Arms Warrior 9.2.7 Guide

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Introduction

Welcome to our guide on the Arms Specialization for the Warrior Class in WoW Shadowlands patch 9.2.7! This article will cover everything you need to know about the Arms spec, such as how to level, gear, prepare and min-max your Warrior for the most challenging PvE content in World of Warcraft - Mythic Raiding and Mythic+ Dungeons.

First, we'll check out the specialization's particularities and see why the Arms Warrior is one of the best specs in Shadowlands 9.2.7. Then you'll learn how to gear the Arms Warrior, what stats to prioritize, and the best leveling spec, talents, and rotation that will get you to max level in no time.

Finally, we'll go deep into min-maxing your character for the end-game content and teach you what covenant to choose and the best legendaries to use for Mythic Sepulcher of the First Ones and Mythic Plus dungeons. By the end of the guide, you will become a master of the Arms Warrior specialization! Sounds good, right? Let's get started!

Table of Contents

  • Arms Warriors: Strengths and Weaknesses
  • How to gear an Arms Warrior
  • How to level an Arms Warrior. Arms Warrior leveling tips
  • Best Arms Warrior talents for end-game content
  • Kyrian Arms Warrior
  • Necrolord Arms Warrior
  • Night Fae Arms Warrior
  • Venthyr Arms Warrior
  • Best Covenant for Arms Warriors in 9.2.7
  • Arms Warrior in Shadowlands - FAQ
  • Best Legendaries for Arms Warriors

Arms Warriors in Shadowlands: Strengths and Weaknesses

In World of Warcraft, the Warrior class comes with two DPS specializations, Arms and Fury, and uses rage as a resource. Both of these specs focus on close-combat fights (melee) and require wise rage resource management.

Even if the Arms Warrior playstyle seems a bit slower compared to Fury, it has a high burst damage output during Collosus Smash, making the spec stand out, especially in single-target encounters. In terms of weapons, the Arms Warrior uses two-handed weapons such as a two-handed sword, two-handed axe, etc. As for raid gear, the Warrior shares the Protector Tier Token with Hunters, Monks, and Shamans for legacy content. In the Shadowlands expansion, the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid, warriors share the Zenith Tier Token with Rogues and Monks.

In the table below, we present the Arms Warrior spec's strengths and weaknesses:

Advantages Disadvantages
+ Very good for single target burst damage - Slow spell rotation
+ Sustained multitarget with Cleave and burst AoE with Warbreaker - Weak multitarget damage outside of cooldowns
+ Very strong to targets below 35% HP - Lack of passive Rage regen
+ Easy-to-maintain tier set bonuses - Lack of powerful single-target burst cooldowns
+ High mobility with Charge, Intervene, Heroic Leap
+ Great personal and group defensive abilities
+ Battle Shout provides an attack power buff
+ Iconic abilities like Mortal Strike, Slam, Colossus Smash

How to gear an Arms Warrior

In World of Warcraft, gearing is one of the most important aspects that enhances your character's overall performance by providing massive amounts of stats, armor, procs, and set bonuses. This guide will teach you how to properly gear up for the most challenging content in WoW Shadowlands, Mythic Sepulcher Raiding, and Mythic+ Dungeons.

We'll start with the basics and cover the Arms Warrior's stats priority, check out the tier set bonuses, and finally, the best in slot gear you can get from mythic raids and dungeons.

Arms Warrior stat priority

Regardless of the class and spec you roll into in World of Warcraft, the stats are a key component when gearing up and min-maxing your character for the end-game content. When talking about the Arms Warrior spec, we must mention that all the stats are relatively close. A higher and adequate item level will better impact your character's performance than a perfect stat distribution!

The Arms Warrior stats priority looks like this:

  • 1. Strength
  • 2. Critical Strike
  • 3. Haste
  • 4. Mastery
  • 5. Versatility

So as an Arms Warrior, you will primarily value item level for Strength as the main stat, then Critical Strike, followed by Haste, Mastery, and Versatility as secondary stats.

In other words: Strength > Critical Strike > Haste > Mastery ~= Versatility. And here's why:

Strength: Increases all damage done by your warrior class spells, abilities, and auto attacks.

Critical Strike: Increases auto-attack rage generation, as well as damage done by abilities, auto attacks, and trinkets. Significantly reduces the downtime in the skill rotation.

