated mechanical shoulders and a halo that somehow manages to look more intimidating than innocent. It’s great if you want to stand out from the other paladins.
Battleplate of Immolation
The Battleplate of Immolation set, or Tier 12, originated with the Cataclysm expansion. The version pictured above drops in the 25-man version of the Firelands raid, while a more muted brown version drops in the 10-man raid.
This set is fire-themed to reflect its origins, but still definitely looks like a paladin set, with its skirt and bulky plate shoulders. The helm is the big draw here, with its strange mask and fiery cowl. The shoulders mimic the vicious-looking collar behind them with a unique shape.
Vestments of Winged Triumph
Now we have another set from the Warlords of Draenor expansion, the Vestments of Winged Triumph. This set drops in the Siege of Orgrimmar raid, with a blue recolor available from the Raid Finder version.
This set is the epitome of what we’ve come to expect from paladin gear. It has an elegance to it, but also a brutal, faceless, inquisitor-inspired look. The plate robe is nice, but the glowing wings in the helm and shoulders are the selling point. The helmet is also similarly Mandalorian-esque, similar to our #7 pick.
Grand Sentinel’s Greatplate
Nobody expects the Argent Inquisition with this set from the Shadowlands expansion. Grand Sentinel’s Greatplate drops in the Castle Nathria raid, with the version shown dropping on Mythic difficulty and some less impressive recolors dropping in the lower difficulties as well as from Shadowlands PVP season 1.
With a look that screams Dark Souls, this black armor is decorated with gold trim and a few red gems, lending it a sinister yet sanctified look. The head piece is particularly striking without being overwhelming or strange.
Vindictive Gladiator’s Scaled Armor
This is technically the only PVP set on our list, though there are some sets on the list that have PVP recolors. The Vindictive Gladiator’s Scaled Armor set came from PVP season 1 of the Legion expansion. The set is no longer obtainable in game, but there are recolors available from the Nighthold raid, including a very similar red and gold set with lavender trim from the Mythic version of the raid.
The set features Silver Hand symbols on the shoulders and belt, reflecting the class-oriented nature of the Legion expansion. The shape of the shoulders is reminiscent of the Sanctified Lightsworn Plate set which is also in our list, and the helm resembles the set we have at #2 below.
This one’s for all you old school paladin players, be it vanilla or Classic Wow. Judgment Armor, or Tier 2, is a set that evokes many fond memories. The set drops mainly from the Blackwing Lair raid, with the helm coming from Onyxia’s Lair and skirt coming from Ragnaros in Molten Core.
For many players, if you asked about the quintessential paladin set, Judgment Armor would be their answer. It reflects the general aesthetic of vanilla WoW, looking like it could have come from either Blackrock Mountain or the Scarlet Monastery – both places that make sense for paladin gear to originate. Most of all, it’s the strange hooded mask that makes this set stand out. There’s no mistaking it.
Radiant Lightbringer Armor
The set so nice, they made it twice! The Legion expansion put character class at the center of everything, and brought back lots of classic class sets in the process. The Radiant Lightbringer set, or Tier 20, drops in the Tomb of Sargeras raid, with the pictured version requiring Mythic difficulty. There are some less impressive recolors available from the lower difficulties and from Legion PVP season 3 and 4.
The set is based on the Lightbringer Armor set, which is also pictured above. The original set is better known as Tier 6 and drops from the Black Temple and Mount Hyjal raids. It’s a simple, but very paladin-esque outfit, with a color scheme best suited to Alliance characters.
The floating halo in the original becomes a glowing crown in the remake, and the entire set gets bulkier, making it feel less like starter gear and more like the epic suit of armor it is. The shoulders are the real highlights, though, with their floating hammer and book symbols.
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