Season of Discovery Arms Warrior DPS Guide

Last updated on Feb 15, 2024 at 23:00 by Seksixeny 5 comments

Welcome to our DPS Arms Warrior guide for WoW Classic - Season of Discovery, tailored for PvE content. Here, you will learn how to play the Warrior class as a DPS Arms Warrior. Click the links below to navigate the guide or read this page for a short introduction.



Arms Warriors have traditionally been two-handed weapon PvP masters and the best leveling and soloing specialization in WoW Classic.

While their early game is typically hard due to the lack of instant abilities to press, they are rewarded with great leveling tools later once Sweeping Strikes Icon Sweeping Strikes unlocks, as well as Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind and Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike. They also have a powerful end game in PvP due to the 50% healing reduction from Mortal Strike being a must!

Strengths icon Strengths
  • +Easier to gear than Fury due to needing only one weapon
  • +Can become an off-tank on some fights with little effort
  • +Fantastic PvP spec, with access to Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike and multiple offensive and defensive abilities and cooldowns, further empowered by the new Runes
  • +Due to the way Rage works, you will never run out of resources, and the more damage you take, the more Rage you get to DPS with
Weaknesses icon Weaknesses
  • -Gearing can be difficult, due to the high popularity of Warriors in groups
  • -Damage output can be heavily mitigated by high armor targets, such as most Gnomeregan bosses
  • -Can be squishy against non-Physical damage, as many of the core abilities, such as Berserker Stance Icon Berserker Stance, require taking extra damage for a DPS benefit

Season of Discovery

The main addition to Arms in Season of Discovery are the new runes.

There are many options to pick from: Victory Rush Icon Victory Rush, Frenzied Assault Icon Frenzied Assault, and Blood Frenzy Icon Blood Frenzy are all available early and make Warrior leveling much easier.

Once at maximum level, Endless Rage Icon Endless Rage is a great passive increase to Rage generation capabilities, which further enable casting instant Slam Icon Slams on cooldown with the new Precise Timing Icon Precise Timing rune, as well as Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike and Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind.

Other interesting runes include Flagellation Icon Flagellation, which turns Bloodrage Icon Bloodrage and Berserker Rage Icon Berserker Rage into DPS cooldowns, and a choice between Enraged Regeneration Icon Enraged Regeneration or Rallying Cry Icon Rallying Cry, two great sources of survivability for you or also your group.

As the rotation, gearing options, and talent decisions for Arms Warrior have changed with the coming of Season of Discovery, browse the guides in the Table of Content at the top of this page to find all the information you'll need to master this new game mode!


Profession Changes

We started this guide by stating that Arms Warriors will become top tier PvPers in WoW Classic. The best way to ensure that you never leave the top of the leaderboards is to spam as many Engineering crafts as you can afford. Take Mining along with it during the leveling trek because, otherwise, you will be running out of gold very fast!

Once maximum level, it is wise to combine Engineering with Blacksmithing, as there will be various new bind on pickup crafted gear that will be best in slot for each level bracket in SoD, such as Tempered Interference-Negating Helmet  Icon Tempered Interference-Negating Helmet , with further important BoP crafts expected down the line.


Rune Engravings for Arms Warriors

The main feature of Season of Discovery is the new Rune Discovery system, which allows you to discover and attach special abilities to your gear slots after finding them across the world. We list all of Warrior's runes and where they can be located in the guide below:



  • 15 Feb. 2024: Updated introduction for Phase 2.
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