Protection Paladin Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2
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.
If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Protection Paladin 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:
Sepulcher of the First Ones Recommendations for Protection Paladin
Below is a guideline of items to seek and the Bosses in Sanctum of Domination they drop from:
Tier Pieces in Patch 9.2
Tier items are back and there are multiple ways to obtain them:
- In the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid as boss drops.
- In your Great Vault.
- 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.
Domination Sockets in Sanctum of Domination Raid Gear
Some raid items from Sanctum of Domination featured Domination Sockets, allowing the player to socket in Shards of Domination to gain a noticeable performance boost. Previously, during Patch 9.1, these effects were available everywhere; in Patch 9.2, these effects are now constrained to The Maw, Korthia, and Torghast.
Patch 9.2 also features a new Boss Rush mode in Torghast, with brand new cosmetics and rewards; as a result, if you have some Sanctum gear, do not disenchant it – the effect of the 3-shard Rune Words far outweigh a small loss in item level for Torghast specifically.
We have kept the Shards of Domination guide up to date, and it is linked below. In short, if you are particularly interested in the new Torghast mode, make sure you have 3 Blood Shards equipped – and if you favor regular Torghast instead, the Unholy set bonus is a much more fitting choice!
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 items (item level 246) 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.
Trinket Recommendations for Protection Paladin
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. 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 if you are using the Righteous Protector talent. It also be available for every cast of Divine Toll for Kyrian Paladins.
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.
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 saw its use change from a really strong defensive trinket to near useless.
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.
Valor Upgrade Recommendations for Protection Paladin
Codex of the First Technique. This is going to be a very good defensive choice that you can farm. As with Blood-Spattered Scale, you are not able to obtain this at the maximum Item Level anywhere else in the game other than the Great Vault.
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. If you do not have a Shield from the raid, then upgrading this 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. If you do not have a Weapon from the raid, then upgrading this will be valuable.
- 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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