Classic Warrior Leveling Guide 1-60

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General Information

Wlecome to our Classic leveling guide for Warriors. Here, you will learn how to efficiently level your Warrior all the way to Level 60.

1. Introduction

This guide will aim to provide you with a clear skill / gear path to max level in WoW Classic. While detailing every single quest and the optimal leveling routes is beyond its scope, we will provide some information on your class-specific quests and some general leveling tips.

2. Leveling 1-60 as a Warrior

2.1. General Leveling Tips

Because the travel times between quests can be long, and the experience gained by doing quests alone is not always enough to get you to the next zone, you should aim to kill every enemy close to your level that you travel by.

The experience you get for each kill quickly, and drastically, drops as you level past the enemies you are killing. It is also much more difficult to kill enemies past your level, because you often miss and your attacks glance off of them, due to a mismatch of weapon and defense skills.

Also, to reduce travel times as much as possible, you should aim to save enough gold to buy your first mount right after you hit Level 40. To help towards this goal, you want to buy only the most impactful skills from your trainer (we will provide a list ahead).

Finally, as WoW Classic leveling can be long and arduous, we would like to recommend that you befriend people who are also leveling in your zone as you go by, as leveling in a pair (large groups are not advised due to problems with quest item drop rates and experience splitting) can not only make things faster and safer, but will also provide you with someone to chat with.

2.2. Professions

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 Icon Whirlwind Axe's.

2.3. Gear Options

While leveling, the number one thing is to use weapons with high damage. High damage per second on a weapon is also good, especially for Fury and Protection, but keep in mind that some of our best abilities (such as Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind and Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike) scale off of the weapon damage itself, making slower weapons generally stronger. Finally, slower weapons allow you to kite with Hamstring Icon 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.

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 30, 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.

2.4. Spec Options

Warriors have three talent trees: Arms, Fury, and Protection.

Arms is the generally recommended leveling build, due to its consistency and flexibility when dealing with World PvP, as well as the raw power of Sweeping Strikes Icon Sweeping Strikes during leveling. Fury is also viable to level with, as long as you can stomach the random nature of Enrage Icon Enrage and Flurry Icon Flurry. Finally, Protection is much slower than the other two specs, due to its lower damage output, but if you are going to be leveling in a group / dungeons, there could be a case made for it.

3. Arms Warrior Level by Level Rotation, Talents and Trainer Skills

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3.1. Talent Tree for Leveling up as an Arms Warrior

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

Your talents should roughly look like this, but keep in mind there are plenty of individual points that can be swapped around based on preference. For example, you can consider putting one to three points into Improved Hamstring Icon Improved Hamstring, instead of the suggested extra Deflection Icon Deflection point and maxed out Two-Handed Weapon Specialization Icon Two-Handed Weapon Specialization, if you are planning to PvP often before 60.

Arms Warrior Talents Level 10 to 19 Arms Warrior Talents Level 20 to 29 Arms Warrior Talents Level 30 to 39 Arms Warrior Talents Level 40 to 49 Arms Warrior Talents Level 50 to 60

3.2. Rotation for Leveling up as an Arms Warrior

You start with a single active ability, Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, which you should use whenever possible. Once you train Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout, make sure to keep up its buff while fighting.

Hamstring Icon Hamstring kiting can help you avoid a lot of damage. Simply apply Hamstring to an enemy to slow it, then run out of melee range until your swing timer is ready again. Once this happens, return to melee range, hit the mob and run out of melee range again. Rinse and repeat until the enemy is dead, reapplying Hamstring as needed.

  1. Use Charge Icon Charge to initiate combat whenever possible.
  2. Activate Bloodrage Icon Bloodrage to generate extra Rage if you are currently healthy.
  3. Cast Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout if the buff is currently not active.
  4. Sweeping Strikes Icon Sweeping Strikes causes your attacks to hit a second target. Use it whenever you fight two or more enemies.
  5. Cast Execute Icon Execute whenever an enemy is below 20% health.
  6. Use Overpower Icon Overpower whenever the enemy dodges.
  7. Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind is a powerful burst AoE attack, which is also worth using whenever possible in single target situations.
  8. Cast Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike as your main attack.
  9. Apply Rend Icon Rend if it will have time to run its full duration.
  10. Queue Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike whenever you have excess Rage. Keep in mind that what Heroic Strike (or Cleave) do is replace your next auto-attack with a stronger one that will not grant you any Rage. So their real Rage cost is much higher than what is stated in the tooltip.
  11. Cleave Icon Cleave can be used instead of Heroic Strike for Rage dumping on AoE situations. Keep in mind that using it against multiple targets will consume two Sweeping Strikes charges at once, for extra damage.

