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Protection Warrior Tank Beginner's Guide - Battle for Azeroth 8.3
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Welcome to our Protection Warrior Beginner's Guide, updated for . In this guide, we'll cover the basics needed to get you started, without all the fuss of the full guides. Whether you're new to the spec, a casual achievement hunter, or a returning player looking to refamiliarize yourself with Protection in Battle for Azeroth, these simple guidelines will get you into the action as easily as possible.
Please keep in mind that this page is meant to get players started quickly, and does not contain much in the way of detailed explanations, mechanics, competitive options, gearing, simulation comparisons, or nuance. For more in-depth information, including all those optimizations and more, check out the complete Protection Warrior Guide pages linked below.
Our Protection Warrior guides are always updated with the latest information from in-game experience, simulations, and logs; make sure to check our changelog to this page, by clicking on
at the top of the page. If you are interested in more in-depth Protection Warrior guides for Visions of N'zoth, Battle for Azeroth's third and final content patch, make sure to browse the
below, and our list of
just beneath the
Table of Contents
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Rotation, Priority, and Abilities
Eternal Palace Tips
Macros & Addons
About the Author
This guide was written by Llarold! I’ve been tanking since Vanilla. During Mists of Pandaria, I saw an opportunity to begin writing guides, and I took it with the hopes of making myself a better tank and making the community into better tanks with me. I hope it’s working!
I am active in all of the tank class Discords but primarily contribute to theorycrafting discussions in
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(Monk and Warrior). I’m active on
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This Protection Warrior build is one of the most common and versatile talent setups, an effective all-around build which can handle almost anything, though some situations may become a little easier with talent swaps. You can find a more in-depth look at individual talents and situational recommendations in the
Prot Warrior Talent Guide
Protection Warriors primarily favor Haste, followed by Versatility. Find out more about how stats work, including sample stat weights and scaling plots in the
, or get an overview of gear to look for from dungeons and raids in the
Prot Warrior Gear Guide
Versatility, Mastery, and Critical Strike are all reasonably close in value, and their values will change based on how much of each stat you have, so don't stress too much about balancing them out.
It's worth noting that item level and sockets are generally worth more than secondary stat itemization. A socket can be slightly more valuable than a 10 item level upgrade, but it depends on the piece. A 10 item level upgrade to bracers will provide much less stat budget than a 10 item level upgrade to a weapon or pants, for example. Item level is also somewhat more valuable than itemization for maximizing defenses. As a general rule (with plenty of exceptions!), your highest item level pieces and gear with sockets are worth wearing most of the time.
This is a typical Protection Warrior rotation, using the talents recommended above. More information about abilities, active mitigation, and other advanced tips can be found in the
Prot Warrior Rotation Guide
(Slammin’ shields is what Warriors do best!)
(if free or to spend excess Rage)
Defensively, Protection Warrior is easy to learn but difficult to master. Rage management is a complicated game with a great deal of depth, but here's the simple version:
whenever you are tanking enemies.
with your leftover Rage, but be sure not to sacrifice
is your first and most important line of defense.
is a useful damage reduction tool as well, and you should try to keep it up as Rage generation permits. It only stacks up to 130% of its base value, so casting it back-to-back will waste Rage in normal tanking circumstances.
is normally much more effective at reducing your damage taken than
, so be careful not to spend your rage on
when you need to cast
Only two gear slots can be enchanted by all players in Battle for Azeroth: weapons and rings. There are also glove enchants which can assist with professions, Enchanter-only bracer enchants which modify hearthstone use, and Tailor-only cloak enchants which reduce threat slightly.
(Best overall) |
Heart of Azeroth Essences
The Heart of Azeroth Essence system adds powerful active and passive skills that can be chosen and swapped situationally like talents.
Essence Major Powers:
- Best offensive power for Warriors in AoE situations. It is also one of the most consistently valuable defensive options, as well!
- The best single-target DPS option! Extremely powerful in raids - but also good in Tyrannical Mythic+ dungeons.
- Provides an enormous Rage generation cooldown that scales extremely well with the Protection Warrior kit. Very useful in Mythic+ dungeons, especially high-level keys.
Essence Minor Powers:
- 15% chance to return 50% of any Rage spent. Incredible value that synergizes with the rest of Warrior's toolkit. The Versatility and healing are also nice. This essence rules!
- Consistent source of Versatility. Excellent in all situations and good even at lower ranks.
- Best defensive power against spell damage. Best offensive power if consistently taking spell damage - but only at rank 3. Not worth using at ranks 1 & 2.
- Simple Versatility power that scales with the number of nearby targets. Good in Mythic+ dungeons, especially on Fortified weeks.
- Good source of Haste and passive slow, somewhat useful in Mythic+ dungeons, but does not work against slow-immune targets. Good to use if you don't have any of the above options, but otherwise very passable.
Azerite gear is a major source of player power in Battle for Azeroth, and the traits that Azerite armor provides are based on the item’s level, meaning that higher ilvl Azerite pieces will have stronger Azerite effects. For this reason, Azerite armor cannot Warforge or Titanforge.
is hands-down the most important trait for Prot Warrior, but only for a single point. The duration increase to Demoralizing Shout is extremely powerful, but does not increase with additional ranks in
. Beyond that,
is the best overall trait, massively increasing both the offensive and defensive potential of
You should aim for as many ranks in
as you can achieve without sacrificing item level, and at least one point in
. There is nothing wrong with going beyond one point in
, as it will increase your damage (that's a good thing!), just be sure not to sacrifice ranks in
In single-target raid encounters, the best damage traits are
(a Fury trait!).
adds damage and block value and is a good all-around trait, while
purely adds damage, and isn't as universally useful. Neither of these traits are very good in Mythic+ or raid encounters with multiple targets.
Gear available from dungeons with
Shrine of the Storm
Siege of Boralus
Temple of Sethraliss
Corruption is a replacement to Titanforging, added in Patch 8.3. Corruption bonuses on gear offer beneficial at the expense of receiving negative effects as your Corruption value increases. Some effects are distinctly more "worth it" than others, and here are the best ones!
are both great all-around options.
provides increased Critical Strike damage and healing, making it a good offensively-oriented option if you have a decent amount of Critical Strike chance.
- A simple, valuable Haste Proc.
- By far the highest damage single target corruption, but not mechanically all that interesting, so if/when its damage is nerfed, it will drop in line with the rest of the pack.
- Probably better in AoE than single target, but potentially valuable in all situations, since Protection Warriors get immense offensive and defensive value out of their many, many cooldowns. Having them up even more often is great.
- Decent added single-target damage, but a little unreliable.
- A simple, reliable single-target damage proc.
- The best AoE damage proc.
- An extremely reliable AoE damage proc, guaranteed to burn all enemies in front of you every 30 GCD’s. Good in AoE fights and Mythic+.
- Adds good AoE damage, but the proc rate is low, making it a little less reliable. Good in Mythic+.
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