Classic Warrior DPS Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Oct 17, 2020 at 12:00 by Seksixeny 45 comments

On this page, you will find the best PvE gear and best in slot items for your Warrior DPS in WoW Classic.


Gearing Strategy for DPS Warriors

While a clear best in slot (BiS) list is always available in WoW Classic, the items contained might be extremely hard or expensive to get. Depending on your race, you might want different items as well, as swords or maces are more powerful for Humans, due to Sword Specialization Icon Sword Specialization and Mace Specialization Icon Mace Specialization, and axes are more powerful for Orcs, due to Axe Specialization Icon Axe Specialization.

Thus, we will try to give at least one alternative, for most slots in the list, so that you can pick where and how to farm them.


WoW Classic Phases

As stated by Blizzard, WoW Classic will have six phases, starting with Molten Core, Onyxia's Lair, and Maraudon, and ending with Naxxramas and the Scourge Invasion.

We will be linking best in slot gear lists for every raid tier in this guide, which can be helpful in order to understand how to progress from hitting Level 60, to getting pre-raid best in slot and from then to clearing all raid tiers.


DPS Warrior Pre-Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List

In order to get ready for raiding, it is recommended that you follow this guide in order to learn which gear to gather for maximizing DPS before ever setting foot in raids, and probably also before getting your first epic loot. Even so, expect to get a few pieces that you will have a hard time replacing, such as Diamond Flask Icon Diamond Flask and Hand of Justice Icon Hand of Justice.


DPS Warrior Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Phase 5 (Ahn'Qiraj)

This is the gear we recommend for Warriors in the AQ40 patch. While casters gain a larger power boost in this tier than melee, DPS Warriors continue to be the best DPS in WoW Classic, especially when execute damage is critical to success, such as when facing Princess Huhuran.

Warriors Tier 2.5, Conqueror's Battlegear lacks useful bonuses for DPS Warriors and its pieces will be considered for their stats alone.

  • The 3-set bonus reduces the Rage cost of your shouts by 35%. This represents a very minor Rage gain over a long fight, and only if you are the shouting Warrior in your group. Because shouts have more utility in PvP situations, it can be a great PvP bonus.
  • The 5-set bonus increases the slow and damage of Thunderclap IconThunderclap by 50%. This still does not make it worth using, especially when Thunderfury is available to your raid group.

As always, try to have at least 305 weapon skill with your weapon in order to benefit from a huge boost to your damage, using gear such as Edgemaster's Handguards Icon Edgemaster's Handguards to hit that magic number if needed.

Your special (yellow) attack hit cap is 6% when you have 305+ weapon skill (vs 9% without), so make sure to mix and match our suggested gear in order to hit this cap. Going over it will still grant you some DPS value while dual wielding, just not as much as hitting the yellow hit cap.

PvP gear is also some of the best for PvE, but we will not be listing it below as it takes a lot of effort to gather and players who do so are generally experienced enough to know how to compare it against their alternative gear sets.

Slot Item Source
  • Lionheart Helm Icon Lionheart Helm
  • Barbed Choker Icon Barbed Choker
  • Conqueror's Spaulders Icon Conqueror's Spaulders
  • Cloak of the Fallen God Icon Cloak of the Fallen God
  • Breastplate of Annihilation Icon Breastplate of Annihilation
  • Qiraji Execution Bracers Icon Qiraji Execution Bracers
  • Edgemaster's Handguards Icon Edgemaster's Handguards (if you need it to have 305+ weapon skill)
  • Gauntlets of Annihilation Icon Gauntlets of Annihilation
  • Onslaught Girdle Icon Onslaught Girdle
  • Conqueror's Legguards Icon Conqueror's Legguards
  • Chromatic Boots Icon Chromatic Boots
  • Ring of the Qiraji Fury Icon Ring of the Qiraji Fury
  • Quick Strike Ring Icon Quick Strike Ring
  • Diamond Flask Icon Diamond Flask
  • Drake Fang Talisman Icon Drake Fang Talisman
  • Blessed Qiraji War Axe Icon Blessed Qiraji War Axe
  • Empyrean Demolisher Icon Empyrean Demolisher
  • (OH) Crul'shorukh, Edge of Chaos Icon Crul'shorukh, Edge of Chaos
  • Chromatically Tempered Sword Icon Chromatically Tempered Sword
  • Dark Edge of Insanity Icon Dark Edge of Insanity
  • Bonereaver's Edge Icon Bonereaver's Edge
  • Larvae of the Great Worm Icon Larvae of the Great Worm

