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Arms Warrior Quick Start Guide
Last updated 17 days ago
This guide will familiarize new and returning Arms Warriors with the basics, so that they can jump right into the game, whether they're questing, doing dungeons, raiding casually, collecting achievements, or just just trying out a new spec. For more in-depth information on individual talents, rotations, artifact investment, gearing, and other optimizations, take a look at the main
Arms Warrior guide
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Use Second Wind and Victory Rush to maintain health between and during combat, especially while leveling.
Substitute Shockwave as needed.
Substitute Sweeping Strikes and Ravager when adds are present.
Thanks to the
catch-up mechanisms added in 7.3, you'll be able to empower your artifact exceptionally quickly even if this is your first 110, acquiring the first three golden traits with little effort.
As all level 110 players are above
40 in Patch 7.3, there are truly massive gains, allowing players to acquire numerous traits with one AP token. Artifact paths are less important in 7.3 as you'll be able to grab every possible trait, but we have included recommended paths in case you are struggling to earn Artifact Power.
The recommended initial artifact path is this:
And after 35 points, follow this path:
Mastery is the strongest general stat for Arms, although Haste can rarely overtake it for short periods due to breakpoints, while Critical Strike is devalued due to Battle Cry, and Strength fluctuates depending on gear level.
Fresh 110s in Legion can gear up pretty quickly (~910 ilvl) between World Quests, Relinquished Tokens from
, Heroic Dungeons, and PvP. Give our
Legion Gearing Before Raids
guide a read to learn which avenue of acquiring gear sounds the most interesting for you. Any gear can proc Warforged or Titanforged ilvl gains, so gear from any source can be a huge upgrade for new players.
are usually the first priority to collect in raid content, as they provide powerful bonuses not found elsewhere.
are powerful, but limited equipment which are awarded randomly over time. To maximize your chances of receiving them, complete as many Emissary Cache daily quests, Dungeons, and Raids as possible.
This is a basic priority list for Arms Warriors. Note that it differs slightly from the more advanced rotations found in the main guide, depending on your talent choices and target content.
to initiate combat and generate rage.
to maintain the debuff and apply
(hits up to three close-range targets with
if the target is below 20% health, to apply
Fervor of Battle
against groups of enemies or elite mobs to quickly burst them down.
triggers after most killing blows, and is quite effective for chaining combat, or facing multiple opponents in succession.
Die by the Sword
can completely negate physical damage for a short period of time; great for pulling large groups of enemies.
can ignore some forms of indirect damage, completely negating many DoTs and other environmental damage.
locks the stance for 10 seconds, so it's best used to mitigate predictable, large bursts of damage, rather than constantly toggled.
is very beneficial while questing, to virtually eliminate downtime between combat. The recipes first rank can be obtained in Azsuna.
is a new system of artifact progression added in Patch 7.3.
Once a player has unlocked the Netherlight Crucible on one character, any character that unlocks the
can access the Crucible and put points into the Tier 1 Trait:
. Do this to earn +15 ilvls onto your artifact.
Players with 60-75 purchased traits can unlock additional Crucible relic traits. Because your choice in Tier 2 affects which traits you can reach in Tier 3, you need to balance both the Tier 2 and Tier 3 bonuses when you make your Tier 2 choice.
For Tier 2 choices, prefer paths with
Torment the Weak
Secure in the Light
Infusion of Light
For Tier 3, prefer paths with
Exploit the Weakness
Overall, the Netherlight Crucible is a really complicated system. In order to get in-depth information on it, please check out our
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