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Protection Warrior Tank Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 14, 2020 at 02:28 by Mwahi 42 comments
General Information

On this page, you will learn how to optimize the rotation of your Protection Warrior, depending on the type of damage you will be tanking. We also have advanced sections about cooldowns, procs, etc. in order to maximize your survivability and DPS. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

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

If you have not already, please read the spells summary page. Knowing how each spell/ability works in detail will greatly increase your understanding of the topics discussed on this page.


Single-Target Rotation for Protection Warriors

The single-target rotation as a Protection Warrior is based on the following priority. As said, this is a priority. It is not the exact sequence in which abilities should be cast, but rather for each time you are able to cast an ability, you should start at the top of the list and cast the first available ability for which you meet the criteria. This applies to all "rotations" hereafter.

This does not take into account usage of your active mitigation abilities (we cover this important topic in a subsequent section). Active mitigation usage is generally much more nuanced, and it would not be optimal to list them within an ability priority.

The following priorities also assume you are running the recommended build from the talents page. Information on how to play properly with other talents is provided further down this page.

The overall goal is to generate as much Rage as possible by casting Rage-generating abilities, so that Rage can then be spent on active mitigation.

  1. Cast Avatar Icon Avatar on cooldown.
  2. Cast Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout on cooldown (only with Booming Voice Icon Booming Voice).
  3. Cast Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam on cooldown.
  4. Cast Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap on cooldown.
  5. Cast Revenge Icon Revenge only if it is free.
  6. Cast Devastate Icon Devastate.

Note that since Revenge Icon Revenge costs Rage (unless it has a proc from you having dodged or parried an attack), it is not worth using Rage to cast it, since Devastate also has a chance to reset Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam and is free. The only thing Revenge provides over Devastate Icon Devastate is a bit of extra damage.

If you are in a situation where you do not need to put any Rage towards Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain for survivability purposes, you can of course spend Rage on Revenge Icon Revenge instead to slightly increase your damage.

Avatar Icon Avatar and Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout should be cast on cooldown. It is perfectly fine if either of these abilites become "desycned" with each other. Maximizing their uptime is the most important factor.

In addition to the above, you should use Intercept Icon Intercept to generate extra Rage throughout the fight. If you are actively tanking, use this only if you can avoid turning the boss around, moving it from its position, or causing yourself or the raid to take extra damage. If you are not actively tanking, you can use Intercept on the current tank to help reduce some of the damage they are taking. Intercept can cause things like stacking debuffs to go on you instead of the current tank, potentially causing issues, so use it on melee DPS if you are not sure if it safe to use on the current tank. If you will need to use Intercept for movement, make sure to save at least one charge for that time.


Multi-Target Rotation for Protection Warriors

Against multiple targets, when playing defensively, the ability priority is exactly the same as the single-target priority. It maximizes Rage generation and therefore survivability.

In general, regardless of whether you are playing defensively, you should cast Revenge Icon Revenge (even if it is not free) early on in a fight to spread Deep Wounds Icon Deep Wounds. Against 2-3 targets, you can instead switch targets and cast Devastate Icon Devastate, which also applies Deep Wounds.

In dungeons in particular where there are often new enemies to gain aggro on, it is worth casting Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap (or Revenge Icon Revenge if Thunder Clap is not available, even if it costs Rage) over Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam in order to pick up those enemies. Saving your allies is far more important than a bit of Rage.

If, and only if, survivability is not an issue whatsoever and you want to do as much damage as possible, the following priority should be followed in multi-target situations:

  1. Cast Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap on cooldown.
  2. Cast Revenge Icon Revenge on cooldown.
  3. Cast Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam on cooldown.
  4. Cast Devastate Icon Devastate.

Remember that you are still casting abilities like Avatar Icon Avatar, Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout, and Intercept Icon Intercept in multi-target according to the above guidelines.


Opener for Protection Warriors

Generally, you will want to Taunt Icon Taunt as you cast Intercept Icon Intercept.

  1. Cast Avatar Icon Avatar about 1 second before the pull.
  2. Cast Intercept Icon Intercept.
  3. Cast Shield Block Icon Shield Block.
  4. Cast Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam.
  5. Cast Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout only if Booming Voice Icon Booming Voice is selected.
  6. Cast Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap.
  7. Proceed with the appropriate ability priority.

