Protection Paladin Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Jan 20, 2019 at 16:47 by Treckie 33 comments

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) 8.1.5.

1. Best in Slot List for Protection Paladins

We are currently not providing a Best in Slot list for general gear slots, this is due to the fact that farming specific items in the hopes of getting them Titanforged is not very realistic.

We are currently not providing a Best in Slot list when it comes to most gear, as the item level of the items always comes into question, thus a list to blindly follow will not do much good. All items except for Azerite Armor from both raids and Mythic+ can be competitive if it comes with a socket, or if it is sufficiently Warforged/Titanforged. Defensively, item level is almost all that matters and you should simply go for the item with the highest level. The only thing to really try to avoid are rings with Critical Strike. Rings should be 5 to 10 item levels higher, depending on how much Critical Strike is on it, OR have a socket to really compete with a piece that has Haste and Mastery/Versatility.

1.1. Azerite Gear

With the inclusion of Titan Residuum Icon Titan Residuum, it is now possible to choose specific Azerite Pieces that drop in 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 Icon Inspiring Vanguard, as well as one Soaring Shield Icon 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 Icon Bulwark of Light if possible. Note that the Third Ring as well as 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:

1.1.1. Head

1.1.2. Shoulder

1.1.3. Chest

2. Trinkets for Protection Paladins

2.1. Non-Raid Trinkets

In Battle for Azeroth, Strength provides solid damage reduction in the form of strengthening your Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous, and you will find Strength on most trinkets one way or another.

Jes' Howler Icon 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.

Rezan's Gleaming Eye Icon Rezan's Gleaming Eye is one of the better optimized trinkets available, providing passive Strength and a small Haste proc, which helps you maintain Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous uptime.

Vial of Animated Blood Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon Lingering Sporepods provides passive Strength, as well as a fairly decent but unfortunately low amount of healing. Its impact is very weak and it is not a great option compared to other trinkets of the same item level.

Darkmoon Deck: Blockades Icon Darkmoon Deck: Blockades is a crafted trinket that is rather easy to obtain, but suffers due to its low item level compared to other easily available gear. With basically passive Strength and Stamina, it is a solid starter option since there are very few trinkets that are very tanking-oriented. The heal it provides when it shuffles the cards is rather negligible, and you would want it for its passive Strength and Stamina.

Darkmoon Deck: Fathoms Icon Darkmoon Deck: Fathoms is a crafted trinket that is rather easy to obtain. This trinket provides passive Strength with a pure damage proc. This is a very good damage option, and defensively it does still offer Strength as most other trinkets.

2.2. Raid Trinkets

2.2.1. Battle of Dazar'alor

Bwonsamdi's Bargain Icon Bwonsamdi's Bargain is a strong defensive trinket during progression. While it puts a healing absorb on you, with the amount depending on how big the attack that would otherwise kill you is, it is easy to heal off as a Paladin. This is best used during progression, when you are still unfamiliar to the encounters or their damage patterns. Once you get accustomed to the fight, it loses a lot of value.

Diamond-Laced Refracting Prism Icon Diamond-Laced Refracting Prism is a nice trinket for overall healing, however it will not make a huge impact in terms of survivability. Its healing will always be effective, even over periods of not actively tanking. It is a great throughput trinket when trying to limit overall damage intake.

Everchill Anchor Icon Everchill Anchor is a pure damage dealing trinket with passive Strength. While the damage values might change, the trinket will likely be a very good trinket for dealing damage compared to alternatives.

Grong's Primal Rage Icon Grong's Primal Rage is an on-use trinket, offering an incredible amount of damage during its cast. While you are unable to move or use abilities during its channel, you can still dodge, parry, and block abilities while channeling this trinket. This is likely going to be an ideal damage dealing trinket, as it scales with secondaries gained from gear and Seraphim Icon Seraphim.

Ramping Amplitude Gigavolt Engine Icon Ramping Amplitude Gigavolt Engine increases Haste as well as Speed in an interesting way. Since it accelerates the rate you gain the stacks, it means you start out gaining them very slowly, until about half of its duration when you get the rest of the stacks within seconds. As far as trinkets with Haste goes, this is a very good one as it is on-demand and also a lot of Haste after a couple of seconds.

2.2.2. Uldir

Unfortunately, there are not many decent defensive options on trinkets from this raid, and you should be looking at mainly Mythic+ to obtain defensive options.

Xalzaix's Veiled Eye Icon Xalzaix's Veiled Eye is pretty weak for Protection Paladins in most raid situations. Protection Paladins rely on safely going low in health before healing back up again, and this trinket will proc too easily to really be useful in raids. The trinket does however have a lot more use defensively in Mythic+, where it can proc rather frequently to help offset damage intake.

Syringe of Bloodborne Infirmity Icon Syringe of Bloodborne Infirmity is one of the better damage trinket available. Sadly it gives critical strike which has very little value defensively, but for damage this is a great trinket.

Disc of Systematic Regression Icon Disc of Systematic Regression is another good trinket for damage, but mainly due to the relative ease of which you can obtain it in high item level. Its damage is increased slightly for each target it hits up to a point.

Vanquished Tendril of G'huun Icon Vanquished Tendril of G'huun is another damage trinket with little to no defensive value outside its passive Versatility. The damage from the tendrils is not especially high either.

3. Changelog

  • 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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