TBC Classic Protection Warrior Pre-Raid Gear

Last updated on Jul 03, 2021 at 07:34 by Abide 13 comments

On this page, you will find the best pre-raid gear for Protection Warrior in TBC Classic.

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Protection Warrior Pre-Raid Best in Slot Gear

In this guide we go over the different gear available for Protection Warriors before entering raids. We will offer multiple different pieces as some can be rather expensive or very rare to find. In addition to that, we will show you gear to look at for threat and for pure tankiness.

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Other Protection Warrior Best in Slot Lists

If your character is ready to jump into Phase 3 / Tier 6 content, then see our current best in slot list. If you wish to go through the content of Tiers 4 or 5 instead, then please see their respective lists below.

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 Helm of the Stalwart Defender Icon Helm of the Stalwart Defender 3 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune Helm of the Stalwart Defender IconHelm of the Stalwart DefenderBlacksmithing
Recommended Felsteel Helm Icon Felsteel Helm 3 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune Felsteel Helm IconFelsteel HelmBlacksmithing
Easy Myrmidon's Headdress Icon Myrmidon's Headdress 1 x Powerful Earthstorm Diamond Icon Powerful Earthstorm Diamond, 1 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune The Warlord's HideoutSteamvault

Helm of the Stalwart Defender Icon Helm of the Stalwart Defender is a powerful but expensive head piece. It offers very high Armor and Stamina, and the Resilience can be useful early on to help become critical strike immune against bosses. If you are looking for a less expensive but solid helmet, grab a Felsteel Helm Icon Felsteel Helm as it should be much cheaper and is very powerful.

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Necklace

Rank Item Source
Best Necklace of the Juggernaut Icon Necklace of the Juggernaut G'eras — 25 x Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice
Option Strength of the Untamed Icon Strength of the Untamed Cenarion ExpeditionRevered
Easy Mark of the Ravenguard Icon Mark of the Ravenguard Brother Against BrotherSethekk Halls
Threat Enchanted Thorium Torque Icon Enchanted Thorium Torque High Botanist FreywinnBotanica

Necklace of the Juggernaut Icon Necklace of the Juggernaut is a very strong necklace, offering high defensive stats and some offense through the Agility. Mark of the Ravenguard Icon Mark of the Ravenguard and Strength of the Untamed Icon Strength of the Untamed are both great options until you can pick it up.

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Shoulder

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Fanblade Pauldrons Icon Fanblade Pauldrons 2 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune Shirrak the Dead WatcherAuchenai Crypts (Heroic)
Option Shoulderguards of the Bold Icon Shoulderguards of the Bold 2 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune MurmurShadow Labyrinth
Easy Warchief's Mantle Icon Warchief's Mantle 2 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune Return to AndormuOld Hillsbrad Foothills

Fanblade Pauldrons Icon Fanblade Pauldrons is a great pair of shoulders, but can be hard to obtain. Shoulderguards of the Bold Icon Shoulderguards of the Bold or Warchief's Mantle Icon Warchief's Mantle are suitable in the meantime until you can upgrade.

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Back

Rank Item Source
Best Devilshark Cape Icon Devilshark Cape Warlord KalithreshThe Steamvault
Easy Cloak of Eternity Icon Cloak of Eternity Cloak of Eternity IconCloak of EternityTailoring

Devilshark Cape Icon Devilshark Cape is an amazing cloak that we highly recommend you farm, as it will last you until Tier 5, and even past that for some cases. Cloak of Eternity Icon Cloak of Eternity can be picked up easily through Tailoring.

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Chest

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Breastplate of the Bold Icon Breastplate of the Bold 3 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune Harbinger SkyrissThe Arcatraz
Easy Vindicator's Hauberk Icon Vindicator's Hauberk no sockets The AldorRevered
Threat Breastplate of the Warbringer Icon Breastplate of the Warbringer no sockets Forge Camp: Annihilated

Breastplate of the Bold Icon Breastplate of the Bold is a strong defensive chest piece, as it offers a high amount of Stamina through the gem sockets. We highly recommend you get Breastplate of the Warbringer Icon Breastplate of the Warbringer, as the Hit Rating makes this chest a very good threat piece that you will want to use for quite a while, even when you have raid gear.