3.3. Summary of Trainer Skills for Arms Warrior

  • At Level 1, as soon as you have the copper, buy Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout. It provides a significant damage boost that lasts for 2 minutes.
  • At Level 3, buy Charge Icon Charge and Rend Icon Rend. Charge is a mobility tool that also generates Rage, but cannot be used in combat. Rend is a damage over time effect that will help you kill enemies faster.
  • At Level 6, buy Parry Icon Parry to boost your survivability at little cost.
  • At Level 8, buy Rank 2 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, and get Hamstring Icon Hamstring to enable Hamstring kiting.
  • At Level 10, buy Rank 2 Rend Icon Rend and Bloodrage Icon Bloodrage, which provides Rage at the cost of health.
  • At Level 12, buy Rank 2 Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout, Overpower Icon Overpower, and Shield Bash Icon Shield Bash. Overpower is a strong, unavoidable attack that you can use whenever enemies dodge. Shield Bash allows you to interrupt enemy casts.
  • At Level 14, buy Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout and Revenge Icon Revenge. While these skills will not be of much help during questing, you will be grateful to have bought them whenever you have to tank.
  • At Level 16, buy Rank 3 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, Mocking Blow Icon Mocking Blow, and Shield Block Icon Shield Block. Similar to Level 14 skills, the logic behind buying Mocking Blow and Shield Block is that it is quite cheap to do so, and using them while tanking helps a lot.
  • At Level 18, buy Disarm Icon Disarm, another defensive tool that also comes in handy in PvP. Being disarmed disables most of your attacks if you are playing a weapon-reliant class.
  • At Level 20, buy Rank 3 Rend Icon Rend, Cleave Icon Cleave, and Retaliation Icon Retaliation. Cleave works similarly to Heroic Strike in that it replaces your next swing, but instead of just added damage, it will make that attack hit a second target nearby. Retaliation makes you counter-attack whenever you are melee attacked for 15 seconds, on a huge 30-minute cooldown. Use it when you are pulling multiple enemies.
  • At Level 22, buy Rank 3 Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout and Intimidating Shout Icon Intimidating Shout, which will cause enemies to cower or run away in fear when used.
  • At Level 24, buy Rank 2 Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout, Rank 2 Revenge Icon Revenge, Rank 4 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, and Execute Icon Execute. Use it to finish off targets below 20% health.
  • At Level 26, buy Rank 2 Charge Icon Charge.
  • At Level 28, buy Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall, which will allow you to reduce the damage you take by 75% damage for 10 seconds, with a huge cooldown of 30 minutes.
  • At Level 32, buy Rank 2 Hamstring Icon Hamstring, Rank 5 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, Rank 4 Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout, Rank 2 Execute Icon Execute, and Berserker Rage Icon Berserker Rage. Berserker Rage allows you to be immune or break out of fear and incapacitate effects, and you generate more Rage from being hit than normal during its effect.
  • At Level 36, buy Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind, which will be one of your main damage dealers from here on.
  • At Level 38, buy Pummel Icon Pummel, which will allow you to interrupt enemies while in Berserker Stance Icon Berserker Stance.
  • At Level 40, buy Rank 6 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, Rank 3 Execute Icon Execute, and Plate Mail Icon Plate Mail, enabling you to use plate armor.
  • At Level 42, buy Rank 5 Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout.
  • At Level 46, buy Rank 3 Charge Icon Charge.
  • At Level 48, buy Rank 7 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, Rank 2 Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike, and Rank 4 Execute Icon Execute.
  • At Level 50, buy Recklessness Icon Recklessness, a powerful cooldown which turns all of your attacks into guaranteed critical strikes for 15 seconds, while also causing you to take 20% extra damage, on a huge cooldown of 30 minutes.
  • At Level 52, buy Rank 6 Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout.
  • At Level 54, buy Rank 3 Hamstring Icon Hamstring and Rank 3 Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike.
  • At Level 56, buy Rank 8 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike and Rank 5 Execute Icon Execute.
  • At Level 60, buy Rank 4 Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike.

3.4. Arms Warrior Leveling Weapons

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 concerned by.

