Dragonflight Arms Warrior DPS Guide

Overview of Arms Warrior

Arms Warriors concentrate in bleeds, proc gameplay, and execute damage and are high intensity damage dealers. The rotation begins with a mix of Mortal Strike, Overpower, and Rend, interrupted by brief bursts of Colossus Smash damage, and ends with a strong dose of Execute. The trick is to spend just enough to avoid overcapping, but not so much that you starve and are unable to complete global cooldowns. Their rotation is very resource-intensive, but it is also generated quickly, creating spikey gameplay where the special resource, Rage, quickly fills and empties in large chunks. Arms Warriors must constantly plan ahead because almost every skill uses resources.

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Arms Warrior Talent Builds

For a more raid oriented talent build, you can use the following Juggernaut talent loadout.

You can import the Juggernaut talent build with the following loadout code: BcEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAQplIRkQkkSrkEAAAAQQkIKEQREQiQSoJRIAhECAAAAAAAAJBJJgQ0QA

For a more Mythic+ oriented talent build, you can use the following Bonegrinder talent loadout.

You can import the Bonegrinder talent build with the following loadout code: BcEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIlWiERCJJalSkEAAAAEEhoQQUEBkIkEKSECQIhAAAAAAAAQiWCCIEQA

Arms Warrior Stat Priority

Although all of Arms' stats tend to be very close together and item level is often more significant than ideal stat distribution, Arms Warrior should concentrate on Critical Strike and Haste, followed by Versatility and Mastery.

Keep in mind that these weights can change significantly because Critical Strike and Haste have a complicated relationship. For example, while both stats increase rage generation, Haste also speeds up the GCD, which makes it possible for more abilities to fit into de/buff windows like Colossus Smash. Even if the two frequently switch places, it is advisable to pay attention to both up until the point of diminishing returns.

  • Strength > Critical Strike ~= Haste > Mastery > Versatility
  • Strength: 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.
  • Critical Strike: 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.
  • Haste: Compresses the rotation by reducing the GCD and the cooldown of the rotational abilities Mortal Strike, Skullsplitter, and Cleave. The stats value frequently fluctuates with that of Critical Strike.
  • Mastery: Increases the damage to targets affected by Deep Wounds. It does not affect outside sources of damage such as trinkets, potions, or enchantments.
  • Versatility: Increases damage and reduces damage taken by half. Unlike Mastery, however, it affects all damage done including trinkets, potions, and enchantments.

The above suggestion is only generic and exact values will change based on your gear available. In order to best know your best stats, we recommend you to sim your own character using many tools available in the community like SimulationCraftRaidbots provides you with an online platform for you to sim your characters and find your Arms Warrior stat priority for free! Learn more about that in the in-depth guide to Raidbots.

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Arms Warriors Best Consumables

Best Arms Warrior Enchants

Below is a list of the recommended enchants to use on your Arms Warrior gear in Dragonflight.

Slot Best Enchant Alternate Enchant
Weapon  Enchant Weapon - Frozen Devotion  Enchant Weapon - Sophic Devotion
Cloak  Enchant Cloak - Graceful Avoidance  Enchant Cloak - Homebound Speed
Chest  Enchant Chest - Waking Stats  Enchant Chest - Sustained Strength
Bracers  Enchant Bracer - Devotion of Avoidance  Enchant Bracer - Devotion of Leech
Legs  Fierce Armor Kit  Frosted Armor Kit
Boots  Enchant Boots - Watcher's Loam  Enchant Boots - Plainsrunner's Breeze
Ring  Enchant Ring - Devotion of Critical Strike  Enchant Ring - Devotion of Haste


Arms Warrior Phials in Dragonflight

The best phial for Arms Warriors is  Phial of Tepid Versatility in all content. While  Phial of Static Empowerment and  Iced Phial of Corrupting Rage are theoretically stronger, they come with a downside, where the Phial of Tepid Versatility has full uptime as well as a defensive benefit. Likewise,  Phial of Glacial Fury is arguably powerful in multitarget content, but new targets are rarely introduced quickly enough to maintain stacks, making it a gimmicky option at best.

Arms Warrior Combat Potions in Dragonflight

There are a couple different potions that have different useful scenarios for Arms Warriors:

Arms Warrior Weapon Buff in Dragonflight

Arms Warriors should apply  Buzzing Rune or  Howling Rune to their weapons, though sharpening stones are a very close second and can be used if they are significantly cheaper.

Arms Warrior Food Buff

Best Arms Warrior Gems in Dragonflight

 Inscribed Illimited Diamond and  Deadly Alexstraszite or  Crafty Alexstraszite are the best gems.


Pros and Cons

 Strengths Weaknesses
  • Strong execute starting at 35%
  • High burst AOE Cooldowns
  • Strong mobility with Charge and Heroic Leap
  • Raid Cooldowns such as Rallying Cry and strong personal defensives
  • Windfury Totem from Enhancement Shaman is a large part of your resource generation, and without one you will struggle with rage
  • Not many strong hybrid builds, you are either single-target or AOE, rarely ever both
  • Minimal ranged abilities mean certain boss mechanics may render you unable to attack for brief periods of time
  • Cooldowns are very movement restrictive
  • Very little self sustain, you can prevent damage but not heal yourself.

Arms Warrior Rotation Priority

With the additional restriction of starting combat with  Charge whenever possible, the Arms opener is essentially identical to its single target priority. Start by applying  Rend and  Mastery: Deep Wounds, with your Mastery typically being applied by  Colossus Smash or  Warbreaker. That will transition into a cooldown usage phase, which is shared with the standard single target priority described below.