Haste: Compresses the rotation by reducing your global cooldown and the cooldown of the rotational abilities such as Mortal Strike, Skullsplitter, and Cleave.

Mastery: Increases the damage to targets affected by Mastery: Deep Wounds.

Versatility: Increases damage and reduces damage taken by half. Unlike Mastery, however, it affects all damage done, including trinkets, potions, and enchantments.

Arms Warrior Tier Set Bonus

To start with, what is a tier set in World of Warcraft?

In WoW, a tier set is a unique class armor set with powerful 2-set and 4-set specific bonuses for each specialization of that particular class. Tier set bonuses change based on the character's active talent specialization, ensuring that the bonus is appropriate and useful to that spec. As previously stated, the Warriors share the Protector Tier Token with Hunters, Monks, and Shamans.

So to recap, tier sets are unique pieces of armor that, when equipped simultaneously, provide you with a bonus, different for each spec of the chosen class. This bonus is based on the number of pieces from the set you have equipped, with most tier sets providing bonuses when equipping 2 or 4 pieces.

How to get the Arms Warrior Tier Set in Shadowlands Patch 9.2.7

There are three ways you can get tier set items in WoW in the Shadowlands expansion:

  • Sepulcher Raid: You can get tier set items from specific bosses in the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid.
  • Creation Catalyst: You can craft Tier armor from non-set pieces of the same item level using the Creation Catalyst crafting system.
  • Great Vault: You can obtain tier set items from all activities that normally give Great Vault rewards, such as raiding, Mythic+ dungeons, and PvP

The fastest way to obtain tier set items is to take advantage of these three sources that can reward you with the Arms Warrior Tier Set items. The best advice is to complete the Sepulcher raid weekly - this is probably the fastest way to get your hands on the desired tier armor. In case you don't have a team to raid with, complete some Mythic+ Dungeons or some PvP matches.

Mythic dungeons and PvP are highly beneficial because even if you can't drop the set items while participating in these activities, you increase the chances of getting your set items at the Great Vault or the Creation Catalyst console in Zereth Mortis. At the creation catalyst console, you can convert the non-set pieces obtained in dungeons or PvP into tier set items.

Let's have a closer look at the Great Vault feature:

great vault

And this is what the Creation Catalyst looks like:

creation catalyst

Back to our Arms Warrior Tier Set. Now that you learned how to obtain the tier set, let's see some set bonuses and particularities, shall we?

The Arms Warrior Tier set is called Armaments of the Infinite Infantry. It comes with the following bonuses for two pieces and four pieces equipped:

  • 2-Set: Colossus Smash lasts 3 sec longer and increases your damage dealt to affected enemies by an additional 5%.
  • 4-Set: Tactician has a 50% increased chance to proc against enemies with Colossus Smash and causes your next Overpower to grant 2% Strength, up to 8% for 15 sec.

In the table below, we present you the sources for Arms Warrior Tier Set items:

As previously stated, you unlock the tier set bonuses for your Arms Warrior when you equip any two or four pieces of the Armaments of the Infinite Infantry set. Your four pieces of tier set as an Arms Warrior will be the Helm, Shoulder, Chest, and Gloves for itemization and build optimization.

Best in Slot (BiS) Gear for Arms Warrior for Mythic Raiding

In the table below, you can find the best item to use as an Arms Warrior in each slot for max efficiency in mythic raids:

Mythic+ Best in Slot (BiS) Gear for Arms Warrior

When it comes to mythic dungeons, ideally, you will always want to combine dungeon gear with at least the current raid tier set, even of a lower difficulty version, along with the highest ilevel gear you have available. In the table below, what you should use in each slot in the Mythic+ Dungeons as an Arms Warrior:

Slot Item Name Location
Helm Visage of Brutish Iron Return to Karazhan
Neck Amulet of the Last Guardian Return to Karazhan
Shoulders Pauldrons of Encroaching Limits Return to Karazhan
Cloak Wine-Stained Mantle Return to Karazhan
Chest Breastplate of Obligation Return to Karazhan
Wrists Inordinately Wondrous Wristguards Return to Karazhan
Gloves High Speed Gauntlets Operation: Mechagon
Waist Well-Oiled Plate Girdle Operation: Mechagon
Legs Tassets of Perpetual Despair Return to Karazhan
Boots Pyroclastic Greatboots Operation: Mechagon
Ring #1 Logic Loop of Recursion Operation: Mechagon
Ring #2 Overclocking Bit Band Operation: Mechagon
Trinket #1 Eye of Command Return to Karazhan
Trinket #2 Enforcer's Stun Grenade Iron Docks
Weapon Skyreaver, Greataxe of the Keepers Tazavesh, the Veiled Market

This wraps up everything you should know about gearing your Arms Warrior: the stats priority, how to obtain the tier set, and what items to use in the end-game activities. Moving on to the next section of our guide, we'll teach you how to level your Arms Warrior in Shadowlands patch 9.2.7. Sounds good, right? Let's dive in!

