How to stay motivated to level a paladin?
I've personally leveled 5 pallies to 85 (in cata) and I have this one at 90.
I do however level by tanking dungeons, maybe that's part of why I enjoy the class so much.
I can't really comment on Ret. for leveling because I honestly didn't even try Ret. until I was 90, and looking to gear up from my quested green/blues.
Just to add in case it's not clear: as a prot. pally leveling up, you should always look to pull 3-4 mobs if possible. Find out what your limits are and seek to push it just a bit, and fights will be more exciting.
I found that the glyph is much better than using Shield of the Righteous while smashing through low level dungeons, completely shredding the DPS.
It was a lot worse before Cataclysm if you ask me...
I remember leveling as holy in classic with a two-handed mace of the gorilla (strength and intellect) and a caster one-hander and shield for healing dungeons (though most people would have preferred a priest). Questng was painfully slow, but I was hard to kill. I got to 56 when BC was released (already had a 60 mage by then). I love tanking and how much the leveling process has been improved for paladins.
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