Protection Warrior Torghast Guide and Best Anima Powers — Shadowlands 9.1

Last updated on Jul 17, 2021 at 19:47 by Mwahi 31 comments
General Information

On this page, we tell you all you need to know to prepare your Protection Warrior before entering Torghast and then how to pick up the right Anima Powers once you are inside!

1.

Torghast as Protection Warrior

This page will guide you on how to get the most out of your Protection Warrior in Torghast, Tower of the Damned. For more information about Torghast in general, check out our dedicated pages below.

Playing Protection Warrior in Torghast is fairly easy as our tankiness and decent damage output provide us with the means to advance fairly easily. One of our greatest strengths is that we can pull big packs of enemies together and burst them down with our powerful AoE abilities like Ravager Icon Ravager, Dragon Roar Icon Dragon Roar, Avatar Icon Avatar. We do have to be careful though as some enemies are dangerous and we do not have any emergency recovery healing in our kit outside of Victory Rush Icon Victory Rush / Impending Victory Icon Impending Victory. While our AoE is great we are lacking a bit in single target department so choosing talents and Anima Powers that help with this is preferable.

2.

Legendaries for Protection Warriors in Torghast

  1. Reprisal Icon Reprisal
  2. Seismic Reverberation Icon Seismic Reverberation
  3. The Wall Icon The Wall

Reprisal Icon Reprisal is a solid all-purpose legendary for Torghast. It provides us with a mix of defensive and offensive benefits which makes it a great option. It also goes well with Double Time Icon Double Time.

While not being so useful on lower floors The Wall Icon The Wall will gain value in higher ones. Once the damage of enemies goes up we are in need of more defensive value and this is where The Wall comes in. Reducing the cooldown of Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall while also providing a significant amount of extra Rage via Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam makes it a desirable option. The cooldown reduction part can further be enhanced by picking Anger Management Icon Anger Management making this even better.Only pick this if you are really struggling with survivability.

Seismic Reverberation Icon Seismic Reverberation is another great option for Torghast. This one is mainly AoE focused as it only works on 3+ enemies. As Revenge Icon Revenge deals a lot of damage getting another cast for free will make quick work of your enemies. It does come with the downside of having to use a lot of Rage for Revenge but there are plenty of Rage generation increasing Anima Powers that help resolve this issue.

If you wish to see about other available Legendaries or more in depth information about them please look at our Legendary guide.

3.

Best Protection Warrior Covenant for Torghast

Kyrian is the best all around option for Torghast. It provides us with a extra heal with Phial of Serenity Icon Phial of Serenity and a 1-minute cooldown damaging ability that can further be empowered by Anima Powers.

While Kyrian is the preferred choice you can also freely do Torghast as any other Covenant. To get a better understanding of all 4 Covenants and what they provide us take a look at our Covenant guide.

4.

Best Protection Warrior Setup for Torghast, Tower of the Damned

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
4.1.

Level 15 Talents for Torghast as a Protection Warrior

War Machine ? War Machine Punish Punish Devastator ? Devastator

While War Machine Icon War Machine is lackluster in most content it is really strong in Torghast due to enemies constantly dying. It will provide you with a lot of extra Rage and movement speed making clearing the floors a lot quicker.

Devastator Icon Devastator is another great option as it also increases our Rage generation by providing us more Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam casts. It is also better in single target situations where you do not have enemies constantly dying. In general if you need the extra single target damage then pick Devastator, otherwise keep using War Machine.

4.2.

Level 25 Talents for Torghast as a Protection Warrior

Double Time Double Time Rumbling Earth ? Rumbling Earth Storm Bolt Storm Bolt

Double Time Icon Double Time provides us with 1 extra Charge Icon Charge which helps improve our mobility and chain pulling. As you can not mount up in Torghast having some extra mobility to get around is a big strength.

Rumbling Earth Icon Rumbling Earth provides us with a lot lower cooldown on Shockwave Icon Shockwave. As we are in most situations fighting more than 3 enemies then it is almost guaranteed to get the effect from this talent. If you are at a high enough floor where enemies need to be crowdcontrolled more frequently then you should pick this up instead of Double Time Icon Double Time

4.3.

