Season of Discovery Arms Warrior DPS Leveling
Welcome to our leveling guide for DPS Arms Warrior. Here, you will learn how to efficiently level your Warrior in Classic - Season of Discovery.
This guide will aim to provide you with a clear skill and gear path to level 40 as a Arms Warrior in WoW Classic Season of Discovery Phase 2. We will focus on talents, skills to buy and spell rotation, as well as leveling gear and the class specific quests you will find along the way.
Arms Warrior Talents for Leveling
Arms has traditionally been the best specialization to level a Warrior with due to great early game talents. Start with Cruelty before going into the Arms tree for extra critical strike at the lower levels, as you can always respec later to Arms once you can unlock Sweeping Strikes.
In the short trek to level 40 we recommend the following talents for Arms Warrior leveling in SoD:
Gameplay wise, Charge in, Sunder Armor high health enemies, Rend if they will live throughout most of its duration and press whatever damage abilities and runes you have at your disposal. Remember you can use Victory Rush after the first enemy, if killing multiple in a row, and to use Sweeping Strikes when fighting multiple enemies in order to really speed things up.
You can also learn more details about this build, which weapons to chase, and what spells to buy on our level-by-level WoW Classic leveling guides listed below:
The new Rune system in Season of Discovery is extremely important, and you should start using Victory Rush as soon as you get it early on for quicker grinding and some self-healing.
Use Blood Frenzy (or Flagellation past Level 32 once Berserker Rage and Sweeping Strikes are both unlocked) on chest, Frenzied Assault on legs, Precise Timing on waist, and Enraged Regeneration on boots.
If you want to know about the rest of the runes and how to find all of them, make sure to check our Warrior Rune guide, which has all runes you can obtain at Level 40:
Cozy Sleeping Bag
The Cozy Sleeping Bag is a new item in Season of Discovery that you can use to gain extra experience and rested experience, for yourself and any nearby party members, even if they do not have it themselves!
It has a lengthy unlock process that will take you all around the world:
Horde starts at a charred body near 46,74 in the Barrens, and then goes to the charred body at 37,50 in Westfall, while Alliance does the same in opposite order.
Afterwards, head to 40,52 in Stonetalon Mountains and look for a box next to a tent with a red cross on it. Click the nearby item to turn in the quest and proceed to a pile of dirt nearby at 40,50 for the next part of the quest.
Head to 49,13 in Loch Modan to turn in the next step at the top of the dam, to a eagle statue. Finish by going up the Thoradin Wall at 87,49 in Hillsbrad Foothills using a nearby cart to climb up the wall. Inside you will find the final turn in spot (bag and note) to receive Cozy Sleeping Bag . Make sure to use it on cooldown to speed up your leveling!
Macros and Addons
By setting yourself up with an upgraded user interface and macros from the get go, you will make your leveling process much easier. Check out our Warrior Macros and Addons guide in the link below for the full list.
Learning professions early on is very useful, as you can naturally level them as you go, avoiding extra work at max level. This is especially true for gathering professions, but crafting professions compensate your efforts by giving you extra tools to level with.
We recommend that you learn First Aid as soon as possible for easy self-healing. Skinning, Herbalism, and Mining are great primary professions for a leveling Warrior, allowing you to make extra gold, or accumulate materials that you can use to level crafting professions later. There is also a case to be made for leveling Engineering early on, since its crafts can allow you to immediately solo quests that would otherwise have to wait for later levels, such as Whirlwind Axe's.
Gear Options for Arms Warrior
While leveling, the number one thing is to use weapons with high damage per second, as you will not be using abilities that scale from weapon damage yet on the way to Level 40. One advantage to slower weapons, however, is that they allow you to kite with Hamstring more efficiently.
The rest of your gear should have Strength/Agility on it, as these stats increase your damage the most. You should also aim to have high Stamina/Armor, so that you can kill more enemies before having to rest and get more life from each Victory Rush usage.
Early on, for Warriors, Spirit has a huge impact on regeneration speeds and should be obtained whenever possible. However, by the time you reach Level 40, your maximum health will scale past your regeneration abilities, which means you should look to buy food, craft bandages, and use potions instead to keep yourself healthy.
Continuing the Grind with your Level 40 Arms Warrior
Once you grind your way to 40, browse through our Arms Warrior PvE Guide in order to learn all the tricks and tips relative to the current maximum level Arms Warrior gameplay, or try out Fury Warrior or some tanking with Protection Warrior, instead!
- 09 Feb. 2024: Added Cozy Sleeping Bag discovery method.
- 07 Feb. 2024: Updated talents, runes and explanation text for Phase 2.
- 15 Dec. 2023: Removed the links to WoW Classic Weapon and Quest guides as they mention content above Level 25 and general rune / text cleanups.
- Upcoming Season of Discovery Phase 2 Class Tuning: February 27th
- WoW Hardcore Self-Found Mode Begins February 29th
- Dragonflight 10.2.5 and Season of Discovery Hotfixes, February 21st
- Gnomeregan Trinket Sends Player to Forbidden Zones in SoD Phase 2
- Season of Discovery Hotfixes: February 20th
- Blizzard Acknowledges Gnomeregan Raid Lockout Bug
- Blizzard on AoE Threat in SoD Phase 2
- Season of Discovery and Classic Era Hotfixes: February 16th