WoW Classic Warrior Weapons Guide
A WoW Classic Warrior is defined by its weapons, as almost all of your damage, including most of your abilities, scale with your weapon's damage. You will also typically want slow weapons in order to hit harder with Rage-spending abilities, when you are Arms or Fury specced. For Protection Warriors, faster weapons can be better for quicker Rage generation and dumping with Heroic Strike. We will present many of the best options the game has to offer for each type of weapon below.
Warrior Weapon Skills in WoW Classic
Depending on their race, Warriors will start with a one-handed Sword, Axe or Mace. They will know how to use some of weapons skills from the start, but require training in the missing one. Also, they know Daggers and Unarmed from the start. Every other weapon skill has to be learned from the various weapon masters below.
|Weapon Master location||Weapon Skills available|
|Learned by default||1H Swords and / or 1H Axes and / or Maces and / or Daggers (race-dependent), Unarmed|
|Darnassus (around 57,46)||Fist Weapons, Staves, Bows, Thrown Weapons, Daggers|
|Ironforge (around 62,89)||Guns, Axes, Maces, Fist Weapons, Crossbows, Thrown Weapons, Daggers|
|Stormwind (around 57,57)||Crossbows, Swords, Polearms, Staves, Daggers|
|Orgrimmar (around 81,19)||Bows, Thrown Weapons, Axes, Staves, Fist Weapons, Daggers|
|Thunder Bluff (41, 62)||Guns, Maces, Staves|
|Undercity (57,32)||Crossbows, Swords, Polearms, Daggers|
Most of the weapon skills listed above can be bought at early as Level 10, with Polearms being trained at Level 20.
Remember that no matter how good a weapon is at a given level, it will quickly be outclassed by common weapons of higher level, so be wary of wasting a lot of time chasing for the perfect low level weapon, unless you are making a twink character or enjoy the weapon hunt!
As a Warrior, you can use every single type of non-wand weapon in WoW Classic. Each type of weapon has its unique perks and downsides, which we will talk about below.
Axes for WoW Classic Warriors
Axes, both one-handed and two-handed, are the preferred weapons for Orc players, due to their +5 weapon skill for axes from their racial, Axe Specialization. This extra skill is a huge boost against boss level enemies, as explained in our DPS Warrior Stats Page. There are also many high profile Axes for Warriors, such as Whirlwind Axe and Arcanite Reaper.
Swords for WoW Classic Warriors
Swords, one-handed and two-handed, are the best weapons for Human players, as they gain +5 weapon skill when using swords from their racial, Sword Specialization. This extra skill can help a ton against high level enemies because it improves your ability to hit them, as explained in our DPS Warrior Stats Page.
Maces for WoW Classic Warriors
While Maces are also great for Human because of Mace Specialization, they are much worse for PvE than Swords as Mace Specialization is considerably weaker than Sword Specialization. Some of the Maces, unlike Swords, are also designed with caster classes in mind (Intellect / Spell Power), which means they will not be ideal for Warriors.
Staves for WoW Classic Warriors
Staves are quite similar to Maces, but unlike those they do not have an Arms talent specialization at all. All of them are two-handed weapons, and more often than not they have caster oriented stats. This being said, there are a few notable staves that you should look for in your way to 60, such as Crescent Staff and Resurgence Rod.
Polearms for WoW Classic Warriors
Polearms are also two-handed only weapons, and Polearm Specialization is quite good. Unfortunately there aren't many weapons of this kind in the game, and there are no races with Polearm bonuses, which makes them a niche weapon type for Warriors.
Daggers for WoW Classic Warriors
Daggers are often neglected by DPS Warriors due to their very fast attack speeds, but it is this same trait that makes them some of the best tanking weapons around.
Fist Weapons for WoW Classic Warriors
Crossbows for WoW Classic Warriors
Warrior can use ranged weapons, but they are little more than stat sticks for them, with the added benefit of allowing pulling from a distance.
Crossbows, in particular Blackcrow, make for some of the best pre-raid ranged weapons for Warriors in the game, as they tend to have very useful stats.
Bows for WoW Classic Warriors
Bows also tend to be great ranged weapons for Warriors, especially while leveling as green Bows with useful stats are often found while playing.
Guns for WoW Classic Warriors
Guns are not as common as Bows, but often bring similar stats to the table. Keep in mind that while Crossbows and Bows use arrows as ammunition, you will need bullets for Guns.
Thrown Weapons for WoW Classic Warriors
Thrown Weapons are special weapons in that they do not give you any stats, and are consumed when used. You can still use them to pull enemies from a distance, but you will generally be using ranged weapons that grant you extra stats, instead.
Shields for WoW Classic Warriors
While not technically a weapon, Shields will still be taking a weapon slot, and improve your defensive capabilities a lot by increasing your armor, while also often carrying other useful stats.
You should always have a Shield available in your inventory for tanking and other situations that demand you to play more defensively, such as when running away from enemies you cannot defeat.
Leveling Weapons for Warriors in WoW Classic
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.
Dual-wielding, while viable, is not recommended (even for Fury builds) 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 instead of Booming Voice, for extra Rage generation, and use the highest damage one handers you can get.
Finally, for tanking, it is important that you use your highest DPS one-hander, in order to get better Rage and threat generation (faster weapons are slightly better, as well). Also, look for high armor, high stats shields.
While you will change weapons many times during your 1-60 journey, some interesting weapons you might find / procure as you level up are as follows.
- There are many Slow / High DPS weapons sold by Weapon Vendor NPCs, such as the early Large Axe, or the late game Bullova if you did not manage to get anything better by this point.
