Protection Paladin Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3
On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Protection Paladin in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.
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
With the removal of Warforging/Titanforging we can once again offer a Best in Slot list. It will feature exclusively raid gear as it will have the potential for the highest item level outside of weekly chest items. Should you get pieces with Corruption on them you may want to use them even if its item level may be lower than on this list. Items from the weekly chests as well as from Horrific Visions are guaranteed to be Corrupted. Should you receive other pieces from a higher difficulty, they are in almost all cases going to be better than the ones mentioned here.
Trinkets are listed below, as they serve vastly different purposes depending on what you are up against.
Corruptions and Corrupted Items
For more information about the best Corruptions and corrupted items you can get, please refer to our dedicated page.
Gouged Eye of N'zoth
8.3 also brings in a new item that you are able to purchase from Wrathion called Gouged Eye of N'Zoth, which allows you to add a socket to one piece of gear. This is best used on pieces of gear you are unlikely to replace in the near future, such as powerful Twilight Devastation pieces with a high item level from either Mythic Ny'alotha or Mythic+ cache. For more information, please visit our Horrific Visions page.
All Azerite pieces from the raids have basically the best possible Azerite traits available from the two most outer rings, including the new and rather strong Heart of Darkness trait. The raid Azerites may be lacking some of the good inner ring traits compared to those available from Titan Residuum and it is important to keep those in mind when buying Azerite gear.
With Titan Residuum it is possible to choose specific Azerite Pieces that drop from dungeons which may have exceptionally strong traits. These items which you can buy are listed below. As mentioned in the Azerite Traits page, we heavily recommend to have at least one Inspiring Vanguard, as well as one Soaring Shield in your set-up. Once you have made sure your gear features these two traits, it is recommended that defensively you go for three times Bulwark of Light if possible. Note that the Third Ring and the Fourth Ring also matters, so do not blindly go for the previously mentioned combination. Below, we mention some of the best Azerite pieces you can specifically buy for each slot from Titan Residuum, but keep in mind that pieces with Inspiring Vanguard and Soaring Shield will lose some value if you already have one of those traits:
- Soulspun Casque: Inspiring Vanguard, Bulwark of Light, Overwhelming Power as well as either Gemhide, and Impassive Visage. This Helm only has exceptional traits.
- Helm of the Raptor King: Bulwark of Light, Inspiring Vanguard, Azerite Veins, and Impassive Visage. This Helm only has great traits as well, with Azerite Veins being great in Mythic+, but slightly weaker in Raids.
- Helm of Abyssal Malevolence: Bulwark of Light, Soaring Shield, Overwhelming Power, and Impassive Visage. Overall, just great traits as well, as long as you can get Inspiring Vanguard somewhere else.
- Skyscorcher Pauldrons: Inspiring Vanguard, Righteous Conviction, Ablative Shielding, and Gemhide. Great defensive traits if you do not get Inspiring Vanguard from somewhere else.
- Lockjaw Shoulderplate: Bulwark of Light, Soaring Shield, Elemental Whirl, and Stalwart Protector. While the Third and Fourth Rings are not great traits, you need to obtain Soaring Shield and Bulwark of Light somewhere.
- Breastplate of Arterial Protection: Bulwark of Light, Blood Rite OR Soaring Shield, Azerite Veins, and Gallant Steed. Allows you to choose Blood Rite, which is a great trait if you already have one Soaring Shield trait.
- Harpooner's Plate Cuirass: Soaring Shield OR Inspiring Vanguard, Bulwark of Light, Lifespeed, and Longstrider. Fair Third and Fourth Rings, but allows you to choose between Inspiring Vanguard or Soaring Shield, depending on what you need in your gear.
- Ashvane Warden's Cuirass: Soaring Shield, Inspiring Vanguard, Strength in Numbers, and Bulwark of the Masses. While it has no Bulwark of Light, it offers good AoE tanking survivability with Strength in Numbers and Bulwark of the Masses, and guarantees you have both Soaring Shield and Inspiring Vanguard if you lack it elsewhere.
Trinkets for Protection Paladins
In Battle for Azeroth, Strength provides solid damage reduction in the form of strengthening your Shield of the Righteous, and you will find Strength on most trinkets one way or another.
Jes' Howler is a good and balanced defensive as well as offensive trinket, as it will not only buff you, but also your group with a small amount of Versatility.
Vial of Animated Blood gives passive Mastery, so it reduces overall damage, with a Strength on-use effect to boost your Shield of the Righteous quite a bit. The amount of Strength decreases over 18 seconds, so when used correctly, it can be fairly good for burst survivability or damage.
Mchimba's Ritual Bandages provides passive Strength with a rather weak on-use effect to shield you. This is, however, the only use trinket available for on-demand absorb, which can make it very strong against encounters with big burst abilities but it performs poorly against sustained damage.
Lingering Sporepods provides passive Strength, as well as a fairly decent amounts of healing in Mythic+. Its impact is very weak, and it barely deals any damage at all. Can be a decent option if you acquire one of max item level.
Merektha's Fang deserves an honorable mention as one of the most powerful AoE damage dealing trinkets in the game. Be careful when using it however as it is a channel ability and you are not able to dodge, block, or parry when channelling it.
