Fury Warrior DPS Spec, Builds, and Talents — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Mar 09, 2021 at 14:14 by Archimtiros 35 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find out the best talents for each tier for your Fury Warrior in World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.5. We also have default talent lists for various types of content, such as raiding or Mythic+. If you play with Warmode on, we have your PvP talents covered as well.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Warrior talents.

1.

Talent Choices for Fury Warrior

Level Choices
15 War Machine War Machine Sudden Death Sudden Death Fresh Meat Fresh Meat
25 Double Time Double Time Impending Victory Impending Victory Storm Bolt ? Storm Bolt
30 Massacre Massacre Frenzy Frenzy Onslaught ? Onslaught
35 Furious Charge Furious Charge Bounding Stride Bounding Stride Warpaint Warpaint
40 Seethe Seethe Frothing Berserker Frothing Berserker Cruelty Cruelty
45 Meat Cleaver Meat Cleaver Dragon Roar Dragon Roar Bladestorm Bladestorm
50 Anger Management Anger Management Reckless Abandon Reckless Abandon Siegebreaker Siegebreaker

Talents can be freely changed when out of combat and in a rested XP area (such as an inn or a capital city). Moreover, Tome of the Still Mind Icon Tome of the Still Mind and Codex of the Still Mind Icon Codex of the Still Mind can be used to temporarily allow players to change talents anywhere, as long as they are out of combat.

2.

Talent Cheat Sheet for Fury Warrior

While changing talents to match the situation is highly recommended, the following builds are set up to handle the most common encounter types, with secondary/optional choices detailed.

There are multiple talents that require a change to your rotation in order to use them optimally. You can find more information on how your rotation will look after selecting your talents on our rotation page below.

2.1.

Open World, Levelling and Questing

This build smooths out and speeds up the intermittent combat common with open world content. There is a lot of room for customization for extra healing, mobility, or burst AoE damage.

2.2.

Dungeons and Mythic+

Dungeons and Mythic+ largely revolve around burst multi-target damage, and continually killing enemies as you move from pack to pack. Storm Bolt or Double Time are taken depending on your need for stuns, extra mobility, or survivability. Anger Management allows Recklessness to better align with Bladestorm, and is even better when using the Signet of Tormented Kings Icon Signet of Tormented Kings legendary.

Mythic+ can potentially require a mix of certain AoE and Single-Target talents, depending on affixes and other variables. If you want advice that is specific to Mythic+, you should check out our page below.

2.3.

Single Target Raid Encounters

There is a wide variety of talent choices in raid based on your legendary and covenant preferences. For players in the Venthyr covenant, Massacre will take priority over Frenzy in single target, while Bladestorm and Anger Management will be talented over Dragon Roar and Siegebreaker when using the Signet of Tormented Kings Icon Signet of Tormented Kings legendary power.

The builds suggested above do not reflect every individual encounter in the current raid tier. If you wish to have a boss-by-boss breakdown of talent choices, you should check out our dedicated page below.

3.

Tier 1 (Level 15) Talents for Fury Warrior

War Machine War Machine Sudden Death Sudden Death Fresh Meat Fresh Meat

Tier 1 talents improve Rage generation.

  • War Machine Icon War Machine causes autoattacks to generate 20% more Rage with each swing. Additionally, movement speed is increased by 30% for 8 seconds and 10 Rage is generated every time an enemy target is killed.
  • Sudden Death Icon Sudden Death causes your attacks to have a chance to reset the cooldown on Execute Icon Execute, and allow it to be used on targets above 20% health.
  • Fresh Meat Icon Fresh Meat increases Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst's chance to trigger Enrage Icon Enrage from 30% to 45%, and causes the first Bloodthirst against each target to guarantee Enrage.

War Machine Icon War Machine value depends on the frequency of add deaths; in general, you need roughly one kill every 10 seconds to keep up with the benefit of Sudden Death in sustained combat, making it more suitable for open world and dungeon content where you can quickly chain kills. Unlike most abilities, it does not require getting the killing blow yourself, only damaging the target within two seconds of its death.

Sudden Death Icon Sudden Death adds proc-based gameplay and is the best overall single-target talent, particularly when paired with Condemn Icon Condemn from the Venthyr covenant. It is also useful in multitarget since Execute Icon Execute can be cleaved with Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind.