Other Useful Phase 5 Gear for DPS Warriors

Slot Item Source
  • Helm of Endless Rage Icon Helm of Endless Rage
  • Crown of Destruction Icon Crown of Destruction
  • Conqueror's Crown Icon Conqueror's Crown
  • Onyxia Tooth Pendant Icon Onyxia Tooth Pendant
  • The Eye of Hakkar Icon The Eye of Hakkar
  • Amulet of the Darkmoon Icon Amulet of the Darkmoon
  • Mantle of Wicked Revenge Icon Mantle of Wicked Revenge
  • Drake Talon Pauldrons Icon Drake Talon Pauldrons
  • Defiler's Plate Spaulders Icon Defiler's Plate Spaulders
  • Cloak of Concentrated Hatred Icon Cloak of Concentrated Hatred
  • Drape of Unyielding Strength Icon Drape of Unyielding Strength
  • Cloak of Draconic Might Icon Cloak of Draconic Might
  • Savage Gladiator Chain Icon Savage Gladiator Chain
  • Conqueror's Breastplate Icon Conqueror's Breastplate
  • Vest of Swift Execution Icon Vest of Swift Execution
  • Hive Defiler Wristguards Icon Hive Defiler Wristguards
  • Bracers of Brutality Icon Bracers of Brutality
  • Deeprock Bracers Icon Deeprock Bracers
  • Gloves of Enforcement Icon Gloves of Enforcement
  • Sacrificial Gauntlets Icon Sacrificial Gauntlets
  • Flameguard Gauntlets Icon Flameguard Gauntlets
  • Belt of Never-ending Agony Icon Belt of Never-ending Agony
  • Triad Girdle Icon Triad Girdle
  • Ossirian's Binding Icon Ossirian's Binding
  • Titanic Leggings Icon Titanic Leggings
  • Scaled Sand Reaver Leggings Icon Scaled Sand Reaver Leggings
  • Dark Heart Pants Icon Dark Heart Pants
  • Boots of the Fallen Hero Icon Boots of the Fallen Hero
  • Boots of the Vanguard Icon Boots of the Vanguard
  • Slime Kickers Icon Slime Kickers
  • Master Dragonslayer's Ring Icon Master Dragonslayer's Ring
  • Circle of Applied Force Icon Circle of Applied Force
  • Don Julio's Band Icon Don Julio's Band
  • Band of Accuria Icon Band of Accuria
  • Seal of Jin Icon Seal of Jin (for set bonus)
  • Band of Jin Icon Band of Jin (for set bonus)
  • Earthstrike Icon Earthstrike
  • Jom Gabbar Icon Jom Gabbar
  • Hand of Justice Icon Hand of Justice
  • Blackhand's Breadth Icon Blackhand's Breadth
  • Badge of the Swarmguard Icon Badge of the Swarmguard
  • Ancient Qiraji Ripper Icon Ancient Qiraji Ripper
  • (OH)Maladath, Runed Blade of the Black Flight Icon Maladath, Runed Blade of the Black Flight
  • Deathbringer Icon Deathbringer
  • Vis'kag the Bloodletter Icon Vis'kag the Bloodletter
  • (OH)Anubisath Warhammer Icon Anubisath Warhammer
  • (OH)Doom's Edge Icon Doom's Edge
  • Obsidian Edged Blade Icon Obsidian Edged Blade (Non-Orc / Human)
  • The Untamed Blade Icon The Untamed Blade
  • Drake Talon Cleaver Icon Drake Talon Cleaver
  • Crossbow of Imminent Doom Icon Crossbow of Imminent Doom
  • Striker's Mark Icon Striker's Mark
  • Gurubashi Dwarf Destroyer Icon Gurubashi Dwarf Destroyer

Nature Resistance Gear for DPS Warriors

As a melee player, DPS Warriors will be required to use as much Nature Resistance gear as they can for Princess Huhuran and Viscidus (if allowed into his room at all). Read this guide to figure out where to find such gear, and which pieces to wear!


Warrior PvP Best in Slot Gear

If you would prefer to gear for PvP, you can find our Warrior PvP BiS guide below.


Warrior Weapons

Since weapons are such a broad topic, we have written a full guide about Warrior weapons.


DPS Warrior Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for Molten Core / Onyxia's Lair

Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair are the first raids in WoW Classic, and will probably award you with your first pieces of epic gear! While most of the gear found here is easily replaceable later, there are a few pieces, such as Onslaught Girdle Icon Onslaught Girdle and Quick Strike Ring Icon Quick Strike Ring, which will last you for a very long time!


Fire Resistance Gear for DPS Warriors

While not a massive concern for DPS Warriors, a little bit of Fire Resistance can sometimes be helpful. Read this guide to figure out where and which pieces to wear!


