Arms Warrior Essences — 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 go over the Essence system in Patch 8.3 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 8.3 Essence Guide for more information about the new essences introduced in Patch 8.3 and to our Essence guide for more general information about the Essence system and where Essences can be obtained from.


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.

For more information about essences, please check out the following:

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


Notable Essences for Arms Warriors

Memory of Lucid Dreams (Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams + Lucid Dreams Icon Lucid Dreams) synergizes extremely well with the Arms spec, 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.

Essence of the Focusing Iris (Focused Azerite Beam Icon Focused Azerite Beam + Focused Energy Icon Focused Energy) 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.

Condensed Life-Force (Guardian of Azeroth Icon Guardian of Azeroth + 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 target's damage taken. The only thing holding the Essence back is the lack of synergy which Memory of Lucid Dreams provides.


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.


Major Powers


Best Tier


Good Tier


Weak/Niche Tier


Minor Powers


Best Tier


Good Tier


Weak/Niche Tier


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 to sim your own character.

For the complete simulation results, check out


  • 14 Jan. 2020: Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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