PVE Protection Warrior Tanking Guide (TBC 2.4.3)

Pve Protection Warrior Tanking Guide (tbc 2.4.3)

Category: Warrior Guides

Welcome to the Protection Warrior guide for World of Warcraft the Burning Crusade 2.4.3. In this guide, you will learn about playing a Protection Warrior in dungeons and raids. The guide includes Talents, Gems, Enchantments, BiS list, Gameplay & Skill rotation tips.

Improved Demoralizing Shout and Improved Thunder Clap are required to increase the damage mitigation. It’s highly recommended to spend talent points on these skills if there is no one else to apply these debuffs on the boss.

Improved Taunt may be replaced by Improved Shield Wall or One-Handed Weapon Specialization

3 points were put into Improved Sunder Armor to help out in scenarios where you have a low or medium amount of rage. One-Handed Weapon Specialization should be used for fights that offer higher amounts of rage.

Tbc 2.4.3 Pve Protection Warrior Mitigation Talents

 

This build is better for farming and scenarios where you usually do not have enough rage to provide sustainable threat. Increased DPS will increase the threat per second (TPS) while sacrificing some damage mitigation.

Improved Demoralizing Shout and Improved Thunder Clap have to be provided by other warriors. Possible changes: Improved Taunt for Improved Bloodrage

Tbc 2.4.3 Pve Protection Warrior Damange Talents

Mongoose increases agility by 120 and attack speed by 2% for 15 seconds. The agility increase result in 240 armor, 3,6% of crit. Chance and 4% dodge. In other words, mongoose grants both DPS and an increase in damage reduction.

Executioner grants 840 armor penetration for 15 seconds. This enchant should be used on your aggro weapon, because the threat per second increase is noticeably more than Mongoose.

Enchanters can also benefit from Enchant Ring – Stats on both of the Rings.

Please note the best item is mentioned first.

Following items are meant for the second build, which relies on threat through higher DPS, but lower damage mitigation.

Enchanting is used primarily for Enchant Ring – Stats. There’s not much use of this profession other than this unique enchant and the ability to enchant your own gear

Jewelcrafting will provide you access to unique gems, but the overall value is pretty low.

Blacksmithing is definitely worth the while, even though it costs a lot to level it. This profession has some great gear for Protection Warriors which could be a starting point to gear up. Good starting items: Bulwark of the Ancient Kings, Blazefury, Red Havoc Boots, Belt of the Guardian.

Engineering can also provide some great starting gear, like Blacksmithing. Items like Gyro-Balanced Khorium Destroyer, Tankatronic Goggles, Goblin Rocket Launcher, Gnomish Poultryizer. Field Repair Bot 110G is also useful.

Shield Slam -> Revenge -> Devastate -> Devastate

Depending on the ping you play with, second Devastate may be removed from the rotation to utilize other cooldowns on time. Shield Slam and Revenge have a priority over Devastate in your rotation, so even if you break the cycle – utilize these cooldowns first.In low rage scenarios, consider using Shield Bash for threat when Revenge is on cooldown. Do not waste time waiting for rage to use Devastate.Common knowledge, but still worth mentioning that Heroic Strike is used only as a rage dump ability. Never use it when you’re at low rage, even if everything is on cooldown – Devastate is a better option.

Threat gained per rage consumed overview:
Revenge -> Shield slam -> Devastate -> Heroic Strike

Overall threat gain overview:
Shield slam -> Revenge -> Heroic Strike -> Devastate

The boss should be always under the effect of Demoralizing Shout and Thunder Clap. The damage mitigation from this combination of debuffs is considerable.

Other survival abilities like Shield Block, Shield Wall, and Last Stand are used based on the situation.

Potions & Healthstones do not share cooldowns.

Standard 9% hit rating is required

Expertise is a vital stat for tanking. Ideally, you should have 23 expertise (that’s 91 rating). At this point, your attacks won’t be dodged, but also you get less parried.

Parry is an issue since as a tank you are standing in front of the boss.When a boss parries your attack, it reduces the default swing timer of the bosses next main hand attack.Stacking up expertise will drastically increase your survivability.

We won’t be giving a straight-forward stat priority list because it depends on your play style though Stamina and damage mitigation should always be a priority, even if you’re taking the damage build. Please refer to the BiS list section to have an understanding of required stats and gear you should be looking for.

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