If there are multiple targets to pick-up, for example when pulling a pack in a dungeon, cast Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap after you Intercept Icon Intercept instead of Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam.

After executing the opener, you will generally be left with 65 Rage (plus a bit more, since you have meleed and been meleed at this point). Since you are in Avatar Icon Avatar here, make sure you react to the amount of Rage you have accordingly and do not cap Rage.


Active Mitigation Usage for Protection Warriors

Your rotation is there to generate Rage for you, which you should then invest into your active mitigation abilities. As a Protection Warrior, you have two abilities that are essential to staying alive: Shield Block Icon Shield Block and Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain.


Shield Block

Shield Block Icon Shield Block is your primary active mitigation ability. In the vast majority of situations, most of the damage you will take is blockable. As such, keeping Shield Block up as much as possible is key to smoothing out damage and helping you survive. Shield Block scales with the damage you are taking since it is a percent reduction to damage rather than a flat amount like Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain is.

It is important to understand the difference between overall Shield Block Icon Shield Block uptime and effective uptime. You want to have as much effective Shield Block uptime as possible. All that means is having Shield Block up when you are tanking something that actually melees you.

Essentially, anytime you are tanking something, you should be keeping Shield Block Icon Shield Block up as much as possible. It should still, however, be used intelligently, much like you would use major cooldowns. Timing is important, so there are a few things to look out for in this regard:

  • Shield Block Icon Shield Block works against all melee attacks (as in, auto-attacks/white hits), but there are also many boss abilities/mechanics that are blockable as well. Sometimes, things that you would expect to be blockable are not, and things that you would not expect to be blockable are. You simply have to have knowledge of what these blockable mechanics are. The point here is that if you do know a higher damage ability is blockable, you are much better off delaying Shield Block so that the last bit of its duration blocks that ability.
  • For further benefit, you can time Shield Block Icon Shield Block with the enemy's melee swings. Most enemies have a swing timer between 1.5 and 2 seconds. If you cast Shield Block right after a melee, you essentially just lost 2 seconds of effective uptime. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell when an enemy is actually melee attacking you, so this point is not super important, but can be beneficial if done properly.
  • Also be aware of the enemy's spell casts/channels. If the boss is about to spend 5 seconds casting a spell, you should delay Shield Block Icon Shield Block accordingly.
  • Similar to the first point, but if you know an enemy is about to deal increased damage, you should delay Shield Block Icon Shield Block for those periods as well. For example, in Mythic+, enemies deal significantly more damage once they hit 30% health if the Raging Icon Raging affix is active. While this is not a specific ability, its a mechanic you should be aware of and adjust Shield Block usage around.

If you are not currently tanking, and there is a good amount of time before you do tank again, use Shield Block Icon Shield Block to increase Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam's damage. Just be sure to time it in such a way that as you are about to tank again, you have close to 2 charges of Shield Block, so you can maximize effective uptime.

As said above, Shield Block Icon Shield Block is your primary active mitigation ability. It takes priority over Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain assuming you are taking blockable damage (which is almost always).


Last Stand

When using Bolster Icon Bolster, Last Stand Icon Last Stand should be used like Shield Block Icon Shield Block assuming you do not need Last Stand for a specific mechanic. You should do your best to not overlap Last Stand and Shield Block, as it does not add to Shield Block's duration. Having them both up at the same time provides no additional benefit. Since Last Stand lasts 15 seconds, it gives you the time to gain very close to, or a full Shield Block charge (depending on your Haste). So if used when you have a charge of Shield Block available, you risk wasting a bit of Shield Block cooldown time. Essentially, once you have used both charges of Shield Block and the actual Shield Block buff has expired, further increase your effective block uptime by using Last Stand.


Ignore Pain

Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain reduces damage by a flat amount, and with its current tuning, is much weaker than Shield Block Icon Shield Block. As such, it should be used in addition to Shield Block, not in place of it.

Shield Block Icon Shield Block is limited by its cooldown, where Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain is simply limited by the amount of Rage you have available. So, once you have Shield Block up and on cooldown, spend your remaining Rage on Ignore Pain, making sure you save enough Rage to use Shield Block once it comes off cooldown. More or less, Ignore Pain should be used to further smooth out your damage intake.