How to level an Arms Warrior. Arms Warrior leveling tips

Before leveling your Arms Warrior, you must first create and customize the character. That brings us to the first question: what race should you go for when creating the character? Let's find out, shall we?

Best Arms Warrior Race

When it comes to racials, with so many options to choose from, you are probably wondering what the best race for your Arms Warrior is. Well, fun fact: warriors are the only class that can choose ANY RACE they want. Yes, you got it right!

You can choose any race in the game for your Arms Warrior. Of course, each race comes with different racial abilities and spells, but no races offer an immediate advantage compared to others regarding Arms spec. I highly recommend choosing the race you like the most, aesthetically speaking.

In the table below, you can see the top 10 best races for an Arms Warrior based on performance gain:

Race Performance Gain
Gnome +1.25%
Human +1.20%
Mechagnome +1.15%
Void Elf +1.12%
Goblin +0.96%
Zandalari Troll Paku +0.90%
Worgen +0.89%
Troll +0.89%
Highmountain Tauren +0.87%
Kul Tiran +0.86%

Now, if you want to make an idea of what race players generally choose for their Arms Warriors:

  • For Alliance: Human, Gnome, Mechagnome, Dwarf
  • For Horde: Orc, Blood Elf, Troll

Iconic Arms Warrior Class Abilities

So as a Warrior, once you reach level 10, you get to pick one of the three class specializations: Arms, Fury, or Protection. In our case, you go for Arms. Here are a few tips you can use for your Arms Warrior while leveling up:

Best Arms Warrior Leveling Talents and Rotation in Shadowlands 9.2.7

The best talents to use while leveling to level 60 as an Arms Warrior are:

Level Talent Description
15 War Machine Reduces downtime between combats
25 Double Time Increases mobility
30 Fervor of Battle Simplifies the rotation
35 Bounding Stride Increases mobility
40 Cleave Better multitargeting
45 In For The Kill Increases Haste
50 Dreadnaught Better multitargeting

As for War Mode talents, in case you are leveling with War Mode ON (which you should!), use the following:

Now let's check out how you should prioritize your abilities. Here is what most people consider to be the best leveling rotation for an Arms Warrior:

Follow the rotation, and you'll get to max level in no time! Now that we've covered the leveling part, it's time to move on to the end-game.

In the next section of our Arms Warrior Guide, we'll present the best talents to use for PvE end-game content, such as raiding and Mythic+ dungeons. In the end game, it's crucial to use the right talents and prioritize the skills you use depending on the activity. Choosing the best talents will significantly impact your performance as a DPS!

Best Arms Warrior End-game Talents

From the PvE perspective, there are two main end-game activities we'll take into consideration: Mythic raiding and Mythic+ Dungeons. We'll treat them separately to keep things clear and avoid confusion.

Best Talents for Mythic Raiding in Season 4 (patch 9.2.7)

In the picture below, you can see the best talents for mythic raiding as an Arms Warrior:

best talents for raiding

Best Talents for Mythic+ Dungeons in Season 4 (patch 9.2.7)

As an Arms Warrior, these are the talents you must use to maximize your damage in M+ Dungeons:

best talents for dungeons

Now that you learned what talents you should go for as an Arms Warrior in the end-game activities, it's time to move on to the final part of our guide that covers two major aspects: the Covenants and the Legendary Items.

First, we'll go through all four covenants and present the unique abilities they bring to the Arms specialization and what are the best soulbinds and conduits to use for Mythic Raiding and Mythic Dungeons, by case, for each covenant. Then, we'll present our top picks for the best covenant to use as an Arms Warrior for raiding and mythic dungeons. Let's get into it!

Kyrian Arms Warrior Covenant Abilities

Kyrian Warrior Class Ability

The Kyrian Warrior Class Ability is Spear of Bastion, a ranged AoE attack with a 60 seconds cooldown, which leaves behind a damaging field that tethers enemies trying to move away from it.

