Protection Warrior PvP Guide (Shadowlands 9.1.5)

Last updated on Nov 08, 2021 at 21:45 by Karanze 1 comment
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 WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic 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 9.1.5

  1. Impending Victory Icon Impending Victory has been buffed to 40% max HP and the cooldown has been reduced to 25 seconds.
  2. Elysian Might Icon Elysian Might's Critical Strike bonus damage has been reduced to 15%.
  3. Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft's absorb has been reduced to 30% of max HP and will be reduced to this value should it be higher before the start of a match.
  4. Sinful Surge Icon Sinful Surge has been redesigned to instead extend the duration of Avatar Icon Avatar by 2.5 seconds.

Changes in Patch 9.1

  1. Overwatch Icon Overwatch has been removed and replaced with Warbringer Icon Warbringer.
  2. Execute Icon Execute has received a 10% damage increase. This does not apply to Condemn Icon Condemn.
  3. Demolition Icon Demolition now also buffs Shattering Throw Icon Shattering Throw to deal an additional 500% damage to shields.
  4. Four new Covenant-specific Legendaries have been added, one for each Covenant.

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.



  • 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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