Just like Shield Block Icon Shield Block though, it can and should be used intelligently if doing so provides a benefit.

  • It is very important to track your current absorb amount so you are not spending Rage on Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain if you are at, or close to, the cap. Since Ignore Pain's cap is 1.3 times Ignore Pain on cast, you generally should not cast Ignore Pain again until your absorb is close to depleting. This WeakAura tracks your current absorb and cap.
  • If you are not tanking, and are taking very little or no damage, do not use your Rage on Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain. Depending on how long you are not tanking for, it will simply expire, wasting that Rage. Instead, try to cast an Ignore Pain right before you start tanking again. If you are taking damage while not tanking, cast Ignore Pain as needed to help out your healers.
  • While generally speaking you will want to use Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain to smooth out your damage intake, it can also be very important to pool your Rage and cast Ignore Pain right before a large spike of damage, increasing the chance that you survive that spike.

The exception to the points above would be when you are close to Rage capping. In such situations you should use Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain to spend Rage even if it means going over the Ignore Pain cap. Additionally, if you are ever in the extremely rare situation where there is very, very little blockable damage, or none at all, you will of course want to prioritize Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain over Shield Block Icon Shield Block.


Rotation during Avatar

This section only applies if you are using Unstoppable Force Icon Unstoppable Force and assumes you have Avatar Icon Avatar active.

With Unstoppable Force Icon Unstoppable Force, when you cast Avatar Icon Avatar, your ability priority stays the same, but you have to approach it in a different way.

During Avatar Icon Avatar, Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap is available every other global cooldown. This means that you will be rotating between Thunder Clap and another ability based on the ability priority. For example, if you get lucky and many of your Thunder Clap casts reset Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam, you will find yourself alternating between Thunder Clap and Shield Slam.

As another example, you might have a cast sequence that looks like this: Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam, Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap, Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam, Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap, Revenge Icon Revenge (free), Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap, Devastate Icon Devastate...

Again, your ability priority does not change. Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam is still above Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap. Just be aware that during Avatar Icon Avatar, Thunder Clap has a significantly reduced cooldown and adjust accordingly.

Also, it is very easy to Rage cap during Avatar Icon Avatar, so be ready to dump Rage into Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain / Revenge Icon Revenge.

Finally, in AoE situations, namely Mythic+, you are usually better off prioritizing Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap over everything else anyway to maximize damage and threat output.


Cooldown Usage for Protection Warriors

As a Protection Warrior, you have a number of defensive cooldowns. Using your defensive cooldowns properly is extremely important. You want to plan out your cooldowns before going into an encounter and maximize their usage as much as possible. Outlined below are your various defensive cooldowns and how they should be used. For more info on cooldown usage in general, see the how to improve page.


Last Stand

Last Stand Icon Last Stand can and should be used in two different ways depending on the situation. With Bolster Icon Bolster, Last Stand should be used to extend effective block uptime as outlined above in the Shield Block Icon Shield Block section. If there are many high-damage mechanics or if you are able to have Shield Block up for the majority of your active tanking time, then Last Stand should instead be used as an emergency cooldown - if your health drops to a dangerously low level unexpectedly - or as a pre-emptive cooldown to prepare for a large damage spike.

If you are not running Bolster Icon Bolster, then simply use it as an emergency or preemptive cooldown.


Shield Wall

Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall should be used to prepare for a large damage spike, or during periods of high damage. This is especially useful against non-blockable damage. It is not recommended to use it if your health suddenly drops low, as it does nothing to get your health back up, but in situations where you have nothing else, you want to use it if it increases your chance to survive.


Demoralizing Shout

With Booming Voice Icon Booming Voice, Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout should be used on cooldown and for damage purposes. Its cooldown is fairly short, particularly with Anger Management Icon Anger Management, so you will have fairly high uptime on the damage reduction. More often than not you will have it up at a good time, helping you smooth out damage.

Now, there are definitely situations where you will want to delay the usage of Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout if you know there is heavy damage upcoming and you do not have anything else available.

Without Booming Voice Icon Booming Voice, simply use it as you would a normal defensive cooldown.


