Introduction to the Protection Warrior

 A traditional plate-wearing knight who uses their sword and shield to block damage and control their enemies. A Prot warrior is a master of the shield, using it to prevent and inflict large amounts of damage.

Protection Warriors excel in fights with high amounts of physical damage, or where mobility is needed. Much of the damage they take is mitigated through blocking, making their damage intake smooth and predictable. Additionally, they provide a healthy amount of utility, whether it be crowd control or raid buffs. They are a formidable tank all around, making them a worthy choice in both raids and dungeons.

Below you will find a beginners guide to the Protection Warrior, you can click on highlighted abilities, for a more in depth description of them.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Protection Warrior


  • Excels in situations with high amounts of physical/blockable damage.
  • Smooth damage intake.
  • Has high mobility with Intercept Icon Intercept and Heroic Leap Icon Heroic Leap.


  • More unforgiving of mistakes or improper play compared to other tanks.
  • Weaker self-sustain compared to some other tank specs. This is only an issue in certain niche situations.
  • Has some difficulty against magical/non-blockable damage.


15Into the Fray Into the Fray Punish PunishImpending Victory Impending Victory
30Crackling Thunder Crackling ThunderBounding Stride Bounding StrideSafeguard Safeguard
45Best Served Cold Best Served ColdUnstoppable Force Unstoppable ForceDragon Roar Dragon Roar
60Indomitable IndomitableNever Surrender Never SurrenderBolster Bolster
75Menace MenaceRumbling Earth Rumbling EarthStorm Bolt Storm Bolt
90Booming Voice Booming VoiceVengeance VengeanceDevastator Devastator
100Anger Management Anger ManagementHeavy Repercussions Heavy RepercussionsRavager Ravager

Rotation of the Protection Warrior

  • Cast Revenge Icon Revenge only if it is free

You can use the recommended Addon ConRo for help with your rotation, it can be found in our Addons Guide here

Survival Cooldowns

  • Last Stand Icon Last Stand increases your maximum health by 30% for 15-seconds, on a 3-minute cooldown
  • Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall reduces all damage taken by 40%, on a 4-minute cooldown
  • Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout applies a debuff to all enemies within 10 yards, reducing the damage they deal to you by 20% for 8-seconds
  • Spell Reflection Icon Spell Reflection grants a buff that reduces magic damage taken by 20% and will reflect a single spell cast at you

Stat Priority

The stat priority of the Protection Warrior is:

  1. Haste
  2. Versatility
  3. Mastery
  4. Critical Strike
  5. Strength
  6. Armor