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Hand of Protection
Spell holy sealofprotection
  • Hand of Protection
  • Level 10 paladin ability
  • 30 yd range
  • 6% of base mana
  • 5 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • A targeted party or raid member is protected from all physical attacks for 6 sec, but during that time they cannot attack or use physical abilities. Players may only have one Hand on them per Paladin at any one time. Once protected, the target cannot be targeted by Divine Shield, Divine Protection, or Hand of Protection again for 2 min. Cannot be targeted on players who have used Avenging Wrath within the last 30 sec.
Class Paladin
School Holy
Cooldown 5 minutes
Other information
Level learned 10
Improvements Ability paladin clemency [Clemency]
Related buff
Spell holy sealofprotection
  • Magic
  • Hand of Protection
  • Immune to physical attacks. Cannot attack or use physical abilities.
  • Duration: 10 seconds
Related debuff
Spell holy removecurse
  • Forbearance
  • Cannot be affected by Divine Shield, Hand of Protection or Lay on Hands.
  • Duration: 1 minute

Hand of Protection is a paladin spell that protects the target from all physical attacks for 10 seconds, but also prevents from them using physical attacks or abilities for that time. Players may only have one Hand on them per paladin at any time. Hand of Protection also places the 1 minute Forbearance debuff on the target, and cannot be used on targets with Forbearance.


  • Using Hand of Protection, Spell holy divineshield [Divine Shield], or Spell holy layonhands [Lay on Hands] will afflict the protected target with the Spell holy removecurse [Forbearance] debuff, which lasts one minute and prevents any of those three abilities from being used again on that target while it is active.
  • This does not protect the target from spell damage. This should not be used as a last minute protection if the target is being hit by spells (such as anyone running from a Mage in PvP) - use Spell holy divineshield [Divine Shield] to prevent spell damage.
  • Similarly, it does not prevent the target from using spells and non-physical attacks and abilities. This makes it a far more useful ability for use upon ranged, caster or hybrid types.
  • Although the target is protected from physical attacks, they are not protected from many physical abilities such as Ability kick [Kick], Spell nature thunderclap [Thunder Clap] and Inv gauntlets 04 [Pummel]. Casters can still be interrupted while protected.
  • The paladin ability Spell holy righteousfury [Judgment] is considered to be a physical ability and so cannot be used while protected.
  • Unlike Divine Shield, this does not remove all preexisting debuffs (only physical like Ability shockwave [Hamstring]), so it will not entirely double as a Spell holy sealofvalor [Hand of Freedom].
  • As a magical buff, Hand of Protection can be dispelled.
  • Protected targets lose all aggro while under its duration. This can make it dangerous when used upon a tank, as mobs will immediately switch to the next target on their lists.
  • Protected targets afflicted with a rogue's Ability rogue dualweild [Deadly Poison] can still be damaged by the rogue's Ability rogue disembowel [Envenom], as it is considered Nature damage and not physical. While rare, this can interrupt bandaging or potentially finish extremely low-health targets.
  • This does protect you from fall and fatigue damage.
  • As of patch 3.0.2 this ability replaces the former Spell holy sealofprotection [Blessing of Protection] and works in the same way, but uses the Hand system to prevent conflicts with Blessings.
  • Despite being renamed to Hand of Protection, it's still sometimes referred to by the old blessing name, or shortened to BoP and referred to as "Bopping".

Tips and tricks[]

  • Tanking paladins can use this as a last resort method of aggro management when a melee dps class is unable to control their own aggro, as the player will be unable to perform melee actions through the shield. The threat reduction only lasts for the duration of the hand however, so a tanking paladin needs to make sure they are able to generate enough threat to keep aggro when the hand expires.


  • Hand of Protection is a basic Paladin spell in Hearthstone. The flavor text reads: "This spell has been renamed so many times, even paladins don’t know what it should be called anymore."

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