Protection Warrior Tank Gems, Enchants, Professions, and Consumables (WoW MoP 5.4)

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General Information

On this page, we present you with the best gems and enchants for a Protection Warrior in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4. We also list the best consumables (food, flasks, and potions) and profession-specific perks.

Make sure to check our Gear Optimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this page.

The other pages of our Protection Warrior guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Poyo, Guild Master and Warrior tank of Envy.

1. Gems↑top

Sockets Gems
Meta Socket Austere Primal Diamond Icon Austere Primal Diamond or Indomitable Primal Diamond Icon Indomitable Primal Diamond (better)
Blue Socket Prismatic Socket
Red Socket
Yellow Socket

If you are still unsure what the optimal gemming strategy is for your character, you can Ask Mr. Robot for a personalised optimisation of your character's gear, by filling the form below.

2. Enchants↑top

Slot Main Enchantments Extra Enchantments
Shoulders
Back
Chest Enchant Chest - Superior Stamina Icon Enchant Chest - Superior Stamina
Wrists Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer (Blacksmithing)
Hands
Waist Living Steel Belt Buckle Icon Living Steel Belt Buckle
Legs
Feet Enchant Boots - Pandaren's Step Icon Enchant Boots - Pandaren's Step
Rings Enchant Ring - Greater Stamina Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Stamina (Enchanting)
Weapon
Shield Enchant Shield - Greater Parry Icon Enchant Shield - Greater Parry

Note that Extra Enchantments can be applied to an item in addition to a Main Enchantment.

3. Consumables↑top

3.1. Food

We advise you to always eat food that gives you Stamina. You will be granted:

3.2. Flask

For the vast majority of encounters, you should use a Flask of the Earth Icon Flask of the Earth. Your other option is Flask of Winter's Bite Icon Flask of Winter's Bite, which grants you Strength. Strength provides you with increased DPS/threat, as well as increasing your chance to parry.

3.3. Potion

During the encounter, your best choice for a potion will be Potion of the Mountains Icon Potion of the Mountains for physical damage and Master Healing Potion Icon Master Healing Potion for magic damage.

In order to boost your DPS (which is considerable), you can use a Potion of Mogu Power Icon Potion of Mogu Power instead of the above-mentioned potions (which have a relatively small effect on your survivability).

4. Summing-up Profession Perks↑top

Choosing a profession for your Protection Warrior can impact your raid performance. As a rule, you should shy away from gathering professions (with the exception of Mining), which leaves the following viable professions for raiding:

Profession Perks
Blacksmithing Provides a 640 Mastery or 480 Stamina gain through two extra sockets, Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer and Socket Gloves Icon Socket Gloves, in which you can fit 2 Fractured Sun's Radiance Icon Fractured Sun's Radiance or 2 Solid River's Heart Icon Solid River's Heart..
Jewelcrafting Provides a 320 Dodge/Parry or Critical Strike Rating gain through the ability to use 2 Subtle Serpent's Eye Icon Subtle Serpent's Eye, Flashing Serpent's Eye Icon Flashing Serpent's Eye, or Smooth Serpent's Eye Icon Smooth Serpent's Eye respectively, or a 480 Stamina gain through the ability to use 2 Solid Serpent's Eye Icon Solid Serpent's Eye (if you are gemming for Stamina).
Engineering Provides a 1,920 Dodge Rating bonus for 10 seconds, on a 1 minute cooldown, through Phase Fingers Icon Phase Fingers.
Alchemy Provides a 480 Stamina gain to your flask through Mixology Icon Mixology.
Leatherworking Provides +750 Stamina through Fur Lining - Stamina Icon Fur Lining - Stamina, instead of the usual +170 Dodge provided by Enchant Bracer - Major Dodge Icon Enchant Bracer - Major Dodge or +170 Mastery provided by Enchant Bracer - Mastery Icon Enchant Bracer - Mastery. Also provides Heavy Leg Reinforcements Icon Heavy Leg Reinforcements, a much cheaper equivalent to Ironscale Leg Armor Icon Ironscale Leg Armor, the traditional leg enchant.
Enchanting Provides a 480 Stamina gain through Enchant Ring - Greater Stamina Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Stamina.
Inscription Provides a 480 Stamina gain through Secret Ox Horn Inscription Icon Secret Ox Horn Inscription.
Mining Provides a 480 Stamina gain, through Toughness Icon Toughness.

The best profession for a Protection Warrior is Leatherworking, which offers a huge Stamina gain on an item on which you cannot otherwise obtain Stamina. It also allows you to use Drums of Speed, which can be beneficial.

5. Changelog↑top

  • 13 Jan. 2014: Added new food items added in patch 5.4.
  • 16 Oct. 2013: Rectified the Jewelcrafting entry to no longer refer to Mastery Rating gains.
  • 15 Oct. 2013: Vastly reworked the gemming suggestions (including adding a gemming strategy for full Critical Strike Rating gearing). Added Sha Armor Kit Icon Sha Armor Kit, Enchant Gloves - Superior Expertise Icon Enchant Gloves - Superior Expertise, and Enchant Bracer - Major Dodge Icon Enchant Bracer - Major Dodge to the enchant list. Added a mention that Leatherworking is the best profession.
  • 10 Sep. 2013: Patch 5.4: removed Frag Belt Icon Frag Belt, following its nerf.
  • 20 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: nothing to change.
  • 24 Apr. 2013: Added legendary meta-gem.
  • 24 Apr. 2013: Updated the meta-gem to Austere Primal Diamond Icon Austere Primal Diamond, since this is the best choice. Added Potion of Mogu Power Icon Potion of Mogu Power as an alternative potion.
  • 02 Apr. 2013: Removed green-quality gems.