The Warrior Leveling Guide: Crush the Enemy


Updated for Warlords of Draenor

Warrior Leveling GuideYou charge, main, rend, mutilate, crush, kill, and destroy the opposition. Warriors don’t run, dodge, heal much, or otherwise avoid any situation where they can smash things. At higher levels you become a whirlwind of death and destruction, what’s not to like? PvP, raiding, you can do it all and you’ll be doing it with one or two 2-handed weapons. You’re not a healer or sneaky Rogue. Your job is to crash into the enemy and destroy them.

Warriors are one of my favorite classes to level and they provide the fun gaming style of non-stop death-dealing and fast leveling. Warrior leveling is pretty easy, but Warriors do need to be geared well at all times, perhaps more than most classes. Auction House gear will serve you well. Keep your weapons updated and you will level quickly enough and have fun at the same time.

Buffs and Nerfs: As the world of Azeroth moves through the Warlords of Draenor all of the various classes will suffer from the buffs and cheer at the nerfs… wait a minute… reverse that. The point is that if at any point Warriors are the Gods of SMASH! or doormats probably isn’t something we’ll comment on here. Why? Because it will likely change in a couple of days due to a hotfix.

Looks for the same buff/nerf stuff in and given expansion and the patches and expansions that come after that.

So what’s new in Warlords of Draenor? Trimmed abilities, Arms and Fury should feel a bit more different from each other, and Protection should take a close look at the tanking changes. Here are all the Warlords of Draenor Warrior Changes.

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Warrior Leveling – Quick Notes

This section covers the Warrior basics, much more detail is available below this section.


Pick the one you like. They all have something that will benefit a Warrior, either in PvE, PvP, or both. Note that Warlords did away with all racials having to do with Hit or Expertise.

Which is “the best” for damage? Orc. For PvP? Orc or Human. Tanking dungeons? Night Elf (for the dodge.)


Skip the crafting professions. Get Mining or Herbalism and Skinning. Max out your First Aid. If you have to craft, then get Alchemy. The potions will be very useful while leveling and afterwards plus it’s fairly cheap.


Should you pick Fury or Arms for most leveling? If you PvP then go Arms, otherwise it’s a matter of taste.

  • Go Fury: If you like the dual-wielding style of combat. Dual-wielding two handed weapons might be a big point in favor of Fury.
  • Go Arms: If you like crushing the enemy with a big two-handed weapon and/or PvP.
  • Go Protection: only if you’re tanking dungeons. It’s fun tanking large groups of mobs while questing, but both Fury or Arms can handle small groups and will blow them away a lot faster. BTW – Prot does very nicely questing at lower levels, once you get into the 80s it will feel weak, though will still handle those group.
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  • Stats: Lots of strength and Stam , regardless of spec. You also love Crit, regardless of spec.
  • Plate specialization at 50 means you won’t want to wear any other form of armor past that point. Plate is it.
  • Weapons:
    • Slow, high DPS hard hitting weapons in both hands (if you’re Fury.)
    • Big honking slow two-hander if you’re Arms.
    • Slow, high DPS weapon and a Shield if you’re Protection.
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Gems and Enchants:

  • Just get cheap Strength (or Stam) gems to put in any sockets in any gear you come across.
  • Enchants: Sometimes enchant scrolls can be found for cheap on the AH. Get those that add Str, Stam, or Attack power. Don’t worry about it if you don’t have the gold, you’ll level out of that gear soon enough.
  • In the end-game (raids, dailies, PvP) you can use the high end gems and enchants.

Food, Potions, Etc.

  • Always carry the best food you can afford.
  • Consider keeping a stack of healing potions on your action bar.
  • Scrolls of Strength can usually be had for cheap.
  • More

Really basic rotation:

  • Charge > Rend > strike > strike > chop off head (Execute)
  • Charge, Smash, Victory Rush next opponent, smash, next, Charge, Victory Rush…
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Warrior Leveling Build

Any spec of Warrior can pick any talent from any row. The talent choices will change depending on exactly what you’re doing (questing, PvP, etc.) Changing them is easy, for example: if you feel that Warbringer is of more use in a particular situation than Juggernaut then just click the row and follow the instructions in the window that pops up. You will need one dose of the appropriate reagent (eg: Vanishing powder.)

The leveling build in the image is for Arms or Fury, but Warriors have a lot of flexibility with talents and all specs can use this (or several other) builds. Your abilities are all centered around damage and these talents give Arms a bit more utility.

Note that in Warlords of Draenor some talents are not available to certain specs.

Descriptions are below the image.


Arms Warrior Leveling Talents in Warlords of Draenor


Fury Leveling Talents in Warlords

Talent Descriptions

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Tier 1 at Level 15 – So how do you like your charging? Each has it’s points depending on your game.

  1. Juggernaut – For the mobility, Charge every 12 seconds instead of 20. You will be killing things quickly enough that the shorter cooldown becomes really interesting. Double time, below, has very similar utility, just with a different flavor.
  2. Best talent Double TImeCharge and have the flexibility to immediately charge again, such as if you’re switching targets. Back to back charges still face that 20 second cooldown, but has definite utility.
  3. Wabringer – Redundant with your Hamstring (Charge to Hamstring,) though a longer stun is nice. Still, it has the original 20 second cooldown, so pick one of the other two. In patch 5.4 it roots them, instead of stunning, The snare effect is unchanged.

