Protection Warrior Leveling Guide From 1 to 70 for TBC Classic

Last updated on May 21, 2021 at 15:25 by Abide 7 comments

Welcome to our Burning Crusade Classic Protection Warrior leveling guide. Here we will help guide you through your Protection Warrior's leveling journey toward Level 70. Make sure to use the sliders shown down below to have the guide update as you level up.


Protection Warrior Level-by-Level Rotation, Talents, and Trainer Skills

Leveling a Warrior as Protection is not recommended as it is slower than the other specs available. I would advise for you to wait until at least Level 50 before trying to solo-level as Protection. From Level 50 onward you can level at a similar pace to the other specs. If you do wish to level as Protection before Level 50, it is advised to tank dungeon groups frequently.

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Level: 70

Leveling Talents

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

Anticipation IconAnticipation is a great talent, making you much tankier. Shield Specialization IconShield Specialization is good for mitigation and some Rage generation.

Defiance IconDefiance is a great talent for the extra threat and Expertise. Last Stand IconLast Stand is great if you ever get low on health and Improved Shield Block IconImproved Shield Block makes your Shield Block IconShield Block twice as good. Improved Sunder Armor IconImproved Sunder Armor is great since you will be using Sunder Armor IconSunder Armor frequently. Finally, Tactical Mastery IconTactical Mastery is decent if you ever need to change stances.

Concussion Blow IconConcussion Blow is great for stunning strong enemies. Tactical Mastery IconTactical Mastery is also finished off here. Toughness IconToughness gives you some decent damage mitigation. One-Handed Weapon Specialization IconOne-Handed Weapon Specialization is a huge increase to your damage dealt.

Shield Slam IconShield Slam deals very high threat and gives you an additional way to use excess Rage. Focused Rage IconFocused Rage is one of the best talents in the Protection tree, reducing the Rage cost of all your offensive abilities by 3. We simply put a filler point in Shield Mastery IconShield Mastery; finish these levels off with Vitality IconVitality for some extra Strength and Stamina.

Devastate IconDevastate is an amazing damage ability at lower levels, massively increasing your killing speed. Cruelty IconCruelty gives you a much higher crit chance, and Deflection IconDeflection helps with reducing the damage you take.

Deflection IconDeflection we finish this off here so we can reach Improved Charge IconImproved Charge for the extra Rage from our Charge IconCharge in each fight. Improved Thunder Clap IconImproved Thunder Clap is good for fighting multiple enemies at once, or for tanking dungeons. Improved Overpower IconImproved Overpower is a great damage increase when playing solo. Anger Management IconAnger Management is useful for a small boost to Rage generation, and Shield Mastery IconShield Mastery is essentially a filler point.


Leveling Rotation

  1. Bloodrage IconBloodrage to prevent your Rage from decaying between mobs.
  2. Charge IconCharge your enemy.
  3. Overpower IconOverpower if any of your attacks are dodged.
  4. Victory Rush IconVictory Rush any new enemies after killing previous ones.
  5. Sunder Armor IconSunder Armor till at 5>
  6. Devastate IconDevastate every global.
  7. Rend IconRend at the start of combat.
  8. Heroic Strike IconHeroic Strike all remaining Rage.
  9. Execute IconExecute any low-health enemies.
  10. Heroic Strike IconHeroic Strike only if you have a large surplus of Rage.

Early Warrior levels are very lackluster when it comes to abilities. Make sure you use Charge IconCharge whenever possible to generate extra Rage. Keep Battle Shout IconBattle Shout's buff up to increase your damage, and use Heroic Strike IconHeroic Strike whenever you have the Rage for it. Keep Rend IconRend up on enemies for the first few levels since you have no other abilities to use.

Train for Overpower IconOverpower at Level 12. It deals damage to an enemy after one of your attacks is dodged. This attack cannot be dodged or parried, making it a great early-game damaging ability.

Get Execute IconExecute from the trainer at Level 24. When an enemy reaches 20% health, you can use this to deal very high damage to them based on how much Rage you have.

Shield Slam IconShield Slam at Level 40 finally gives you a main damaging ability.

Devastate IconDevastate at Level 50 is a huge damage increase, giving you an ability you can spam constantly.

Victory Rush IconVictory Rush is very useful for chain pulling while leveling. It essentially gives you a free attack after you get the killing blow on an enemy.


List of Trainer Skills to Buy

Training spells can be rather expensive, especially if you try to learn every spell available to you. Here we will give you a list of your top-priority spells that you will want to train so you know which ones you can avoid and save some money.

  • Rend IconRend — Do not train this past Rank 2 as the damage falls off greatly the higher you level.
  • Heroic Strike IconHeroic Strike — Do not train this past Rank 5 because you will replace it with other abilities around this time.
  • Charge IconCharge — Each rank up gives more Rage than the last, so it is worth getting.
  • Bloodrage IconBloodrage — Great for generating Rage.
  • Battle Shout IconBattle Shout — Each rank gives you more Attack Power, so keep this one ranked up as high as possible.
  • Overpower IconOverpower — Great damage, especially in the early levels.
  • Retaliation IconRetaliation — Can be used every 30 minutes to kill many mobs at one time.
  • Intimidating Shout IconIntimidating Shout — Useful to escape dangerous situations and PvP.
  • Sunder Armor IconSunder Armor — Keep this leveled up for the increased armor reduction debuff.
  • Cleave IconCleave — Useful for AoEing multiple mobs down at a time.
  • Thunder Clap IconThunder Clap — You will want to keep this up to date as it makes the debuff last longer. It is useful for tanking dungeons or when fighting multiple mobs at a time.
  • Demoralizing Shout IconDemoralizing Shout — Good for strong enemies or when fighting multiple monsters at a time.
  • Execute IconExecute — Deals great damage to low-health enemies.
  • Berserker Rage IconBerserker Rage — Useful to avoid being feared and increases the amount of Rage you gain from damage taken.
  • Devastate IconDevastate — Since this is your main ability you will want to keep it max rank for your level.
  • Shield Slam IconShield Slam — You will want to keep this leveled up as well for its increased damage.
  • Recklessness IconRecklessness — Can be useful in some situations, such as killing an elite enemy.
  • Victory Rush IconVictory Rush — There is only one rank of this but make sure to pick it up as it essentially gives you a free attack.
  • Spell Reflection IconSpell Reflection — Good to get for the defensive aspect in both PvE and PvP. Make sure you have a shield ready to equip to be able to use this ability.

Continue Improving at Level 70

Well done on hitting level 70 in Burning Crusade Classic! Now that your leveling process is over, you can learn more about Level-70 gameplay by reading our Protection Warrior Guide, which covers many different aspects of Protection Warrior's gameplay.



  • 19 May 2021: Guide added.
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