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Protection Paladin Tank Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1.5)

Last updated on Jan 10, 2017 at 13:02 by Vlad 133 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Protection Paladins. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

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

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Treckie, one of the best Protection Paladins in the world, who raids in Nihilum. You can watch his stream on Twitch and you can follow him on Twitter.

1. Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Venom-Fanged Barbute Icon Venom-Fanged Barbute Elerethe Renferal
Neck Cursed Beartooth Necklace Icon Cursed Beartooth Necklace Ursoc
Shoulders Midnight Herald's Pauldrons Icon Midnight Herald's Pauldrons Xavius
Cloak Evergreen Vinewrap Drape Icon Evergreen Vinewrap Drape Cenarius
Chest Insect-Etched Chestplate Icon Insect-Etched Chestplate Nythendra
Wrists Dragonbone Wristclamps Icon Dragonbone Wristclamps Dragons of Nightmare
Gloves Fitted Ironbark Gauntlets Icon Fitted Ironbark Gauntlets Cenarius
Belt Waistplate of Nameless Horror Icon Waistplate of Nameless Horror Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Legs Storm-Battered Legplates Icon Storm-Battered Legplates Elerethe Renferal
Boots Trampling Warboots Icon Trampling Warboots Ursoc
Ring #1 Dreadful Cyclopean Signet Icon Dreadful Cyclopean Signet Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Ring #2 Mindrend Band Icon Mindrend Band Dragons of Nightmare
Trinket #1 Grotesque Statuette Icon Grotesque Statuette Xavius
Trinket #2 Goblet of Nightmarish Ichor Icon Goblet of Nightmarish Ichor Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption

Other pieces of loot are also competitive if they proc with a socket or if they are Warforged/Titanforged. The only thing to really try to avoid are items with Critical Strike. A general rule of thumb is that if the item has Critical Strike, it needs to be either 10 item levels higher OR have a socket (15 item levels for jewelery), to really compete with a piece that has Haste and Versatility/Mastery.

Mythic+ can also proc high item level pieces all the way up to the cap at 895, which means they are highly competitive as well if you are lucky.

Many trinkets from Mythic+ dungeons are very competitive, however they need to proc Warforged/Titanforged to be competitive with BiS raid gear. That said, raid trinkets are not really that great for you. When comparing trinkets, you have to assume the trinkets are all of relatively close item level to be competitive. Here are all the trinkets to look out for.

Survival trinkets:

  1. Grotesque Statuette Icon Grotesque Statuette: its proc to reduce damage is fairly strong, however the proc is RPPM and can only ever hit one target at a time, making it a single target trinket only.
  2. Shivermaw's Jawbone Icon Shivermaw's Jawbone: especially great on encounters with multiple targets to hit (one of the best for Mythic+).
  3. Darkmoon Deck: Immortality Icon Darkmoon Deck: Immortality: one of the strongest trinkets out there for its item level; its weak point is that it is capped to 850 item level.
  4. Coagulated Nightwell Residue Icon Coagulated Nightwell Residue: this is a decent trinket, being able to shield you often on demand; not to be used on cooldown but can be used quite often if the situation demands it.

Balanced trinkets:

  1. Goblet of Nightmarish Ichor Icon Goblet of Nightmarish Ichor: while the Versatility proc is not terribly high, its uptime is decent at around 30%.
  2. Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard: while the Strength does not do much for you survivability-wise, the Haste proc is great for both damage and survival (Memento of Angerboda Icon Memento of Angerboda is an acceptable but inferior alternative).
  3. Horn of Valor Icon Horn of Valor: ideal for any fight in which you are using Seraphim Icon Seraphim. As long as you do not use Righteous Protector Icon Righteous Protector, it lines up perfectly with Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath.
  4. Phantasmal Echo Icon Phantasmal Echo: the Haste is much appreciated, however the shield procs way too easily, and on a too long cooldown to really save your life much. Since Paladins like to go low on health, it is likely to just waste its procs. Ravaged Seed Pod Icon Ravaged Seed Pod is a fair alternative from the same raid, but much better would be the Impenetrable Nerubian Husk Icon Impenetrable Nerubian Husk (but can be hard to get your hands on one with a high item level).

2. Tier 19 Set Bonuses

The 2-piece Tier 19 set bonus is pretty strong, making Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous and Light of the Protector Icon Light of the Protector be 30% more effective when standing in Consecration Icon Consecration (instead of 20%) and should be obtained as soon as possible.

