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For as long as war has raged, heroes from every race have aimed to master the art of battle. Warriors combine strength, leadership, and a vast knowledge of arms and armor to wreak havoc in glorious combat.
Warrior crest

Warriors are melee fighters highly trained in the arts of weaponry. They are strong and quick on the battlefield. Depending on their spec, a warrior can often deal very high damage, or be tough as nails to kill. Warrior abilities depend on rage generation. This is different to all but one melee class, which is the druid; specifically a druid in bear form. Rage is generated through damage being dealt to and by the warrior and is capped at 100. Warriors have several talents capable of aiding rage generation.

Warriors can change between three combat stances: Battle Stance, Defensive Stance and Berserker Stance. Many abilities have a stance requirement. However, stances give the class a fluid play style allowing the player a variety of responses to any given PvE or PvP situation. Warriors can wear any type of armor although they receive a bonus from [Plate Specialization] for wearing plate armor Level 50 and beyond, although they can wear Plate starting at level 40. They are able to use shields and can wield any weapon with the exception of wands and relics.

The primary warrior attributes depend on the talent spec of the warrior. For Fury, attributes are strength and agility. For Arms, attributes are Strength and Stamina. For Protection, attributes are Stamina and Strength. Keep in mind this is generally for leveling warriors, and not endgame. Stamina is the most useful while leveling for all specs until around level 60 as critical strike rating on gear is rare until later levels. Warrior-oriented gear found towards end-game provides a wider range of attributes. Gear oriented specifically to damage dealing warriors may include critical strike rating, or haste. Gear oriented to warrior tanks usually includes some combination of block rating, dodge rating or parry rating. Hit rating or expertise rating are also commonly found on gear and can be useful for warriors performing either role.

For endgame warriors (level 85), the attributes are more advanced. Depending on your specialization and whether you are PvP or PvE geared, you will want different amounts of each attribute. For both PvP and PvE, your primary goal is to cap your hit rating so that you have a 100% chance to hit your target. For PvP this is only 5%. In PvE it will be 8%, as you will often be fighting mobs higher level than you generally. Even if you are hit capped for PvP, keep in mind that Night Elves will always have a small chance of causing you to miss. This is due to their racial passive ability Quickness. No matter how much hit you have, you will always miss a Night Elf on occasion. After your Hit rating is capped you will generally go for strength and critical strike rating for Arms and Fury, and Stamina and Mastery for Protection. Since Protection are tanks, you will want a lot of dodge and parry rating for PvE, and resilience for PvP.


See also: List of warriors

As long as war is waged on Azeroth, there will be men and women who fight those wars. The warrior is no mere sword-swinger; they are skilled combatants, combining strength of arm, knowledge of weaponry and practiced maneuvers to slice or bludgeon their foes into little red bits. The warrior is the most versatile of the combat classes, and they supplement their fighting prowess with the ability to rally their allies and spur them to victory, but not only can they rally their allies into victory; they can themselves charge into the heart of the battle, take several lives and live to tell the tale. All races fight, and all races boast many warriors in their ranks. Warriors are common among dwarves, Forsaken, humans, and orcs, but are less so among the other races. Masters of swords, spears, and weapons of all kinds, warriors share a common way of life on Azeroth. Using their abilities to deal pain and cause bloodshed, warriors are deadly adversaries and welcome friends in violent times (which seem to be all the time in recent decades).[1] Warriors have existed in every race, from the murlocs to the tauren. Anyone willing to take up arms to defend their people can be classed as a warrior. A knight is the warrior elite among humans.

Notable warriors Edit

Races Edit

Main article: Warrior races

The warrior class can be played by the following races:

Race Strength Agility Stamina Intellect Spirit Armor Health
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Blood Elf MaleIconSmall Blood Elf Female Blood elf Bc icon 20 22 20 24 19  ?  ?
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Undead MaleIconSmall Undead Female Forsaken 22 18 22 18 25 36 60
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Goblin MaleIconSmall Goblin Female Goblin Cataclysm-Logo-Small 20 22 22 23 18  ?  ?
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Orc MaleIconSmall Orc Female Orc 26 17 23 17 22 34 70
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Tauren MaleIconSmall Tauren Female Tauren 28 16 23 16 22 32 71
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Troll MaleIconSmall Troll Female Troll 24 22 22 16 21 44 60
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Draenei MaleIconSmall Draenei Female Draenei Bc icon 24 17 22 20 22 34 60
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Dwarf MaleIconSmall Dwarf Female Dwarf 28 16 23 19 19 32 70
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Gnome MaleIconSmall Gnome Female Gnome 18 22 22 24 20 44 60
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female Human 23 20 22 20 20 40 60
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall NightElf MaleIconSmall NightElf Female Night elf 19 24 22 20 20 48 60
Both 15 IconSmall Pandaren MaleIconSmall Pandaren Female Pandaren Mists-Logo-Small 23 18 23 19 22 37 133
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Worgen MaleIconSmall Worgen Female Worgen Cataclysm-Logo-Small 26 22 22 16 19 98 60

Before the release of Cataclysm, blood elf players were the only race that could not be warriors. Blood elf warriors are a standard class for blood elves in the RPG. Some blood elves become warriors (or scouts or hunters) — especially those seeking to be spell breakers, demon hunters, and rangers.[2] In addition, there were High Elf Swordsmen in the Undead campaign in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, so Elven warriors have technically always been justified.

