Classic Protection Paladin Tank Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Dec 02, 2020 at 00:37 by Impakt 28 comments

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

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Protection Paladin gear and best in slot.


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.


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.


Naxxramas Protection Paladin BiS

This is the gear we recommend for Protection Paladins in the Naxxramas patch. Naxxramas is the final destination of the original World of Warcraft, and as such carries the best gear and the most difficult bosses.

Paladins Tier 3, Redemption Armor is perhaps one of the most iconic Paladin sets of all time, but is unfortunately very poor for Protection Paladins. You will not be using any of the T3 pieces in your BiS set.

Slot Item Source
  • Helm of Domination Icon Helm of Domination
  • Gluth's Missing Collar Icon Gluth's Missing Collar
  • Pauldrons of the Unrelenting Icon Pauldrons of the Unrelenting
  • Cryptfiend Silk Cloak Icon Cryptfiend Silk Cloak
  • Avenger's Breastplate Icon Avenger's Breastplate
  • Tier 2.5 piece found in AQ40
  • Fel Hardened Bracers Icon Fel Hardened Bracers
  • Gauntlets of Steadfast Determination Icon Gauntlets of Steadfast Determination
  • Royal Qiraji Belt Icon Royal Qiraji Belt
  • Bloodsoaked Legplates Icon Bloodsoaked Legplates
  • Boots of the Unwavering Will Icon Boots of the Unwavering Will
  • Ring of Emperor Vek'lor Icon Ring of Emperor Vek'lor
  • Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight Icon Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight
  • Styleen's Impeding Scarab Icon Styleen's Impeding Scarab
  • Glyph of Deflection Icon Glyph of Deflection
  • Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker Icon Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
  • The End of Dreams Icon The End of Dreams
  • The Face of Death Icon The Face of Death
Libram Libram of Hope Icon Libram of Hope Isalien in Dire Maul

Alternative Gear for Protection Paladins

Slot Item Source
  • 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
  • Mark of C'Thun Icon Mark of C'Thun
  • 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
  • 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
  • Overlord's Embrace Icon Overlord's Embrace
  • Elementium Threaded Cloak Icon Elementium Threaded Cloak
  • Redoubt Cloak Icon Redoubt Cloak
  • Dragon's Blood Cape Icon Dragon's Blood Cape
  • 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
  • Dragonbone Wristguards Icon Dragonbone Wristguards
  • Judgement Bindings Icon Judgement Bindings
  • Bloodsoaked Gauntlets Icon Bloodsoaked Gauntlets
  • Stonegrip Gauntlets Icon Stonegrip Gauntlets
  • Boneclenched Gauntlets Icon Boneclenched Gauntlets
  • Girdle of the Fallen Crusader Icon Girdle of the Fallen Crusader
  • Deathbone Girdle Icon Deathbone Girdle
  • Legguards of the Fallen Crusader Icon Legguards of the Fallen Crusader
  • Enchanted Thorium Leggings Icon Enchanted Thorium Leggings
  • Judgement Legplates Icon Judgement Legplates
  • Core Forged Greaves Icon Core Forged Greaves
  • Bloodsoaked Greaves Icon Bloodsoaked Greaves
  • Deathbone Sabatons Icon Deathbone Sabatons
  • 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
  • Onyxia Blood Talisman Icon Onyxia Blood Talisman
  • 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
  • Sharpened Silithid Femur Icon Sharpened Silithid Femur
  • Quel'Serrar Icon Quel'Serrar
  • Bloodlord's Defender Icon Bloodlord's Defender
  • Blackguard Icon Blackguard
  • Blessed Qiraji Bulwark Icon Blessed Qiraji Bulwark
  • 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
  • Libram of Truth Icon Libram of Truth
  • Magmus in Blackrock Depths

Frost Resistance Gear for Protection Paladins

In order to smooth out the Sapphiron encounter, it is advised that most players use a good amount of Frost Resistance gear, in order to reduce the high raid damage intake to manageable levels. We made a list with good options for almost every slot, so that you can face down the undead dragon while prepared:


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.


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.

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.



  • 02 Dec. 2020: Updated for Phase 6.
  • 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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