Protection Warrior Best Legendaries in Shadowlands — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 20, 2020 at 14:04 by Mwahi 11 comments
General Information

Legendary Powers are targetable, unique effects that you can imbue certain base items with through the Runecarving system. In Shadowlands, these enable you to customize your Protection Warrior, drastically improving your performance, and are arguably the most important aspect of your gear.

The purpose of this page is to help you pick the right legendary powers (and item slots for them) for your character, depending on the content you are interested in.


Legendaries in Shadowlands

Legendary powers are extremely influential in some way or another for all the classes, and obtaining them should definitely be in your top priorities. While being powerful, they are not that easy to get and require some effort. To get a better understanding of how to actually obtain the legendaries, look into the guide below that thoroughly explains it.


Best Overall Legendary Powers as Protection Warrior

Legendary Powers are there to enhance our powers. Unfortunately, we only have a few that actually do that, with the rest lagging behind.

Focus Legendary Slots Source
Raiding The Wall Icon The Wall Shoulder or Back Raiding, Castle Nathria
Mythic+ Thunderlord Icon Thunderlord Feet or Hands Mythic+, Spires of Ascension
Torghast Thunderlord Icon Thunderlord Feet or Hands Mythic+, Spires of Ascension

Thunderlord Icon Thunderlord and The Wall Icon The Wall are our best legendaries, which are suitable in the majority of situations and should be crafted first. All of the other legendaries are either weak or very situational.


Best Raiding Legendaries for Protection Warrior

As a tank in Raiding, you are mostly focusing on a single enemy in most encounters. As such, the best legendary for raids is The Wall Icon The Wall. It will provide us with a lot of extra Rage while also reducing the cooldown of one of our best defensives. This gets exceptionally good when paired with talents that enhance our Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam or Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall, like Devastator Icon Devastator and Anger Management Icon Anger Management. You can also run Stalwart Guardian Icon Stalwart Guardian, but this is not needed in most situations. All these together should make Shield Wall roughly a 1-1.5-minute cooldown, which is a huge reduction from the baseline 4 minute.

As an alternative, you can also use Thunderlord Icon Thunderlord in a raiding scenario if there are constantly more than 2 enemies within Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap's reach.

Using Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam is already a top priority due to the damage and Rage it provides, but it gets even more important to use it on cooldown when running this legendary.


Best Mythic+ / Torghast Legendaries as Protection Warrior

For any constant AoE situation, which are common in Mythic+, you should be looking to run Thunderlord Icon Thunderlord paired together with Booming Voice Icon Booming Voice. Using these two together will provide you with a fairly short cooldown on Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout that in turn leads to a lot more Rage through Booming Voice. The extra uptime on the damage reduction is also really good and helps us be a lot tankier.

You can also use Anger Management Icon Anger Management and Unstoppable Force Icon Unstoppable Force to enhance this legendary even further, but this is by no means necessary. Choosing these two talents means you would give up on Bolster Icon Bolster and Ravager Icon Ravager, which are both very powerful, especially in Mythic+ content.

Be sure to use Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap on cooldown to maximise the CDR provided by this legendary. If you do choose to run Unstoppable Force Icon Unstoppable Force instead of Ravager Icon Ravager, then remember that you can cast Thunder Clap roughly every other global cooldown during Avatar Icon Avatar.

If running Anger Management Icon Anger Management, you can also use The Wall Icon The Wall as an alternative. You will be giving up on Bolster Icon Bolster but the tankiness lost there is somewhat made up for by the lowered cooldown of Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall.

For Torghast, it is also worth mentioning Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure. It is a Legendary that increases your Phantasma earned. While you should be getting enough of it over the course of the floors, you might want to use it if you feel like you do not have enough once you get to the Vendor.


Other Legendary Powers for Protection Warrior

These are the powers that might find some use in certain scenarios but in general are still lagging behind the best ones.

  • Misshapen Mirror Icon Misshapen Mirror can be useful in some niche situations where you need either the extra damage reduction provided by Spell Reflection Icon Spell Reflection or there are multiple abilities to reflect.
  • When using Unbreakable Will Icon Unbreakable Will, you should think about Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall as a group cooldown rather than your own personal defensive. This means that you will be playing with 1 fewer defensive abilities, hindering your survivability. This in general is not worth using, as the long cooldown of Shield Wall means you will only get a cast or two off in a typical encounter. It only provides the group with a 25% Damage Reduction instead of the full 50%, so it is just not worth it.
  • Seismic Reverberation Icon Seismic Reverberation makes Revenge Icon Revenge be the majority of your damage in any 3+ target scenario, when used correctly. Unfortunately, Revenge needs Rage to be cast and we only have a limited amount of it to begin with, making it less appealing. Shield Block Icon Shield Block and Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain are more important to keep up due to their defensive value, meaning we do not always have the Rage to cast Revenge. Cooldowns like Ravager Icon Ravager and Spear of Bastion Icon Spear of Bastion / Ancient Aftershock Icon Ancient Aftershock help fix the Rage issue for a short duration, during which you have enough Rage to also use Revenge Icon Revenge more freely, dealing massive damage.

Lackluster Legendary Powers for Protection Warrior

The following legendaries are severely behind the other ones mentioned above and should not be used for any serious content.

  • Leaper Icon Leaper could potentially be used for clearing old content, like Raids where you can not always mount up. Use it together with Bounding Stride Icon Bounding Stride to reduce the cooldown of Heroic Leap Icon Heroic Leap even more.
  • Reprisal Icon Reprisal gives you free Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain and a harder-hitting Revenge Icon Revenge every 30 seconds, which is just not worth taking over all the other options we have available.
  • Signet of Tormented Kings Icon Signet of Tormented Kings makes you cast an extra offensive ability every time you use Avatar Icon Avatar, which might sound promising, but the reduced effectiveness of these abilities makes it a really weak choice that should only be used for "fun". More importantly, you do not want to Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm randomly when casting Avatar Icon Avatar while tanking enemies.


  • 22 Nov. 2020: Formatting changes and added alternative options for Raiding, Mythic+ and Torghast.
  • 20 Nov. 2020: Page created.
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