Arms Warrior DPS Gems, Enchants, Professions, and Consumables (MoP 5.4)

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General Information

On this page, we present you with the best gems and enchants for an Arms Warrior in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4. We also list the best consumables (food, flasks, and potions) and profession-specific perks.

Make sure to check our Gear Optimisation Guide, which serves as a support guide for this page.

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

About Our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Jalopy, one of the best Arms Warriors in the world, who raids in Duality. You can follow his stream on Twitch.

1. Gems↑top

As an Arms Warrior, it is important to obtain the Hit and Expertise soft caps (of 7.5%). However, given a reasonable gear level, both these caps are attainable without the need to gem for them (simply through innate stats and reforging), so we do not mention these gems in the table below (with the exception of hybrid Hit Rating gems, which are recommended).

Sockets Gems
Meta Socket Reverberating Primal Diamond Icon Reverberating Primal Diamond or Capacitive Primal Diamond Icon Capacitive Primal Diamond (better)
Red Socket Inscribed Vermilion Onyx Icon Inscribed Vermilion Onyx/Perfect Inscribed Tiger Opal Icon Perfect Inscribed Tiger Opal
Yellow SocketPrismatic Socket Smooth Sun's Radiance Icon Smooth Sun's Radiance/Perfect Smooth Sunstone Icon Perfect Smooth Sunstone or Smooth Serpent's Eye Icon Smooth Serpent's Eye (JC)
Blue Socket Piercing Wild Jade Icon Piercing Wild Jade/Perfect Piercing Alexandrite Icon Perfect Piercing Alexandrite

If you are still unsure what the optimal gemming strategy is for your character, you can Ask Mr. Robot for a personalised optimisation of your character's gear, by filling the form below.

2. Enchants↑top

Slot Main Enchantments Extra Enchantments
Chest Enchant Chest - Glorious Stats Icon Enchant Chest - Glorious Stats
Wrists Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer (Blacksmithing)
Hands Enchant Gloves - Super Strength Icon Enchant Gloves - Super Strength
Waist Living Steel Belt Buckle Icon Living Steel Belt Buckle

Note that Extra Enchantments can be applied to an item in addition to a Main Enchantment.

3. Consumables↑top

3.1. Food

You should always eat food that gives you Strength. You will be granted:

3.2. Flask

Your flask should be a Flask of Winter's Bite Icon Flask of Winter's Bite.

3.3. Potion

During the encounter, your best choice for a potion will be Potion of Mogu Power Icon Potion of Mogu Power.

4. Summing-up Profession Perks↑top

Choosing a profession for your Arms Warrior can impact your raid performance. As a rule, you should shy away from gathering professions (with the exception of Herbalism), which leaves the following viable professions for raiding:

Profession Perks
Tailoring Provides +1000 Attack Power in average through Swordguard Embroidery Icon Swordguard Embroidery, instead of +180 Critical Strike from Enchant Cloak - Superior Critical Strike Icon Enchant Cloak - Superior Critical Strike and +180 Hit from Enchant Cloak - Accuracy Icon Enchant Cloak - Accuracy.
Blacksmithing Provides a 640 Critical Strike Rating gain through two extra sockets, Socket Bracer Icon Socket Bracer and Socket Gloves Icon Socket Gloves, in which you can fit 2 Smooth Sun's Radiance Icon Smooth Sun's Radiance.
Jewelcrafting Provides a 320 Strength gain through the ability of using 2 Bold Serpent's Eye Icon Bold Serpent's Eye.
Alchemy Provides an 320 Strength gain to your flask through Mixology Icon Mixology.
Enchanting Provides a 320 Strength gain through Enchant Ring - Greater Strength Icon Enchant Ring - Greater Strength.
Engineering Provides +1,920 Strength for 10 seconds every minute through Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs (the overall gain is +320 Strength).
Inscription Provides a 320 Strength gain through Secret Tiger Fang Inscription Icon Secret Tiger Fang Inscription.
Leatherworking Provides an 320 Strength gain through Fur Lining - Strength Icon Fur Lining - Strength. Also provides Draconic Leg Reinforcements Icon Draconic Leg Reinforcements, a much cheaper equivalent to Angerhide Leg Armor Icon Angerhide Leg Armor, the traditional leg enchant.
Herbalism Provides a 480 Haste Rating gain in average through Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood.

Blacksmithing and Engineering is currently the best profession combination for Arms Warriors. Blacksmithing provides a Critical Strike Rating or Haste Rating increase higher than that offered by any other profession.

Engineering should be your second profession, as it provides you with Synapse Springs Icon Synapse Springs, which you can line up with Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash, and with other cooldowns.

5. Changelog↑top

  • 13 Jan. 2014: Added new food items added in patch 5.4.
  • 15 Oct. 2013: Removed haste gems from the guide.
  • 10 Sep. 2013: Patch 5.4: removed Frag Belt Icon Frag Belt, following its nerf.
  • 20 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: nothing to change.
  • 04 May 2013: Updated the gemming suggestions to account for the fact that at a certain point, Haste Rating becomes preferable to Critical Strike Rating. Added a mention that Blacksmithing and Engineering is the best profession combination.
  • 24 Apr. 2013: Added legendary meta-gem.
  • 02 Apr. 2013: Removed green-quality gems.
  • 02 Apr. 2013: Improved advice for choosing your profession.
  • 07 Mar. 2013: Slightly updated Yellow Socket recommendations.