Arms Warrior DPS Mythic+ Tips — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 14, 2020 at 17:49 by Archimtiros 65 comments
General Information

In this guide, you will find tips and advice to tackle Mythic+ dungeons with your Arms Warrior in World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.


Arms Warrior in Mythic+

Arms is a multi-target powerhouse in Battle for Azeroth, with a multitude of tools to handle various situations, including two target with Sweeping Strikes Icon Sweeping Strikes, three or more targets with Cleave Icon Cleave, and burst AoE using Warbreaker Icon Warbreaker alongside Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm. Where the specialization falters is in its defensive toolkit and lack of group utility options. While Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance is one of the better defensive abilities, the reduced damage makes it more difficult to use effectively than other specializations defensive tools.

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 dedicated Mythic+ page below.


Arms Warrior Utility

In addition to the group-wide buff Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout, Arms Warriors can talent the short cooldown stun Storm Bolt Icon Storm Bolt, and have access to Rallying Cry Icon Rallying Cry to help with high damage spikes.


Mythic+ Talents for Arms Warrior

Below are the suggested talents for Mythic+. There are two recommended builds, both using Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams: one revolving around Test of Might Icon Test of Might and Cleave Icon Cleave for sustained damage, while the other focuses on buffing Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm burst with Gathering Storm Icon Gathering Storm and Warbreaker Icon Warbreaker.

Level Choices
15 War Machine War Machine Sudden Death Sudden Death Skullsplitter Skullsplitter
30 Double Time Double Time Impending Victory Impending Victory Storm Bolt Storm Bolt
45 Massacre Massacre Fervor of Battle Fervor of Battle Rend Rend
60 Second Wind Second Wind Bounding Stride ? Bounding Stride Defensive Stance Defensive Stance
75 Collateral Damage Collateral Damage Warbreaker ? Warbreaker Cleave Cleave
90 In For The Kill In For The Kill Avatar ? Avatar Deadly Calm Deadly Calm
100 Anger Management Anger Management Dreadnaught Dreadnaught Ravager Ravager

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.

  • Level 15: War Machine Icon War Machine has high potential Rage generation if you pull quick enough, but Skullsplitter Icon Skullsplitter gives Rage when you actually need it, helping fill gaps in your rotation.
  • Level 30: Double Time Icon Double Time is a staple for both mobility and rage generation leading to more damage, although Storm Bolt Icon Storm Bolt can be taken when stuns are needed to lock down difficult targets.
  • Level 45: Fervor of Battle Icon Fervor of Battle is not a burst option, but synergizes well with the rest of the toolkit and provides extra multitarget damage. Massacre Icon Massacre has some potential, but typically falls short outside of very specific circumstances.
  • Level 60: Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance is an amazing on-demand defensive, especially when pushing into higher keystone levels. In places where it is not necessary to survive, Bounding Stride Icon Bounding Stride is extremely useful for getting out of tight situations.
  • Level 75: Warbreaker Icon Warbreaker syncs perfectly with Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm for high burst potential, but Cleave Icon Cleave has the highest raw output when consistently facing 3+ targets and synergizes extremely well with Test of Might Icon Test of Might.
  • Level 90: Avatar Icon Avatar likewise lends itself toward burst, but In For The Kill Icon In For The Kill syncs much better with Memory of Lucid Dreams Icon Memory of Lucid Dreams and Test of Might Icon Test of Might.
  • Level 100: Anger Management Icon Anger Management reduces your AoE cooldowns, making Arms that much more effective at clearing trash within dungeons. The other options underperform by wide margins.

Mythic+ Affixes

The way Mythic+ affixes are tiered in Battle for Azeroth has changed quite a bit since their launch in Legion.

There are now three weekly affixes and one seasonal affix. The first affix is activated at level two, while the second affix starts at level four, the third affix is enabled at level seven, and the seasonal affix occurs at level ten.


Seasonal Affix

Awakened Icon Awakened replaces Beguiling as the seasonal affix for Season 4 of Battle for Azeroth. In it, obelisks exist within dungeons which will pull players into a Corrupted alternate reality inhabited by lieutenants of N'Zoth who must be defeated before the final boss, lest they ambush you in turn. Upon defeating a lieutenant, a portal is created which allows players to move back and forth between realities, avoiding enemies and creating skips that previously required special class abilities.

Unfortunately, Arms Warriors do not have much interaction with the mechanic, though they should be aware of potential skips and how that may impact the dungeon progress route in order to effectively time cooldowns.


Mythic+ Azerite Traits

  • Test of Might Icon Test of Might synergizes extremely well with Cleave Icon Cleave for 3+ target trash pulls, especially on higher keystones in which mobs will survive the full buff window. It also has a lot of single-target potential, though it does make using Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm a bit more difficult to time effectively.>/li>
  • Gathering Storm Icon Gathering Storm is exceptionally powerful, due to the emphasis on multi-target damage in Mythic+ dungeons. Lord of War Icon Lord of War pairs very well with it, dealing less, but more frequent burst.


  • 14 Jan. 2020: Updated for Patch 8.3.
  • 29 Jul. 2019: Better Beguiling information and strategies for dealing with Emissaries.
  • 25 Jun. 2019: This page has been reviewed for the release of Patch 8.2 and no changes are necessary.
  • 15 Apr. 2019: This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 18 Jan. 2019: Added Reaping. Updated for Season 2.
  • 10 Dec. 2018: Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 04 Sep. 2018: Updated for Mythic+ release.
  • 14 Aug. 2018: Page added.
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