Fury Warrior DPS Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities (WoD 6.2)

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General Information

On this page, we list your Fury Warrior core abilities and how they should be used together (rotation) in World of Warcraft WoD 6.2. We also explain when to use your various cooldowns. Then, we go deeper and present all the subtleties that you will need to know if you want to excel at playing a Fury Warrior.

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

About Our Reviewer

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

1. Single Target Rotation↑top

Use the following priority system for your single target rotation.

If you are not Enraged, simply wait for Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst to become available before spending Rage or using Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow procs, unless by doing so you would either reach maximum Rage or waste Raging Blow procs.

  1. Use Berserker Rage Icon Berserker Rage if your Enrage Icon Enrage falls off and Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst is on cooldown.
  2. Use Execute Icon Execute, if you have a Sudden Death Icon Sudden Death proc.
  3. Use Wild Strike Icon Wild Strike when you have more than 90 Rage. If you have Bloodsurge Icon Bloodsurge procs, use Wild Strike as many times as necessary.
  4. Use Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow when you have 2 stacks.
  5. Use Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst
    • When you are not Enraged, if you have chosen the Unquenchable Thirst Icon Unquenchable Thirst talent.
    • When you are not Enraged, or you have less than 80 Rage, if you have not chosen the Unquenchable Thirst Icon Unquenchable Thirst talent.
  6. Use Wild Strike Icon Wild Strike, if you have a Bloodsurge Icon Bloodsurge proc.
  7. Use Ravager Icon Ravager, if you have chosen this talent.
  8. Use Storm Bolt Icon Storm Bolt or Dragon Roar Icon Dragon Roar, depending on your choice.
  9. Use Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow.
  10. Use Wild Strike Icon Wild Strike, if you are Enraged.
  11. Use Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst if you have chosen the Unquenchable Thirst Icon Unquenchable Thirst talent, and you have no other action available.

1.1. Execute Rotation

Try not to spend any rage if you are not currently Enraged. If your Rage is low enough, simply sit doing nothing until Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst is up again in order to attempt to refresh your Enrage Icon Enrage.

  1. Use Berserker Rage Icon Berserker Rage if your Enrage Icon Enrage falls off.
  2. Use Execute Icon Execute to avoid reaching maximum Rage, or if you have a Sudden Death Icon Sudden Death proc.
  3. Use Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst
    • When you are not Enraged, if you have chosen the Unquenchable Thirst Icon Unquenchable Thirst talent.
    • When you are not Enraged, or you have less than 90 Rage, if you have not chosen the Unquenchable Thirst Icon Unquenchable Thirst talent.
  4. Use Ravager Icon Ravager, if you have chosen this talent.
  5. Use Storm Bolt Icon Storm Bolt or Dragon Roar Icon Dragon Roar, depending on your choice.
  6. Use Execute Icon Execute, if you are Enraged.
  7. Use Wild Strike Icon Wild Strike, if you have a Bloodsurge Icon Bloodsurge proc.
  8. Use Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow.
  9. Use Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst if you have chosen the Unquenchable Thirst Icon Unquenchable Thirst talent, and you have no other action available.

1.2. Opening Rotation

At the start of the fight, the ideal opening rotation is as follows:

  1. Prepot.
  2. Charge Icon Charge in and place your Ravager Icon Ravager (you can click the ability to obtain the placement circle even before combat begins).
  3. Use Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst, Recklessness Icon Recklessness, and Bloodbath Icon Bloodbath or Avatar Icon Avatar (depending on your talent choice).
  4. Continue with your single target rotation.

2. Multiple Target Rotation↑top

If you are facing multiple enemies you should perform the following rotation.

  1. Use Ravager Icon Ravager.
  2. Use Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst to maintain your Enrage Icon Enrage and generate Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow stacks.
  3. Use Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm
    • Make sure to have at least 6 seconds of Enrage left when using Bladestorm.
  4. Use Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind to gain stacks of Meat Cleaver Icon Meat Cleaver as necessary for the amount of current targets.
  5. Use Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow.
  6. Use Dragon Roar Icon Dragon Roar.
  7. Use Wild Strike Icon Wild Strike when you have a Bloodsurge Icon Bloodsurge proc.
  8. Use Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst.

If you are facing 2 enemies, and if one of them can be Executed, you should dump your Rage with Execute Icon Execute instead of using Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind. If you have chosen the Sudden Death Icon Sudden Death talent, then use these Execute Icon Executes as your highest priority.

3. Cooldown Usage↑top

As a Fury Warrior, you have one DPS cooldown, as well as a few cooldowns from talents.

Recklessness Icon Recklessness should be used as many times as possible throughout the encounter. It is ideal to stack it with any periods of increased damage, trinkets, or other important mechanics (especially with Heroism Icon Heroism/Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Time Warp Icon Time Warp), and it is important to make sure it is available in Execute range.

