Protection Warrior Tank Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on May 23, 2020 at 15:27 by Mwahi 42 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Protection Warrior guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3. Here, you will learn how to tank as a Protection Warrior in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons. We cover everything from the basics all the way to min-maxing techniques to optimize your survivability.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Tank Warrior guide.

1.

Protection Warrior Overview

Protection Warriors excel in fights with high amounts of physical damage, or where mobility is needed. Much of the damage they take is mitigated through blocking, making their damage intake smooth and predictable. Additionally, they provide a healthy amount of utility, whether it be crowd control or raid buffs. They are a formidable tank all around, making them a worthy choice in both raids and dungeons.

Note that this guide focuses on aspects which are specific to Protection Warriors and general tanking strategies are beyond its scope. If you wish to know more about the tanking role and what you can do to improve, we recommend that you read our tanking guide.

2.

Shadowlands Changes for Warriors

We are maintaining a list of changes for Warriors for Shadowlands, the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, which you can access using the link below. We also have pages for the new Covenant abilities and Anima Powers.

3.

Patch 8.3 Changes for Protection Warriors

While the changes for Protection Warriors do not go far beyond simple bug fixes, you can view the Patch 8.3 change list below.

In addition, we have:

4.

Protection Warrior's Strengths

5.

Protection Warrior's Weaknesses

  • More unforgiving of mistakes or improper play compared to other tanks.
  • Weaker self-sustain compared to some other tank specs. This is only an issue in certain niche situations.
  • Has some difficulty against magical/non-blockable damage.
  • Lacks impactful crowd control ("mob displacement") dungeon utility when compared to other tank specs.
6.

Protection Warrior Viability in the Current Patch

When put in the right situation, Protection Warriors are not only very strong, but have the potential to completely outclass other tank specs. Against fights where the vast majority of the damage intake is blockable, Protection Warriors are one of the strongest, if not the best tank spec. Even in situations where the spec does not have all the right tools, it still fares very well. There are very few scenarios where Protection Warriors will truly struggle. What we lack in generally sought after utility in Mythic+, we make up for in our high AoE damage output and strong defensive capabilities.

In Patch 8.3, Protection Warriors remain unchanged. This means that we are still going to be one of the better tanks in Mythic+ content while also being solid in Raids.

7.

