TBC Classic Protection Warrior Phase 2 / Tier 5 Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Aug 14, 2021 at 06:41 by Abide 13 comments

On this page, you will find the best PvE gear and best in slot items for your Protection Warrior in Phase 2 of TBC Classic.

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Protection Warrior Phase Two Best in Slot Gear

In this guide we will go over the different gear available for Protection Warriors in Phase Two of TBC Classic. We will offer multiple different pieces as some can be rather expensive or very hard to obtain. In addition to that, we will show you different gear to look at for threat and for pure tankiness.

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Other Protection Warrior Best in Slot (BiS) Lists

If you are starting out as a freshly-leveled Protection Warrior, our pre-raid best in slot list is meant to give you an idea of non-raid items you can chase as a solo / pug player in preparation for raids.

Do note that items from Heroic dungeons or that require Primal Nether Icon Primal Nethers (which are obtained from Heroics) can be harder to get than raid items due to their daily lockout. Some Heroic dungeons are also harder than most of Karazhan.

If your character is still progressing through the content of Tier 4, then you may wish to consult its best in slot list instead.

Finally, there may be times where you may want to stack resistance to a particular damage type. For these moments we have created separate lists detailing the best gear to maximize your Fire, Frost, Nature, or Shadow resistances.

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Rank Item Gems Source
Best Tankatronic Goggles Icon Tankatronic Goggles
  • 1 x Powerful Earthstorm Diamond Icon Powerful Earthstorm Diamond
  • 1 x Enduring Talasite Icon Enduring Talasite
Tankatronic Goggles IconTankatronic GogglesEngineering
Option Destroyer Greathelm Icon Destroyer Greathelm
  • 1 x Powerful Earthstorm Diamond Icon Powerful Earthstorm Diamond
  • 1 x Shifting Nightseye Icon Shifting Nightseye
Lady VashjSerpentshrine Cavern

Tankatronic Goggles Icon Tankatronic Goggles is introduced in Phase Two for Engineers and is a very well-rounded helmet. Destroyer Greathelm Icon Destroyer Greathelm is a very solid choice if you are not Engineering.

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Necklace

Rank Item Source
Best Frayed Tether of the Drowned Icon Frayed Tether of the Drowned Fathom-Lord KarathressSerpentshrine Cavern
Option The Darkener's Grasp Icon The Darkener's Grasp Kael'thas SunstriderThe Eye

Frayed Tether of the Drowned Icon Frayed Tether of the Drowned is your go-to neck, offering some much-needed Hit Rating. The Darkener's Grasp Icon The Darkener's Grasp can be used for extra tankiness, but generally is not needed and not recommended to get.

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Shoulder

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Destroyer Shoulderguards Icon Destroyer Shoulderguards 2 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune Void ReaverThe Eye

Destroyer Shoulderguards Icon Destroyer Shoulderguards are our go-to shoulders for Tier 5 content, helping us complete our much-desired 4-set bonus.

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Back

Rank Item Source
Best Phoenix-Wing Cloak Icon Phoenix-Wing Cloak Al'arThe Eye

Phoenix-Wing Cloak Icon Phoenix-Wing Cloak offers you a high amount of defensive stats overall. Other cloaks such as Drape of the Dark Reavers Icon Drape of the Dark Reavers may also be used to fill in missing Hit Rating.

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Chest

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Destroyer Chestguard Icon Destroyer Chestguard 3 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune Kael'thas SunstriderThe Eye

Destroyer Chestguard Icon Destroyer Chestguard is an insane chest piece, offering every stat you desire as a Prot Warrior. This chest will last you for most of the expansion.

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Wrist

Rank Item Source
Best Wristguards of Determination Icon Wristguards of Determination Void ReaverThe Eye

Wristguards of Determination Icon Wristguards of Determination are a slight upgrade from our Phase One bracers, although Vambraces of Courage Icon Vambraces of Courage are still a very solid option.

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Hands

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Destroyer Handguards Icon Destroyer Handguards no sockets Leotheras the BlindSerpentshrine Cavern
Tanky Royal Gauntlets of Silvermoon Icon Royal Gauntlets of Silvermoon 2 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune Kael'thas SunstriderThe Eye
Threat Gloves of the Searing Grip Icon Gloves of the Searing Grip no sockets Al'arThe Eye

Destroyer Handguards Icon Destroyer Handguards are another piece used for our Tier 5 4-set bonus. Gloves of the Searing Grip Icon Gloves of the Searing Grip are a solid option if you cannot get your 4-set bonus yet and do not need the gloves for your 2-set bonus. Royal Gauntlets of Silvermoon Icon Royal Gauntlets of Silvermoon are a very strong pure tank pair of gloves, offering very high Stamina and Avoidance; these can be useful in certain situations.

