TBC Classic Protection Warrior Pre-Raid Gear
On this page, you will find the best pre-raid gear for Protection Warrior in TBC Classic.
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.
For the most part we will exclude PvP gear choices. While PvP gear can be a very powerful option for some slots, the gear will require many hours of battlegrounds or weeks of arena point farming to obtain while not being a "best" choice. We recommend only investing time into farming a couple of these pieces at most as the lack of fully PvE focused stats can leave you lacking in certain aspects (such as hit rating or avoidance).
Other Protection Warrior Best in Slot Lists
If your character is ready to jump into Phase 5 Sunwell content, then see our current best in slot list. If you wish to go through the content of Tiers 4, 5 or 6 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.
|Best||Hard Khorium Goggles||1 x Powerful Earthstorm Diamond,
1 x Enduring Seaspray Emerald
|Hard Khorium Goggles — Engineering|
|Good||Tankatronic Goggles||1 x Powerful Earthstorm Diamond,
1 x Enduring Talasite
|Tankatronic Goggles — Engineering|
|Recommended||Faceguard of Determination||1 x Powerful Earthstorm Diamond,
1 x Solid Star of Elune
|G'eras — 50 x Badge of Justice|
|Easy||Felsteel Helm||3 x Solid Star of Elune||Felsteel Helm — Blacksmithing|
Hard Khorium Goggles is our best in slot helm for the rest of the expansion, but requires engineering to use. If you do not have the profession, go for one of your other options.
|Threat||Hard Khorium Choker||1 x Smooth Lionseye||Hard Khorium Choker — Jewelcrafting|
|Best||Brooch of Deftness||no sockets||G'eras — 35 x Badge of Justice|
|Good||Shattered Sun Pendant of Resolve||no sockets||Shattered Sun Offensive — Exalted|
|Easy||Mark of the Ravenguard||no sockets||Brother Against Brother — Sethekk Halls|
Phase 5 has a few necks we can pick up easily. Hard Khorium Choker is great for threat generation, but requires Jewelcrafting to use. Both Brooch of Deftness and Shattered Sun Pendant of Resolve are great options, giving us some much need hit rating and expertise.
|Great||Merciless Gladiator's Plate Shoulders||2 x Solid Star of Elune||11,250 Honor Points|
|Good||Shoulderplates of Everlasting Pain||2 x Solid Star of Elune||Selin Fireheart — (H) Magister's Terrace|
|Good||Fanblade Pauldrons||2 x Solid Star of Elune||Shirrak the Dead Watcher — (H) Auchenai Crypts|
|Option||Shoulderguards of the Bold||2 x Solid Star of Elune||Murmur — Shadow Labyrinth|
|Easy||Warchief's Mantle||2 x Solid Star of Elune||Return to Andormu — Old Hillsbrad Foothills|
Unfortunately there are not many new shoulder options for us in Phase 5. PvP shoulders are a great option, giving high armor, stamina and resilience to reduce our chance to be crit. If you do not want to farm honor for the PvP shoulders, aim for one of the other available options.
|Tanky||Slikk's Cloak of Placation||G'eras — 35 x Badge of Justice|
|Threat||Dory's Embrace||G'eras — 60 x Badge of Justice|
|Good||Devilshark Cape||Warlord Kalithresh — The Steamvault|
Phase 5 has no new pre-raid best in slot cloaks for us to get. Slikk's Cloak of Placation is a very tanky cloak option, while Dory's Embrace is a good threat choice.
|Best||Chestplate of Stoicism||1 x Shifting Shadowsong Amethyst||100 x Badge of Justice|
|Great||Merciless Gladiator's Plate Chestpiece||3 x Solid Star of Elune||10,328 Honor Points|
|Good||Netherforce Chestplate||3 x Solid Star of Elune||Kael'thas Sunstrider — (H) Magister's Terrace|
Chestplate of Stoicism is a new chest available in Phase 5, costing 100 Badge of Justice. Merciless Gladiator's Plate Chestpiece is a good option, but requires honor farming in battlegrounds. The 2 set resilience bonus from the PvP gear is a great option to help reach crit immunity.