Changelog

  • 23 May 2020 (Corruption page): Added information about buying specific corruptions.
  • 24 Apr. 2020 (Corruption page): Added additional information about Echoing Void and updated advised corruption level for raids.
  • 24 Apr. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Clockwork Heart.
  • 16 Apr. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated middle ring traits.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (mythic+ page): Added Vulpera to Mythic+ races and updated tips against Spirit Breaker.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated Essence section.
  • 05 Apr. 2020 (Corruption page): Page created.
  • 23 Feb. 2020 (gear page): Added more precise information regarding 8.3 trinkets and updated Corruptions.
  • 23 Feb. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Raid Azerite gear.
  • 12 Feb. 2020 (Essences page): Added Endurance as recommended corruption resistance Essence for Mythic+.
  • 12 Feb. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Reckless Flurry information.
  • 02 Feb. 2020 (Essences page): Added 3rd minor essence.
  • 02 Feb. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Ranked offensive traits together with defensive ones.
  • 23 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Added section for Lingering Psychic Shell and graphs for Corruptions.
  • 23 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Shadow Shock from Skitra can no longer be reflected.
  • 20 Jan. 2020 (Ny'alotha page): Guide added.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.3
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3 including a new Azerite trait and Gear.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): Added new 8.3 essences.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (FAQ page): Upadated for Patch 8.3.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (enchants page): Updated Augment Rune section.
  • 14 Jan. 2020 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 10 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Added section about Races and the abilities they provide.
  • 07 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Added Berserker Rage to Utility.
  • 05 Jan. 2020 (mythic+ page): Added information regarding kiting and Tides emissary.
  • 05 Jan. 2020 (rotation page): Added information about Ignore Pain usage and Shield Wall.
  • 05 Jan. 2020 (easy mode page): Updated "Passive" talent suggestion.
  • 05 Jan. 2020 (stats page): Added stat priority for Mythic+ dungeons.
  • 05 Jan. 2020 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Meticulous Scheming to trait suggestion and updated Azerite gear options.
  • 05 Jan. 2020 (Essences page): Added new essences and suggestions for a more damage oriented build.
  • 05 Jan. 2020 (how to improve page): Added sub-section for Casting More.
  • 05 Jan. 2020 (simulations page): Updated WoWAnalyzer usability.
  • 26 Aug. 2019 (gear page): Adjusted trinket suggestions.
  • 26 Aug. 2019 (enchants page): Changed weapon enchant suggestion to Force Multiplier. Added note about Baked Port Tato.
  • 26 Aug. 2019 (talents page): Added a note about using Devastator for single-target DPS.
  • 26 Aug. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added a few more boss tips. Updated Essence suggestions.
  • 26 Aug. 2019 (Essences page): Updated page layout and Essence suggestions.
  • 26 Aug. 2019 (rotation page): Added Avatar/Demoralizing Shout to the ability priority to make it more clear when they should be used. Expanded Rage management explanation.
  • 26 Aug. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Removed Arcane Heart from trait suggestions.
  • 26 Aug. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated ability priority and Essence suggestions.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 3.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Updated for Season 3.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (easy mode page): Added Azerite traits and essences.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Added information about Potion of Empowered Proximity.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Season 3, Mechagon, and The Eternal Palace raid.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (talents page): Added a note about Conflict and Strife.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Season 3.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added several boss tips.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): Added a note about casting Revenge in AoE situations in order to spread Deep Wounds.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 14 May 2019 (rotation page): Updated the opening ability priority.
  • 14 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added boss tips.
  • 22 Apr. 2019 (gear page): Removed Legplates of Unbound Anguish from the page as they no longer drop for Protection.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Page added.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (gear page): Added information and recommendations for the loot in the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 16 Apr. 2019 (this page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 25 Mar. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite gear and trait recommendations.
  • 25 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added additional information for Grong.
  • 25 Mar. 2019 (rotation page): Adjusted opener ability priority.
  • 25 Mar. 2019 (addons page): Changed from Kui to Plater nameplates addon.
  • 25 Mar. 2019 (stats page): Updated stat priority.
  • 25 Mar. 2019 (gear page): Added Gore-Crusted Butcher's Block to trinket recommendations.
  • 06 Feb. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite gear suggestions and adjusted the ranking of a few traits.
  • 06 Feb. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added tips for each boss.
  • 06 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Expanded explanation of Avatar and Demoralizing Shout usage.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for BfA Season 2.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Updated for BfA Season 2.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated for BfA Season 2.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for BfA Season 2.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for BfA Season 2.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Page added.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (rotation page): Updated for BfA Season 2.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 29 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added note about Spell Reflection on Vectis.
  • 29 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Added note about kiting.
  • 29 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Reorganized page. Added note about rotational changes with Deafening Crash.
  • 10 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite gear recommendations.
  • 10 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated gear suggestions for Uldir.
  • 10 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added tips for each boss.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (stats page): Added note about Armor. Expanded explanation on the stat priority.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Changed weapon enchant recommendation to Haste enchant.
  • 02 Sep. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated stat priority slightly.
  • 24 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Added note about Haste weapon enchant.
  • 22 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket suggestions.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Changed recommended PvP talents.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (this page): Added more detailed descriptions for the new abilities.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Expanded explanations for the stat priority and some stats.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Adjusted formatting.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added note to the item level section. Adjusted the rankings of a couple of traits.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated trinket suggestions. Added Shields section.
  • 14 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Protection Warrior Azerite page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added (empty for now).
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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