Protection Paladin Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2
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) 8.2.
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, 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, as well as one 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 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:
- Soulspun Casque: Inspiring Vanguard, Bulwark of Light, Overwhelming Power as well as either Gemhide, and Impassive Visage. This Helm only has exceptional traits.
- Helm of the Raptor King: Bulwark of Light, Inspiring Vanguard, Azerite Veins, and Impassive Visage. This Helm only has great traits as well, with Azerite Veins being great in Mythic+, but slightly weaker in Raids.
- Helm of Abyssal Malevolence: Bulwark of Light, Soaring Shield, Overwhelming Power, and Impassive Visage. Overall, just great traits as well, as long as you can get Inspiring Vanguard somewhere else.
- Skyscorcher Pauldrons: Inspiring Vanguard, Righteous Conviction, Ablative Shielding, and Gemhide. Great defensive traits if you do not get Inspiring Vanguard from somewhere else.
- Lockjaw Shoulderplate: Bulwark of Light, Soaring Shield, Elemental Whirl, and Stalwart Protector. While the Third and Fourth Rings are not great traits, you need to obtain Soaring Shield and Bulwark of Light somewhere.
- Breastplate of Arterial Protection: Bulwark of Light, Blood Rite OR Soaring Shield, Azerite Veins, and Gallant Steed. Allows you to choose Blood Rite, which is a great trait if you already have one Soaring Shield trait.
- Harpooner's Plate Cuirass: Soaring Shield OR Inspiring Vanguard, Bulwark of Light, Lifespeed, and Longstrider. Fair Third and Fourth Rings, but allows you to choose between Inspiring Vanguard or Soaring Shield, depending on what you need in your gear.
- Ashvane Warden's Cuirass: Soaring Shield, Inspiring Vanguard, Strength in Numbers, and Bulwark of the Masses. While it has no Bulwark of Light, it offers good AoE tanking survivability with Strength in Numbers and Bulwark of the Masses, and guarantees you have both Soaring Shield and Inspiring Vanguard if you lack it elsewhere.
2. Benthic Gear
Benthic gear is an easy way (but expensive with Prismatic Manapearls) to get 425 gear in any slot you need. These pieces are not very groundbreaking for tanks, as none of them really offer much survivability outside of reducing Frost or Shadow damage by 2% or minor heals, and there is one pair of gloves which increases dodge.
Offensively, several of the Wrists that deal damage, as well as the Belt are great options for dealing damage. You can pick up either Zanj'ir Scaleguard Armguards or Waveblade Farseer's Armguards with a socket and upgrade to 425 for maximum damage.
3. Crucible of Storms Gear
Crucible of Storms still offer very strong and useful items for their respective item level.
Idol of Indiscriminate Consumption provides us with very strong self healing once every minute. This is definitely a strong choice of trinket when used correctly. Unlike Light of the Protector, this does NOT require a global cooldown to be cast. This means that, for a Protection Paladin, this trinket serves as a very powerful heal, should you need one before your global cooldown has time to get ready, or a great tool if you need a heal while Light of the Protector is on cooldown. The damage output is also rather high in AoE tanking situations, as it will deal damage to enemies as well. When you are not AoE tanking, you are simply more likely to drain health from allies instead and the damage gain is irrelevant.
Mindthief's Eldritch Clasp is a very important tanking item found in the Crucible of Storms raid, as it will bring you out of harm's way whenever you drop to low HP (once every 3 minutes). It comes at a very small cost compared to items of its own item level with slightly less secondary stats on it, and this effect most certainly makes up for it.
4. Trinkets for Protection Paladins
4.1. Non-Raid Trinkets
In Battle for Azeroth, Strength provides solid damage reduction in the form of strengthening your Shield of the Righteous, and you will find Strength on most trinkets one way or another.
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.
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 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 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 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.
4.2. Raid Trinkets
4.2.1. The Eternal Palace
Azshara's Font of Power drops from Queen Azshara in The Eternal Palace. It provides an incredibly high amount of Strength on use, but requires you to channel for up to 4 seconds to get its full benefit. The Strength provided is so high on demand that it can definitely be worth both offensively as well as defensively in tank swap encounters where you can channel for 4 seconds before you taunt the boss.
Bloodthirsty Urchin drops from Lady Ashvane in The Eternal Palace. It effectively works very similarly to Diamond-Laced Refracting Prism from BoD, but since it does not provide a shield, it is considerably worse in raiding for Protection Paladins.
Chain of Suffering drops from Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha in The Eternal Palace. It is an amazing tool to reduce spike damage from, for example, a nuke-like ability from the boss. Feel free to use on your co-tank on most tank swap encounters, but be careful when using this when your co-tank and you both are taking damage.
Edicts of the Faithless drops from The Queen's Court in The Eternal Palace. It provides a sizeable Physical or Magical shield every 40 seconds. Each time this shield is fully absorbed, it boosts the next shield by 10%, up to 100%. This can be a great trinket for overall damage reduction if you can assure the shield is always consumed. This is generally not an issue on some fights, but the trinket takes 6+ minutes to stack up to its full potential, and if you at any time do not deplete the shield, it resets back to 0% increase. Swapping the trinket between Physical and Magical is also a cast, so you have to be careful should you wish to change the effect in combat, this also resets the bonus effect from the shield.
Vision of Demise drops from Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha in The Eternal Palace. It provides a fair amount of Haste, increased depending on the health of your enemy. This trinket has a very short cooldown and while it can not be obtained in Protection loot specialization, it is still a very good Haste trinket for us. On encounters with adds you can always change target to a lower health enemy to gain a higher amount of Haste.
4.2.2. Crucible of Storms
As mentioned above, Idol of Indiscriminate Consumption is an incredbily strong selfhealing trinket both for raids as well as Mythic+, it heals for so much that it will effectively almost always heal you up to full health unless you are in a rare situation where there are no enemies or friendly players closeby.
4.2.3. Battle of Dazar'alor
While Battle of Dazar'alor trinkets comes at a much lower item level, some of the effects are incredibly strong for their itemlevel, and may very well still be worth using in some situations.
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 is still a nice trinket for overall healing, however it will not make a huge impact in terms of survivability. Its healing is still very potent despite its itemlevel.
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 the best on use damage dealing trinket.
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.
- 14 Jul. 2019: Added The Eternal Palace trinket recommendations.
- 07 Jul. 2019: Benthic gear has been added.
- 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
- 14 May 2019: Updated Crucible gear recommendations.
- 15 Apr. 2019: Added Crucible of Storms gear.
- 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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