Fury Warrior DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Feb 01, 2019 at 01:55 by Archimtiros 66 comments

Welcome to our Fury Warrior guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1. Here, you will learn how to play as a Fury Warrior in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

1. Fury Warrior Overview

Fury Warriors in Battle for Azeroth have recieved many improvements from Legion, particularly to talents, improving multitarget capabilities, and Execute. The amount of stackable cooldowns has been reduced, streamlining the rotation to make Rampage Icon Rampage and Enrage Icon Enrage the most important gameplay elements, while built-in Haste buffs make Fury one the fastest action specializations in the game. In additon to a well-rounded offensive toolkit, Fury boasts high mobility, strong self healing, and one of the few raid-wide defensive cooldowns in the game.

2. Patch 8.1 Changes for Fury Warrior

3. Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1 Changes for Fury Warrior

Although the core of the rotation remains similar to Legion, several improvements have been made to talents, multitarget, and the Execute phase.

3.1. Core Mechanical Changes

  • Recklessness Icon Recklessness (formerly Battle Cry) and Rallying Cry Icon Rallying Cry (formerly Commanding Shout) are now on the global cooldown. Charge Icon Charge incurs a shorter 0.5s global cooldown.
  • Fury no longer takes increased damage while Enraged, but also no longer has a significantly higher health pool than other classes, although it does still have slightly higher stamina due to dualwielding two-handed weapons.
  • Taking melee damage now generates 3 Rage per incoming attack, once per second.
  • Rage generation from autoattacks and abilities has been increased significantly to account for the loss of legendaries and artifact traits.
  • Ability damage uses a new formula including both attack power and weapon damage, whereas previously some abilities ignored weapon damage. As a result, strength is more important, and ability damage scales more consistently.
  • Personal buffs and debuffs such as Enrage Icon Enrage no longer increase the damage of trinkets or other non-class ability damage.

3.2. Baseline Abilities Changes

  • Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout is a new ability which increases party and raid Attack Power by 10%.
  • Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm now deals its damage quicker, at the expense of less ticks.
  • Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst has a flat 30% chance to trigger Enrage, rather than based on critical strike.
  • Enrage Icon Enrage increases Haste by 25%, instead of autoattack speed.
  • Execute Icon Execute generates 20 Rage on a 6-second cooldown, reduced by Haste.
  • Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow has two charges, a 20% chance to reset its own cooldown on use, and no longer requires Enrage.
  • Rampage Icon Rampage animation and global cooldown is reduced by Haste.
  • Recklessness Icon Recklessness has become a resource cooldown, doubling Rage generation and increasing Critical Strike chance by 20% for 10 seconds.
  • Victory Rush Icon Victory Rush has been added back to Fury.
  • Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind now generates Rage and replaces Furious Slash Icon Furious Slash in the base rotation. Its buff now causes the next two single-target abilities to cleave, including Execute Icon Execute.

Nearly every other ability has had its coefficients changed, but otherwise function as they did in Legion.

4. Fury Warrior's Strengths

  • Innate Haste buffs allow for a fast and spammy play style.
  • Deals multitarget damage without sacrificing single target damage.
  • Strong burst AoE abilities which are also useful on single target.
  • Short priority rotation that is easy to learn.

5. Fury Warrior's Weaknesses

  • The Haste buff from Enrage Icon Enrage creates feast or famine style gameplay, which may be unappealing to some.
  • Ramp up time is needed in order to generate Rage for Rampage Icon Rampage, made more difficult when not enraged.
  • While there is some amount of customization, talents do not significantly change the core rotation.

6. Viability of Fury Warrior in Battle for Azeroth (Patch 8.1)

Fury is currently very competitive and viable inside both Uldir and Mythic+ dungeons, largely thanks to above average azerite bonuses. While Arms offers better on-demand burst AoE, the Fury 3-5 target cleave and single target rotations ramp quickly with no downtime, which allows it to maintain high consistent damage during extended encounters. Defensively, Fury provides one of the few group mitigation cooldowns, and exceptional self healing.

7. Changelog

  • 01 Feb. 2019 (rotation page): Added new switch for Cold Steel.
  • 24 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Rearranged trait tiers.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added new tips.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Fixed error - changed suggested talents from Massacre to Carnage.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Guide was created.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (talents page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (simulations page): Added Bloodmallet racial comparisons. Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (stats page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (this page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Added Reaping. Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (spells page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (Uldir page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (addons page): Added Charge macro, and updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (rotation page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added Battle of Dazar'alor raid gear. Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (how to improve page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 17 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated viability in Patch 8.1.
  • 17 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated opening rotation.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Battle Shout to list of changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1, adjusted Uldir Azerite BiS.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Patch 8.1, minor note regarding Critical Strike and Azerite interactions.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Patch 8.1, new Azerite traits Cold Steel, Hot Blood and Unbridled Ferocity added.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated for Patch 8.1, added list of major changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Patch 8.1, added note for Azerite trait Unbridled Ferocity.
  • 16 Nov. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Formatting updates, expanded trait rankings and details.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated BiS for Uldir release.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Uldir release.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Uldir release.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Uldir and Mythic+ release; clarified Siegebreaker conditions.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Mythic+ release.
  • 28 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Integrated Bloodmallet charts.
  • 28 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated BiS list for Azerite hotfixes and integrated Bloodmallet charts.
  • 28 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Integrated Bloodmallet charts.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added (empty for now).
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (simulations page): Updated racial bonus comparisons.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated Antorus trinket and racial bonus comparisons.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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