With the release of Cataclysm, warriors are the first non-hero class to be available to all races.

  • Humans: Sword and Mace specializations give 3 increased expertise with swords and maces, which are two very popular warrior weapons. Perception passively gives the ability to detect stealthed units, which can be useful for those in PvP situations. Humans also gain the "racial PvP trinket" – Every Man for Himself – effectively freeing up a trinket slot which warriors might find more useful.
  • Dwarves: Stoneform removes poison, disease and bleed effects, and increases armor by 10%. Both of these can be very useful in PvE and PvP fights. The additional Frost resistance is always useful, as a warriors sworn enemy is the frost mage. Increased expertise with maces provides additional threat generation when using them. Though warriors will not primarily be using guns as their main weapon, they can be useful for a pull, and Gun Specialization helps with this category. Lastly, warriors are notorious for their high repair bills. Treasure Finding can help alleviate some of this payment, though it is minimal at best.
  • Gnomes: Escape Artist can be very useful, primarily in PvP situations, but also in PvE situations. Warriors being the prototypical tank often have to lead mobs and bosses away from the healers and ranged fighters, thus making Escape Artist very useful. Gnomes also benefit from increased Arcane resistance, which is always useful. Because of their small size, gnome warriors are useful in PvP environments, posing a difficulty to target. Inexperienced or careless opponents can be quickly hit by Hamstring, Thunder Clap, and Sunder Armor before they have any idea as to what happened.

Gnome Warrior

  • Night elves: Quickness adds an extra layer of survivability to night elf warriors. The enhanced nature resistance is always nice. Shadowmeld provides an interesting element to night elves, who can stealth to avoid mob detection (more useful for solo play), or to get out of combat when about to die. In addition, in PvP settings, Shadowmeld can be devastating. Stealth, Charge, Hamstring, Thunder Clap, etc., and Ta-da! You just became a rogue in heavy armor! An additional bonus to Shadowmeld is the ability to temporarily drop threat in combat, and possibly even save your life (if you're the last person standing).
  • Draenei: Gift of the Naaru heals 20% of the subject's health over 10 seconds, giving Draenei warriors a healing ability. Extremely useful for high level PvP and PvE. The extra shadow resistance is always welcomed. Heroic Presence can help Off tanks or the Main tank perform better, depending on what role you may be fulfilling. For a DPS warrior, Heroic Presence will also reduce the amount of gear you (and your party/raid) need to dedicate to reaching hit caps.
  • Orcs: Axe Specialization increases expertise by 5 when wielding an axe or fist weapon. This is equal to 41 expertise rating, and reduces player's chance to be dodged/parried by 1.25%. Hardiness reduces stun duration, which can save a warrior in PvP settings, or save their group in PvE settings. Blood Fury increases either spell power or attack power, (depending on class) and scales with the players level. The formula for scaling attack power is [(level*4)+2]. The spell power formula is [(Level*2)+3]. This grants 322 AP or 163 spell power at level 80.
  • Trolls: Berserking increases attack speed by 20% for 10 seconds, useful for all warriors, particularly Fury warriors, but can also provide a marginal TPS buff to Protection warriors. Health regeneration in combat can help keep you alive during PvP fights, or boss battles, and the increased healing can reduced down time for soloing players. The increased damage against beasts can be useful, since beasts are located almost everywhere in the world. Da Voodoo Shuffle reduces the duration of movement impairing effects by 15% as well, and the less time you spend walking to something then the more time you spend hitting it.
  • Undead: The increased shadow resistance is always useful, as is Cannibalize, which can rapidly increase your health, and save your healer's mana. The increased Underwater Breathing is also useful, especially when soloing, where a warrior might not have access to an alchemist or warlock. Will of the Forsaken is one of the best racials in game, and can be the difference between life and death in both PvP and PvE settings.
  • Tauren: War Stomp is very important to interrupting a caster, especially at low levels, when warriors have no stuns or silences . Endurance provides tauren with extra health, meaning tauren warriors can have the highest possible HP of any warrior. The additional nature resistance is always a plus.
  • Worgen: Have an increased critical hit chance, especially good for low level PvE and PvP and for Fury and Arms warriors at higher levels. Also, worgen's Darkflight is very useful to chase down a fleeing opponent in PvP, to avoid being kited, and for just saving time moving when you cannot use a mount.

Since the release of Cataclysm, worgen, goblins, and blood elves are able to become warriors, giving every race in the game access to warriors.