Fresh Meat Icon Fresh Meat significantly smooths out the gameplay by creating a reliable way to trigger Enrage Icon Enrage without building up enough rage to use Rampage Icon Rampage, a major benefit in short or infrequent combats. It is important to note that only Bloodthirst strikes against the primary target count, meaning it can be tab targeted to trigger an additional Enrage against each target, even while cleaving.

4.

Tier 2 (Level 25) Talents for Fury Warrior

Double Time Double Time Impending Victory Impending Victory Storm Bolt ? Storm Bolt

Tier 2 talents provide additional control and mobility options.

  • Double Time Icon Double Time adds a second use of Charge Icon Charge, and reduces its cooldown from 20 to 17 seconds.
  • Impending Victory Icon Impending Victory replaces Victory Rush Icon Victory Rush with a new active ability which spends 10 rage to heal 30% of your maximum health, on a 30 second cooldown. Getting a killing blow will reset its cooldown.
  • Storm Bolt Icon Storm Bolt grants an active ability with a 20-yard range which deals trivial damage and stuns the target.

Double Time Icon Double Time is the go-to choice for both the extra mobility and Rage generation.

Impending Victory Icon Impending Victory is only used in situations which absolutely require extra in-combat healing, given that Fury already has a considerable amount of self-healing and would rather not waste the Rage.

Storm Bolt Icon Storm Bolt is situationally useful in dungeons and PvP content.

5.

Tier 3 (Level 30) Talents for Fury Warrior

Massacre Massacre Frenzy Frenzy Onslaught ? Onslaught

Tier 3 talents customize the rotation.

  • Massacre Icon Massacre reduces the cooldown of Execute Icon Execute and allows it to be used on targets below 35%, instead of 20%.
  • Frenzy Icon Frenzy causes Rampage Icon Rampage to increase Haste by 3%, stacking three times, but resets when used against a new target.
  • Onslaught Icon Onslaught adds a new activated ability which deals moderate damage and generates 15 Rage, but can only be used while Enraged.

Massacre Icon Massacre is much more competitive than before, allowing Execute Icon Execute to be used more often, making it a very strong options when paired with Condemn Icon Condemn from the Venthyr covenant.

Frenzy Icon Frenzy is a very good single target ability, but lacks multitarget potential due to the buff resetting on new targets. This makes it somewhat awkward to use, even in primarily single target encounters which contain priority adds or target swapping.

Onslaught Icon Onslaught fits a bit awkwardly into the rotation as it is not high enough priority to outweigh Rampage Icon Rampage, Execute Icon Execute, or even Bloodthirst Icon Bloodthirst, but deals respectable damage and synergizes very well with Fresh Meat Icon Fresh Meat to open combat with a strong burst of damage and Rage generation.

6.

Tier 4 (Level 35) Talents for Fury Warrior

Furious Charge Furious Charge Bounding Stride Bounding Stride Warpaint Warpaint

Tier 4 talents provide additional defense and mobility.

Furious Charge Icon Furious Charge is situational at best, due to being undermined by Victory Rush Icon Victory Rush in most solo content, and taking too long to set up in group content with a healer.

Bounding Stride Icon Bounding Stride is useful in general gameplay, but only practical in raid encounters which actually require you to leap more often than normal.

Warpaint Icon Warpaint is the best defensive option when increased mobility is not needed.

7.

Tier 5 (Level 40) Talents for Fury Warrior

Seethe Seethe Frothing Berserker Frothing Berserker Cruelty Cruelty

Tier 5 talents improve Rampage and the frequency with which it is used.

Seethe Icon Seethe adds a small but consistent amount of extra Rage generation which adds up over the course of a long encounter. Due to the low value of Critical Strike, it is currently slightly worse than Frothing Berserker.

Frothing Berserker Icon Frothing Berserker adds chunkier but less reliable Rage generation, making it better for burst damage, but less total Rage over the course of an encounter.

Cruelty Icon Cruelty increases the potency of Raging Blow Icon Raging Blow by a respectable amount, which synergizes even better with Reckless Abandon Icon Reckless Abandon. It is currently the strongest talent for sustained damage, although does not have quite as much value in multitarget where Raging Blow is used less often.

8.

Tier 6 (Level 45) Talents for Fury Warrior

Meat Cleaver Meat Cleaver Dragon Roar Dragon Roar Bladestorm Bladestorm

Tier 6 talents enhance single and multitarget damage.

