What You Need to Know About World of Warcraft Tanking

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As you progress through the game, you will find that there is a lot of talk about World of Warcraft tanking. World of Warcraft tanking is something that hinges on the ability of certain characters to manage threat, that is, the amount of aggression that a monster is showing. The job of the tank is an important once, especially as you enter the higher levels and start cooperating with other characters. Take some time to learn about what tanking is, how to do it effectively and what goes into good tanking.

Essentially the main role of a tank is to make sure that other characters do not get attacked and to make sure that you can absorb damage. Tanks most commonly wear the heaviest armor that is available in the game and their job is to protect the people who wear cloth. The trade off is that tanks frequently do not rank at the top of the damage charts; that role falls to damage dealers like mages and rogues. A good tank is something that is very important to have when you start raiding, and many people find that this is a very satisfying role to play.

A tank needs to manage aggro and if you are interested in World of Warcraft tanking, you should know what aggro is. In game terms, aggro is the amount of aggressive interest an enemy target has in a specific character. A tank will endeavor to keep as much of the aggro focused on themselves as possible. If the enemy is busy attacking the tank and wearing itself down on the plate armor that the tank is wearing, it is not going after the caster, which cannot take much abuse.

In many situations, the tank will ideally be the only one taking damage. The healers will keep you going, while the damage dealers will be taking care of the enemies. One way to tell whether or not you are doing a good job tanking is to see who the healer has to work on. If the healer needs to heal someone besides the tank, the aggro is not being adequately managed.

When you are thinking about getting started with World of Warcraft tanking, you'll discover that there are a few classes that you need to look into. When people think about tanks, mostly their thoughts go straight to warriors that are specialized in the Protection tree. Protection warriors specifically have talents that allow them to draw aggro towards themselves and away from other characters. Druids who specialize in the Feral tree, paladins who specialize in the Protection tree and death knights are other classes which make good tanks.

Take a moment to think about tanking and to think about whether or not it is something that you would like to try.

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Derek Smithson has written articles on World of Warcraft gold and the many World of Warcraft mods which are available, as well as a number of World of Warcraft guides.

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This article was published on 2010/03/31