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Shield Wall
Ability warrior shieldwall.png
  • Shield Wall
  • 3 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Reduces all damage taken by 40% for 8 sec.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant
Cooldown3 min
Level required48
Related buff
Ability warrior shieldwall.png
  • Shield Wall
  • All damage taken reduced by 40%.
  • Duration: 8 seconds
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The strength in a warrior's shield comes from within.
- "Bonewall" Simms (TCG)

Shield Wall is a warrior ability learned at level 48 for those with the Protection specialization. It is a defensive self-buff that costs no Rage. It has a three minute cooldown. When activated it absorbs 40% of all incoming damage for eight seconds.

Modified by

Protection (Warrior) Protection abilities


  • Shield Wall falls into Panic button territory, and is best saved for when you just have to survive a little bit longer. Examples include an OOM healer, just a few adds too many, an enraged end-instance/Raid Boss, too many stacks of a debuff that reduces healing received, or a Battle Ground flag run.
  • Shield Wall is the one of the most powerful form of damage reduction in the game, and is extremely effective at keeping the warrior alive. In addition, shield wall does not drop aggro, so it allows a warrior to continue tanking, unlike Blessing of Protection.
  • For more day-to-day panic, there may be less extreme measures available: [Hamstring]ing or using the much faster cooldown [Shield Block] while you finish it off, or even just dying and being raised again by the group healer if it doesn't look like a total wipe is hinged on your survival. Bear in mind that it isn't an invulnerability shield, and even 40% damage from a ?? Elite can still hurt plenty.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Shield Wall is now available only to Protection Warriors.; Shield Wall now lasts 8 seconds (down from 12 seconds).
  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (21-May-2013): Shield Wall's cooldown has been reduced to 3 minutes, down from 5 minutes.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Retaliation, Recklessness and Shield Wall no longer have stance requirements.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade/ World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Shield Wall now reduces all damage taken by 50% for 12 seconds, cooldown reduced to 5 minutes.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.7.0 (13-Sep-2005): Shield Wall will no longer be canceled if you switch stances while the effect is active.

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