Protection Warrior PvP Guide (Dragonflight 10.0.2)

Last updated on Nov 22, 2022 at 10:37 by Karanze 3 comments
General Information

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Warrior PvP guide.


Protection Warriors in the Current Meta

Protection Warrior and tanks in general are oftentimes considered niche specializations for PvP, and especially arena. This is no different in the current patch, however, Protection Warrior have on multiple occasions been capable of reaching Rank 1.

Protection Warrior plays primarily as a bodyguard, averting dangers off of a high damage dealing teammate, and trying to stall out a game long enough for the enemy team to run dry on Mana. By using powerful damage reducing abilities such as Bodyguard Icon Bodyguard, Morale Killer Icon Morale Killer, Shield Bash Icon Shield Bash and Shockwave Icon Shockwave, Protection Warrior can single-handedly ruin the enemy team's chances of killing your team.


Changes in Patch 9.2.5 (Shadowlands Season 4)

There are no changes to PvP coming into Season 4, except that all Cosmic Gladiator gear pieces have been replaced with Eternal Gladiator.

Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain can now absorb up to 30% of the Protection Warrior's health, instead of 700% of Attack Power.


Changes in Patch 9.2

  1. Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft's absorb has been reduced to 25% of max HP
  2. You may now equip a 2nd legendary in the form of the Unity Icon Unity power, which allows you to use your Covenant-specific Legendary alongside another Legendary.
  3. The 2-set bonus for wearing 2 PvP trinkets has been reworked to instead grant 175 Strength and 350 Stamina.
  4. Five new PvP trinkets have been added:

Strengths of Protection Warriors

  • Incredible peeling abilities
  • Decent damage for a tank
  • Almost impervious to enemy melees
  • Strong utility

Weaknesses of Protection Warriors

  • Struggles to keep up with consistent ranged slows
  • Vulnerable to magic damage
  • Lack of Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm means high vulnerability to being hit with CC
  • Very reliant on a strong consistent damage dealing teammate to win games
  • Tanks sustain 50% more damage from all sources in PvP

Content of the Guide

This guide ended up being very long, so we decided to split it in different pages.



  • 22 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 29 Jul. 2022: Updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Feb. 2022: Page updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 08 Nov. 2021: Page reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 04 Jul. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 27 Mar. 2021: Guide created.
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