Protection Warrior Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Jul 26, 2022 at 02:49 by Mwahi 35 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 9.2.5.

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

1.

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.

2.

Puzzling Cartel Dinars

Puzzling Cartel Dinars are a Season 4 currency which can be used to purchase any of the Shadowlands raids' weapons or trinkets from a vendor located near the Great Vault. To obtain the Dinars you need to complete 3 quests, each of which will reward you with a single Dinar. The quest will be automatically started once you enter any of the Shadowlands raids after Season 4 starts.

  • The first quest will require you to kill 30 Fated raid bosses for a single Dinar;
  • The second quest will require you to kill 20 Fated raid bosses for a single Dinar;
  • The third quest will require you to kill 10 Fated raid bosses for a single Dinar.

You will only get 3 Dinars in total so use them well!

In the list below you can see the 3 items that we think are worthy of being purchased with the Dinars. These are generally hard to get and provide significant benefits.

  1. Shard of Annhylde's Aegis Icon Shard of Annhylde's Aegis
  2. Old Warrior's Soul Icon Old Warrior's Soul
  3. Ruined Crest of Lordaeron Icon Ruined Crest of Lordaeron
3.

Tier set bonus for Protection Warrior

With Patch 9.2 we once again have access to class-specific Tier Sets! For Protection Warriors the Tier set bonus is as follows:

Both of these effects are really strong and you should aim to get them as fast as possible. You will see a noticeable difference in your performance as you obtain them. To help you better understand how the tier bonuses work and how they influence our rotation you can take a look at the guides below.

3.1.

How to obtain the Tier set

There are various ways you can obtain your tier set. The most obvious one is from Sepulcher of the First Ones. In addition to just raiding you can also get access to tier pieces from your weekly Great Vault from Mythic+ and a new system called the Creation Catalyst.

The Creation Catalyst is a really neat system which basically allows you to craft your own tier pieces. All you need is some Cosmic Flux Icon Cosmic Flux and a random piece of gear of the same slot as a tier set. Cosmic Flux can be obtained by just doing your every day activities in game, such as: Sepulcher of the First Ones, Mythic+, Torghast and Zereth Mortis activities.

As mentioned before you also need a gear piece of the same slot as the tier piece you are trying to craft. The slots where you can equip the tier-set are as follows:

  • Head;
  • Shoulders;
  • Chest;
  • Gloves;
  • Legs

As you notice there are 5 pieces of gear where the tier pieces can be equipped but only 4 are needed for the bonuses to work. We advise you to equip the following 4:

  • Head;
  • Shoulders;
  • Chest;
  • Legs;

Taking all of the various ways you can obtain tier pieces into account, it should be a fairly smooth sailing to your tier bonus!

4.

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.

4.1.

Gear from Fated Raids

Season 4 brings with it a new mechanic called "Fated". This means that each week one of the raids will have a higher difficulty than the others while also providing higher item level loot. The table below considers that the pieces will be acquired when the raid that drops it is in its Fated Raids mode.

Slot Item Source
Head Diadem of Imperious Desire Icon Diadem of Imperious Desire — convert to tier using Creation Catalyst Sire Denathrius
Neck Worldkiller Iris Icon Worldkiller Iris The Jailer
Shoulders Pauldrons of the Infinite Infantry Icon Pauldrons of the Infinite Infantry Lords of Dread
Cloak Crest of the Legionnaire General Icon Crest of the Legionnaire General Stone Legion Generals
Chest Breastplate of the Infinite Infantry Icon Breastplate of the Infinite Infantry Rygelon
Wrists Vyraz's Parade Cuffs Icon Vyraz's Parade Cuffs Kel'Thuzad
Gloves Handguards of Hidden Realms Icon Handguards of Hidden Realms Rygelon
Belt Disintegration-Proof Waistband Icon Disintegration-Proof Waistband Guardian of the First Ones
Legs Legguards of the Ultimate Threat Icon Legguards of the Ultimate Threat — convert to tier using Creation Catalyst The Jailer
Boots Greaves of Haunting Ruination Icon Greaves of Haunting Ruination Sylvanas
Ring #1 Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Icon Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Sire Denathrius
Ring #2 Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Icon Tarnished Insignia of Quel'Thalas Sylvanas
Weapon Devastated Worldshard Icon Devastated Worldshard Rygelon
Shield Ruined Crest of Lordaeron Icon Ruined Crest of Lordaeron Lords of Dread

Noteworthy trinkets from Fated Raids are linked below.

