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Protection Warrior PvE Guide For Mythic+

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Protection Warrior
Season 4
50 characters
3271 - 3628

Welcome to Murlok.io's Protection Warrior PvE guide for Mythic+ in World of Warcraft. This guide lists the best stats, races, talents, gear, embellishments, enchantments, and gems for patch 10.2.7, based on the character builds of the Top 50 Protection Warriors from Dragonflight Season 4 across the US, EU, KR, and TW regions. This includes Nextback (Hyjal EU) , who is currently the highest-ranked with a rating of 3628.

Updated every 12 hours with the latest data from the Battle.net API , the guide also examines each character's last time played, specialization usage frequency, and equipment type to ensure greater accuracy.

Top Protection Warriors

  1. 1
    Nextback's character icon
    Nextback
    Hyjal (EU)
    527 ilvl
    3628
  2. 2
    Dydx's character icon
    Dydx
    Emerald Dream (US)
    527 ilvl
    3597
  3. 3
    Miniwoyer's character icon
    Miniwoyer
    Tichondrius (US)
    528 ilvl
    3526
  4. 4
    Ninurtawar's character icon
    Ninurtawar
    Tarren Mill (EU)
    528 ilvl
    3525
  5. 5
    Leapsmcgee's character icon
    Leapsmcgee
    Sargeras (US)
    527 ilvl
    3520

Stat Priority

Stats are crucial attributes that directly influence a character's power in World of Warcraft. They not only determine the character's strength but also define the overall feel and playstyle. Stat bonuses can be found on various pieces of equipment, in consumables created by the Alchemy profession, certain foods, some enchantments , and gems .

It's important to note that each stat experiences diminishing returns once its equipped bonus reaches +20%. This means that optimizing a character's performance involves more than just maximizing each stat; it's about finding a balanced distribution. Here is the optimal way to balance Protection Warrior Secondary and Minor stats for Mythic+.

Secondary Stats
+3636
27% Critical Strike
+6239
41% Haste
+2621
34% Mastery
+5284
26% Versatility
  1. Haste
  2. Versatility
  3. Critical Strike
  4. Mastery
Minor Stats
+173
2% Avoidance
+662
14% Leech
+282
5% Speed
  1. Leech
  2. Speed
  3. Avoidance

Races

In World of Warcraft, each race comes with unique traits that enhance character abilities or improve in-game quality of life. Although these racial traits typically offer minor advantages, they can still provide a competitive edge in certain scenarios.

With Dwarf currently being the top race for Protection Warriors in Mythic+, here are the other races that also stand out due to their advantageous traits.

  1. Dwarf race icon
    Dwarf
    19
  2. Tauren race icon
    Tauren
    7
  3. Dark Iron Dwarf race icon
    Dark Iron Dwarf
    4
  4. Blood Elf race icon
    Blood Elf
    4
  5. Orc race icon
    Orc
    4

Class Talents

Talents are the main element defining a character's build, significantly influencing the playstyle by adding, modifying, and enhancing character abilities and behaviors. They are crucial in shaping how a character functions in battle.

Class talents represent a common tree shared across all Warrior specializations. These talents provide foundational skills and enhancements that are essential and universal to the Warrior class. They offer a range of abilities that lay the groundwork for a Warrior's overall capabilities, regardless of the chosen specialization.

The following tree reproduces the in-game class talents disposition as a heatmap. Each color represents the usage frequency and general recommendation level of the talents:

  • Legendary : Represents the most frequently used talents. These are highly recommended for optimal performance.
  • Epic : Indicates talents that are widely used but offer flexibility for alternative choices. Useful in specific scenarios or personal preference.
  • Talents without color: Talents less commonly selected. They are typically chosen to fill necessary slots for advancing to the next tier and may not offer significant value in most situations.
Battle Stance
50
Defensive Stance
50
Berserker Rage
1
Impending Victory
49
War Machine
50
Intervene
0
Rallying Cry
50
Berserker Shout
0
Fast Footwork
50
Spell Reflection
50
Leeching Strikes
50
Second Wind
0
Frothing Berserker
50
Heroic Leap
50
Intimidating Shout
47
Thunder Clap
50
Furious Blows
50
Wrecking Throw
0
Crushing Force
49
Pain and Gain
16
Menace
1
Storm Bolt
46
Overwhelming Rage
0
Sidearm
39
Reinforced Plates
50
Bounding Stride
38
Blood and Thunder
50
Barbaric Training
4
Honed Reflexes
4
Bitter Immunity
2
Double Time
50
Titanic Throw
6
Seismic Reverberation
49
Armored to the Teeth
50
Wild Strikes
50
One-Handed Weapon Specialization
50
Cruel Strikes
0
Endurance Training
50
Avatar
50
Thunderous Roar
50
Champion's Spear
0
Shockwave
50
Unstoppable Force
49
Uproar
1
Thunderous Words
48
Piercing Challenge
0
Champion's Might
0
Rumbling Earth
0
Sonic Boom
1

Specialization Talents

Specialization talents constitute a specialized tree, providing Protection Warriors with unique abilities and enhancements tailored to their combat style.

