Level 100 Protection Warrior Guide [PvE]

A World of Warcraft Class Guide, Updated to Patch 6.2.4

Tank Rotation & Cooldowns for Protection Warrior in PvE | Latest Patch 6.2.4

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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

Stance: Defensive Stance

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

  1. Shield Slam on every cooldown. Watch for Sword And Board procs.
  2. Revenge whenever available.
  3. Execute as a Rage dump when your target is below 20% health.
  4. Devastate as a filler ability and to proc Sword And Board.
  5. Heroic Strike as a Rage dump when your target is above 20% health. Watch for Ultimatum procs.

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

Protection Warrior single target tanking involves building up Rage and spending it on either Shield Block or Shield Barrier. To build Rage, use Shield Slam on cooldown while watching for Sword And Board procs. Use Revenge whenever it is available. Use Execute to dump excess Rage when your target is below 20% health. Devastate is your filler ability and procs Sword And Board. Finally, use Heroic Strike to dump excess Rage when your target is above 20% health and to consume Ultimatum procs.

The choice between spending Rage on Shield Block or Shield Barrier depends on the specific encounter. Shield Block is used to mitigate physical damage delivered through melee attacks. Shield Barrier can be used to mitigate any type of damage, but is best used to mitigate magic damage and group AoE damage. In general, Shield Block is your go-to Rage spender as it helps you mitigate boss auto-attacks with Shield Barrier used to bleed off excess Rage. However, if you are expecting a major magic based attack, then you should pool Rage to use on Shield Barrier.

AoE Rotation

The Protection Warrior AoE rotation is fairly straight forward. Use Thunder Clap as necessary to apply and maintain Deep Wounds. Beyond that, continue with your single target rotation and spread your attacks among the targets as necessary to mainitain threat on all enemies.


Below is advice on how to use the performance-enhancing talents that were selected in this guide.

  • Enraged Regeneration should be used as needed for an on-demand self-heal.
  • Heavy Repercussions provides its benefit passively and does not alter your rotation.
  • Shockwave should be used as often as possible when you can hit multiple targets. Shockwave is especially helpful for grabbing new spawns or adds at a distance. As Protection, Shockwave is mostly a threat-enhancing talent and should not be used at the expense of survivability cooldowns or abilities.
  • Vigilance is best used to mitigate incoming damage to a group member and to remove the cooldown on Taunt. This can be especially useful when you need to pickup adds or new spawns.
  • Avatar should be used on cooldown. Try to stack Avatar with other major burst cooldowns.
  • Gladiators Resolve provides a new stance that greatly increases your damage dealt and provides you with Shield Charge. Only use this stance if you are dealing damage and do not expect to tank as you cannot swap from this stance in combat.

Effective Cooldowns

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

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