Overview of Protection Warrior
The initial tank spec in World of Warcraft is Protection Warriors. They are one of the two tank types that utilize a shield and a one-handed weapon, along with Protection Paladins. The class most closely resembles the typical "tank" position from other RPGs and tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons
The Protection Warrior spec is ideal for gamers seeking a traditional tanking experience.
Protection Warrior Talent Builds
For a more raid oriented talent build, you can use the following talent loadout.
You can import the Raid talent build with the following loadout code: BkEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIkEAAAAIJJSSCSLpkkkWDRgUUEQJJBIikkQDJJA4AhAAAAAAAARAAKaAgA
For a more Mythic+ oriented talent build, you can use the following talent loadout.
You can import the Mythic+ talent build with the following loadout code: BkEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIQAAAAgkkEJJk0SKJJpUQEIUkIRJJBIQSQDJJICECAAAAAAAEBAoUaAgA
Protection Warrior Stat Priority
Strength is a crucial survivability stat for Protection Warriors, passively boosting Armor through Vanguard. It is a pretty valuable stat because it immediately increases armor and helps with damage reduction through Ignore Pain. The relative difference between Strength and secondary stats hardly ever arises because there are very few pieces (trinkets, especially) where you actually have to pick between Strength and a secondary stat. For what it's worth, it's your best DPS stat point for point.
Here are Protection Warrior's preferences for secondary stats:
Versatility is an effective damage and damage reduction stat. It’s consistent and passive. That's great, but a little dull. It's also extremely reliable (unlike Mastery and Crit), which is good.
Critical Strike A useful stat for improving DPS. It improves the chance of parrying and provides useful damage mitigation, but it is less dependable than other stats. Over time, Critical Strike can be the most effective damage reduction stat if you are mostly absorbing autoattack damage, but its instability significantly restricts its effectiveness. Moreover, it is completely useless as a defensive measure against strikes from range, boss abilities, bleeding, and spell damage, which cannot be parried. It also has no defensive synergy other than to increase the possibility of a parry. It's debatably the worst secondary stat for Warriors because it's the least trustworthy. It's excellent for damage output.
Mastery improves both the base block probability and the chance to critically block. As a result, more damage can be mitigated overall. Although simple and uninteresting, it is a useful defensive stat. The biggest drawback is that, despite increasing your Attack Strength, which strengthens Ignore Pain, it does not directly boost your ability to reduce damage from unblockable sources (such as spell damage or DoTs/Bleeds).
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Protection Warrior Best Consumables
Best Protection Warrior Enchants
Below is a list of the recommended enchants to use on your Protection Warrior gear in Dragonflight.
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|Slot||Best Enchant||Cheaper Version|
|Weapon (Damage)||Frozen Devotion||-|
|Weapon (Defense)||Sophic Devotion||Sophic Writ|
|Cloak||Regenerative Leech||Writ of Leech|
|Chest||Sustained Strength||Waking Stats|
|Bracers||Devotion of Leech||Writ of Leech|
|Legs||Fierce Armor Kit||Fierce Armor Kit|
|Watcher's Loam||Plainsrunner's Breeze|
|Ring||Devotion of Haste||Writ of Haste|
Protection Warrior Phials in Dragonflight
Phial of the Eye in the Storm can provide a ton of stat budget when tanking in AoE, such as in Mythic+.
Phial of Glacial Fury is an offensive option that provides no stat budget, only a damage proc. It's not good defensively, but will deal a lot of damage.
Phial of Static Empowerment provides great stat budget when standing still for longer periods of time, and the burst of speed is nice for occasional movements. This is a good defensive option for some raid fights, but not as good for fights with consistent movement phases.
Phial of Elemental Chaos is a decent fallback option in situations where the alternatives above are not good.
Protection Warrior Combat Potions in Dragonflight
There are a couple different potions that have different useful scenarios for Protection Warriors:
All Content: Elemental Potion of Ultimate Power
Protection Warrior Weapon Buff in Dragonflight
Protection Warriors should always use Howling Rune as their preferred weapon buff item.
Best Protection Warrior Food in Dragonflight
Feast: Grand Banquet of the Kalu'ak
Best Protection Warrior Gems in Dragonflight
Pros and Cons
Protection Warrior Rotation
Protection Warrior Opener
Charge into melee range.
Cast Demoralizing Shout once you are in melee range
Continue the rotation as normal.
Protection Warrior Rotation Priority
In the interest of making the rotation as simple as possible, consider these four instructions an always-on, fundamental component of tanking as a Protection Warrior.
Maintain Shield Block!
Use offensive cooldowns on pulls and on cooldown, try to overlap them to maximize your damage.
Use defensive cooldowns to mitigate predictable damage or to stay alive in emergencies.
For an actual priority list, use your abilities in the order as follows.
Impending Victory when you need healing
Shield Slam on cooldown
Thunder Clap on cooldown
Execute to spend Rage offensively during the Execute phase.
Revenge to spend Rage offensively outside the Execute phase, or in AoE, or when it's free.
Execute to finish off priority targets.
How to Spend Rage
In both single-target and AoE, the decision-making remains the same: If you need more defenses, spend your Rage on Ignore Pain. If you need more damage, spend your Rage on Revenge, or Execute in the Execute phase.