Arms Warrior DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.2

Last updated on Feb 21, 2022 at 15:56 by Archimtiros 41 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find the best gear and best in slot items for your Arms Warrior in World of Warcraft Shadowlands 9.2.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Arms Warrior gear and best in slot.

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Gearing a Arms Warrior

Welcome to our Gearing Page for Arms Warrior, this section will cover everything you need to know about equipping your character correctly.

If you have a new piece of gear that you need gems and enchants advice for, you can find everything you need on our dedicated page below.

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The Importance of "Simming Yourself" as a Arms Warrior

At this stage in the game, and despite the stat priority, there are so many variables and so many layers of optimization that you can apply to your character, that there is no way for a guide or anything else to tell you exactly what gear you should wear. This is why we always recommend simulating your own character using Raidbots. The website can help you choose set bonuses, trinkets and combinations thereof in a way that is tailored completely to your specific character. Learning to use this tool is essential to maximizing your potential, as there is simply no other way to take all the variables into account.

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Droptimizer

The Droptimizer feature from Raidbots lets you identify which dungeons and Raid Bosses you should spend your Bonus Rolls on. It simulates all of the potential upgrades in a raid or a dungeon, and lists the bosses/dungeons by rank order of how much DPS you can expect to gain from bonus rolling on it. We have a guide for it that you can access using the link below.

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General Simulations

While we heavily recommend simming yourself, you can find some of our general simulations on the dedicated page below.

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Legendary Powers for Arms Warrior

With the addition of Unity Icon Unity, all Arms Warriors will automatically gain the effect of their Covenant Legendary power. This allows Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow to be used at the same time, interchanged with Signet of Tormented Kings Icon Signet of Tormented Kings in Mythic+ dungeons.

Legendaries should always be crafted in slots which grant a free socket: Head, Neck, Wrist, Waist, or Ring, ideally without conflicting with Tier Set slots: Head, Shoulder, Chest, Hands, Legs. This makes Neck, Wrist, Waist, and Ring the best general places to craft Legendaries when possible.

For a more detailed explanation of Legendary picks worth looking at, and when you should consider crafting or using them, look at our dedicated Legendary page below:

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Tier Set Bonuses

In Patch 9.2, every class will once again earn pieces of a gear set uniquely tailored with two- and four-piece set bonuses for each specialization. For Arms Warrior, these set bonuses are:

While the set seems complicated, it is very straightforward and reliable, resulting in significantly more Tactician Icon Tactician and Overpower Icon Overpower procs, and near-constant uptime on a powerful Strength buff. Although neither of the bonuses have significant talent or rotational impact, aside from simply pressing Overpower more often, they both help speed up the rotation by reducing downtime and provide a reliable damage increase free of gimmicks. It is fairly difficult to not gain full value out of the tier sets, and that infallibility is an important part of consistently dealing good damage.

Arms Warriors should generally prioritize the tier set Helmet, Shoulders, Chest, and Gloves, although priority should be given to completing the set bonuses rather than holding out for specific pieces of gear. If opportunity allows, Helmet may also be forgone in order to free up a valuable legendary crafting slot. Once the Creation Catalyst unlocks, any piece of gear may be converted into a pre-defined piece of tier gear, including normally offpiece items including Bracer, Belt, Cloak, and Boots. This makes completing sets and gearing much easier, although that system is not intended to become available for several weeks.

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Shards of Domination Sockets

Shards of Domination have been depreciated and will no longer work outside of the The Maw or Torghast. This means they are useless in Mythic+ dungeons and in the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid.

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Valor Points

Certain Mythic+ and world drop gear may be upgraded with Valor Points, a special currency gained from a variety of activities. While we have a dedicated Valor page covering the details of the system, the important thing to know is that items can only be upgraded to a maximum of 272 item level, making them less competitive than Great Vault and Mythic Raid gear. That said, upgrading low item level slots, particularly weapons or trinkets, can help fill gaps in your gearing whenever you do not have access to higher item level pieces.