Level 30 Talents for Torghast as a Protection Warrior

Best Served Cold ? Best Served Cold Booming Voice Booming Voice Dragon Roar Dragon Roar

Best Served Cold Icon Best Served Cold provides you with a constant damage boost if you have the Rage to spend on Revenge Icon Revenge. This becomes extremely powerful when paired together with the Legendary power Seismic Reverberation Icon Seismic Reverberation. Early on you do not need to put the extra Rage into Defensives as the damage does not warrant it so you should be able to cast plenty of Revenges.

Booming Voice Icon Booming Voice should be your go-to talent. It is the highest Rage generating ability on this row meaning we will be able to use this extra Rage for offensive or defensive abilities depending on the situation. Using Thunderlord Icon Thunderlord enhances the power of this talent even further. Since we are constantly fighting packs of 3+ enemies in Torghast we are guaranteed to get the maximum out of this strong synergy.

4.4.

Level 35 Talents for Torghast as a Protection Warrior

Crackling Thunder ? Crackling Thunder Bounding Stride Bounding Stride Menace Menace

Crackling Thunder Icon Crackling Thunder increases the range of Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap making it easier to hit all the enemies around us. In general most enemies should be in melee range of us regardless so the extra range does not always matter.

Bounding Stride Icon Bounding Stride provides us more mobility by reducing the cooldown of Heroic Leap Icon Heroic Leap and making it provide us a short movement speed boost. This helps us get out of sticky situations and recover while waiting for our cooldowns to come back up so we could charge right back into the action. Not to mention that running in the long halls of Torghast takes forever so having some extra mobility to help with this is good.

4.5.

Level 40 Talents for Torghast as a Protection Warrior

Never Surrender Never Surrender Indomitable Indomitable Impending Victory ? Impending Victory

Indomitable Icon Indomitable is a really solid choice in this tier due to the sheer amount of healing we can get from the Rage. Furthermore there are some Anima powers that increase our Rage generation making this talent extremely useful in Torghast. Another choice would be Impending Victory Icon Impending Victory but when running solo we will be getting the killing blows on all the enemies regardless providing us with a lot of Victory Rush Icon Victory Rush resets.

4.6.

Level 45 Talents for Torghast as a Protection Warrior

Into the Fray ? Into the Fray Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force Ravager Ravager

Ravager Icon Ravager will give you another offensive ability that also provides a lot of Rage. This is on a 45 second cooldown so you can use it pretty frequently.

Into the Fray Icon Into the Fray is a solid consistent haste boost. You will more than likely have maximum stacks of it for the majority of the time. It will lose some value on bosses where you are fighting a single enemy.

4.7.

Level 50 Talents for Torghast as a Protection Warrior

Anger Management Anger Management Heavy Repercussions Heavy Repercussions Bolster ? Bolster

Having Avatar Icon Avatar up more often is a great increase in our offensive and defensive abilities. Choosing Anima Powers that increase our Rage generation will feed into this circle even more giving us a very fast phased gameplay. If you do not need the extra defensive benefits provided by Bolster Icon Bolster you should be running Anger Management Icon Anger Management.

Bolster Icon Bolster is the other more defensive option on the row. In lower levels the damage intake is not high enough to warrant using this talent. As you get higher and higher there might be places where you need more Shield Block Icon Shield Block uptime and that is when you should start looking into picking Bolster Icon Bolster .

5.

Best Protection Warrior Anima Powers

While in Torghast you have access to Anima powers which modify how the class plays and provides useful benefits to various skills. Due to there being so many options out there choosing the correct one can be difficult. Below you can find a tier list for Anima powers to help make the choice a bit easier

Do not blindly follow this tier list as a lot of Anima powers strenghts depend on your playstyle and talent choices. There is no point picking Anima Powers that increase the damage of Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind if you never use it.

For a complete list of Anima Powers available to Warriors, please refer to the pages linked just below.

