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

Last updated on Jan 12, 2017 at 11:54 by Vlad 165 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Protection Warriors. 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 Warrior 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 tanks 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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Shivermaw's Jawbone Icon Shivermaw's Jawbone: especially great on encounters with multiple targets to hit (one of the best for Mythic+).
  4. Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard: the Strength is solid for increasing your Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain, and the Haste proc is great for both damage and survival (Memento of Angerboda Icon Memento of Angerboda is an acceptable but inferior alternative).
  5. Horn of Valor Icon Horn of Valor: strong overall trinket, with an on-use effect that provides a lot of on-demand Strength. This boosts survivability and damage for a long time.
  6. 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.
  7. Goblet of Nightmarish Ichor Icon Goblet of Nightmarish Ichor: while the Versatility proc is not terribly high, it is still a fair amount of damage/healing and damage reduction (4-6% damage/healing and 2-3% damage reduction depending on its item level).

As a balanced trinket, there is Phantasmal Echo Icon Phantasmal Echo. The Haste is much appreciated, however the lack of Strength coupled with the fact that shield procs way too easily, and on a too long cooldown to really save your life much makes these procs likely to be wasted. 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

Both the 2-piece Tier 19 set bonus is very powerful and should be obtained as soon as possible, since Shield Block Icon Shield Block has a high uptime and therefore this is very important to your survivability. The 4-piece bonus is also strong, although not as high of a priority as the 2-piece (it mostly helps with AoE tanking).

What pieces you go for will depend on the current legendaries you have. Assuming you have none, the 4 best pieces are the helm, shoulders, cloak, and legs. If you have the legendary shoulders (Timeless Stratagem Icon Timeless Stratagem), it is acceptable to use the hands (if you do not have Kakushan's Stormscale Gauntlets Icon Kakushan's Stormscale Gauntlets) since their item level will compensate for the stats.

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.

Kakushan's Stormscale Gauntlets Icon Kakushan's Stormscale Gauntlets is the only legendary that increases your DPS. Given that it also provides a Rage gain, it is a very solid choice overall.

Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles Icon Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles provides some nice self-healing in situations where healing would not otherwise really be incoming. That said, assuming you never really use Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain at full health (which you should not) these bracers make each use of Ignore Pain also heal you a bit. If using the Devastator Icon Devastator talent with high Rage generation, these bracers are very powerful against steady incoming damage. We rank them as the second-best legendary, overall.

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.

The Walls Fell Icon The Walls Fell causes Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam to reduce the remaining cooldown of Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall by 4 seconds. This is a huge cooldown reduction that can have Shield Wall's cooldown down to about 2 minutes and 30 seconds (depending on the number of procs).

Destiny Driver Icon Destiny Driver boosts Intercept Icon Intercept, making it something of an external cooldown. If you also have the  Icon Wall of Steel, this is even better, resulting in a good damage absorption for both you and your target.

Thundergod's Vigor Icon Thundergod's Vigor can be very strong if you are fighting multiple targets for a sustained period of time (such as during dungeon content), allowing you to use Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout more often. Against a single target, it is very weak.

The other legendary items available to Protection Warriors cannot compete with the ones we have listed, and choosing between them will be a matter of preference.

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 Hunters, Monks, Shamans, and Arms/Fury Warriors
Plate Armor Death Knights, Paladins, and Arms/Fury Warriors
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Blood Death Knights, Vengeance Demon Hunters, Guardian Druids, Brewmaster Monks, and Protection Paladins

5. ChangeLog

  • 12 Jan. 2017: Further updated the text for Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles to more clearly explain their viability.
  • 11 Jan. 2017: Updated text for Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Added Tier 19 set bonuses and updated assessments of Legendaries.
  • 22 Oct. 2016: Updated the BiS recommendations, and added a mention of Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles in the legendary section.
  • 29 Sep. 2016: Fixed a small typo.
  • 23 Sep. 2016: Added Best in Slot recommendations.
  • 20 Sep. 2016: Updated the text for The Walls Fell slightly, and moved it up on the page.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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