Warrior Tank Pre-Raid Gear

Last updated on Dec 05, 2020 at 21:01 by Seksixeny 37 comments

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items from Pre-Raid content for your Warrior Tank in WoW Classic. For more gearing advice, please refer to our Warrior Tank Gearing and Best in Slot guide.


Warrior Tank Pre-Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List

This is the pre-raid gear we recommend for Tank Warriors, setting you up to tackle the most challenging content in Phase 5, AQ40. While gear from starter raids is required in order to fill a main tank role, having the correct pre-raid gear will allow you to be decent as an off-tank immediately.

Before we get into the list itself, it is good to present two of the most important concepts for gearing: weapon skill and the Hit cap.

As explained in our Warrior Tank Weapon Skill guide, the difference between only having the baseline 300 weapon skill at level 60 or 305 weapon skill or above is absolutely gigantic for threat generation against bosses, and easily capable of making a pre-bis blue weapon superior to the best raid epics. Thus, your first gearing priority against raid bosses should be hitting at least 305 skill with your current weapon.

This can be achieved by using race-appropriate weapons on a Orc or Human character, or with any race by using special gear such as Edgemaster's Handguards Icon Edgemaster's Handguards. Once you get 305+ weapon skill, remember to not go over 6% extra Hit chance, as the extra Hit will be wasted. This cap is 9% Hit when at 300 weapon skill, which means you will require a lot more Hit to cap out.

The Darksoul set is very cheap to make and provides a good amount of starting stats over its three pieces (shoulders, chest and legs). While none of the pieces is a standout on its own, buying the set as soon as you get to maximum level is a good way to begin your tanking journey!

While we are only listing the Horde versions of the PvP set, equivalent versions can be found on the Alliance side, with the same requirements, cost and stats.

