The primary gear perk to focus on is Ward gear. However, it’s important to note that Ward and Bane gear will be removed from the game in October. As a result, it is wise not to heavily invest in crafting or buying this gear at this stage. Instead, you can make use of easier-to-obtain gear to sustain your tanking until the changes take effect.
There are multiple types of Ward gear available, such as Ancient Ward, Angry Earth Ward, Beast Ward, Corrupted Ward, Human Ward, and Lost Ward. Each Expedition in the game features specific enemy types, and you should match your Ward gear to the corresponding Expedition for optimal effectiveness.
It is crucial to distinguish between Best in Slot (BiS) gear and easily obtainable gear. BiS gear typically includes perks that enhance your weapon abilities, such as Contagious Reverse Stab, Leeching Cyclone, and Relentless Freedom. These perks, combined with both the Ward perk and Refreshing, create BiS gear items. However, finding these items randomly through crafting or looting can be exceedingly challenging.
For Shields and Amulets, Protection Perks can be utilized and are particularly beneficial. It is advisable to obtain multiple Amulets, each with a different protection perk, and switch them depending on the type of boss you are facing. Slash Protection, Strike Protection, Flame Protection, and Void Protection are among the most useful options.
To tank most effectively, a Tower Shield must have the Fortifying Shield Rush perk. Amulets should have Health, a Protection Perk, and Fortified is the best option when using Fortifying Shield Rush. Earrings should have the Refreshing Toast perk to reduce the cooldown of all potions. Rings with the Hearty perk are recommended to provide additional Max Stamina, enabling more blocking and dodging.