|Best||Bracers of the Ancient Phalanx||no sockets||G'eras — 35 x Badge of Justice|
|Good||Bracers of the Green Fortress||no sockets||Bracers of the Green Fortress — Blacksmithing|
|Easy||Sha'tari Wrought Armguards||1 x Solid Star of Elune||The Soul Devices — Shadow Labyrinth|
|Easy||Junior Technician 3rd Grade Bracers||no sockets||You're Hired!|
Bracers of the Ancient Phalanx remain a very bracer choice, giving us some much needed defense and expertise. Grab one of the easy to obtain options until you can get your best choice.
|Best||Hard Khorium Battlefists||2 x Solid Empyrean Sapphire||Hard Khorium Battlefists — Blacksmithing|
|Good||Bonefist Gauntlets||1 x Shifting Nightseye,
1 x Solid Star of Elune
|G'eras — 60 x Badge of Justice|
|Easy||Felsteel Gloves||2 x Solid Star of Elune||Felsteel Gloves — Blacksmithing|
In Phase 5, we can grab Hard Khorium Battlefists from a Blacksmith. While these are DPS gloves inherently, they give us some very high threat stats, in addition to high armor and stamina. Bonefist Gauntlets are a good option, but have a high Badge of Justice cost and are not recommended to get early on. Felsteel Gloves remain a very solid choice if you have nothing else.
|Best||Girdle of the Fearless||1 x Shifting Shadowsong Amethyst||75 x Badge of Justice|
|Good||Red Belt of Battle||2 x Solid Star of Elune||Red Belt of Battle — Blacksmithing|
|Option||Girdle of the Immovable||2 x Solid Star of Elune||Quagmirran — The Slave Pens (Heroic)|
Girdle of the Fearless is a new belt available in Phase 5, being our second best in slot belt for the rest of the expansion. This should be your first Badge of Justice purchase before anything else. Red Belt of Battle is a decent option if you have nothing better, having high armor, stamina and giving some needed hit rating.
|Best||Sunguard Legplates||1 x Shifting Shadowsong Amethyst,
1 x Solid Empyrean Sapphire
|100 x Badge of Justice|
|Option||Timewarden's Leggings||3 x Solid Star of Elune||Keepers of Time — Revered|
|Easy||Felsteel Leggings||3 x Solid Star of Elune||Felsteel Leggings — Blacksmithing|
Sunguard Legplates are new legs available in Phase 5, giving us a huge stat boost. These are our second best in slot legs for the rest of the expansion; you will want to purchase these legs as your second item with your Badge of Justice.
|Best||Sabatons of the Righteous Defender||G'eras — 60 x Badge of Justice|
|Great||Sunstrider Warboots||2 x Solid Star of Elune||Kael'thas Sunstrider — Magister's Terrace|
|Option||Boots of the Colossus||2 x Solid Star of Elune||Pandemonius — Mana Tombs (Heroic)|
|Option||Flesh Beast's Metal Greaves||no sockets||Someone Else's Hard Work Pays Off — Mana Tombs|
Sabatons of the Righteous Defender are technically our best in slot pre-raid boots option, despite them being intended for Protection Paladins. I would not recommend spending badges on these until you have all other items you want from badges, and instead get one of the other options. PvP boots are also a solid choice here if you are willing to farm the needed honor.