Bloodbath Icon Bloodbath and Avatar Icon Avatar should be used as often as possible, but you should make sure to align them with Dragon Roar Icon Dragon Roar or Storm Bolt Icon Storm Bolt (depending on your talent choices), and you should save up around 70 Rage before using them.

Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm, if chosen instead of Bloodbath, should also be used as often as possible, but only against 2 or more targets. You should stack it with any cooldowns or buffs that you can, and you should have at least 6 seconds of Enrage left when you cast it.

Ravager Icon Ravager should be saved for moments of burst AoE damage. If such moments do not exist in the fight, or are far off into the future, you should simply use it as part of your single target rotation as indicated above. It is always ideal to stack Ravager with Bloodbath.

4. Stance↑top

Battle Stance Icon Battle Stance grants you a lot of Rage with each melee attack you make, but grants you no Rage from damage taken. This is the stance you should be in whenever you are concerned about maximising your DPS.

Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance causes you to gain no Rage from autoattacks, but reduces the damage you take from all sources by 20%. You should use this stance during moments of high raid damage, to increase your survivability, but be aware of the Rage loss that you will have to suffer.

5. Mastering Your Fury Warrior↑top

The guidelines given above will enable you to play your Fury Warrior with good results. If you want to push things further and master your character, then we advise you to continue reading.

5.1. Titan's Grip or Single-Minded Fury

At the moment, Single-Minded Fury and Titan's Grip provide almost identical amounts of DPS. You should choose between them based on the gear you have available (so, choose the one for which you have the highest item level gear, especially weapons).

5.2. Rage Generation

By default, your Rage is generated from two sources:

  • Dealing damage with autoattacks in Battle Stance Icon Battle Stance.
  • Using special abilities that generate Rage (Charge Icon Charge, Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst, and Berserker Rage Icon Berserker Rage). Note that Charge does not generate Rage the second time when it is used twice against the same target.

Your Rage is mostly used by abilities in your rotation, although some utility spells also cost Rage.

5.3. Key Concepts

5.3.1. Enrage

Each time you critically strike with Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst you become Enrage Icon Enraged, gaining 10 Rage and dealing 10% increased physical damage for 8 seconds. This forms the basis of the rotation, whereby you want to maximise damage done during Enrage and minimise Rage spent outside of Enrage.

Note that your Mastery increases the damage bonus from enrage past the base 10%.

5.3.2. Wild Strike and Bloodsurge

Whenever you use Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst, you have a 20% chance to proc two charges of Bloodsurge Icon Bloodsurge, each charge causing the next Wild Strike Icon Wild Strike to be free of Rage cost.

You should have a means of tracking when this proc is active, through an add-on such as Power Auras, WeakAuras, or TellMeWhen.

Bloodsurge procs are a very high priority since you are not able to spend Rage while the buff is active (so as not to overwrite them), which can lead to reaching maximum Rage.

It is also worth mentioning that Wild Strike is unique in that it has a 0.75-second global cooldown which is not affected by Haste. The normal global cooldown is 1.5 seconds, reduced by Haste through the passive Headlong Rush Icon Headlong Rush. This means that in low gear you can easily fit two Wild Strikes in place of 1 normal global cooldown, but as Haste increases, that gap becomes smaller. This is one of the reasons that the talent Furious Strikes Icon Furious Strikes becomes weaker as you get more gear.

5.3.3. Raging Blow

Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow is not available by default. It becomes available each time you become enraged (either from Enrage Icon Enrage or Berserker Rage Icon Berserker Rage). Each time you become enraged, you can use Raging Blow once. Whenever you become Enraged (either from Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst or Berserker Rage) you gain one charge of Raging Blow, stacking up to two charges. You should take care to ensure that you use at least one charge of Raging Blow whenever you have two before gaining Enrage again, so that you never waste generating a charge while at the cap.

5.4. Tier 18 Set Bonuses

The Tier 18 2-Piece Set Bonus does not directly impact gameplay, however when using the 4-Piece Set Bonus, the cooldown of Recklessness Icon Recklessness is dramatically reduced, and so it should be used as often as possible. Despite being tied to using Wild Strike Icon Wild Strike, the Furious Strikes Icon Furious Strikes should still not be taken.

6. Changelog↑top

  • 22 Jun. 2015: Made several updates to the single target, multiple target, and opening rotations. Also added a section about Tier 18 Set Bonus usage.
  • 12 Dec. 2014: Made several updates to the single target rotation.
  • 16 Oct. 2014: Made several updates.
    • Removed a mention of using Execute Icon Execute during the single target rotation (since its usage is explained directly below).
    • Merged the multiple target rotation priorities for different numbers of targets.
    • Tweaked rotations in general.