Protection Warrior Tank Gear and Best in Slot — Dragonflight 10.2.7

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Mwahi 47 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 Dragonflight 10.2.7.

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

1.

Gearing in Dragonflight

The best gear you can find will come from the Weekly Mythic+ chest, now known as the Great Vault, and from Mythic raiding. In addition to these, you can also place crafting orders once you have the necessary pieces for it.

2.

Gearing Strategy for Protection Warriors

While a definitive BiS list is hard to create, there 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, some rings have special effects that outweigh 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 significant 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 equipment 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 specific trinkets, rings, and gear with special effects, etc.

2.1.

Using Simulations as Protection Warrior

Simulation tools are used to simulate which piece of gear would provide the most damage output. While this might seem irrelevant as a tank, it is the opposite. A good tank will be tanky while contributing to the best of their abilities to the group's overall damage output.

Simulations as a tank should be mainly used to figure out which piece of gear of similar item level you should equip. Always follow the item level rule of higher item level = better first when choosing gear.

3.

BiS Gear for Protection Warrior

Overall BiS List Mythic+ Gear BiS List Raid Gear BiS List
4.

BiS List for Protection Warrior

The following list consists of the best gear you can gain currently in the game. Since we favor item level, loot from Amirdrassil, Aberrus, Vault of the Incarnates and the Great Vault will be the best you have access to, at 528 item level.

The items that are mentioned to be dropped from Dungeons are only relevant if you can obtain them at Item level 528 through the Great Vault and the Mythic upgrade Track.

Slot Item Source/Note
Helm Thraexhelm of the Onyx Crucible Icon Thraexhelm of the Onyx Crucible Tindral Sageswift, Raszageth, Magmorax
Neck Ouroboreal Necklet Icon Ouroboreal Necklet Volcoross, in Amirdrassil
Shoulder Pauldrons of the Onyx Crucible Icon Pauldrons of the Onyx Crucible Smolderon, Echo of Neltharion, Broodkeeper Diurna
Cloak Vibrant Wildercloth Shawl Icon Vibrant Wildercloth Shawl with Shadowflame-Tempered Armor Patch Icon Shadowflame-Tempered Armor Patch Crafted by Tailoring
Chest Carapace of the Unbending Flame Icon Carapace of the Unbending Flame Fyrakk, in Amirdrassil
Bracers Primal Molten Vambraces Icon Primal Molten Vambraces with Shadowflame-Tempered Armor Patch Icon Shadowflame-Tempered Armor Patch Crafted by Blacksmithing
Gloves Handguards of the Onyx Crucible Icon Handguards of the Onyx Crucible Igira the Cruel, The Forgotten Experiments, Dathea
Belt Trapmaster's Utility Belt Icon Trapmaster's Utility Belt Gutshot, in Brackenhide Hollow
Legs Legplates of the Onyx Crucible Icon Legplates of the Onyx Crucible Larodar, Rashok, Sennarth/td>
Boots Fused Obsidian Sabatons Icon Fused Obsidian Sabatons Smolderon, in Amirdrassil
Ring #1 Seal of Diurna's Chosen Icon Seal of Diurna's Chosen Eranog, in Vault of the Incarnates
Ring #2 Band of Burning Thorns Icon Band of Burning Thorns Larodar, in Amirdrassil
Ring #3 Seal of Filial Duty Icon Seal of Filial Duty, a solid alternative with an absorb Broodkeeper Diurna, in Vault of the Incarnates
Trinket #1 Elementium Pocket Anvil Icon Elementium Pocket Anvil The Amalgamation Chamber in Aberrus
Trinket #2 Cataclysmic Signet Brand Icon Cataclysmic Signet Brand Smolderon in Amirdrassil
Defensive Trinket #1 Treemouth's Festering Splinter Icon Treemouth's Festering Splinter Treemouth in Brackenhide Hollow
Defensive Trinket #2 Fyrakk's Tainted Rageheart Icon Fyrakk's Tainted Rageheart Fyrakk, in Amirdrassil
Weapon Gholak, the Final Conflagration Icon Gholak, the Final Conflagration Fyrakk, in Amirdrassil
Shield Verdant Matrix Beacon Icon Verdant Matrix Beacon Nymue, in Amirdrassil
4.