|Best||Ring of the Stalwart Protector||60 x Badge of Justice|
|Threat||Angelista's Revenge||60 x Badge of Justice|
|Threat||Hard Khorium Band||Hard Khorium Band — Jewelcrafting|
|Great||Shapeshifter's Signet||Lower City — Exalted|
|Good||Band of Determination||Vexallus — Magister's Terrace|
|Good||Crystal Band of Valor||Tavarok — (H) Mana Tombs|
|Easy||Band of Impenetrable Defenses||BoE World Drop|
Phase 5 has many new rings available for us to choose from. We typically will want to use our ring slots to fill in needed stats, whether they are defensive stats, hit rating, expertise or crit immunity. Grab whichever rings you can obtain.
|Best||Commendation of Kael'thas||Priestess Delrissa — (H) Magister's Terrace|
|Best||Shard of Contempt||Priestess Delrissa — (H) Magister's Terrace|
|Great||Darkmoon Card: Vengeance||Darkmoon Faire|
|Great||Darkmoon Card: Madness||Darkmoon Faire|
|Good||Goblin Rocket Launcher||Goblin Rocket Launcher — Engineering|
|Good||Gnomish Poultryizer||Gnomish Poultryizer — Engineering|
|Good||Timelapse Shard||Keepers of Time — Exalted|
|Threat||Abacus of Violent Odds||Pathaleon the Calculator — Mechanar|
|Threat||Icon of Unyielding Courage||Keli'dan the Breaker — (H) The Blood Furnace|
|Option||Argussian Compass||The Black Stalker — (H) The Underbog|
|Option||Regal Protectorate||Cruel's Intentions / Overlord|
|Option||Adamantine Figurine||Blackheart the Inciter — Shadow Labyrinth|
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.
Both Commendation of Kael'thas and Shard of Contempt are amazingly powerful trinkets available in Phase 5. You will want to farm the new dungeon Magister's Terrace on heroic difficulty daily until you can obtain both.
|Great||Quickening Blade of the Prince||Kael'thas Sunstrider — (H) Magister's Terrace|
|Great||Latro's Shifting Sword||Aeonus — The Black Morass|
|Option||Honor's Call||Honor Hold — Exalted|
|Option||Warbringer||Thrallmar — Exalted|
|Easy||Grom'tor's Charge||The Cipher of Damnation|
Phase 5 does not really offer any new tanking weapons outside of raids, limiting our options. Quickening Blade of the Prince is a great option we can grab in the new dungeon, Magister's Terrace. If you can not get one of these preferred tanking weapons, a slow DPS weapon will make do in the meantime.
|Best||Merciless Gladiator's Shield Wall||no sockets||15,000 Honor Points|
|Good||Dawnforged Defender||no sockets||Shattered Sun Offensive — Exalted|
|Option||Crest of the Sha'tar||2 x Solid Star of Elune||The Sha'tar — Exalted|
|Option||Platinum Shield of the Valorous||no sockets||Ambassador Hellmaw — Shadow Labyrinth|
With Phase 5, Merciless Gladiator's Shield Wall becomes available for Honor Points, allowing us to get a very solid shield from PvP. If you do not want to farm honor, Dawnforged Defender is a very strong choice available by reaching exalted with the new faction, The Shattered Sun Offensive.
|Great||Nightstrike||Priestess Delrissa — Magister's Terrace|
|Great||Gyro-Balanced Khorium Destroyer||1 x Solid Empyrean Sapphire||Gyro-balanced Khorium Destroyer — Engineering|
|Option||Crystalline Crossbow||no sockets||Ogri'la — Exalted|
|Easy||Mark V's Throwing Star||no sockets||Mark V is Alive!|
Phase 5 offers us Nightstrike from the new dungeon Magister's Terrace. While it does not have defensive stats on it, the hit rating and expertise are excellent stats for tanking overall, helping us with our threat generation. Gyro-Balanced Khorium Destroyer remains a very solid defensive choice, having high stamina and a gem slot, but has a high cost to craft.
For a list of recommended enchants, check out our Protection Warrior Enchants guide.
- 06 May 2022: Updated for Phase 5.
- 03 Jul. 2021: Removed missing Ranged weapon.
- 26 May 2021: Guide added.
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