Keep in mind that, in WoW Classic, each race has different weapon skills learned when they are created, and you will have to learn the rest (that your class is eligible to learn) from the following Weapon Masters around the world:

Weapon Master location Weapon Skills available
Darnassus (around 57,46) Daggers, Fist Weapons, Staves, Bows, Thrown Weapons
Ironforge (around 62,89) Guns, Axes, Maces, Fist Weapons, Daggers, Crossbows, Thrown Weapons
Stormwind (around 57,57) Crossbows, Daggers, Swords, Polearms, Staves
Orgrimmar (around 81,19) Bows, Thrown Weapons, Axes, Staves, Daggers, Fist Weapons
Thunder Bluff (41, 62) Guns, Maces, Staves
Undercity (57,32) Crossbows, Daggers, Swords, Polearms

While the list of weapons you will wear during your journey in Azeroth is potentially vast, some notable weapons you might want to be looking out for along the way are:

  • Any slow, high damage white weapons sold by Weapon Vendor NPCs, such as the very early Large Axe Icon Large Axe, or the last worthwhile white weapon, Bullova Icon Bullova.
  • 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. Both have great damage for the level they can be obtained at. Like them, there are often strong weapons associated with the dungeon quests that typically finish a zone in WoW Classic.
  • 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 60.
  • 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 Level 60 gear.

3.5. Congratulations!

Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you are max level, we recommend looking at our Talents section and the rest of the guide, in order to learn how to play at max level.

4. Fury Warrior Level by Level Rotation, Talents and Trainer Skills

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4.1. Talent Tree for Leveling up as an Fury Warrior

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

Your talents should roughly look like this, but keep in mind there are plenty of individual points that can be swapped around based on preference. For example, if you want to level with dual wield weapons instead of using a two-hander (an option for which it is harder to get good weapons for), you should put four points into Dual Wield Specialization Icon Dual Wield Specialization instead of Improved Battle Shout Icon Improved Battle Shout:

Fury Warrior Talents Level 10 to 19 Fury Warrior Talents Level 20 to 29 Fury Warrior Talents Level 30 to 39 Fury Warrior Talents Level 40 to 49 Fury Warrior Talents Level 50 to 60

4.2. Rotation for Leveling up as an Fury Warrior

You start with a single active ability, Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, which you should use whenever possible. Once you train Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout, make sure to keep up its buff while fighting.

Hamstring Icon Hamstring kiting can help you avoid a lot of damage. Simply apply Hamstring to an enemy to slow it, then run out of melee range until your swing timer is ready again. Once this happens, return to melee range, hit the mob, and run out of melee range again. Rinse and repeat until the enemy is dead, reapplying Hamstring as needed.

  1. Use Charge Icon Charge to initiate combat whenever possible.
  2. Activate Bloodrage Icon Bloodrage to generate extra Rage if you are currently healthy.
  3. Cast Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout if you miss its buff.
  4. Death Wish Icon Death Wish causes you to deal 20% more damage and become fear immune, but lowers your armor and resistances by 20%. Use it whenever it is available, as the extra kill speed is well worth the risk.
  5. Cast Execute Icon Execute whenever an enemy is below 20% health.
  6. Use Overpower Icon Overpower whenever the enemy dodges.
  7. Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind is a powerful burst AoE attack, which is also worth using whenever possible in single target situations.
  8. Cast Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst as your main attack.
  9. Apply Rend Icon Rend if it will have time to run its full duration.
  10. Queue Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike whenever you have excess Rage. Keep in mind that what Heroic Strike and Cleave do is replace your next auto-attack with a stronger one that will not grant you any Rage. So their real Rage cost is much higher than what is stated in the tooltip.
  11. Cleave Icon Cleave can be used instead of Heroic Strike for Rage dumping on AoE situations.