The 4-piece Tier 19 set bonus, however, is pretty weak. If you need healing, you are likely already using Righteous Protector Icon Righteous Protector, in which case the two do not go together very well. That said, with the Saruan's Resolve Icon Saruan's Resolve legendary helm, the 4-piece set bonus is a considerable buff to your self-healing and raid-healing capabilities.

What pieces you will go for will depend on the current legendaries you have. Assuming you have none, the 4 best-itemised pieces are cloak, shoulders, helm and gloves (in that order). If you have Saruan's Resolve Icon Saruan's Resolve, it is acceptable to use the chest instead (if you do not have the Breastplate of the Golden Val'kyr Icon Breastplate of the Golden Val'kyr).

3. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 910, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

Chain of Thrayn Icon Chain of Thrayn is a great legendary both for damage and survivability purposes. While its strength certainly comes from making Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath a stronger DPS cooldown, it also increases healing done by 85%, making Light of the Protector Icon Light of the Protector heal you to close to full health every time. If coupled with Hand of the Protector Icon Hand of the Protector, you are doing very solid off-healing to raid members or the co-tank during your burst.

Saruan's Resolve Icon Saruan's Resolve adds a second charge to your Light of the Protector Icon Light of the Protector, which is very strong in any healing situation; with it you can use Light of the Protector a bit more freely since you should have another charge ready and always counting down. It also reduces the cooldown slightly. When coupled with the 4-piece Tier 19 set bonus, it provides very strong healing, and this is definitely the right choice if healing is an issue.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus gives you a shield for 15% of your maximum health every 30 seconds; this sounds a lot better than it actually is, which is not to say that it is bad, but while it will produce decent numbers over the course of the fight, if you do not take advantage of knowing when the shield will come, you are getting a lot less out of this legendary than you could. It has a guaranteed socket, and 3 passive stats, making it passively a decent throughput legendary.

Archimonde's Hatred Reborn Icon Archimonde's Hatred Reborn is similar to the heirloom trinket with an absorb shield on a very short cooldown. This is a very strong legendary effect if utilised well. It also explodes for 75% of the damage absorbed, split between all nearby enemies, making it effective both offensively and defensively. Its total usefulness is not amazing, but the absorb is nice to have.

Heathcliff's Immortality Icon Heathcliff's Immortality is a fairly solid legendary, with great stats for you, although its effect is not exactly revolutionary (but still quite good nonetheless).

Breastplate of the Golden Val'kyr Icon Breastplate of the Golden Val'kyr is not particularly strong against a single target, but it can be a nice option. Its real strength comes from being high on stats (and good stats at that). Being able to regularly hit multiple enemies with Avenger's Shield Icon Avenger's Shield greatly increases the potency of this item, and makes it very strong in Mythic+.

Tyelca, Ferren Marcus's Stature Icon Tyelca, Ferren Marcus's Stature provides a sizable DPS increase, and we recommend it for dungeon content (including Mythic+). In raids, however, its usage is very situational due to few fights constantly having 5 targets (the 3-target Avenger's Shield Icon Avenger's Shield is usually enough).

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret is considered a very strong legendary when it can proc, but for raids, its uses are limited. You can sometimes still trigger its effect on certain encounters, making it a worthwhile choice in some cases. For 5-man content, it is basically one of the best legendaries, coupled with Tyelca, Ferren Marcus's Stature Icon Tyelca, Ferren Marcus's Stature or Chain of Thrayn Icon Chain of Thrayn.

Aggramar's Stride Icon Aggramar's Stride is a nice movement and quality of life increase, but does not increase your throughput, so you should not choose it over anything else (except the bracers listed below).

Uther's Guard Icon Uther's Guard increases the duration of your blessings and heals their target for a small amount; both of these effects are minimal and this is considered the worst legendary. If you do have it, there might be some encounter where 15-second Blessing of Protection Icon Blessing of Protection or Blessing of Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding is useful, but that is as far as its uses go.

4. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Demon Hunters, Holy/Retribution Paladins, Priests, and Warlocks
Plate Armor Death Knights, Holy/Retribution Paladins, and Warriors
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Blood Death Knights, Vengeance Demon Hunters, Feral Druids, Brewmaster Monks, and Protection Warriors

5. ChangeLog

  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated legendary ranking (including new items) and added recommendations for Tier 19 Set Bonuses.
  • 21 Dec. 2016: Revised the Sephuz's Secret text.
  • 17 Oct. 2016: Added BiS list.
  • 19 Sep. 2016: Updated the texts for Sephuz's Secret, Heathcliff's Immortality, and Breastplate of the Golden Val'kyr.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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