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Protection Warrior Tank Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Sep 12, 2017 at 09:27 by Vlad 212 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Protection Warriors. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.3.5.

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

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Treckie, who has been a long-time leading tank who has competed for world first kills for 5 years. He is one of the casters for both last year's and this year's upcoming Mythic Dungeon invitational. You can watch his stream on Twitch and you can follow him on Twitter.

1. Artifact Progression for Protection Warriors

Artifact Progression

For the first 35 Artifact traits, we recommend the following progression path as a Protection Warrior. The aim is to take  Icon Dragon Scales and  Icon Scales of Earth before raiding. Both paths are viable as a first option, with Scales of the Earth also providing a damage component when it procs, in addition to the armor.

  1.  Icon Neltharion's Fury
  2.  Icon Strength of the Earth Aspect
  3.  Icon Shatter the Bones
  4.  Icon Intolerance
  5.  Icon Dragon Skin
  6.  Icon Reflective Plating
  7.  Icon Dragon Scales
  8.  Icon Wall of Steel
  9.  Icon Leaping Giants
  10.  Icon Scales of Earth
  11.  Icon Vrykul Shield Training
  12.  Icon Will to Survive
  13.  Icon Rumbling Voice
  14.  Icon Might of the Vrykul
  15.  Icon Toughness
  16.  Icon Rage of the Fallen and  Icon Thunder Crash (in any order)
  17.  Icon Unbreakable Bulwark

If you wish to take  Icon Scales of Earth as your first golden trait, then take  Icon Wall of Steel immediately after taking  Icon Intolerance, and go for Scales of Earth. Afterwards, complete the traits to get  Icon Dragon Scales.

Artifact Progression Above Level 35

After this we, advise you to distribute your other Artifact points in the following way.

  1. Protection of the Valarjar Icon Protection of the Valarjar
  2. Bastion of the Aspects Icon Bastion of the Aspects
  3. Gleaming Scales Icon Gleaming Scales
  4. Neltharion's Thunder Icon Neltharion's Thunder
  5.  Icon Vrykul Shield Training
  6.  Icon Dragon Skin
  7.  Icon Toughness
  8.  Icon Rage of the Fallen
  9.  Icon Thunder Crash
  10.  Icon Shatter the Bones
  11.  Icon Intolerance
  12.  Icon Will to Survive
  13.  Icon Leaping Giants
  14. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall

The above order is survivability-oriented, which works great for those still progressing in raids; however, if you are doing lots of Mythic+ runs or are done progressing and already doing farm, you can consider taking  Icon Rage of the Fallen,  Icon Thunder Crash, and  Icon Shatter the Bones right after Neltharion's Thunder Icon Neltharion's Thunder. Note that if you are using Anger Management Icon Anger Management, your uptime on abilities like Last Stand Icon Last Stand will be a lot higher, making the  Icon Will to Survive artifact trait a bit stronger in terms of prioritisation.

2. Relic Choice for Protection Warriors

When choosing which Relics to use, always take the one that grants you the highest item level, regardless of the benefit it offers. When having to choose between Relics that grant the same item level, chose based on the following trait enhancement recommendations.

Bastion of the Aspects Icon Bastion of the Aspects is by far the strongest trait against all blockable damage; other good defensive traits are  Icon Vrykul Shield Training and  Icon Dragon Skin.

Offensively,  Icon Rage of the Fallen and  Icon Thunder Crash are really strong for AoE DPS, while  Icon Shatter the Bones is similar in strength, but only against a single target.

3. ChangeLog

  • 12 Sep. 2017: Made a small tweak to the relic priority.
  • 19 Aug. 2017: Updated relic priority.
  • 13 Jun. 2017: Updated Patch 7.2 artifact path slightly.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Added path for the Artifact traits added in Patch 7.2.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated the Relic recommendations slightly.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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