Arms Warrior Leveling Guide From 1 to 80 for WotLK Classic

Last updated on Sep 06, 2022 at 17:37 by Abide 5 comments

Welcome to our Wrath of the Lich King Arms Warrior leveling guide. Here we will help guide you through your Arms Warrior's leveling journey toward Level 80. Make sure to use the sliders shown down below to have the guide update as you level up.


Arms Warrior Level-by-Level Rotation, Talents, and Trainer Skills

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Level: 1

Arms Warrior Leveling Talents in Wrath of the Lich King

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

Improved Rend IconImproved Rend is great as you will use Rend IconRend on every enemy you fight. Next you will want to get Improved Thunder Clap IconImproved Thunder Clap as Thunder Clap IconThunder Clap deals great damage in early levels and you have no other real abilities. Improved Charge IconImproved Charge is a great leveling talent as it gives you a nice burst of extra Rage at the start of every combat.

Improved Overpower IconImproved Overpower is a great damage boost as you will be using Overpower IconOverpower constantly with this spec. Anger Management IconAnger Management is a great source of Rage during combat, helping you use your abilities sooner. At Level 25, be sure to respec if you took Improved Thunder Clap IconImproved Thunder Clap earlier as Taste for Blood IconTaste for Blood is the main talent you want as an Arms Warrior. Finally, you will put only 2 points in Two-Handed Weapon Specialization IconTwo-Handed Weapon Specialization, but you will get the last point soon.

Sweeping Strikes IconSweeping Strikes is a great cooldown when you can pull multiple mobs at a time easily. Deep Wounds IconDeep Wounds is a decent damage increase, especially with Improved Overpower IconImproved Overpower making your Overpower IconOverpower likely to crit. Weapon Mastery IconWeapon Mastery is great to help you land more attacks and reduce the duration of any disarms used against you. Trauma IconTrauma goes hand-in-hand with Deep Wounds IconDeep Wounds and Rend IconRend, being huge boost to your damage when you crit. Lastly, you will put only 1 point for now in any of the weapon specializations, with Poleaxe Specialization IconPoleaxe Specialization being the preferred choice.

This is where your leveling speed will really start to speed up. Improved Slam IconImproved Slam is a massive increase to your damage output, making Slam IconSlam an amazing, low-Rage damage skill. Mortal Strike IconMortal Strike is a great new addition to your toolkit, giving you a good Rage dump. Unrelenting Assault IconUnrelenting Assault removes the cooldown from Overpower IconOverpower and boosts the damage. Finally, you will put 3 more points into whichever weapon specialization you picked previously.

Endless Rage IconEndless Rage is a great boost to your Rage generation, helping you kill even faster. Both Blood Frenzy IconBlood Frenzy and Wrecking Crew IconWrecking Crew are huge increases to your damage output.

Bladestorm IconBladestorm is an extremely powerful cooldown, tearing through nearby enemies. Both Armored to the Teeth IconArmored to the Teeth and Cruelty IconCruelty are great passive stat boosts. Finally, you will finish off Sudden Death IconSudden Death, giving you even more Execute IconExecute procs.

These last few talent points are fairly minor and do not greatly impact your leveling speed. Second Wind IconSecond Wind is great for health and Rage if you are fighting mobs that stun. Improved Bloodrage IconImproved Bloodrage, Improved Thunder Clap IconImproved Thunder Clap and Incite IconIncite are mostly filler points but are great whenever you are AoEing multiple mobs at once.


Arms Warrior Leveling Glyphs in Wrath of the Lich King

Your leveling glyphs will differ from your endgame glyphs. Glyphs can be a huge boost to your leveling speed as some greatly improve the baseline power of your key abilities. Be sure to check the price of these glyphs on your server to vastly improve your leveling experience.


