Protection Paladin Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Jul 26, 2022 at 21:15 by Panthea 47 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 9.2.5.

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

1.

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:

2.

Items to Purchase With Puzzling Cartel Dinars

Puzzling Cartel Dinars, a Season 4 currency, is a reward for killing a number of Fated raid bosses. The first Dinar is acquired after 30 individual boss kills, the second after 20 more, and the final one at a total of 60 boss kills.

These Dinars allow you to immediately purchase a raid item. No tricks, no catch, no questions asked. The vendors are all behind the Great Vault.

We have collated a list of items that, we deem, are the only worthwhile choices to purchase. These are difficult to acquire and provide a very large power boost, making them ideal targets to not have to farm:

  1. Shard of Annhylde's Aegis Icon Shard of Annhylde's Aegis
  2. Old Warrior's Soul Icon Old Warrior's Soul
  3. Ruined Crest of Lordaeron Icon Ruined Crest of Lordaeron / The Devouring Cold Icon The Devouring Cold
  4. Weave of Warped Fates Icon Weave of Warped Fates

Work down this list from top to bottom. If you already have a Weave of Warped Fates Icon Weave of Warped Fates from Season 2 you can safely wait until it drops again in Season 4. Otherwise you may choose to prioritise this item above others.

3.

Dungeon Gear Recommendations for Protection Paladin

Season 4 brings a couple of highly valuable items back for all specializations with the returning old dungeons.

3.1.

Mechagon Rings

Specific build-a-bonus rings drop in both Junkyard and Workshop of Operation: Mechagon. The set works off two specific ring "classes":

  • Junkyard contains the activators (i.e. Logic Loop of Recursion Icon Logic Loop of Recursion), which determine what you will need to proc the set effect. These all have a 15s internal cooldown.
  • Workshop, meanwhile, contains the bonus (i.e. Shorting Bit Band Icon Shorting Bit Band)

These items still have their full stat budget on them so the bonuses provided are free. There are a couple of powerful combinations to consider for Protection Paladin:

Activator Item Condition
Logic Loop of Recursion Icon Logic Loop of Recursion Cast 3 different spells
Effect Ring Item Effect
Overclocking Bit Band Icon Overclocking Bit Band Small haste proc for 15 seconds.
Shorting Bit Band Icon Shorting Bit Band Small amount of damage on your current target.
3.2.

Choker of Barbed Reins

Choker of Barbed Reins Icon Choker of Barbed Reins, dropping from Lower Karazhan, was originally a relatively low value item in Legion, however compared to Shadowlands loot options its once again an item with a full stat budget and a free proc.

This item could still receive adjustment after Season 4 begins. If this happens, this page will be updated.

3.3.

Sample Dungeon-Only Gear List

A full list of dungeon off-pieces is present below. We hid it by default as most drops from dungeons at equal item level will be within a very small margin of the ones on this table (and, depending on your current gear, these may not even be the best pieces to seek!). Use the checkbox to display the list!

  • Display Dungeon Gear Table
4.

Fated Raids Gear Recommendations for Protection Paladin

In season 4, each week, a different raid will be "Fated", substantially increasing the difficulty of all bosses, and raising the quality of the loot they drop to a higher level than before.

Some items have no cross-over; for instance, tier tokens will drop at Fated item level in Sepulcher of the First Ones, but will not drop in Castle Nathria (as there were no tier pieces in that tier). The Creation Catalyst is still available, however, and this gives us the option to get a fifth higher item level tier piece, since Sire Denathrius drops a higher item level headpiece.

Below is a guideline of items to seek from Fated Raids:

Slot Item Source
Head Diadem of Imperious Desire Icon Diadem of Imperious Desire turn into tier with the Creation Catalyst Sire Denathrius
Neck Worldkiller Iris Icon Worldkiller Iris The Jailer
Shoulders Luminous Chevalier's Epaulettes Icon Luminous Chevalier's Epaulettes Lords of Dread
Cloak Crest of the Legionnaire General Icon Crest of the Legionnaire General Stone Legion Generals
Chest Luminous Chevalier's Plackart Icon Luminous Chevalier's Plackart Rygelon
Wrists Vyraz's Parade Cuffs Icon Vyraz's Parade Cuffs Kel'Thuzad
Gloves Handguards of Hidden Realms Icon Handguards of Hidden Realms turn into tier with the Creation Catalyst Rygelon
Belt Stoic Guardsman's Belt Icon Stoic Guardsman's Belt Sun King's Salvation
Legs Legguards of the Ultimate Threat Icon Legguards of the Ultimate Threat / Ceremonial Parade Legguards Icon Ceremonial Parade Legguards The Jailer / Stone Legion Generals
Boots Greatboots of the Roaming Goliath Icon Greatboots of the Roaming Goliath convert into better stats with the Creation Catalyst Halondrus the Reclaimer
Ring #1 Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Icon Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Sire Denathrius
Ring #2 Taciturn Keeper's Lapis Icon Taciturn Keeper's Lapis Halondrus the Reclaimer
Weapon Devastated Worldshard Icon Devastated Worldshard Rygelon
Shield Ruined Crest of Lordaeron Icon Ruined Crest of Lordaeron Lords of Dread
5.