4.3. Summary of Trainer Skills for Fury Warrior

  • At Level 1, as soon as you have the copper, buy Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout. It provides a significant damage boost that lasts for 2 minutes.
  • At Level 3, buy Charge Icon Charge and Rend Icon Rend. Charge is a mobility tool that also generates Rage, but cannot be used in combat. Rend is a damage over time effect that will help you kill enemies faster.
  • At Level 6, buy Parry Icon Parry to boost your survivability at little cost.
  • At Level 8, buy Rank 2 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, and get Hamstring Icon Hamstring to enable Hamstring kiting.
  • At Level 10, buy Rank 2 Rend Icon Rend and Bloodrage Icon Bloodrage, which provides Rage at the cost of health.
  • At Level 12, buy Rank 2 Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout, Overpower Icon Overpower, and Shield Bash Icon Shield Bash. Overpower is a strong, unavoidable attack that you can use whenever enemies dodge. Shield Bash allows you to interrupt enemy casts.
  • At Level 14, buy Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout and Revenge Icon Revenge. While these skills will not be of much help during questing, you will be grateful to have bought them whenever you have to tank.
  • At Level 16, buy Rank 3 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, Mocking Blow Icon Mocking Blow, and Shield Block Icon Shield Block. Similar to Level 14 skills, the logic behind buying Mocking Blow and Shield Block is that it is quite cheap to do so, and using them while tanking helps a lot.
  • At Level 18, buy Disarm Icon Disarm, another defensive tool that also comes in handy in PvP. Being disarmed disables most of your attacks if you are playing a weapon-reliant class.
  • At Level 20, buy Rank 3 Rend Icon Rend, Cleave Icon Cleave, and Retaliation Icon Retaliation. Cleave works similarly to Heroic Strike in that it replaces your next swing, but instead of just added damage, it will make that attack hit a second target nearby. Retaliation makes you counter-attack whenever you are melee attacked for 15 seconds, on a huge 30-minute cooldown. Use it when you are pulling multiple enemies.
  • At Level 22, buy Rank 3 Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout and Intimidating Shout Icon Intimidating Shout, which will cause enemies to cower or run away in fear when used.
  • At Level 24, buy Rank 2 Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout, Rank 2 Revenge Icon Revenge, Rank 4 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, and Execute Icon Execute. Use it to finish off targets below 20% health.
  • At Level 26, buy Rank 2 Charge Icon Charge.
  • At Level 28, buy Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall, which will allow you to reduce the damage you take by 75% damage for 10 seconds, with a huge cooldown of 30 minutes.
  • At Level 32, buy Rank 2 Hamstring Icon Hamstring, Rank 5 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, Rank 4 Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout, Rank 2 Execute Icon Execute, and Berserker Rage Icon Berserker Rage. Berserker Rage allows you to be immune or break out of fear and incapacitate effects, and you generate more Rage from being hit than normal during its effect.
  • At Level 36, buy Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind, which will be one of your main damage dealers from here on.
  • At Level 38, buy Pummel Icon Pummel, which will allow you to interrupt enemies while in Berserker Stance Icon Berserker Stance.
  • At Level 40, buy Rank 6 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, Rank 3 Execute Icon Execute, and Plate Mail Icon Plate Mail, enabling you to use plate armor.
  • At Level 42, buy Rank 5 Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout.
  • At Level 46, buy Rank 3 Charge Icon Charge.
  • At Level 48, buy Rank 7 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, Rank 2 Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst, and Rank 4 Execute Icon Execute.
  • At Level 50, buy Recklessness Icon Recklessness, a powerful cooldown which turns all of your attacks into guaranteed critical strikes for 15 seconds, while also causing you to take 20% extra damage, on a huge cooldown of 30 minutes.
  • At Level 52, buy Rank 6 Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout.
  • At Level 54, buy Rank 3 Hamstring Icon Hamstring and Rank 3 Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst.
  • At Level 56, buy Rank 8 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike and Rank 5 Execute Icon Execute.
  • At Level 60, buy Rank 4 Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst.

4.4. Fury Warrior Leveling Weapons

The weapon priorities for Fury are the same as the ones described in the Arms section for players using two-handers. Dual-wielding, while viable, is not recommended due to hit and glancing blow limitations that will lower your damage significantly while you lack max-level gear. If you still want to go for it, consider using the talent Unbridled Wrath Icon Unbridled Wrath instead of Booming Voice Icon Booming Voice, for extra Rage generation, and use the highest damage one handers you can get.

4.5. Congratulations!

Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you are max level, we recommend looking at our Talents section and the rest of the guide, to learn how to play at max level.

5. Protection Warrior Level by Level Rotation, Talents and Trainer Skills

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Level: 1

5.1. Talent Tree for Leveling up as an Protection Warrior

Your first talent unlocks at Level 10.

Your talents should roughly look like this, but keep in mind there are plenty of individual points that can be swapped around based on preference. For example, the points in Improved Revenge Icon Improved Revenge can be swapped to Improved Sunder Armor Icon Improved Sunder Armor or Improved Heroic Strike Icon Improved Heroic Strike, if you struggle with Rage, and the missing point on Cruelty Icon Cruelty can be obtained from Improved Taunt Icon Improved Taunt:

Protection Warrior Talents Level 10 to 19 Protection Warrior Talents Level 20 to 29 Protection Warrior Talents Level 30 to 39 Protection Warrior Talents Level 40 to 49 Protection Warrior Talents Level 50 to 60

5.2. Rotation for Leveling up as an Protection Warrior

You start with a single active ability, Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, which you should use whenever possible. Once you train Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout, make sure to keep up its buff while fighting.