Major Glyphs

  1. Glyph of Rending Icon Glyph of Rending
  2. Glyph of Victory Rush Icon Glyph of Victory Rush

Minor Glyphs

  1. Glyph of Battle Icon Glyph of Battle
  2. Glyph of Bloodrage Icon Glyph of Bloodrage
  3. Glyph of Enduring Victory Icon Glyph of Enduring Victory

Arms Warrior Leveling Rotation in Wrath of the Lich King

  1. Keep Battle Shout IconBattle Shout's buff up.
  2. Heroic Strike IconHeroic Strike all Rage.
  3. Bloodrage IconBloodrage to prevent your Rage from decaying between mobs.
  4. Charge IconCharge your enemy.
  5. Rend IconRend anything that will live for most of the bleed duration.
  6. Heroic Strike IconHeroic Strike the rest of your Rage.
  7. Overpower IconOverpower if any of your attacks are dodged.
  8. Overpower IconOverpower if any of your attacks are dodged or Taste for Blood IconTaste for Blood procs.
  9. make sure to use Victory Rush IconVictory Rush before the proc expires.
  10. Thunder Clap IconThunder Clap does great damage early on and starts to fall off in the later levels.
  11. Slam IconSlam whenever you are not moving.
  12. Execute IconExecute any low-health enemies.
  13. Execute IconExecute any low-health enemies or if Sudden Death IconSudden Death procs.
  14. Mortal Strike IconMortal Strike whenever you have high Rage or are moving.
  15. Thunder Clap IconThunder Clap with extra Rage or if fighting multiple enemies.
  16. Heroic Strike IconHeroic Strike only if you have a large surplus of Rage.

Early levels on Warrior are fairly basic, only having a few abilities to use. Always maintain your Battle Shout IconBattle Shout buff, and at Level 4, keep Rend IconRend applied to enemies. At Level 6 you will get Thunder Clap IconThunder Clap, which is a very high damage spell early on, as well as Victory Rush IconVictory Rush, which deals great damage if you got the killing blow on your last target. At Level 12 be sure to learn Overpower IconOverpower as this is a core part of your leveling rotation. For now, use Overpower IconOverpower if any of your attacks are dodged.

At Level 24 you get Execute IconExecute, helping you finish of enemies at low health. At Level 25, you will start getting talent points in Taste for Blood IconTaste for Blood, giving your Rend IconRend a chance to allow you to use Overpower IconOverpower without one of your attacks being dodged. Use these procs as soon as possible; do not let them go to waste. At Level 30 you get Sweeping Strikes IconSweeping Strikes from talents, which is great when fighting multiple enemies at once.

At Level 41 you will have Improved Slam IconImproved Slam, turning Slam IconSlam into a great damage ability. With the low cast time and only costing 15 Rage, Slam IconSlam greatly improves your leveling speed. At 42, you also add Mortal Strike IconMortal Strike to your spells. While it does slightly more damage than Slam IconSlam, it costs 30 Rage instead of 15, making it very hard to use.

At Level 54 you will start getting Sudden Death IconSudden Death, allowing you to use Execute IconExecute regardless of the enemy's health. Finally, Level 60 unlocks Bladestorm IconBladestorm, the Arms Warrior special ability. This spell is amazing for both single-target and AoE, and typically when it is off cooldown you will want to pull multiple enemies at once and combo Sweeping Strikes IconSweeping Strikes together with Bladestorm IconBladestorm to decimate everything nearby.


List of Arms Warrior Trainer Skills to Buy

Training spells can be rather expensive, especially if you try to learn every spell available to you. Here we will give you a list of your top-priority spells that you will want to train so you know which ones you can avoid and save some money.

  • Heroic Strike IconHeroic Strike & Cleave IconCleave — Both of these skills get very minor damage increases with each rank. You can hold off on training these skills if you are low on gold.
  • Charge IconCharge — The only benefit of increasing the rank of this spell is the increased Rage it generates. Only train this when you have excess gold as the few extra Rage points are generally not game changing.

Continue Improving at Level 80

Congratulations on hitting Level 80 in Wrath of the Lich King! Now that your leveling process is over, you can learn more about Level-80 Arms Warrior gameplay by reading our Arms Warrior Guide, which covers everything you need to know to properly play your Arms Warrior.



  • 06 Sep. 2022: Guide added.
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