Protection Paladin Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.5
On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Protection Paladin in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.0.5.
If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Protection Paladin Tank 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:
Castle Nathria Recommendations for Protection Paladin
Below is a guideline of items to seek and the Bosses in Castle Nathria they drop from:
Weapon Tokens from Castle Nathria
- Sacred Sparrer's Edge or Ascended Gladius of Glory — This is purchased from the vendor in your covenant sanctum with Venerated Anima Spherule which drops from Hungering Destroyer.
- Reaver of Renewed Resolve or Xandria's Kopis of Courage — These are the highest item level weapons that drop in Castle Nathria. It is obtained from the Venerated Anima Spherule that drops from Sire Denathrius.
- Elysian Sentinel's Aegis — This is purchased from the vendor in your covenant sanctum with Apogee Anima Bead which drops from Artificer Xy'Mox.
- Chyrus's Crest of Hope — This is the highest item level shield in Castle Nathria and is obtained from Apogee Anima Bead that drops from Stone Legion Generals.
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 item level 233 Weapons from 2400 Rating, and item level 226 Gear in all slots from 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
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.
Sanguine Vintage from Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria is a weaker version of Blood-Spattered Scale however it is on a 1-minute cooldown. It will also provide you with a heal should any absorb remain and not require multiple targets to have the maximum benefit.
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.
Sinful 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.
Sinful 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
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 an item level 226 Shield, then upgrading this to 220 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 an item level 226 Weapon, then upgrading this to 220 will be valuable.
- 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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