Night Elf Arms Warrior has Leveled to 90, wearing i528 Plate of the All-Consuming MawTier 2 at level 30 – Emergency regeneration

  1. Best talent Impending Victory is our pick, for all specs. It’s a cheap attack (10 Rage) with a decent heal and a shorter cooldown than Second Wind. In many cases it will be enough to keep you topped off, health wise.
  2. Enraged Regeneration – Does not require Rage. It can be used while stunned, which will happen a lot in PvP, not so often elsewhere.
  3. Second Wind – Regenerate heath when at low HP. Happens automatically, which is nice, but can’t be used to top you off. Which isn’t so nice.

Tier 3 at Level 45

  1. Best talent Arms: Slam is now a talent, Arms only. Low cost strike, hits harder the second time. It will give you a lot more strikes over time that Sudden Death.
    1. Taste for Blood gives more Rage from your Rending.
    2. Sudden Death gives you more Executes, which is not a bad thing, except that you’re waiting on that 20% chance while swinging a slow weapon.
  2. Best talent Fury: Unquenchable Thirst for more Bloodthirsts.
    1. Furious Strikes for more Wild Strikes.
    2. Sudden Death for more Executes. Fury’s attack speed is such that this might be a good pick.

Tier 4 at Level 60

  1. Best talent Arms: Stormbolt for the ranged stun.
  2. Best talent Fury: Dragon Roar – Instant, damages everything close by and knocks it down (effectively a short stun.) Has the same cooldown (in 5.4) as Bladestorm. Doesn’t lock you out of abilities for 6 seconds. This is a good pick if you’re fighting groups.
  3. Shockwave: Not a bad pick at all. Area stun in a cone in front of you.

Tier 5 at level 75 – Group abilities.

  1. Best talent Mass Spell Reflection – Everyone in your group gets Spell Reflection. This could be annoying to the opposition in BGs.Useful if you face casters and team (in the dungeons) occasionally. Less use if solo.
  2. Safeguard – This has no use if you’re solo leveling. Definite PvP use (if you’re not soloing) and definite dungeon use if you’re keeping an eye on your team.
  3. Vigilance – Mainly for tanks and has no use if soloing. Take some of the damage that your teammate is taking and taunt the heck out of his attacker.

Tier 6 at Level 90 – Congratulations!

  1. Best talent Avatar – Become bigger and badder. Free yourself from snares and roots and do more damage. Very nice.
  2. Bloodbath – Blood, blood, and more blood, and yet more blood. Adds a portion of your damage as a short term bleed and slows the opponent. You’re probably Hamstringing him anyway, but bleeds are nice. Especially in PvP. Helps to ensure threat if you’re tanking.
  3. Bladestorm – You become a whirling storm of destructive force, striking all targets within 8 yards every 1 sec for 6 sec. During a Bladestorm you are immune to movement impairing and loss of control effects, however, you can be disarmed and you can only perform shout abilities.

The Level 100 Talents:

  • Best talent Fury – Anger Management. All specs. Every 15 rage that you spend reduces the remaining cooldown of a number of abilities abilities by 1 sec.
  • Ravager: Throw a whirling axe at a location that does damage to all enemies within 8 yards every 1 second for 10 seconds. Also increases your Parry chance by 30% for the duration.
  • Best talent Arms: Siege Breaker: Slam the target with your weapon and knock him back and down (for 1 sec.) Replaces Intimidating Shout. Hard hitting strike with an interrupt. Grab another talent if you like your Intimidating Shout.

Warrior Leveling Glyphs

Major Glyphs change abilities in significant ways, minors are mostly just cosmetic. You will get one of each glyph at levels 25, 50, and 75, for 6 glyphs total. As with talents they can be easily changed using the same reagents as for talents. At level 90 (once you get there) you will again switch glyphs depending on what you decide to do (dailies, raiding, pvp, etc.)

With Warlords you will be learning certain glyphs automatically, as you level, just as you so with your abilities. These glyphs are:

  • At level 25, the following Glyphs are automatically learned by all Warriors: Long Charge, Victory Rush, Bloodthirst, Gag Order
  • At level 50 you get: Executor
  • At level 75 you will learn: Bull Rush, Enraged Speed, Shield Wall


  1. Victory Rush – Free strike, after a kill, for decent damage and a heal.
  2. Unending Rage – 20 more Rage to burn.
  3. Bull Rush – More rage from your Charge. Especially nice if you’re making full use of Juggernaut and it’s 12 sec. Charge cooldown.
  4. Enraged Speed – Move faster while enraged.
  5. (Fury) Glyph of Bloodthirst – More healing from Bloodthirst.
  6. (Fury, Arms) Die by the Sword – Slightly increases the duration of Wild Strike and Mortal Strike.
  7. (Like to Leap?) Glyph of Death from Above decreases your Heroic Leap cooldown by 15 sec.
  8. Victory Rush – Improves the healing of your Victory Rush (or Impending Victory talent.)


