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Protection Warrior Tank Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.2)

Last updated on Mar 27, 2017 at 23:46 by Vlad 184 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 7.2.

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

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

1. Artifact Progression

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. Dragon Scales is the main survivability option, but going for Scales of Earth first could be viable if you want to maximise your DPS output for dungeon farming early on.

  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 Rage of the Fallen
  6.  Icon Thunder Crash
  7.  Icon Shatter the Bones
  8.  Icon Vrykul Shield Training
  9.  Icon Dragon Skin
  10.  Icon Toughness
  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 damage-oriented, which works out great in Mythic+ dungeons and most raid situations; however, if you are doing cutting edge progression raiding and feel you need more survivability first, you can consider taking some combination of  Icon Vrykul Shield Training,  Icon Dragon Skin, or even  Icon Toughness earlier on.

2. Relic Choice

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.

 Icon Vrykul Shield Training is the best defensive trait you can enhance, followed by  Icon Dragon Skin.

Offensively,  Icon Shatter the Bones is the best trait to buff for single-target damage, while  Icon Thunder Crash and  Icon Rage of the Fallen are best for for AoE DPS.

3. ChangeLog

  • 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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