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Arms Warrior DPS Gear, Legendaries, and Best in Slot (Legion 7.3.5)

Last updated on Dec 16, 2017 at 11:55 by Wordup 266 comments

Table of Contents

General Information

This page is a gear reference for Arms Warriors. It lists your best items and Legendaries, gives you gearing advice, and shows you how you will be competing for loot with other classes.

The other pages of our Arms Warrior guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Archimtiros, one of the best DPS Warriors in the world, who raids in Infinity. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. Raid Best in Slot List for Arms Warrior

With the existence of Titanforged and Mythic+ dungeons, there is no such thing as a hard Best in Slot anymore. This is more of a guideline for the best pieces to keep an eye out for in your raid or dungeon (if applicable). Be smart, and if you find higher item level pieces with valuable stat combinations do not hesitate to upgrade to them.

Slot Item Source
Helm Helmet of the Hidden Sanctuary Icon Helmet of the Hidden Sanctuary Eonar the Life-Binder
Neck Riveted Choker of Delirium Icon Riveted Choker of Delirium Varimathras
Shoulders Juggernaut Pauldrons Icon Juggernaut Pauldrons The Coven of Shivarra
Cloak Juggernaut Cloak Icon Juggernaut Cloak Antoran High Command
Chest Juggernaut Breastplate Icon Juggernaut Breastplate Eonar the Life-Binder
Wrists Vambraces of Life's Assurance Icon Vambraces of Life's Assurance Eonar the Life-Binder
Gloves Juggernaut Gauntlets Icon Juggernaut Gauntlets Kin'garoth
Belt Grond-Father Girdle Icon Grond-Father Girdle Aggramar
Legs Cosmos-Culling Legplates Icon Cosmos-Culling Legplates Argus the Unmaker
Boots Eredar Warcouncil Sabatons Icon Eredar Warcouncil Sabatons Antoran High Command
Ring #1 Sullied Seal of the Pantheon Icon Sullied Seal of the Pantheon Argus the Unmaker
Ring #2 Loop of the Life-Binder Icon Loop of the Life-Binder Eonar the Life-Binder
Trinket #1 Aman'Thul's Vision Icon Aman'Thul's Vision Argus the Unmaker
Trinket #2 Seeping Scourgewing Icon Seeping Scourgewing Varimathras

1.1. Trinkets

With the trinkets listed, this assumes that you are comparing against equal item level pieces. This has been simulated with a set of Tier 21 Antorus gear, the 4-piece bonus and ideal Crucible traits with accompanying Relics, alongside a Fervor of Battle Icon Fervor of Battle build. On the Left list:

Trinket Simulations

One trinket should be locked as a Pantheon trinket if possible, and the below chart shows their value vs. a litmus test trinket (Cradle of Anguish Icon Cradle of Anguish) for their gains. This shows just how powerful having a Pantheon trinket equipped is, and their gains from having 10 additional Pantheon users in your Antorus raid group. Khaz'goroth's Courage Icon Khaz'goroth's Courage gains more from the pantheon effect, but is still largely underwhelming due to the massive gains Arms has with secondary stats, pushing Aman'Thul's Vision Icon Aman'Thul's Vision into the trinket of choice.

Trinket Simulations

Currently you should be aiming for Mastery stat sticks or Unstable Arcanocrystal Icon Unstable Arcanocrystal if you can obtain them, but due to the difficulty of getting powerful ones with the Titanforging system, this can be difficult.

Antorus trinkets are generally quite weak, but Seeping Scourgewing Icon Seeping Scourgewing can serve as a reasonable single target option to accompany Gorshalach's Legacy Icon Gorshalach's Legacy if you want to gamble on its AoE proc. Otherwise, stat sticks are the go to in your other trinket slot.

1.2. Tier Bonus Combinations

The Tier 21 bonus is so strong when combined with a Fervor of Battle Icon Fervor of Battle build and Archavon's Heavy Hand Icon Archavon's Heavy Hand, that looking at any old 2-piece bonuses is not worth the effort, as many of them rely on their accompanying 4-piece bonuses to strengthen them.

