Protection Warrior Leveling Guide From 1 to 80 for WotLK Classic

Last updated on Sep 06, 2022 at 17:37 by Abide 13 comments

Welcome to our Wrath of the Lich King Protection Warrior leveling guide. Here we will help guide you through your Protection Warrior's leveling journey toward Level 80. 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

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Level: 1

Protection Warrior Leveling Talents in Wrath of the Lich King

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

Improved Thunder Clap IconImproved Thunder Clap gives you a nice damage boost early on, along with Incite IconIncite.

Improved Revenge IconImproved Revenge is the main focus of this build, greatly increasing Revenge IconRevenge damage as well as making it hit a second target. Shield Mastery IconShield Mastery is good for the reduced cooldown on Shield Block IconShield Block. Improved Berserker Rage IconImproved Berserker Rage is good for additional rage.

Concussion Blow IconConcussion Blow does decent damage and stuns the target. Improved Disciplines IconImproved Disciplines is decent to reduce the cooldown on Retaliation IconRetaliation for big AoE pulls. One-Handed Weapon Specialization IconOne-Handed Weapon Specialization is a nice overall damage boost.

Improved Defensive Stance IconImproved Defensive Stance is another big damage boost. Focused Rage IconFocused Rage helps with Rage issues, while Vitality IconVitality gives a great stat increase. Lastly, Gag Order IconGag Order is good for the extra damage on Shield Slam IconShield Slam.

Devastate IconDevastate is a good, spammable spell for single-target damage. Warbringer IconWarbringer is good utility, and Critical Block IconCritical Block is some decent mitigation and more crit chance on Shield Slam IconShield Slam. Finally, Sword and Board IconSword and Board is even more damage with Devastate IconDevastate and can proc free Shield Slam IconShield Slams.

Here we are retaking most of the Protection talents we had previously. Improved Revenge IconImproved Revenge pairs up greatly with Unrelenting Assault IconUnrelenting Assault for absurd Revenge IconRevenge damage.

One-Handed Weapon Specialization IconOne-Handed Weapon Specialization, Improved Defensive Stance IconImproved Defensive Stance, and Armored to the Teeth IconArmored to the Teeth all give you a big damage boost.


Protection Warrior Leveling Glyphs in Wrath of the Lich King

Your leveling glyphs will differ from your endgame glyphs. Glyphs can be a huge boost to your leveling speed as some greatly improve the baseline power of your key abilities. Be sure to check the price of these glyphs on your server to vastly improve your leveling experience.


Major Glyphs

  1. Glyph of Cleaving Icon Glyph of Cleaving
  2. Glyph of Sweeping Strikes Icon Glyph of Sweeping Strikes

Minor Glyphs

  1. Glyph of Battle Icon Glyph of Battle
  2. Glyph of Bloodrage Icon Glyph of Bloodrage
  3. Glyph of Thunder Clap Icon Glyph of Thunder Clap

Protection Warrior Leveling Rotation in Wrath of the Lich King

  1. Keep Battle Shout IconBattle Shout's buff up.
  2. Heroic Strike IconHeroic Strike all Rage.
  3. Bloodrage IconBloodrage to prevent your Rage from decaying between mobs.
  4. Charge IconCharge your enemy.
  5. Charge IconCharge your enemy and switch to Defensive Stance IconDefensive Stance.
  6. Charge IconCharge your enemy.
  7. Taunt IconTaunt far away enemies and proximity nearby ones; gather around 2-6 mobs.
  8. Aggro as many nearby enemies as you can without moving too far.
  9. Sweeping Strikes IconSweeping Strikes and swap to Defensive Stance IconDefensive Stance.
  10. Shield Block IconShield Block for damage reduction and guaranteed Revenge IconRevenge procs.
  11. Revenge IconRevenge every possible time it is available.
  12. Thunder Clap IconThunder Clap if no Revenge IconRevenge proc or if it is on cooldown.
  13. Thunder Clap IconThunder Clap if no Revenge IconRevenge proc.
  14. Shield Slam IconShield Slam singular mobs.
  15. Mortal Strike IconMortal Strike singular mobs.
  16. Cleave IconCleave when AoEing if you have at least 45 Rage.
  17. Rend IconRend anything that will live for most of the bleed duration.
  18. Thunder Clap IconThunder Clap does great damage early on and starts to fall off in the later levels.
  19. Victory Rush IconVictory Rush make sure to use this before the proc expires.
  20. Overpower IconOverpower if any of your attacks are dodged.
  21. Heroic Strike IconHeroic Strike rest of Rage.
  22. Heroic Strike IconHeroic Strike single targets only if you have a large surplus of Rage.

Protection does not differ much from other specs in the early levels. Utilize Victory Rush IconVictory Rush and Thunder Clap IconThunder Clap as your main damage sources to quickly move from mob to mob.

With Improved Revenge IconImproved Revenge, they way you play will change drastically. You will want to aggro ideally 4-6 melee-attacking mobs at a time, gather them up, use Shield Block IconShield Block, and spam Revenge IconRevenge to destroy them all thanks to the 60% damage boost and cleave component. Use Thunder Clap IconThunder Clap as a filler between Revenge uses. Swap back and forth between Defensive Stance IconDefensive Stance and Battle Stance IconBattle Stance to use Victory Rush IconVictory Rush when Revenge IconRevenge is on cooldown. Shield Slam IconShield Slam is a good Rage dump to use before swapping stances, or if fighting a single mob.

Make sure to respec here for the even higher Revenge IconRevenge damage spec through Unrelenting Assault IconUnrelenting Assault. This removes the cooldown from Revenge, allowing you to use it every global cooldown. Gather as many mobs as you can without taking too much damage, use Sweeping Strikes IconSweeping Strikes, use Shield Block IconShield Block, and spam Revenge IconRevenge to melt everything. Throw in some Cleave IconCleaves if you have enough Rage and you will melt large packs of mobs at a time.


List of Protection Warrior 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 — You can stop training this spell after Rank 3 as you will stop using it shortly after.
  • Heroic Strike IconHeroic Strike — This skill gets a very minor damage increase with each rank. You can hold off on training this skill if you are low on gold.
  • Charge IconCharge — The only benefit of increasing the rank of this spell is the increased Rage it generates. Only train this when you have excess gold as the few extra Rage points are generally not game changing.

Continue Improving at Level 80

Congratulations on hitting Level 80 in Wrath of the Lich King! Now that your leveling process is over, you can learn more about Level-80 Protection Warrior gameplay by reading our Protection Warrior Guide, which covers everything you need to know to properly play your Protection Warrior.



  • 06 Sep. 2022: Guide added.
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