Classic Warrior DPS Gear and Best in Slot

Last updated on Oct 09, 2019 at 19:46 by Seksixeny 11 comments
General Information

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

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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.

2.

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. This guide currently contains information relevant to Phase 1.

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Pre-Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for DPS Warriors

You should make sure to not go over 6% extra Hit chance cap as a Human or Orc, when taking advantage of your weapon skill racials (also if you are a lucky Edgemaster's Handguards Icon Edgemaster's Handguards user), or the 9% Hit chance cap with other races and weapons. This is the gear we recommend for damage dealing as a Warrior, before setting foot into Molten Core or Onyxia's Lair.

Slot Item Source
Helm
Neck
Shoulder
Cloak
Chest
Wrists
Gloves
Belt
Legs
Boots
Rings
Trinkets
Main-Hand
Off-Hand
Two-Hand
Ranged Shadow Hunter Vosh'gajin in Lower Blackrock Spire for both

*Edgemaster's Handguards Icon Edgemaster's Handguards grant +7 weapon skill with the most common weapon types. The first +5 weapon skill grants you a huge benefit, as detailed in our DPS Warrior Weapon Skill page section, but it has rapidly diminishing returns post that amount, so these gloves are only advisable if you do not have at least +5 weapon skill from other sources yet, which will typically the case for Human and Orc using their racials.

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Raid Best in Slot (BiS) List for DPS Warriors

This is the DPS Warrior gear you should aim for in the current end game: Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair. Remember to continue adapting your gear to your 6% / 9% Hit cap requirements.

Slot Item Source
Helm
Neck
Shoulder
Cloak
Chest
Wrists
  • Flamewalker Bosses in Molten Core
Gloves
Belt
Legs
Boots
  • Side bosses in Scholomance
Rings
Trinkets
Main-Hand
Off-Hand
Two-Hand
Ranged

*As explained before, Edgemaster's Handguards Icon Edgemaster's Handguards will allow you to have a 6% Hit cap with any race, as long as you are using Axes, Daggers or Swords. This is a huge benefit when it bumps you from 300 weapon skill to 307, but not worth it when you were already at 305 or above to begin with. Plan your gear accordingly.

5.

Fire Resistance Gear for DPS Warriors

While doing Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair, it is possible you will need some Fire Resistance gear, especially for Ragnaros. The pieces we list below are the ones that grant significant Fire Resistance and do not drop from Molten Core itself. For damage dealers, it is not advisable to use resistance gear that hurts your damage potential too much, so we will only list easily accessible gear, that you might even already have for other purposes. Depending on your buffs and consumables, you might not even need any of this gear. Also, if you loot powerful gear with Fire Resistance on it during your Molten Core clears, replace whatever pieces you are still wearing of the following:

Slot Item Source
Helm Gyth's Skull Icon Gyth's Skull (of Fire Resistance) Gyth in Upper Blackrock Spire
Neck Drakefire Amulet Icon Drakefire Amulet Onyxia's Lair Attunement Quest
Cloak Cape of the Fire Salamander Icon Cape of the Fire Salamander Ambassador Flamelash in Blackrock Depths
Wrists Emberplate Armguards Icon Emberplate Armguards (of Fire Resistance) Lord Incendius in Blackrock Depths
Ring Ocean's Breeze Icon Ocean's Breeze A Hero's Reward quest in Azshara (Hydraxian Waterlords)
Trinket Hyper-Radiant Flame Reflector Icon Hyper-Radiant Flame Reflector Engineering

Finally, do not forget you can also complement your Fire Resistance gear with consumables such as Greater Fire Protection Potion Icon Greater Fire Protection Potion, Juju Ember Icon Juju Ember, the Libram of Resilience leg and head enchant, the Enchant Cloak - Fire Resistance Icon Enchant Cloak - Fire Resistance cloak enchant, and the Flame Mantle of the Dawn Icon Flame Mantle of the Dawn shoulder enchant.

6.

Warrior Weapons

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

7.

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.
  • 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.
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Changelog

  • 09 Oct. 2019: Added Phase One Molten Core / Onyxia gear bis list.
  • 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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