Protection Warrior Essences — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5
On this page, we go over the new Essence system in Patch 8.2 of World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth, and we tell you which are the best essences to use as Protection Warrior, both for minor and major powers. Please refer to our Patch 8.2 Guide to Essences for more information about the Essence system and where Essences can be obtained from.
Azerite Essences for Protection Warriors
Introduced in Patch 8.2, Essences are unique items that drop from various forms of content. They are activated through your Heart of Azeroth, and they buff your character in various ways, depending on the Essences that are currently active.
Our Essence Guide has a full list of all the Essences, together with their descriptions and explanations on how they work.
What follows on this page will relate directly to how Essences affect this spec, since generic information is beyond the scope of this guide.
Disclaimer: Please note that at the moment, simulations and general theorycrafting around Essences is a work in progress, and as a result, most of the recommendations made here are subject to change.
All Essences are compared using their Rank 3 values/effects.
Default Choice of Essences for Protection Warriors
As a general guideline, assuming you do not need to use a situational Essence for a specific encounter, your Essence choice should be the following.
- Raids: Vision of Perfection in your Major slot, Memory of Lucid Dreams and Nullification Dynamo in your Minor slots.
- Mythic+: Vision of Perfection in your Major slot, Aegis of the Deep and Memory of Lucid Dreams in your Minor slots.
Major Essences for Protection Warriors
There are two Essences you should primarily use in your Major slot.
Vision of Perfection has a chance to activate Avatar for 35% of its base duration (7 seconds). It also grants you and 2 nearby allies Haste when this happens. This synergizes extremely well with things like Bastion of Might and Unstoppable Force. The Minor power is also quite strong, reducing the already short cooldown of Avatar, granting you Versatility, and healing you for 5% of your maximum health when you activate Avatar. Note: If this Essence procs (meaing you have Avatar active) and Avatar itself comes off cooldown right after, be sure to let your current Avatar buff expire before casting Avatar. Casting Avatar with Avatar already active will overwrite the duration, not extend it, wasting the proc.
The Crucible of Flame is a ramping single-target attack that resets after three hits. The ability can also be used to heal yourself or allies, but it does not heal enough to be useful for that purpose. The Minor power has a chance to apply a stacking DoT that deals a small amount of damage, not enough to be considered strong by itself. The Major is extremely strong for single-target DPS. This Essence does nothing for survivability; use it in situations where you can safely sacrifice survivability for damage.
Situational Major Essences for Protection Warriors
Azeroth's Undying Gift provides a large damage reduction on a short cooldown. This Essence is fantastic if you need another cooldown for surviving large burst damage and the like. The Minor is also quite powerful, granting you a large amount of Armor when you drop below 35% health, further improving your survivability.
Nullification Dynamo grants you a magic absorption shield, and also dispels all harmful effects from you when it is cast. The shield itself is useful for magic damage burst, and the dispel is situationally very powerful. The Minor grants a passive magic absorption shield, which is quite valuable in the majority of situations since most encounters deal enough magic damage to make this worthwhile. Additionally, when the shield expires, it explodes, dealing damage equal to the total amount absorbed.
Any Essence not mentioned above is simply not worth using as your Major.
Minor Essences for Protection Warriors
Memory of Lucid Dreams' Minor power is Lucid Dreams. It occasionally refunds 50% of the cost of your Rage spenders, heals you, and grants you Versatility. Overall, this Essence as a Minor is quite good for survivability and is generally your first choice.
Nullification Dynamo's Minor power is Null Barrier. It grants a sizable magic absorption shield every 15 seconds. When the shield expires, it explodes, dealing damage equal to the total amount absorbed. This does a considerable amount of damage assuming you are in a situation with a reasonable amount of magic damage.
Aegis of the Deep's Minor power is Stand Your Ground. It grants Versatility for each enemy within 10 yards, up to 10 enemies. While below 35% health, the Versatility you recieve is doubled. You also heal for a small amount every 4 seconds for each stack. This Essence is generally your strongest Minor in Mythic+.
Situational Minor Essences for Protection Warriors
Conflict and Strife's Minor power is Strife. Your attacks have a chance to grant you a stacking Versatility buff. Assuming you do not have to stop attacking for a long period of time, you are able to maintain essentially 100% uptime on max stacks of this buff. While this Essence as a Minor is quite good, it is usually outperformed by the above Minors in terms of survivability. For maximizing damage, it is one of your best choices.
Vision of Perfection's Minor power is Strive for Perfection. As a Minor, this Essence is not particularly good for survivability. However, for damage, it is quite strong, and about on par with Strife.
Any Essence not mentioned above is simply not worth using as a Minor.
- 26 Aug. 2019: Updated page layout and Essence suggestions.
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