Protection Warrior PvP Talents and Builds (Shadowlands / 9.2.5)

Last updated on Jul 29, 2022 at 19:45 by Karanze 1 comment

Choosing the right PvP and PvE talents is a prerequisite to proper performance in PvP. This guide goes through the various talent choices available to you as an Protection Warrior and gives you the best combinations you can take.

This page is part of our Protection Warrior PvP Guide.


Changes to the build in 9.2

Punish Icon Punish has taken the lead in the first row of talents, because of the new Tier Sets. Sword and Board Icon Sword and Board is worth considering now.


Talent Choices for Protection Warriors

Level Choices
15 War Machine War Machine Punish Punish Devastator ? Devastator
25 Double Time Double Time Rumbling Earth Rumbling Earth Storm Bolt Storm Bolt
30 Best Served Cold Best Served Cold Booming Voice Booming Voice Dragon Roar Dragon Roar
35 Crackling Thunder Crackling Thunder Bounding Stride ? Bounding Stride Menace Menace
40 Never Surrender Never Surrender Indomitable Indomitable Impending Victory Impending Victory
45 Into the Fray Into the Fray Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force Ravager Ravager
50 Anger Management Anger Management Heavy Repercussions Heavy Repercussions Bolster Bolster

While the above table provides a generally accurate overview of the viability of talents, some finer points are discussed in the sections that follow, and we recommend you read those for a deeper understanding.


Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents

Punish Icon Punish provides a decent single target damage increase to your main damage dealer. The damage reduction is a nice touch as well.

Devastator Icon Devastator is also a decent option, giving you the most sustained damage output.

War Machine Icon War Machine is of too little benefit to be considered.


Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents

Storm Bolt Icon Storm Bolt gives Warrior a much needed on-demand ranged stun, which is incredibly powerful both offensively and defensively. Storm Bolt is a big win condition for the Warrior's team offensively, and is ideal for stopping enemy attempts to kill you or your teammates. This talent is mandatory for competitive PvP.

Rumbling Earth Icon Rumbling Earth is not worth considering, as hitting 3 targets with Shockwave Icon Shockwave is a rare occurrence.

Double Time Icon Double Time is a very niche talent, which should only be used versus casters that are very difficult to catch up to in 2v2. A good example is Affliction Warlock with the permanent slow Legendary, where it can be more beneficial to play with extra mobility, should you lack spells like Blessing of Freedom Icon Blessing of Freedom on your team.


Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents

Booming Voice Icon Booming Voice boosts your damage output and Rage generation and should be picked.

Best Served Cold Icon Best Served Cold and Dragon Roar Icon Dragon Roar are less valuable and should not be chosen.


Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents

Crackling Thunder Icon Crackling Thunder makes it easier to catch targets trying to kite you out, especially when combined with Thunderstruck Icon Thunderstruck.

Bounding Stride Icon Bounding Stride is a niche talent, which you can consider picking up against targets that can easily kite you, such as Affliction Warlock.

Menace Icon Menace is generally more of a burden than a help with its knock-back and we would not recommend it.


Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents

Indomitable Icon Indomitable and Impending Victory Icon Impending Victory are both great talents to increase self sustain. We recommend picking Indomitable Icon Indomitable against sustained damage matchups where you have a lot of uptime, and Impending Victory Icon Impending Victory against burst compositions and low uptime targets.

Never Surrender Icon Never Surrender is only effective on low health, which is generally where you do not want to find yourself, so stick with the other options.


Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents

Unstoppable Force Icon Unstoppable Force turns you into a powerhouse when Avatar Icon Avatar is active and is the overall best option.

Into the Fray Icon Into the Fray and Ravager Icon Ravager do not compare to the burst damage and root potential of Unstoppable Force Icon Unstoppable Force.


Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents

Anger Management Icon Anger Management lets you use your most crucial abilities more frequently and is the go-to pick. If you do not play with Unbreakable Will Icon Unbreakable Will, then you can use Bolster Icon Bolster against burst compositions with matching cooldowns, such as Avenging Wrath Icon Avenging Wrath.

Heavy Repercussions Icon Heavy Repercussions does not increase your survivability enough to be considered.


PvP Talents for Protection Warriors

You can choose 3 of the following PvP talents. Each of them has their uses, but some are better for certain strategies than others. As Protection Warrior, your choices are limited as you will be running the mandatory PvP talent almost every match.


Mandatory PvP Talents

Morale Killer Icon Morale Killer is incredibly powerful and should be picked just about every match. The damage reduction for your team is huge and extra Rage generation is always welcome.


Situational PvP Talents

Thunderstruck Icon Thunderstruck is great for peeling a teammate that relies on kiting against melees. This root is not affected by diminishing returns, and can be a total nightmare for enemy melees when paired with Unstoppable Force Icon Unstoppable Force.

Bodyguard Icon Bodyguard gives an incredible strong Physical damage reduction to an ally, which gets redirected to you. Protection Warrior can handle Physical damage very easily, and this makes your partner very unlikely to die to specializations based around Physical damage, such as Subtlety Rogue or Arms Warrior. The downside of this strong talent, though, is that it breaks if you move too far from your ally, and you must consider if you have to kite a lot or not.

Disarm Icon Disarm has a short cooldown and can completely ruin the damage of weapon-based classes like Retribution Paladins or Subtlety Rogue. This ability can even be used offensively versus specializations that require weapons for their defensives, such as stopping an Arms Warrior from using Die by the Sword Icon Die by the Sword or a Death Knights from using Death Strike Icon Death Strike.

Shield Bash Icon Shield Bash provides further damage reduction to the enemy, and can be kept up permanently if used successfully on enemies casting spells, allowing you to reduce the damage your team takes significantly.

Oppressor Icon Oppressor can be used if your team is looking for more offensive pressure, letting you do up to 9% more damage in arena.

Sword and Board Icon Sword and Board is a decent choice now with Outburst Icon Protection Warrior 2-Piece.



  • 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.
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