Protection Paladin Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018 at 20:55 by Treckie 29 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.

1. Best in Slot List for Protection Paladins

We are currently not providing a Best in Slot list, but we do make trinket and Azerite gear recommendations below.

When it comes to gear, the item level of the items always comes into question, thus a list to blindly follow will not do much good, since any item 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.

Mythic+ can also proc high item level pieces, which means they are highly competitive as well, and if you have some at a high item level, they are likely to be some of your strongest trinkets.

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 one of the stronger defensive trinkets before raids, as it will not only buff you, but also your group with a small amount of Versatility.

Darkmoon Deck: Blockades Icon Darkmoon Deck: Blockades is a crafted trinket that is rather easy to obtain for its high item level and a strong defensive option. 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, however, 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 for its high item level. 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.

Rezan's Gleaming Eye Icon Rezan's Gleaming Eye provides passive Strength and a small Haste proc which helps you maintain Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous uptime.

Galecaller's Beak Icon Galecaller's Beak provides passive Strength with an on-use Haste effect, which is fairly strong. Due to it dropping from a world boss, it is going to be hard to obtain.

'Bygone Bee' Almanac Icon 'Bygone Bee' Almanac is a fairly decent trinket with Mastery on demand, it is not a terrible trinket but there are better trinkets out there.

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.

Prism of Dark Intensity Icon Prism of Dark Intensity provides passive Mastery, with an ever-increasing Strength proc for 18 seconds. At the end of its duration, it will provide a fair boost to Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous

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 irrelevant proc. Its impact is very weak and it is a bad option compared to other trinkets of the same item level.

2.2. Raid Trinkets

Unfortunately, there are no decent defensive options on trinkets from the raid, and you should be looking at mainly Mythic+ to obtain defensive options.

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.

Xalzaix's Veiled Eye Icon Xalzaix's Veiled Eye is pretty weak. Paladins rely on safely going low in health before healing back up again, and this trinket will procc too easily to really be useful in raids. The trinket does however have a bit more use in Mythic+ where you can use it at the start of several pulls to catch up if you go low.

2.3. Azerite Gear

When deciding which Azerite Gear pieces to go for, we recommend the Azerite Traits page for more info. Item level is usually the most important, but certain traits like Inspiring Vanguard Icon Inspiring Vanguard, Ablative Shielding Icon Ablative Shielding, and Gemhide Icon Gemhide can in some cases bump a piece up.

3. Changelog

  • 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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