Spell Reflection

Spell Reflection Icon Spell Reflection can be used in two different ways. Either as a way to reflect a specific spell cast at you, or as a magic damage reduction cooldown. The vast majority of spells cast by bosses are not reflectable, but the damage reduction portion still works of course. Rarely, some boss abilities are reflectable, and in these cases reflecting them can be extremely powerful, both in terms of damage reduction and dealing damage to the boss.

Most of the time, you will be using it as a magic damage reduction tool. However, in dungeons and similar content, reflecting particularly powerful spells is a great use of Spell Reflection Icon Spell Reflection. Remember that when you reflect a spell, you lose the Spell Reflection buff, meaning you lose the damage reduction as well. Be mindful of this if you are in a situation where you need the magic damage reduction but there are also reflectable spells being cast at you.


Mastering Your Protection Warrior

In this section, we will dive a bit deeper into the core mechanics and various abilities of Protection Warriors. Understanding these topics is an important step to truly mastering the specializaztion.


Rage Generation

Warrior's primary resource is Rage. It is important that you understand how Rage is generated, so you can effectively manage and use it.

Rage has a maximum capacity of 100, and is empty by default. Rage decays at a rate of 1 per second when out of combat. In combat, Rage does not decay.

You generate Rage in two main ways. Passively, and through abilities.


Passive Rage Generation

There are two sources of passive Rage generation.

  1. 2 Rage is gained every time you auto-attack. Note that this scales with attack speed. Equipping daggers, for example, is not for better Rage generation.
    • More specifically, you generate 1.75 * weaponSpeed * 0.44 Rage per auto-attack. 1-handed weapons are 2.6 speed, which equates to 2 Rage per auto-attack.
  2. 3 Rage is gained every time you are hit by an enemy auto-attack.
    • There is a cooldown on this. It seems to be around 1 second, but the exact cooldown is unknown at the moment.

Rage is not gained from avoidance events (that is, if the enemy parries/dodges or if you parry/dodge).

Because Rage is gained when you are hit by an auto-attack, Rage generation tends to be much higher in dungeons or encounters with multiple enemies.


Rage from Abilities

In order of most Rage to least:


Rage Management

It is important to understand that you do not have to spend Rage as soon as you get it. Pooling your Rage in order to maximize Rage generation, survivability, or damage is an important aspect of playing Protection Warrior. For example, if you are in a fight and trying to maximize damage, and are casting Revenge Icon Revenge to do so, and you reach a part of the fight where additional enemies join, then you will want to save your Rage/Revenge cast and cast it on those additional enemies. As another example, during Avatar Icon Avatar, you may get a long streak of Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam resets. Capitalizing on those resets immediately, rather than delaying them by a global cooldown by casting Revenge, will result in more Rage and more casts of Rage-spending abilities. You do not lose casts of Revenge by waiting, since it is limited by the total amount of Rage you have available.

You can lose casts however if you cap out on Rage. Meaning you hit the max of 100 Rage and any further Rage generation is lost.

On single-target, you will generate a decent amount of Rage, but you will rarely ever get close to capping out on Rage unless playing incorrectly.

On multi-target however, specifically when you have multiple enemies auto-attacking you, is where proper Rage management is necessary to avoid capping.

You should follow your ability priority as usual unless you hit a point where following it would result in wasting Rage. In those situations, Revenge Icon Revenge and Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain become your highest priority abilities. If you are about to cap out on Rage, and have very little or no Ignore Pain absorb left, then make sure to cast Ignore Pain to stop yourself from capping. If going for damage or you already have Ignore Pain up, use Revenge. Generally, you should still prioritize Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap above Revenge as wasting 5 Rage is minimal and the extra damage gained from doing so is worth it. As an example, say you are at 96 Rage. Casting Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam at that point would provide you with 4 Rage, not 15. On average, you will gain more overall Rage by delaying Rage-generating abilities by a global cooldown to avoid capping.

Sometimes, there are situations where you are unable to burn Rage quickly enough with Revenge Icon Revenge. In these cases, simply spam Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain, even if your Ignore Pain is capped and you are wasting absorb. Doing so still allows you to benefit from Anger Management Icon Anger Management, which is far better than capping Rage.

