Protection Paladin TBC Pre-Patch BiS Gear Guide

Last updated on May 23, 2021 at 13:28 by Sellin 11 comments

On this page, you will find the best in slot items for your Protection Paladin during the pre-patch of the Burning Crusade.


Gearing Strategy for Protection Paladins in the TBC Pre-Patch

While this list focuses on the best gear possible for players who have been continuously playing Classic, the time we have in the pre-patch is extremely short, so not all this gear will be able to be acquired. Consider some of the alternatives listed including PvP gear, as the ranking requirement is removed from High Warlord/Grand Marshal gear.

Please consider checking out our Classic era pre-raid BiS gearing list as well when figuring out what gear you are looking for, as most of the pieces listed on there are easily farmable.


Naxxramas Protection Paladin BiS

This is the gear we recommend for Protection Paladins in the Naxxramas patch. Naxxramas is the final destination of the original World of Warcraft, and as such carries the best gear and the most difficult bosses.

Paladins Tier 3, Redemption Armor one of the most highly sought after sets in the game but it unfortunately offers very little benefit for Protection and we will not be using it in an optimal set up.

Slot Item Source
  • Helm of Domination Icon Helm of Domination
  • Gluth's Missing Collar Icon Gluth's Missing Collar
  • Pauldrons of the Unrelenting Icon Pauldrons of the Unrelenting
  • Cryptfiend Silk Cloak Icon Cryptfiend Silk Cloak
  • Avenger's Breastplate Icon Avenger's Breastplate
  • Tier 2.5 piece found in AQ40
  • Fel Hardened Bracers Icon Fel Hardened Bracers
  • Gauntlets of Steadfast Determination Icon Gauntlets of Steadfast Determination
  • Royal Qiraji Belt Icon Royal Qiraji Belt
  • Bloodsoaked Legplates Icon Bloodsoaked Legplates
  • Boots of the Unwavering Will Icon Boots of the Unwavering Will
  • Ring of Emperor Vek'lor Icon Ring of Emperor Vek'lor
  • Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight Icon Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight
  • Neltharion's Tear Icon Neltharion's Tear
  • The Restrained Essence of Sapphiron Icon The Restrained Essence of Sapphiron
  • Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker Icon Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
  • The End of Dreams Icon The End of Dreams
  • The Face of Death Icon The Face of Death
Libram Libram of Hope Icon Libram of Hope Isalien in Dire Maul

Alternative Gear for Protection Paladins

Slot Item Source
  • Lionheart Helm Icon Lionheart Helm
  • Helm of Endless Rage Icon Helm of Endless Rage
  • Gyth's Skull Icon Gyth's Skull
  • Golem Skull Helm Icon Golem Skull Helm
  • Mark of C'Thun Icon Mark of C'Thun
  • Medallion of Steadfast Might Icon Medallion of Steadfast Might
  • Master Dragonslayer's Medallion Icon Master Dragonslayer's Medallion
  • Talisman of Protection Icon Talisman of Protection
  • Drake Talon Pauldrons Icon Drake Talon Pauldrons
  • Stockade Pauldrons Icon Stockade Pauldrons
  • Bulky Iron Spaulders Icon Bulky Iron Spaulders
  • Defiler's Plate Spaulders Icon Defiler's Plate Spaulders
  • Overlord's Embrace Icon Overlord's Embrace
  • Elementium Threaded Cloak Icon Elementium Threaded Cloak
  • Redoubt Cloak Icon Redoubt Cloak
  • Dragon's Blood Cape Icon Dragon's Blood Cape
  • Kromcrush's Chestplate Icon Kromcrush's Chestplate
  • Deathbone Chestplate Icon Deathbone Chestplate
  • Ornate Adamantium Breastplate Icon Ornate Adamantium Breastplate
  • Captain Kromcrush in Dire Maul North
  • Side bosses in Scholomance
  • Reward from the quest In Dreams in Western Plaguelands
  • Dragonbone Wristguards Icon Dragonbone Wristguards
  • Judgement Bindings Icon Judgement Bindings
  • Bloodsoaked Gauntlets Icon Bloodsoaked Gauntlets
  • Stonegrip Gauntlets Icon Stonegrip Gauntlets
  • Boneclenched Gauntlets Icon Boneclenched Gauntlets
  • Girdle of the Fallen Crusader Icon Girdle of the Fallen Crusader
  • Deathbone Girdle Icon Deathbone Girdle
  • Legguards of the Fallen Crusader Icon Legguards of the Fallen Crusader
  • Enchanted Thorium Leggings Icon Enchanted Thorium Leggings
  • Judgement Legplates Icon Judgement Legplates
  • Core Forged Greaves Icon Core Forged Greaves
  • Bloodsoaked Greaves Icon Bloodsoaked Greaves
  • Deathbone Sabatons Icon Deathbone Sabatons
  • Overlord's Onyx Band Icon Overlord's Onyx Band
  • Overlord's Crimson Band Icon Overlord's Crimson Band
  • Archimtiros' Ring of Reckoning Icon Archimtiros' Ring of Reckoning
  • Naglering Icon Naglering
  • Myrmidon's Signet Icon Myrmidon's Signet
  • Onyxia Blood Talisman Icon Onyxia Blood Talisman
  • Zandalarian Hero Badge Icon Zandalarian Hero Badge
  • Stormpike Insignia Rank 6 Icon Stormpike Insignia Rank 6
  • Mark of the Chosen Icon Mark of the Chosen
  • Sharpened Silithid Femur Icon Sharpened Silithid Femur
  • Quel'Serrar Icon Quel'Serrar
  • Bloodlord's Defender Icon Bloodlord's Defender
  • Blackguard Icon Blackguard
  • Blessed Qiraji Bulwark Icon Blessed Qiraji Bulwark
  • Aegis of the Blood God Icon Aegis of the Blood God
  • Elementium Reinforced Bulwark Icon Elementium Reinforced Bulwark
  • Malistar's Defender Icon Malistar's Defender
  • Drillborer Disk Icon Drillborer Disk
  • Force Reactive Disk Icon Force Reactive Disk
  • Libram of Truth Icon Libram of Truth
  • Magmus in Blackrock Depths


  • 23 May 2021: Guide added.
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