Protection Warrior PvP Guide for WotLK Classic

Last updated on Jan 01, 2024 at 23:13 by Abide 2 comments

Welcome to our PvP Protection Warrior guide for Wrath of the Lich King Classic. Here you will learn all you need to know to properly play Protection Warrior in PvP scenarios.



Protection Warrior is a medium damage melee class with very high utility and crowd control. It is also very tanky, especially when facing melee attackers. This build however is extremely gear dependent, being hard to utilize properly until you have nearly full Tier 9 and Tier 10 gear.


Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Very tanky build, even with little to no Resilience; a nightmare to melee attackers.
  • +Extremely mobile, very hard to kite or root this build.
  • +Plenty of crowd control, allowing you to setup kills and peel for allies.
X Weaknesses
  • -Extremely dependent on end-game PvE gear, especially from Tier 9 and Tier 10.
  • -Lack of Healing Reduction ability, unlike the Arms counterpart.
  • -Low Rage generation if not being attacked at all.

Talent Build For PvP Protection Warrior in Wrath of the Lich King

The talent build listed above takes all of the major talents in the Protection tree, giving you the highest possible damage and utility. This build handles all forms of PvP well, excelling greatly when grouped with other high damage dealing players.


Glyphs For PvP Protection Warrior in Wrath of the Lich King


Major Glyphs

  1. Glyph of Shockwave Icon Glyph of Shockwave — This is a mandatory glyph as Shockwave IconShockwave is the main ability for a Protection Warrior.
  2. Glyph of Devastate Icon Glyph of Devastate — This is another main glyph for this build, as you will be constantly casting Devastate IconDevastate.
  3. Glyph of Blocking Icon Glyph of Blocking — This is a great glyph choice for the additional Block Value, which means more damage from Shield Slam IconShield Slam.
  4. Glyph of Enraged Regeneration Icon Glyph of Enraged Regeneration — Is a great defensive glyph choice, giving you even more health regeneration when you use Enraged Regeneration IconEnraged Regeneration.

Minor Glyphs

  1. Glyph of Charge Icon Glyph of Charge — Gives your Charge IconCharge a small range increase, allowing you to close gaps from a little bit further away.
  2. Glyph of Bloodrage Icon Glyph of Bloodrage — Allows you to freely use Bloodrage IconBloodrage without worrying about the health cost.
  3. Glyph of Command Icon Glyph of Command — Use this if you are using Commanding Shout IconCommanding Shout in your PvP environment.
  4. Glyph of Battle Icon Glyph of Battle — Use this if you are using Battle Shout IconBattle Shout in your PvP environment.

PvP Protection Warrior Spells in Wrath of the Lich King

As a Protection Warrior in PvP there is no real set rotation you should be focusing on. The usage of your abilities will largely depend on multiple different factors in the situation. Becoming accustomed to your main damaging abilities as well as your utility abilities is what will elevate you above and beyond other Protection Warriors.


Damaging Abilities

  • Shield Slam IconShield Slam — Deals heavy damage to the target and dispels a magical buff. Damage is increased by Block Value.
  • Shockwave IconShockwave — Stuns all enemies in front of you, dealing high damage; great ability for both crowd control and damage output.
  • Revenge IconRevenge — Deals very high damage to target and another nearby enemy. Requires you to first Block, Parry or Dodge an attack to be able to use it.
  • Devastate IconDevastate — Deals weapon damage to target and applies a Sunder Armor IconSunder Armor debuff, stacking up to 5 times. You will use this as a filler ability while your other main abilities are on cooldown.
  • Concussion Blow IconConcussion Blow — Deals moderate damage and stuns target for a short duration.
  • Execute IconExecute — Only usable against enemies below 20% health.
  • Heroic Strike IconHeroic Strike — You will only really want to use this when your Rage is nearly full.

Utility Abilities

Protection Warrior has powerful utility spells that can be used in many situations, sometimes either offensively or defensively. Knowing when and where to use these abilities is vital to your success in PvP.

