Arms Warrior

Patch 8.2.5

Written by Revvez Last Updated: 10th Nov, 2019

Raid Bosses

The Eternal Palace

Abyssal Commander Sivara

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Essence: Memory of Lucid Dreams

Just blast and don’t die. Keep moving if you have the Frost Debuff or stay still if you have the toxic debuff.

Blackwater Behemoth

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Essence: Memory of Lucid Dreams

Talents: Bounding Stride or Defensive Stance

Your movement, from the start of the fight could look something like this:

  • Start on the first Pufferfish you kill and then charge the boss after the fish is dead and you have the healing debuff (Bioluminescence). When you are about to kill the second Pufferfish, or earlier if it's not dying quickly enough, charge out and attack the Pufferfish before its dead.
  • On the second platform, again start on the Pufferfish and when you have gotten the healing debuff use Heroic Leap and Charge to get back to attacking the boss. When you need to go for the second Pufferfish, Heroic Leap or Gateway and Charge out before the fish is dead so you can actually Charge it, and then use Heroic Leap or Gateway and Charge to get back to the boss. If you don’t have a gateway from a warlock then you will have to go swimming for a bit.
  • The third platform can be played much like the first, since the Pufferfish are pretty close to the boss.

Radiance of Azshara

Single Target / Cleave
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Essence: Memory of Lucid Dreams

Make sure you have Memory of Lucid Dreams for the execute phase. If using Cleave then just use it during the add phases on CD and make sure you hit all the adds with it, it has a short range.

Lady Ashvane

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Essence: Memory of Lucid Dreams or Condensed Life-Force.

Talents: Second Wind or Defensive Stance and Collateral Damage or Warbreaker or Cleave.

If you are trying to kill the boss in 2 vulnerable phases and are struggling with the DPS check, then Condensed Life-Force is a better option than the standard Memory of Lucid Dreams.

You may want to use the Massacre talent if the boss gets a shield between 20% and 35% health.

Orgozoa

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Essence: Memory of Lucid Dreams, Blood of the Enemy or Essence of Focusing Iris

Talents: Collateral Damage or Cleave

If going for AoE damage then use Cleave and turn to apply Deep Wounds to all of the adds on Cleave cooldown. If the adds are close to the boss you can hit the boss and the adds at the same time with Cleave.

When you go down to phase 2, use Colossus Smash right away and attack a long time before you interrupt the boss cast, that way you will have Colossus Smash ready at more convenient times later on.

Queen's Court

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Essence: Memory of Lucid Dreams

Use Sweeping Strikes when Potent Sparks spawn, pay attention to the Decrees and if any other damage overlaps the Sparks exploding then go into Defensive Stance.

Za’qul

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Essence: Memory of Lucid Dreams, Blood of the Enemy or Essence of Focusing Iris

Talents: Collateral Damage, Warbreaker or Cleave.

The adds that spawn from summoners in later phases are very important to focus and kill quickly to prevent you getting overrun. Make sure you are cleaving them and if needed single target an add with low stacks.

Queen Azshara

Single Target / Cleave
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Essence: Memory of Lucid Dreams, Blood of the Enemy or Essence of Focusing Iris

Phase 1 is trivial, do not use anything that doesn’t come back up in time for when you want it in Phase 2. An example being not using a second Memory of Lucid Dreams.

In Phase 3, play it safe by line-of-sighting every Spear that shatters the shields. When you Bladestorm tag the boss with it also to apply Deep Wounds to everything. Depending on the positioning you might also be able to multidot it in general; for example, use Execute when you're able to and Mortal Strike on the mob with the highest health. You should also try to find an opportunity to get Sweeping Strikes Execute cleaves.

Crucible of Storms

The Restless Cabal

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Since you don’t really have cooldowns as Arms unless you spec for Avatar, I would play this fight like any other and basically ignore Promises of Power in your playstyle. This means you should get the buff when you can but don’t save anything for it, except perhaps a Bladestorm if you will reliably get high stacks at some point.

Always use Sweeping Strikes and Colossus Smash together.

Arms should be good on this fight since it is 2 target cleave mostly, but Arms is tuned to do pretty low damage so I would consider going Fury anyway.

Uu'nat

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Most likely you should play Fury on this fight.

The adds spawning in phase 2 come at 1 minute intervals and so I would save Bladestorm for the adds. They often spawn spread apart and so it will be hard hit them all, you will probably have to settle for a Bladestorm hitting 2-3 targets sometimes.

You should spec Fervor of Battle to start and then when you work on phase 3 switch to Massacre.

It is possible to cleave the Undying Guardians with Sweeping Strikes. If your guild positioned the adds to enable cleave I would consider going Collateral Damage for higher single target damage, especially in the last phase.

Battle of Dazar'alor

Champion of the Light

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If your guild needs to switch on the adds, have bladestorm ready for it.

Although for this boss I would recommend playing Fury instead.

Grong, the Jungle Lord

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I would recommend playing Fury on this fight.

If you stay Arms then I would save Bladestorm on the pull for the first adds, then use it once in-between add waves and then keep it for the adds. Often you will be able to hit 2 targets with the Bladestorm. You might also be able to Sweeping Strikes if you stand in between the adds.

Jadefire Masters

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You can play either Arms or Fury on this fight.

Many guilds use their bloodlust at different times on this fight and so it is hard to give general advice. The exact timing of when adds spawn are different, but if possible have Bladestorm ready for the Spirit of Xuen spawns and when you clear the Barriers.

Opulence

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You can play Arms or Fury on this fight.

  • Arms: for AoE in phase 2
  • Fury: if you think single target is more important for your group.

Just do your normal single target rotation, except be careful with using Bladestorm towards the very end of Phase 1 so that you have Bladestorm ready for the first set of adds - keep it if you think Phase 1 is done within 25 seconds. The adds will come once every minute and make sure that you have Warbreaker and Bladestorm ready for it.

Conclave of the Chosen

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I would play Fury on this fight.

For Arms though you just do your normal single target rotation.

King Rastakhan

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I would play Fury on this fight, but if you play Arms:

How you would play Phase 1 depends on your traits and how long it lasts for your raid. If you have single target traits with Test of Might then most likely you start the fight with Warbreaker and Sweeping Strikes, Bladestorm during Test of Might, and then have your second use of Sweeping Strikes for cleaving Execute.

In Phase 2 you will have Bladestorm ready for every other Totem and Sweeping Strikes ready for all of them.

In Phase 3 make sure you have Bladestorm ready for the Phantom adds, my guild will CC all of them at the start, then after a minute kill them all, so I just save Bladestorm after they spawned.

High Tinker Mekkatorque

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I would play Fury on this fight.

  • Just do your normal single target rotation.
  • On Mythic try to have Heroic Leap ready in case you get thrown up with the teleport (Miscalculated Teleport), you can also charge the boss.

Stormwall Blockade

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Just blast the bosses doing your normal single target thing and switch on adds if the timing is so that you are not dropping bad Sea Swells. If Sea Swell is coming up, it might be better to just leave the adds to the ranged, unless they seem to be struggling to bring the adds down in time and then you should help anyway.

Lady Jaina Proudmoore

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You can play Arms or Fury on this fight.

DPS-wise the important part of the fight is the last phase, if you play Troll make sure to not use Berserking late in Phase 2 or you will not get it back.

In the last phase use Sweeping Strikes together with Colossus Smash so that you get the rage refund from the talent during the Colossus Smash window, it will allow you to get bigger Test of Might buffs.

It might be the case that the add is dying because of too much damage. I would then recommend going back to Fury.