  1. Crow Feast – Execute crits summon a flock of carrion birds, what better reason to get your crit rating as high as possible?
  2. Intimidating Shout – Keeps mobs from running all over the place to collect friends. They stay in place so you can kill them in their turn. You don’t actually get the ability till 52, so you won’t be able to use this glyph right at 50.
  3. Thunder Strike – More lightning bolts is a good thing, even if they don’t do any damage.
  4. Burning Anger – You’re on fire while enraged (and Critical blocks will enrage you.)
  5. Thunder Strike – More lightning bolts are always a good thing, even if they do no damage.


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Warrior Stats, Rotations, Gear

Warlords of Draenor note: HIt, Expertise, Resilience, and Reforging are all dead.

You have three new stats, which will appear on jewelry type gear:

  • Bonus Armor (tanks only:) Increases Armor and Attack Power for tanking specializations.
  • Multistrike: Grants a chance for spells and abilities to fire up to 2 additional times, at 30% effectiveness (both damage and healing.)
  • Versatility: Increases damage, healing, and absorption done. Reduces damage taken.

Primary Stats for Leveling:

  • Strength is #1, but any Hit and/or Crit you find on your gear is great.

All the other (secondary) Stats:

You don’t really have to worry about these until high level. Hit’s nice because missing isn’t. If you’re tanking you might want to pay a bit more attention to those secondary stats. You can get stats from all your gear pieces, of course, plus buffs, portions, scrolls, gems, and enchants.

  • Attack Power is great when you can find it.
  • Crit is always good for Arms or Fury, but it’s not for Protection.
  • Haste is not something to be concerned about. Ever.
  • Mastery starts at level 80 and doesn’t appear on any gear that earlier than Cataclysm gear, but don’t worry about it until the end-game.
  • Dodge & Parry is great if you’re tanking (as Protection,) bad if you’re not. A lot of both of these stats were removed n Warlords.
  • Forget Agility, Int, and Spirit forever. Warriors need power, not brains, and dodging is for rogues.

Other stats

  • PvP Power is like Attack Power, but for PvP only. Nerfed hard in patch 5.3 it’s nice when you find it on gear, but don’t gem or enchant for it.

Really basic Warrior rotations:

Keep in mind that, while questing, your opposition will frequently expire before you finish any kind of rotation. Too bad that doesn’t happen in PvP, hmmm?

  • Charge, Smash, Victory Rush next opponent, smash, Charge, Victory Rush…
  • Charge > strike > strike > chop off head (Execute)
  • Start with charge to generate initial Rage.
  • Use Hamstring whenever you’re fighting opponents that live long enough to run
  • Use Victory Rush whenever you can
  • Warriors can fight several opponents effectively with the use of their cooldowns. Use them, do not save them “for later,” unless you have a specific fight coming up. When they activate and it’s appropriate use them.

Start attack macro – this will initiate your attack even if you don’t have the rage to use your opening attack. This way you can switch targets or attack new ones and start whacking them before the rage builds.

You can use this with Bloodthirst, Mortal Strike, Slam, or any other attack you might use to initiate combat.

#showtooltip Bloodthirst
/cast Bloodthirst

If you’re an Orc you can use this macro. If you’re a Troll use the Berserking ability instead of Bloody Fury. See our Macros page for help in making macros.

#showtooltip Charge
/cast Blood Fury
/cast Charge
/use TrinketName


  • Ranged:  In Mists of Pandaria you cannot use ranged weapons, but you have a Throw ability, Heroic Throw at 22, and you get Shattering Throw at 74.
  • Weapons: You’re fairly gear dependent, but you don’t need to be in top gear all the time. At the very least keep your weapons as up to date as possible, it will make a big difference. Other gear can slide a bit if you’re broke (and go read our gold guide if you are.)
  • Get Mounts at 20 and 40 and 60. Get them, don’t ask questions. If you can’t afford them then get mining or herbalism and work those skills until you can afford your mounts. They’re not that expensive. Epic Flying, at 70, is nice if you can afford the price (at least 4k gold.)

There are some points where you can massively upgrade your gear, even if you’re in heirlooms.

  • Running dungeons will provide you with a “Satchell of occasionally useful items.” This will provide you with a piece of “blue” gear which will probably be useable and might be an upgrade.
  • If you can accumulate almost 2k honor by level 70 you can buy the epic PvP set from the legacy arena vendors on Gadgetzan or the Dalaran sewers. It’s better than your Heirlooms until 75 or so.
  • 77 – Before Warlords and its “stat squish” you could grab Cataclysm gear from the Auction House and be way over geared for the 77-80 run. With the squish, there is little point. The difference between the item level 170 “Wrath of the Lich King” gear and the item level 270 “Cataclysm” gear is now negligible.
  • At 81 put your guild heirlooms back on. Mist of Pandaria blue gear will start appearing on the Auction House. Grab it if you can.
  • At 85 buy/make the crafted PvP set (vicious plate) as it’s much better than the regular questing gear. Or you can buy the M of P gear appearing on the Auction House.  There are various gear vendors scattered throughout the Pandaren zones and they will sell you decent gear for a great price. Ghost Forged Plate (on the Auction House) is Item Level 415 and is a pretty good set to get. With some luck you can also find better gear.
  • at 90 buy the Crafted Malevolent PvP gear set, even if you don’t PvP. It’s a nice boost to your gear. You can also hop over to the Timeless Isle to gear up. With Warlords you can find Valor gear available for Gold and fill out any holes in your gear list. The vendor is here.
  • 90+ – As with the above your gear will be fine as you level, but you’ll be able to find the better gear on the AH.