The Kyrian conduit is Piercing Verdict, which increases the instant damage of Spear of Bastion and the rage regen for your Arms Warrior by 25%.

Kyrian Signature Ability

The Kyrian Signature Ability is Summon Steward & Phial of Serenity. The Kyrian Exclusive Legendary for Arms Warriors is Elysian Might, which has the following benefit: Spear of Bastion's duration is increased by 4 sec. While you remain within Spear of Bastion's area, your critical strike damage is increased by 25%.

Best Kyrian Arms Warrior Renown 80 Soulbind & Conduits for Raid

The best Kyrian Renown 80 Soulbind for Arms Warriors for Raiding is Kleia (for single target) and Mikanikos (for multitarget). In the table below, we present the best soulbinds and conduits to use for Sepulcher Mythic Raid as a Kyrian Arms Warrior:

Best Kyrian Arms Warrior Renown 80 Soulbind & Conduits for Mythic+

For Mythic+ Dungeons, the best Kyrian Renown 80 Soulbind for Arms Warriors is Forgelite Prime Mikanikos. In the table below, we present the best soulbinds and conduits to use for Mythic+ Dungeons as a Kyrian Arms Warrior:

Necrolord Arms Warrior Covenant Abilities

Necrolord Warrior Class Ability

The Necrolord Warrior Class Ability is Conqueror's Banner, which increases the movement speed and Mastery of the player and two nearest allies while generating 4 rage per second.

The Necrolord conduit is Veteran's Repute, which increases your Strength by an additional 10%.

Necrolord Signature Ability

The Necrolord Signature Ability is Fleshcraft. The Necrolord Exclusive Legendary for Arms Warriors is Glory that comes with the following benefit: Conqueror's Banner affects 1 additional ally, and every 10 (Prot), 20 (Fury/Arms) Rage you spend while it is active increases the duration of your banner by 0.5 sec.

Best Necrolord Arms Warrior Renown 80 Soulbind & Conduits for Raid

The best Necrolord Renown 80 Soulbind for Arms Warriors for Raiding is Bonesmith Heirmir. In the table below, we present the best soulbinds and conduits to use for Sepulcher Mythic Raid as a Necro Arms Warrior:

Best Necrolord Arms Warrior Renown 80 Soulbind & Conduits for Mythic+

For Mythic+ Dungeons, the best Necrolord Renown 80 Soulbind for Arms Warriors is Emeni. In the table below, we present the best soulbinds and conduits to use for Mythic+ Dungeons as a Necro Arms Warrior:

Night Fae Arms Warrior Covenant Abilities

Night Fae Warrior Class Ability

The Night Fae Warrior Class Ability is Ancient Aftershock, a powerful frontal AoE attack on a 90-second cooldown, which knocks enemies down and generates rage for each target hit.

The Night Fae conduit is Destructive Reverberations that reduces the cooldown of Ancient Aftershock and increases its damage output.

Night Fae Signature Ability

The Night Fae Signature Ability is Soulshape. The Night Fae Exclusive Legendary for Arms Warriors is Nature's Fury which has the following benefit: Ancient Aftershock's duration is increased by 3 sec, and enemies hit take 835 nature damage over 6 sec, stacking 6 times.

Best Night Fae Arms Warrior Renown 80 Soulbind & Conduits for Raid

The best Night Fae Renown 80 Soulbind for Arms Warriors for Raiding is Dreamweaver. In the table below, we present the best soulbinds and conduits to use for Sepulcher Mythic Raid as a Night Fae Arms Warrior:

Best Night Fae Arms Warrior Renown 80 Soulbind & Conduits for Mythic+

For Mythic+ Dungeons, the best Night Fae Renown 80 Soulbind for Arms Warriors is Korayn. In the table below, we present the best soulbinds and conduits to use for Mythic+ Dungeons as a Night Fae Arms Warrior:

Venthyr Arms Warrior Covenant Abilities

Venthyr Warrior Class Ability

The Venthyr Warrior Class Ability is Condemn, a replacement for Execute, which deals Shadow damage, can be used when enemies are above 80% health in addition to below 20% health, and inflicts a debuff which reduces the enemies' damage dealt by a small amount.