The following tree reproduces the in-game specialization talents disposition as a heatmap. Each color represents the usage frequency and general recommendation level of the talents:

  • Legendary : Represents the most frequently used talents. These are highly recommended for optimal performance.
  • Epic : Indicates talents that are widely used but offer flexibility for alternative choices. Useful in specific scenarios or personal preference.
  • Talents without color: Talents less commonly selected. They are typically chosen to fill necessary slots for advancing to the next tier and may not offer significant value in most situations.
Ignore Pain
50
Revenge
50
Demoralizing Shout
50
Devastator
50
Last Stand
50
Improved Heroic Throw
0
Best Served Cold
50
Strategist
50
Brace For Impact
50
Unnerving Focus
0
Challenging Shout
50
Instigate
0
Rend
50
Bloodsurge
19
Brutal Vitality
42
Disrupting Shout
49
Show of Force
3
Thunderlord
44
Shield Wall
50
Bolster
3
Spell Block
50
Bloodborne
1
Into the Fray
45
Enduring Defenses
50
Anger Management
50
Defender's Aegis
27
Punish
49
Focused Vigor
50
Shield Specialization
50
Enduring Alacrity
39
Shield Charge
47
Booming Voice
45
Indomitable
50
Violent Outburst
49
Ravager
50
Battering Ram
0
Champion's Bulwark
47
Battle-Scarred Veteran
5
Dance of Death
0
Storm of Steel
0

PvP Talents

PvP talents are specifically tailored for player-versus-player combat scenarios. Activated in arenas, battlegrounds, and the open world with war mode enabled, these talents are designed to optimize a Protection Warrior's performance in PvP encounters. They provide specialized enhancements and strategies that give players an edge in combat against other players, reflecting the unique demands of PvP gameplay.

The following tree reproduces the in-game pvp talents disposition as a heatmap. Each color represents the usage frequency and general recommendation level of the talents:

  • Legendary : Represents the most frequently used talents. These are highly recommended for optimal performance.
  • Epic : Indicates talents that are widely used but offer flexibility for alternative choices. Useful in specific scenarios or personal preference.
  • Talents without color: Talents less commonly selected. They are typically chosen to fill necessary slots for advancing to the next tier and may not offer significant value in most situations.
Disarm
5
Bodyguard
3
Morale Killer
23
Shield Bash
10
Thunderstruck
29
Warpath
13
Dragon Charge
16
Rebound
10
Oppressor
2
Demolition
2
Warbringer
14
Safeguard
0
Storm of Destruction
1
Battlefield Commander
4

Best In Slot And Gear

Gear consists of items that directly determine a character's power level. It can be acquired from diverse sources: dungeon, raid, world drops, crafted through various professions, obtained from PvP vendors, or chosen as rewards from the Great Vault.

Each piece of gear significantly boosts a character's overall strength and capabilities. Here are the top items for Protection Warriors in Mythic+, tailored for each equipment slot.

Head

  1. Thraexhelm of the Onyx Crucible item set icon
    set
    Thraexhelm of the Onyx Crucible
    41
  2. Decay Mother's Wrathful Gaze item icon
    Decay Mother's Wrathful Gaze
    3
  3. Old Seafarer's Headpiece item icon
    Old Seafarer's Headpiece
    3
  4. Battle-Ready Binoculars item icon
    Battle-Ready Binoculars
    1
  5. Mask of the Unbidden Grim item icon
    Mask of the Unbidden Grim
    1

Neck

  1. Bromach's Disentombed Locket item icon
    Bromach's Disentombed Locket
    11
  2. Elemental Lariat item icon
    Elemental Lariat
    11
  3. Torc of Passed Time item icon
    Torc of Passed Time
    10
  4. Eye of the Vengeful Hurricane item icon
    Eye of the Vengeful Hurricane
    4
  5. Ouroboreal Necklet item icon
    Ouroboreal Necklet
    4

Shoulders

  1. Pauldrons of the Onyx Crucible item set icon
    set
    Pauldrons of the Onyx Crucible
    37
  2. Pauldrons of Immutable Truth item icon
    Pauldrons of Immutable Truth
    5
  3. Dazhak's Desiccated Wingbones item icon
    Dazhak's Desiccated Wingbones
    2
  4. Shoulderplates of Planar Isolation item icon
    Shoulderplates of Planar Isolation
    2
  5. Volcanic Spelunker's Vents item icon
    Volcanic Spelunker's Vents
    2