While Leveling…

Al low level: stack Stamina. The one or two points of Strength that you can pick up aren’t worth nearly as much as Stam, though they frequently come with the Stam anyway. Of the Bear is good gear to look for. You can often find cheap Stam enchants on the Auction House.

Mid levelsgear with decent Strength starts to appear. Strength at this point is your first priority, it increases attack power, and in doing so, your base damage values. It also increases your Parry.

  • For Arms and Fury, stacking massive amounts of strength is effective at mid levels and slowly improves up until 80, after which Strength starts to scale up more quickly. Keep the Stam and get more if you’re constantly getting smashed (as in hit, not drunk.)
  • For Protection, if you’re questing just gear up like Arms/Fury, if you’re tanking then look for gear with the defensive stats.

At level 40: you get to use plate mail gear, but you may find that a chain item has better stats, depending on what drops off mobs of the Auction House. One practice that has been followed occasionally at higher levels is the usage of mail and/or leather armor that possesses the greater damage stats.

At level 50 you will want to be all Plate. Cataclysm introduced an ability to award wearing the “correct” armor, Plate Specialization, which you get at level 50 and which adds 5% to your Strength (or your Stam if you’re Protection.)

Offense Vs. Defense? Unless you are doing a lot of PvP and/or tanking you will find the offensive stats to be much more valuable than the defensive ones. While leveling stick to the massive offense and carry enough food (unless you’re Undead) and bandages with you to minimize downtime. However, you should stack enough stam that this doesn’t become painful.

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Warrior Leveling and Abilities

Human Female Warrior in Season 11 GearJust a note on leveling builds – the idea is to kill mobs ASAP, with as little downtime as possible. This means that your leveling build might not be the same as your level 90 PvP or Raid builds.

In a Raid setting you will, as Fury or Arms, focus far more on damage and much less on survivability talents, since some healer will be keeping you healthy. Tanking, of course, requires major damage mitigation skills and the ability to keep the Boss’s attentions away from everyone else. PvP requires more survivability and control and is more for Arms than Fury or Prot.

For leveling (questing) you want some survivability and as much damage as you can get.

When you hit level 10 you pick from one of the three specializations: Arms, Fury, and Protection.  (You can reset everything, and change specs, at your trainer, anytime, for a small charge.)

Picking up the dual build ability at 30 (10 gold) gives you the choice of picking two builds. Tank a dungeon as Protection, or DPS as Fury, then switch to Arms and smash some face in PvP. (You do have 10 gold at 30+, right? If not, check out our gold guide or our tycoon addon review. )

Picking a spec at level 10 also gives you some bonuses. Each spec of each class will have its own bonuses and each one will have a Mastery ability. That ability increases some aspect of your other abilities. For example, for a Fury Warrior, Mastery buffs the benefits you get from being Enraged.

Mists of Pandaria completely changed the talent system, again.

  • The talent system is completely different from before Mists hit.
  • You get a bunch of general Warrior abilities, as you always have.
  • You  get ten or so abilities unique to your spec (Arms, etc.) These are what define you.
  • All Warriors will be able to pick talents from a common pool. There are six tiers (at level 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, and 90) with three choices each. Any warrior can pick any of the three. At level 90 you will have six talents.
  • There are no points to spend in any abilities or talents. When you pick one up you pick up the whole thing.
  • You will have six total glyphs, down from Cataclysm’s nine.

Here are your abilities, for each spec.


Arms Warrior Abilities

You’re the two-handed weapon expert, smashing down your opponents with the best of them. Arms is great for leveling, does fine damage in dungeons and raids, and has traditionally been the spec of choice for PvP. Once you pick Arms as your specialization you will get Mortal Strike as your “bread and butter” attack.

Warlords note: certain abilities have been removed, these are marked with ‘**’ and crossed out.

You will get the following abilities as Arms:

7 Execute – Hard strike, costs up to 40 Rage, usable only on low health enemies.
7 Rend – An old ability is back. Opponent bleeds over 18 seconds.
10 Mortal Strike – Your basic Bread and Butter strike, causes Mortal Wounds on the target
10 Seasoned Soldier (P) – More damage with 2-handers.
14 Thunder Clap – blasts all nearby enemies and reduces their movement speed.
18 **Slam – This is now a level 45 talent.
26 Whirlwind – Attack everything within 8 yards.
30 ** Overpower
30 ** Taste for Blood – this is now a level 45 talent.
46 ** Blood and Thunder – now Prot only.
50 Plate Specialization (P) – More Str is your reward for wearing all plate.
56 Die by the Sword – Big survivability boost for a few seconds.
60 Sweeping Strikes – Your melee strike an addition opponent.
80 Inspiring Presence – Your entire group now gets 3% Versatility.
80 ** Mastery: Strikes of Opportunity Changed to…Mastery: Weapons Master – More Mortal Strike, Colossus Smash, and Execute damage.
81 Colossus Smash – Smash the target and your following attacks ignore its armor for a brief time. Causes your opponent to also take a bit more damage for 30 seconds.
Shield Barrier – Absorbs damage for 6 sec, costs up to 60 Rage.
81 ** Sudden Death
83 Rallying Cry – 15% Health increase for 10 sec, 3 min cooldown.
87 Recklessness – Greater chance to crit with specials (eg: Mortal Strike.) 3 min cooldown.
90 Weapon Mastery – 5% more Mastery from all sources.