The Venthyr conduit is Harrowing Punishment, which increases Condemn's damage dealt and prevented by 2.3% for each nearby enemy, up to 12%.

Venthyr Signature Ability

The Vnehtyr Signature Ability is Door of Shadows. The Venthyr Exclusive Legendary for Arms Warriors is Sinful Surge, which comes with the following benefit: Condem extends the duration of Colossus Smash by 1.5 sec.

Best Venthyr Arms Warrior Renown 80 Soulbind & Conduits for Raid

The best Venthyr Renown 80 Soulbind for Arms Warriors for Raiding is Nadjia the Mistblade. In the table below, we present the best soulbinds and conduits to use for Sepulcher Mythic Raid as a Venthyr Arms Warrior:

Best Venthyr Arms Warrior Renown 80 Soulbind & Conduits for Mythic+

For Mythic+ Dungeons, the best Venthyr Renown 80 Soulbind for Arms Warriors is Theotar the Mad Duke. In the table below, we present the best soulbinds and conduits to use for Mythic+ Dungeons as a Venthyr Arms Warrior:

Now that we've gone through all four covenants and their particularities, it's time to see the best Covenant for Arms Warriors in Shadowlands 9.2.7.

Best Covenant for Arms Warrior in Shadowlands 9.2.7

Best Arms Warrior Covenants for Raiding

The best Covenants for Arms Warriors for Sepulcher Mythic raiding are Night Fae, followed by Kyrian, Necrolord, and Venthyr.

Best Arms Warrior Covenants for Mythic+

The best Covenants for Arms Warriors for Mythic+ Dungeons are Kyrian, followed by Night Fae, Necrolord, and finally Venthyr.

For a better view, please check out the table below:

Covenant Raid Raid Soulbind Mythic+ Mythic+ Soulbind
Night Fae Best Dreamweaver Second Korayn
Kyrian Second Mikanikos Best Mikanikos
Necrolord Third Heirmir Third Emeni
Venthyr Worst Nadjia Worst Theotar

Arms Warrior Covenant Popularity

Below you can see what are the most picked Covenants for Arms Warriors:

  • Kyrian 45.7%
  • Night Fae 22.2%
  • Venthyr 20.1%
  • Necrolord 12%

This covers everything regarding what Covenants to choose as an Arms Warrior for mythic raids and mythic plus dungeons. Without further ado, let's move on to the final major aspect of our guide and learn what legendaries you should use as an Arms Warrior in Shadowlands Season 4, patch 9.2.7.

Best Arms Warrior Legendaries - Shadowlands 9.2.7

Our guide's final section teaches you the best legendary items to use as an Arms Warrior for Mythic Raiding and Mythic+ Dungeons, whether you want to go for single or double legendaries.

Best Single Legendaries for Arms Warriors (Raid and M+ Dungeons)

Best Double Legendaries for Arms Warriors (Raid and M+ Dungeons)

Best Legendary Crafting for Arms Warrior

Arms Warrior in Shadowlands - FAQ

1. Are Arms Warriors good in Shadowlands 9.2.7?

Yes, Arms Warrior represents one of the strongest specs in WoW Shadowlands for both PvE and PvP end-game activities.

2. Is Arms Warrior easy to play?

Absolutely. Warrior's Arms is one of the most accessible specs in World of Warcraft, especially for leveling.

3. What is the best stat for Arms Warrior?

The stats priority for Warrior's Arms specialization looks like this: Strength > Critical Strike > Haste > Mastery > Versatility.

4. Which warrior spec is best for leveling in patch 9.2.7?

The Arms Specialization is the best spec for warrior leveling.

5. What is the best race for Warrior Shadowlands?

  • Alliance's best Arms Warriors races are Human, Gnome, Mechagnome, and Dwarf.
  • For Horde, the best Arms Warriors races are Orc, Blood Elf, and Troll.

6. Which covenant is best for Arms Warrior?

  • For mythic raiding, the best Covenant for Arms Warriors is Dreamweaver (Night Fae)
  • For mythic dungeons, the best option would be Kleia (for single target) and Mikanikos (for multitarget)

Final thoughts

This wraps up everything you should know regarding the Warrior's Arms specialization in World of Warcraft Shadowlands for Season 4, patch 9.2.7. By reading this guide, you should now better understand the Arms Warrior's spec and particularities and how they perform in certain circumstances and different end-game activities. It's one of the game's coolest and easiest specs, so I encourage you to try it!