Tier Pieces in Patch 9.2

Tier items are back and there are multiple ways to obtain them:

  1. In the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid as boss drops.
  2. In your Great Vault.
  3. After 7 weeks of the patch you can convert any Season 3 Helm, Shoulder, Chest, Gloves or Legs into tier pieces using the Creation Catalyst.

You should aim to obtain the Helmet, Shoulders, Chest, and Gloves as the Tier Legs do not have ideal stats for Protection Paladins.

5.1.

Domination Sockets in Sanctum of Domination Raid Gear

These do not function in Season 4.

6.

PvP Gear Recommendations for Protection Paladin

It is important to know that the items available from PvP are some of the best items available for Protection Paladins in game.

Notably, you are able to obtain end of Heroic-quality raid items at 2100 Rating.

All of these items have Versatility on them.

If you are wanting to obtain PvP gear, we would advise doing Rated Battlegrounds as either Protection or Retribution.

7.

Trinket Recommendations for Protection Paladin

Weave of Warped Fates Icon Weave of Warped Fates was changed between Patch 9.1 and Patch 9.2 to function as a true cheat death, featuring a very generous overkill cap and lower cooldown than Splintered Heart of Al'ar Icon Splintered Heart of Al'ar. It is very appealing, should you need a cheat death for a specific encounter. As with Splintered Heart of Al'ar, if you do not need the cheat death and you know it, this trinket will be a strict throughput loss.

Splintered Heart of Al'ar Icon Splintered Heart of Al'ar from Sun King's Salvation in Castle Nathria is a good trinket to pick up for progression raiding and key pushing as it will provide you with a relatively good cheat death. If you do not need the cheat death and you know it, this trinket will be a strict throughput loss.

Eye of Command Icon Eye of Command is a powerful offensive trinket. Pretty simple; it just gives you lots of Crit.

Old Warrior's Soul Icon Old Warrior's Soul is a very strong trinket from Sanctum of Domination which will provide a large amount of Haste on a consistent basis.

Shard of Annhylde's Aegis Icon Shard of Annhylde's Aegis is a must-have trinket from Sanctum of Domination as the shield will absorb damage from every hit received during the 8 seconds it is active with no maximum cap.

Codex of the First Technique Icon Codex of the First Technique is one to watch out for from Tazavesh, the Veiled Market as it will provide a consistent defensive benefit and provide a moderate amount of damage. It is quite similar to Reactive Defense Matrix Icon Reactive Defense Matrix.

Reactive Defense Matrix Icon Reactive Defense Matrix can provide a good amount of damage in a multi-target scenario, such as Mythic+. However, on single-target encounters it may not be a worthwhile choice if you have other options available.

Unchained Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity Icon Unchained Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity from PvP is a very potent on-use trinket. The 1-minute cooldown on this trinket means that it will be available on each cast of Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath if you are using the Righteous Protector Icon Righteous Protector talent. It also be available for every cast of Divine Toll Icon Divine Toll for Kyrian Paladins.

Unchained Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity Icon Unchained Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity from PvP is a very strong, simple trinket. It gives you a large chunk of Haste and when it procs you gain Strength. The uptime of the buff is in the ~40-50% region making it a good trinket choice.

Generally you will not be using two defensive trinket choices at all times. When this is the case 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.

8.

Legion Timewalking Trinkets for Protection Paladin

Unfortunately, Legion Timewalking does not offer any "must have" items. If they are stat/item level upgrades, seek and obtain them. However, anything that was previously good in Legion was abused by players during Battle for Azeroth and promptly nerfed as a result. As such, things like Writhing Heart of Darkness Icon Writhing Heart of Darkness saw its use change from a really strong defensive trinket to near useless.

Jeweled Signet of Melandrus Icon Jeweled Signet of Melandrus is unique as it increases your auto attack damage, although it is now tuned to a value rather than 10%. It is not on the item budget (removing stats from the item for the effect), so it is technically "free" , but it is very little additional damage.

9.

Valor Upgrade Recommendations for Protection Paladin

A Valor cap will not be present for Season 4, and as a result, upgrading gear using Valor will feel a lot less like a risky gamble. Now is the time to upgrade all the things!

If you managed to grab Mechagon rings, you should upgrade the Bit Band first, as this increases the value of the proc.

After this focus on upgrading whatever your highest value pieces are. This will be your Weapon and Shield first and then whatever pieces are low item level.

10.

Changelog

  • 26 Jul. 2022: Updated for Season 4.
  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 21 Feb. 2022: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Added Legion Timewalking segment.
  • 20 Oct. 2021: Updated Shard of Domination recommendations and included additional trinkets.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Added Valor recommendations. Added and updated trinket recommendations. Added PvP gearing section.
  • 22 Dec. 2020: Added Castle Nathria loot. Fixed incorrect dungeon link.
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Added an additional helmet choice.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Removed BfA information. Added Shadowlands Dungeon Gear.
  • 13 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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