Arms Warrior DPS Starter Guide - Shadowlands 9.0.5
Welcome to our Arms Warrior starter guide, which covers everything you need to start playing a new character in Shadowlands. While our other guide pages go into more individual detail, this simple starter guide covers all the basics in one place, whether you're a new Arms Warrior, a returning player to Shadowlands, hardcore, or casual alike, it's the best place to get a beginners overview on the class. Included are basic talent builds, simplified rotations, stats, legendary recommendations, and more to get you started as quickly as possible.
Please keep in mind that this page is meant to get beginner players started quickly, and does not contain much in the way of detailed explanations, mechanics, competitive options, gearing, simulation comparisons, or nuance. For more in-depth information, including all those optimizations and more, check out the complete Arms Warrior Guide pages linked in the navigation on the left-hand side of the page, and if you're still leveling up in Shadowlands, you can take a look at our
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Best Arms Warrior Covenant
Each covenant excels in a different area of gameplay, although they remain viable in those they are not primarily suited for. Even if you're prioritizing raiding, Venthyr perform very well in Mythic+ and PvP, while Night Fae and Kyrian are only slightly behind in single target raid situations, giving Arms Warriors have a lot of flexibility in Covenant choice. Each offers its own special abilities, soulbinds, conduits, transmoggable armor sets, and other perks, so check out our Covenant pages for more information to help you decide which covenant to pledge to. Keep in mind, the choice also is not final and can be periodically changed.
Single Target - Venthyr >> Night Fae > Kyrian >> Necrolord
Multitarget - Night Fae > Kyrian >> Venthyr >> Necrolord
Gameplay wise, the biggest difference between them is that Venthyr Condemn replaces Execute with a version that can be used more frequently, causing them to talent into
at all times. Night Fae and Kyrian instead gain a new attack on a moderate cooldown, and Necrolords gain a long group cooldown.
Best Arms Warrior Covenant
Kyrian Arms Warrior GuideNecrolord Arms Warrior Guide
Night Fae Arms Warrior GuideVenthyr Arms Warrior Guide
Best Arms Warrior Legendaries
Arms Warriors have two prime legendary choices, largely depending on their covenant and content type.
is the go-to legendary power for Mythic+ and single target raids as Venthyr, while members of other covenants and players focused on PvP will want to prioritize
for raid and Mythic+
as a raid alternative.
If you plan to make multiple legendaries, remember that you don't have to upgrade them at the same rate - early on,
is very hard to come by, but over time you will end up with more than enough, allowing you to make and upgrade whatever legendries you want. Take a look at our
to learn more about other items you can craft, or our
to find all the materials you need to craft them.
Arms Warrior Legendaries Guide
Best Arms Warrior Talents
Arms Warriors use the same talents for a lot of content, although a handful of talents stand out in particular areas. If you are still leveling,
perform very well together, while
synergize very well in AoE heavy dungeons and Mythic+. This talent build is primarily focused on single target/raiding for players getting started with end game activities, but our
Arms Warrior Talent Guide
goes into more detail for each talent, as well as providing specific builds for questing, Mythic+, and Raids.
Arms Warrior Talents Guide
Arms Warrior Stat Priority
Unlike previous expansions, primary stats such as Strength are much more important than they used to be, and secondary stats are close enough together that item level is usually more important factor when it comes to choosing gear. You can find out more about how stats work, including sample stat weights and scaling plots in the
, or get an overview of the best-in-slot gear to look for from dungeons and raids in the
Arms Warrior Gear Guide
Strength > Crit > Mastery > Haste > Versatility
: Increases all damage done by native class spells, abilities, and auto attacks. Previously one of the weakest stats, but now much more impactful, making raw item level much more important again.
: Increases auto-attack rage generation, as well as damage done by abilities, auto attacks, and trinkets. It is the most important stat for reducing downtime in the rotation.
: Increases the damage to targets affected by Deep Wounds. It does not affect outside sources of damage such as trinkets, potions, or enchantments.
: Compresses the rotation by reducing both the GCD and the cooldown of the rotational abilities such as Mortal Strike, Skullsplitter, and Cleave. The stats value frequently fluctuates with that of Critical Strike.
: Increases damage done and reduces damage taken by half the amount. Unlike Mastery, however, it affects all damage done including trinkets, potions, and enchantments.
Arms Warrior Stats Guide
Arms Warrior Enchants and Consumables
: Increase stamina and tertiary bonuses, which are largely interchangeable. When in doubt, choose extra stamina or avoidance.
附魔披风 - 强化闪避
附魔披风 - 强化吸血
附魔披风 - 强化速度
附魔披风 - 灵魂活力
: Strength & auto-attack -
附魔胸甲 - 永恒争端
: Hearth cooldown -
附魔护腕 - 庇荫炉石
: Increases Strength -
附魔手套 - 永恒力量
: Reduced fall damage -
附魔靴子 - 灵魂之步
: Increases Haste
附魔戒指 - 爆击之义
附魔戒指 - 爆击之约
: Stats -
附魔武器 - 天界指引
: Damage -
附魔武器 - 罪孽启示
in Single Target or
附魔武器 - 无光之力
Arms Warrior Enchants Guide
Best Arms Warrior Rotation
This is a typical Arms Warrior DPS rotation, using the talents recommended above. More optimized rotations and notes on on cooldown use can be found in the
Arms Warrior Rotation Guide
to open combat or close distance to the target
on cooldown until Execute is available, then only to maintain
for Night Fae or
Arms Warrior Rotation Guide
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