4.2.

Domination Sockets

Sanctum of Domination brought 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.

However, as of Patch 9.2, Domination Sockets only work in The Maw, Korthia, and Torghast. Torghast would be the only place where you would realistically gain something from wearing the Domination Socketed gear, even if it is a item level downgrade. The 3-shard bonus is still strong and can help you deal with Torghast faster.

If you would like to know more about the 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 system:

4.3.

Example Gear from Dungeons

Slot Item Source
Head Helm of Phantasmal Scars Icon Helm of Phantasmal Scars Lower Karazhan
Neck Cabochon of the Infinite Flight Icon Cabochon of the Infinite Flight Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Shoulders Rivet-Sealed Shoulderplates Icon Rivet-Sealed Shoulderplates Iron Docks
Cloak Duplicating Drape Icon Duplicating Drape Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Chest Novaburst Warplate Icon Novaburst Warplate Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Wrists Goldsteel Bindings Icon Goldsteel Bindings Iron Docks / Grimrail Depot
Gloves Repurposed Golem Grips Icon Repurposed Golem Grips Upper Karazhan
Belt Gutcrusher Greatbelt Icon Gutcrusher Greatbelt Iron Docks / Grimrail Depot
Legs Tassets of Perpetual Despair Icon Tassets of Perpetual Despair Upper Karazhan
Boots Implacable Weatherproof Treads Icon Implacable Weatherproof Treads Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
Ring #1 Logic Loop of Recursion Icon Logic Loop of Recursion Mechagon Junkyard
Ring #2 Overclocking Bit Band Icon Overclocking Bit Band Operation: Mechagon - Workshop
Weapon Tearing Sawtooth Blade Icon Tearing Sawtooth Blade Operation: Mechagon - Workshop
Shield Arrowbreaker Greatshield Icon Arrowbreaker Greatshield Grimrail Depot

The 2 rings mentioned above are a set that work together, so you need to have both of them to actually gain the benefit. Logic Loop of Recursion Icon Logic Loop of Recursion asks you to use 3 different abilities on a target while Overclocking Bit Band Icon Overclocking Bit Band grants you a small Haste boost for 15 seconds after you do it.

4.3.1.

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.

4.4.

Legion Timewalking Trinkets for Protection Warrior

With Patch 9.1.5, we have access to some of the Legion dungeons and their loot on a competitive item level. Unfortunately, there is only 1 trinket that is more or less okay.

  • Writhing Heart of Darkness Icon Writhing Heart of Darkness — dropped by Shade of Xavius in Darkheart Thicket. It causes your critical hits to make your target deal less damage, stacking up to 3 times.
  • Jeweled Signet of Melandrus Icon Jeweled Signet of Melandrus — while not a trinket, it is still worth mentioning. It causes your auto attacks to deal more damage and has both Haste and Critical Strike on it as stats. Dropped by Advisor Melandrus in Court of Stars.
4.4.1.

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.

Valor

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 you should prioritize upgrades of shields, weapons, and high stat budget items. Luckily there will be no Valor cap so you will manage to upgrade all your items in no time!

5.

Enchanting

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.

6.

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.

7.

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 Fated Raids are generally the best bet as they are the highest item level.

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.

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

8.

Changelog

  • 26 Jul. 2022: Updated with Season 4 information.
  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 27 May 2022: Updated dungeon trinkets.
  • 21 Feb. 2022: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Added a section about Legion Timewalking trinkets for 9.1.5
  • 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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