TBC Classic Warrior Weapons Guide

Last updated on Jun 19, 2021 at 09:48 by Abide 1 comment

Weapons are extremely important for Warriors, especially while early in the leveling process as weapon damage is a huge part of your damage. The better your weapon is, the faster you can kill mobs, complete quests, and level up. Improving your weapons is one the best ways to increase your damage dealt.

For tanking, weapons impact your threat generation through damage dealt, Rage generation, and speed of the weapon. Using the right weapon for each situation is one of the best ways to improve your threat generation.


Warrior Weapon Skills in TBC Classic

Depending on their race, Warriors will start with a one-handed Sword, Axe, or Mace. They will know how to use some of weapon skills from the start, but require training in the missing one. Also, they know Daggers and Unarmed from the start. Every other weapon skill has to be learned from the various weapon masters shown below.

Weapon Master location Weapon Skills available
Learned by default 1H Swords and/or 1H Axes and/or Maces and/or Daggers (race-dependent), Unarmed
Darnassus (around coordinates 57,46) Fist Weapons, Staves, Bows, Thrown Weapons, Daggers
Ironforge (around coordinates 62,89) Guns, Axes, Maces, Fist Weapons, Crossbows, Thrown Weapons, Daggers
Stormwind (around coordinates 57,57) Crossbows, Swords, Polearms, Staves, Daggers
Orgrimmar (around coordinates 81,19) Bows, Thrown Weapons, Axes, Staves, Fist Weapons, Daggers
Thunder Bluff (around coordinates 41,62) Guns, Maces, Staves
Undercity (around coordinates 57,32) Crossbows, Swords, Polearms, Daggers

Most of the weapon skills listed above can be bought at early as Level 10, with Polearms being trained at Level 20.

Remember that no matter how good a weapon is at a given level, it will quickly be outclassed by common weapons of higher level, so be wary of wasting a lot of time chasing for the perfect low-level weapon.

As a Warrior, you can use every single type of non-Wand weapon in TBC Classic. Each type of weapon has its unique perks and downsides, which we will talk about below.


Axes for TBC Classic Warriors

Axes, both one-handed and two-handed, are the preferred weapons for Orc players, due to their +5 Expertise skill for Axes from their racial, Axe Specialization IconAxe Specialization. This extra skill is a huge boost against boss-level enemies. There are also many high profile Axes for leveling Warriors, such as Whirlwind Axe Icon Whirlwind Axe and Arcanite Reaper Icon Arcanite Reaper.


Swords for TBC Classic Warriors

Swords, one-handed and two-handed, are the best weapons for Human players, as they gain +5 Expertise skill when using Swords from their racial, Sword Specialization IconSword Specialization.


Maces for TBC Classic Warriors

Maces are also great for Human Warriors because of Mace Specialization IconMace Specialization, also granting +5 Expertise skill when using Maces.


Staves for TBC Classic Warriors

Staves are quite similar to Maces, but unlike those they do not have an Arms talent specialization at all. All of them are two-handed weapons, and more often than not they have caster-oriented stats. This being said, there are a few notable staves that you should look for on your way to Level 60, such as Crescent Staff Icon Crescent Staff and Resurgence Rod Icon Resurgence Rod.


Polearms for TBC Classic Warriors

Polearms are also two-handed-only weapons, and Poleaxe Specialization IconPoleaxe Specialization is quite good. Unfortunately there are not many weapons of this kind in the game, and there are no races with Polearm bonuses, which makes them a niche weapon type for Warriors.


Daggers for TBC Classic Warriors

Daggers are often neglected by Warriors due to their very fast attack speeds and lower damage output, but depending on your current weapons Daggers can be good upgrades, especially when tanking.

Tanking Warriors benefit more from faster weapons than slow ones because these provide steadier Rage generation, and more ability to quickly dump extra Rage with Heroic Strike IconHeroic Strike when needed.


Fist Weapons for TBC Classic Warriors

While there are a few Fist weapons Warriors can use in TBC Classic while leveling, they are few and far between. If you get a good one, such as Vilerend Slicer Icon Vilerend Slicer, feel free to use it!


Shields for TBC Classic Warriors

While not technically a weapon, Shields will still be taking a weapon slot, and improve your defensive capabilities a lot by increasing your Armor while also often carrying other useful stats.

You should always have a Shield available in your inventory for tanking and other situations that demand you to play more defensively, such as when running away from enemies you cannot defeat.


Leveling Weapons for Warriors in Azeroth

Your weapon, as a Warrior, is by far the most impactful piece of your gear while leveling, and as such, looking for weapon upgrades is the main thing to be mindful of.

