Protection Warrior Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Nov 23, 2020 at 16:01 by Mwahi 4 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Protection Warrior in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.0.2.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Tank Warrior gear and best in slot.


Gearing Early in Shadowlands

The best pieces of gear you can find will come from the Weekly Mythic+ chest which is now known as the Great Vault, and from Mythic raiding. Before these are available the best place to get gear from is doing your Covenant quests and Mythic 0 / Heroic dungeons. While you can only do one of each Mythic 0 dungeon a week, you can do multiple Heroic dungeons.


Gearing Strategy for Protection Warriors

While a definitive BiS list is hard to create, there definitely are cases where specific gear can be best in slot. For example, some trinkets have special effects that are extremely powerful, and you will want to seek them out regardless of item level. Sometimes, there are rings that have special effects that out-weigh item level increases or the benefit of specific secondary stats.

As a general rule of thumb, any increase in item level is an upgrade. For Protection Warriors, the value of all the secondary stats is close enough together that you should only look at what secondary stats a piece has if you are comparing across the same item level. Not only that, Stamina and Strength increases are important as well.

All in all, if you come across gear that is an item level upgrade (or has a socket and your current piece does not), equip it. If two pieces of gear are the same item level, equip the best piece according to the stat priority. Finally, be aware of gear where the item level does not matter as much, which is the case for certain trinkets, rings, and gear with special effects, etc.

Slot Item Source
Head Wrathbark Greathelm Icon Wrathbark Greathelm Mists of Tirna Scithe
Neck Sin Stained Pendant Icon Sin Stained Pendant Halls of Atonement
Shoulders Unyielding Combatant's Pauldrons Icon Unyielding Combatant's Pauldrons Theater of Pain
Cloak Drape of Twisted Loyalties Icon Drape of Twisted Loyalties Spires of Ascension
Chest Breastplate of Otherworldly Influence Icon Breastplate of Otherworldly Influence Halls of Atonement
Wrists Vambraces of the Depraved Warden Icon Vambraces of the Depraved Warden Sanguine Depths
Gloves Fleshfused Crushers Icon Fleshfused Crushers Plaguefall
Belt Girdle of the Soulflayer Icon Girdle of the Soulflayer De Other Side
Legs Galvanized Oxxein Legguards Icon Galvanized Oxxein Legguards Theater of Pain
Boots Muckwallow Stompers Icon Muckwallow Stompers Plaguefall
Ring #1 Death God's Signet Icon Death God's Signet De Other Side
Ring #2 Stitchflesh's Misplaced Signet Icon Stitchflesh's Misplaced Signet The Necrotic Wake
Trinket #1 Blood-Spattered Scale Icon Blood-Spattered Scale De Other Side
Trinket #2 Phial of Putrefaction Icon Phial of Putrefaction - Requires Arms/Fury lootspec Plaguefall
Weapon Engorged Worm Smasher Icon Engorged Worm Smasher The Necrotic Wake
Shield Barricade of the Endless Empire Icon Barricade of the Endless Empire Theater of Pain


When ever you get a new piece of gear be sure to enchant it if possible. The best enchants for us can be found in the page linked below.


Legendary Powers for Protection Warrior

In Shadowlands, legendary powers have multiple slots in which they can go to, this way you can decide for yourself in which of the slots you would like the specific legendary in. There are many things to consider when deciding which slot to use for a specific legendary, as some of the items may have sockets and some also have higher stat budgets than others. For example, The Wall Icon The Wall can be slotted into Back and Shoulder. The Shoulder slot has a higher stat budget than the Back one, so that should be the one to use. You can find out how to obtain the Legendaries by visiting the Runecarving guide.

To find out which Legendaries are the best for Protection Warriors look into our Legendary page which contains information on all the various powers.


Trinkets for Protection Warriors

The following list has the most noteworthy dungeon trinkets available for survivability assuming equal item level.

Not all the trinkets available to us are linked here but these are the most noteworthy ones. The craftable Alchemy trinkets such as Spiritual Alchemy Stone Icon Spiritual Alchemy Stone are decent alternatives if you are having trouble obtaining the above trinkets. These require that you have Alchemy as a profession to equip.


Shields for Protection Warriors

A good shield is the most important piece of gear. Shield upgrades provide a much larger defensive boost compared to upgrades to other slots.

You can acquire high item level shields from Mythic+ and the Great Vault weekly chest. The following shields are the available shields from dungeons in rough order from best to worst:

Use the highest item level shield you can, regardless of its secondary stats.



  • 23 Nov. 2020: Replaced Battle for Azeroth sections with Legendary sections and added new Best in Slot and Trinket list.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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