TBC Classic Protection Warrior Phase 1 / Tier 4 Gear and Best in Slot
On this page, you will find the best Tier 4 PvE gear and best in slot items for your Protection Warrior in TBC Classic Phase 1.
Protection Warrior Phase 1 / Tier 4 Best in Slot Gear
In this guide we go over the different gear available for Protection Warriors in Phase One of TBC (Karazhan, Gruul's Lair, and Magtheridon's Lair). 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.
Other Protection Warrior Best in Slot 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 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, however, your character is ready to take on the content of Tiers 5 and 6, then please utilize our updated lists 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.
|Best||Warbringer Greathelm||1 x Powerful Earthstorm Diamond, 1 x Solid Star of Elune||Prince Malchezaar — Karazhan|
|Defensive||Faceguard of the Endless Watch||3 x Solid Star of Elune||Doomwalker|
|Option||Eternium Greathelm||3 x Solid Star of Elune||Opera Event — Karazhan|
Warbringer Greathelm is your best in slot, offering a strong mix of offensive and defensive stats. Faceguard of the Endless Watch is a very strong defensive option but is very difficult to obtain as it drops from a world boss.
|Best||Barbed Choker of Discipline||no sockets||Maiden of Virtue — Karazhan|
|Option||Necklace of the Juggernaut||25 x Badge of Justice|
Barbed Choker of Discipline is a very strong necklace, offering high defensive stats. Necklace of the Juggernaut is still a nice mixture of offense and defense and can be used for higher threat.
|Best||Warbringer Shoulderguards||2 x Solid Star of Elune||High King Maulgar — Gruul's Lair|
|Option||Mantle of Abrahmis||2 x Solid Star of Elune||Netherspite — Karazhan|
Warbringer Shoulderguards are well above any other available shoulders.
|Best||Devilshark Cape||Warlord Kalithresh — The Steamvault|
|Option||Gilded Thorium Cloak||Terestian Illhoof — Karazhan|
Devilshark Cape is still very strong and is your recommended cloak. Gilded Thorium Cloak is a great alternative, offering very high armor, but you should let your Feral Druid Tank get the first one.
|Best||Warbringer Chestguard||3 x Solid Star of Elune||Magtheridon|
|Option||Panzar'Thar Breastplate||3 x Solid Star of Elune||Nightbane — Karazhan|
|Threat||Breastplate of the Warbringer||no sockets||Forge Camp: Annihilated|
|Threat||Gladiator's Plate Chestpiece||3 x Solid Star of Elune||Arena PvP|
Warbringer Chestguard is an amazing chest, loaded with both offensive and defensive stats, making it a clear winner. Breastplate of the Warbringer can still be used as a threat option as it offers high Defense Rating and a ton of Hit Rating.
|Best||Vambraces of Courage||1 x Solid Star of Elune||Attumen the Huntsman — Karazhan|
There is really only one option for tanking bracers from Phase One raids, Vambraces of Courage.
|Best||Topaz-Studded Battlegrips||2 x Solid Star of Elune||Doomwalker|
|Recommended||Iron Gauntlets of the Maiden||2 x Solid Star of Elune||Maiden of Virtue — Karazhan|
|Threat||Grips of Deftness||no sockets||Trash mobs in Karazhan|
Topaz-Studded Battlegrips are your best in slot glove option, but are very difficult to obtain as they drop from a world boss. Iron Gauntlets of the Maiden are a very close second, offering slightly less defensive stats. Grips of Deftness while these are leather, the expertise offered by these cannot be beat for pure threat generation.
|Best||Crimson Girdle of the Indomitable||2 x Solid Star of Elune||Moroes — Karazhan|
Crimson Girdle of the Indomitable is the only option available during Phase One raiding.
|Best||Wrynn Dynasty Greaves||3 x Solid Star of Elune||The Curator — Karazhan|
|Threat||Clefthoof Hide Leggings||no sockets||Showdown|
Wrynn Dynasty Greaves are a great upgrade from your pre-raid BiS. Clefthoof Hide Leggings still remain a massive threat piece to be worn when more threat is needed.
|Best||Battlescar Boots||2 x Solid Star of Elune||Chess Event — Karazhan|
|Option||Boots of Elusion||no sockets||Trash Mobs — Karazhan|
Battlescar Boots are a nice upgrade, offering very high defensive stats.
|Defensive||Violet Signet of the Great Protector||The Violet Eye — Exalted|
|Defensive||A'dal's Signet of Defense||The Fall of Magtheridon|
|Threat||Shapeshifter's Signet||Lower City — Exalted|
|Threat||Crystal Band of Valor||Tavarok — Mana Tombs (Heroic)|
By now there is a clear choice for the rings you want to carry. Swap around accordingly between your defensive and threat generation rings.
|Best||Moroes' Lucky Pocket Watch||Moroes — Karazhan|
|Best||Goblin Rocket Launcher||Goblin Rocket Launcher — Engineering|
|Best||Gnomish Poultryizer||Gnomish Poultryizer — Engineering|
|Best||Timelapse Shard||Keepers of Time — Exalted|
Depending on the fight and your gear you will want to swap around between these trinkets. Typically you will want to use Moroes' Lucky Pocket Watch most of the time except when you are not taking enough damage to maintain your Rage, or you're taking a high amount of magic damage.
|Best||Latro's Shifting Sword||Aeonus — The Black Morass|
|Option||King's Defender||Chess Event — Karazhan|
While King's Defender is a great sword, it falls behind Latro's Shifting Sword in terms of pure threat generation. That being said, Kings Defender can be used when you want a good mixture of offense and defense.
|Best||Aldori Legacy Defender||1 x Solid Star of Elune||Gruul The Dragonkiller — Gruul's Lair|
|Option||Gladiator's Shield Wall||no sockets||Arena|
Aldori Legacy Defender is an amazing shield that will last you all the way until Tier 6. If you do not have one yet Gladiator's Shield Wall is still your best option.
|Recommended||Mark V's Throwing Star||no sockets||Mark V is Alive!|
|Option||Starbolt Longbow||no sockets||Pandemonius — Mana Tombs (Heroic)|
There are not really many Ranged options available in Phase 1. Mark V's Throwing Star makes for a decent option, offering a high mixture of offensive and a little bit of defensive stats. If you find yourself needing more Defense Rating, look for "of the Champion" ranged weapons, as these will have Stamina, Strength, and Defense rating.
For a list of recommended enchants, check out our Protection Warrior Enchants guide.
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