5.1.

Twisting Corridors

Twisting Corridors is a lot harder and more time consuming than your regular Torghast runs. The upside to this is that you will be provided with a lot more Anima Powers which makes for some significant stacking possibilities.

5.2.

Shield Wall setup

While the regular Torghast run does warrant the usage of defensive Anima Powers they are highly encouraged in Twisting Corridors due to the increased damage intake. There is one particular setup of Anima Powers that provides us with very high uptime on Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall with little to no effort. This setup is highly recommended for Twisting Corridors.

Unbound Fortitude Icon Unbound Fortitude increases the duration of your Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall, depending on how many Soul Remnants you have collected. Bladed Bulwark Icon Bladed Bulwark provides Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain a 50% chance to cast Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall. Gibbering Skull Icon Gibbering Skull makes getting hit have a 10% chance to grant you Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain. All of these Anima Powers together give you an insane uptime on Shield Wall reducing your damage taken by a significant amount. You can further increase the power of this build by taking Succulent Carpaccio Icon Succulent Carpaccio, which increases the value of your Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain.

In general, you should aim to get as many single target enhancing powers as possible. Bosses take the longest time and are often the deadliest enemies in the run so killing them faster increases the chances of a successful run.

5.3.

S-Tier Anima Powers for Protection Warrior

5.4.

A-Tier Anima Powers for Protection Warrior

5.5.

B-Tier Anima Powers for Protection Warrior

5.6.

C-Tier Anima Powers for Protection Warrior

5.7.

D-Tier Anima Powers for Protection Warrior

From the Talent providing Anima Powers these should be placed above B-Tier Anima Powers.

If the Anima Power you look for is not in the list above then it is because we have not been able to fully test it yet. The list will be updated as we get more experience with various Anima Powers.

6.

Phantasma Anima Powers / Legendaries for Protection Warrior

There are some Anima Powers that either grant you Phantasma or provide you with a increase to your Phantasma generation. These are very situational and hard to rank as their strength depends on the Anima Powers you already have. You might want to get a few of them early on if there are no other solid options just so you can buy something from the vendors. Once you get to the higher levels these lose value.

Stable Phantasma Lure Icon Stable Phantasma Lure is a Legendary that increases your Phantasma earned. If your goal is to get as much of it as possible then you should definitely use this, otherwise it provides you with no real benefits.

7.

Protection Warrior Playstyle for Torghast, Tower of the Damned

Generally following the normal rotation in Torghast is all you need in order to be successful but below you can find some reminders to help you get the most out of your Warrior.

  • Remember to keep Shield Block Icon Shield Block up when tanking enemies to reduce the incoming damage.
  • When running multiple Brawler's Brass Knuckles Icon Brawler's Brass Knuckles keep a close eye on your Rage so you do not waste any.
  • If you have your cooldowns up, pull big and burst all the enemies down. Due to being Tanks we can survive big pulls fairly easily.
  • Remember to keep on using Victory Rush Icon Victory Rush to heal yourself when running solo as it refreshes on enemy deaths.
  • Spell Reflection Icon Spell Reflection can be very strong on certain bosses so be sure to test out which abilities are reflectable and which not.
  • Pay close attention to your cooldowns as some Anima Powers reduce them significantly. Stacking multiple Shadehound Tooth Icon Shadehound Tooth makes it possible to cast Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam every other global cooldown.
  • There are various environmental traps inside Torghast, be sure to avoid these as they deal heavy damage.
  • There is no need to rush in Torghast as there is no Timer. You can wait for your cooldowns between packs if needed and just move on then. No point in dying an unnecessary death.
8.

Changelog

  • 17 Jul. 2021: Updated Conduit choices.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Replaced Thunderlord with Reprisal as the all-purpose Legendary option.
  • 16 Jan. 2021: Multiple Anima Power ranking changes to reflect the Twisting Corridors release.
  • 07 Jan. 2020: Moved Voracious Culling Blade from A tier to S tier.
  • 19 Nov. 2020: Page created
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