Fury Warrior DPS Azerite Traits/Powers and Armor — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018 at 13:56 by Archimtiros 57 comments

On this page, you can find the strongest choices for Fury Warrior when choosing Azerite traits in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, Patch 8.1. In order to activate the traits, you will need to equip the Heart of Azeroth Icon Heart of Azeroth. You can find out more about it on our Heart of Azeroth guide.

1. Choosing Azerite Gear as a Fury Warrior

Your choice of Azerite Gear pieces will almost always come down to the item level first, and the traits that it has second. Note that the traits you will look at when choosing gear are the Outer Ring traits, as these are the ones with the biggest impact on your gameplay.

The general rule is that if an item is a 25+ item level upgrade over another item, you should use it. If the difference between the two items is less than 25 item levels, then you should choose the one with the better Outer Ring trait. As we said, though, this is a general rule and there are exceptions; for example, if you are comparing a much weaker trait (Trample the Weak Icon Trample the Weak) to a strong one (Reckless Flurry Icon Reckless Flurry). It is nearly impossible to take every single variable into account without using a tool like Raidbots to simulate the difference for yourself.

Although you can have multiples of the same trait active across your three pieces of Azerite gear, the in-game interface does a poor job explaining which traits effects stack, and which do not. Unless otherwise specified, bonus damage and statistical buff values increase when multiples of the same trait are active, while proc rate, duration, cooldown reduction, and resource generation do not. For example, Simmering Rage Icon Simmering Rage will gain bonus damage for each active trait, but will never generate more than 4 Rage.

2. Choosing Azerite Traits as a Fury Warrior

In the sections that follow, we will look at the best traits to choose from, with guidelines ranked in groups based on relative power. The traits are grouped as follows.

  1. S Tier: the strongest and most generally useful traits; these are always good choices.
  2. A Tier: these traits are either slightly weaker than the S Tier traits, or only as strong in specific situations, but still good all-round choices.
  3. B Tier: average or otherwise moderate value traits, which should only be prioritized on higher pieces of gear where better Tier traits are not available.
  4. C Tier and below: mediocre traits which provide little or niche value, and should generally be avoided.

2.1. Reorigination Array

The Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array is a buff that is activated within Uldir when you are using one trait of either Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans or Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix. The Array increases your highest secondary stat by 75 per stack. Every week, it gains a stack when you kill 3 raid bosses in Uldir on any difficulty. It tops out at 10 stacks, or 750 of your highest secondary stat.

Because of this, using either Archive of the Titans or Laser Matrix is mandatory inside Uldir in order to activate the Reorigination Array, and there is no extra benefit to multiple ranks of either beyond the trait itself.

There are no traits that are so good that they are worth losing the Reorigination Array bonus for.

2.2. Outer Ring Traits

The first ring of Azerite Traits are the most powerful traits and the first to unlock. There are always four options, one for each specialization and a universal trait, themed by the location the piece of gear is obtained from. You can see the simulation comparison of these traits below.

2.2.1. S Tier

  • Cold Steel, Hot Blood Icon Cold Steel, Hot Blood is both powerful and versatile due to the potential to inflict bleeding debuffs on multiple targets when Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst is cleaved by Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind. The extra Rage generation is also beneficial in increasing Enrage Icon Enrage uptime, and the trait slightly increases the value of the Critical Strike stat in general. Keep in mind that having a second or third rank of the trait active in your gear does not increase the amount of Rage generated.
  • Unbridled Ferocity Icon Unbridled Ferocity has an 8% chance to activate Recklessness Icon Recklessness for 4 seconds, which is just long enough to build up to another Rampage Icon Rampage cast. While the buff is strong, the low chance and lack of proc protection makes it very unreliable, and the chance to proc is not increased by having multiple traits active in your gear. If it procs while Recklessness is already active, it will add four seconds to the buff, up to its maximum duration.
  • Simmering Rage Icon Simmering Rage adds the same amount of bonus damage as Unbridled Ferocity Icon Unbridled Ferocity, but generates extra Rage, which helps increase Enrage Icon Enrage uptime, and build back up to using Rampage Icon Rampage quicker. Like Cold Steel, Hot Blood Icon Cold Steel, Hot Blood, having a second or third rank of the trait active in your gear does not increase the amount of Rage generated, so it is often better to use a variety of traits instead.