- Crescent Staff (Horde) and Staff of Westfall (Alliance) are dungeon quest rewards, from Leaders of the Fang and The Defias Brotherhood respectively. Because they are quest rewards, you are guaranteed to get them from your first full dungeon run, and they can last you for a very long time.
- For tanking, you will want to use a one-hander and shield. Try to get Meteor Shard and combine it with Commander's Crest, both of which drop from Shadowfang Keep.
- 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. If you are speed leveling, however, we would discourage you from pursuing it unless you have high level help, as the time spent on its quest will tend to outweigh its DPS gain on your quest to 60.
- If you are dungeon leveling, make sure to pick up Corpsemaker from Razorfen Kraul and Ravager from Scarlet Monastery: Armory, as these are incredible weapons that will serve you well for quite a few levels. Ravager is amazing for a very long period, due to its proc. It causes a long whirlwind effect which deals periodic area of effect damage to everything around you, and generally makes dungeons go much faster.
- For tanking and dual-wielding Warriors, Sword of Omen and Vanquisher's Sword can both be obtained easily from the Into The Scarlet Monastery and [H] Bring the End / [A] Bring the Light quests, respectively, around Level 40. Combine them with Aegis of the Scarlet Commander for tanking.
- Maraudon has a lot of good two-handed weapons for Warriors, such as Princess Theradras' Scepter, Gatorbite Axe, and even the guaranteed 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, which is one of the best one-hand weapons in the game before Level 60 gear.
End-Game Weapons for Warriors in WoW Classic
Warriors have a gigantic amount of end-game weapons at their disposal, as they can use everything except wands. Depending on what you are looking for, there are many different sources of weapon upgrades, but you will mostly find them inside dungeons and raids, with the occasional quest reward thrown in.
While most weapons are great everywhere, some of them (such as two-handed maces) are typically better suited for PvP, while other weapons (such as one-handed axes) are generally better suited for PvE. We will provide information on where to best make use of each weapon, when applicable.
End-Game Dual-Wield and Tanking Weapons for Warriors in WoW Classic
For tanking and maximizing your raid DPS you will generally want to use one-handed weapons, either alongside a shield or alongside a second one-handed weapon in your off-hand. We will be listing some of the best weapons for these purposes available in Phase 1 of WoW Classic below.
- Dal'Rend's Sacred Charge alongside Dal'Rend's Tribal Guardian, which both drop from Warchief Rend Blackhand, are the best weapons to carry around before raid weapons while using Fury Dual Wield Warrior talents. This is especially true for Human players;
- For Orcs with large purses, buying Axe of the Deep Woods and Flurry Axe with gold is a great pre-raid option;
- A budget option for poor Orcs is combining Iceblade Hacker and Bone Slicing Hatchet, which you can get from Ras Frostwhisper and Maleki the Pallid, respectively;
- Deathbringer drops from Onyxia and is one of the best one-hand weapons available in Phase 1 of WoW Classic, alongside Vis'kag the Bloodletter, which can also drop off Onyxia;
- Annihilator, crafted with Blacksmithing, is a very expensive weapon, but also a very strong tanking weapon, with the added benefit of providing a sizable damage increase to your raid with its armor reducing proc. Bashguuder, from Ghok Bashguud, can be used as a less expensive, less powerful version;
- Draconian Deflector, while not technically a weapon, is the best pre-raid shield you can get. Follow it up with Drillborer Disk or Malistar's Defender (for its high armor and block, although the stats are caster oriented) once you get into Molten Core!
End-Game Two-Hander Weapons for Warriors in WoW Classic
For PvP and two-hand style PvE, you will need a strong two-handed weapon. We will be listing some of the best two-handed weapons that you can get in Phase 1 of WoW Classic below.
- Slavedriver's Cane drops from Ramstein the Gorger and is an extremely slow, high damage staff, which can serve you well in PvE if you use our Fury 2H Warrior talents.
- Dreadforge Retaliator from Emperor Dagran Thaurissan is a relatively easy Axe to obtain and is something you can use until you have raid gear, especially if you are Orc. If you have a crazy amount of gold, your best option before raiding is the fabled Arcanite Reaper! Look towards Spinal Reaper as a great raiding DPS Axe, from Ragnaros himself.
- Demonshear is the best pre-raid two-handed sword, and Bonereaver's Edge is the ultimate two-handed prize for Warriors in Phase 1 due to its very powerful armor reduction effect, which is great in PvE and PvP alike. It also drops from Ragnaros.
- Earthshaker is a strong weapon by itself, but its proc is what pushes it over the top for Warriors in large scale PvP, as it can easily stun a lot of enemies at once.
- Of course, Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros deserves a mention, as the first legendary in WoW Classic, for its great damage and unique looks, it will take you a while to replace it for PvP purposes.
For more end-game gearing information, please refer to our gearing guides for Warriors.
Complete Weapon Listings for Warriors in WoW Classic Phase One
You can check the complete list for each type of Warrior weapon below:
- You can find most of Phase 1's axes, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
- You can find most of Phase 1's swords, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
- You can find most of Phase 1's maces, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
- You can find all of Phase 1's daggers, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
- You can find all of Phase 1's staves, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
- You can find all of Phase 1's polearms, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
- You can find all of Phase 1's fist weapons, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
- You can find all of Phase 1's crossbows, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
- You can find all of Phase 1's bows, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
- You can find all of Phase 1's guns, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
- You can find all of Phase 1's thrown weapons, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
- You can find all of Phase 1's shields, ordered by descending item level, here, at itemization.info.
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