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Arms Warrior DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 16, 2016 at 19:46 by Wordup 165 comments

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General Information

This page is a gear reference for Arms Warriors. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Arms Warrior guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Archimtiros, one of the best DPS Warriors in the world, who raids in Infinity. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. Best in Slot List

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Venom-Fanged Barbute Icon Venom-Fanged Barbute Elerethe Renferal
Neck Cursed Beartooth Necklace Icon Cursed Beartooth Necklace Ursoc
Shoulders Midnight Herald's Pauldrons Icon Midnight Herald's Pauldrons Xavius
Cloak Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak Icon Gossamer-Spun Greatcloak Elerethe Renferal
Chest Insect-Etched Chestplate Icon Insect-Etched Chestplate Nythendra
Wrists Dragonbone Wristclamps Icon Dragonbone Wristclamps Dragons of Nightmare
Gloves Fitted Ironbark Gauntlets Icon Fitted Ironbark Gauntlets Cenarius
Belt Eon-Tempered Waistplate Icon Eon-Tempered Waistplate Xavius
Legs Storm-Battered Legplates Icon Storm-Battered Legplates Elerethe Renferal
Boots Trampling Warboots Icon Trampling Warboots Ursoc
Ring #1 Mindrend Band Icon Mindrend Band Dragons of Nightmare
Ring #2 Dreadful Cyclopean Signet Icon Dreadful Cyclopean Signet Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Trinket #1 Spontaneous Appendages Icon Spontaneous Appendages Il'gynoth, Heart of Corruption
Trinket #2 Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal Withered J'im

1.1. Trinkets

With the trinkets listed, this assumes that you are comparing against equal item level pieces. The information has been taken both through log trend observations, and simulations of individual trinkets as seen below:

Trinket Simulations

New Karazhan trinkets appear to have some issues with simulation in some cases, so be wary of how strong they are, mostly due to the Nightbane chest 30% increase effect being active whether equipped or not. This is generated with an 865~ item level profile so bear in mind different gear may return different results. Trial of Valor trinkets appear to be upscaled Stat Stick trinkets, so can be followed by the same WQ lines.

1.2. Evaluating Upgrades with dynamic Item Levels

Due to the Warforging/Titanforging system, having a full comprehensive list of gear ranked against each other would be far too elaborate and confusing to compile, and as such it is recommended instead to evaluate upscaled items using rough stat weights. As always with weights, they can change depending on your gear and to get them perfectly accurate for your character, it is always advised to simulate it yourself, however for the purpose of this I will use example Arms stat weights:

These were calculated using the Advanced build, and 840 Pre-Raid gear:

  • Mastery: 1.4
  • Haste: 1.09
  • Versatility: 1.03
  • Strength: 1
  • Critical Strike: 0.89

If we then compare two pairs of gloves, we can get a rough evaluation of which to use. Starting with Fitted Ironbark Gauntlets Icon Fitted Ironbark Gauntlets, these come with 1287 Strength, 383 Mastery, and 712 Haste, so we can use this to calculate a relative value:

712×1.09 + 383×1.4 + 1287×1 = 2599.28

Then comparing to Primal Gauntlets of Rage Icon Primal Gauntlets of Rage, these come with 1287 Strength, 783 Critical Strike, and 312 Haste, which can be evaluated in a similar way:

783×0.89 + 312×1.09 + 1287×1 = 2323.95

Through this we can see that the value of Fitted Ironbark Gauntlets Icon Fitted Ironbark Gauntlets is higher than Primal Gauntlets of Rage Icon Primal Gauntlets of Rage, and are the better choice to use. As said though, these weights can differ depending on the content you are doing, your talent selections, and the other gear you are currently wearing, as many stats synergise with others and scale exponentially, increasing their value.

2. Racial Bonuses

Racial Simulations

Racial bonuses are quite minimal for most classes currently, and this is also true for Arms. Whilst this image shows rough estimations for each Race, there are always extra factors that can push some Races above the more passive ones, so I would recommend playing whichever you like the most as the difference is so minor.

3. Legendary Items

Legendary items have a high item level of 895, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

Ayala's Stone Heart Icon Ayala's Stone Heart is a solid choice as it allows for Execute Icon Execute uses in situations it would either be unfavorable, or unavailable due to the targets health, so it does alter the rotation somewhat, but not too drastically. It also counts as a 40 Rage Execute cast both for the purposes of damage and for Tactician Icon Tactician, making it even better.

Archavon's Heavy Hand Icon Archavon's Heavy Hand is very powerful, as it almost renders Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike Rage neutral, and with In For The Kill Icon In For The Kill turns it into a generation tool sub 20%. Always a great choice.

Weight of the Earth Icon Weight of the Earth provides an additional source of triggering your Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash effect and, much like  Icon Warbreaker, has great applications due to being AoE. Also synergises well with Bounding Stride Icon Bounding Stride for a reduced cooldown. It does not, however, apply Shattered Defenses Icon Shattered Defenses, which makes it less impactful in single target.

Naj'entus's Vertebrae Icon Naj'entus's Vertebrae was recently reduced in effectiveness, only granting 1 extra hit during AoE. This does sync quite well with Fervor of Battle Icon Fervor of Battle in cleave situations, and makes for a good equip.

Aggramar's Stride Icon Aggramar's Stride is purely a utility item, granting a small amount of extra mobility. As Arms does not heavily favour Haste, this will have quite a low effect, and you already have a quite robust mobility toolkit which reduces how much of an effect it provides.

Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles Icon Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles provides a small amount of passive healing during your regular rotation. This can be great in open world and solo content to keep yourself topped off, but its group content uses are more limited due to the relatively low healing coming in.

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret has some fringe bonuses for extra mobility and an extra Haste proc activating after crowd control effects, such as Intimidating Shout Icon Intimidating Shout, unfortunately this has a long cooldown and requires targets vulnerable to Fear. There are talent options that can improve the uptime, but due to the Crowd Control requirement this largely relegates the effect to dungeons.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus could have some powerful survivability uses to survive large bursts of raid damage if it syncs up with the recharge time and avoiding damage is possible, but it is too specific to recommend until more is known about the texture of the upcoming raids.

4. Loot Competition

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Hunters, Monks, Shamans, and Fury/Protection Warriors
Plate Armor Death Knights, Paladins, and Fury/Protection Warriors
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Frost/Unholy Death Knights, Retribution Paladins, and Fury Warriors

5. ChangeLog

  • 16 Nov. 2016: Updated BiS trinkets and trinket simulations.
  • 25 Oct. 2016: Added Karazhan trinket to the trinket simulations.
  • 30 Sep. 2016: Trinket update in BiS list.
  • 28 Sep. 2016: Updated BiS.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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