Cataclysm Classic Arms Warrior Talent Builds

Last updated on May 17, 2024 at 00:00 by Abide

On this page, you will find out the best PvE talent choices and builds for your Arms Warrior in Cataclysm Classic, as well as advised glyphs.

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Talent Builds for Arms Warrior

ArmsArms Warrior has a fairly restrictive build with only a few talent points that can be placed depending on your preference. Below you'll find our recommended talent build for all PvE content as a ArmsArms Warrior.

You have a couple of choices you are able to make with some of your talents. The 1 point in Throwdown Icon Throwdown can be placed into either Blitz Icon Blitz for 5 more Rage when you use Charge Icon Charge, or Drums of War Icon Drums of War to reduce the cost of Pummel Icon Pummel.

You also have the option of removing 2 points from Incite Icon Incite and putting them into Blood and Thunder Icon Blood and Thunder, allowing you to spread your Rend Icon Rend to all nearby targets with Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap. This is great for AoEing, especially on trash, but is worse DPS on single target enemies such as bosses in particular.

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Notable Talents

In this section we will go over some of the key talents you will use when you are playing an ArmsArms Warrior. Be sure to understand your most important talents as they are vital to play the build to its fullest strength.

  • Taste for Blood Icon Taste for Blood — This is the main talent for a ArmsArms Warrior, allowing you to use Overpower Icon Overpower every 6 seconds regardless if the target dodged your attack or not. This is the key talent for the spec, so be sure to keep Rend Icon Rend applied to a enemy at all times when you are in combat.
  • Sweeping Strikes Icon Sweeping Strikes — Duplicates all damage you deal to a second nearby enemy for 10 seconds. With Glyph of Sweeping Strikes Icon Glyph of Sweeping Strikes, Sweeping Strikes Icon Sweeping Strikes will cost 0 Rage. Use this whenever you are hitting more than 1 enemy.
  • Deadly Calm Icon Deadly Calm — Removes the Rage cost from all abilities for 10 seconds. Stack whis with all of your other cooldowns, ideally together with Recklessness Icon Recklessness. Can not be used at the same time as Inner Rage Icon Inner Rage.
  • Blood Frenzy Icon Blood Frenzy — Your bleeds cause targets to take 4% Physical damage, and 30% bleed damage. Great personal and raid damage boost.
  • Improved Slam Icon Improved Slam — Reduces the cast time of Slam Icon Slam from 1.5 seconds down to 0.5 seconds. This allows you to use Slam Icon Slam as a filler spell in your rotation.
  • Juggernaut Icon Juggernaut — Allows you to Charge Icon Charge in combat, reduces its cooldown by 2 seconds, and allows you to use it in any stance. In addition, after using Charge, your next Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike will have 25% increased crit chance.
  • Lambs to the Slaughter Icon Lambs to the Slaughter — Causes your Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike to refresh your Rend Icon Rend on the target, meaning you only need to cast Rend Icon Rend once at the start of the fight. Also gives you a stacking buff, Slaughter Icon Slaughter, stacking up to 3 times.
  • Sudden Death Icon Sudden Death — Gives your melee hits a 6% chance to reset the cooldown of Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash. This gives your rotation some randomness as you will want to use Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash almost always when it is off cooldown. Also prevents you from dropping below 10 Rage when using Execute Icon Execute, allowing you to use Execute Icon Execute every global when your target is below 20% health.
  • Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm — The powerful talent point at the bottom of the ArmsArms tree; this is a great cooldown for AoEing, absolutely melting all nearby enemies.
  • Battle Trance Icon Battle Trance — Gives your Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike a 15% chance to make your next ability that costs Rage to instead be free. You will want to ideally use these procs on Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike for the highest DPS possible.
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Prime Glyphs

Prime glyphs are new to Cataclysm, giving you a third "row" of glyphs you can use on your character. You don't really have many options when it comes to prime glyphs as there are very limited options, usually only 3 avaiable for each specialization.

  • Glyph of Mortal Strike Icon Glyph of Mortal StrikeMortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike is your main ability, making this a mandatory glyph.
  • Glyph of Overpower Icon Glyph of OverpowerOverpower Icon Overpower is one of your main abilities, making this a mandatory glyph.
  • Glyph of Slam Icon Glyph of SlamSlam Icon Slam is one of your main abilities, making this a mandatory glyph.
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Major Glyphs

Major glyphs usually offer utility over damage increases compared to prime glyphs. Here you have a few options depending on whether you are in an AoE or single target situation.

  • Glyph of Sweeping Strikes Icon Glyph of Sweeping Strikes — Removes the Rage cost of Sweeping Strikes Icon Sweeping Strikes, allowing you to AoE more easily on bosses with multiple targets or trash.
  • Glyph of Cleaving Icon Glyph of Cleaving — Makes Cleave Icon Cleave hit 3 targets; use this for trash and bosses with multiple targets.
  • Glyph of Colossus Smash Icon Glyph of Colossus Smash — Causes Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash to apply a stack of Sunder Armor Icon Sunder Armor. If you are not responsible for keeping up the armor reduce debuff, this glyph should be replaced.
  • Glyph of Heroic Throw Icon Glyph of Heroic Throw — Applies a stack of Sunder Armor Icon Sunder Armor to the target. This is great on the pull and if the target is out of range if you are responsible for keeping up Sunder Armor Icon Sunder Armor.
  • Glyph of Thunder Clap Icon Glyph of Thunder Clap — Increase the radius of Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap by 2 yards. Great for AoEing trash.
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Minor Glyphs

Minor glyphs typically provide very minor benefits. Your choices will vary depending on what buffs and debuffs you are responsible for keeping up. In 10-man raids for example, you will likely need to use either Glyph of Battle Icon Glyph of Battle or Glyph of Command Icon Glyph of Command with Glyph of Furious Sundering Icon Glyph of Furious Sundering and Glyph of Berserker Rage Icon Glyph of Berserker Rage.

  • Glyph of Berserker Rage Icon Glyph of Berserker Rage — Makes Berserker Rage Icon Berserker Rage generate 5 Rage when used. Useful during downtime or trash.
  • Glyph of Command Icon Glyph of Command — Use this if you are responsible for upkeeping Commanding Shout Icon Commanding Shout.
  • Glyph of Battle Icon Glyph of Battle — Use this if you are responsible for upkeeping Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout.
  • Glyph of Furious Sundering Icon Glyph of Furious Sundering — Use this if you are responsible for upkeeping Sunder Armor Icon Sunder Armor.
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Changelog

  • 15 May 2024: Added page.
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