Ny'alotha, the Waking City
Lingering Psychic Shell is definitely the most impactful trinket from this tier. When used, it gives you a sizeable shield for 8 seconds, but unlike most shields, which absorb all damage, this one lets 20% through to you. The shield strength is increased by Corruption Resistance while inside the Ny'alotha raid. This trinket is really strong against huge tank nuke abilities and has a very short cooldown.
Humming Black Dragonscale has a small proc effect, with a relatively high uptime, which makes it a decent general trinket you could use anywhere, should you not need any specific trinket to use against certain mechanics.
Sigil of Warding is a strong shield on a 2 minute cooldown with the added benefit of slightly growing in size if you are taking magic damage. Unfortunately, this trinket does worse in almost every regard compared to Lingering Psychic Shell, as the shield sizes are relatively similar, but have different cooldowns. This trinket, however, does have a small hidden effect of completely absorbing any hit that would deplete the shield. This means that, even if only 10% of the original shield is left but you take a huge tank nuke for a millions of damage, it will completely absorb that hit. However, there are very few cases where that is very applicable this tier, but worth knowing.
Writhing Segment of Drest'agath gets an honorable mention as a rather powerful damage dealing trinket, especially stacked with Seraphim. While the damage it deals is split between all targets, it does still do slightly more damage the more targets it hits.
Vita-Charged Titanshard provides a fairly sizeable amount of Haste when it procs, but it also has the benefit of giving some Haste to your group at the same time. This is a very effective defensive option against physical, as well as offensive option for you and the 4 other people in your group. This only gives the Haste to the 4 others in your party in a raid situation.
Void-Twisted Titanshard will only be mentioned because you can pair it with Vita-Charged Titanshard for a set bonus, however as a tank, the Void-Twisted Titanshard performs very poorly due to its shield being broken constantly. The set bonus is fairly weak and not worth sacrificing other strong trinkets for.
The Eternal Palace
Even though the loot offered has a fair bit less item level, two very effective defensive trinkets are available and can still be worth using as defensive options in certain situations.
Bloodthirsty Urchin drops from Lady Ashvane in The Eternal Palace. It provides very efficient small but constant heals throughout an encounter. If you are constantly taking damage it can be very effective at healing some of that back.
Edicts of the Faithless drops from The Queen's Court in The Eternal Palace. It provides a sizeable Physical or Magical shield every 40 seconds. Each time this shield is fully absorbed, it boosts the next shield by 10%, up to 100%. This can be a great trinket for overall damage reduction if you can assure the shield is always consumed. This is generally not an issue on some fights, but the trinket takes 6+ minutes to stack up to its full potential, and if you at any time do not deplete the shield, it resets back to 0% increase. Swapping the trinket between Physical and Magical is also a cast, so you have to be careful should you wish to change the effect in combat, this also resets the bonus effect from the shield.
Operation: Mechagon Gear
Operation: Mechagon has a few pieces of gear with special effects, mainly the rings. There are four "If" rings, and four "then" rings that can be combined for an effect. The best "If" ring, and only one you can reliably really proc is the Logic Loop of Recursion as your rotation is very diverse and you can satisfy that "If" requirement the easiest. When it comes to the "then" rings all of them do vastly different things, but they are also all rather effective at what they do. Ideally you would want the Overclocking Bit Band for what is essentially passive Haste, but the shield from Protecting Bit Band will be effective against constant magic intake, while the Shorting Bit Band will be the strongest DPS alternative.
Anodized Deflectors gives you a bit of parry as well as a load of Avoidance on a rather short cooldown, which also triggers a small frontal cone attack. This effect is off the Global Cooldown, but the bracers have no secondary stats on them, which lowers their value if you can not benefit from the use effect a lot. It is on demand Avoidance which can be useful against certain AoE mechanics that could be threatening for the tank
Fusion Hacker provides a fair increase in damage despite its lack of secondary stats. Should you not have a higher item level weapon and you want dps, then this is a fairly good choice.
Salvaged Mekacycle Shielding is generally not worth a lot in terms of damage absorbed. The shield it provides is too small and does not come often enough to be worth losing some secondary stats over compared to another shield of the same item level.
- 23 Apr. 2020: Moved Corruption gear to its own page, added Shield to BiS gear, and removed old raid recommendations.
- 14 Jan. 2020: Added Corruption gear, Gouged Eye of N'Zoth, and Mechagon gear.
- 11 Jan. 2020: Re-added the BiS list and added Ny'alotha, the Waking City trinket recommendations.
- 14 Jul. 2019: Added The Eternal Palace trinket recommendations.
- 07 Jul. 2019: Benthic gear has been added.
- 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
- 14 May 2019: Updated Crucible gear recommendations.
- 15 Apr. 2019: Added Crucible of Storms gear.
- 20 Jan. 2019: Added BiS Azerite from vendor, and Battle of Dazar'alor Raid Trinkets
- 10 Dec. 2018: Minor revisions on trinkets.
- 04 Sep. 2018: Added Raid trinkets.
- 22 Aug. 2018: Added Darkmoon trinkets.
- 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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