WotLK Classic Protection Warrior Pre-Raid Gear
On this page, you will find the best pre-raid gear for Protection Warrior in WotLK Classic.
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.
|Best||Heroes' Dreadnaught Greathelm|
|Great||Thane's Tainted Greathelm|
|Good||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.
|Great||Medallion of the Disgraced|
|Great||Chained Military Gorget|
|Great||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.
|Best||Heroes' Dreadnaught Pauldrons|
|Great||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 offer a nice Hit Rating boost.
|Best||Platinum Mesh Cloak|
|Good||Durable Nerubhide Cape|
Platinum Mesh Cloak is a great cloak that can be picked up easily with Emblem of Valor.
|Best||Heroes' Dreadnaught Breastplate|
|Great||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.
|Best||Bracers of Dalaran's Parapets|
Bracers of Dalaran's Parapets are bind on equip, allowing you to purchase them from other players, making them your ideal choice.
|Best||Heroes' Dreadnaught Handguards|
|Great||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.
|Great||Indestructible Plate Girdle|
|Great||Waistguard of the Tutor|
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.
|Best||Legplates of Inescapable Death|
|Great||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.
|Great||Kyzoc's Ground Stompers|
Spiked Deathdealers might be rather expensive to make, so you may want to grab one of the alternative choices.
|Best||Signet of the Impregnable Fortress|
|Best||Signet of the Accord|
|Great||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.
|Best||Essence of Gossamer|
|Best||Figurine - Monarch Crab|
|Best||Figurine - Ruby Hare|
|Great||Gnomeregan Auto-Blocker 600|
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.
Main Hand Weapon
|Best||Slayer of the Lifeless|
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.
|Best||Barricade of Eternity|
|Great||The Skull of Ruin|
|Good||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.
|Best||Armor Plated Combat Shotgun|
There are really no ranged weapon options for tanks from Phase 1. Craft your Armor Plated Combat Shotgun as soon as possible as it offers massive stats and will last you a very long time.
For a list of recommended enchants in Wrath of the Lich King, check out our Protection Warrior Enchants guide.
- 18 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 2 release ahead of Ulduar raid release.
- 07 Sep. 2022: Page added.
- Wrath Classic Patch 3.4.1 Notes
- Wrath Classic Phase 2 Launching on January 17th
- Naxxramas Achievement Rewards to Remain Available Throughout Wrath Classic
- Patch 3.4.1 PTR Development Notes: January 6th
- Summon Gargoyle Changes on the Wrath Classic PTR
- Ahead of the Curve and Cutting Edge Achievements Coming to Wrath Classic
- No Changes Planned for Ulduar Tier Sets Beyond 6 Item Level Bump
- Wrath Classic Season 1 Ends January 9th