Items with over 70% Defensive Value

  • Warmog's Armor item.png Warmog's Armor (92% to 162%) is definitely a top choice for any tank. It has a great defensive value which only gets better and better with time.
  • Innervating Locket item.png Innervating Locket (66% to 157% depending on frequency of ability use)
  • Doran's Shield item.png Doran's Shield (154%) is an AMAZING starter item for a tank with the highest flat ratio out of any item and will still offer its benefits later in the game.
  • Force of Nature item.png Force of Nature (90% to 138% or more) is definitely your top choice if you need MR.
  • Warden's Mail item.png Warden's Mail (123%) and Heart of Gold are great investments if you need armor. Upgrading to Randuin's Omen is actually not cost effective and should only be done if you're out of space or need the CDR. Investing in a second Warden's Mail after upgrading to Randuin's Omen (or even before) is actually a smart move if you're facing a lot of AD opponents.
  • Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen (99% not counting slow enemy passive)
  • Heart of Gold item.png Heart of Gold (96%) is a worthwhile investment even if you don't want Randuin's Omen... especially since Tank icon tanks don't generally make a lot of money through other means.
  • Aegis of the Legion item.png Aegis of the Legion (92%) is not a top item to benefit yourself but it is cost effective enough and helps out your teammates.
  • Philosopher's Stone item.png Philosopher's Stone (82%)
  • Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage (79% not counting the passive healing effect)
  • Thornmail item.png Thornmail (78%)
  • Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil (76% not counting the spell block every 30s)
  • Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape (75%)
  • Shurelya's Reverie item.png Shurelya's Reverie (72%)
  • Doran's Ring item.png Doran's Ring (71%)
  • Doran's Blade item.png Doran's Blade (71%)
  • Leviathan item.png Leviathan only reaches cost effectiveness at over 10 charges which, with a Tank icon tank character, is difficult to get.
  • Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel is actually a VERY disappointing item at 64% and I don't think the passive makes up the difference (750hp/5 minutes -> 12.5hp/5 -> +14%, bringing it up to 78%... without any other bonuses)