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Protection Warrior Quick Start Guide
This Protection Warrior Quick Start Guide is intended for new players looking to get their bearings without being overwhelmed, or experienced players who haven't played the spec in awhile and want a quick primer on what's new. For more in-depth information, check out the other guide sections listed on the right-hand side of this page or the
Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Here are two commonly-used talent setups for Protection Warriors. These are effective all-around builds, but you can find a more in-depth look at individual talents and situational recommendations on the
Protection Warrior Talent Guide
This build is useful for raiding, dungeons, and world content. It maximizes defenses at the loss of some offensive potential. You can use
for melee-intensive raid fights and dungeons.
This build turns
(one of your most reliable defensive cooldowns) into an extremely strong offensive cooldown, and maximizes your offensive potential.
More in-depth information about stats can be found
Fresh 110s in Legion can gear up pretty quickly (~910 ilvl) between World Quests, Relinquished Tokens from
, Heroic Dungeons, and PvP. Give our
Legion Gearing Before Raids
guide a read to learn which avenue of acquiring gear sounds the most interesting for you. Any gear can proc Warforged or Titanforged ilvl gains, so gear from any source can be a huge upgrade for new players.
are usually the first priority to collect in raid content, as they provide powerful bonuses not found elsewhere.
are powerful, but limited equipment which are awarded randomly over time. To maximize your chances of receiving them, complete as many Emissary Cache daily quests, Dungeons, and Raids as possible.
For Legendaries, the 3 best options are
Kakushan's Stormscale Gauntlets
Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles
. Protection Warriors do have a lot of useful options available, and the value of each Legendary can vary, so check out the
Protection Warrior Gear Guide
for more details.
Thanks to the
catch-up mechanisms added in 7.3, you'll be able to empower your artifact exceptionally quickly even if this is your first 110, acquiring the first three golden traits with little effort.
As all level 110 players are above
40 in Patch 7.3, there are truly massive gains, allowing players to acquire numerous traits with one AP token. Artifact paths are less important in 7.3 as you'll be able to grab every possible trait, but we have included recommended paths in case you are struggling to earn Artifact Power.
The recommended initial artifact path is this:
Once you've unlocked all three Gold Dragon traits, complete
Rage of the Fallen
, in that order.
And after 35 points, follow this path:
Below is a basic rotation for Protection Warriors using
(which is recommended). More information about abilities, active mitigation, and other advanced tips can be found
on the Protection Warrior Rotation Guide
if you are about to cast Ignore Pain, are talented into Vengeance, and do not have Vengeance: Ignore Pain active
if a free Revenge cast is available and you do not have Vengeance: Ignore Pain active, or to avoid capping on Rage.
is a new system of artifact progression added in Patch 7.3.
Once a player has unlocked the Netherlight Crucible on one character, any character that unlocks the
can access the Crucible and put points into the Tier 1 Trait:
. Do this to earn +15 ilvls onto your artifact.
Players with 60-75 purchased traits can unlock additional Crucible relic traits. Because your choice in Tier 2 affects which traits you can reach in Tier 3, you need to balance both the Tier 2 and Tier 3 bonuses when you make your Tier 2 choice.
For Tier 2, prefer paths with
Master of Shadows
For Tier 3, prefer paths with
Bastion of the Aspects
Rage of the Fallen
The Crucible is complicated and the value of traits shifts based on tanking situation and gear, so be sure to check out our
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