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Protection Warrior Overview
Welcome to the Protection Warrior Guide, updated for World of Warcraft Legion Patch 7.2.5! This guide is written by
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Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Every race can play a Warrior.
Warriors can use shields, daggers, fist weapons, 1H/2H axes, swords, and maces, polearms, and staves.
Iconic Protection Warrior abilities:
Special Class Hall Rewards
Warriors are on the
Protector Tier Token
, sharing tier tokens with
Tier 19 set:
Two piece bonus:
You gain 20% increased chance to critically block while Shield Block is active.
Four piece bonus:
Your critical blocks generate 5 Rage.
Tier 20 set:
Two piece bonus:
Berserker Rage instantly generates 20 Rage an additional 10 Rage every 1 sec for 6 sec.
Four piece bonus:
Shield Slam reduces the cooldown of Berserker Rage by 3.0 sec.
Not sure what race to play? Below is a breakdown of each race for this spec among players with updated
. Data is updated once per week.
Protection Warrior Video Guide
What makes Protection Warrior Special
Legion Tanking Overview
: A traditional plate-wearing knight who uses their sword and shield to block damage and control their enemies. A protection warrior is a master of the shield, using it to prevent and inflict large amounts of damage.
: Rage, generated via attacks and taking damage, used for active mitigation.
, which reduces damage taken from autoattacks.
, which absorbs damage based on Rage spent.
: Very little baseline healing, limited to
, which is a large heal only usable soon after killing a target.
to pick up a single target, continue to use on cooldown.
to spend excess Rage. Fill empty spots in your rotation with
. Some of these attacks can directly grant Rage, and all of them can reset the cooldown on
, your standard charge to an enemy or friend.
, a ground-targeted leap on a longer cooldown.
, your the ultimate damage reduction tool.
to increase your health.
, an AoE defense on a moderate cooldown.
. A shield, accompanied by the sword Scaleshard, that was made from a scale of Deathwing before he was corrupted.
: Strength Plate
: Strong damage reduction and shielding. Mobility.
to burst into flames,
to make your Thunder Clap call down lightning from the heavens, and
to look bloody.
What's new in Patch 7.2.5?
Protection Warriors haven't actually received a ton of change in Patch 7.2.5, but they received a really good one!
absorb amount increased by 20%. This buffs Warriors against spell damage quite a bit. Spell damage is one of the spec's biggest weaknesses, so this is a welcome change.
now increases maximum health by 20% (was 25%) and maximum effect of
by 20% (was 25%). Protection Warriors had widely moved away from
in favor of
. This solidifies that choice even through early progression, when burst damage is at its most dangerous.
damage reduced by 12%. This is about a 4-5% overall DPS nerf under normal circumstances. Losing damage is never cause for celebration, but Protection Warriors have been absolutely demolishing other tanks on DPS for a while, so this is an understandable nerf. Warriors are still
after this change, and prioritizing
is a smaller DPS loss than before.
can only be extended to a maximum of three times its base duration. This is a change targeted primarily at Brewmaster Monks, and should have almost zero effect on Warriors under even the most extreme circumstances.
Tier 19 Protection 2-piece: You gain 10% (was 20%) increased chance to critically block while
is active. A necessary nerf to the incredibly-strong T19 2-piece. While a bit of a bummer that we lose some of its power right as we start into Tomb of Sargeras, this makes giving it up in favor of new gear much easier to swallow.
Protection Warriors also received two new Legendaries in Patch 7.2.5, so here's a quick breakdown on them:
are Legendary pants that grant one additional charge to both
. This has the potential to be great in the right situation, providing extra defenses when you need them most. Under normal circumstances, the existing "best in slot" trifecta (
) will remain better.
is an interesting new ring that is usable for all 3 specs. As Protection, it provides access to
. This allows a Warrior to take
at the same time, which is great! It is inferior to the existing "best in slot" legendary trifecta (
), but it's a good option for Warriors without them.
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: Updated guide video for 7.2.5.
: Updated overview for 7.2.5.
: Updated for 7.2.
: Updated video guide link for Patch 7.1.5.
: Updated for impending damage reduction hotfix.
: Added section regarding changes to Warbringer.
: Added commentary to the Changes section.
: Updated for Patch 7.1.5, which comes out next Tuesday.
: This guide is up to date for Patch 7.1, and the heading has (finally!) been updated to indicate that.
: Updated some language.
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