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Legion Timewalking Gear

With the addition of Legion Timewalking Mythic+ dungeons becoming available in March, several new items will become available. Although the gear will be capped to a lower item level than items available from the Sanctum of Domination raid and will not be obtainable from the Great Vault, they can be upgraded through Valor, which may allow for some upgrades.

Most of the Legion Timewalking gear is not particularly important, as even the previously coveted Jeweled Signet of Melandrus Icon Jeweled Signet of Melandrus has been nerfed, though the Faulty Countermeasure Icon Faulty Countermeasure trinket stands out as one of the most powerful single-target trinkets currently in the game, and may be well worth farming when opportunity allows.

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Stats

Many people have a tendency to overthink the distribution of their secondary stats. An important thing to remember is that a higher quantity of stats is nearly always better than a better quality of stats. Because of this, wearing higher item level gear with worse stats tends to be better than lower item level gear with better allocated stats. Keep this in mind when considering gear, and please refer to our dedicated page for more information on stats.

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Best in Slot List for Arms Warrior

This Best in Slot list represents the best combination of gear obtainable within Sepulcher of the First Ones, but due to the existence of Mythic+ dungeons and the weekly Great Vault, it is possible to obtain other competitive items as well. Because not everyone is a Mythic raider, PvP Gladiator, or clears Mythic+15 every week, this list is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out from Sepulcher of the First Ones, and we recommend using Raidbots to sim the items you actually have available to you in order to find your best combination of gear.

Slot Raid Item Source
Helm Gaze of the Infinite Infantry Icon Gaze of the Infinite Infantry Anduin Wrynn
Neck Worldkiller Iris Icon Worldkiller Iris The Jailer
Shoulders Pauldrons of the Infinite Infantry Icon Pauldrons of the Infinite Infantry Lords of Dread
Cloak Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Icon Shroud of the Sire's Chosen Lords of Dread
Chest Breastplate of the Infinite Infantry Icon Breastplate of the Infinite Infantry Rygelon
Wrists Veiled Auctioneer's Vambraces Icon Veiled Auctioneer's Vambraces Artificer Xy'mox
Gloves Grasps of the Infinite Infantry Icon Grasps of the Infinite Infantry Lihuvim, Principal Architect
Belt Enforcer's Containment Cinch Icon Enforcer's Containment Cinch Artificer Xy'mox
Legs Legguards of the Ultimate Threat Icon Legguards of the Ultimate Threat The Jailer
Boots Greatboots of the Roaming Goliath Icon Greatboots of the Roaming Goliath Halondrus the Reclaimer
Ring #1 Loquacious Keeper's Peridot Icon Loquacious Keeper's Peridot Lihuvim, Principal Architect
Ring #2 Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Icon Rygelon's Heraldric Ring Rygelon
Trinket #1 Overwhelming Power Crystal Icon Overwhelming Power Crystal De Other Side
Trinket #2 Old Warrior's Soul Icon Old Warrior's Soul Sylvanas Windrunner
Weapon #1 Gavel of the First Arbiter Icon Gavel of the First Arbiter The Jailer
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Droptimizer

The Droptimizer feature from Raidbots lets you identify which dungeons and Raid Bosses you should spend your Bonus Rolls on. It simulates all of the potential upgrades in a raid or a dungeon, and lists the bosses/dungeons by rank order of how much DPS you can expect to gain from bonus rolling on it. We have a guide for it that you can access using the link below.

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Trinket Comparisons

Class damage buffs and debuffs such as Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash and Avatar Icon Avatar do not increase the damage of non-class spells, such as potions, enchants, and trinket damage.

This trinket list compares all current trinkets at various equal item levels, meant as a guideline to help prioritize upgrades, so care should be taken when assessing your own pieces should they vary in item level or bonuses. As always, simming your own gear is recommended.

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Changelog

  • 21 Feb. 2022: Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5, including a preliminary Legion Timewalking section, noting the value of Jeweled Signet of Melandrus
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Added section covering the Valor system of upgrading gear.
  • 30 Jan. 2021: Elaborated on legendary choice and gear slot selection.
  • 07 Dec. 2020: Updated Best in Slot list for Season 1 and Castle Nathria Launch.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Added Shadowlands dungeon item list, legendary power section, and gearing advice.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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