Protection Warrior talents guide

Patch 9.1.5 Last Updated: 27th Oct, 2021
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Talents Discussion

Tier 1 (15)

Protection Warrior War Machine TalentWar MachinePassive
Protection Warrior Punish TalentPunishPassive
Protection Warrior Devastator TalentDevastatorPassive
  • War Machine causes your auto attacks to generate an additional 50% rage and grants you movement speed and 10 rage when an enemy you’re in combat with dies.
  • Punish causes your shield slams to deal 20% more damage and apply a stackable debuff to the target for 9 seconds which reduces the damage they deal to you by 3%.
  • Devastator replaces the ability Devastate. It makes the ability passive by turning your auto attacks into the ability which grants your auto attacks a 20% chance to reset the cooldown of Shield Slam.

War Machine only really comes down to generating an additional 1 rage per auto attack, the main benefit coming from the 10 per enemy death. It is not competitive compared to the other options so it is not recommended you take it.

Devastator should be the default choice here as the extra rage generation from Shield Slam resets far outweighs the other two talents. Punish can be seen as a pure defensive bonus on a single target however it is hardly worth taking considering the synergy that The Wall has with Devastator.

Tier 2 (25)

Protection Warrior Double Time TalentDouble TimePassive
Protection Warrior Rumbling Earth TalentRumbling EarthPassive
Protection Warrior Storm Bolt TalentStorm BoltInstant
  • Double time gives your Charge an additional charge as well as reducing its cooldown by 3 seconds.
  • Rumbling Earth reduces Shockwave’s cooldown by 15 seconds as long as it hits 3 or more targets.
  • Storm Bolt is a single target ranged stun. The stun amount is 4 seconds, has a 20 yard range and is on a 30 second cooldown.

All the talents on this row are situationally viable. Your default should be Double Time though if there is no need for the extra stuns then the increased mobility and rage generation will grant you the most value on this row. You will pretty much never take anything other than Double Time in Castle Nathria.

Tier 3 (30)

Protection Warrior Best Served Cold TalentBest Served ColdPassive
Protection Warrior Booming Voice TalentBooming VoicePassive
Protection Warrior Dragon Roar TalentDragon RoarInstant
  • Best Served Cold increases the damage of Revenge by 20% as well as increasing it by 50% when you are able to cast it for 0 rage.
  • Booming Voice causes Demoralizing Shout to generate 40 rage and also increases the damage you deal to targets affected by it by 20%.
  • Dragon Roar lets out an AoE burst of damage around you, generating 20 rage and critically strikes 3 times more than the normal amount. It has a 30 second cooldown.

As good as Dragon Roar sounds, it is usually out classed by the other 2 in both defensive and offensive situations. The only benefit of Dragon Roar is it is really nice for snap threat which can be useful on something such as the skirmishers on Stone Legion Generals Mythic or in M+. However, it is generally better to go with one of the other 2 options.

Booming Voice is the best all rounder, providing the best rage generation on this row as well as increasing our DPS by a significant amount. Best Served Cold is the largest DPS increase on any AoE situation however you have to sacrifice a lot of defence for it as you will be dumping a lot of your rage instead of using it for Ignore Pain or Shield Block.

Tier 4 (35)

Protection Warrior Crackling Thunder TalentCrackling ThunderPassive
Protection Warrior Bounding Stride TalentBounding StridePassive
Protection Warrior Menace TalentMenacePassive
  • Crackling Thunder increases the radius of Thunder clap by 50%. Additionally it also increases the slow amount by 10%.
  • Bounding Stride reduces the cooldown of Heroic leap by 15 seconds as well as increasing your movement speed by 70% for 3 seconds when you land.
  • Menace causes Intimidating Shout to knock back nearby enemies apart from your primary target and fears them on the spot for 15 seconds.

Menace doesn’t really have any viable use cases, you could argue that it has some niche moments in M+ but more often than not the increased radius and slow from Crackling Thunder will be more effective especially during the M+ kiting meta. Bounding Stride should always be your default talent during a raid.

Tier 5 (40)

Protection Warrior Never Surrender TalentNever SurrenderPassive
Protection Warrior Indomitable TalentIndomitablePassive
Protection Warrior Impending Victory TalentImpending VictoryInstant
  • Never Surrender increases the size of your Ignore Pain casts by 40% - 100% based on missing HP.
  • Indomitable increases your maximum health by 10% and heals you for 1% of your HP for every 10 rage you spend.
  • Impending Victory replaces Victory Rush. The ability costs 10 rage and heals you for 30% of your maximum HP. Unlike victory rush you can use it at any moment but it does have a 30 second cooldown.

The only viable option on this row is Indomitable as it increases your maximum HP by 10% as a baseline and provides a decent amount of passive healing. The other two talents don’t really have any logical use in any content at this moment in time.

Tier 6 (45)

Protection Warrior Into the Fray TalentInto the FrayPassive
Protection Warrior Unstoppable Force TalentUnstoppable ForcePassive
Protection Warrior Ravager TalentRavagerInstant
  • Into the Fray grants you 2% haste for each unit around you in a 10 yard radius (both enemy and allies alike). This stacks up 5 times to a maximum of 10% increases haste.
  • Unstoppable Force increases the damage of Thunder Clap by 30% and reduces its cooldown by 50% while Avatar is active.
  • Ravager throws down an AoE zone at a targeted location where it will deal damage for 12 seconds. The zone moves and follows enemies with a target cap of 8. Each time it deals damage it will grant you 10 rage.

Unstoppable Force makes your gameplay during Avatar feel like it flows smoother, however it does not compete with the other 2 options for both damage and survivability. Ravager is a strong cooldown both for offense and defense and it lines up well with Demoralizing shout which when taken with Booming Voice can result in a lot of burst AoE.

Into the Fray, although the most boring, is the best rounded pick on this row, being strong for both ST and AoE situations as there will rarely be a moment you’re not getting the full 10% haste from the talent. It is recommended that in heavy AoE situations you take Ravager and at all other times you take Into the Fray.

Tier 7 (50)

Protection Warrior Anger Management TalentAnger ManagementPassive
Protection Warrior Heavy Repercussions TalentHeavy RepercussionsPassive
Protection Warrior Bolster TalentBolsterPassive

Heavy repercussions is not viable compared to the other 2 options and should not be considered. Anger Management provides the biggest offensive gain due to its reduction of our main DPS cooldown, Avatar. Bolster is the best defensive option as the talent helps reduce the gaps between our Shield Block uptime which results in less moments of spike damage. Both Anger Management and Bolster are viable choices and depending on the type of encounter either one will work just fine.