How to Paladin is a series of machinima movies featuring Shepiwot; a blood elf paladin and is supposedly meant to be teaching viewers how to play this particular class in World of Warcraft, taking approximately five minutes for every piece of cinema. Created by a 23 year old Dutch player nicknamed “Stoker”[1], the series has garnered much praise and disapproval for being ‘silly’. The footage is usually played at many times the gaming speed, and background music from the anime One Piece is used as a soundtrack (the most frequently used piece is from a track titled 'Escape' on BGM Music Disc Two). Each video shows Shepiwot jumping, buffing, healing, dancing and killing mobs for no apparent reason. The series as a whole shows different aspects of the game; we can see Shepiwot leveling up, PvP’ing running instances and even raiding after he had managed to reach level 70. Everything is filmed with the camera often changing focus and position (several times within three seconds is not unusual). Clips used in the movies usually do not last longer than four seconds. The sum of this knowledge has led many viewers to refer to ‘How to Paladin’ as stupid and unnecessary.

Nevertheless, the overall response seems positive since statistics indicate the average rating for all the installments up to ‘How to Paladin XXII’ is 3.29 out of 5 [2]. In addition, each individual part has attracted over 2500 downloads, with part XV even having over 50000. YouTube also shows that all parts have a rating of at least 4 out of 5 [1]. Stoker has also tried to bend the negative responses in his own benefit by making a laugh out of them. Every episode after the first part starts with screenshots of negative comments on previous installments on accompanied by ironic and poorly spelled remarks such as “After the great succes of…”. As of October 02, 2009, there are 35 episodes, with 10 specials, such as "How To Paladin: Insanity Remix" and "How To Paladin: Comments on Comments".

List of episodes Edit

Regular episodesEdit

Episode Release date Featured content YouTube link
How to Paladin March 4, 2007 Undercity, Arathi Basin Link
How to Paladin II: Revenge on the Bots March 12, 2007 Alterac Mountains Link
How to Paladin III March 17, 2007 Tanaris, Swamp of Sorrows Link
How to Paladin IV March 20, 2007 Elwynn Forest, Orgrimmar Link
How to Paladin V March 24, 2007 Uldaman, Badlands, Warsong Gulch Link
How to Paladin VI April 3, 2007 Alterac Valley Link
How to Paladin VII April 7, 2007 Temple of Atal'Hakkar Link
How to Paladin VIII April 17, 2007 Un'Goro Crater Link
How to Paladin IX May 10, 2007 Winterspring, Moonglade, Felwood Link
How to Paladin X May 13, 2007 Blasted Lands, Hellfire Peninsula Link
How to Paladin XI May 21, 2007 Hellfire Ramparts, Blood Furnace Link
How to Paladin XII May 24, 2007 Hellfire Peninsula Link
How to Paladin XIII June 25, 2007 Zangarmarsh Link
How to Paladin XIV July 1, 2007 Undercity, Zangarmarsh, Lower Blackrock Spire Link
How to Paladin XV July 10, 2007 Shattrath City, Terokkar Forest, Booty Bay, Eye of the Storm, Zangarmarsh, Stratholme Link
How to Paladin XVI July 15, 2007 Silvermoon City, Terokkar Forest, Shattrath City, Nagrand, Slave Pens Link
How to Paladin XVII July 19, 2007 Nagrand, Un'Goro Crater, Terokkar Forest, Tanaris, Shattrath City Link
How to Paladin XVIII July 25, 2007 Stormwind, Deeprun Tram, Ironforge, Old Hillsbrad Foothills Link
How to Paladin XIX August 01, 2007 Shadow Labyrinth, The Steam Vaults, Silvermoon City. Shadowmoon Valley, Terokkar Forest, Shattrath City, The Arcatraz, Shattered Halls Link
How to Paladin XX August 15, 2007 Karazhan, Terokkar Forest, Blade's Edge Mountains, Silvermoon City, Shattrath City Link
How to Paladin XXI September 7, 2007 Shattrath City, Karazhan, Orgrimmar, Nagrand, Silvermoon City, Darkshore, The Exodar, Link
How to Paladin XXII September 27th, 2007 Blade's Edge Mountains, Terokkar Forest, Serpentshrine Cavern, Stratholme Link
How to Paladin XXIII December 7, 2007 Link
How to Paladin XXIV December 11, 2007 Link
How to Paladin XXV December 14, 2007 Link
How to Paladin XXVI January 30, 2008 Link

Special episodesEdit


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