Mythic+ Gear BiS List for Protection Warrior

The following list is put together from items that drop only from the current seasons Mythic+ dungeons. While the highest Item level that drops from Mythic+ is 509, upgradable to 515; you can still obtain 522 pieces, upgradable to 528, from the weekly Great Vault, and 525 from various crafting professions.

Slot Item Source/Note
Helm Thraexhelm of the Onyx Crucible Icon Thraexhelm of the Onyx Crucible Any Mythic track helm, modified by Revival Catalyst
Neck Bromach's Disentombed Locket Icon Bromach's Disentombed Locket Bromach, in Uldaman
Shoulder Pauldrons of the Onyx Crucible Icon Pauldrons of the Onyx Crucible Any Mythic track shoulders, modified by Revival Catalyst
Cloak Fireproof Drape Icon Fireproof Drape Kokia Blazehoof, in Ruby Life Pools
Chest Battlechest of the Onyx Crucible Icon Battlechest of the Onyx Crucible Any Mythic track chest, modified by Revival Catalyst
Bracers Excavated Earthen Wristslabs Icon Excavated Earthen Wristslabs Bromach, in Uldaman
Gloves Handguards of the Onyx Crucible Icon Handguards of the Onyx Crucible Any Mythic track gloves, modified by Revival Catalyst
Belt Trapmaster's Utility Belt Icon Trapmaster's Utility Belt Gutshot, in Brackenhide Hollow
Legs Drake Hunter's Greaves Icon Drake Hunter's Greaves Granyth, in The Nokhud Offensive
Boots Pristine Magma Stompers Icon Pristine Magma Stompers Chargath, Bane of Scales, in Neltharus
Ring #1 Circle of Ascended Frost Icon Circle of Ascended Frost Khajin the Unyielding, in Halls of Infusion
Ring #2 Unstable Arcane Loop Icon Unstable Arcane Loop Leymor, in The Azure Vault
Trinket #1 Idol of Trampling Hooves Icon Idol of Trampling Hooves Teera, in The Nokhud Offensive. Requires Fury/Arms lootspec
Trinket #2 Treemouth's Festering Splinter Icon Treemouth's Festering Splinter Treemouth, in Brackenhide Hollow
Weapon Strike Twice Icon Strike Twice The Raging Tempest, in The Nokhud Offensive
Shield Crystalized Bulwark Icon Crystalized Bulwark Umbrelskul, in The Azure Vault
4.

Raid Gear BiS List for Protection Warrior

The following list is put together only from items which drop from the 3 available Raids, Amirdrassil, Aberrus and Vault of the Incarnates.