2.2.2. A Tier

  • Champion of Azeroth Icon Champion of Azeroth buffs all secondary stats by a small amount, for a long time. While it can be difficult to maintain between raid encounters, it is much easier to reliably chain 4 stacks in Mythic+ Dungeons. It is also not easily obtainable, primarily found on reputation gear.
  • Rezan's Fury Icon Rezan's Fury deals moderate initial damage, but relies on the DoT to do most of its damage. Unlike statistical bonuses, or traits that benefit multi-target abilities, it is single target only.
  • Laser Matrix Icon Laser Matrix deals random damage and healing, split so as to not gain value when facing multiple targets. The healing is too random to be effective, and the damage can easily pull out-of-combat enemies. It also activates the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array inside Uldir, which makes having one rank of either Archive or Laser Matrix much more valuable than a second or third.
  • Filthy Transfusion Icon Filthy Transfusion is a debuff on a single target, despite the tooltip sounding like it creates an area-of-effect. It adds a minor amount of healing, but not enough to weight the trait value.

2.2.3. B Tier

  • Dagger in the Back Icon Dagger in the Back requires the target to be hit from behind for the best value. Because that is not always practical in many boss encounters, the trait will lose some value, making it slightly weaker than simulations would imply. Unlike statistical bonuses, or traits that benefit multi-target abilities, it is single target only.
  • Blightborne Infusion Icon Blightborne Infusion provides a large, if random, Critical Strike buff, which will increase Rage generation and damage done.
  • Thunderous Blast Icon Thunderous Blast deals moderate single target damage, ramping up in damage culminating in a powerful Critical Strike. It is not easily obtainable, only found on a select few pieces of Azerite gear.
  • Meticulous Scheming Icon Meticulous Scheming grants a large amount of Haste after using three different abilities while its buff is active.

2.2.4. C Tier and below

  • Swirling Sands Icon Swirling Sands is another Critical Strike buff, which synergizes well with other Critical Strike effects.
  • Pulverizing Blows Icon Pulverizing Blows is a fairly mediocre and bland trait, the damage bonus can also vary, due to rarely, if ever, getting 5 Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow casts between each Rampage Icon Rampage.
  • Tidal Surge Icon Tidal Surge randomly deals direct damage and slows an enemy. The slowing effect is a nice secondary benefit, although the proc rate is not reliable enough to keep full uptime on a target.
  • Archive of the Titans Icon Archive of the Titans stacks Strength in combat and decays out of combat. Because of the delay before decaying, it can be chained between combats, making it better in fast paced content, such as Mythic+ Dungeons. It also activates the Reorigination Array Icon Reorigination Array inside Uldir, which makes having one rank of either Archive or Laser Matrix much more valuable than a second or third.
  • Infinite Fury Icon Infinite Fury adds a minor Critical Strike buff, which can be extended by constantly hitting an enemy, although even with full uptime, it is possible for the buff to fall due to unlucky auto attack misses. Has moderate synergy with Cold Steel, Hot Blood Icon Cold Steel, Hot Blood and Unbridled Ferocity Icon Unbridled Ferocity.
  • Reckless Flurry Icon Reckless Flurry was heavily nerfed in patch 8.1, and is currently best avoided. Despite the tooltip, it does not actually increase the damage of auto attacks, but instead creates a separate instance of damage with each swing.

Traits that are not listed are considered poor and generally better avoided if possible. Refer to the simulations at the bottom of the page for more information.

2.3. Middle Ring Traits

This ring is only found on Epic 340 item level gear and above. For Warriors, it always contains two DPS and one Tank options, but for simplicities sake, only the DPS options will be listed here. Their bonuses are generally smaller than those of the first ring, and rarely affect your choice of Azerite Gear.

2.3.1. S Tier

  • Overwhelming Power Icon Overwhelming Power is the strongest middle ring trait, although it will lose some value when taking constant damage. There is an internal cooldown on the effect to keep you from losing stacks too quickly.

