Arms Warrior PvP Best Races and Racials (Dragonflight 10.2.7)

Last updated on May 07, 2024 at 11:20 by Karanze 21 comments

Racial bonuses can provide interesting PvP benefits. Here are the best races to choose for each faction. The races are sorted from highest impact in arena to lowest. However, all races below have their own unique ways of making an impact in a PvP match.

This page is part of our Arms Warrior PvP Guide.


Best Alliance Races for Arms Warrior

  1. Gnome
  2. Night elf
  3. Human
  4. Dwarf / Dark Iron Dwarf


Gnome is competitively the best because of Escape Artist Icon Escape Artist, allowing you to frequently break roots, which is one of Arms Warrior's greatest counters. Expansive Mind Icon Expansive Mind is a very minor bonus, and does not offer a lot for Arms Warrior.


Night Elf

Night Elf is incredibly strong and competitive with Gnome thanks to Shadowmeld Icon Shadowmeld, which can turn you invulnerable for a brief moment against any attack or CC. The passive stat increases from Nature Resistance Icon Nature Resistance and Touch of Elune Icon Touch of Elune are very minor and hardly matter.



Since the removal of Relentless Icon Relentless, human fell off greatly, but is still a viable race to pick. Will to Survive Icon Will to Survive is usable 30 seconds earlier than your trinket comes off of cooldown, allowing you to have a second cleanse for stuns ready roughly 1 cycle of Diminishing Returns before any other race does. Additionally, The Human Spirit Icon The Human Spirit is a decent increase to your secondary stats.


Dark Iron Dwarf

Dwarven races see viability in metas that include a lot of bleed and poison damage, such as Feral Druid or Assassination Rogue meta, or metas that include vital magic debuffs. Fireblood Icon Fireblood and Stoneform Icon Stoneform share a 30-second cooldown with your PvP trinket, which hinders this race from being a competitive pick outside of these niche metas.


Best Horde Races for Arms Warrior

  1. Orc
  2. Blood Elf


Orc is the best race on Horde because of Hardiness Icon Hardiness, making you more effective against stuns. You gain a good amount of primary stat from Blood Fury Icon Blood Fury, and is off the global cooldown, so use it together with Warbreaker Icon Warbreaker for extra burst.


Blood Elf

Blood Elves are primarily picked because of Arcane Torrent Icon Arcane Torrent, which can purge off important buffs like Blessing of Protection Icon Blessing of Protection or Nature's Swiftness Icon Nature's Swiftness. Blood Elf is not a very strong alternative to Orc, but somewhat viable competitively.



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