  • Meat Cleaver Icon Meat Cleaver causes Whirlwind to deal 30% increased damage and make the next four single target abilities cleave instead of two.
  • Dragon Roar Icon Dragon Roar grants an additional active ability that deals high damage to all targets within 12 yards, dealing triple damage on crit, but reduced damage to secondary targets.
  • Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm grants an additional active ability that deals massive damage over 4 seconds to 8 targets within 8 yards, on a 1 minute cooldown. While active you are immunte to slowing and crowd controlling effects, but continue to autoattack, can dodge, and use defensive abilities.

Meat Cleaver Icon Meat Cleaver is the simplest, but least bursty ability, which has the most value in sustained two target cleave due to the extra target reducing the damage of Dragon Roar, but not having enough targets to greatly emphasize Bladestorm. The Whirlwind damage increase largely exists to give the talent a single target component to compete with Dragon Roar and Bladestorm.

Dragon Roar Icon Dragon Roar is best for single target, due to the progressive damage fall off as target count increases.

Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm is the AoE option, slightly worse than Dragon Roar against less than three targets, but much stronger as more are added. With the legendary Signet of Tormented Kings Icon Signet of Tormented Kings, it is used in single target as well, in order to gain more

9.

Tier 7 (Level 50) Talents for Fury Warrior

Anger Management Anger Management Reckless Abandon Reckless Abandon Siegebreaker Siegebreaker

Tier 7 talents improve cooldown burst.

Anger Management Icon Anger Management helps sync the cooldown of Recklessness Icon Recklessness with Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm, making it very good in Mythic+, and the best single target talent when using the legendary Signet of Tormented Kings Icon Signet of Tormented Kings.

Reckless Abandon Icon Reckless Abandon is the burstiest and most reactive option, useful for killing rares and long damage phases in boss encounters. The replacement abilities deal more damage and have extra effects, although their relatively low priority means you still will not be using them on cooldown.

Siegebreaker Icon Siegebreaker adds frequent burst windows, slightly better than Reckless Abandon Icon Reckless Abandon when not using Signet of Tormented Kings Icon Signet of Tormented Kings. Like other single target attacks, the debuff can also be cleaved with Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind.

10.

PvP Talents (War Mode)

Since Battle for Azeroth, you have the option to go into "War Mode". Enabling War Mode provides the following benefits:

  • PvP talents enabled in the outdoor world.
  • 10% increase in World Quest rewards at maximum level.
  • 10% more experience gained while leveling.
  • Earn Conquest Points which can reward gear every week.

With the benefits of enabling War Mode for leveling and PvE content, it is recommended to enable the feature to maximize your leveling and rewards at maximum level. However, you will make yourself available for open world PvP, and the possibility to be "ganked" while leveling or doing World Quests exists.

10.1.

Fury Warrior PvP Talents

  1. Barbarian Icon Barbarian significantly increases mobility, which is useful for both getting around while questing, and escaping dangerous PvP situations.
  2. Enduring Rage Icon Enduring Rage makes maintaining Enrage Icon Enrage considerably easier, which is a notable performance increase.
  3. Slaughterhouse Icon Slaughterhouse acts as a miniature execute effect, which also helps sustain player health, particularly in combat against tough elite enemies.

Death Sentence Icon Death Sentence offers increased mobility, which can be useful, but tends to be too situational to be practical in a PvE setting.

Battle Trance Icon Battle Trance, Master and Commander Icon Master and Commander, Spell Reflection Icon Spell Reflection, and Disarm Icon Disarm can be strong defensive options, but are not typically necessary or useful in PvE content.

Death Wish Icon Death Wish is a very powerful offensive option, although maintaining it is cumbersome in open world content, due to the necessity of refreshing the buff every 10 seconds and the ability cannot be cast while mounted, flying, or otherwise not in control of your character.

11.

Changelog

  • 09 Mar. 2021: Reviewed for Patch 9.0.5.
  • 30 Jan. 2021: Updated recommendations and added more clarification based on covenant and legendary choices.
  • 07 Dec. 2020: Dungeon & Mythic+ recommended talent should be Anger Management, not Reckless Abandon.
  • 23 Nov. 2020: Updated talent recommendations and descriptions for Shadowlands launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2020: Removed outdated reference to the PvP talent Thirst for Battle.
  • 14 Oct. 2020: Better descriptions for Seethe, Frothing Berserker, and Anger Management.
  • 12 Oct. 2020: Page updated for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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