WotLK Classic Protection Warrior Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Jan 18, 2023 at 12:00 by Abide 2 comments

On this page, you will find the best PvE gear and best in slot items for your Protection Warrior in WotLK Classic.

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WotLK Protection Warrior Best in Slot List

This is a list of gear that is considered to be the best in each slot. The list below is following the stat priority of Haste Rating until soft cap > Spell Power > Crit > Haste > Intellect > Spirit > MP5. Please remember that stat weights are always dynamic and this stat order is more of a rough guideline not a reflection of reality. You can see an explanation for this priority on our stats page for Protection Warrior below.

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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.

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Best In Slot by Phase

Phase 3 Phase 2 Phase 1
Phase 3 Alliance Phase 3 Horde
2.1.

Alliance Phase 3 / Tier 9 Protection Warrior Best in Slot

The items in the list below are considered to be best in slot for Protection Warriors in Phase 3 / Tier 9. This list is still preliminary and subject to change. Most of the items in this list will drop from Heroic difficulty in Trial of the Crusader 25-man and some from Ulduar 10/25-man Hardmodes (HM).

The power gap between these items and their alternatives is rather big, making them extremely sought-after by other caster classes in your raid; this goes especially for the Heroic gear (item level 258). In addition to that, per lockout there can only be a maximum of 4 hardmode tokens, which are again randomly rolled between classes. The T9-set will have a 232, a 245 and a 258 item level version, it is recommended to stick with the 245 item level version of it until you get the tokens for 258 item level. For more information, check out our Tier 9 Sets and Hardmode.

Slot Item Source
Helm
Neck
Shoulders
Back
Chest
Wrists
Hands
Waist
Legs
Feet
Rings
Trinkets
Main-Hand Weapon
Shield
Ranged
2.2.

Horde Phase 3 / Tier 9 Protection Warrior Best in Slot

The items in the list below are considered to be best in slot for Protection Warriors in Phase 3 / Tier 9. This list is still preliminary and subject to change. Most of the items in this list will drop from Heroic difficulty in Trial of the Crusader 25-man and some from Ulduar 10/25-man Hardmodes (HM).

The power gap between these items and their alternatives is rather big, making them extremely sought-after by other caster classes in your raid; this goes especially for the Heroic gear (item level 258). In addition to that, per lockout there can only be a maximum of 4 hardmode tokens, which are again randomly rolled between classes. The T9-set will have a 232, a 245 and a 258 item level version, it is recommended to stick with the 245 item level version of it until you get the tokens for 258 item level. For more information, check out our Tier 9 Sets and Hardmode.

Slot Item Source
Helm
Neck
Shoulders
Back
Chest
Wrists
Hands
Waist
Legs
Feet
Rings
Trinkets
Main-Hand Weapon
Shield
Ranged
2.3.

Phase 2 / Tier 8 Best in Slot

The items in the list below are considered to be best in slot for Protection Warriors in Phase 2 / Tier 8. Many of the items in this list will drop from rather difficult Hardmodes of Ulduar 25-man. The power gap between these items and their alternatives is rather big, which is why they are extremely sought-after by other caster classes in your raid. This combination of rather difficult Hardmodes and the popularity of these items, will make it unlikely for you to obtain the Best in Slot gear before the end of Phase 2. When gearing, make sure to utilize the T7 set bonuses before breaking them for a single item.

The items on the following list for Tier 8 come from WotLK Ulduar. The Tier 8 armor is sold by Paldesse in Dalaran for tokens from Ulduar. The abbreviation HM refers to the Hardmode of an encounter. For full information on how to gem and enchant your gear, check out our Protection Warrior PvE Enchants page.

Slot Item Source
Helm
Neck
Shoulders
Back
Chest
Wrists
Hands
Waist
Legs
Feet
Rings
Trinkets
Main-Hand Weapon
Shield
Ranged
2.4.

Phase 1 / Tier 7 Best in Slot

The items on the following list for Tier 7 come from WotLK Raids and Emblem of Valor Icon Emblem of Valor-Vendors Arcanist Adurin (Alliance), and Magister Brasael (Horde) in Dalaran. For full information on how to gem and enchant your gear, check out our Protection Warrior PvE Enchants page.

Slot Item Source
Helm
Neck
Shoulders
Back
Chest
Wrists
Hands
Waist
Legs
Feet
Rings
Trinkets
Main-Hand Weapon
Shield
Ranged
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Further Gear Enhancements

If you have further questions about gemming and enchanting these items, our Protection Warrior Enchants and Gems page below provides all of the information you need.

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Changelog

  • 11 May 2023: Updated with Phase 3 Best in Slot lists. Entirely revamped page format.
  • 18 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 07 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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