Slot Item Source
  • Lionheart Helm Icon Lionheart Helm
  • Champion's Plate Helm Icon Champion's Plate Helm
  • Golem Skull Helm Icon Golem Skull Helm
  • Crown of Tyranny Icon Crown of Tyranny
  • Gyth's Skull Icon Gyth's Skull
  • Amulet of the Darkmoon Icon Amulet of the Darkmoon
  • Medallion of Grand Marshal Morris Icon Medallion of Grand Marshal Morris
  • Mark of Fordring Icon Mark of Fordring
  • Beads of Ogre Might Icon Beads of Ogre Might
  • Evil Eye Pendant Icon Evil Eye Pendant
  • Verek's Collar Icon Verek's Collar
  • Defiler's Plate Spaulders Icon Defiler's Plate Spaulders
  • Abyssal Plate Epaulets Icon Abyssal Plate Epaulets of Striking
  • Darksoul Shoulders Icon Darksoul Shoulders
  • Spaulders of Valor Icon Spaulders of Valor
  • Bulky Iron Spaulders Icon Bulky Iron Spaulders
  • Bile-etched Spaulders Icon Bile-etched Spaulders
  • Stockade Pauldrons Icon Stockade Pauldrons
  • Earthweave Cloak Icon Earthweave Cloak
  • Windshear Cape Icon Windshear Cape
  • Shifting Cloak Icon Shifting Cloak
  • Deathguard's Cloak Icon Deathguard's Cloak
  • Stoneskin Gargoyle Cape Icon Stoneskin Gargoyle Cape
  • The Emperor's New Cape Icon The Emperor's New Cape
  • Redoubt Cloak Icon Redoubt Cloak
  • Savage Gladiator Chain Icon Savage Gladiator Chain
  • Kromcrush's Chestplate Icon Kromcrush's Chestplate
  • Darksoul Breastplate Icon Darksoul Breastplate
  • Ornate Adamantium Breastplate Icon Ornate Adamantium Breastplate
  • Berserker Bracers Icon Berserker Bracers
  • Deeprock Bracers Icon Deeprock Bracers
  • Abyssal Plate Vambraces Icon Abyssal Plate Vambraces of Striking
  • Battleborn Armbraces Icon Battleborn Armbraces
  • Vambraces of the Sadist Icon Vambraces of the Sadist
  • Bracers of Valor Icon Bracers of Valor
  • Fel Hardened Bracers Icon Fel Hardened Bracers
  • Edgemaster's Handguards Icon Edgemaster's Handguards or similar if you need it for 305+ weapon skill
  • Voone's Vice Grips Icon Voone's Vice Grips
  • Stonegrip Gauntlets Icon Stonegrip Gauntlets
  • Blood Guard's Plate Gauntlets Icon Blood Guard's Plate Gauntlets
  • Reiver Claws Icon Reiver Claws
  • Boneclenched Gauntlets Icon Boneclenched Gauntlets
  • World drop BoE
  • Maxwell's Mission / Warlord's Command
  • World drop BoE
  • Bought from the PvP Vendor at Rank 7
  • Overlord Wyrmthalak in Lower Blackrock Spire
  • Ras Frostwhisper in Scholomance
  • Brigam Girdle Icon Brigam Girdle
  • Defiler's Plate Girdle Icon Defiler's Plate Girdle
  • Handcrafted Mastersmith Girdle Icon Handcrafted Mastersmith Girdle
  • Frostwolf Plate Belt Icon Frostwolf Plate Belt
  • Deathbone Girdle Icon Deathbone Girdle
  • Titanic Leggings Icon Titanic Leggings
  • Outrider's Plate Legguards Icon Outrider's Plate Legguards
  • Legionnaire's Plate Leggings Icon Legionnaire's Plate Leggings
  • Cloudkeeper Legplates Icon Cloudkeeper Legplates (CD share with Diamond Flask)
  • Darksoul Leggings Icon Darksoul Leggings
  • Abyssal Plate Legplates Icon Abyssal Plate Legplates of Striking
  • Eldritch Reinforced Legplates Icon Eldritch Reinforced Legplates
  • Warmaster Legguards Icon Warmaster Legguards
  • Legplates of Valor Icon Legplates of Valor
  • Defiler's Plate Greaves Icon Defiler's Plate Greaves
  • Boots of Avoidance Icon Boots of Avoidance
  • Bloodmail Boots Icon Bloodmail Boots
  • Boots of Valor Icon Boots of Valor
  • Ribsteel Footguards Icon Ribsteel Footguards
  • Battlechaser's Greaves Icon Battlechaser's Greaves
  • Don Julio's Band Icon Don Julio's Band
  • Band of Earthen Might Icon Band of Earthen Might
  • Myrmidon's Signet Icon Myrmidon's Signet
  • Blackstone Ring Icon Blackstone Ring
  • Tarnished Elven Ring Icon Tarnished Elven Ring
  • Painweaver Band Icon Painweaver Band
  • Magni's Will Icon Magni's Will (Alliance only)
  • Band of Flesh Icon Band of Flesh
  • Earthstrike Icon Earthstrike
  • Diamond Flask Icon Diamond Flask
  • Frostwolf Insignia Rank 6 Icon Frostwolf Insignia Rank 6
  • Mark of the Chosen Icon Mark of the Chosen
  • Hand of Justice Icon Hand of Justice
  • Blackhand's Breadth Icon Blackhand's Breadth
  • Counterattack Lodestone Icon Counterattack Lodestone
  • Vigilance Charm Icon Vigilance Charm
  • Ramstein's Lightning Bolts Icon Ramstein's Lightning Bolts
  • Quel'Serrar Icon Quel'Serrar
  • Ironfoe Icon Ironfoe
  • The Lobotomizer Icon The Lobotomizer
  • Alcor's Sunrazor Icon Alcor's Sunrazor
  • Frostbite Icon Frostbite
  • Annihilator Icon Annihilator
  • Zulian Hacker Icon Zulian Hacker
  • Dal'Rend's Sacred Charge Icon Dal'Rend's Sacred Charge
  • Mirah's Song Icon Mirah's Song
  • Axe of the Deep Woods Icon Axe of the Deep Woods
  • Flurry Axe Icon Flurry Axe
  • Bone Slicing Hatchet Icon Bone Slicing Hatchet
  • Iceblade Hacker Icon Iceblade Hacker
  • Serathil Icon Serathil
  • Felstriker Icon Felstriker
  • Bonescraper Icon Bonescraper
  • Distracting Dagger Icon Distracting Dagger
  • Mass of McGowan Icon Mass of McGowan
  • Dal'Rend's Tribal Guardian Icon Dal'Rend's Tribal Guardian
  • The Immovable Object Icon The Immovable Object
  • Earthen Guard Icon Earthen Guard
  • Draconian Deflector Icon Draconian Deflector
  • Dreadguard's Protector Icon Dreadguard's Protector
  • Force Reactive Disk Icon Force Reactive Disk (AoE)
  • Skullflame Shield Icon Skullflame Shield (AoE)
  • Blackcrow Icon Blackcrow
  • Outrider's Bow Icon Outrider's Bow
  • Satyr's Bow Icon Satyr's Bow
  • Gorewood Bow Icon Gorewood Bow
  • Carapace Spine Crossbow Icon Carapace Spine Crossbow
  • Bloodseeker Icon Bloodseeker

While we already list some threat-oriented gear, such as Lionheart Helm Icon Lionheart Helm, most of the gear on display is defensively oriented. You can find more threat options in the DPS Warrior Gear page, which is optimized for maximum DPS, usually translating into additional threat for for Tank Warriors.

You can find more Warrior Tank BiS lists in our dedicated gear hub below.



  • 05 Dec. 2020: Updated for Phase 6.
  • 27 Jul. 2020: Updated with Phase 5 gear.
  • 19 May 2020: Added Silithus twilight boss summoning gear.
  • 14 Apr. 2020: Updated with some BoE Zul'Gurub gear.
  • 11 Mar. 2020: Updated with Arathi Basin gear.
  • 12 Feb. 2020: Page added.
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