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Protection Paladin Tank Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Mar 28, 2017 at 00:46 by Vlad 150 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Protection Paladins. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Protection Paladin guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Treckie, one of the best Protection Paladins in the world, who raids in Nihilum. You can watch his stream on Twitch and you can follow him on Twitter.

1. Best in Slot List

We are currently not providing a Best in Slot list, but we do make trinket, set bonus, and legendary item recommendations below.

When it comes to gearing, the item level of the items always comes in 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. The only thing to really try to avoid are items with Critical Strike. A general rule of thumb is that if the item has Critical Strike, it needs to be either 10 item levels higher OR have a socket (15 item levels for jewelery), 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.

2. Trinkets

2.1. Non-Raid Trinkets

Many trinkets from Mythic+ dungeons are very competitive, however they need to proc Warforged/Titanforged to be competitive with Best in Slot raid gear. That said, raid trinkets are not really that great for you. When comparing trinkets, you have to assume the trinkets are all of relatively close item level to be competitive. Here are all the trinkets to look out for from non-raid content.

Darkmoon Deck: Immortality Icon Darkmoon Deck: Immortality is one of the strongest trinkets out there for its item level; its weak point is that it is capped to 865 item level.

Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal provides an amazing set of secondary stats and because of it, this is easily one of the strongest trinkets out there; its strength and weakness comes from being passive, but in most cases that ends up working in your favour.

Impenetrable Nerubian Husk Icon Impenetrable Nerubian Husk is overall a great trinket, but hard to get at a significant item level; keep an eye out for the armor proc, as it is very powerful.

Chrono Shard Icon Chrono Shard's Strength is solid for dealing damage, and the Haste proc is great for both damage and survival (Memento of Angerboda Icon Memento of Angerboda is a very good alternative that is stronger DPS-wise, but weaker survivability-wise).

Fel-Oiled Infernal Machine Icon Fel-Oiled Infernal Machine provides Haste on demand, and it is a pretty solid choice of a trinket, but it is a bit awkward for damage output since it cannot be used on cooldown together with Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath, but it is overall a decent trinket.

Horn of Valor Icon Horn of Valor is overall a strong trinket, with an on-use effect that provides a lot of on-demand Strength. This is great for dishing out more damage since its cooldown lines up with that of Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath, which results in very high damage when coupled with Seraphim Icon Seraphim.

Coagulated Nightwell Residue Icon Coagulated Nightwell Residue is a decent trinket, being able to shield you often on demand; it should not be used on cooldown, but can be used quite often if the situation demands it.

Shivermaw's Jawbone Icon Shivermaw's Jawbone is especially great on encounters with multiple targets to hit (a great one for Mythic+).

2.2. Raid Trinkets

Goblet of Nightmarish Ichor Icon Goblet of Nightmarish Ichor's Versatility proc is not terribly high, but the trinket still provides a fair amount of damage/healing and damage reduction (6-10% damage/healing and 3-5% damage reduction, depending on its item level).

Chains of the Valorous Icon Chains of the Valorous, if it has Haste, is an amazing trinket for Paladins, guaranteeing a high item level with lots of Strength and stats. Even its Mastery and Versatility versions are decent, but definitely not as strong as the Haste version.

Grotesque Statuette Icon Grotesque Statuette's proc to reduce damage is fairly strong, even if you only get a few stacks. You will need to learn to adapt to its randomness, but doing so will allow you to have great success with this trinket.

Animated Exoskeleton Icon Animated Exoskeleton has a huge amount of Stamina that often feels redundant to have on a trinket, but this trinket is mainly to be used against tank busters; while the on-use effect is pretty weak and would often be removed within a single hit or two, the passive effective health provided is not to be ignored.

Infernal Contract Icon Infernal Contract's passive Mastery is appreciated, and the on-use effect is interesting and can be very rewarding if used correctly. It is best used against single large hits followed by periods of low damage, where it effectively works as a 4 million damage shield, with a small drawback. The drawback can can give you more issues if used during extended periods of high damage intake.

Royal Dagger Haft Icon Royal Dagger Haft is a trinket with a very effective passive defensive proc, without having any actual defensive stats on it. On the face of it, this last feature is unappealing, but the proc, which is effectively a cheat death, can be extremely powerful, especially against any boss that has very unpredictable tank damage, or when you are first learning a boss fight and you do not quite know how to play effectively against it yet. It works well as a safety net, especially when using Holy Shield Icon Holy Shield, should you be unlucky with blocks; once you are used to the fight the trinket should quickly fall out of favor.

While Phantasmal Echo Icon Phantasmal Echo's Haste is much appreciated, the lack of Strength, coupled with a weak proc that procs way to easily and with a long cooldown just makes the trinket very underwhelming. Similarly, Ravaged Seed Pod Icon Ravaged Seed Pod is a fairly weak trinket with Haste, however that one at least has potential use in AoE situations (more general use in 5-man content).

3. Tier 19 Set Bonuses

The 2-piece Tier 19 set bonus is pretty strong, making Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous and Light of the Protector Icon Light of the Protector be 30% more effective when standing in Consecration Icon Consecration (instead of 20%) and should be obtained as soon as possible.