Back

  1. Vibrant Wildercloth Shawl item icon
    Vibrant Wildercloth Shawl
    19
  2. Potion-Stained Cloak item icon
    Potion-Stained Cloak
    13
  3. Cloak of Lost Devotion item icon
    Cloak of Lost Devotion
    6
  4. Decorated Commander's Cindercloak item icon
    Decorated Commander's Cindercloak
    5
  5. Voice of the Silent Star item icon
    Voice of the Silent Star
    3

Chest

  1. Battlechest of the Onyx Crucible item set icon
    set
    Battlechest of the Onyx Crucible
    49
  2. Carapace of the Unbending Flame item icon
    Carapace of the Unbending Flame
    1

Wrist

  1. Primal Molten Vambraces item icon
    Primal Molten Vambraces
    14
  2. Allied Wristguard of Companionship item icon
    Allied Wristguard of Companionship
    13
  3. Difficult Wrist Protectors item icon
    Difficult Wrist Protectors
    12
  4. Binders of the Moldering item icon
    Binders of the Moldering
    3
  5. Excavated Earthen Wristslabs item icon
    Excavated Earthen Wristslabs
    2

Hands

  1. Handguards of the Onyx Crucible item set icon
    set
    Handguards of the Onyx Crucible
    49
  2. Forgemaster's Grips item icon
    Forgemaster's Grips
    1

Waist

  1. Trapmaster's Utility Belt item icon
    Trapmaster's Utility Belt
    19
  2. Primal Molten Greatbelt item icon
    Primal Molten Greatbelt
    11
  3. Seal of the Defiant Hordes item icon
    Seal of the Defiant Hordes
    6
  4. Insignia of the Onyx Crucible item icon
    Insignia of the Onyx Crucible
    4
  5. Recycled Golemskin Waistguard item icon
    Recycled Golemskin Waistguard
    4

Legs

  1. Legplates of the Onyx Crucible item set icon
    set
    Legplates of the Onyx Crucible
    32
  2. Obsidian Guard's Chausses item icon
    Obsidian Guard's Chausses
    5
  3. Fural's Blazing Faulds item icon
    Fural's Blazing Faulds
    4
  4. Drake Hunter's Greaves item icon
    Drake Hunter's Greaves
    3
  5. Frostfire Legguards of Preparation item icon
    Frostfire Legguards of Preparation
    2

Feet

  1. Ironstriders of the Onyx Crucible item icon
    Ironstriders of the Onyx Crucible
    18
  2. Primal Molten Sabatons item icon
    Primal Molten Sabatons
    15
  3. Pristine Magma Stompers item icon
    Pristine Magma Stompers
    5
  4. Kurog's Thunderhooves item icon
    Kurog's Thunderhooves
    3
  5. Lavaforged Sollerets item icon
    Lavaforged Sollerets
    2

Rings

  1. Seal of Diurna's Chosen item icon
    Seal of Diurna's Chosen
    41
  2. Seal of Filial Duty item icon
    Seal of Filial Duty
    39
  3. Circle of Ascended Frost item icon
    Circle of Ascended Frost
    5
  4. Signet of Titanic Insight item icon
    Signet of Titanic Insight
    4
  5. Thunderous Downburst Ring item icon
    Thunderous Downburst Ring
    4

Trinkets

  1. Fyrakk's Tainted Rageheart item icon
    Fyrakk's Tainted Rageheart
    36
  2. Prophetic Stonescales item icon
    Prophetic Stonescales
    25
  3. Enduring Dreadplate item icon
    Enduring Dreadplate
    8
  4. Granyth's Enduring Scale item icon
    Granyth's Enduring Scale
    8
  5. Treemouth's Festering Splinter item icon
    Treemouth's Festering Splinter
    6

Main Hand

  1. Gholak, the Final Conflagration item icon
    Gholak, the Final Conflagration
    42
  2. Forgestorm item icon
    Forgestorm
    3
  3. Scholar's Thinking Cudgel item icon
    Scholar's Thinking Cudgel
    2
  4. Proctor's Tactical Cleaver item icon
    Proctor's Tactical Cleaver
    1
  5. Strike Twice item icon
    Strike Twice
    1

Off Hand

  1. Crystalized Bulwark item icon
    Crystalized Bulwark
    12
  2. Defender of the Ancient item icon
    Defender of the Ancient
    6
  3. Primal Molten Defender item icon
    Primal Molten Defender
    6
  4. Verdant Matrix Beacon item icon
    Verdant Matrix Beacon
    6
  5. Flame Marshal's Bulwark item icon
    Flame Marshal's Bulwark
    5

Antique Bronze Bullion

Antique Bronze Bullion serves as a specialized currency in Dragonflight Season 4, enabling players to purchase specific items. Each item costs 2 bullions and can be upgraded to its maximum Mythic level.