Special Gear for DPS Warriors

Some items, which are not powerful enough to be in the best in slot list, have special properties that make them very valuable to acquire for specific encounters or as a weapon swap mid-fight. We will list the most notable special items for the current phase, and their effects and application below:

  • Annihilator Icon Annihilator (or the less expensive, less powerful Rivenspike Icon Rivenspike and Bashguuder Icon Bashguuder) allows you to reduce an enemy's armor by up to 600 for your whole group, making it a very powerful weapon swap. Use it at the start of an encounter to quickly full debuff the boss, and then swap to your normal weapon to take advantage of the lowered armor.
  • Gnomish Battle Chicken Icon Gnomish Battle Chicken summons a chicken that attacks your enemies for 1.5 minutes, with a cooldown of 30 minutes. The chicken scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill), and buffs your group with 5% increased Attack Speed through Battle Squawk. This is what makes it well worth using while grouped.
  • Arcanite Dragonling Icon Arcanite Dragonling summons a dragon that attacks your enemies for up to 1 minute, with a cooldown of one hour. The dragon scales with your Engineering skill (Level 60 at 300 skill) and causes a stacking debuff that increases Fire damage taken, which makes it worth using in later raids to boost Fire Mage damage.
  • Skull of Impending Doom Icon Skull of Impending Doom is given as a quest reward from completing Forbidden Knowledge in the Badlands. While generally undesirable, if you need to run somewhere fast, it can be a useful item to have.
  • Furbolg Medicine Pouch Icon Furbolg Medicine Pouch is sold by Gorn One Eye when you reach Honored status with Timbermaw Hold. This is a great item that you can swap during combat to provide you with a significant 1000 heal over 10 seconds. For comparison's sake, Heavy Runecloth Bandage Icon Heavy Runecloth Bandage heals you for 2000 over 8 seconds, but requires you to channel it, and you cannot take any sort of damage in the channel duration.
  • Tidal Charm Icon Tidal Charm allows you to instantly stun an enemy for 3 seconds. It has a 50% drop chance from Prince Nazjak, who spawns around 25,84 in Arathi Highlands. Due to his very high respawn timer it might be hard to get this trinket, but the stun it provides is a life saver and duel winner.
  • Linken's Boomerang Icon Linken's Boomerang allows you to potentially disarm or stun an enemy when used, which makes it useful in certain scenarios, especially in PvP. Its rewarded from the Un'Goro Crater quest It's Dangerous to Go Alone.
  • Luffa Icon Luffa removes a bleed effect, such as Garrote Icon Garrote, from yourself when used. You get this item from the Searing Gorge quest Incendosaurs? Whateverosaur is More Like It.
  • The Alliance-only Crystal of Zin-Malor Icon Crystal of Zin-Malor allows you to kill yourself easily, and you do not get durability loss if you die from its effect. This can occasionally be useful, such as when you regret getting on a fly path after you are already flying or if you need to talk with the Blackrock Depths key ghost NPC. You get it from starting the quest Tormented By the Past.


  • 17 Oct. 2020: Adjusted gear recommendations based on feedback.
  • 06 Aug. 2020: Transferred the Ahn'Qiraj gear into the main guide.
  • 27 Jul. 2020: Added a link to the Nature Resistance gear guide.
  • 14 Jul. 2020: Added AQ40 BiS gear section.
  • 19 May 2020: Added Silithus twilight boss summoning gear.
  • 16 Apr. 2020: Added Girdle of the Fallen Crusader and Therazane's Link.
  • 14 Apr. 2020: Updated with Zul'Gurub gear.
  • 11 Mar. 2020: Updated with Arathi Basin gear.
  • 04 Mar. 2020: Added Cloudkeeper Legplates.
  • 20 Feb. 2020: Adjusted two-hand weapon priority.
  • 12 Feb. 2020: Updated BiS list for Phase 3 of WoW Classic and split the guide into multiple pages.
  • 28 Jan. 2020: Typo fixes and added Frostbite.
  • 25 Jan. 2020: Added PvP reputation gear and more ranked PvP gear.
  • 11 Dec. 2019: Added link to PvP BiS.
  • 23 Nov. 2019: Reworked the layout of the BiS list and added multiple new gear pieces, including the Black Dragonscale set.
  • 21 Nov. 2019: Updated BiS list for Phase 2 of WoW Classic.
  • 13 Oct. 2019: Added Phase One Molten Core / Onyxia gear bis list and Dire Maul gear.
  • 16 Aug. 2019: Added new special gear to the list and changed the position of this list to the bottom of the guide.
  • 16 Jul. 2019: Updated some gear recommendations.
  • 12 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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