The 4-piece Tier 19 set bonus, however, is pretty weak. If you need healing, you are likely already using Righteous Protector Icon Righteous Protector, in which case the two do not go together very well. That said, with the Saruan's Resolve Icon Saruan's Resolve legendary helm, the 4-piece set bonus is a considerable buff to your self-healing and raid-healing capabilities.

What pieces you will go for will depend on the current legendaries you have. Assuming you have none, the 4 best-itemised pieces are cloak, shoulders, helm and gloves (in that order). If you have Saruan's Resolve Icon Saruan's Resolve, it is acceptable to use the chest instead (if you do not have the Breastplate of the Golden Val'kyr Icon Breastplate of the Golden Val'kyr).

4. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 940, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

Saruan's Resolve Icon Saruan's Resolve adds a second charge to your Light of the Protector Icon Light of the Protector, which is very strong in any healing situation; with it you can use Light of the Protector a bit more freely since you should have another charge ready and always counting down. It also reduces the cooldown slightly. When coupled with the 4-piece Tier 19 set bonus, it provides very strong healing, and this is definitely the right choice if healing is an issue.

Chain of Thrayn Icon Chain of Thrayn is a great legendary both for damage and survivability purposes. While its strength certainly comes from making Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath a stronger DPS cooldown, it also increases healing done by 85%, making Light of the Protector Icon Light of the Protector heal you to close to full health every time. If coupled with Hand of the Protector Icon Hand of the Protector, you are doing very solid off-healing to raid members or the co-tank during your burst.

Breastplate of the Golden Val'kyr Icon Breastplate of the Golden Val'kyr is not particularly strong against a single target, but it can be a nice option. Its real strength comes from being high on stats (and good stats at that). Being able to regularly hit multiple enemies with Avenger's Shield Icon Avenger's Shield greatly increases the potency of this item, and makes it very strong in Mythic+.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus gives you a shield for 15% of your maximum health every 30 seconds; this sounds a lot better than it actually is, which is not to say that it is bad, but while it will produce decent numbers over the course of the fight, if you do not take advantage of knowing when the shield will come, you are getting a lot less out of this legendary than you could. It has a guaranteed socket, and 3 passive stats, making it passively a decent throughput legendary.

Archimonde's Hatred Reborn Icon Archimonde's Hatred Reborn is similar to the heirloom trinket with an absorb shield on a very short cooldown. This is a very strong legendary effect if utilised well. It also explodes for 75% of the damage absorbed, split between all nearby enemies, making it effective both offensively and defensively. Its total usefulness is not amazing, but the absorb is nice to have.

Heathcliff's Immortality Icon Heathcliff's Immortality is a fairly solid legendary, with great stats for you, although its effect is not exactly revolutionary (but still quite good nonetheless).

Tyelca, Ferren Marcus's Stature Icon Tyelca, Ferren Marcus's Stature provides a sizable DPS increase, and we recommend it for dungeon content (including Mythic+). In raids, however, its usage is very situational due to few fights constantly having 5 targets (the 3-target Avenger's Shield Icon Avenger's Shield is usually enough).

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret is considered a very strong legendary when it can proc, but for raids, its uses are limited. You can sometimes still trigger its effect on certain encounters, making it a worthwhile choice in some cases. For 5-man content, it is basically one of the best legendaries, coupled with Tyelca, Ferren Marcus's Stature Icon Tyelca, Ferren Marcus's Stature or Chain of Thrayn Icon Chain of Thrayn.

Rethu's Incessant Courage Icon Rethu's Incessant Courage has great stats, and 3 sockets, so you can add another 450 stats of your choice. For 5-man content, it seems decent since it will let you reach the next pack faster, and then self-heal when you are actively tanking, however it is still very weak. The heal itself is fairly weak and slow, there are some encounters that can be effective on, but realistically it is not why you get this legendary.

Aggramar's Stride Icon Aggramar's Stride is a nice movement and quality of life increase, but does not increase your throughput, so you should not choose it over anything else (except the bracers listed below).

Uther's Guard Icon Uther's Guard increases the duration of your blessings and heals their target for a small amount; both of these effects are minimal and this is considered the worst legendary. If you do have it, there might be some encounter where 15-second Blessing of Protection Icon Blessing of Protection or Blessing of Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding is useful, but that is as far as its uses go.

5. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Demon Hunters, Holy/Retribution Paladins, Priests, and Warlocks
Plate Armor Death Knights, Holy/Retribution Paladins, and Warriors
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Blood Death Knights, Vengeance Demon Hunters, Feral Druids, Brewmaster Monks, and Protection Warriors

6. ChangeLog

  • 28 Mar. 2017: Updated trinket and legendary item rankings.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated legendary ranking (including new items) and added recommendations for Tier 19 Set Bonuses.
  • 21 Dec. 2016: Revised the Sephuz's Secret text.
  • 17 Oct. 2016: Added BiS list.
  • 19 Sep. 2016: Updated the texts for Sephuz's Secret, Heathcliff's Immortality, and Breastplate of the Golden Val'kyr.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 18 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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