PVE Protection Warrior Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Protection Warrior Class Overview

PVE Protection Warrior Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

Welcome to my Protection Warrior Tank guide for World of Warcraft WotLK 3.3.5a. This will be a short guide describing what Spec, Talents, Glyphs, Gems and Enchants you will need in order to succeed in a raid. In the end of the guide there are also some tips and basic rotation for the class.

Protection Warriors have excellent mobility during encounters. Not the easiest class to master, but definetly worth it. Has an array of AoE abilities, including crowd controll. Protection Warrior is all about the right timing of your skills.

Talent Tree

These are the core talents for a Protection Warrior. Keep in mind, there are 12 points left
for you to decide where to put them, depending on your needs.

PVE Protection Warrior Core Talent Tree, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

This build is optimal for doing a 5-man dungeon. Maximizing the efficiency of your shouts
and reducing some cooldowns on your defense abilities.

PVE Protection Warrior 5 Man Talent Tree, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a

The last build I suggest is for a full raid. This build improves your personal damage and therefore
threat-generation. Lack of improved shouts is planned to be compensated with another Warrior, who
spent points in those talents. This build has lower cooldowns on your defense abilities, as well
as improved shield slam. Shield slam is a high treat-generating skill, so use it.

PVE Protection Warrior Full Raid talent Tree, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a


Major Glyphs:
Glyph of Blocking
Glyph of Shockwave
Glyph of Revenge
Glyph of Shield Wall CD will be 3 minutes, but the effect is weaker.

Small Glyphs:
Glyph of Thunder Clap Useful when having low incoming damage, helps to keep agro
Rest is up to your choice


Gems are used to get your stat caps depending on what you lack, so it is situational
Austere Earthsiege Diamond
Eternal Earthsiege Diamond

Yellow or Blue:
Enduring Eye of Zul

Red or Blue:
Defender's Dreadstone


Head – Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector
Shoulder – Greater Inscription of the Pinnacle or Greater Inscription of the Gladiator
Cloak – Mighty Armor or Titanweave
Chest – Super Health or Greater Defense
Bracers – Major Stamina
Gloves – Heavy Borean Armor Kit or Armsman
Waist – Eternal Belt Buckle
Legs – Frosthide Leg Armor
Boots – Greater Fortitude or Tuskarr's Vitality
Weapons – Blade Ward or Mongoose
Shield – Major StaminaTitanium Plating or Defense

Gameplay & Rotations

Don't forget to turn the boss around, your raid has to hit him from the back. Exceptions - Dragons. They are hit from the side, because they can hit with tail.
Engaging a fight you can start with Heroic Throw followed by Charge
Once you are in melee use Shield Block and start using Shield Slam as it gives you lots of agro. Don't forget to use Revenge.

Always apply these:
Demoralizing Shout
Thunder Clap
Note that sometimes other Warriors will do it for you.

In a perfect situations every white attack should be replaced with a Heroic Strike
Shockwave is used in emergency situations, when a lot of monsters appear, or if agro is lost.


Addons play quite a big role in World of Warcraft and should be used by everyone. The question is, what addons do YOU need? Truth is, every player decides for himself what addons does he need or want. Now, there is a list of must-have addons, without them - you won't be taken seriously, or your game will be much more complicated.

Check out our Addons Page which will provide you with download links and configuration information. Addon version is correct for WoW WotLK 3.3.5a.

PVE Protection Warrior Guide, WoW WotLK 3.3.5a
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