Given that the acquisition of bullions is limited to 1 per week from defeating raid bosses and 2 from the Weekly Mythic Dungeons quest reward when available, here are the best items to buy to maximize your limited bullions.

  1. Gholak, the Final Conflagration item icon
    Gholak, the Final Conflagration
    41
  2. Seal of Diurna's Chosen item icon
    Seal of Diurna's Chosen
    39
  3. Seal of Filial Duty item icon
    Seal of Filial Duty
    38
  4. Fyrakk's Tainted Rageheart item icon
    Fyrakk's Tainted Rageheart
    34
  5. Defender of the Ancient item icon
    Defender of the Ancient
    6

Embellishments

Embellishments are unique effects that can be added to crafted items, either as predefined elements in recipes or through an optional embellishment reagent, creating embellished gear. These enhancements diversify and amplify characters' capabilities.

Given that only a maximum of 2 embellished items can be equipped at a time, here are the best embellishments for Protection Warriors in Mythic+.

  1. Vibrant Wildercloth Shawl embellishment item icon
    Roiling Shadowflame
    54
  2. Allied Wristguard of Companionship embellishment item icon
    Allied Wristgaurds Of Companionship
    13
  3. Elemental Lariat embellishment item icon
    Elemental Lariat
    11
  4. Torc of Passed Time embellishment item icon
    Blue Silken Lining
    10
  5. Frostfire Legguards of Preparation embellishment item icon
    Prepared Time
    2

Enchantments

Enchantments provide minor yet valuable enhancements to various items, including Head, Back, Chest, Wrist, Waist, Legs, Rings, Feet, Main Hand, and Off Hand.

Most enchantments are crafted via the Enchanting profession. However, Waist enchantments specifically require Blacksmithing, Legs enhancements are crafted by Leatherworkers, and Head enchantments come from the Incandescent Essence , a reward obtained through a quest in the Amirdrassil raid.

Enchantments are usually available at the auction house, making them accessible for upgrades. Here is a list of the top enchantments for Protection Warriors in Mythic+, essential for optimizing combat effectiveness.

Head

  1. Incandescent Essence enchantment icon
    Incandescent Essence
    49

Back

  1. Regenerative Leech enchantment icon
    Regenerative Leech
    40
  2. Graceful Avoidance enchantment icon
    Graceful Avoidance
    10

Chest

  1. Waking Stats enchantment icon
    Waking Stats
    40
  2. Sustained Strength enchantment icon
    Sustained Strength
    10

Wrist

  1. +200 Leech enchantment icon
    +200 Leech
    41
  2. +200 Avoidance enchantment icon
    +200 Avoidance
    8

Waist

  1. Shadowed Belt Clasp enchantment icon
    Shadowed Belt Clasp
    39

Legs

  1. Fierce Armor Kit enchantment icon
    Fierce Armor Kit
    43
  2. Frosted Armor Kit enchantment icon
    Frosted Armor Kit
    4
  3. Lambent Armor Kit enchantment icon
    Lambent Armor Kit
    3

Feet

  1. Watcher's Loam enchantment icon
    Watcher's Loam
    34
  2. Plainsrunner's Breeze enchantment icon
    Plainsrunner's Breeze
    16

Rings

  1. +82 Haste enchantment icon
    +82 Haste
    69
  2. +82 Versatility enchantment icon
    +82 Versatility
    19
  3. +82 Critical Strike enchantment icon
    +82 Critical Strike
    10

Main Hand

  1. Sophic Devotion enchantment icon
    Sophic Devotion
    29
  2. Wafting Devotion enchantment icon
    Wafting Devotion
    20
  3. Earthen Devotion enchantment icon
    Earthen Devotion
    1

Gems

Gems are crafted stones from the Jewelcrafting profession, typically offering stat bonuses to enhance your gear. These gems can be socketed into specific items such as Head, Neck, Wrist, Waist, and Rings. The presence of sockets on items is usually random upon their drop.

Notably, Neck items can be uniquely modified to have up to three sockets by using 3 Tiered Medallion Setting . Additionally, a single socket can be added to other eligible items with a Nature's Cradle , which requires 6 Aspects' Tokens of Merit obtained from the Great Vault.

Available through both the auction house and the crafting order system, the following are the top gem choices for Protection Warriors in Mythic+.

  1. Energized Ysemerald gem icon
    Energized Ysemerald
    117
  2. Crafty Ysemerald gem icon
    Crafty Ysemerald
    82
  3. Fierce Illimited Diamond gem icon
    Fierce Illimited Diamond
    36
  4. Energized Malygite gem icon
    Energized Malygite
    25
  5. Crafty Alexstraszite gem icon
    Crafty Alexstraszite
    17