Recommended Raiding Build
Recommended Mythic+ Build
Boss specific recommendations and strategy:Raid Bosses
Tier 1 (15)
War Machine has value in situations where mobs spawn and die frequently, Carapace of N’zoth for example.
Sudden Death is a solid option on this row. Useful for a small injection of damage while saving you a bit of Rage at the same time.
M+ option: Sudden Death
Tier 2 (25)
Impending Victory is a more appealing defensive option than it used to be in BFA due to now healing for 30% of your max HP.
Storm Bolt is Arms Warrior’s only access to a stun. Mostly useful in M+.
M+ option: Storm Bolt
Tier 3 (30)
Rend became slightly more attractive with the addition of 10% extra Crit damage. While this would be more useful with slightly higher Crit rating, the damage of the Rend DoT itself is still good. Not ideal for M+.
M+ option: Rend
Tier 4 (35)
Second Wind is rather inconsistent. Certain abilities do not stop the healing while others do. This would be taken on a fight by fight basis. A trackable buff for Second Wind has been added in 9.1 to make it easier to see when the healing is active.
Bounding Stride can be useful where high mobility is required. Rarely is it worth taking this over one of the defensive options, as Arms is rather weak defensively.
Defensive Stance is a stand out favourite when it comes to both M+ and Raiding. 20% flat damage reduction on-demand with no significant cooldown can be a lifesaver, even with all of Arms new defensive tools.
M+ option: Defensive Stance.
Tier 5 (40)
Cleave is a more solid, sustained AoE DPS option. The downside is that it is capped to 5 targets, however now that Cleave benefits from Overpower stacks the damage of this ability is quite significant.
M+ option: Warbreaker
Tier 6 (45)
In For The Kill is a strong talent due to the stats it gives not counting towards the stat diminishing returns.
M+ option: Avatar
Tier 7 (50)
Dreadnaught is a particularly strong multi target choice, especially when paired with Cleave. Worth noting, Sweeping Strikes cause an additional Dreadnaught proc resulting in double the cleave potential from this talent.
Ravager is weaker than Bladestorm but doesn’t lock you into any animation meaning you can continue using abilities as normal. This works well when paired with the Signet of Tormented Kings legendary particularly as Venthyr.
M+ option: Dreadnaught