Additionally, as you repeat content and gain more experience with different encounters/situations, you should switch to a DPS ability priority (that is, prioritize higher damage abilites over Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam) if you know that normally in that situation you will have to "dump" Rage as outlined above. That way, you deal more damage and generate slightly less Rage, reducing your risk of capping and increasing your overall throughput.


Block Rating

You may notice that there is a "Block" stat on shields. The character sheet has Block rating, and all of that rating comes from the Block on shields (besides potential bonuses from Azerite traits and such). So if a shield has 2000 Block, the character sheet will show 2000 Block. Currently, the amount of Block on your shield is always 2.5 times the amount of Armor on your shield.

The damage reduction from blocking is calculated based on your total Block. It is calculated in the same way damage reduction for Armor is: blockRating / (blockRating + k). The k value changes depending on the difficulty or type of content you are doing. Generally speaking, more difficult or newer content has a higher k value, and a higher k value results in lower damage reduction. Block damage reduction is entirely separate from Armor and having more Armor does not affect it.

Critical blocks are simply double the damage reduction. For example, if a regular block provided 40% damage reduction, a critical block would provide 80% damage reduction. It is worth noting that just like Armor, there is a cap of 85% on the damage reduction from Block. If a shield were to provide 50% damage reduction on normal blocks, critical blocks with that shield would only be 85%.

This system incentivizes Shield upgrades heavily. Getting a good shield is a significant increase to survivability, way more than a similar upgrade to another piece of gear would be.





Taunt Icon Taunt is your single-target taunt ability. Casting Taunt significantly increases your threat generation for its duration. If you are having trouble building threat, deal as much damage as possible in this window.

A potentially important mechanic with taunting that not many people know about is the fact that there are diminishing returns on the duration of taunts. If an enemy is taunted enough within a certain timeframe, they become immune to taunts.

There is a 20-second reset window on the diminishing returns on taunting. That is, if 20 seconds go by without a taunt being cast on a particular enemy, the diminishing returns resets.

For each taunt after the first, the duration of the taunt is two-thirds of the previous duration. The enemy is immune to a sixth taunt.

The first taunt lasts 3 seconds, the second 2 seconds, the third 1.4 seconds, the fourth 0.9 seconds, and the fifth 0.6 seconds.

Being aware of this mechanic and knowing when you may be affected by it is important when planning how to approach a particular encounter.


Heroic Throw

Heroic Throw Icon Heroic Throw deals little damage, but generates a decent amount of threat. It has no cost and no cooldown. Use it to gain aggro on distant enemies. Also, if you are ever out of range of an enemy and cannot get back into melee range for whatever reason, you can spam Heroic Throw for a tiny bit of extra damage.



Outside of the uses for Intercept Icon Intercept outlined in the rotation section, there a few important ways Intercept can be helpful. Knockback mechanics can be almost entirely negated by Intercept if reacted to quickly. Using it to move quickly to another area by casting it on an ally or enemy, perhaps to get out of environmental damage, can be extremely useful. Lastly, taking advantage of the 1-second root on enemies that you Intercept can be beneficial in certain situations.

If Safeguard Icon Safeguard is chosen as a talent, Intercept Icon Intercept turns into a fairly powerful external cooldown. Planning usage of this correct can be very helpful to your raid in the right situations.


Heroic Leap

Heroic Leap Icon Heroic Leap can be used to jump over ground effects or other various mechanics that you would normally have to run around. It is not 100% consistent in that sometimes when you jump over something you might still take the damage, but more often than not you can use Heroic Leap to your advantage in this way. More simply, Heroic Leap is great for getting into position or out of dangerous mechanics.

Heroic Leap Icon Heroic Leap also resets the remaining cooldown on Taunt Icon Taunt. This means that you can easily Leap towards a new add that spawned and immediately use Taunt to grab aggro even if you had used Taunt a second ago.



Proper use of Shockwave Icon Shockwave can be extremely important, both from a crowd control perspective and a survivability perspective. It can be used to stun enemies that are casting to interrupt those or to keep enemies in place, but, arguably more importantly, it can be used to completely stop damage for its duration. Say Shield Block Icon Shield Block runs out and you have no major defensive cooldowns left to use. Using Shockwave on enemies (assuming they are not immune) completely stops their damage. Timing its usage around your active mitigation can prevent deaths.


