Classic Protection Paladin Tank Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Aug 06, 2020 at 10:48 by Impakt 24 comments

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

1.

Gearing Strategy for Protection Paladins

While a clear best in slot (BiS) list is always available in WoW Classic, the items contained might be extremely hard or expensive to get. Thus, we will try to give at least one alternative, for most slots in the list, so that you can pick where and how to farm them.

2.

WoW Classic Phases

As stated by Blizzard, WoW Classic will have six phases, starting with Molten Core, Onyxia's Lair, and Maraudon, and ending with Naxxramas and the Scourge Invasion.

We will be linking best in slot gear lists for every raid tier in this guide, which can be helpful in order to understand how to progress from hitting Level 60, to getting pre-raid best in slot and from then to clearing all raid tiers.

3.

Protection Paladin Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Phase 5 (Ahn'Qiraj)

This is the gear we recommend for Protection Paladins in the AQ40 patch.

AQ 40 is a solid raid for Protection Paladins due to lots of tanking off-pieces and the new tier 2.5 set, the Avenger's Battlegear. This tier set is not BiS for Prot Paladins, but is an excellent option if you do not have better or if you are looking to catch up with some gear that can also be used to play Retribution. Mostly you will want to focus on the numerous plate defense pieces that drop from both AQ 20 and AQ 40.

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • Helm of Domination Icon Helm of Domination
Neck
  • Mark of C'Thun Icon Mark of C'Thun
Shoulder
  • Pauldrons of the Unrelenting Icon Pauldrons of the Unrelenting
Cloak
  • Overlord's Embrace Icon Overlord's Embrace
Chest
  • Avenger's Breastplate Icon Avenger's Breastplate
  • Tier 2.5 piece found in AQ40
Wrists
  • Fel Hardened Bracers Icon Fel Hardened Bracers
Gloves
  • Gauntlets of Steadfast Determination Icon Gauntlets of Steadfast Determination
Belt
  • Royal Qiraji Belt Icon Royal Qiraji Belt
Legs
  • Bloodsoaked Legplates Icon Bloodsoaked Legplates
Boots
  • Boots of the Unwavering Will Icon Boots of the Unwavering Will
Rings
  • Ring of Emperor Vek'lor Icon Ring of Emperor Vek'lor
  • Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight Icon Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight
Trinkets
  • Styleen's Impeding Scarab Icon Styleen's Impeding Scarab
  • Onyxia Blood Talisman Icon Onyxia Blood Talisman
Weapons
  • Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker Icon Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
  • Sharpened Silithid Femur Icon Sharpened Silithid Femur
Shields
  • Blessed Qiraji Bulwark Icon Blessed Qiraji Bulwark
  • Reward from Imperial Qiraji Armaments Icon Imperial Qiraji Armaments
Libram Libram of Hope Icon Libram of Hope Isalien in Dire Maul
4.

Alternative Gear for Protection Paladins

Slot Item Source
Helm
  • Lionheart Helm Icon Lionheart Helm
  • Helm of Endless Rage Icon Helm of Endless Rage
  • Gyth's Skull Icon Gyth's Skull
  • Golem Skull Helm Icon Golem Skull Helm
Neck
  • Medallion of Steadfast Might Icon Medallion of Steadfast Might
  • Master Dragonslayer's Medallion Icon Master Dragonslayer's Medallion
  • Talisman of Protection Icon Talisman of Protection
Shoulders
  • Drake Talon Pauldrons Icon Drake Talon Pauldrons
  • Stockade Pauldrons Icon Stockade Pauldrons
  • Bulky Iron Spaulders Icon Bulky Iron Spaulders
  • Defiler's Plate Spaulders Icon Defiler's Plate Spaulders
Back
  • Elementium Threaded Cloak Icon Elementium Threaded Cloak
  • Redoubt Cloak Icon Redoubt Cloak
  • Dragon's Blood Cape Icon Dragon's Blood Cape
Chest
  • Kromcrush's Chestplate Icon Kromcrush's Chestplate
  • Deathbone Chestplate Icon Deathbone Chestplate
  • Ornate Adamantium Breastplate Icon Ornate Adamantium Breastplate
  • Captain Kromcrush in Dire Maul North
  • Side bosses in Scholomance
  • Reward from the quest In Dreams in Western Plaguelands
Wrists
  • Dragonbone Wristguards Icon Dragonbone Wristguards
  • Shared drop from the Dragon World Bosses
Hands
  • Bloodsoaked Gauntlets Icon Bloodsoaked Gauntlets
  • Stonegrip Gauntlets Icon Stonegrip Gauntlets
  • Boneclenched Gauntlets Icon Boneclenched Gauntlets
Waist
  • Girdle of the Fallen Crusader Icon Girdle of the Fallen Crusader
  • Deathbone Girdle Icon Deathbone Girdle
Legs
  • Legguards of the Fallen Crusader Icon Legguards of the Fallen Crusader
  • Enchanted Thorium Leggings Icon Enchanted Thorium Leggings
  • Judgement Legplates Icon Judgement Legplates
Feet
  • Core Forged Greaves Icon Core Forged Greaves
  • Bloodsoaked Greaves Icon Bloodsoaked Greaves
  • Deathbone Sabatons Icon Deathbone Sabatons
Rings
  • Overlord's Onyx Band Icon Overlord's Onyx Band
  • Overlord's Crimson Band Icon Overlord's Crimson Band
  • Archimtiros' Ring of Reckoning Icon Archimtiros' Ring of Reckoning
  • Naglering Icon Naglering
  • Myrmidon's Signet Icon Myrmidon's Signet
Trinkets
  • Zandalarian Hero Badge Icon Zandalarian Hero Badge
  • Stormpike Insignia Rank 6 Icon Stormpike Insignia Rank 6
  • Mark of the Chosen Icon Mark of the Chosen
Weapons
  • Quel'Serrar Icon Quel'Serrar
  • Bloodlord's Defender Icon Bloodlord's Defender
  • Blackguard Icon Blackguard
Shield
  • Aegis of the Blood God Icon Aegis of the Blood God
  • Elementium Reinforced Bulwark Icon Elementium Reinforced Bulwark
  • Malistar's Defender Icon Malistar's Defender
  • Drillborer Disk Icon Drillborer Disk
  • Force Reactive Disk Icon Force Reactive Disk
Librams
  • Libram of Truth Icon Libram of Truth
  • Magmus in Blackrock Depths
5.

