Guardian of Ancient Kings
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Usable by
Class Paladin
School Holy
Cooldown 5 minutes
Other information
Level learned 39
Related buff
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  • Guardian of Ancient Kings
  • Damage taken reduced by 50%.
  • Duration: 8 seconds
"It came to my aid when the orc's blade was at my throat, then vanished as quickly as it had appeared." - Overheard in the Cathedral of Light[1]
"Faith - and the Light - transcend time." - Watsun, Timewalker Lightshield[2]

Guardian of Ancient Kings is a level 39 Protection paladin ability. It summons a temporary Guardian to protect the paladin.




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During the beta, the weapons equipped by the Guardian of Ancient Kings were:


On live realms, the Protection and Holy guardians had no weapons. The Retribution guardian used a sword made of light.



Patches and hotfixes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Now only available to Protection paladins.
    • Now lasts 8 seconds (down from 12 seconds).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10):
    • Holy version now has a cooldown of 3 minutes (down from 5 minutes), and summons a guardian that heals the ally that the Paladin healed for 100% (up from 10%) of the amount healed, but no longer heals nearby friendly targets.
    • Retribution version now has a reduced cooldown of 3 minutes, down from 5 minutes, and the maximum number of stacks has been reduced to 12.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-07-09): Guardian of Ancient Kings (Holy version) should now properly interact with Battle Fatigue. Previously, Battle Fatigue was being incorrectly applied to the ability's subsequent heals.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Uses the new Assist pet stance functionality.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.1.0 (2011-04-26):
    • Casting Guardian of Ancient Kings no longer resets the auto-attack swing timer.
    • The Holy version of Guardian of Ancient Kings will now more reliably heal targets at max range from the paladin.
    • The Retribution version of Guardian of Ancient Kings now benefits from the paladin's hit and expertise.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2011-01-03): The Strength bonus from the Retribution version of Guardian of Ancient Kings now applies its bonus based on total Strength instead of just base Strength.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Added.

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