Arms Perks

After level 90 you will be getting Perks instead of Abilities, so no additional cluttering of your action bars. Perks are enhancements to existing abilities and are learned randomly from the list of remaining perks, ever two levels from 92 to 100.

So, not necessarily in order, you will eventually get:

  1. Enhanced Rend – more damage if Rend is on your target
  2. Enhanced Sweeping Strikes – lasts 5 seconds longer
  3. Improved Die by the Sword – additional 10% damage reduction
  4. Improved Recklessness – additional 15% crit while Recklessness is active.


Fury Warrior Abilities

As you can see from the abilities below, Fury is, well, furious. It’s a dual-wielding death machine. xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Fury Spec Abilities
7 Execute – Smack low health targets, costs 30 Rage.
10 Bloodthirst – Basic attack, small heal, high chance to crit, generates rage
10 Crazed Berserker (P) – Dual wielding 1 and 2-H weapons and more damage from it.
14 Enrage (P) – Extra Rage generation and damage when berserk.
18 Wild Strike – Quick strike that causes Mortal Wounds on the target.
19 Piercing Howl – Snare all enemies withing 15 yards.
26 Whirlwind – Attack all nearby enemies.
30 Raging Blow – mighty blow usable after becoming enraged.
38 ** Single-Minded Fury – effects merged into Crazed Berserker.
38 ** Titan’s Grip – effects merged into Crazed Berserker.
50 Bloodsurge (P) – more Wild Strikes
50 Plate Specialization (P) – Wear only plate, gain 5% strength.
56 Die by the Sword – Reduce damage and massively increase Parry chance for a few seconds.
58 Meat Cleaver (P) – Whirlwind damage lets Raging Blow hit more targets.
60 ** Flurry
80 Inspiring Presence (P) – Your entire team gets 3% Versatility
80 Mastery: Unshackled Fury (P) – More damage while enraged
81 ** Colossus Smash
81 Shield Barrier – Blocks a lot of damage for 6 sec.
83 Rallying Cry – Entire team gets bonus health for 15 sec.
87 Recklessness – More crits for 15 sec.
90 Cruelty – 5% more Crit chance from all sources.

Fury Perks

After level 90 you will be getting Perks instead of Abilities, so no additional cluttering of your action bars. Perks are enhancements to existing abilities and are learned randomly from the list of remaining perks, ever two levels from 92 to 100.

So, not necessarily in order, you will eventually get:

  1. Empowered Execute – 20% more Execute damage
  2. Enhanced Whirlwind – More Raging Blow charges
  3. Improved Die by the Sword – 10% more damage reduction
  4. Improved Recklessness – 15% improved crit chance while recklessness is active.


Warrior Stances and Stuns and Buffs

As Fury or Arms you will be in Berserker stance most of the time. For Protection info see our Protection Warrior Tanking page.

  • Battle Stance – Generates rage from your attacks, not from getting hit. This is what you want to use in all cases when you are not “the tank.”
  • Defensive Stance – Use only if you’re tanking dungeons, and then use it all the time. Reduces damage taken and increases threat. Also useful for times when you really need the extra toughness, whether questing or in PvP.

Stunning Moves and Debuffs

Cause the opposition to stand there, open mouthed, staring at your awesomeness, or just be less effective than otherwise. These abilities are available to all Warriors:

Crossed out abilities were removed in Warlords.

  • Charge (level 3) stuns the opponent for a moment. This also makes it a great interrupt if you Charge someone (or something) that is casting a spell.
  • Sunder Armor (level 16) weakens the enemy’s armor, allowing you to do more damage. More useful for dungeons (and tanking) than questing.
  • Thunder Clap (14) reduces the strength of the enemy’s attacks for few seconds.
  • Pummel (24) interrupts spell casting and briefly silences the opponent.
  • Disarm (28) knocks away the weapon and shield of the enemy for a few seconds, greatly reducing their damage done to you.
  • Deep Wounds (32) – Your main attacks (Mortal Strike, Bloodthirst) cause the opponent to bleed.
  • Hamstring (36) keep the opposition from running away.
  • Spell Reflection (66) reflects one enemy spell back at the caster. A shield is not required.
  • Shattering Throw (74) greatly reduces the armor on the target for a short time.
  • Demoralizing Banner (87) weakens the attacks of all enemies within 30 years for a few seconds.
Arms Special Debuff Abilities Fury Special Debuff Abilities
  • Mortal Strike – Reduces any healing the enemy receives. 
  • Blood and Thunder – Your Thunderclap does more damage and causes any opponents in the area to bleed.
  • Colossus Smash – Your following strikes bypass some or all of the enemy armor and he also takes a bit more damage from attacks. The cookdown has a chance to be reset via  Sudden Death.
  • Wild Strike – Reduces an healing the enemy receives.
  • Colossus Smash – Your following strikes bypass some or all of the enemy armor and he also takes a bit more damage from attacks.



