WotLK Classic Protection Warrior Pre-Raid Gear

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

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Protection Warrior Phase 2 Pre-raid Best in Slot Gear

In this guide we go over the different gear available for Protection Warriors before entering Raids in Wrath of the Lich King Classic. We will offer multiple different pieces as some can be expensive or very rare to obtain. Some slots have multiple "best" items that can change depending on your other gear choices. Phase 2 moves previous 10-man raid gear into heroics, making it very easy to gear up.

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Rank Item
Best Heroes' Dreadnaught Greathelm Icon Heroes' Dreadnaught Greathelm
Great Thane's Tainted Greathelm Icon Thane's Tainted Greathelm
Good Tempered Titansteel Helm Icon Tempered Titansteel Helm

You will want to complete your 2-set bonus as soon as possible and the helm is a great option for that.

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Necklace

Rank Item
Best Drakescale Collar Icon Drakescale Collar
Great Medallion of the Disgraced Icon Medallion of the Disgraced
Great Chained Military Gorget Icon Chained Military Gorget
Great Titanium Earthguard Chain Icon Titanium Earthguard Chain

It is not recommended to spend Emblems of Conquest on anything but best in slot gear, so you will want to grab one of these necks instead.

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Shoulder

Rank Item
Best Abomination Shoulderblades Icon Abomination Shoulderblades
Best Heroes' Dreadnaught Pauldrons Icon Heroes' Dreadnaught Pauldrons
Great Wapach's Spaulders of Solidarity Icon Wapach's Spaulders of Solidarity

You will want to complete your 2-set bonus as soon as possible. If you are using other gear pieces for your 2-set then Abomination Shoulderblades Icon Abomination Shoulderblades offer a nice Hit Rating boost.

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Back

Rank Item
Best Platinum Mesh Cloak Icon Platinum Mesh Cloak
Best Gale-Proof Cloak Icon Gale-Proof Cloak
Good Durable Nerubhide Cape Icon Durable Nerubhide Cape

Platinum Mesh Cloak Icon Platinum Mesh Cloak is a great cloak that can be picked up easily with Emblem of Valor Icon Emblem of Valor.

6.

Chest

Rank Item
Best Heroes' Dreadnaught Breastplate Icon Heroes' Dreadnaught Breastplate
Great Massive Skeletal Ribcage Icon Massive Skeletal Ribcage

You do not have many choices for your chest piece. Ideally you will want your tier chest to complete your 2-set bonus, and it offers a very high stat line.

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Wrist

Rank Item
Best Bracers of Dalaran's Parapets Icon Bracers of Dalaran's Parapets
Good Minion Bracers Icon Minion Bracers

Bracers of Dalaran's Parapets Icon Bracers of Dalaran's Parapets are bind on equip, allowing you to purchase them from other players, making them your ideal choice.

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Hands

Rank Item
Best Heroes' Dreadnaught Handguards Icon Heroes' Dreadnaught Handguards
Great Gauntlets of the Master Icon Gauntlets of the Master

Your glove choices are very limited this phase. Ideally you want your tier gloves for the Expertise as well as to complete your 2-set bonus.

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Waist

Rank Item
Best Shieldwarder Girdle Icon Shieldwarder Girdle
Great Indestructible Plate Girdle Icon Indestructible Plate Girdle
Great Waistguard of the Tutor Icon Waistguard of the Tutor

Shieldwarder Girdle Icon Shieldwarder Girdle is not only your best in slot pre-raid option if you can get the emblems easily, but it is best for the phase as well. Grab whatever you can in the meantime till you can buy yours.

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Legs

Rank Item
Best Legplates of Inescapable Death Icon Legplates of Inescapable Death
Great Heroes' Dreadnaught Legguards Icon Heroes' Dreadnaught Legguards

Your leg choices are somewhat limited, grab whatever you can get. Tier legs are great for completing either 2-set or 4-set bonus.

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Feet

Rank Item
Best Spiked Deathdealers Icon Spiked Deathdealers
Great Kyzoc's Ground Stompers Icon Kyzoc's Ground Stompers
Good Plague-Impervious Boots Icon Plague-Impervious Boots

Spiked Deathdealers Icon Spiked Deathdealers might be rather expensive to make, so you may want to grab one of the alternative choices.

12.

Finger

Rank Item
Best Signet of the Impregnable Fortress Icon Signet of the Impregnable Fortress
Best Deflection Band Icon Deflection Band
Best Signet of the Accord Icon Signet of the Accord
Great Titanium Earthguard Ring Icon Titanium Earthguard Ring

You have plenty of rings to choose from this phase. Any of the rings above will last you till you can get into Ulduar raids.

13.

Trinket

Rank Item
Best Essence of Gossamer Icon Essence of Gossamer
Best Figurine - Monarch Crab Icon Figurine - Monarch Crab
Best Figurine - Ruby Hare Icon Figurine - Ruby Hare
Great Gnomeregan Auto-Blocker 600 Icon Gnomeregan Auto-Blocker 600
Great Repelling Charge Icon Repelling Charge

Phase 1 did not have any real tank trinkets in raids, as such, your trinket choices have not really changed from before. Having the Jewelcrafting profession provides you with 2 high stamina trinkets that will last till you can get your Phase 2 best in slot.

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Main Hand Weapon

Rank Item
Best Slayer of the Lifeless Icon Slayer of the Lifeless
Great Hailstorm Icon Hailstorm

There are not many tank weapons available from old 10-man raids, limiting your options greatly. Aim to grab whatever you can, ideally something with Defense Rating on it.

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Shield

Rank Item
Best Barricade of Eternity Icon Barricade of Eternity
Great The Skull of Ruin Icon The Skull of Ruin
Good Titansteel Shield Wall Icon Titansteel Shield Wall

You have a couple of great shields available easily. Grab whichever you can and it will last you till you can get into Ulduar.

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Ranged

Rank Item
Best Armor Plated Combat Shotgun Icon Armor Plated Combat Shotgun

There are really no ranged weapon options for tanks from Phase 1. Craft your Armor Plated Combat Shotgun Icon Armor Plated Combat Shotgun as soon as possible as it offers massive stats and will last you a very long time.

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For a list of recommended enchants in Wrath of the Lich King, check out our Protection Warrior Enchants guide.

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Changelog

  • 18 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
  • 07 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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