  • Hamstring IconHamstring — Slows the target's movement speed down by 50%. Be sure to keep this applied to whoever you are attacking to prevent them from getting away.
  • Shield Bash IconShield Bash — Interrupts the target's spell casting. With Gag Order IconGag Order the target will also be silenced for 3 seconds.
  • Charge IconCharge — Charge to the target, stunning it briefly and generating some Rage. With Warbringer IconWarbringer, you can use this in combat and in any stance.
  • Intercept IconIntercept — Charges to the target, stunning it for 3 seconds. Warbringer IconWarbringer allows you to use this in any stance.
  • Shield Block IconShield Block — The main use of this is to block all incoming attacks if you are being focused by either melee or ranged. It also doubles your Block Value, further increasing the damage of your Shield Slam IconShield Slam.
  • Shattering Throw IconShattering Throw — Removes spells that otherwise can not be removed, such as Divine Shield IconDivine Shield and Ice Block IconIce Block. If there are no immunity spells available for the enemies, you can use this for the 20% armor reduction debuff.
  • Demoralizing Shout IconDemoralizing Shout — Reduces the melee Attack Power of nearby enemies. Keep this up on melee attackers. Can also be used to "shout" out nearby stealthed enemies.
  • Heroic Throw IconHeroic Throw — Deals damage to an enemy from range. Mostly used to keep the target in combat. With Gag Order IconGag Order the target will also be silenced for 3 seconds.
  • Intervene IconIntervene — Rush to your ally. Use this either for the mobility or to peel for your ally who is being attacked. Also removes all movement impairing effects with Warbringer IconWarbringer. Safeguard IconSafeguard reduces the damage the target takes by 30% for 6 seconds afterwards.
  • Berserker Rage IconBerserker Rage — Allows you to break out of Fears, Saps, and Incapacitating effects and makes you immune to them for the duration. Use this to remove any of the above crowd control used on you.
  • Spell Reflection IconSpell Reflection — Reflects the next spell cast on you back at the caster. Improved Spell Reflection IconImproved Spell Reflection applies the buff to up to 4 nearby party members.
  • Intimidating Shout IconIntimidating Shout — Fear your target and other nearby enemies. Great for peeling or crowd controlling enemies. Make sure not to attack the enemy you use this ability on or they will break free from the fear.
  • Disarm IconDisarm — Removes your target's main-hand weapon. Great way to reduce a melee damage dealers damage output. Also increases the targets damage taken when talented into Improved Disarm IconImproved Disarm.
  • Last Stand IconLast Stand — Temporarily grants you a large boost to your max health. Great for whenever you are being hard-focused.
  • Enraged Regeneration IconEnraged Regeneration — Regenerates a large amount of your Health over time. Use this whenever you are getting focused. Try to pair it together with Last Stand IconLast Stand to regenerate even more health.
  • Shield Wall IconShield Wall — Reduces your damage taken by 60%. Whenever you are being focused with major cooldowns you will want to use this.

Stances for PvP Protection Warrior in Wrath of the Lich King

Warrior uses stances to use unique abilities and tactics. Knowing what stance you need to be in at all times is vital to stick to your enemies and keep dealing damage.

  • Battle Stance IconBattle Stance — This is the main stance you will be in as a Protection Warrior in PvP. The 10% Armor Penetration it gives is a great damage boost, and you will want to utilize your damage output as much as possible.
  • Defensive Stance IconDefensive Stance — Most of the time you will not want to use this stance unless you are being hard focused. If you are being attacked by a melee target, this stance is good use for the Revenge IconRevenge procs, dishing out high damage. This stance is also required to use certain skills, such as Intervene IconIntervene and Disarm IconDisarm, so sometimes you will enter this stance just to use one of these abilities and change out right after.

Stats for PvP Protection Warrior in Wrath of the Lich King

As a Protection Warrior your largest focus stats-wise will be Armor Penetration. Early on it will be difficult to get much of this, so instead you will focus on Strength and Resilience to maintain a balanced playstyle.


Hit Rating

You will want to maintain 5% Hit Rating to land your abilities in PvP. Reaching this cap is crucial as a missed interrupt or slow can decide a game often. Be sure to keep this in mind when choosing gear, gems, and enchants.


Armor Penetration

With Wrath of the Lich King, the way Armor Penetration works has greatly changed, making it a much more desirable stat than before. In early gearing phases, it may be difficult to reach a high enough amount of Armor Penetration. If you can not get your Armor Pen. up to at least 50% passively, go for Strength instead as it will perform better overall.


Strength / Attack Power

Strength and Attack Power are great boosts to your damage output overall and should be used whenever you do not need more Armor Penetration.


Critical Strike / Agility

Critical Strike Rating has fallen to a much lower priority for Warrior in a PvP environment as there are now much better stats to focus on instead.



Resilience is the largest source of damage mitigation you can get from stats. Resilience is a flat damage reduction from all PvP sources and getting as much of this as possible, especially early on, can help you drastically in most PvP situations.


Best Professions for a PvP Protection Warrior in Wrath of the Lich King

If you are looking to maximize the potential of your Protection Warrior in Wrath of the Lich King PvP, these are the recommended professions:

  1. Jewelcrafting — Gives you 3 powerful gems, Fractured Dragon's Eye Icon Fractured Dragon's Eye, helping you reach the Armor Penetration cap.
  1. Blacksmithing — Gives you 2 additional sockets with Socket Bracer IconSocket Bracer and Socket Gloves IconSocket Gloves, helping you reach the Armor Penetration cap.
  2. EngineeringHand-Mounted Pyro Rocket Icon Hand-Mounted Pyro Rocket gives you an additional burst of damage every 45 seconds.
  3. Enchanting — Gives you a nice, passive Attack Power boost with 2 x Enchant Ring - Assault IconEnchant Ring - Assault.

Gearing a PvP Protection Warrior in Wrath of the Lich King

The list linked below includes the best possible gear setup for a Protection Warrior in PvP.


Protection Warrior Arena Teams and Compositions in Wrath of the Lich King

When it comes to evaluating Protection Warrior's place within the Arena, we have created a number of guides devoted to listing a variety of popular team compositions which you can find below.



  • 01 Jan. 2024: Updated for Phase 5.
  • 28 Sep. 2023: Guide updated for Phase 4.
  • 28 May 2023: Updated for Phase 3.
  • 18 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 26 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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