Protection Warrior Overview
Welcome to the Protection Warrior Guide, updated for World of Warcraft Legion Patch 7.1! This guide is written by
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Protection Video Guide for Patch 7.1.5!
What's new in Patch 7.2?
The major additions for Patch 7.2 are 4 new traits, an infinite trait (
) that grants a Versatility proc with ~23% uptime, and the ability to put a fourth point into your existing 3-point traits. There are also a few pertinent balancing changes to Legendaries!
Here is a quick overview of the new traits:
is the first new trait. It's great!
is the new minor trait. It will noticeably reduce autoattack damage intake. It's alright.
substantially. Pretty good!
is the last new trait. It provides good damage reduction against targets that will be alive for a while. Simple, but helpful.
is a random Versatility proc. It can only be unlocked once you have put 4 points into every single minor trait in the tree.
Here is a breakdown on what's new with Legendaries in Patch 7.2:
has been added to the game! It is a crafted Legendary belt, with decent itemization, and really helpful effects for world questing, dungeons, and even raids! It's a decent middle-of-the-pack option, particularly due to the three sockets.
Now causes Shield Slam to generate 2 additional Rage. Not a huge change, but it's nice.
Reduces the cooldown of Demoralizing Shout by 3 seconds for each target hit with Thunder Clap, up from 1 second each. A huge buff to a good belt.
now also have Versatility, pushing these from "very good" to "great!"
have had Crit added to them, and now can scale from whichever is highest of Haste, Crit, Mastery, or Versatility.
7.2 added Versatility. It's better, but still not great.
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 greatly reduces 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 long cooldown.
, your standard damage reduction tool on a long cooldown.
to increase your health.
, a 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.
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:
: Increases your chance to block by 4% and your chance to critically block by 12%. Also increases your attack power by 8%.
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.
Warriors have several vanity effects including
to burst into flames,
to summon crows, and
to look bloody.
They can equip the legendary weapons
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: 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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