Protection Warrior Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2

Last updated on Feb 21, 2022 at 20:02 by Mwahi 32 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.

If you were looking for WoW 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.

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.

2.1.

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!

3.

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.

3.1.

Gear from Sepulcher of the First Ones

Slot Item Source
Head Gaze of the Infinite Infantry Icon Gaze of the Infinite Infantry Anduin Wrynn
Neck Worldkiller Iris Icon Worldkiller Iris The Jailer
Shoulders Pauldrons of the Infinite Infantry Icon Pauldrons of the Infinite Infantry Lords of Dread
Cloak Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Icon Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Lords of Dread
Chest Breastplate of the Infinite Infantry Icon Breastplate of the Infinite Infantry Rygelon
Wrists Veiled Auctioneer's Vambraces Icon Veiled Auctioneer's Vambraces Artificer Xy'mox
Gloves Handguards of Hidden Realms Icon Handguards of Hidden Realms Rygelon
Belt Remnant's Blasphemous Scourgebelt Icon Remnant's Blasphemous Scourgebelt Anduin Wrynn
Legs Legplates of the Infinite Infantry Icon Legplates of the Infinite Infantry Halondrus the Reclaimer
Boots Greatboots of the Roaming Goliath Icon Greatboots of the Roaming Goliath Halondrus the Reclaimer
Ring #1 Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Icon Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Rygelon
Ring #2 Loquacious Keeper's Peridot Icon Loquacious Keeper's Peridot Lihuvim, Principal Architect
Weapon Devastated Worldshard Icon Devastated Worldshard Rygelon
Shield Ruined Crest of Lordaeron Icon Ruined Crest of Lordaeron Lords of Dread

Noteworthy trinkets from Sepulcher of the First Ones are linked below.

3.2.

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:

3.3.

Gear from Dungeons

Slot Item Source
Head Wrathbark Greathelm Icon Wrathbark Greathelm Mists of Tirna Scithe
Neck Cabochon of the Infinite Flight Icon Cabochon of the Infinite Flight Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
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
3.3.1.

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.

3.4.

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.
3.4.1.

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, 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.

4.

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.

5.

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.

6.

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.

7.

Changelog

  • 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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