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Protection Warrior Tank Gems, Enchants, Professions, and Consumables (MoP 5.4.8)

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General Information

On this page, we present you with the best gems and enchants fora Protection Warrior in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4.We also list the best consumables (food, flasks, and potions) andprofession-specific perks.

Make sure to check our GearOptimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this page.

The other pages of our Protection Warrior guide can be accessedfrom the table of contents on the right.

1. Gems↑top

Sockets Gems
Meta Socket Austere Primal Diamond Icon Austere Primal Diamond or Indomitable Primal Diamond Icon Indomitable Primal Diamond (better)
Blue Socket Prismatic Socket
Red Socket
Yellow Socket

2. Enchants↑top

Slot Main Enchantments Extra Enchantments
Shoulders  
Back  
Chest Enchant Chest - Superior Stamina Icon Enchant Chest - Superior Stamina  
Wrists Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer (Blacksmithing)
Hands
Waist   Living Steel Belt Buckle Icon Living Steel Belt Buckle
Legs  
Feet Enchant Boots - Pandaren's Step Icon Enchant Boots - Pandaren's Step  
Rings Enchant Ring - Greater Stamina Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Stamina (Enchanting)  
Weapon  
Shield Enchant Shield - Greater Parry Icon Enchant Shield - Greater Parry  

Note that Extra Enchantments can be applied to an item in addition to aMain Enchantment.

3. Consumables↑top

3.1. Food

We advise you to always eat food that gives you Stamina. You will begranted:

3.2. Flask

For the vast majority of encounters, you should use a Flask of the Earth Icon Flask of the Earth.Your other option is Flask of Winter's Bite Icon Flask of Winter's Bite, which grants you Strength.Strength provides you with increased DPS/threat, as well as increasing yourchance to parry.

3.3. Potion

During the encounter, your best choice for a potion will bePotion of the Mountains Icon Potion of the Mountains for physical damage andMaster Healing Potion Icon Master Healing Potion for magic damage.

In order to boost your DPS (which is considerable), you can use aPotion of Mogu Power Icon Potion of Mogu Power instead of the above-mentioned potions (which havea relatively small effect on your survivability).

4. Summing-up Profession Perks↑top

Choosing a profession for your Protection Warrior can impact your raidperformance. As a rule, you should shy away from gathering professions (withthe exception of Mining), which leaves the following viable professions forraiding:

Profession Perks
Blacksmithing Provides a 640 Mastery or 480 Stamina gain through two extra sockets, Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer and Socket Gloves Icon Socket Gloves, in which you can fit 2 Fractured Sun's Radiance Icon Fractured Sun's Radiance or 2 Solid River's Heart Icon Solid River's Heart..
Jewelcrafting Provides a 320 Dodge/Parry or Critical Strike Rating gain through theability to use 2 Subtle Serpent's Eye Icon Subtle Serpent's Eye, Flashing Serpent's Eye Icon Flashing Serpent's Eye, orSmooth Serpent's Eye Icon Smooth Serpent's Eye respectively, or a 480 Stamina gain through the ability to use 2 Solid Serpent's Eye Icon Solid Serpent's Eye (if you are gemming for Stamina).
Engineering Provides a 1,920 Dodge Rating bonus for 10 seconds, on a 1 minute cooldown, through Phase Fingers Icon Phase Fingers.
Alchemy Provides a 480 Stamina gain to your flask through Mixology Icon Mixology.
Leatherworking Provides +750 Stamina through Fur Lining - Stamina Icon Fur Lining - Stamina, instead of the usual +170 Dodge provided by Enchant Bracer - Major Dodge Icon Enchant Bracer - Major Dodge or +170 Mastery provided by Enchant Bracer - Mastery Icon Enchant Bracer - Mastery. Also provides Heavy Leg Reinforcements Icon Heavy Leg Reinforcements, a much cheaper equivalent to Ironscale Leg Armor Icon Ironscale Leg Armor, the traditional leg enchant.
Enchanting Provides a 480 Stamina gain through Enchant Ring - Greater Stamina Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Stamina.
Inscription Provides a 480 Stamina gain through Secret Ox Horn Inscription Icon Secret Ox Horn Inscription.
Mining Provides a 480 Stamina gain, through Toughness Icon Toughness.

The best profession for a Protection Warrior is Leatherworking, which offersa huge Stamina gain on an item on which you cannot otherwise obtain Stamina.It also allows you to use Drums of Speed, which can be beneficial.

5. Changelog↑top

  • 13 Jan. 2014: Added new food items added in patch 5.4.
  • 16 Oct. 2013: Rectified the Jewelcrafting entry to no longer referto Mastery Rating gains.
  • 15 Oct. 2013: Vastly reworked the gemming suggestions (includingadding a gemming strategy for full Critical Strike Rating gearing). AddedSha Armor Kit Icon Sha Armor Kit, Enchant Gloves - Superior Expertise Icon Enchant Gloves - Superior Expertise, andEnchant Bracer - Major Dodge Icon Enchant Bracer - Major Dodge to the enchant list. Added a mention thatLeatherworking is the best profession.
  • 10 Sep. 2013: Patch 5.4: removed Frag Belt Icon Frag Belt, following its nerf.
  • 20 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: nothing to change.
  • 24 Apr. 2013: Added legendary meta-gem.
  • 24 Apr. 2013: Updated the meta-gem to Austere Primal Diamond Icon Austere Primal Diamond,since this is the best choice. Added Potion of Mogu Power Icon Potion of Mogu Power as an alternativepotion.
  • 02 Apr. 2013: Removed green-quality gems.



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