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Arms Warrior DPS Artifact Talents/Traits and Relics (Legion 7.2.5)

Last updated on Jul 14, 2017 at 13:22 by Wordup 239 comments

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General Information

This page shows you how to level up the Artifact and how to choose the right Relics for your Arms Warriors. It is updated for World of Warcraft Legion 7.2.5.

The other pages of our Arms Warrior guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Archimtiros, one of the best DPS Warriors in the world, who raids in Infinity. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. Artifact Progression

For the Arms Artifact,  Icon Strom'kar, the Warbreaker, there are some options that branch out from the first choice you make. Given that there is a strictly better first choice that also has access to more beneficial and versatile options, this leans very strongly toward a fixed route.

1.1. Early Progression

Artifact Progression

This path prioritises rushing to  Icon Shattered Defenses as it has a significant impact on the Arms playstyle, alongside the powerful  Icon Exploit the Weakness along the way. Transitioning then into  Icon Corrupted Blood of Zakajz to boost Battle Cry Icon Battle Cry, and ending with other passive traits that augment abilities exploited best by the optimal talent build.

  1.  Icon Warbreaker
  2.  Icon Thoradin's Might
  3.  Icon Crushing Blows
  4.  Icon Will of the First King
  5.  Icon Exploit the Weakness
  6.  Icon Shattered Defenses
  7.  Icon Tactical Advance
  8.  Icon Precise Strikes
  9.  Icon Corrupted Blood of Zakajz
  10.  Icon Many Will Fall
  11.  Icon Focus in Battle
  12.  Icon Unending Rage
  13.  Icon Deathblow
  14.  Icon One Against Many
  15.  Icon Void Cleave
  16.  Icon Touch of Zakajz
  17.  Icon Defensive Measures
  18.  Icon Unbreakable Steel

Rushing to  Icon Shattered Defenses is crucial, as it provides a powerful boost to the damage delivery method of Arms, alongside grabbing  Icon Exploit the Weakness along the way. Whilst the effect of  Icon Corrupted Blood of Zakajz is limited to your Battle Cry Icon Battle Cry window, this is still very powerful, and boosts the benefit of  Icon Shattered Defenses by getting  Icon Precise Strikes along the way..

1.2. Patch 7.2 Post 35 Trait Path

Artifact Progression Above Level 35

Following Patch 7.2 additional traits have been added upon reaching 35 traits in your current Artifact. This includes 4 additional new traits, a 4th rank in each of the previous Relic traits, and finally a new Paragon trait in Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall which all additional Artifact Power will be spent on.

Arms gains a solid increase to its high impact Execute Icon Execute phase with its new golden trait, and as such should be rushed early. Following that moving through the stronger 4th ranks in old traits in descending order is ideal.

  1. Arms of the Valarjar Icon Arms of the Valarjar
  2. Four points in Storm of Swords Icon Storm of Swords
  3. Soul of the Slaughter Icon Soul of the Slaughter
  4. Executioner's Precision Icon Executioner's Precision
  5. Fourth rank of  Icon Exploit the Weakness
  6. Fourth rank of  Icon Precise Strikes
  7. Fourth rank of  Icon Many Will Fall (if using Fervor of Battle Icon Fervor of Battle)
  8. Fourth rank of  Icon Crushing Blows
  9. Fourth rank of  Icon Unending Rage
  10. Fourth rank of  Icon Deathblow
  11. Fourth rank of  Icon Many Will Fall
  12. Fourth rank of  Icon One Against Many
  13. Personal choice filling out  Icon Tactical Advance and  Icon Touch of Zakajz
  14. Concordance of the Legionfall Icon Concordance of the Legionfall

2. Artifact Ability

Strom'kar comes equipped with  Icon Warbreaker when you acquire it, which has uses in single target, but is exceptionally strong during AoE. Being able to combine the debuff with Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm is highly effective, and otherwise, simply having another way to apply Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash when the effect is down has some great uses and adds to reliability.

3. Relic Choice

As with many classes when deciding on Relics, Item Level is the most important in your decision, and going for the highest regardless of trait will generally serve as the best rule. If you have two Relics that share the exact same Item Level, the following traits are ideally ones to look for:

  1.  Icon Many Will Fall (with Fervor of Battle Icon Fervor of Battle taken).
  2.  Icon Precise Strikes
  3.  Icon Exploit the Weakness

3.1. AoE Specific:

  1.  Icon Many Will Fall
  2.  Icon One Against Many

Outside of these Relics the others are quite poor, and should be avoided if possible assuming you have multiple Relics to choose from.

4. ChangeLog

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  • 14 Jul. 2017: Moved position of Whirlwind trait in the path if taking Fervor of Battle.
  • 14 Jun. 2017: Updated for new Relic values in Patch 7.2.5.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Updated for 7.2 Artifact path.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Checked and confirmed for Patch 7.1.5.
  • 16 Nov. 2016: Slight path update — swapped One against Many and Deathblow.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Added.
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