Slot Item Source/Note
Helm Thraexhelm of the Onyx Crucible Icon Thraexhelm of the Onyx Crucible Tindral Sageswift, Raszageth, Magmorax
Neck Ouroboreal Necklet Icon Ouroboreal Necklet Volcoross, in Amirdrassil
Shoulder Pauldrons of the Onyx Crucible Icon Pauldrons of the Onyx Crucible Smolderon, Echo of Neltharion, Broodkeeper Diurna
Cloak Decorated Commander's Cindercloak Icon Decorated Commander's Cindercloak Eranog, in Vault of the Incarnates
Chest Carapace of the Unbending Flame Icon Carapace of the Unbending Flame Fyrakk, in Amirdrassil
Bracers Agonizing Manacles Icon Agonizing Manacles / Bonds of Desperate Ascension Icon Bonds of Desperate Ascension Igira the Cruel / Sarkareth
Gloves Handguards of the Onyx Crucible Icon Handguards of the Onyx Crucible Igira the Cruel, The Forgotten Experiments, Dathea
Belt Seal of the Defiant Hordes Icon Seal of the Defiant Hordes Assault of the Zaqali, in Aberrus
Legs Legplates of the Onyx Crucible Icon Legplates of the Onyx Crucible Larodar, Rashok, Sennarth
Boots Fused Obsidian Sabatons Icon Fused Obsidian Sabatons Smolderon, in Amirdrassil
Ring #1 Seal of Diurna's Chosen Icon Seal of Diurna's Chosen Eranog, in Vault of the Incarnates
Ring #2 Band of Burning Thorns Icon Band of Burning Thorns Larodar, in Amirdrassil
Trinket #1 Cataclysmic Signet Brand Icon Cataclysmic Signet Brand Smolderon, in Amirdrassil
Trinket #2 Elementium Pocket Anvil Icon Elementium Pocket Anvil The Amalgamation Chamber, in Aberrus
Defensive Trinket #1 Ward of Faceless Ire Icon Ward of Faceless Ire Echo of Neltharion, in Aberrus
Defensive Trinket #2 Fyrakk's Tainted Rageheart Icon Fyrakk's Tainted Rageheart Fyrakk, in Amirdrassil
Weapon Gholak, the Final Conflagration Icon Gholak, the Final Conflagration Fyrakk, in Amirdrassil
Shield Verdant Matrix Beacon Icon Verdant Matrix Beacon Nymue, in Amirdrassil
4.

Best Gear To Spend Bullions On For Protection Warrior

Season 4 offers a way to target specific, powerful items with the new Antique Bronze Bullion Icon Antique Bronze Bullion. Here are the best items to spend your Bullions on in Dragonflight Season 4.

We advise you to aim for Gholak, the Final Conflagration Icon Gholak, the Final Conflagration and Seal of Diurna's Chosen Icon Seal of Diurna's Chosen as your first two purchases. The rest you can choose freely, depending on the content you are doing and on your current gear. Note that we do not have any shields listed here. That is because there are plenty of shields that can drop from various raids, dungeons or even be crafted.

  • Gholak, the Final Conflagration Icon Gholak, the Final Conflagration — the best weapon option;
  • Seal of Diurna's Chosen Icon Seal of Diurna's Chosen — purely offensive;
  • Cataclysmic Signet Brand Icon Cataclysmic Signet Brand — purely offensive, but one of our best trinkets, if you can keep the buff up;
  • Elementium Pocket Anvil Icon Elementium Pocket Anvil — purely offensive, but one of our best trinkets, if you can keep the buff up;
  • Manic Grieftorch Icon Manic Grieftorch — really strong offensive trinket, especially if people are dying and reducing the cooldown;
  • All-Totem of the Master Icon All-Totem of the Master — solid all around trinket;
  • Fyrakk's Tainted Rageheart Icon Fyrakk's Tainted Rageheart;
  • Augury of the Primal Flame Icon Augury of the Primal Flame;
  • Seal of Filial Duty Icon Seal of Filial Duty;
  • Ward of Faceless Ire Icon Ward of Faceless Ire — purely defensive, and more group focused.
5.

Other noteworthy Gear for Protection Warriors

In the following section, you can find some additional noteworthy gear.

To better understand the secondary stat prioritization for gear, look at the guide below, where each of the stats is broken down into bite-sized pieces.

5.1.

Trinkets for Protection Warriors

Trinkets are some of the more unique items in the game due to their various effects. They can either help bolster your defenses or assist in dishing out even more damage. Regardless of which you will choose, below you can find a list of other noteworthy trinkets for us.