Intimidating Shout

Intimidating Shout Icon Intimidating Shout should be used in the same way Shockwave Icon Shockwave is used; for crowd control purposes or survivability purposes. You do have to be more careful with this ability though. The enemies that flee can run into another pack of enemies and pull them, possibly resulting in a wipe.


Rallying Cry

Timing Rallying Cry Icon Rallying Cry well can be the difference between a kill and a wipe. It is a fairly significant survivability increase for your group, so plan its usage well.


Battle Shout

While not actually used in combat (unless to give the buff to a recently resurrected ally), make sure you cast Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout on your group or yourself before entering combat.


Berserker Rage

Berserker Rage Icon Berserker Rage is a fantastic ability in the right situations. There are a fair share of enemy abilities that fear, and being able to completely stop those is a huge advantage. Identify where Berserker Rage can be used, and take advantage of those situations.


Victory Rush

While generally useless on boss fights, it can save your life you get it to proc. For pure survivability, it is your highest priority ability (assuming you are low on health). In dungeons, in particular, make sure you are maximizing usage of Victory Rush Icon Victory Rush.



Many players simply do not use their kick unless specifically instructed to. Interrupting enemies can stop potentially deadly mechanics from going out. Identify those dangerous mechanics and use your kick!


Rotations with Other Talents



The ability priority when Punish Icon Punish is talented does not change. Rather, just be aware that on multi-target, mainly 2-3 targets, you want to keep the Punish debuff up on as many targets as possible. All that means is switching targets when necessary to apply the debuff.


Best Served Cold

With Best Served Cold Icon Best Served Cold, and only with ability priorities that maximize damage, Revenge Icon Revenge has a higher priority than Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap as long as there are two or more targets. Otherwise, the ability priority remains the same.


Dragon Roar

In the normal survivability oriented ability priority, Dragon Roar Icon Dragon Roar takes priority over Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap, but not Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam. For maximizing damage, it is first in priority (after Avatar Icon Avatar and Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout).



Firstly, make sure you have read the explanation for Vengeance Icon Vengeance on the talents page.

The ability priority does not change with Vengeance Icon Vengeance. Rather, for survivability purposes, just be sure to follow up any Revenge Icon Revenge casts with an Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain. As stated in the talents page, do not "force" the use of Revenge. Usage of Ignore Pain remains the same. Also be mindful of Rage management and adjust to that accordingly.

Essentially, never cast Revenge Icon Revenge or Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain twice in a row unless casting Ignore Pain is necessary for survival. For example, say you have a free Revenge (and Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam/Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap are on cooldown) but your Vengeance Icon Vengeance buff is currently reducing the cost of Ignore Pain. Even though Revenge is technically of a higher priority than Ignore Pain, cast Ignore Pain first in that situation, and then cast that free Revenge. In other words, when you have the buff the reduces the cost of Ignore Pain, Ignore Pain "replaces" Revenge in the ability priority.

When maximizing damage, do not rotate between Revenge Icon Revenge and Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain. Spend your Rage on Revenge as you normally would.



With Devastator Icon Devastator, simply omit Devastate Icon Devastate from any ability priority but be ready to react to more Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam resets.


Heavy Repercussions

The only adjustment you have to make with Heavy Repercussions Icon Heavy Repercussions is to delay Shield Block Icon Shield Block (assuming you will not cap out on Shield Block charges) for Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam, to maximize the amount of Shield Slam casts inside Shield Block.



  • 14 Jan. 2020: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.3 and no changes are necessary.
  • 05 Jan. 2020: Added information about Ignore Pain usage and Shield Wall.
  • 26 Aug. 2019: Added Avatar/Demoralizing Shout to the ability priority to make it more clear when they should be used. Expanded Rage management explanation.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: Added a note about casting Revenge in AoE situations in order to spread Deep Wounds.
  • 14 May 2019: Updated the opening ability priority.
  • 16 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed and there are no changes necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 25 Mar. 2019: Adjusted opener ability priority.
  • 06 Feb. 2019: Expanded explanation of Avatar and Demoralizing Shout usage.
  • 21 Jan. 2019: Updated for BfA Season 2.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated for Patch 8.1.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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