Mechanics Edit

Rage Edit

Main article: Rage

By default, a Warrior's rage bar is empty. Warriors can gain rage by being struck in combat, dealing damage, drinking rage potions, or using certain abilities. Most of their abilities require a certain amount of rage in order to be activated. When a Warrior exits combat, any left-over rage slowly decays until the bar returns to empty.

Warriors need to be in combat or use a rage-generating ability to generate rage. The longer the battle, the more rage a warrior can accumulate. A Warrior with a full rage bar can quickly unload a large amount of damage.

Stances Edit

Main article: Stance

A tauren warrior in art.

The warrior has different stances for different situations.

  • [Battle Stance]: The standard stance for all warriors. An aggressive combat stance. Generates high rage from normal melee attacks.
  • [Defensive Stance]: A tanking combat stance. Decreases damage taken by 15%. Increases Threat generated and generates rage.
  • [Berserker Stance]: A reckless combat stance. Generates rage from normal melee attacks and also from damage taken.

Specializations/stats Edit

Arms Ability warrior savageblow Edit

Battle-hardened masters of two-handed weapons, using mobility and overpowering attacks to strike their opponents down.

  • Hit (until 7.5%)
  • Expertise (until 7.5%)
  • Strength
  • Critical Strike
  • Mastery
  • Haste


Fury Ability warrior innerrage Edit

Furious berserkers wielding a weapon in each hand, unleashing a flurry of attacks to carve their opponents to pieces.

  • Hit (until 7.5%)
  • Expertise (until 7.5%)
  • Critical Strike
  • Strength
  • Mastery
  • Haste
  • Hit (until 26.5%)


Protection Ability warrior defensivestance Edit

Stalwart protectors who use a shield to safeguard themselves and their allies.

  • Hit (until 7.5%) / Expertise (until 15%)
  • Mastery
  • Parry / Dodge


Skills/Glyphs Edit

Tag Source
Inv misc book 07 [Book of Glyph Mastery] (requires 425 inscription skill)
T:# Learned from a trainer with # Inscription skill
M:# Minor Inscription Research (requires # Inscription skill)
N Northrend Inscription Research (requires 385 Inscription skill)
V:# Vendor (requires # Inscription skill)
Major Glyph Source Major Glyph Source
Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Blitz] N Spell nature bloodlust [Glyph of Bloodthirst] Ability warrior innerrage T:285
Achievement character tauren male [Glyph of Bull Rush] T:250 Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Colossus Smash] Ability warrior savageblowAbility warrior innerrage V:465
Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Death From Above] Inv misc book 07 Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Die by the Sword] Ability warrior savageblowAbility warrior innerrage T:170
Ability racial bloodrage [Glyph of Enraged Speed] T:85 Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Furious Sundering] Ability warrior savageblowAbility warrior innerrage Inv misc book 07
Inv axe 66 [Glyph of Gag Order] T:95 Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Hamstring] T:110
Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Heavy Repercussions] Ability warrior defensivestance N Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Hindering Strikes] T:240
Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Hoarse Voice] T:140 Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Hold the Line] Ability warrior defensivestance T:190
Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Incite] Ability warrior defensivestance Scroll of Wisdom Ability warrior charge [Glyph of Long Charge] T:75
Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Mortal Strike] Ability warrior savageblow N Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Raging Wind] Ability warrior innerrage T:345
Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Rude Interruption] T:125 Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Shield Slam] Ability warrior defensivestance N
Ability warrior shieldwall [Glyph of Shield Wall] Inv misc book 07 Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Spell Reflection] Inv misc book 07
Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Sweeping Strikes] Ability warrior savageblow T:320 Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Unending Rage] T:75
Ability warrior devastate [Glyph of Victory Rush] N Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Whirlwind] Ability warrior savageblowAbility warrior innerrage Inv misc book 07
Minor Glyph Source Minor Glyph Source
Inv glyph minorwarrior [Glyph of the Blazing Trail] Scroll of Wisdom Inv glyph minorwarrior [Glyph of Bloodcurdling Shout] M:75
Inv glyph minorwarrior [Glyph of Bloody Healing] M:75 Inv glyph minorwarrior [Glyph of Burning Anger] Scroll of Wisdom
Inv glyph minorwarrior [Glyph of Crow Feast] Scroll of Wisdom Inv glyph minorwarrior [Glyph of Gushing Wound] M:75
Inv glyph minorwarrior [Glyph of Intimidating Shout]  ?? Inv glyph minorwarrior [Glyph of Mighty Victory] M:75
Inv glyph minorwarrior [Glyph of Mystic Shout] M:75 Inv glyph minorwarrior [Glyph of Thunder Strike] M:75

Videos Edit

See also Edit


Dwarven warrior

Notes Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 54, 88
  2. ^ Monster Guide, 65
  3. ^ Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 54
  4. ^ World of Warcraft RPG Conversion Document, 1

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