Protection Warrior PvP Guide (Dragonflight 10.2.7)

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Karanze 3 comments
General Information

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play Protection Warrior 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.

1.

Protection Warriors in the Current Meta

Protection Warrior and tanks, in general, are often considered niche specializations for PvP, and especially arena, with very few regular players. However, Protection Warrior has seen high ratings in the past and is currently capable of dealing high amounts of damage while averting great pressure from enemy melees. The main struggle is magic damage-dealing specializations, as you have little passive sustain or defense against this type of damage.

Protection Warrior plays primarily as a bodyguard, averting dangers off of a serious 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.

This guide is inspired by Troma's talent build and tested around his setup. You can find a link to his character, Twitch, Twitter and Youtube here.

2.

Changes in Patch 10.2.5 (Dragonflight Season 3 mid-patch)

There are no changes to Protection in this patch.

3.

Protection Warrior Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths icon Strengths
  • +Incredible peeling abilities.
  • +Great damage for a tank.
  • +Almost impervious to enemy melees.
  • +Strong utility.
Weaknesses icon Weaknesses
  • -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.
  • -Tanks sustain 50% more damage from all sources in PvP.
4.

Changelog

  • 07 May 2024 (races): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 07 May 2024 (macros): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 07 May 2024 (playstyle): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 07 May 2024 (comps): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 07 May 2024 (gear): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 07 May 2024 (talents): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 07 May 2024 (this page): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 07 May 2024 (this page): Reviewed for 10.2.7.
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (races): Updated for Season 4
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (macros): Updated for Season 4
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (playstyle): Updated for Season 4
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (comps): Updated for Season 4
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (gear): Updated for Season 4
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (talents): Updated for Season 4
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (this page): Updated for Season 4
  • 22 Apr. 2024 (this page): Updated for Season 4
  • 19 Mar. 2024 (races): Updated for Patch 10.2.6
  • 19 Mar. 2024 (macros): Updated for Patch 10.2.6
  • 19 Mar. 2024 (playstyle): Updated for Patch 10.2.6
  • 19 Mar. 2024 (comps): Updated for Patch 10.2.6
  • 19 Mar. 2024 (gear): Updated for Patch 10.2.6
  • 19 Mar. 2024 (talents): Updated for Patch 10.2.6
  • 19 Mar. 2024 (this page): Updated for Patch 10.2.6
  • 19 Mar. 2024 (this page): Updated for Patch 10.2.6
  • 15 Jan. 2024 (races): Updated for Patch 10.2.5
  • 15 Jan. 2024 (macros): Updated for Patch 10.2.5
  • 15 Jan. 2024 (playstyle): Updated for Patch 10.2.5
  • 15 Jan. 2024 (comps): Updated for Patch 10.2.5
  • 15 Jan. 2024 (gear): Updated for Patch 10.2.5
  • 15 Jan. 2024 (talents): Updated for Patch 10.2.5
  • 15 Jan. 2024 (this page): Updated for Patch 10.2.5
  • 15 Jan. 2024 (this page): Updated for Patch 10.2.5
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (races): Updated for Patch 10.2
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (macros): Updated for Patch 10.2
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (playstyle): Updated for Patch 10.2
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (comps): Updated for Patch 10.2
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (gear): Updated for Patch 10.2
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (talents): Updated for Patch 10.2
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (this page): Updated for Patch 10.2
  • 06 Nov. 2023 (this page): Updated for Patch 10.2
  • 04 Sep. 2023 (races): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7.
  • 04 Sep. 2023 (macros): Reviwed for Patch 10.1.7
  • 04 Sep. 2023 (playstyle): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7.
  • 04 Sep. 2023 (comps): Updated for Patch 10.1.7.
  • 04 Sep. 2023 (gear): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7.
  • 04 Sep. 2023 (talents): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7
  • 04 Sep. 2023 (this page): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7
  • 04 Sep. 2023 (this page): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7
  • 10 Jul. 2023 (races): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5
  • 10 Jul. 2023 (macros): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5
  • 10 Jul. 2023 (playstyle): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5
  • 10 Jul. 2023 (comps): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5
  • 10 Jul. 2023 (gear): Reviewed for Patch 10.1.5
  • 10 Jul. 2023 (talents): Updated for Patch 10.1.5
  • 10 Jul. 2023 (this page): Updated for Patch 10.1.5
  • 10 Jul. 2023 (this page): Updated for Patch 10.1.5
  • 09 May 2023 (races): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 09 May 2023 (macros): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 09 May 2023 (playstyle): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 09 May 2023 (comps): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 09 May 2023 (talents): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 09 May 2023 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 09 May 2023 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight Patch 10.1.
  • 21 Mar. 2023 (races): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 21 Mar. 2023 (macros): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 21 Mar. 2023 (playstyle): Updated for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 21 Mar. 2023 (comps): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 21 Mar. 2023 (gear): Updated for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 21 Mar. 2023 (talents): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 21 Mar. 2023 (this page): Updated for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 21 Mar. 2023 (this page): Updated for Patch 10.0.7.
  • 30 Jan. 2023 (races): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2023 (macros): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2023 (playstyle): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2023 (comps): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2023 (gear): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2023 (talents): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2023 (this page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2023 (this page): Reviewed for Patch 10.0.5.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (races): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (macros): Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (playstyle): Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (comps): Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (gear): Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (talents): Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 11 Dec. 2022 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight Season 1.
  • 22 Nov. 2022 (races): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 22 Nov. 2022 (macros): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 22 Nov. 2022 (playstyle): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 22 Nov. 2022 (comps): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 22 Nov. 2022 (gear): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 22 Nov. 2022 (talents): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 22 Nov. 2022 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 22 Nov. 2022 (this page): Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
  • 29 Jul. 2022 (playstyle): Updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 29 Jul. 2022 (comps): Updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 29 Jul. 2022 (gear): Updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 29 Jul. 2022 (talents): Updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 29 Jul. 2022 (this page): Updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 29 Jul. 2022 (this page): Updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 31 May 2022 (races): Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (macros): Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (playstyle): Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (comps): Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (gear): Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (talents): Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (this page): Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 31 May 2022 (this page): Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Feb. 2022 (races): Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 28 Feb. 2022 (macros): Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 28 Feb. 2022 (playstyle): Page updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 28 Feb. 2022 (comps): Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 28 Feb. 2022 (gear): Page updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 28 Feb. 2022 (talents): Page updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 28 Feb. 2022 (this page): Page updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 28 Feb. 2022 (this page): Page updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 08 Nov. 2021 (races): Page reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 08 Nov. 2021 (macros): Page reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 08 Nov. 2021 (playstyle): Page reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 08 Nov. 2021 (comps): Page reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 08 Nov. 2021 (gear): Page reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 08 Nov. 2021 (talents): Page reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 08 Nov. 2021 (this page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 08 Nov. 2021 (this page): Page reviewed for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 04 Jul. 2021 (races): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 04 Jul. 2021 (macros): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 04 Jul. 2021 (playstyle): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 04 Jul. 2021 (gear): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 04 Jul. 2021 (talents): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 04 Jul. 2021 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 04 Jul. 2021 (this page): Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 02 Jul. 2021 (comps): Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.
  • 27 Mar. 2021 (this page): Guide created.
  • 27 Mar. 2021 (this page): Guide created.
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