Bulwark of Kings Icon Bulwark of Kings is worth mentioning as well as it offers an extremely strong chest piece early on, having the highest Stamina and Armor out of any option. However, since it requires Blacksmithing and is about equal to a Tier 4 raiding chests for tanks, it is not worth the investment for a short temporary upgrade.

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Wrist

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Bracers of the Green Fortress Icon Bracers of the Green Fortress no sockets Bracers of the Green Fortress IconBracers of the Green FortressBlacksmithing
Option Amber Bands of the Aggressor Icon Amber Bands of the Aggressor no sockets Warlord KalithreshThe Steamvault (Heroic)
Easy Sha'tari Wrought Armguards Icon Sha'tari Wrought Armguards 1 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune The Soul DevicesShadow Labyrinth
Threat Junior Technician 3rd Grade Bracers Icon Junior Technician 3rd Grade Bracers no sockets You're Hired!

Bracers of the Green Fortress Icon Bracers of the Green Fortress are very strong crafted Wrists and are your best option to grab before entering raids. Sha'tari Wrought Armguards Icon Sha'tari Wrought Armguards are a great alternative that can be easily gotten from a quest.

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Hands

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Felsteel Gloves Icon Felsteel Gloves 2 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune Felsteel Gloves IconFelsteel GlovesBlacksmithing

While there are a few other alternative options for your gloves, Felsteel Gloves Icon Felsteel Gloves are simply the best option available while also very easy to obtain.

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Waist

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Girdle of the Immovable Icon Girdle of the Immovable 2 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune QuagmirranThe Slave Pens (Heroic)
Option Lion's Heart Girdle Icon Lion's Heart Girdle no sockets VazrudenHellfire Ramparts (Heroic)
Easy Sha'tari Vindicator's Waistguard Icon Sha'tari Vindicator's Waistguard no sockets How to Break Into the Arcatraz

Girdle of the Immovable Icon Girdle of the Immovable is your go to Belt as it offers a very large amount of Stamina. Use Sha'tari Vindicator's Waistguard Icon Sha'tari Vindicator's Waistguard while you run Heroics looking for one of the above Belts.

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Legs

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Timewarden's Leggings Icon Timewarden's Leggings 3 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune Keepers of TimeRevered
Easy Felsteel Leggings Icon Felsteel Leggings 3 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune Felsteel Leggings IconFelsteel LeggingsBlacksmithing
Threat Clefthoof Hide Leggings Icon Clefthoof Hide Leggings no sockets Showdown

Timewarden's Leggings Icon Timewarden's Leggings are your go-to legs, as they offer a ton of Stamina and triple sockets. Felsteel Leggings Icon Felsteel Leggings are also a very good second option that are very easy to get. While Clefthoof Hide Leggings Icon Clefthoof Hide Leggings are Leather and have no sockets, they are an absolutely ungodly threat piece of gear, offering Strength, Agility, Hit and Expertise in high amounts.

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Feet

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Boots of the Colossus Icon Boots of the Colossus 2 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune PandemoniusMana Tombs (Heroic)
Option Flesh Beast's Metal Greaves Icon Flesh Beast's Metal Greaves no sockets Someone Else's Hard Work Pays OffMana Tombs
Option Ascendant's Boots Icon Ascendant's Boots 2 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune A Job Unfinished...

Boots of the Colossus Icon Boots of the Colossus will be your preferred Boots, offering high Stamina. Flesh Beast's Metal Greaves Icon Flesh Beast's Metal Greaves are an easy option to pick up early before entering Heroics. Ascendant's Boots Icon Ascendant's Boots are also very strong, and are second best in slot, but require Epic Flying (280%) to be able to do the quest.

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Finger

Rank Item Source
Defensive Ring of Unyielding Force Icon Ring of Unyielding Force 25 x Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice
Defensive Band of Impenetrable Defenses Icon Band of Impenetrable Defenses BoE World Drop
Threat Shapeshifter's Signet Icon Shapeshifter's Signet Lower CityExalted
Threat Crystal Band of Valor Icon Crystal Band of Valor TavarokMana Tombs (Heroic)
Option Wind Trader's Band Icon Wind Trader's Band Dealing with the Overmaster
Option Elementium Band of the Sentry Icon Elementium Band of the Sentry Harbinger SkyrissThe Arcatraz (Heroic)

There are quite a few options available to Protection Warriors for their rings. Instead of aiming for only two rings, we suggest trying to collect many rings for different purposes. Sometimes you will want to have very defensive options, sometimes you will want to deal higher threat. Having options in gear is the sign of a good tank.

