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Arms Warrior DPS Easy Mode — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 14, 2020 at 17:49 by Archimtiros 65 comments
General Information

On this page, we explain how to easily play Arms Warrior in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3, using the simplest rotation, talent tree, stat priority, gear setup, etc., without sacrificing performance.



This section is intended for players who are new to the game or class, have no intentions of raiding Mythic difficulty, or simply want a more straightforward way to play their specialization without being overwhelmed by the numerous priorities and active abilities that need to be taken into consideration for optimal play.


The Basics of Arms Warrior

Arms is a combination damage dealer that focuses on buffing their Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike, and debuffing the enemy with Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash and Deep Wounds Icon Deep Wounds. While the base rotation is not very complicated, talents can add numerous extra attacks and replace others with different versions, allowing players to customize their rotation to their situation or taste. The build showcased here is a simple yet effective play style, good for all types of game content, which is meant to help new players learn the fundamentals of Arms.


Talent Choices for Arms Warriors

The talents listed below are selected predominantly for ease of use and to mitigate more complex decisions when it comes to resource management. While there are better performing combinations, they also have more room for error. The ones chosen are meant to simplify decision making and resource management while introducing players to Arms' single-target, burst, and AoE potential. Despite being the "easy mode", it is still quite effective for questing, dungeons, and raid content.


Essences for Arms Warrior

There are many useful and competitive essences, depending on what type of content you are doing.


Azerite Traits for Arms Warrior

Arms Warrior Azerite traits are fairly straightforward, dependent on the type of content prioritized.


Stat Choices for Arms Warriors

The current Arms stat priority is as follows when using this build:

  1. Haste;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Mastery.
  4. Versatility.
  5. Strength;

Haste compresses the rotation, increasing auto-attack speed and reducing the time between ability casts. Critical Strikes double all damage done, and increases Rage generation from auto-attacks, which helps reduce downtime within the rotation. Mastery increases Deep Wounds Icon Deep Wounds damage. Versatility is a static damage increase and reduces damage taken by half the amount.


Basic Rotation for Arms Warriors

The typical single-target rotation using our suggested talents is outlined below. Whenever there is more than one target, use Sweeping Strikes Icon Sweeping Strikes to allow your other abilities to also hit a second target.

While all builds focus on the same principle of resetting the cooldown of Overpower Icon Overpower with Tactician Icon Tactician procs, using it to buff Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike, and using that to inflict Deep Wounds Icon Deep Wounds, other talents add extra abilities, maintenance buffs, and replace other abilities within the rotation.

Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams and Test of Might Icon Test of Might have a significant impact on the rotation, the impact of which are covered in detail in the rotations sections of the guide.



  • 14 Jan. 2020: Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 13 Jul. 2019: Added Azerite trait recommendations.
  • 08 Jul. 2019: Added Essence recommendations.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 15 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 18 Jan. 2019: Updated for Season 2.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 17 Aug. 2018: Updated stat recommendation and Mastery description to account for hotfix.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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