2.3.2. A Tier

  • Heed My Call Icon Heed My Call is not only a strong single target option, but also one of the few traits which hits multiple targets or deals consistent damage, without any sort of gimmick.
  • Gutripper Icon Gutripper does not actually synergize with Execute Icon Execute in any way, but does make the execute phase quite bursty, which can be beneficial in a lot of encounters, especially in Uldir, due to many bosses having increased damage phases.

2.3.3. B Tier

  • Lifespeed Icon Lifespeed is a minor, but consistent, Haste and Avoidance buff.
  • Blood Siphon Icon Blood Siphon is a minor, but consistent, Mastery and Leech buff.
  • Elemental Whirl Icon Elemental Whirl picks a random secondary stat to increase, which can be strong or weak depending on the stat chosen.

2.3.4. C Tier and below

  • Unstable Flames Icon Unstable Flames stacks Critical Strike at a reliable rate, increasing Rage generation and damage.
  • Azerite Globules Icon Azerite Globules has theoretical multi-target potential, but the stacking nature delays the damage to the point where most secondary targets are dead before it ever amounts to any real damage.
  • Earthlink Icon Earthlink continually cycles a Strength buff up to 6 stacks, and then down to 1. It is not strong enough to delay or impact the rotation, making the bonus completely random.

2.4. Inner Ring Traits

This ring provides a variety of survival and movement tools, including defensive benefits, healing effects, and absorption shields. There are also two Warrior specific and two engineering helmet only options.

2.4.1. S Tier

  • Resounding Protection Icon Resounding Protection is by far the strongest and most consistent defensive trait available.
  • Moment of Glory Icon Moment of Glory benefits the entire group or raid, making it a good bonus for organized content.

2.4.2. A Tier

  • Impassive Visage Icon Impassive Visage is somewhat niche, but can provide a moderate to high amount of healing when taking constant damage, such as from long-duration DoT effects.
  • Gemhide Icon Gemhide will not stop you from getting one-shot, but can help save you from follow on damage after taking a large spike.

2.4.3. B Tier

2.4.4. C Tier

  • Longstrider Icon Longstrider provides a constant minor movement speed bonus, which can be useful for reacting to mechanics or keeping up with moving targets.

Traits that are not listed are considered poor and generally better avoided if possible. Refer to the simulations at the bottom of the page for more information.

3. Azerite Traits Rotation Changes and Details for Fury Warrior

None of the Fury Warrior Azerite Traits have any impact on the rotation.

4. Relative Strength of Azerite Traits for Fury Warrior

Below we have listed the relative strength of the most relevant Azerite Traits, as far as they are implemented in our simulation tools at the moment.

Because you can have the same trait multiple times, and because some traits can change the rotation if you stack it multiple times, we have listed the relative strength of the traits depending on how many of them you have.

We are not including different item levels of Azerite pieces, because in most situations you are going to want the highest item level piece regardless. As with any rule, there are exceptions and you should always sim your own character's traits with Raidbots to be sure.

4.1. DPS Azerite Trait Ranking for Fury Warrior

Both of these simulations are based on the Best in Slot Mythic Uldir gear. As always, treat these results as a guideline, not a rule.

4.2. Outer Ring Single-Target

Multiple traits stack damage and statistical bonuses, while duration, resource generation, buff stacks, and proc rates do not. Keep in mind that not all traits are equally available or suited to every situation.

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4.3. Outer Ring Multi-Target (Mythic+, etc)

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4.4. Middle Ring Single-Target

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4.5. Middle Ring Multi-Target (Mythic+, etc)

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5. Find Azerite Armor By Trait/Power

In the table below, you can see all of the Azerite gear available to your Fury Warrior. By using the + button located next to each item, you can expand the list of Azerite powers that this item possesses (to collapse the list, simply click the - button).

If you want to filter items according to the powers that they offer, you can use the filters below.

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6. Changelog

  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated for Patch 8.1, new Azerite traits Cold Steel, Hot Blood and Unbridled Ferocity added.
  • 16 Nov. 2018: Formatting updates, expanded trait rankings and details.
  • 28 Aug. 2018: Integrated Bloodmallet charts.
  • 13 Aug. 2018: Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
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