Nighthold Recommended Talents and Gear Builds for Prot Warriors

This is a quick at a glance cheat sheet with the optimal builds to counter each individual boss in the Nighthold. It is meant as a reference for talents setups and gearing strategies for protection warriors progressing through mythic Nighthold.

For the reasoning behind the build choices and for an in depth guide to a specific encounter click on the link for the boss guides below.

Default Build – Max Survivability, High min max potential

This is the most widely used and accepted protection warrior build. Will work great on 8 out of 10 Nighthold bosses. When in doubt this is your go-to setup. If you can execute revenge – Ignore pain weaving with devastator perfectly it will yield best results.

Talents

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Gearing

Haste 30% > Mastery > Versatility > Critical strike

Farm Build – High Damage, Low Effort

Farm content definition:

Bosses which you can one shot, overgear, survivability is not an issue and want to kill as fast as possible

This is a balanced, jack of all trades build intended for when you do not want to swap gear or use tomes to change talents. It will get you through normal and heroic Nighthold pretty effortlessly. Your gear i.e. haste will account for your SB uptime and physical damage mitigation. Your talents and reduced CD on demo shout will account for your magical damage mitigation as well as increase your DPS output.

Talents

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Gearing

Haste 30% > Mastery > Versatility > Critical strike

 

Boss Tank

Talents

Magic damage mitigation + burst window

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Gearing

Haste 30% > Mastery > Versatility > Critical strike

Breakdown

A close mix between physical and magical with the boss tank taking slightly higher magical damage. 100% SB uptime is not necessary as you will have moments of downtime to regain charges. This build also allows for high burst output during vulnerable.

 

Mythic Skorpyron Guide for Protection Warriors

Add Tank

Talents

Sustained ST to kill off red adds

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Eliminate aggro issues

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Gearing

Haste 30% > Mastery > Versatility > Critical strike

Breakdown

Pretty much anything goes here, since your rank hungry DDs will tumble over each other to kill off the adds. You can always just run the boss tank build to help with bursting down the boss. As add tank you will be taking slightly higher physical over magical damage. Your job here is to pick up the adds quickly and bring them close to the boss. They will be stunned for the majority of their life and then die shortly after. With this being the first boss you can mix and match and experiment with your talents. Try to find the setup that works best for your raid group.

Talents

For high uptime on boss

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For burst during increased damage window

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Gearing

For high uptime on boss

Haste 30% > Mastery > Versatility > Critical strike

For burst during increased damage window

Versatility > Mastery > Haste > Critical strike

Breakdown

The melee white hits (physical) will account for anywhere between 20%-40% of your damage taken. Everything else will be magic damage. There are frequent tank swaps and the slow and fast time mechanics devalue haste. Depending on when you pick up orb you might be taking even more magic dmg.

Mythic Chronomatic Anomaly Guide for Protection Warriors

Talents

For spike (slash) damage mitigation

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For high uptime on boss/add

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Gearing

For spike (slash) damage mitigation

Versatility > Mastery > Haste > Critical strike

For high uptime on boss

Haste 30% > Mastery > Versatility > Critical strike

Breakdown

Anywhere between 30%-40% of the incoming damage will be from physical melee hits. With frequent tank swaps and the odd NF you will be able to block all swings. What matters here is mitigating his slash.

Mythic Trilliax Guide for Protection Warriors

Talents

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Gearing

Haste 30% > Mastery > Versatility > Critical strike

Breakdown

70%+ of the incoming damage is physical and blockable including the heavy hitting annihilate.  Max SB uptime is desirable in addition to utilizing NF to counter Annihilates.

Mythic Spellblade Aluriel Guide for Protection Warriors

Talents

For max suvivability

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For issues with beating enrage timer

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Gearing

Versatility > Mastery > Haste > Critical strike

Breakdown

Predominantly magical damage, the few melee attacks you receive don’t do much. The stacking DoT on the other hand… There is almost no reason to press SB.

Mythic Krosus Guide for Protection Warriors

Talents

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Gearing

Versatility > Mastery > Haste > Critical strike

Breakdown

Entirely magical damage. The adds in P3 are negligible. The damage from comets is blockable so make sure to have SB for that. A case can be made for indomitable if you find you are away from the boss too often to utilize devastator.

Mythic Star Augur Etraeus Guide for Protection Warriors

Talents

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Gearing

Haste 30% > Mastery > Versatility > Critical strike

Breakdown

70%+ of the incoming damage is physical and blockable melee attacks with no single ability hitting for more than 800k. Max SB uptime is desirable. indomitable is a valid option during progression. All tier 3 and 4 talents are viable and will only slightly change your playstyle. Which one you should choose will be covered in the dedicated guide and is based on personal preference and raid composition.

Mythic Tichondrius Guide for Protection Warriors

Talents

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Gearing

Haste 30% > Mastery > Versatility > Critical strike

Breakdown

60%+ of the incoming damage is physical and blockable. Max SB uptime is desirable. If you keep the constant melee damage low, healers will have an easier time to heal you up after the magic bursts.

Mythic High Botanist Tel’arn Guide for Protection Warriors

Talents

For progression

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Gearing

Versatility > Mastery > Haste > Critical strike

Breakdown

Anywhere between 40%-60% of the incoming damage will be from blockable melee hits. However, they do not hit hard by themselves and carefully coordinated SB will eliminate the need for HR and haste stacking. indomitable is a valid option during progression as there are several abilities that will deal 1m+ dmg per hit.

Talents

Mitigate spike damage

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Mitigate contant melee damage

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Gearing

Haste 30% > Mastery > Versatility > Critical strike

Breakdown

Melee hits will account for 50%-60% of the incoming damage. If you focus on maximizing SB uptime your health will be dropping less, allowing your healers to keep your HP relatively high for the incoming damage spikes. If you prefer faster cooldown resets you will reduce spike damage from scythe and breaking bonds, but will be taking higher damage melee swings.

Mythic Gul’dan Guide for Protection Warriors


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