Leveling Faster

Heirloom Items for Warriors

There are a variety of heirloom items available. Some or bought through your high level guild, others with honor points, and so on. They level with you and are as nice as,or better than, same level blue items. Some of them also provide bonus XP. Generally you will want to wear the Heirloom instead of any other gear you find during your leveling, until you hit the level cap for that particular item.

Important note: Some of the heirloom cap at 80, others 85 (such as the helm and cloak you buy from your guild vendor.) A very few, such as those dropped in the Siege of Orgrimmar Raid, will start at level 90 and cap at level 100.

Enchanting note: you can now take the highest level enchants and apply them to any item, even a level 1. If you can afford it this means you can put he Dancing Steel enchant on your level 1 Heirloom weapon. Enhancements from the Enchanting profession can be applied to your item even if you’re level 1. Other enchants, such as the Inscription Shoulder Enchant will require a character of at least level 85 to apply it, but then you level 1 can also use it.

In all cases the enchants will scale with your level.

Questing over Grinding: Do the quests, grind a bit when you find the right areas (for example, mobs are dropping loot that you want.) Grab all the interesting quests (the ones you want to do) and group them so that you can knock of several at the same time in the same place. Save the city quests until you have a few, then knock them off all at once when you train. Grinding (endless mob mashing) is generally only worthwhile if you’re farming something.

Grinding: There are times when the grinding is good, however. Some camps of mobs have a fast respawn rate and you can spend some time there just mob-mashing and practicing your skills. This is especially effective if you have rest XP from your stay at the Inn.

Dungeons: If you have the time and interest and are Ok with groups, then dungeon leveling can add some fast XP. Just Queue up for the dungeon finder and go for it. You also will get some nice items out of it.

  • Learn to tank. Your wait times will be near zero and you will be able to level all the way to 85 without leaving the city. You might have to go back and get your fly points and such later.
  • Damage/DPS: Your wait times will be longer, so mix it up with watching YouTube videos or questing/grinding/farming/gathering.

PVP: If you like PvP then you should know that the battlegrounds have their special weekends where double honor and double XP are awarded. (Just look at the calendar by your mini-map.) If your team wins you can get some insanely fast XP.

Even when it’s not the Holiday weekend, winning the Battlegrounds is still very fast XP. Losing is maybe faster than questing, but more frustrating (for us, anyway.) See our Warrior PvP page for tips.


Bags: big bags are good, bigger bags are better.

Banker: make an alt to live at the Auction House. That way you can mail white or better stuff to the alt instead of having to travel to the city to unload it, or dumping it at the vendor. This is a big hassle saver. Here are a few more gold tips.

More XP: Always log out at an Inn. You get the 2x “rest XP” when you come back. A longer rest = longer duration for the rest XP.

The Titan Panel Addon has an “XP per hour” function. This lets you know how efficient you are at picking up the XP.

Recruit a friend: 3x XP, ’nuff said. Here’s Blizz’s FAQ page for RAF. Note that the RAF benefits now stop at level 85.

Now, if you have full heirlooms and if you are a tank and you are dungeon leveling and you have a buddy doing the RAF thing with you… You’ll be 80 before you know it, and 85 not much later.

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Race Choice for Warriors

Since Cataclysm, all of the WoW races can be warriors. Of course, only Humans, Night Elves, Undead, and Orcs can be real Warriors, but there you go. Yes, even Pandarens can be Warriors.

Most of the racial abilities will make very little difference while leveling, and not even that much in the end-game. 1% Hit or Crit or some escape ability just doesn’t count for much while questing. If a Gnome or Goblin works for you, then go for it. If you want some extra burst then go Orc, if you want that escape ability for PvP then go Human. Want to just look gnarly? Undead or Worgen.

Warlords note: All abilities adding either Hit or Expertise are now dead, they’ve been removed from the list below. New abilities are marked ‘WoD:’

The Horde

Blood Elf: You have the best hair, does that count?

  • Arcane Torrent restores some rage and interrupts & silences casters, so is actually a pretty decent Warrior ability for leveling, PvP, and PvE.
  • Blood Elves are good with Enchanting.
  • WoD: +1 Crit rating.

Goblin: Two goblins were shipwrecked and stranded on a small island. When rescued they had both become rich by trading their boots back and forth.

  • Increased Haste is actually a so-so ability for Warriors.
  • Rocket Jump is a nice escape which might set you up for a Charge/Intercept.
  • Your size is actually a virtue in PvP. Some people click their targets and being short makes their job a bit more difficult.
  • As a tank your size makes you a bit hard to find in a crowd.
  • Vendor discounts will make things a bit easier on the good supply, especially if you’re poor (and why would you be poor?)
  • WoD: No real changes

Orc: Big, gnarly, and just the right attitude for war.

