Protection Warrior Tank Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5

Last updated on Aug 26, 2019 at 09:17 by Marok 40 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Protection Warrior guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5. 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.

Patch 8.2 Changes for Protection Warriors

Protection Warriors underwent a single change in Patch 8.2.

In addition, Protection Warriors gained access to the following:

3.

Protection Warrior's Strengths

4.

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.
5.

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.

In Patch 8.2, Protection Warriors remain unchanged, with the exception of a nerf to Unstoppable Force Icon Unstoppable Force. This change works out to a ˜8% or so nerf to overall DPS in Single-Target situations, and about a ˜15% nerf to overall DPS in "average" AoE situations. While this nerf is definitely not insignificant, Protection Warriors will still do considerable AoE damage, and are by no means unviable or anything of the sort.

6.

Changelog

  • 26 Aug. 2019 (talents page): Added a note about using Devastator for single-target DPS.
  • 26 Aug. 2019 (enchants page): Changed weapon enchant suggestion to Force Multiplier. Added note about Baked Port Tato.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Updated ability priority and Essence suggestions.
  • 26 Aug. 2019 (gear page): Adjusted trinket suggestions.
  • 26 Aug. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Removed Arcane Heart from trait suggestions.
  • 26 Aug. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added a few more boss tips. Updated Essence suggestions.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (mythic+ page): Updated for Season 3.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Added several boss tips.
  • 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 (easy mode page): Added Azerite traits and essences.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (gear page): Updated for Season 3, Mechagon, and The Eternal Palace raid.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (Essences page): Updated for Season 3.
  • 15 Jul. 2019 (enchants page): Added information about Potion of Empowered Proximity.
  • 09 Jul. 2019 (The Eternal Palace page): Page added.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (rotation page): Added a note about casting Revenge in AoE situations in order to spread Deep Wounds.
  • 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 (talents page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 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 (Essences page): Page added.
  • 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 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.2.
  • 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 (azerite traits and gear 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 (mythic+ 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 (addons page): This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (FAQ 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.
  • 25 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms 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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (this 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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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.
  • 25 Mar. 2019 (gear page): Added Gore-Crusted Butcher's Block to trinket recommendations.
  • 25 Mar. 2019 (addons page): Changed from Kui to Plater nameplates addon.
  • 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 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite gear and trait recommendations.
  • 25 Mar. 2019 (stats page): Updated stat priority.
  • 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 (gear 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 (mythic+ page): Updated for BfA Season 2.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for BfA Season 2.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated for BfA Season 2.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (rotation page): Updated for BfA Season 2.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated 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 (azerite traits and gear 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 (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 (spells 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 (easy mode 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 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for Patch 8.1.
  • 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.
  • 29 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added note about Spell Reflection on Vectis.
  • 10 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Added tips for each boss.
  • 10 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated gear suggestions for Uldir.
  • 10 Sep. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated Azerite gear recommendations.
  • 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 (gear page): Updated trinket suggestions. Added Shields section.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Changed recommended PvP talents.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Expanded explanations for the stat priority and some stats.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (this page): Added more detailed descriptions for the new abilities.
  • 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 (enchants page): Adjusted formatting.
  • 14 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Added page.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (how to improve page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added (empty for now).
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (spells page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (addons page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Added Protection Warrior Azerite page.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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