Arms Warrior DPS Gear and Best in Slot — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 14:14 by Archimtiros 28 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 9.0.5.

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

1.

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.

2.

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.

3.

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.

4.

Gearing Yourself Early on in Shadowlands as an Arms Warrior

When Shadowlands launches and after Season 1 begins, the majority of your gear will be coming from more focused activities such as Raiding, Mythic+, PvP or your weekly vault cache. For the first two weeks, however, these options are not available and instead you will be sourcing it from the following activities:

  • Covenant Callings: these are daily emissary quests that can provide powerful gear pieces, and also grant Conduits when completed.
  • The Maw: Rares and Events in The Maw have a chance to drop gear up to item level 184.
  • Battlegrounds: you can exchange Honor points earned in PvP to upgrade PvP gear up to item level 184.
  • Mythic dungeons: Mythic+ will not be available at launch, but regular Mythic dungeons can be done once per week with access to gear up to item level 184.
  • Reputation: raising reputation with each zone's faction allows you to buy gear at Honored and Exalted, and these are great to fill in holes in your gear if you do not get any other drops.
4.1.

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

Currently, Signet of Tormented Kings Icon Signet of Tormented Kings is the strongest Legendary for both single- and multi-target DPS, greatly favoring talenting Ravager Icon Ravager and Avatar Icon Avatar for more frequent procs. Venthyr players should prioritize this craft, whether they intend to pursue Mythic+ or raid content, though non-Venthyr players will get less out of it due to being unable to spend Rage as effectively, in which case Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow is a competitive option for single-target.

The Signet of Tormented Kings Icon Signet of Tormented Kings can be crafted in either the Wrist or Ring slot, although the difference between them is negligible. The Wrist is very slightly better in "absolute BiS", although the Ring allows for much more flexible gearing, due to there being two slots.

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:

6.

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 great stats. Keep this in mind when considering gear. For more stats information, please refer to our dedicated page.

7.

Valor Points

Beginning in Patch 9.0.5, gear may be upgraded with Valor Points, a new 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 220 item level, making them less competitive than Great Vault, Mythic Raid, and PvP 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.

8.

Best in Slot List for Arms Warrior

This Best in Slot list represents the best combination of gear obtainable within Castle Nathria, but due to the existence of Mythic+ dungeons and weekly caches, 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 Castle Nathria, 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 Diadem of Imperious Desire Icon Diadem of Imperious Desire Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Neck Noble's Birthstone Pendant Icon Noble's Birthstone Pendant Council of Blood in Castle Nathria
Shoulders Epaulettes of Overwhelming Force Icon Epaulettes of Overwhelming Force Hungering Destroyer in Castle Nathria
Cloak Crest of the Legionnaire General Icon Crest of the Legionnaire General Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria
Chest Breastplate of Cautious Calculation Icon Breastplate of Cautious Calculation Artificer Xy'Mox in Castle Nathria
Wrists Hellhound Cuffs Icon Hellhound Cuffs Huntsman Altimor in Castle Nathria
Gloves Colossal Plate Gauntlets Icon Colossal Plate Gauntlets Sludgefist in Castle Nathria
Belt Binding of Warped Desires Icon Binding of Warped Desires Lady Inerva Darkvein in Castle Nathria
Legs Ceremonial Parade Legguards Icon Ceremonial Parade Legguards Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria
Boots Errant Crusader's Greaves Icon Errant Crusader's Greaves Shriekwing in Castle Nathria
Ring #1 Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Icon Most Regal Signet of Sire Denathrius Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Ring #2 Ritualist's Treasured Ring Icon Ritualist's Treasured Ring Lady Inerva Darkvein in Castle Nathria
Trinket #1 Stone Legion Heraldry Icon Stone Legion Heraldry Stone Legion Generals in Castle Nathria
Trinket #2 Dreadfire Vessel Icon Dreadfire Vessel Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
Weapon #1 Nathrian Crusader's Bastard Sword Icon Nathrian Crusader's Bastard Sword Sire Denathrius in Castle Nathria
9.

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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For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com
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For the complete simulation results, check out Bloodmallet.com
11.

Changelog

  • 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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