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Waist

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Girdle of the Invulnerable Icon Girdle of the Invulnerable
  • 1 x Shifting Nightseye Icon Shifting Nightseye
  • 1 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune
Leotheras the BlindSerpentshrine Cavern
Threat Belt of One-Hundred Deaths Icon Belt of One-Hundred Deaths
  • 1 x Shifting Nightseye Icon Shifting Nightseye
  • 1 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune
Lady VashjSerpentshrine Cavern

Girdle of the Invulnerable Icon Girdle of the Invulnerable is a very tanky belt, being the highest Avoidance belt in the game. Belt of One-Hundred Deaths Icon Belt of One-Hundred Deaths can be used for pure threat as the Expertise is a massive gain.

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Legs

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Destroyer Legguards Icon Destroyer Legguards 1 x Shifting Nightseye Icon Shifting Nightseye Fathom-Lord KarathressSerpentshrine Cavern

Destroyer Legguards Icon Destroyer Legguards are the only pair of tank legs in Tier 5 and are very solid while helping complete our 4-set bonus.

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Feet

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Boots of the Resilient Icon Boots of the Resilient 2 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune High Astromancer SolarianThe Eye
Threat Red Havoc Boots Icon Red Havoc Boots no sockets Red Havoc Boots IconRed Havoc BootsBlacksmithing

Boots of the Resilient Icon Boots of the Resilient offer very high Stamina while Red Havoc Boots Icon Red Havoc Boots offer some threat through Block value, but require you to have Blacksmithing.

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Finger

Rank Item Source
Tanky Violet Signet of the Great Protector Icon Violet Signet of the Great Protector The Violet EyeExalted
Tanky Ring of Sundered Souls Icon Ring of Sundered Souls Morogrim TidewalkerSerpentshrine Cavern
Threat Shapeshifter's Signet Icon Shapeshifter's Signet Lower CityExalted
Threat Crystal Band of Valor Icon Crystal Band of Valor Tavarok — (H)Mana Tombs

For the most part you will want to use your threat options, but always have a few options at the ready for your ring slots depending on the needs of the fight.

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Trinket

Rank Item Source
Best Moroes' Lucky Pocket Watch Icon Moroes' Lucky Pocket Watch MoroesKarazhan
Best Goblin Rocket Launcher Icon Goblin Rocket Launcher Goblin Rocket Launcher IconGoblin Rocket LauncherEngineering
Best Gnomish Poultryizer Icon Gnomish Poultryizer Gnomish Poultryizer IconGnomish PoultryizerEngineering
Best Timelapse Shard Icon Timelapse Shard Keepers of TimeExalted
Threat Dragonspine Trophy Icon Dragonspine Trophy Gruul The DragonkillerGruul's Lair
Threat Icon of Unyielding Courage Icon Icon of Unyielding Courage Keli'dan the Breaker — (H) The Blood Furnace

Depending on the fight and your gear you will want to swap around between these trinkets. Icon of Unyielding Courage Icon Icon of Unyielding Courage is great for helping reach the Hit Rating cap. Timelapse Shard Icon Timelapse Shard is very helpful with reaching Crit immunity, especially on fights where you are wearing resistance gear.

14.

Weapon

Rank Item Source
Best Latro's Shifting Sword Icon Latro's Shifting Sword AeonusThe Black Morass
Tanky Mallet of the Tides Icon Mallet of the Tides The Lurker BelowSerpentshrine Cavern
Option King's Defender Icon King's Defender Chess EventKarazhan

Latro's Shifting Sword Icon Latro's Shifting Sword remains your highest threat weapon available for the pure speed it offers as well as the Expertise. Mallet of the Tides Icon Mallet of the Tides is a very solid weapon which should be used when you wish to be a little tankier.

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Shield

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Aldori Legacy Defender Icon Aldori Legacy Defender 1 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune Gruul The DragonkillerGruul's Lair
Option Merciless Gladiator's Shield Wall Icon Merciless Gladiator's Shield Wall no sockets Arena

Aldori Legacy Defender Icon Aldori Legacy Defender is still your best shield for Tier 5 content. Merciless Gladiator's Shield Wall Icon Merciless Gladiator's Shield Wall is a very solid option, especially if you do not need the Hit Rating from Aldor Legacy Defender.

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Ranged

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Barrel-Blade Longrifle Icon Barrel-Blade Longrifle 2 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune Doomwalker
Best Gyro-Balanced Khorium Destroyer Icon Gyro-Balanced Khorium Destroyer 1 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune Gyro-balanced Khorium Destroyer IconGyro-balanced Khorium DestroyerEngineering
Threat Serpentshrine Shuriken Icon Serpentshrine Shuriken no sockets Trash mobs in Serpentshrine Cavern
Option The Boomstick Icon The Boomstick no sockets Anzu — (H) Sethekk Halls

We recommended using one of the Stamina ranged weapons available to you. Serpentshrine Shuriken Icon Serpentshrine Shuriken is a great option if you are lacking Hit, and The Boomstick Icon The Boomstick is a solid choice added in Phase Two, especially useful on resistance gear fights to help reach Crit immune.

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For a list of recommended enchants, check out our Protection Warrior Enchants guide.

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Changelog

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