Arms Warrior DPS Statistics Priority and Reforging (MoP 5.4)

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Arms Warriors in World of Warcraft MoP 5.4, how the class benefits from each of them, and what your reforging strategy should be. We also detail what the various caps are (if any) and why they should be attained.

The statistics priority is important as it influences reforging strategies as well as itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

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

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. Basics↑top

The stat priority for an Arms Warrior is:

  1. Hit Rating (until 7.5%);
  2. Expertise Rating (until 7.5%);
  3. Strength;
  4. Critical Strike Rating;
  5. Mastery Rating;
  6. Haste Rating.

These statistics have been obtained by combining common sense, in-game testing, and simulations using Simulation Craft.

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2. Getting a Better Understanding↑top

Hit Rating decreases the chance that your melee attacks will miss their target (7.5% against a raid boss). Therefore, your goal is to reach the 7.5% hit cap (see section below), which will ensure that your attacks never miss.

Expertise Rating decreases the chance that your melee attacks will be dodged (7.5% against a raid boss). Therefore, your goal is to reach the 7.5% expertise cap (see section below), which will ensure that your attacks are never dodged. Note that you should always be attacking bosses from behind, which prevents them from parrying your attacks. Therefore, it is usually unnecessary (unless the boss cannot be attacked from behind) to decrease the chance that your attacks will be parried (something that you can do by stacking Expertise Rating after reaching the 7.5% cap).

Strength is your primary statistic. You should look for it in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do.

Critical Strike Rating is particularly beneficial thanks to the fact that Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike and Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash critical strikes trigger Enrage Icon Enrage.

Haste Rating increases your attack speed.

Mastery Rating, through, Mastery: Strikes of Opportunity Icon Mastery: Strikes of Opportunity, gives your melee attacks a chance to trigger an additional melee attack which hits for 55% weapon damage.

2.1. Hit Cap

At level 90, most races require 2,550 Hit Rating to reach the melee hit cap. Draenei, thanks to Heroic Presence Icon Heroic Presence, only need 2,210 Hit Rating.

2.2. Expertise Cap

At level 90, most races require 2,550 Expertise Rating to reach the expertise cap. Some races, in some cases, only need 2,210 Expertise Rating, thanks to passive racial skills:

3. Changelog↑top

  • 16 Oct. 2013: Removed mentions of the critical strike cap affecting the value of Critical Strike Rating.
  • 13 Oct. 2013: Moved Mastery Rating above Haste Rating in the stat priority.
  • 12 Sep. 2013: Patch 5.4 update: nothing to change.
  • 20 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: nothing to change.
  • 04 May 2013: Added mention that Critical Strike Chance ceases to be the best secondary stat after a certain point.