Protection Paladin Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 23, 2020 at 23:52 by Panthea 20 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Protection Paladin in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.0.2.

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


Best in Slot List for Protection Paladins

We do not currently provide a Best in Slot list. You should aim to prioritize item level above everything else, as anything 10 item levels or more is virtually guaranteed to be an upgrade.

If you have a choice on the same item level, the alternative will likely, in generic circumstances, not make a difference defensively. As such, we recommend just simming the choice and going with whatever helps you do more damage.

There are some exceptions to this rule and encounter-specific situations where a stat is massively devalued. You should keep an eye on the raid encounter guides to be aware of this. Similarly, certain Mythic+ key levels and dungeons will require a slightly different gearing path. We linked the related guides below, but generally, we will also add a note on here as well:


Dungeon Gear Recommendations for Protection Paladin

Below is a guideline of items to seek and the Dungeons they drop from:

Slot Item Dungeon
Helm Darkfrost Helmet Icon Darkfrost Helmet The Necrotic Wake
Neck Sin Stained Pendant Icon Sin Stained Pendant Halls of Atonement
Shoulder Unyielding Combatant's Pauldrons Icon Unyielding Combatant's Pauldrons Theater of Pain
Cloak Blighted Margrave's Cloak Icon Blighted Margrave's Cloak The Necrotic Wake
Chest Breastplate of Otherworldly Influence Icon Breastplate of Otherworldly Influence Halls of Atonement
Bracers Pit Fighter's Wristguards Icon Pit Fighter's Wristguards Theater of Pain
Gloves Fleshfused Crushers Icon Fleshfused Crushers Plaguefall
Belt Girdle of the Soulflayer Icon Girdle of the Soulflayer De Other Side
Legs Halkias's Towering Pillars Icon Halkias's Towering Pillars Halls of Atonement
Boots Muckwallow Stompers Icon Muckwallow Stompers Plaguefall
Rings Stitchflesh's Misplaced Signet Icon Stitchflesh's Misplaced Signet and Death God's Signet Icon Death God's Signet The Necrotic Wake and De Other Side
Weapons Engorged Worm Smasher Icon Engorged Worm Smasher and Acidslough Bulwark Icon Acidslough Bulwark The Necrotic Wake and Mists of Tirna Scithe

Trinket Recommendations for Protection Paladin

The main trinket to seek is Blood-Spattered Scale Icon Blood-Spattered Scale, which drops from De Other Side. It is a good defensive trinket and also has a good damaging component behind it too.

Your other trinket slot will generally be whatever you have that has a benefit that you are needing whether this be more DPS, stats, or utility.



  • 23 Nov. 2020: Removed BfA information. Added Shadowlands Dungeon Gear.
  • 13 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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