Arms Warrior PvP Guide (Shadowlands 9.2.5)

Last updated on May 31, 2022 at 17:02 by Karanze 20 comments
General Information

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to play in a PvP environment. The guide will cover everything from talent choices, PvP talents, gameplay and rotation, and useful racial bonuses. It is most applicable to Arena content, but most talents and racial bonuses will work in Rated Battlegrounds and skirmishes.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic Warrior PvP guide.


Arms Warriors in the Current Meta

Arms Warrior is currently one of the most powerful melee specializations in the game for competitive PvP. In Shadowlands, Arms Warrior gained additional tools for their kit in the form of Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain, Intervene Icon Intervene, Piercing Howl Icon Piercing Howl and Shattering Throw Icon Shattering Throw. In addition, Arms got a rework to their Mastery: Deep Wounds Icon Mastery: Deep Wounds and AP tuning to their abilities to become more front-loaded than back-loaded, unlike in BFA.

These changes combined have heavily improved Arms' offense, defense and utility, which has resulted in the specialization currently wielding one of the most powerful kits in the game.

In Patch 9.2 Arms Warrior has received a nerf to their passive defense and mobility, but is overall still looking to be among the best melee specializations for rated PvP in the 3v3 bracket, but can feel like a struggle in the 2v2 bracket against the current meta.


Changes in Patch 9.2

  1. Defensive Stance Icon Defensive Stance has been reduced to 10% less damage taken (down from 20%), and still does 20% less damage dealt
  2. Death Sentence Icon Death Sentence now has a 6-second internal cooldown.
  3. Fleshcraft Icon Fleshcraft's absorb has been reduced to 25% of max HP
  4. You may now equip a 2nd Legendary in the form of Unity Icon Unity, which allows you to use your Covenant-specific Legendary alongside another Legendary.
  5. The return of Tier Sets are here and with it comes the Pile On Icon Arms Warrior 2-Piece and Pile On Icon Arms Warrior 4-Piece bonuses for Arms Warrior.
  6. The 2-set bonus for wearing 2 PvP trinkets has been reworked to instead grant 175 Strength and 350 Stamina.
  7. Five new PvP trinkets have been added:

Strengths of Arms Warriors

  • Strong consistent damage and powerful burst AoE
  • Decent mobility
  • Powerful defensives
  • Adaptable kit able to respond to almost any situation

Weaknesses of Arms Warriors

  • Struggles to keep up with consistent ranged slows
  • Lack of self healing

Content of the Guide

This guide ended up being very long, so we decided to split it in different pages.

  • On the Arms Warrior PvP Talents page, you will find an analysis of each PvE talent row to help you decide which talent to pick on each row, as well as an overview of the PvP talents, which advice on which ones to take and under which conditions.
  • On the Arms Warrior PvP Rotation and Playstyle page, you will learn how to use your spells, depending on the situation (dealing damage, surviving, controlling enemy players, etc.), and what is generally expected of your class and spec in PvP.
  • On the Arms Warrior PvP Covenants and Legendary Powers page, you will find advice on choosing the best Covenant, Soulbind, and Conduits as well as the best PvP Legendary Powers.
  • On the Arms Warrior PvP Stat Priority and Gear page, you will find the stat priority to follow in PvP, as well as advice for choosing your gear, particularly trinkets.
  • On the Arms Warrior PvP Best Races page, you will find lists of the Alliance and Horde races, ranked by how good they are for Arms Warriors in PvP, as well as explanations regarding why and how their racials benefit you.
  • On the Arms Warrior PvP Useful Macros page, you will find a collection of useful macros for PvP for Arms Warriors.
  • On the Arms Warrior Arena Composition page, you will find the list of the most powerful Arena compositions featuring Arms Warriors, in both 2v2 and 3v3 modes.


  • 31 May 2022: Reviewed for Patch 9.2.5.
  • 28 Feb. 2022: Page updated for Patch 9.2.
  • 08 Nov. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.5.
  • 02 Jul. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
  • 12 Mar. 2021: Updated for 9.0.5
  • 27 Dec. 2020: Rewritten by Karanze for Shadowlands season 1
  • 29 Nov. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands release.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Updated for Shadowlands pre-patch.
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