Hamstring Icon Hamstring kiting, due to its stance requirements, is not as useful while tanking as it is while soloing content. It is still an option to Hamstring and run away if your healer is struggling to keep up with your melee damage intake.

The absence of Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap is intended. This skill has (expensive) multiple ranks, which increase its very poor initial duration of 10 seconds to 30 seconds, but it still only reduces the auto-attack speed of enemies by 10%. This would still be worth applying, except that it also costs 20 Rage and can only be cast inside Battle Stance Icon Battle Stance, which means its threat generation is very poor for its significant 20 Rage cost, especially if you cast it on pull.

  1. Use Charge Icon Charge to initiate combat whenever possible. Immediately swap to Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance.
  2. Activate Bloodrage Icon Bloodrage to generate extra Rage if you are currently healthy.
  3. Cast Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout if you miss its buff.
  4. Cast Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout as much as possible if there are multiple enemies you need to build threat on, or ensure its debuff is present on a single enemy.
  5. Cast Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam as your main attack.
  6. Cast Revenge Icon Revenge whenever you block, dodge or parry.
  7. Use Sunder Armor Icon Sunder Armor to build threat.
  8. Queue Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike whenever you have excess Rage. Keep in mind that what Heroic Strike and Cleave do is replace your next auto-attack with a stronger one that will not grant you any Rage. So their real Rage cost is much higher than what is stated in the tooltip.
  9. Cleave Icon Cleave can be used instead of Heroic Strike for Rage dumping on AoE situations.

5.3. Summary of Trainer Skills for Protection Warrior

  • At Level 1, as soon as you have the copper, buy Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout. It provides a significant damage boost that lasts for 2 minutes.
  • At Level 3, buy Charge Icon Charge. Charge is a mobility tool that also generates Rage, but cannot be used in combat.
  • At Level 6, buy Parry Icon Parry to boost your survivability at little cost.
  • At Level 8, buy Rank 2 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, and get Hamstring Icon Hamstring to enable Hamstring kiting.
  • At Level 10, buy Bloodrage Icon Bloodrage, which provides Rage at the cost of health.
  • At Level 12, buy Rank 2 Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout and Shield Bash Icon Shield Bash. Shield Bash allows you to interrupt enemy casts.
  • At Level 14, buy Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout and Revenge Icon Revenge.
  • At Level 16, buy Rank 3 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, Mocking Blow Icon Mocking Blow, and Shield Block Icon Shield Block. Mocking Blow can be used to keep mobs on yourself when Taunt Icon Taunt is not available. Shield Block is one of the strongest defensive tools of any tank in WoW Classic.
  • At Level 18, buy Disarm Icon Disarm, another defensive tool that you can use against enemies to reduce their damage dealt.
  • At Level 20, buy Cleave Icon Cleave and Retaliation Icon Retaliation. Cleave works similarly to Heroic Strike in that it replaces your next swing, but instead of just added damage, it will make that attack hit a second target nearby. Retaliation makes you counter-attack whenever you are melee attacked for 15 seconds, on a huge 30-minute cooldown. Use it when pulling multiple enemies.
  • At Level 22, buy Rank 2 Sunder Armor Icon Sunder Armor, Rank 3 Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout, and Intimidating Shout Icon Intimidating Shout, which will cause enemies to cower / run away in fear when used.
  • At Level 24, buy Rank 2 Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout, Rank 2 Revenge Icon Revenge, and Rank 4 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike.
  • At Level 26, buy Rank 2 Charge Icon Charge.
  • At Level 28, buy Shield Wall Icon Shield Wall, which will allow you to take 75% reduced damage for 10 seconds, with a huge cooldown of 30 minutes.
  • At Level 32, buy Rank 2 Hamstring Icon Hamstring, Rank 5 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike, Rank 4 Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout, and Berserker Rage Icon Berserker Rage. Berserker Rage allows you to be immune or break out of fear and incapacitate effects, and you generate more Rage from being hit than normal, during its effect.
  • At Level 34, buy Rank 3 Revenge Icon Revenge, Rank 3 Sunder Armor Icon Sunder Armor, and Rank 3 Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout.
  • At Level 38, buy Pummel Icon Pummel, which will allow you to interrupt enemies while in Berserker Stance Icon Berserker Stance.
  • At Level 40, buy Rank 6 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike and Plate Mail Icon Plate Mail, enabling you to use plate armor.
  • At Level 42, buy Rank 5 Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout.
  • At Level 44, buy Rank 4 Revenge Icon Revenge and Rank 4 Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout.
  • At Level 46, buy Rank 3 Charge Icon Charge and Rank 4 Sunder Armor Icon Sunder Armor.
  • At Level 48, buy Rank 7 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike and Rank 2 Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam.
  • At Level 50, buy Recklessness Icon Recklessness, a powerful cooldown which turns all of your attacks into guaranteed critical strikes for 15 seconds, while also causing you to take 20% extra damage, on a huge cooldown of 30 minutes.
  • At Level 52, buy Rank 6 Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout.
  • At Level 54, buy Rank 3 Hamstring Icon Hamstring, Rank 3 Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam, Rank 5 Revenge Icon Revenge, and Rank 5 Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout.
  • At Level 56, buy Rank 8 Heroic Strike Icon Heroic Strike.
  • At Level 58, buy Rank 5 Sunder Armor Icon Sunder Armor.
  • At Level 60, buy Rank 4 Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam.