Wind Trader's Band Icon Wind Trader's Band is highly recommended to get if you do not already have it. This should be the first ring you grab as this is from a short quest chain and is amazing for how easy it is to get.

Shapeshifter's Signet Icon Shapeshifter's Signet is an amazing threat ring that will last you throughout the entire expansion, barely being replaced at the end of it with better threat rings. Crystal Band of Valor Icon Crystal Band of Valor is also a great well-rounded tank ring that lasts until Tier 6.

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Trinket

Rank Item Source
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
Option Argussian Compass Icon Argussian Compass The Black StalkerThe Underbog (Heroic)
Option Regal Protectorate Icon Regal Protectorate Cruel's Intentions / Overlord
Option Adamantine Figurine Icon Adamantine Figurine Blackheart the InciterShadow Labyrinth
Threat Icon of Unyielding Courage Icon Icon of Unyielding Courage Keli'dan the BreakerThe Blood Furnace (Heroic)
Threat Terokkar Tablet of Precision Icon Terokkar Tablet of Precision Torgos!
Threat Gnomeregan Auto-Blocker 600 Icon Gnomeregan Auto-Blocker 600 25 x Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice

Trinkets are similar to rings in the way that you will want to collect a few of them to use in different situations. Typically you will want to be wearing Stamina trinkets, whichever of the best options you have. If you are low on Defense Rating, wear one of the trinkets that help you become critical strike immune.

Timelapse Shard Icon Timelapse Shard is a very strong option, as it offers a good amount of Stamina and high Resilience, which helps you become immune to critical strikes. There are also a few threat trinkets available if you are struggling to keep up with threat.

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Weapon

Rank Item Source
Best Latro's Shifting Sword Icon Latro's Shifting Sword AeonusThe Black Morass
Defensive The Sun Eater Icon The Sun Eater Pathaleon the CalculatorMechanar (Heroic)
Option Honor's Call Icon Honor's Call Honor HoldExalted
Option Warbringer Icon Warbringer ThrallmarExalted
Easy Grom'tor's Charge Icon Grom'tor's Charge The Cipher of Damnation

Latro's Shifting Sword Icon Latro's Shifting Sword is an amazing Protection Warrior weapon, as the very fast speed allows you to get off an unmatched amount of Heroic Strike IconHeroic Strikes, your main threat generator. In addition to that, it offers other stats that further increase your threat generation, making this sword your best in slot for threat generation all the way till Tier 6.

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Shield

Rank Item Gems Source
Best Gladiator's Shield Wall Icon Gladiator's Shield Wall no sockets Arena
Recommended Azure-Shield of Coldarra Icon Azure-Shield of Coldarra no sockets 33 x Badge of Justice Icon Badge of Justice
Option Crest of the Sha'tar Icon Crest of the Sha'tar 2 x Solid Star of Elune Icon Solid Star of Elune The Sha'tarExalted
Option Platinum Shield of the Valorous Icon Platinum Shield of the Valorous no sockets Ambassador HellmawShadow Labyrinth

Gladiator's Shield Wall Icon Gladiator's Shield Wall is an extremely powerful shield, offering a huge amount of Armor and Stamina. The Resilience is also very useful to become immune to critical strikes. Azure-Shield of Coldarra Icon Azure-Shield of Coldarra is nearly as good and much easier to obtain. If you find yourself needing more Defense Rating, look for "of the Champion" ranged weapons, as these will have Stamina, Strength, and Defense rating.

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Ranged

Rank Item Gems Source
Recommended Mark V's Throwing Star Icon Mark V's Throwing Star no sockets Mark V is Alive!
Option Starbolt Longbow Icon Starbolt Longbow no sockets PandemoniusMana Tombs (Heroic)

There are not really many Ranged options available in Phase 1. Mark V's Throwing Star Icon Mark V's Throwing Star makes for a decent option, offering a high mixture of offensive and a little bit of defensive stats.

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

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Changelog

  • 03 Jul. 2021: Removed missing Ranged weapon.
  • 26 May 2021: Guide added.
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