Protection Warrior Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 14:14 by Mwahi 25 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 9.0.5.

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.


Gear from Castle Nathria

Slot Item Source
Head Diadem of Imperious Desire Icon Diadem of Imperious Desire Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Neck Charm of Eternal Winter Icon Charm of Eternal Winter Huntsman Altimor in Castle Nathria
Shoulders Epaulettes of Overwhelming Force Icon Epaulettes of Overwhelming Force Hungering Destroyer in Castle Nathria
Cloak Crest of the Legionnaire General Icon Crest of the Legionnaire General Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria
Chest Rampaging Giant's Chestplate Icon Rampaging Giant's Chestplate Sludgefist in Castle Nathria
Wrists Hellhound Cuffs Icon Hellhound Cuffs Huntsman Altimor in Castle Nathria
Gloves Colossal Plate Gauntlets Icon Colossal Plate Gauntlets Sludgefist in Castle Nathria
Belt Binding of Warped Desires Icon Binding of Warped Desires Lady Inerva Darkvein in Castle Nathria
Legs Ceremonial Parade Legguards Icon Ceremonial Parade Legguards Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria
Boots Stoneguard Attendant's Boots Icon Stoneguard Attendant's Boots The Council of Blood in Castle Nathria
Ring #1 Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Icon Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Ring #2 Ritualist's Treasured Ring Icon Ritualist's Treasured Ring Lady Inerva Darkvein in Castle Nathria
Trinket #1 Sanguine Vintage Icon Sanguine Vintage Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Trinket #2 Dreadfire Vessel Icon Dreadfire Vessel — Requires Arms/Fury to loot Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Weapon Reaver of Renewed Resolve Icon Reaver of Renewed Resolve The Council of Blood / Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Shield Elysian Sentinel's Aegis Icon Elysian Sentinel's Aegis Artificer Xy'Mox / Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria

Weapon and Shield Tokens from Castle Nathria

Weapons and Shields do not directly drop from Castle Nathria, but rather you will get a token from certain bosses. These tokens can be exchanged for a weapon or a shield in your Covenants sanctum. Each Covenant has a different name for their weapon and Shield, so just pick the one which has Haste on it, as the other secondary stat does not matter as much.


Trinkets from Castle Nathria

Noteworthy trinkets from Castle Nathria are linked below.

  • Sanguine Vintage Icon Sanguine Vintage — Drops from Sire Denathrius. Provides a fairly solid absorb on a 1-minute cooldown, which also heals you if it still has some absorb left after it times out.
  • Stone Legion Heraldry Icon Stone Legion Heraldry — Drops from Stone Legion Generals. This is a really strong all around defensive choice that gets stronger the more people use it. If you do not need the on-demand absorb type of trinkets then this is the perfect defensive replacement.
  • Macabre Sheet Music Icon Macabre Sheet Music — Drops from The Council of Blood. Provides a huge amount of haste but unfortunately you will have to move around to collect all of the stacks. This still has the potential to be useful as long as you can use it freely.
  • Skulker's Wing Icon Skulker's Wing — Drops from Shriekwing. A really good offensive option on a fairly short cooldown.
  • Dreadfire Vessel Icon Dreadfire Vessel — Drops from Sire Denathrius. Requires Arms/Fury to loot. This is a purely offensive trinket that deals a lot of damage on a fairly short cooldown.

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 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 Anima Field Emitter Icon Anima Field Emitter Spires of Ascension
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. 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.


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 Castle Nathria drop in the form of Weapon tokens. Artificer Xy'Mox and Stone Legion Generals are the two bosses that have the chance to drop these tokens. Once you get them go to your Covenants sanctum and use them to buy a shield. As each Covenant has different naming for their shield we will not discuss them all here. In general you want to buy the shield that has Haste on it.

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.



  • 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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