Arms Warrior Essences — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2

Last updated on Jun 25, 2019 at 03:58 by Archimtiros 64 comments
General Information

On this page, we go over the new Essence system in Patch 8.2 of World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth, and we tell you which are the best essences to use as Arms Warrior, both for minor and major powers. Please refer to our Patch 8.2 Guide to Essences for more information about the Essence system and where Essences can be obtained from.

1. Azerite Essences for Arms Warriors

Introduced in Patch 8.2, Essences are unique items that drop from various forms of content. They are activated through your Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth, and they buff your character in various ways, depending on the Essences that are currently active.

Our Essence Guide has a full list of all the Essences, together with their descriptions and explanations on how they work.

What follows on this page will relate directly to how Essences affect this spec, since generic information is beyond the scope of this guide.

Disclaimer: Please note that at the moment, simulations and general theorycrafting around Essences is a work in progress, and as a result, most of the recommendations made here are subject to change.

2. Notable Essences for Arms Warriors

Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force adds a very powerful 3-minute cooldown which lasts 30 seconds, long enough to cover the duration of Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash and Test of Might Icon Test of Might both. The summoned Guardian of Azeroth contributes a good deal of damage, typically around 5% of your total output over the course of an encounter, and also continually triggers the minor effect Azerite Spike, which increases the targets damage taken by 5%. This makes it both one of the most powerful single-target Essences in terms of total throughput and a very good choice when dealing with DPS checks, such as the Lady Jaina Proudmoore's Ice Wall in Battle for Dazar'alor.

Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams synergizes extremely well with the Warrior class, granting additional Rage, which directly translates into damage done. During Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash, the major power allows near unlimited use of Rage spending abilities, creating very large Test of Might Icon Test of Might buffs, particularly when using Fervor of Battle Icon Fervor of Battle. All of the extra Rage spent also further increases the value of the already powerful talent Anger Management Icon Anger Management, allowing for very frequent Colossus Smash use. This interaction is strong against both single and multiple targets, and competes very well against Condensed Life-Force Icon Condensed Life-Force.

Essence of the Focusing Iris Icon Essence of the Focusing Iris is the best burst AoE Essence, although it can be tricky to use. Because of the cast time and channel, it will stall your normal rotation, but used smartly before engaging a group of stacked up targets, the major power can deal an enormous amount of damage on a relatively moderate cooldown. Conversely, the minor power is single target focused, which lends this Essence to being used to burn down adds while focusing a single major target.

Vision of Perfection Icon Vision of Perfection is a fun, although slightly underpowered, Essence which both reduces the cooldown of and triggers a short duration Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm or Ravager Icon Ravager when talented, both of which lend some extra value to frequent multi-target encounters, such as Mythic+ dungeons. While it does not excel in any particular area, it is completely passive, making it easy to use and well suited to all kinds of content.

3. Essence Rankings

Essences are still undergoing regular hotfix tuning, so this is only a cursory look at the relative value of each major and minor Essence power.

3.1. Major Powers

3.1.1. Best Tier

3.1.2. Good Tier

3.1.3. Weak/Niche Tier

3.2. Minor Powers

3.2.1. Best Tier

3.2.2. Good Tier

3.2.3. Weak/Niche Tier

3.3. Essence Comparison Simulations

As with all simulations provided in our guides, they only provide a very rough guideline, and you should not rely on them for making decisions on your own gear. Always use Raidbots.com to sim your own character.

This section will be updated in the future once proper simulation support is available for Essences.

4. Changelog

  • 25 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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