  • Blood Fury actually is a nice ability while leveling, since you can pop it when you need it. Add it to a macro to use when you charge and/or with your opening strike.
  • Resistance to stuns is good if you’re PvP leveling, and is pretty situational if not.
  • WoD: Stun resistance was nerfed a bit.

Tauren: Besides being cute, cuddly, and well horned, they can do a…

  • War Stomp stuns nearby opponents. This is a generally useful ability.
  • The increased health is nice at mid-levels and is equal to about three Stam gems at max level.
  • The herbalism skill has a small heal and a haste effect and Tauren get an herbalism bonus.
  • WoD: +2% critical effect and healing bonus.

Troll: Best tusks, laid back, but make pretty good warriors.

  • Berserking is a good leveling ability. Add it to a macro with your opening attack(s.)
  • Resistance to movement imparing effects, like the Orc ability, has its uses in PvP, but less so elsewhere.
  • WoD: 25% more XP for slaying beasts.

Undead: You’re one of the prototypical Warriors and you can um, well, er… Well, Ok, you have nothing that increases leveling speed, or DPS, or anything, but you look right and that’s what really counts.

  • Cannibalism can reduce downtime and means that you don’t have to carry food along while leveling. If you do PvP you can eat your opponents after you kill them.
  • Will of the Forsaken is a very nice PvP ability, allowing you to escape from fear, sleep, and charm, but you’ll find little use for it elsewhere.
  • Drain away some of your opponent’s life and heals you for the same amount.
  • WoD: Undewater Breathing, an old Undead ability, is back and it’s now indefinite. Stay down as long as you like.

The Alliance

Level 1 Night Elf Warrior begins his trek to 90Draenei: Your (male) shoulders make a human look puny.

  • The self-heal is nice while leveling and in other situations. It’s not a big heal, but every little bit helps.
  • WoD: Bonus to Str.

Dwarf: So Runt, Ya wanna be a Warrior?

  • Your Stoneform washes away bleeds and reduces damage, making life just that much tougher for that Rogue who just popped up. Also helps elsewhere, when too many mobs appear.
  • Good with Archeology.
  • WoD: +2% critical damage and healing effect.
  • WoD: Stoneform also removes magical effects and curses.

Human: You look good in the right armor. Now go kill a blood elf, because she looks better than you. It should be easy since your sword arm (and those 36″ biceps) is bigger around than his/her entire body.

  • Your escape ability is nice for PvP and it allows you to use two DPS trinkets, but the ability is pretty situational when leveling.
  • Diplomacy if great is you have any interest in building Rep with any of the bazillion WoW factions.
  • WoD: Bonus to Versatility

Gnome: Besides being the butt of “short jokes” your size does have PvP value in that some people click on their targets. As a tank your size makes you a bit hard to find in a crowd.

  • Escaping from Speed Altering Effects (slows) has its uses in PvE and PvP, but only rarely while leveling.
  • Good with Engineering, a pretty useful skill.
  • WoD: 5% more rage.

Night Elf: You look good in armor and you know it.

  • Shadowmeld will let you drop out of combat or lurk in wait for a Charge out of the shadows. It’s not Vanish, but it definitely has its uses. It also drops aggro, so is handy for those times when things get tight. If you are the Warrior Tank in some dungeon and you’re tired of your group you can ‘meld, dropping aggro, and let the boss kill them.
  • 2% increased dodge is nice while tanking and isn’t bad elsewhere.
  • WoD: Run 2% faster

Worgen: One word: Snuffling. Other than that…

  • Increased crit chance is nice for any Warrior.
  • moving quickly is definitely a useful ability.
  • Worgen are good with skinning (which also adds to your Crit rating.)
  • WoD: No changes

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If you have to level a skill then go for Blacksmithing and Mining. Blacksmithing will get you into some good gear, but it gets expensive. At high level you’ll be able to make some nice stuff. Alchemy is another nice skill, you’ll be able to make lots of useful potions. Mining is a great money maker that also provides raw materials for Blacksmithing, as well as Jewelcrafting and Engineering.

First Aid used to be an essential skill (for when you smash your hand with your Blacksmithing hammer.) It still has use, even with the easier healing these days and your tier 2 (level 30) talents. Still, it has it’s place and we recommend keeping it maxed.

Generally, skip the crafting professions while leveling (even Inscription,) unless you have, or can generate, plenty of gold.

Here is a list of other money-making and useful professions:

  • Inscription – Besides all the glyphs you also make everyone’s high level shoulder enchants and can make items for your caster buddies.
  • Cooking – A good skill to take. You’ll be able to cook up foods that buff str, stam, and other stats.
  • Fishing – A good way to slow down your leveling speed. It does provide mats for cooking, and some fish are good gold makers (oily blackmouth, deviate fish, etc.,) but it is time consuming.
  • Gold with professions – you’ll find some tips on this page.

In Warlords all of the profession bonuses are dead. You no longer get extra gem sockets from you blacksmithing, for example.

