Arms Warrior DPS Stat Priority — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 00:05 by Archimtiros 41 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the optimal stat priority for your Arms Warrior. We first present the stat priority, before delving into more complex explanations. Our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5.

If you were looking for TBC Classic content, please refer to our TBC Classic Arms Warrior stat priority.


The Basics of Stats for Arms Warrior

Arms Warriors primarily value item level for Strength and Critical Strike, followed by Haste, Mastery, and Versatility. The value of Haste fluctuates greatly depending on how much of it you have, being worth relatively little with low Crit, and a great deal in the 20-30% range, becoming more important to stack as you gain more Rage to spend on abilities. Therefore, the stat priority for Arms Warrior is:

  1. Strength;
  2. Critical Strike;
  3. Haste;
  4. Mastery;
  5. Versatility.

These sample stat weights represent the general relationship of secondary stats compared to one point of strength, although as usual, individual results may vary. It is highly recommended that you regularly sim your own gear upgrades and/or generate personalized stat weights.

Stat Simulations

While you can use these weights to math out the value and compare individual items by hand, in-game addons such as Pawn will do so automatically.


Getting a Better Understanding



Strength is your primary stat, found on plate armor, weapons and trinkets. It provides Attack Power, which contributes to the damage of all abilities and autoattacks.

Haste compresses the rotation, reducing the time between the autoattack swings, the global cooldown, and the cooldown of the rotational abilities Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike, Skullsplitter Icon Skullsplitter, and Cleave Icon Cleave, as well as the speed at which Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm, Ravager Icon Ravager, Rend Icon Rend, and Deep Wounds Icon Deep Wounds deal damage.

Critical Strikes double the damage of attacks and abilities, as well as increasing the Rage generated by autoattack swings by 30%.

Mastery increases the damage taken debuff Deep Wounds Icon Deep Wounds, which is applied and maintained by using Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike, Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash, Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm, Warbreaker Icon Warbreaker, Cleave Icon Cleave, and Ravager Icon Ravager.

Versatility provides a flat increase to damage dealt and reduces damage taken by half as much.



Although there are various breakpoints which allow additional global cooldowns during Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash, Haste remains a consistently strong stat due to its influence on the cooldown and DoT tick rate of Arms' abilities. The earliest breakpoint is around 20%, while the later breakpoint is around 50% and out of reach with regular gearing.


Gems, Enchants, and Consumables

The gems, enchants, and consumables you will use are directly derived from your stat priority and you can find our advice on this topic in our dedicated page.


Racial Bonuses for Arms Warrior

For the complete simulation results, check out

Racial bonuses have, as a whole, very minimal impact for Arms; anything within 1% of one another is typically considered trivial, and a small enough margin that our recommendation is to simply play what you enjoy the most.



  • 31 May 2022: Page reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 21 Feb. 2022: Page reviewed and approved for Patch 9.2.
  • 01 Nov. 2021: Reviewed and approved for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 28 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2021: Updated and reworded priorities to be more clear about the relationship between Crit and Haste.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated stat priorities and descriptions.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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