Dual-wielding, while viable, is not recommended (even for Fury builds) due to Hit and Rage generation limitations that will lower your damage significantly while you lack max-level gear.

Finally, for tanking, it is important that you use your highest DPS one-hander, in order to get better Rage and Threat generation — faster weapons are slightly better, as well. Also, look for high Armor and high-stat Shields.

While you will change weapons many times during your 1-70 journey, some interesting weapons you might find as you level up are as follows:

  • There are many Slow / High DPS weapons sold by Weapon Vendor NPCs, such as the early Large Axe Icon Large Axe, or the late game Bullova Icon Bullova if you did not manage to get anything better by this point.
  • Crescent Staff Icon Crescent Staff (Horde) and Staff of Westfall Icon Staff of Westfall (Alliance) are dungeon quest rewards, from Leaders of the Fang and The Defias Brotherhood respectively. Because they are quest rewards, you are guaranteed to get them from your first full dungeon run, and they can last you for a very long time.
  • For tanking, you will want to use a one-hander and Shield. Try to get Meteor Shard Icon Meteor Shard and combine it with Commander's Crest Icon Commander's Crest, both of which drop from Shadowfang Keep.
  • Whirlwind Axe Icon Whirlwind Axe is the best weapon at Level 30 and, even if you obtain it later, it is still a weapon you can possibly use until the 50s. If you are speed leveling, we would discourage you from pursuing it unless you have high-level help, as the time spent on its quest will tend to outweigh its DPS gain on your quest to 70.
  • If you are running dungeons, make sure to pick up Corpsemaker Icon Corpsemaker from Razorfen Kraul and Ravager Icon Ravager from Scarlet Monastery: Armory, as these are incredible weapons that will serve you well for quite a few levels. Ravager is amazing for a very long period, due to its proc. It causes a long whirlwind effect which deals periodic area of effect damage to everything around you.
  • For tanking and dual-wielding Warriors, Sword of Omen Icon Sword of Omen and Vanquisher's Sword Icon Vanquisher's Sword can both be obtained easily from the Into The Scarlet Monastery and Bring the End / Bring the Light quests respectively, around Level 40. Combine them with Aegis of the Scarlet Commander Icon Aegis of the Scarlet Commander for tanking.
  • Maraudon has a lot of good two-handed weapons for Warriors, such as Princess Theradras' Scepter Icon Princess Theradras' Scepter, Gatorbite Axe Icon Gatorbite Axe, and even the guaranteed Resurgence Rod Icon Resurgence Rod, from the Corruption of Earth and Seed quest. Keep in mind that if you choose the Rod, you miss out on the alternative quest reward, Thrash Blade Icon Thrash Blade, which is one of the best one-hand weapons in the game before entering Outland.

Leveling Weapons for Warriors in Outland

  • In Hellfire Peninsula, you can get either a 2-handed Axe or Sword. Rage Reaver Icon Rage Reaver, the Axe, is obtained from the first quest available to players in the zone, Felspark Ravine or The Path of Anguish depending on your faction. Helboar Carving Blade Icon Helboar Carving Blade can be claimed from the quest Testing the Antidote.
  • Terrokar Forest offers both a 2-handed Axe and Mace. The Axe, Edge of Inevitability Icon Edge of Inevitability, can be gained from The Final Code / The Final Code while the Spiked Destroyer Icon Spiked Destroyer Mace is a reward from Kill the Shadow Council! / Kill the Shadow Council!.
  • If you are running dungeons, you can get Hatebringer Icon Hatebringer from Ghaz'an in Underbog. Tavarok in Mana Tombs also drops Shaarde the Greater Icon Shaarde the Greater, which is a very strong Sword.
  • In Nagrand, the The Ring of Blood: The Final Challenge, the final quest of the Ring of Blood questchain, offers a very strong axe: Honed Voidaxe Icon Honed Voidaxe.
  • Netherstorm has a few very strong weapons, both an Axe and a Sword. Sunfury Blade Icon Sunfury Blade is one of the few Swords available while leveling from the quest Kick Them While They're Down. An extremely strong Axe, The Burning Crusader Icon The Burning Crusader, can be gotten from the quest Nexus-King Salhadaar at the end of a main quest chain in the zone.

End-Game Weapons for Warriors in TBC Classic

Warriors have a gigantic amount of end-game weapons at their disposal, as they can use everything except Wands. Depending on what you are looking for, there are many different sources of weapon upgrades, but you will mostly find them inside dungeons and raids, with the occasional quest reward thrown in.

For end-game gearing information, please refer to our Best in Slot gear guides for Warriors:



  • 19 Jun. 2021: Guide added.
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