  1.  Rend with < 4 seconds remaining on the debuff
  2.  Avatar simultaneously with Colossus Smash or Warbreaker
  3.  Colossus Smash on cooldown
  4.  Mortal Strike on cooldown
  5.  Thunderous Roar during Test of Might or In the for Kill buff windows
  6.  Execute to consume Sudden Death procs
  7.  Overpower with two charges off cooldown
  8.  Ignore Pain to dump rage off the GCD
  9.  Storm of Swords to dump rage
  10.  Thunder Clap to dump rage
  11.  Overpower with one charge off cooldown
  12.  Slam to spend excess rage

As a result of the changes in Patch 10.0.5, new builds are now available, with the primary one favoring Mortal Strike and Overpower while focusing on a number of high-rage spenders to power Anger Management and Test of Might. Whirlwind is transformed into a huge rage dump by Storm of Swords, Thunder Clap spends rage and refreshes Rend simultaneously, and Ignore Pain acts as a special off-GCD spender with an added defensive advantage. Slam is consequently nearly completely removed from the rotation, freeing up GCDs for prolonged Mortal Strike and Overpower proc chains because of their frequent resets. The build retains all of its bleeds as passive sources of additional damage, necessitating significantly less reapplication than before, even though Skullsplitter and Tide of Blood are no longer meta.

Execute Rotation Priority

  1.  Rend with < 4 seconds remaining on the debuff
  2.  Avatar simultaneously with Colossus Smash or Warbreaker
  3.  Colossus Smash on cooldown
  4.  Thunderous Roar during Test of Might or In for the Kill buff windows
  5.  Ignore Pain to avoid overcapping rage
  6.  Overpower while below 40 rage
  7.  Mortal Strike with two stacks of Executioner's Precision or to refresh Deep Wounds
  8.  Execute as the main spender
  9.  Overpower as a filler

Ignore Pain can still be utilized to prevent rage from capping, but Execute replaces Whirlwind, Thunder Clap, and Slam as the top priority rage spender below 35%. Mortal Strike is then only utilized to maintain Deep Wounds or with two stacks of Executioner's Precision, and thanks to Strength of Arms, Overpower now serves as a generator. Despite the rotation's high rage requirement, it helps with Anger Management, enabling Colossus Smash to be utilized frequently.

Colossus Smash and/or Avatar should be paired with any additional buffs, such as stat-boosting racial abilities, trinkets, or consumables, and the final use of any damage-increasing buffs or cooldowns should always be held for Execute phases.


Arms Warrior Multi-Target Rotation Priority

  Sweeping Strikes Sweeping Strikes combined with Colossus Smash are used to hit secondary targets in two target rotations, which are essentially identical to their single target counterparts. Warbreaker is not required, and other large AoE skills are generally avoided because their cooldowns pretty naturally match up while employing   Anger Management. Rend may also be swapped out for  Thunder Clap while talenting into  Blood and Thunder  in order to simplify things and avoid using the otherwise subpar ability during Sweeping Strikes.

  1.  Thunder Clap to apply Rend to multiple targets
  2.  Avatar with Warbreaker
  3.  Warbreaker to apply Colossus Smash and Deep Wounds
  4.  Cleave as the primary multitarget attack
  5.  Whirlwind to dump rage, especially during Merciless Bonegrinder buffs after Bladestorm
  6.  Thunderous Roar during Colossus Smash or Hurricane
  7.  Bladestorm during Colossus Smash
  8.  Sweeping Strikes when there are less than 4 targets, preferably during Execute range
  9.  Execute priority targets during Sweeping Strikes
  10.  Mortal Strike priority targets during Sweeping Strikes
  11.  Overpower as a free filler
  12.  Whirlwind as a filler rage dump

Stacking buffs is the key to dealing effective multitarget damage, and Arms Warriors have a number of them, including Warbreaker, Avatar, Merciless Bonegrinder, and Hurricane. With the exception of these cooldowns, the rotation mainly consists of using  Cleave to reapply Rend while using Overpower, Storm of Swords Whirlwind, or Thunder Clap. Cleave will be utilized every other GCD because of its short cooldown, resulting in an extremely active multitarget rotation.

Any stat-boosting racial abilities, trinkets, or consumables should always be used in conjunction with cooldowns, just like the single target rotation.


Offensive Cooldown Usage for Arms Warriors in Dragonflight

There are a number of cooldowns for Arms Warriors, however they are all primarily used on cooldown, or as much as possible. Cooldowns can be aligned when circumstances or timers permit, but they shouldn't be by much (typically no less than 10-15% of their actual cooldown) unless doing so will allow you to hit multiple targets when you would otherwise only hit one, or it will be your last use of the cooldown before the fight ends regardless. The rationale for this is that losing a cooldown's whole use is often a greater loss than what is gained by amplifying it by stacking it with other effects. Fundamentally, most cooldowns already automatically match, although talents such as Anger Management might cause them to desync.

  •  Colossus Smash: is the key cooldown for the specialization, which should be utilized frequently. Depending on how much rage is spent, Anger Management will always shorten the cooldown, bringing it closer to a CD of 20–30 seconds. Moreover, it activates the potent Test of Might boost, which increases Arms' long-term damage output significantly.
  •  Avatar is a secondary cooldown which syncs well with other cooldowns and, depending on the follow-on talent used, can have a variety of effects.
  •  Bladestorm is the main AoE attack. The benefits of its follow-on talents, Hurricane and Merciless Bonegrinder, outweigh its modest damage output.
  •  Spear of Bastion and  Thunderous Roar are more or less interchangeable, as you will rarely talent both of them at the same time. Although Thunderous Roar can have its cooldown shortened by extra talents and can then be utilized more or less on cooldown, adhering to the aforementioned rules, both cooldowns naturally coincide with Avatar and should be used together. Although Spear has the greatest burst potential, Arms will typically prefer Thunderous Roar since it makes bleeding more potent.

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