  • Alchemy – Lots of the potions/flasks/elixirs are quite nice and this gives you the ability to make what you need. You can also do various transmutes which other professions will find useful and which may sell well.
  • Blacksmithing – You can make some of your gear, stones to sharpen your weapons, and keys to open locks (don’t need those Rogues any more.)
  • Enchanting – Make all kinds of nifty enchants, break down items into magical parts and use or sell the parts.
  • Engineering – Besides various nifty gadgets you can make some funky vehicles.
  • Inscription – You get some nice shoulder enchants and you can make everyone else’s, as well as glyphs and various items.  You can also make Furtune Cards which youi might be able to sucker (errr… talk) other players into buying
  • Jewelcrafting – Make nice gems and some useful jewelry. Can also make gemmed mounts.
  • Leatherworking – Nothing useful for you.
  • Tailoring – Nothing for you, unless you want a flying carpet.



Warrior Buffs, Food, Potions, Enchants, Etc.

Note on cash: Petty cash means one thing if you have 3 gold to your characters name and another if you have 100k (you’d be surprised how many do.) See our Tycoon guide review or our gold guide if you need help in that area.

The better buffed you are the faster you’ll level. See a buffing class running by? Ask them, nicely, if they’ll buff you. Make a macro:

  • /say Excuse me, Oh Awesome One. Can you lay upon my lowly self some of your excellent buffage?

Otherwise, can you afford the extras? If gems, enchants, etc. are petty cash then go for it. Twinks will spend hundreds of gold on weapons and enchants for low level PvP and that enhanced gear certainly won’t hurt while leveling. If you can’t afford it then don’t worry abut it. Green gear is fine and if you keep your weapons up to your level then you’ll be Ok.

Potions & Scrolls: Buy and keep a bunch. Healing, stength, health/stamina. Troll’s Blood pots don’t look interesting at first, but in the long run they’ll save you from using a lot of bandages. Prices vary on the AH. If they’re expensive now just keep checking every now and then and buy a pile when you can. If you have the Alchemy skill you can make yourself a bunch.

Scrolls of Strength are frequently dirt cheap. You can also check with an Inscriber (Scribe) and have some made for you. Scrolls and potions do not stack. You will have to use one or the other. Potions of water breathing will help with underwater quests or gathering. Usually the quest-giver will give you something, but not always.

Glyphs – prices vary wildly. One day your glyph is at 2g, the next day it’s 200g (or more.) Wait for sales (or pay my inflated prices, please. 😉 ,) buy all your glyphs, and then stock some vanishing dust to swap them in and out as you need to. You can probably get all of your warrior (or any class) glyphs in a package deal from your friendly, neighborhood scribe and pay a lot less money (and get them faster) than AH browsing.

  • Note that in Warlords you do get several glyphs automatically as you level.

Food: Pretty much the same. Lower level foods will buff Stamina, which is great, the highest level foods will buff stength, attack power, crit rating, etc. If they’re not readily available on the AH then it may be worth your while to get cooking or make nice with a guild member.

Enchants: Can you afford them? Get health/stam at low levels, and whatever fits your needs at the high levels.

  • Str is best for any flavor of Warrior, followed by Attack Power.
  • Movement speed enchants are nice.
  • Sharpening stones are great for keeping your weapons up to snuff, up to item level 200.
  • Are you tanking your way to 85? See the Protection Warrior page for notes.
  • Mists of Pandaria Enchants are much better than Cata. enchants. If you’re enchanting your gear then upgrade as soon as possible.

Gems: Gem slots are rare before 60 and occasional afterwards (while leveling.) Gem for Strength, Attack Power, and Crit Rating. Stam if you need it. As with the enchants, the Mists of Pandaria gems will be much better than the Cata gems.

  • Enchants: Str and AP and Crit before all else. For any flavor of warrior.
  • Bold gems for Str., Fractured gems for Mastery (for Prot Warriors.)

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1-100 Warrior Leveling Guide

Click Here to see Zygor's Warrior Leveling Guide One of the commonly seen questions in the forums and in the game chat is something like, “Where do I go to level…?” You can always grind endless groups of mobs, which a fury warrior does very well, and fall asleep from the tedium, or you can follow the quests as you find them, perhaps looking for quest details on some website.

A better option is an in-game Warrior leveling guide. Step by step, from the starting area (or anywhere else) to the end, this guide will semi-automates that path for your Warrior. You’ll never again wonder about where to go or what to do, even in Warlords of Draeor. 

What if you’ve never played before, or you’re not level 1? Or you want to do some dungeon or PvP leveling along with your questing? Or you have full heirlooms and you and a pal are using Recruit-a-Friend?

No problem. Zygor’s guide will automatically adjust and send you to the right place. Don’t want to do a quest chain? Or you’d rather level in easy mode (or hard more?) Go into the options, click a box or two, and you’re set to level the way you want to.

You just pick your starting point and the guide automatically updates and advances to the next step as you complete each step and quest, and also sets the next waypoint arrow automatically. In addition, all of the important quest info is included in the guide window. Tasks are tracked and you’ll never need to switch back and forth from the quest log or any online site.

All you have to do is follow the arrow and check the guide (with its in-game window) to see what you have to do. You’ll knock off the quests boom, boom, boom and you’ll level with a surprising lack of stress. Get to the max level fast and join your friends and guildies in that yummy end-game content. Grab your copy of Zygor’s leveling guide here, or see our review, first.

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