Arms Warrior DPS Mythic+ Tips — Dragonflight 10.0.7
In this guide, you will find tips and advice to tackle Mythic+ dungeons with your Arms Warrior in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.7.
Dragonflight Season 1
In addition to a brand new seasonal affix, Dragonflight Mythic+ Season 1 features a whole new rotation of dungeons pulled from past expansions mixed with brand new Dragonflight ones! This helps keep Mythic+ fresh and exciting, with a completely new rotation of dungeons each season.
Unique Challenges of Mythic+
Mythic+ Dungeons, especially high ones, are arguably the highest level of competitive PvE content that WoW has to offer aside from Mythic raiding.
Arms has more multitarget capabilities than it did in the past, thanks to less opportunity cost between talents. There is still some cost, however, as Arms has a difficult time specializing into multiple damage profiles; instead their builds are typically all multitarget or all single target focused.
Because the majority of Mythic+ revolves around dealing with multiple targets, Arms follows the basic multi-target priority laid out in the Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities page. The key difference is in predicting the layout of the dungeon, and knowing when to save cooldowns versus when to use them. Smartly saving your cooldowns when a target is about to die, and instead using it on a fresh pack which will survive the duration of your burst damage is far more efficient and will help your group finish on time.
If you are unfamiliar with Mythic+ and its associated general mechanics, you can read more about it on our Shadowlands Mythic+ Season 1 page below.
Arms Warrior Mythic+ Builds
Below are the suggested talents for Mythic+, and although there is one primary dungeon build, a couple talents can shift slightly depending on your Covenant choice or preferences.
Remember that you can easily import the talent tree below into the game with either of the two "Copy Export String" buttons:
Arms Warriors have a lot of talent choice when it comes to Mythic+, with the flexibility to bring extra defensives, utility, and tailor their damage to the expected situation.
- Offensively, Warbreaker, Bladestorm, Blood and Thunder, Bladestorm, and Cleave are the most important picks for mowing down groups of enemies quickly, while other talents have more leeway.
- Defensively, Defensive Stance and Spell Reflection are indispensable, while Impending Victory, Pain and Gain, Leeching Strikes and Bitter Immunity have more leeway depending on how difficult the dungeon is and how much you trust the healer!
- Utility wise, Storm Bolt is a very important tool, while Piercing Howl, Berserker Rage, Berserker Shout, and Intimidating Shout are a little more circumstantial. Many groups will already provide passive slows, and not all dungeons have fear effects. Shockwave is also a very powerful tool, without costing a great deal of damage, although it should be coordinated with the rest of the group to prevent diminishing returns.
Rotational Considerations for Arms Warriors in Mythic+
For the most part, you will rely on Thunder Clap, Cleave, and Whirlwind for multitarget damage on trash and Mortal Strike or Execute for bosses. Sweeping Strikes may also be used, although it can be a little difficult to juggle Cleave, and single target attacks, so it may be worth saving the cooldown for when there are less than four targets. Because of the nature of dungeons, however, with mobs dying constantly and there sometimes being downtime in between packs,we recommend taking the following extra considerations.
Note that the information below specifically pertains to Mythic+. If you require more general information, you should go to the main Rotation page below.
The Arms Warrior AoE rotation is fairly simple, revolving around stacking cooldowns for big burst, following up with Whirlwind and Cleave, before using Execute or Mortal Strike when only a few targets remain.
- Open with Charge whenever possible
- Open with Thunder Clap to apply Rend
- Warbreaker for Deep Wounds and the damage buff
- Avatar should be used to trigger Bladestorm
- Cleave to restart its cooldown
- Whirlwind when using Storm of Swords to take advantage of Bladestorm buffs
- Thunderous Roar to apply a major bleed to all enemies
- Whirlwind should be usable again to take advantage of Bladestorm buffs
The remainder of combat should be spent keeping Cleave on cooldown, alternating with Thunder Clap to refresh Rend, Whirlwind to spend Rage, or Overpower as a filler. Mortal Strike or Execute can also be used alongside Sweeping Strikes or to finish off individual priority targets. Ignore Pain can also be used as an off-global rage dump, as well as a general defensive ability.
Arms Warrior Utility
Battle Shout increases attack power by 5%, which applies to all melee specs and Warrior abilities, even those which do not deal purely Physical damage.
Pummel is crucial in Mythic+ as interrupting dangerous spell casts is of the utmost importance.
Rallying Cry applies to the entire party, making it a strong defensive tool during periods of group-wide damage, or a personal cooldown as needed.
Spell Reflection is exceptional in Mythic+, either for reducing the damage of powerful debuffs, or reflecting high damage and debilitating effects. Although the ability can be used quite often due to its low cooldown, properly identifying which abilities should be reflected is key, as it can completely nullify dangerous effects and render some enemies completely harmless.
Storm Bolt is another useful tool in stopping enemy attacks and spellcasts. Intimidating Shout can also be used as a faux stun, but much less often due to the long cooldown.
Berserker Rage is a nice tool for breaking fears, while Berserker Shout will apply the effect to the entire party, though this is somewhat niche and will not be applicable to all dungeons.
Piercing Howl is a very good slow, but its cooldown makes it less reliable than more passive options other classes may bring. Thunder Clap is a very mediocre slow, but you will often have it applied anyway.
Trinket Considerations for Arms Warriors in Mythic+
When choosing your trinkets, there are two avenues of approach. The first is maximizing burst in conjuction with your cooldowns, while the second is maximizing single target in order to perform better on bosses. We recommend simulating yourself on Raidbots using the Patchwerk option for raids and single-target, and DungeonSlice (Mythic+/AoE Fights) Fight Styles. Usually, we recommend using trinkets that proc stats, rather than single-target damage dealers.
You can also get a quick overview of good Mythic+ Trinkets on our Gearing page, specifically the Simulation chart for multi-target scenarios.
Handling Mythic+ Affixes as an Arms Warrior
Most Mythic+ affixes require no special setup or gameplay considerations for Arms Warriors, although there are a few interactions to be aware of.
- Explosive affix orbs are very easy to kill with as little as a single auto attack, though they cannot be hit by AoE abilities such as Whirlwind or Bladestorm unless they are your primary target.
- Spiteful affix adds can be dangerous if you are not aware of their spawning, but are easily controlled by using Storm Bolt or Intimidating Shout, allowing ample time to get away from or kill them.
- The seasonal Thundering affix periodically empowers players with a powerful 30% damage buff, indicated by a targeting circle around each party member. After 15 seconds, it will stun and damage players, though this can be prevented by purposefully stacking with a friendly player, removing their buff early and preventing its normal expiration effects. Because of its periodic nature, players will not always want to play around this affix, as holding cooldowns too long can be just as much of a loss as the empowerment would have gained, though it is absolutely worth aligning cooldowns for the large damage bonus whenever possible.
- 20 Mar. 2023: Reviewed for Patch 10.0.7.
- 02 Feb. 2023: Updated Bladestorm talent build.
- 24 Jan. 2023: Updated build for Patch 10.0.5.
- 11 Dec. 2022: Reviewed for Dragonflight Season 1.
- 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
- 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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