Gearing Guide for Prot Warriors (4.0.6)

(Note: This list of gear is built assuming you will be raid tanking. If you are going to be doing mostly 5-mans, or exclusively 5-mans, then you will be wanting more Expertise and Hit than what is presented here as your best in slot. Little to not Hit and Expertise works in raids because the incoming damage pushes Vengeance up so high that when we do hit, we hit so hard that we keep a great threat lead. In 5-man’s this just isn’t the case, and a few attacks that don’t land can easily lead to a DPS pulling off of you. Please keep this in mind when using this guide!)

Hello and welcome to the Prot Warrior gearing guide. My intend here is to help you get up to raid ready status as quickly as possible by prioritizing gear farming to shoot for the best items first rather than blindly hoping a boss has something useful for you.

For this guide, I will be listing items starting with your best in slot, and then working my way down to your Justice Point item for that slot location (assuming on exists). No item below 346 iLevel will be listed. I’m stopping at the JP item because with the current ease of farming JP from normals, there should be no reason for you to not have those items as a minimum. If you find tank gear not on this list, then by all means use it for the time being. Understand, however, that your JP gear will be better than any unlisted items.

The same rule applies for any case where you have an item that you can acquire from a rep grind. Once again, this is a process that isn’t hard to complete, so obtaining that item shouldn’t be difficult enough for me to list alternative, less ideal items for that slot.

You may also notice that I am not listing the random enchant items from Throne of the Four Winds. While some of these items can be best in slot, the relatively low chance to see that specific setup of stats devalues included them in the list.

I am also not listing heroic raid loot. As a rule of thumb, the better Stamina and larger stat budged on that gear will likely make the heroic version of the worst normal raid drop tank piece better than the normal version of the best raid drop tank piece. This won’t always be true, but it’ll be true often enough.

In a couple of cases, and item with a DPS stat outranks an item of the same iLevel but with more standard tank stats. This is usually due to the presence of Mastery on the “DPS” item and equal Stamina. In these cases, I’ve noted what to reforge the DPS stat into.

Head:

Reinforced Bio-Optic Killshades
http://www.wowhead.com/item=59359
Engineer made BoP
(Note: Use Mastery and Parry cogs)

Daybreaker Helm
http://www.wowhead.com/item=63531
Valiona (BoT)

Dragon Bone Warhelm
http://www.wowhead.com/item=59344
Maloriak (BWD)

Earthen Faceguard
http://www.wowhead.com/item=60328
Helmet token from Nefarian (BWD)

Helm of the Proud
http://www.wowhead.com/item=58103
Justice Points

Neck:

Rage of Ages
http://www.wowhead.com/item=59442
Nefarian (BWD)

Buc-Zakai Choker
http://www.wowhead.com/item=67138
World Drop BoE
(Note: Reforge Haste into Parry)

Ironstar Amulet
http://www.wowhead.com/item=59319
Atramedes (BWD)

Carrier Wave Pendant
http://www.wowhead.com/item=56319
Ascendant Lord Obsidius (BRC)

The Lustrous Eye
http://www.wowhead.com/item=57932
Justice Points

Back:

Wrap of the Great Turtle
http://www.wowhead.com/item=62383
Exalted with Hyjal

Chest:

Earthen Chestguard
http://www.wowhead.com/item=60329
Valor Points

Hardened Elementium Hauberk
http://www.wowhead.com/item=55058
Blacksmith made BoE

Beauty’s Plate
http://www.wowhead.com/item=56308
Beauty (BRC)

Chestplate of the Steadfast
http://www.wowhead.com/item=58101
Justice Points

Waist:

Jumbotron Power Belt
http://www.wowhead.com/item=59117
Omnitron (BWD)

Hardened Elementium Girdle
http://www.wowhead.com/item=55059
Blacksmith made BoE

Girdle of the Mountains
http://www.wowhead.com/item=57914
Justice Points

Legs:

Earthen Legguards
http://www.wowhead.com/item=60330
Valor Points

Triton Legplates
http://www.wowhead.com/item=56283
Neptulon’s Cache (TT)

Greaves of Splendor
http://www.wowhead.com/item=58102
Justice Points

Feet:

Boots of Sullen Rock
http://www.wowhead.com/item=62418
Gryphon Rider’s Boots
http://www.wowhead.com/item=62432
Exalted with Dragonmaw/Wildhammer

Shoulders:

Pauldrons of Edward the Odd
http://www.wowhead.com/item=67144
World Drop BoE

Heaving Plates of Protection
http://www.wowhead.com/item=59901
Zone Drop BoE (BoT)

