Protection Warrior Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jul 09, 2021 at 12:54 by Mwahi 29 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 9.1.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Protection 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.


Gear from Sanctum of Domination

Slot Item Source
Head Valorous Visage of Krexus Icon Valorous Visage of Krexus Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Neck Interplanar Keystone Icon Interplanar Keystone Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Shoulders Spires of Broken Hope Icon Spires of Broken Hope Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination
Cloak Self-Replicating Tissue Icon Self-Replicating Tissue Guardian of the First Ones in Sanctum of Domination
Chest Cuirass of the Lonely Citadel Icon Cuirass of the Lonely Citadel Remnant of Ner'zhul in Sanctum of Domination
Wrists Vyraz's Parade Cuffs Icon Vyraz's Parade Cuffs Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Gloves Guillotine Gauntlets Icon Guillotine Gauntlets Painsmith Raznal in Sanctum of Domination
Belt Disintegration-Proof Waistband Icon Disintegration-Proof Waistband Guardian of the First Ones in Sanctum of Domination
Legs Fateforged Legplates Icon Fateforged Legplates Fatescribe Roh-Kalo in Sanctum of Domination
Boots Greaves of Haunting Ruination Icon Greaves of Haunting Ruination Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination
Ring #1 Miniature Breaking Wheel Icon Miniature Breaking Wheel Painsmith Raznal in Sanctum of Domination
Ring #2 Sworn Oath of the Nine Icon Sworn Oath of the Nine The Nine in Sanctum of Domination
Trinket #1 Old Warrior's Soul Icon Old Warrior's Soul Guardian of the First Ones in Sanctum of Domination
Trinket #2 Shard of Annhylde's Aegis Icon Shard of Annhylde's Aegis The Nine in Sanctum of Domination
Weapon The Devouring Cold Icon The Devouring Cold Kel'Thuzad in Sanctum of Domination
Shield Guard of the Sundered Defender Icon Guard of the Sundered Defender Sylvanas Windrunner in Sanctum of Domination

Noteworthy trinkets from Sanctum of Domination are linked below.


Domination Sockets

Sanctum of Domination brings us new items in the form of Domination Sockets and Shards. These are specific items that have a special gem slot in them which empower you when you equip them.

For Plate wearers the gear pieces with Domination sockets are as follows.

  • Helm
  • Shoulders
  • Chest
  • Bracers
  • Gloves

Ideally we would equip all 5 of these items for a maximum number of Shards as the bonuses these provide are significant.


Shards and 3-set Bonuses

There are 3 types of Shards: Unholy, Blood, and Frost, equipping 3 of the same type provide you with a bonus. The bonus only works in the Sanctum of Domination Raid, The Maw, and Torghast.

Blood Link Icon Blood Link from the Blood shards is the best choice for Protection Warriors. If gaining access to the 3-set bonus as fast as possible is your goal then focus on gathering these Blood shards first.

For the other 2 Domination Shard slots the most notable options are found below.

  • Shard of Cor Icon Shard of Cor — provides you with a damage boost after attacking a new enemy
  • Shard of Dyz Icon Shard of Dyz — provides a small stacking damage boost

Since you do not get the benefits from the set bonus in Mythic+ you can use a mix of all the Shards for the most benefit.

If you would like to know more about the remaining Domination Shards' effects, their set bonuses, or how to upgrade their effects into even more potent forms, please see our official guide detailing everything about this new system of Patch 9.1:


Gear from Dungeons

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 Novaburst Warplate Icon Novaburst Warplate Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
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 Codex of the First Technique Icon Codex of the First Technique Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
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

Trinkets from Dungeons for Protection Warriors

The following list has the most noteworthy dungeon trinkets available for Warriors.

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.


Valor Upgrades

With Patch 9.0.5, we now have the ability to upgrade Mythic dungeon gear with Valor Points. This is a great way for people who do not raid to keep up with the item levels. If you would like to know more about Valor Points and where to get them, look into the following link.


When it comes to upgrade priority then the first things to be upgraded should be trinkets. You can get higher item level loot for other slots fairly easily from Raids or PvP so upgrading trinkets is the way to go. Any of the trinkets mentioned in the dungeon trinket list above is a solid upgrade candidate. Besides trinkets, Sin Stained Pendant Icon Sin Stained Pendant is another good option to use your Valor points on as this neck provides us with a lot of good stats.



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. 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.


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.

Shields from Sanctum of Domination are generally the best bet as they are the highest item level. There are 3 shields in total from the raid, you can find them ordered from best to worst below:

You can also 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, considering same item level:

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



  • 09 Jul. 2021: Swapped suggested raiding trinket for Old Warrior's Soul.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 22 Jun. 2021: Updated for 9.1
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Added section about Valor Points.
  • 02 Feb. 2021: Removed Pulsating Stoneheart and Slimy Consumptive Organ from the dungeon trinket list.
  • 07 Jan. 2021: Added Anima Field Emitter as the primary dungeon trinket over Phial of Putrefaction.
  • 08 Dec. 2020: Added Castle Nathria Best in Slot list and additional information about Raid Trinkets.
  • 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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