  • Cataclysmic Signet Brand Icon Cataclysmic Signet Brand — one of our best offensive trinkets, as long as you can keep the buff up;
  • Elementium Pocket Anvil Icon Elementium Pocket Anvil — also one of our best offensive trinkets, under the condition that you can keep the buff up;
  • Manic Grieftorch Icon Manic Grieftorch — deals a heavy amount of damage to enemies around your target. The great part about this trinket is that the cooldown is lowered by 90 seconds every time an ally dies. It can outperform Elementium Pocket Anvil Icon Elementium Pocket Anvil and Cataclysmic Signet Brand Icon Cataclysmic Signet Brand, if their buffs are not kept up properly, and on shorter fights.
  • All-Totem of the Master Icon All-Totem of the Master — this trinkets provides you with various "hidden" buffs, some of them are more visible than others. Regardless, this remains as one of our best all-around Mythic+ trinkets.
  • Augury of the Primal Flame Icon Augury of the Primal Flame — while it has a low proc chance, the proc itself is fairly powerful. It gets even better if you have more critical strike.
  • Treemouth's Festering Splinter Icon Treemouth's Festering Splinter — a purely defensive trinket on a short cooldown. This is a great option if you want to play a more balanced setup, or the encounter requires an additional defensive on a short cooldown.
  • Ward of Faceless Ire Icon Ward of Faceless Ire — on top of allowing you to grant an on-demand absorb on yourself, this trinket also allows you to grant the shield to an ally. While the shield is not as big as on some of the other defensive trinkets, the ability to use it as an external defensive on an ally makes it a worthy pickup.
  • Fyrakk's Tainted Rageheart Icon Fyrakk's Tainted Rageheart — is another absorb trinket, but with a slight damage component to it.
  • Enduring Dreadplate Icon Enduring Dreadplate — an offensive trinket disguised as a defensive one. The damage it does should not be underestimated.
  • Prophetic Stonescales Icon Prophetic Stonescales — while obtainable on a lower item level than the rest of the mentioned trinkets, it is still worthy of a mention due to its effect. If you do happen to need it, be sure to get it from the hard mode of Dawn of the Infinite.
5.2.

Weapons and Shields

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

You can acquire high item-level shields from dungeons, raids, and the Great Vault weekly chest. The following shields are the available ones from current dungeons and raids.

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

Just as shields are important, so are weapons. They increase our damage output, allowing us to provide more to the group's performance. Below, you can find a solid selection of weapons.

As with shields, use the highest item level weapon you have, regardless of the secondary stats.

6.

Embellishments for Protection Warrior

Embellishments are various additional effects on craftable items. These can be either baseline effects on certain items like Shield of the Hearth Icon Shield of the Hearth or other effects which can be added by optional reagents when crafting an item.

While there are multiple embellishment options, you can have only two active at any time. For Protection Warriors, we recommend the following:

  • Shadowflame Icon Shadowflame — this can be placed on any crafted armor piece except for neck and rings. It provides a decent chunk of overall damage and is currently one of our best Embellishments.
  • For the second embellishment, you have 2 options. The most beneficial option would be a second Shadowflame Icon Shadowflame embellishment. Unstable Frostfire Belt Icon Unstable Frostfire Belt is a decent follow up option.

While the Mythic Raids Amirdrassil, Aberrus, Vault of the Incarnates and the Great Vault drops 528 item level pieces, once fully upgraded, the highest you can craft is 525. As such, we suggest to craft your embellishments on the lower-stat budget pieces as shown below.

  • Vibrant Wildercloth Shawl Icon Vibrant Wildercloth Shawl with Shadowflame-Tempered Armor Patch Icon Shadowflame-Tempered Armor Patch.
  • Primal Molten Vambraces Icon Primal Molten Vambraces with Shadowflame-Tempered Armor Patch Icon Shadowflame-Tempered Armor Patch.
 
7.