Earthen Shoulderguards
http://www.wowhead.com/item=60331
Shoulder token from Cho’gall (BoT)

Earthshape Pauldrons
http://www.wowhead.com/item=56452
Drahga Shadowburner (GB)

Sunburnt Pauldrons
http://www.wowhead.com/item=58104
Justice Points

Wrists:

Bracers of Impossible Strength
http://www.wowhead.com/item=59470
Halfus Wyrmbreaker (BoT)

Sandguard Bracers
http://www.wowhead.com/item=62449
Exalted with Ramkahen

Hands:

Earthen Handguards
http://www.wowhead.com/item=60332
Valor Points

Fingers of Light
http://www.wowhead.com/item=56428
Rajh (HoO)

Numbing Handguards
http://www.wowhead.com/item=58105
Valor Points

Fingers:

Ring of the Battle Anthem
http://www.wowhead.com/item=58187
Valor Points

Bile-O-Tron Nut
http://www.wowhead.com/item=59233
Chimaeron (BWD)

Band of Bees
http://www.wowhead.com/item=58185
Valor Points
(Note: Reforge Haste to Parry)

Blauvelt’s Family Crest
http://www.wowhead.com/item=67139
World Drop BoE
(Note: Reforge Haste to Parry)

Ring of Three Lights
http://www.wowhead.com/item=56398
Siamat (LCT)

Felsen’s Ring of Resolve
http://www.wowhead.com/item=62351
Revered with Therazane

Elementium Moebius Band
http://www.wowhead.com/item=52320
Jewelcrafter made BoE

Red Rock Band
http://www.wowhead.com/item=62440
Revered with Ramkahen

Trinkets:

Lifebound Alchemist Stone
http://www.wowhead.com/item=58483
Alchemist made BoP

Vial of Stolen Memories
http://www.wowhead.com/item=59515
Valiona (BoT)

Symbiotic Worm
http://www.wowhead.com/item=59332
Magmaw (BWD)

Mirror of Broken Images
http://www.wowhead.com/item=68713
Tol Barad rep and token grind

Darkmoon Card: Earthquake
http://www.wowhead.com/item=62048
Full set of Stones cards

Bedrock Talisman
http://www.wowhead.com/item=58182
Valor Points

Figurine – Earthen Guardian
http://www.wowhead.com/item=52352
Jewelcrafter BoP Quest Reward

Leaden Despair
http://www.wowhead.com/item=56347
High Priestess Azil (Stonecore)

Throngus’s Finger
http://www.wowhead.com/item=56449
Forgemaster Throngus (GB)

Porcelain Crab
http://www.wowhead.com/item=56280
Mindbender Ghur’sha (TT)

Heart of Thunder
http://www.wowhead.com/item=56370
Asaad (VP)

Ranged:

Crossfire Carbine
http://www.wowhead.com/item=60210
Zone Drop BoE (BoT)

Thundercall
http://www.wowhead.com/item=56376
Asaad (VP)
(Note: As of 4.0.6, this item is available in game.)

Shield:

Blockade’s Lost Shield
http://www.wowhead.com/item=67145
World Drop BoE

Akmin-Kurai, Dominion’s Shield
http://www.wowhead.com/item=59444
Nefarian (BWD)

Elementium Earthguard
http://www.wowhead.com/item=55069
Blacksmith made BoE

Shield of the Four Grey Towers
http://www.wowhead.com/item=57926
Justice Points

Weapon:

Mace of Acrid Death
http://www.wowhead.com/item=59347
Maloriak (BWD)

Soul Blade
http://www.wowhead.com/item=59521
Zone Drop BoE (BoT)

Elementium Fang
http://www.wowhead.com/item=56346
High Priestess Azil (Stonecore)

Darkheart Hacker
http://www.wowhead.com/item=68740
Tol Barad rep and token grind

Axe of the Eclipse
http://www.wowhead.com/item=56364
Altairus (VP)

Cookie’s Tenderizer
http://www.wowhead.com/item=65171
“Captain” Cookie (Deadmines)

Sun Strike
http://www.wowhead.com/item=56430
Rajh (HoO)

Mace of Transformed Bone
http://www.wowhead.com/item=56459
Erudax (GB)

I hope you’ve found this guide to be helpful. Should Blizzard revise the stats on any items listed here, I will try to keep the rankings up to date. As of right now, this is accurate for build 4.0.6.

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~ by Udiyvli on 02/12/2011.

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