1.3. Evaluating Upgrades with dynamic Item Levels

Due to the Warforging/Titanforging system, having a full comprehensive list of gear ranked against each other would be far too elaborate and confusing to compile, and as such it is recommended instead to evaluate upscaled items using rough stat weights. As always with weights, they can change depending on your gear and to get them perfectly accurate for your character, it is always advised to simulate it yourself, however for the purpose of this I will use example Arms stat weights:

These were calculated using the Advanced build, and 840 Pre-Raid gear:

  • Mastery: 1.96
  • Haste: 1.7
  • Versatility: 1.64
  • Critical Strike: 1.55
  • Strength: 1

If we then compare two belts, we can get a rough evaluation of which to use. Starting with Grond-Father Girdle Icon Grond-Father Girdle, this comes with 2487 Strength, 642 Mastery, and 908 Haste, so we can use this to calculate a relative value:

642×1.96 + 908×1.7 + 2487×1 = 5288.92

Then comparing to Flamelicked Girdle Icon Flamelicked Girdle, comes with with 2487 Strength, 653 Haste, and 897 Versatility, which can be evaluated in a similar way:

653×1.7 + 897×1.64 + 2487×1 = 5068.18

Through this we can see that the value of Grond-Father Girdle Icon Grond-Father Girdle is higher than Flamelicked Girdle Icon Flamelicked Girdle, and is the better choice to use. As said though, these weights can differ depending on the content you are doing, your talent selections, and the other gear you are currently wearing, as many stats synergise with others and scale exponentially, increasing their value.

2. Racial Bonuses for Arms Warrior

Racial Simulations

Racial bonuses are quite minimal for most classes currently, and this is also true for Arms. Whilst this image shows rough estimations for each Race, there are always extra factors that can push some Races above the more passive ones, so I would recommend playing whichever you like the most as the difference is so minor.

3. Legendary Items for Arms Warrior

Legendary items have a high item level of 1000, which makes them extremely strong. They are so strong, in fact, that a legendary item is always going to be worth equipping over any other item you might have in that slot.

However, there is a limitation on the number of legendary items you can have equipped at any one time (by default 1, but by now most players should be able to equip 2). Since some legendary items are better than others, if you have more items than the limit, you will have to choose which ones to equip.

Below, we will do our best to guide you through this process, as well as provide any other relevant information.

Ayala's Stone Heart Icon Ayala's Stone Heart is a solid choice as it allows for Execute Icon Execute uses in situations it would either be unfavorable, or unavailable due to the targets health, so it does alter the rotation somewhat, but not too drastically. It also counts as a full cost Rage Execute cast both for the purposes of damage and for Tactician Icon Tactician, alongside refunding Rage via the Execute mechanic if the target survives; making it even better.

Archavon's Heavy Hand Icon Archavon's Heavy Hand is very powerful, as it almost renders Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike Rage neutral, but is mostly single-target oriented. Can help a lot with more Rage intensive builds, and a solid choice.

Weight of the Earth Icon Weight of the Earth provides an additional source of triggering your Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash effect and, much like  Icon Warbreaker, has great applications due to being AoE. Also synergises well with Bounding Stride Icon Bounding Stride for a reduced cooldown. It does not, however, apply Shattered Defenses Icon Shattered Defenses, which makes it less impactful in single-target. Strong synergy with Titanic Might Icon Titanic Might alongside working well with Anger Management Icon Anger Management and the Tier 20 set bonuses, allowing for significantly reduced cooldowns.

Naj'entus's Vertebrae Icon Naj'entus's Vertebrae was recently reduced in effectiveness, only granting 1 extra hit during AoE. This does sync quite well with Fervor of Battle Icon Fervor of Battle in cleave situations, and makes for a good equip.

Aggramar's Stride Icon Aggramar's Stride is purely a utility item, granting a small amount of extra mobility. As Arms does not heavily favour Haste, this will have quite a low effect, and you already have a quite robust mobility toolkit which reduces how much of an effect it provides.

Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles Icon Mannoroth's Bloodletting Manacles provides a small amount of passive healing during your regular rotation. This can be great in open world and solo content to keep yourself topped off, but its group content uses are more limited due to the relatively low healing coming in. 7.2 added additional Versatility to this item's budget making it slightly more appealing, but still not an ideal choice compared to output legendaries.

Sephuz's Secret Icon Sephuz's Secret has some fringe bonuses for extra mobility and an extra Haste proc activating after crowd control effects, such as Intimidating Shout Icon Intimidating Shout, unfortunately this has a long cooldown and requires targets vulnerable to Fear. There are talent options that can improve the uptime, but due to the Crowd Control requirement this largely relegates the effect to dungeons.

Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus Icon Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus could have some powerful survivability uses to survive large bursts of raid damage if it syncs up with the recharge time and avoiding damage is possible, but it is too specific to recommend until more is known about the texture of the upcoming raids.

3.1. 7.1.5 Legendaries

Timeless Stratagem Icon Timeless Stratagem provides additional mobility if needed during an encounter, but has no other impact and as such is a niche item to be used if necessary, as it provides no meaningful damage increase. 7.2 has added additional Versatility to this item's budget making it slightly more appealing, but still not an ideal choice compared to output legendaries.

Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish Icon Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish is a powerful stat stick trinket with an equally powerful on use effect that deals AoE damage on a 1.15-minute cooldown. This does not scale with any secondary effects (or Battle Cry Icon Battle Cry as it already guarantees a Critical Strike), so is relegated mostly to being used in situations where you can get extra use of the AoE damage.

3.2. 7.2 Legendaries

Rethu's Incessant Courage Icon Rethu's Incessant Courage is a new crafted legendary added in 7.2. Its effect triggers a small heal every 3 seconds if an enemy is within 8 yards, but if not grants 15% movement speed. This is predominantly an open world content item without any real group content applications, however, it does come with 3 prismatic sockets making it a great stat stick option if needed.

3.3. 7.2.5 Legendaries

Soul of the Battlelord Icon Soul of the Battlelord is a new legendary ring that grants the Deadly Calm Icon Deadly Calm talent, allowing you to pick another option on the level 90 talent tier, the options being Focused Rage Icon Focused Rage and In For The Kill Icon In For The Kill. This legendary is not a great option due to Deadly Calm being low impact, unless using a Focused Rage Icon Focused Rage built for burst cleave.

The Great Storm's Eye Icon The Great Storm's Eye is a new legendary head that causes your Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm or Ravager Icon Ravager casts to increase your damage dealt by 2%, stacking up to 6 times for 6 seconds, for a total of 12%. This is an incredibly powerful legendary when combined with the new Tier 20 4-piece bonus, but is otherwise more focused toward single target.

3.4. 7.3.2 Legendaries

Insignia of the Grand Army Icon Insignia of the Grand Army increases the strength of your Light/Shadow crucible effects by 50%. Even considering 3 ideal crucible choices, this is still quite weak and is not advised.

3.5. Recommended Choices

Generally, you cannot choose which legendary you get but now as the expansion moves on people have a much wider choice of items to choose from. If you find yourself wondering what to use, some good choices are as follows (in no particular order):

Single Target:

Multiple Target:

4. Loot Competition for Arms Warrior

Regarding the loot you will get from raid or dungeon bosses, you will compete with other classes in the following cases:

Item Type Competing Classes
Tier Tokens Hunters, Monks, Shamans, and Fury/Protection Warriors
Plate Armor Death Knights, Paladins, and Fury/Protection Warriors
  • Amulets
  • Cloaks
  • Rings
Trinkets Frost/Unholy Death Knights, Retribution Paladins, and Fury Warriors

5. ChangeLog

  • 16 Dec. 2017: Updated for Antorus trinket changes.
  • 02 Dec. 2017: Amended note about Great Storms Eye use.
  • 28 Nov. 2017: Updated for Antorus release.
  • 25 Oct. 2017: Added note to indicate Convergence of Fates is still relevant following patch 7.3.2 changes.
  • 26 Sep. 2017: Updated trinket sims to have dual lists to include Ravager.
  • 03 Aug. 2017: Added note regarding 24th July legendary changes & note about Convergence of Fate with Ravager.
  • 18 Jul. 2017: Changed bracers in BiS list as item is not present in-game.
  • 24 Jun. 2017: Incorrect legendary Belt effect fixed.
  • 16 Jun. 2017: Updated 2pc/4pc reference, sims pending regarding new Draught of Souls.
  • 14 Jun. 2017: Added new 7.2.5 gear alongside trinket and racial simulations. Added note regarding Tier 19/20 2/4pc combinations.
  • 27 Mar. 2017: Added 7.2 legendary changes.
  • 10 Jan. 2017: Updated for new 7.1.5 gear list and additional legendaries.
  • 16 Nov. 2016: Updated BiS trinkets and trinket simulations.
  • 25 Oct. 2016: Added Karazhan trinket to the trinket simulations.
  • 30 Sep. 2016: Trinket update in BiS list.
  • 28 Sep. 2016: Updated BiS.
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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