Fire Resistance Gear for Protection Paladins

While not a massive concern for Paladins, a little bit of Fire Resistance can sometimes be helpful. Read this guide to figure out where and which pieces to wear!

6.

Nature Resistance Gear for Protection Paladins

This is not a normal set that you would ever wear, but is required for some classes in AQ 40 when fighting Princess Huhuran. It will be up to your guild or raid group if this is a required set or not.

7.

Protection Paladin Weapons

Since weapons are such a broad topic, we have written a full guide about Paladin weapons.

8.

Special gear for Protection Paladins

Some items, which are not powerful enough to be in the best in slot list, have special properties that make them very valuable to acquire for specific encounters or as a weapon swap mid-fight. We will list the most notable special items for the current phase, and their effects and application below.

  • Gnomish Battle Chicken Icon Gnomish Battle Chicken summons a chicken that attacks your enemies for 1.5 minutes, with a cooldown of 30 minutes. The chicken scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill), and buffs your group with 5% increased Attack Speed through Battle Squawk. This is what makes it well worth using while grouped.
  • Arcanite Dragonling Icon Arcanite Dragonling summons a dragon that attacks your enemies for up to 1 minute, with a cooldown of one hour. The dragon scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill) and causes a stacking debuff that increases Fire damage taken, which makes it worth using in later raids to boost Fire Mage damage.
  • Skull of Impending Doom Icon Skull of Impending Doom is given as a quest reward from completing Forbidden Knowledge in the Badlands. While generally undesirable, if you need to run somewhere fast, it can be a useful item to have.
  • Furbolg Medicine Pouch Icon Furbolg Medicine Pouch is sold by Gorn One Eye when you reach Honored status with Timbermaw Hold. This is a great item that you can swap during combat to provide you with a significant 1000 heal over 10 seconds. For comparison's sake, Heavy Runecloth Bandage Icon Heavy Runecloth Bandage heals you for 2000 over 8 seconds, but requires you to channel it, and you cannot take any sort of damage in the channel duration.
  • Tidal Charm Icon Tidal Charm allows you to instantly stun an enemy for 3 seconds. It has a 50% drop chance from Prince Nazjak, who spawns around 25,84 in Arathi Highlands. Due to his very high respawn timer it might be hard to get this trinket, but the stun it provides is a life saver and duel winner.
  • Linken's Boomerang Icon Linken's Boomerang allows you to potentially disarm or stun an enemy when used, which makes it useful in certain scenarios, especially in PvP. Its rewarded from the Un'Goro Crater quest It's Dangerous to Go Alone.
  • Luffa Icon Luffa removes a bleed effect, such as Garrote Icon Garrote, from yourself when used. You get this item from the Searing Gorge quest Incendosaurs? Whateverosaur is More Like It.
  • The Alliance-only Crystal of Zin-Malor Icon Crystal of Zin-Malor allows you to kill yourself easily, and you do not get durability loss if you die from its effect. This can occasionally be useful, such as when you regret getting on a fly path after you are already flying or if you need to talk with the Blackrock Depths key ghost NPC. You get it from starting the quest Tormented By the Past.
9.

Best in Slot for Protection Paladins Pre-Ahn'Qiraj

9.1.

Protection Paladin Pre-Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List

In order to get ready for raiding, it is recommended that you follow this guide in order to learn which gear to gather for maximizing DPS before ever setting foot in raids, and probably also before getting your first epic loot. Even so, expect to get a few pieces that you will have a hard time replacing such as Gyth's Skull Icon Gyth's Skull or Kromcrush's Chestplate Icon Kromcrush's Chestplate.

9.2.

Protection Paladin Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Molten Core / Onyxia's Lair

Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair are the first raids in WoW Classic, and will probably award you with your first pieces of epic gear! While the tier set is not great, there are many pieces of gear and weapons that you will be using for multiple phases out of Molten Core.

10.

Changelog

  • 06 Aug. 2020: Reworked for Phase 5 BiS with alternatives.
  • 26 Jul. 2020: Updated with Librams.
  • 21 Jul. 2020: Added BiS for AQ.
  • 14 Apr. 2020: Updated with Zul'Gurub gear.
  • 13 Mar. 2020: Updated with Arathi Basin gear.
  • 23 Feb. 2020: Updated for P3.
  • 09 Nov. 2019: Updated with Raid BiS.
  • 22 Oct. 2019: Updated Pre-Raid BiS to include Dire Maul.
  • 17 Aug. 2019: Page added.
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