WoW Classic Warrior Weapons Guide

Last updated on Feb 20, 2020 at 15:02 by Seksixeny 11 comments

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 Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon Whirlwind Axe and Arcanite Reaper Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon Mace Specialization, they are much worse for PvE than Swords as Mace Specialization is considerably weaker than Sword Specialization Icon 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 Icon Crescent Staff and Resurgence Rod Icon Resurgence Rod.


Polearms for WoW Classic Warriors

Polearms are also two-handed only weapons, and Polearm Specialization Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon 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 Icon Unbridled Wrath instead of Booming Voice Icon 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.


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.


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.


PvP Weapons for Warriors in WoW Classic

While Rank 14 weapons (such as High Warlord's Battle Axe Icon 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.


Complete Weapon Listings for Warriors in WoW Classic

You can find a complete weapon (and armor) list for Warriors at, 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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