Protection Paladin Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 17:34 by Panthea 39 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 9.0.5.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Protection Paladin Tank 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.

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 or Wing Commander's Helmet Icon Wing Commander's Helmet The Necrotic Wake or Halls of Atonement
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 Plaguefall
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
Ring #1 Stitchflesh's Misplaced Signet Icon Stitchflesh's Misplaced Signet The Necrotic Wake
Ring #2 Death God's Signet Icon Death God's Signet De Other Side
Weapon Engorged Worm Smasher Icon Engorged Worm Smasher The Necrotic Wake
Shield Acidslough Bulwark Icon Acidslough Bulwark Mists of Tirna Scithe
3.

Castle Nathria Recommendations for Protection Paladin

Below is a guideline of items to seek and the Bosses in Castle Nathria they drop from:

Slot Item Source
Head Diadem of Imperious Desire Icon Diadem of Imperious Desire Sire Denathrius
Neck Charm of Eternal Winter Icon Charm of Eternal Winter Huntsman Altimor
Shoulders Epaulettes of Overwhelming Force Icon Epaulettes of Overwhelming Force Hungering Destroyer
Cloak Crest of the Legionnaire General Icon Crest of the Legionnaire General Stone Legion Generals
Chest Rampaging Giant's Chestplate Icon Rampaging Giant's Chestplate Sludgefist
Wrists Hellhound Cuffs Icon Hellhound Cuffs Huntsman Altimor
Gloves Colossal Plate Gauntlets Icon Colossal Plate Gauntlets Sludgefist
Belt Stoic Guardsman's Belt Icon Stoic Guardsman's Belt Sun King's Salvation
Legs Ceremonial Parade Legguards Icon Ceremonial Parade Legguards Stone Legion Generals
Boots Errant Crusader's Greaves Icon Errant Crusader's Greaves Shriekwing
Ring #1 Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Icon Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Sire Denathrius
Ring #2 Hyperlight Band Icon Hyperlight Band Artificer Xy'Mox
3.1.

Weapon Tokens from Castle Nathria

Weapons:

Shields:

4.

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 item level 233 Weapons from 2400 Rating, and item level 226 Gear in all slots from 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.

5.

Trinket Recommendations for Protection Paladin

Blood-Spattered Scale Icon Blood-Spattered Scale is the main trinket you will be after and drops from De Other Side. It is a good defensive trinket and also has a good damaging component behind it too. It scales very well with item level, too.

Sanguine Vintage Icon Sanguine Vintage from Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria is a weaker version of Blood-Spattered Scale Icon Blood-Spattered Scale however it is on a 1-minute cooldown. It will also provide you with a heal should any absorb remain and not require multiple targets to have the maximum benefit.

Stone Legion Heraldry Icon Stone Legion Heraldry from Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria is a good defensive choice that provides more value the more people use it.

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.

Sinful Gladiator's Badge of Ferocity Icon Sinful 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.

Sinful Gladiator's Insignia of Alacrity Icon Sinful 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.

6.

Valor Upgrade Recommendations for Protection Paladin

Blood-Spattered Scale Icon Blood-Spattered Scale. If you do not obtain this at item level 226 from The Great Vault, it is recommended to upgrade this to 220 as the value of this item is not available anywhere else in-game.

Phial of Putrefaction Icon Phial of Putrefaction. This is a very strong damaging trinket and as you will typically not be using two defensive trinkets at a time this is a very good choice for your 2nd trinket slot.

Acidslough Bulwark Icon Acidslough Bulwark. If you do not have an item level 226 Shield, then upgrading this to 220 will be valuable. If you are in a scenario where you want to upgrade either your Weapon or Shield, upgrade your Shield first as this will be a larger upgrade for your character.

Engorged Worm Smasher Icon Engorged Worm Smasher. If you do not have an item level 226 Weapon, then upgrading this to 220 will be valuable.

7.

Changelog

  • 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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