Tier Set for Protection Warrior

In Season 4, every class will once again earn pieces of a gear set that is uniquely class-themed with its own two- and four-piece bonuses for every specialization. For Protection Warrior, these set bonuses are:

  • Warrior Protection 10.2 Class Set 2pc Icon Warrior Protection 10.2 Class Set 2pc — Spending Rage has a chance to cause your Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam to consume and instantly deal 40% of the remaining damage on your Deep Wounds Icon Deep Wounds and Rend Icon Rend, and 100% of the remaining damage of Thunderous Roar Icon Thunderous Roar. Also reduces your damage taken by 10% for 5 seconds.
  • Warrior Protection 10.2 Class Set 4pc Icon Warrior Protection 10.2 Class Set 4pc — For each bleed effect consumed, your damage taken is further reduced by an additional 2%. When Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam consumes a bleed, the cooldown of Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap is reset, and Thunderous Roar Icon Thunderous Roar's cooldown is reduced by 3 seconds.

Both tier bonuses are straightforward and benefit us in Raids and Mythic+. You want to get the entire 4 pieces as soon as possible to gain the perks it provides. There are a total of 5 tier pieces that are dropped from Amirdrassil; any combination of them will work just fine. In addition, you can use the Revival Catalyst to convert gear into Tier pieces.

8.

Protection Warrior Gear Upgrades in Dragonflight Season 4

To upgrade your gear, you will use Flightstones Icon Flightstones and Crests, both obtainable from practically all forms of content in the game. They can be used to upgrade gear depending on which track they drop in. They also allow you to craft items up to item level 525.

For more information on the new Gear Upgrades system, check out our dedicated page for it below.

   

Below you can find a list of rough priority on which items to upgrade first. For the best upgrade option for your character, be sure to sim yourself.

  • Weapon / Shield
  • Chest / Legs / Shoulders / Helm
  • Trinkets
  • Feet / Hands / Waist / Wrist
  • Back / Neck / Rings

The cost to upgrade scales differs per slot but now also increases quickly as item levels go up.

9.

Enchanting

Whenever you get a new piece of gear, enchant it if possible. The best enchants for us can be found on the page linked below.

10.

Changelog

  • 07 May 2024: Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 24 Apr. 2024: Clarified Manic Grieftorch, Elementium Pocket Anvil and Cataclysmic Signet Brand usage.
  • 22 Apr. 2024: Reviewed and updated for Season 4.
  • 18 Mar. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.6.
  • 15 Jan. 2024: Reviewed for Patch 10.2.5.
  • 07 Dec. 2023: Replaced Withering Heart of Darkness with Prophetic Stonescales under Mythic+ trinkets.
  • 30 Nov. 2023: Added Branch of the Tormented Ancient as a trinket suggestion.
  • 23 Nov. 2023: Upgraded the Mythic+ gear list Neck.
  • 21 Nov. 2023: Added mention of advised Embellishment crafting slots.
  • 07 Nov. 2023: Removed Sporecloack from suggested embellishments.
  • 06 Nov. 2023: Reviewed and updated for Patch 10.2.
  • 04 Sep. 2023: Reviewed and updated for Patch 10.1.7.
  • 10 Jul. 2023: Reviewed and updated for Patch 10.1.5.
  • 24 May 2023: Added Cataclysm Timewalking section for trinkets.
  • 11 May 2023: Added Mark of Dargul into the trinket section.
  • 09 May 2023: Updated Primordial Gem stones.
  • 01 May 2023: Updated for Patch 10.1.0.
  • 24 Mar. 2023: Updated the Primordial Stone list.
  • 22 Mar. 2023: Added Humming Arcane Stone as a viable gem and updated the Onyx Annulet use cases.
  • 20 Mar. 2023: Added information about Primordial Stone Gems and reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 24 Jan. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 26 Dec. 2022: Added Whispering Incarnate Icon to the trinkets list.
  • 23 Dec. 2022: Added some Vault of the Incarnate trinkets to the noteworthy trinket list.
  • 11 Dec. 2022: Updated the gear suggestion, added tier set and embellishment suggestions.
  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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