5.4. Protection Warrior Leveling Weapons

Even though their damage is not great, Warrior tanks still rely on their weapon for much of the threat they can output, making it important that you have a high damage, high stats one hander. Similarly, you will be looking for high armor, high stats shields.

5.5. Congratulations!

Congratulations on reaching Level 60! Now that you are max level, we recommend looking at our Talents section and the rest of the guide, to learn how to play at max level.

6. Notable Warrior Quests

There are a few Warrior specific quests, started by your trainer, which send you across the world and reward new skills or powerful pieces of gear. While detailing all of them is beyond the scope of this guide, we will provide guidance for the ones that are critical to any budding Warrior.

6.1. Defensive Stance, Sunder Armor, and Taunt

The quest for Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance, Sunder Armor Icon Sunder Armor, and Taunt Icon Taunt varies depending on your race. Its format is always the same, however: accept the initial quest from the trainer once you hit Level 10, then run off to meet a different NPC, which will assign you to kill and/or collect something nearby and, finally, return to the aforementioned NPC to receive your new skills.

6.2. Berserker Stance, Intercept

Once you hit Level 30, your class trainer will send you off to Fray Island (located in the Barrens, around the 68,48 map coordinates) in The Islander. Once you arrive in his island, talk to Klannoc Macleod to begin The Affray, upon which you will have to defeat waves of enemies, including the Level 33 Big Will.

You can rest between waves if you move away from the spectators, as they will only resume the assault once you are are close enough. Demoralizing Shout Icon Demoralizing Shout acts as a fear effect for the regular enemies in this challenge, which can be useful if you are getting overwhelmed. Once you kill Big Will, simply turn in the quest at Klannoc Macleod to receive your new skills: Berserker Stance Icon Berserker Stance and Intercept Icon Intercept.

6.3. Whirlwind Axe

Whirlwind Axe Icon Whirlwind Axe is by far the most powerful weapon a Warrior can wield at Level 30, which is when this quest is unlocked. Its power comes from having high damage, combined with very slow swing speed and Axe Specialization Icon Axe Specialization. The caveat is, that, in order to complete this quest, you have to kill higher level enemies, including Cyclonian,a Level 40 elite, in the final step.

This makes it very hard to solo (for the record, engineering pets help a lot) until you are Level 40 or close, which diminishes the relative power of the reward compared to other weapons of the same level. It is still completely worth doing, regardless!

If you have the required support, or are suitably high level, start by picking up The Windwatcher from your trainer. Mind that it requires you to have finished the Berserker Stance Icon Berserker Stance quest, which you should have at this point.

Follow up by going to Bath'rah the Windwatcher (located in the Alterac Mountains, around the 80,65 map coordinates) and accept Cyclonian. This quest requires you to gather three materials:

Finally, once you are done with all the collecting, gather your friends (or engineering pets) and accept The Summoning to fight Cyclonian after a short RP moment. Once you prevail, you will be given the choice of three unique weapons in Whirlwind Weapon. Obviously, pick Whirlwind Axe Icon Whirlwind Axe and enjoy the first weapon in the game capable of carrying you all the way left to Level 60!

7. Changelog

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