Level 100 Protection Warrior Guide [PvE]

A World of Warcraft Class Guide, Updated to Patch 7.0.3

Tank Rotation & Cooldowns for Protection Warrior in PvE | Latest Patch 7.0.3

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The following rotation guide was developed through extensive simulations and play testing with the goal of keeping the guide as simple as possible without sacrificing performance. This guide also included AoE rotations and provides details on when to use special talents and cooldowns.

Single Target Rotation

Tanking Priority: Execute this priority to build Rage and threat.

  1. Shield Slam on every cooldown. Watch for Sword And Board procs.
  2. Ignore Pain to dump Rage when you need to reduce damage taken.
  3. Focused Rage to dump Rage when you want to boost damage done.
  4. Revenge whenever available.
  5. Devastate as a filler ability and to proc Sword And Board.

Active Mitigation: Consume Rage with these skills to mitigate damage.

Protection Warrior single target tanking involves building up Rage and spending it on Shield Block and Ignore Pain to reduce damage taken or on Focused Rage to increase damage done. To build Rage, use Shield Slam on cooldown while watching for Sword And Board procs. Use Revenge whenever it is available. Devastate is your filler ability and procs Sword And Board.

Spending Rage on Shield Block is your top priority when you have 2 charges. Otherwise, you can choose between Ignore Pain to dump your Rage and increase your survivability or on Focused Rage to boost your damage and threat.

AoE Rotation

The Protection Warrior AoE rotation is fairly straight forward. Use Thunder Clap on cooldown and continue with your single target rotation while spreading your attacks among the targets as necessary to mainitain threat on all enemies.


Information on how to incorporate the selected talents from this guide into your rotation is currently being re-worked for 7.0.3. Check back later!

    Effective Cooldowns

    These are effective cooldowns to try and incorporate into most all encounters.

    • Battle Cry Use as often as possible for additional damage.
    • Demoralizing Shout Use proactively as a defense cooldown.
    • Reflection Use proactively to prevent magic damage.
    • Shield Wall Use proactively to prevent damage.
    • Taunt Use to establish threat on targets not attacking you.
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