Protection Paladin Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.1

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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 9.1.

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:

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

Sanctum of Domination Recommendations for Protection Paladin

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

Slot Item Source
Head Valorous Visage of Krexus Icon Valorous Visage of Krexus Kel'Thuzad
Neck Interplanar Keystone Icon Interplanar Keystone Kel'Thuzad
Shoulders Spires of Broken Hope Icon Spires of Broken Hope Sylvanas Windrunner
Cloak Self-Replicating Tissue Icon Self-Replicating Tissue Guardian of the First Ones
Chest Cuirass of the Lonely Citadel Icon Cuirass of the Lonely Citadel Remnant of Ner'zhul
Wrists Vyraz's Parade Cuffs Icon Vyraz's Parade Cuffs Kel'Thuzad
Gloves Guillotine Gauntlets Icon Guillotine Gauntlets Painsmith Raznal
Belt Disintegration-Proof Waistband Icon Disintegration-Proof Waistband Guardian of the First Ones
Legs Fateforged Legplates Icon Fateforged Legplates Fatescribe Roh-Kalo
Boots Greaves of Haunting Ruination Icon Greaves of Haunting Ruination Sylvanas Windrunner
Ring #1 Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Icon Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Sylvanas Windrunner
Ring #2 Sworn Oath of the Nine Icon Sworn Oath of the Nine The Nine
Weapon The Devouring Cold Icon The Devouring Cold Kel'Thuzad
Shield Guard of the Sundered Defender Icon Guard of the Sundered Defender Sylvanas Windrunner

Domination Sockets in Sanctum of Domination Raid Gear

You may have noticed that some items from Sanctum of Domination have Domination Sockets on them. This is a new system that has been introduced for Patch 9.1; when you use 3 Domination Gems you will gain a powerful effect which will only work in the Sanctum of Domination Raid, The Maw, and Torghast.

Using the Shards listed below will provide you with the Blood bonus Blood Link Icon Blood Link. This will give you a nice blend of damage and healing whilst not being much lower in damage than the Unholy bonus of Chaos Bane Icon Chaos Bane.

  • Blood Shard of Bek Icon Shard of Bek — This increases your damage done to a target when you have 50% or more health than them. For example, If you are at 90% Health, they will need to be at 40% Health or lower for this to trigger.
  • Blood Shard of Jas Icon Shard of Jas — This will increase your healing received and your maximum health.
  • Blood Shard of Rev Icon Shard of Rev — This will provide you with some Leech.
  • Unholy Shard of Dyz Icon Shard of Dyz — This will give you a small damage boost to your target for 4 seconds which stacks (and refreshes) up to 3 times. You will have a near-permanent uptime on this effect.
  • Your choice between:
    • Frost Shard of Cor Icon Shard of Cor — This will give you a small damage boost for 20 seconds when attacking a new target.
    • Frost Shard of Kyr Icon Shard of Kyr — This will give you a small absorb shield every 5 seconds which stacks up to 6,660 at the highest rank.

If you would like to know more about the remaining Domination Shards' effects, their set bonuses, or how to upgrade their effects into even more potent forms, please see our official guide detailing everything about this new system of Patch 9.1:


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

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.

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.

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.

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.


Valor Upgrade Recommendations for Protection Paladin

Blood-Spattered Scale Icon Blood-Spattered Scale. If you do not obtain this at the maximum item level from the Great Vault, it is recommended to upgrade this 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 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 Icon Engorged Worm Smasher. If you do not have a Weapon from the raid, then upgrading this will be valuable.



  • 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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