Protection Warrior Dragonflight 10.2.5 Guide

Patch 10.2.5 Last Updated: 24th Jan, 2024
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What has changed

Patch 10.2.5 Changes

Protection Warrior received some minor buffs moving into patch 10.2.5. With Vanguard now granting a 40% additional increase to stamina (was 35%) and Ignore Pain absorption being increased by 5%. These changes are a nice quality of life buff!

Changes for Patch 10.12

Going into the latest patch, Protection Warrior is looking to be in a good spot. They’ve received 2 notable changes; first of all is the introduction of a new tier set, which has very good offensive and defensive capabilities, and the second of which is a Rallying Cry nerf, dropping the bonus health from 15% to 10%.

First Impressions of Protection Warrior in Dragonflight

Dragonflight significantly improves Protection Warriors by lessening their weaknesses and amplifying their strengths. The fast-paced gameplay in seasons 3 and 4 of Shadowlands returns with a more manageable learning curve. Self-healing capabilities have been increased through abilities like Impending Victory, and the class can now maintain 100% Shield Block uptime through various talents. 

These changes make Protection Warriors more effective in Dragonflight. Additionally, Dragonflight reintroduces stances, Battle Stance, and Defensive Stance, to the class tree.