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Arms Warrior DPS Stat Priority in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated on Aug 18, 2018 at 12:40 by Archimtiros 56 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Arms Warriors in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

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

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Archimtiros, the Warrior class theorycrafter, and one of the best DPS Warriors in the world, who raids in Infinity. You can follow him on Twitter and you can watch his stream on Twitch.

1. The Basics of Stats for Arms Warrior

The stat priority for Arms Warrior is:

  1. Strength;
  2. Haste;
  3. Critical Strike;
  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.

1.1. Getting a Better Understanding

1.2. Statistics

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 Strike increases the damage of attacks and abilities, and also increases Rage generated by autoattack swings by 30%.

Mastery increases the damage done by Deep Wounds Icon Deep Wounds, which is applied and maintained by using Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike, Execute Icon Execute, Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm, and Cleave Icon Cleave.

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

1.3. Breakpoints

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 currenty gearing. In For The Kill Icon In For The Kill makes them much easier to reach, so gearing around them is fairly unimportant.

2. Racial Bonuses for Arms Warrior

Racial Simulations

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.

3. Changelog

  • 18 Aug. 2018: Updated stat weights and Mastery description to account for hotfix.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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