Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Protection Warrior Guide

Introduction

    Protection Warriors bring the
    Sunder Armor
    debuff with them, as well as a damage reduction for one of the other tanks with
    Vigilance
    . They can also bring increased attack power with
    Battle Shout
    , health increase with
    Commanding Shout
    , lower attack speed with
    Improved Thunder Clap
    , and can also lower the attack power of enemies with
    Demoralizing Shout
    if required to.

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Protection Warrior Rotation

Opener

  1. Pre-cast
    Battle Shout
    or
    Commanding Shout
    if assigned.
  2. Pre-pot
    Indestructible Potion
    .
  3. Use
    Charge
    if appropriate and
    Heroic Throw
    .
  4. Use
    Shield Block
    if you won't need it within the first minute of the fight.
  5. Use
    Shield Slam
    .
  6. Proceed with normal priorities.

Single Target

  1. Maintain 5 stacks of
    Sunder Armor
    with
    Devastate
    if assigned to it.
  2. Maintain
    Improved Thunder Clap
    if assigned.
  3. Maintain
    Vigilance
    .
  4. Maintain
    Battle Shout
    or
    Commanding Shout
    if assigned.
  5. Maintain
    Demoralizing Shout
    if assigned.
  6. Use
    Heroic Strike
    as long as you don't rage starve yourself.
  7. Use
    Shield Slam
    . Watch out for
    Sword and Board
    procs.
  8. Use
    Revenge
    .
  9. Use
    Devastate
    .

AoE

  1. Use
    Thunder Clap
    .
  2. Use
    Shockwave
    .
  3. Use
    Cleave
    instead of
    Heroic Strike
    .
  4. Proceed with normal priorities.

Defensive Cooldowns

  1. Enraged Regeneration
    with
    Bloodrage
    or
    Improved Defensive Stance
    .
  2. Last Stand
    .
  3. Shield Block
    .
  4. Shield Wall
    .
  5. Retaliation
    .

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Protection Warrior Talents

Standard Build

For a more defensive build, you can remove the points from
Cruelty R2
and put them into
Improved Disciplines
. This synergizes very well with
Glyph of Shield WallGlyph of Shield Wall
and
Glyph of Last StandGlyph of Last Stand
, making both of those abilities 2 minute cooldowns.
0
Arms
0
Fury
0
Protection

UA Build

This is an offensive build that specializes in cleave damage by empowering
Revenge
. It itemizes for avoidance in order to
Revenge
on every GCD.
0
Arms
0
Fury
0
Protection

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Protection Warrior Glyphs

  1. Major:
    RevengeRevenge
    ,
    BlockingBlocking
    ,
    DevastateDevastate
    .
  2. UA Build:
    Sweeping StrikesSweeping Strikes
    ,
    CleavingCleaving
    ,
    BlockingBlocking
  3. Optional: For more defensive options, replace
    RevengeRevenge
    and
    DevastateDevastate
    with
    Last StandLast Stand
    and
    Shield WallShield Wall
  4. Optional: For AoE, replace
    RevengeRevenge
    and
    DevastateDevastate
    with
    CleavingCleaving
    and
    Sunder ArmorSunder Armor
  5. Minor:
    CommandCommand
    ,
    BattleBattle
    ,
    Thunder ClapThunder Clap

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Protection Warrior Stats

Hit Cap

  • 7% (230 Rating) with
    Heroic Presence
  • 8% (263 Rating)

Expertise Cap

    Soft Cap

  • 123 Rating with
    Mace Specialization
    from Dwarf or
    Axe Specialization
    from Orc, and
    Vitality
  • 140 Rating with
    Mace Specialization
    or
    Sword Specialization
    from Human, and
    Vitality
  • 164 Rating with
    Vitality
  • 214 Rating
  • Hard Cap

  • 369 Rating with
    Mace Specialization
    from Dwarf or
    Axe Specialization
    from Orc, and
    Vitality
  • 386 Rating with
    Mace Specialization
    or
    Sword Specialization
    from Human, and
    Vitality
  • 410 Rating with
    Vitality
  • 460 Rating

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Protection Warrior Best Consumables

Flasks and Elixirs

    Best:
  • Flask of Stoneblood
    Alternatives:
  • Elixir of Mighty Agility
    ,
  • Elixir of Mighty Defense
    ,
    Elixir of Mighty Fortitude
    , or
    Elixir of Protection

Food

    Best:
  • Dragonfin Filet
    Alternatives:
  • Snapper Extreme
    ,
  • Worg Tartare
    ,
  • Rhinolicious Wormsteak

Potions

    Best:
  • Indestructible Potion

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Protection Warrior Best Races

Alliance

  1. Draenei:
    Heroic Presence
  2. Dwarf:
    Stoneform
    and
    Mace Specialization
  3. Human:
    Sword Specialization
    and
    Mace Specialization
  4. Night Elf:
    Quickness

Horde

  1. Orc:
    Axe Specialization
    and
    Blood Fury
  2. Troll:
    Berserking
    and
    Regeneration
  3. Tauren:
    Endurance

Wrath Classic (WOTLK) Protection Warrior Best Professions

  1. Engineering: Best profession thanks to
    Nitro Boosts
    ,
    Reticulated Armor Webbing
    ,
    Flexweave Underlay
    , and
    Mind Amplification Dish
    enchants,
    Global Thermal Sapper Charge
    , and
    Armored Titanium Goggles
    for early gearing.
  2. Jewelcrafting: Second best profession thanks to the 3 unique gems such as
    Solid Dragon's Eye
    , as well as
    Figurine - Monarch Crab
    and
    Figurine - Ruby Hare
    for early gearing.
  3. Blacksmithing, Mining, Leatherworking, Enchanting: All provide comparable stat bonuses with
    Socket Bracer
    and
    Socket Gloves
    ,
    Toughness
    ,
    Fur Lining - Stamina
    , and
    Ring - Stamina
    respectively.
  4. Alchemy:
    Mixology
    .