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.
Tanking Warriors benefit more from faster weapons than slow ones because these provide steadier Rage generation, and more ability to quickly dump extra Rage with Heroic Strike when needed.
Fist Weapons for WoW Classic Warriors
While there are a few fist weapons Warriors can use in WoW Classic, they are few and far between. If you get a good one, such as Vilerend Slicer feel free to use it!
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 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;
- Quel'Serrar, obtained through the Quel'Serrar questline, is an amazing pre-raid tank weapon for non-Orc tanks;
- 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 alongside Vis'kag the Bloodletter, and both are great weapons, especially for Orcs and Humans, respectively;
- 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;
- Daggers, such as Perdition's Blade and Core Hound Tooth, can be very useful to tank with, as they have high attack speeds, making Heroic Strike spam more effective (assuming you have the Rage required) and are relatively easy to get 305 weapon skill with ( Edgemaster's Handguards or Aged Core Leather Gloves);
- The unassuming Empyrean Demolisher is actually one of the best weapons in the game, especially for Humans!
- Draconian Deflector is one of the best pre-raid shields you can get. Follow it up with Drillborer Disk or Malistar's Defender (for its high armor, although the stats are caster oriented) once you get into Molten Core, and with Elementium Reinforced Bulwark once you go into Blackwing Lair;
- Speaking of Blackwing Lair, Crul'shorukh, Edge of Chaos, Chromatically Tempered Sword and Maladath, Runed Blade of the Black Flight are all great weapon options from this raid;
- Last, but certainly not least, Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker is the ultimate tank weapon and can be obtained through the short, but involved, Thunderfury questline.
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 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 due to its very powerful armor reduction effect, which is great in PvE and PvP alike. It also drops from Ragnaros;
- When talking about raiding, Obsidian Edged Blade from Molten Core is one of the best two-hand weapons in the game for non-Humans in PvE, due to the huge weapon skill increase;
- 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;
- When Blackwing Lair is considered, Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood and The Untamed Blade (estimated 1 proc per minute) are both nice for PvP, with The Untamed Blade also being good for PvE if you are a Human (dual-wielding is always superior, even with blue gear, however).
PvP Weapons for Warriors in WoW Classic
While Rank 14 weapons (such as High Warlord's Battle Axe) are among the best currently in game for Warriors, as they are for most classes, there are also a few notable reputation rewards you can chase.
- Frostbite is obtained at Alterac Valley Revered and is one of the best pre-raid one-hand weapons for DPS and Tanking alike;
- The Immovable Object is one of the best pre-raid shields and comes from Alterac Valley Exalted;
- The Unstoppable Force also comes from Alterac Valley Exalted and is a great two-handed weapon, with a stun proc made for PvP baked in!
Complete Weapon Listings for Warriors in WoW Classic
You can find a complete weapon (and armor) list for Warriors at itemization.info, including filter options that allow you to restrict and / or order your search by phase, class, slot and other parameters.
For more end-game gearing information, please refer to our BiS gear guides for Warriors:
- 20 Feb. 2020: Adjusted the description for BWL two-hand weapons: Ashkandi and The Untamed Blade.
- 19 Feb. 2020: Updated the Weapon Guide for Phase 3 and added a PvP + Reputation and Raid weapon section.
- 22 Dec. 2019: Reworked the complete BiS weapon listing at the end of the guide.
- 29 Sep. 2019: Added Arcanite Reaper.
- 21 Sep. 2019: Guide added.
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