Aspiring Warrior Tanks Wanna Know

TGAPGeorge – Warrior Tank

Tanking stats; they tell us where we need to be to do what we gotta do.   A few months ago I scoured the net looking for an answer to a simple question:

“What are the minimum stats I need to have?”

The answers were suprisingly difficult to find — and never found all in one place.  TankSpot, TankingTips, and ElitistJerks helped a great deal, but I still found a lot of things like, “Have 102.4% avoidance,” but never an explanation on what that meant.  More importantly, when I looked at my character, often the numbers didn’t match.  (For example, have 214 expertise. In-game, the character sheet says 25.)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m in awe of the work done to figure all this out.  It’s just I wish I had found a list that clearly, plainly, and simply suggested the accepted stat goals.  Heh, like the one I did here.

So for the inquisitive Warrior Tank, here are your minimums.

For Heroics:

  • Defense      535  (To be uncrittable)
  • Health        20k
  • Armor        20k
  • Expertise    25  (To remove Boss parries)

For Naxx:

  • Defense      540 (To be uncrittable, but more is better)
  • Health        25k
  • Armor        23k
  • Strength    820
  • Dodge        20%
  • Parry        16%
  • Block        19%
  • Expertise    25**
  • Hit    **

**Now, you have a choice between going for either of these

  • Expertise    57  (To remove Boss parries and dodges)
  • Hit     265  (So you don’t, uh… miss)

There’s a choice because I can’t figure out how to get both, even with gems and enchants.  If anyone knows an equipment/gems/enchants combination that will do it, please let me know!

I am not the authority on this, these are just the answers I found to my stat questions.  For more detailed info, well, visit the links above.

Now go get ’em!


3 Responses to Aspiring Warrior Tanks Wanna Know

  1. Namthe says:

    You only need 535 defense to be uncrittable in heroics, as the highest level mob there is level 82 (sorry if it seems like I’m only posting corrections, I didn’t intend that way)

    As for expertise / hit, you can always go for (accurate monarch topaz) though to be honest until you hit 57 expertise I wouldn’t worry about hit so much.

  2. TGAPGeorge says:

    Hey, posting corrections is better than nothing. I can’t claim any of these stats personally. I didn’t do the math, I didn’t do the research. I just listened to my guildies, fellow players, and read great Tanking blogs.

    This list is the culmination of all the questions and theorycraft conversations I had in the first couple months of being a tank. I found bits and pieces of it all over the net, but never in one spot.

    Your comment is a lot like many conversations I’ve had in-game. Imagine that you, Namthe, Me, and a noob Tank are chatting in Vent. This is how our conversation would go:

    Noob Tank – “Hey, for heroics, what does my defense have to be?”
    Me – “It’s got to be 540 so the bosses can’t crit ya.”
    Noob Tank – “Cool, thanks.”
    Namthe – “Actually, since the bosses in heroics are only 82, you only have to be 535 defense.”
    Me – “Really? I didn’t know that. Wish I had been told that when I hit lvl 80. Woulda saved some time.”
    Noob Tank – “Cool, thanks. Uh, anyone wanna run Nexus?”

    One of the main purposes of this blog — and I think most Tanking blogs — is helping out fellow Tanks. In doing that, I’d rather get it right, than be “right.”


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