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Popular Level 70 Builds Edit

The Armory makes it possible to ascertain the most popular builds for level 70 warriors. The following data is provided by Kurushiro of The Build Mine and Okoloth of Armory Musings and is up to date as of the July 27, 2007. At level 70, 46 per cent of warriors specialize primarily in Protection, 39 per cent specialize in Arms, and 15 percent specialize in Fury.

Arms Edit

The combination of Mortal Strike and Flurry using a slow two-handed weapon is most popular. In effect, 31/30/0 or a variation thereof is the second most popular warrior build overall. The template contains all the important talents, some customisation may take place (like moving the points from Improved Execute, Piercing Howl and Weapon Mastery elsewhere in the tree). Flurry is arguably the best talent for a PvP build. If players want to balance the build between high sustained damage (for group/raid environments) and burst damage (PvP), it's possible to move some (or even all) points from Flurry away to Second Wind or Blood Frenzy. Such trades should be considered really well.

Two other popular PvP arms builds are 41/20/0 which includes some of the new high tier Arms talents brought in by the Burning Crusade expansion, and 36/25/0 which uses Slam as one of its key talents. The latter build is a good PvP/PvE tradeoff. It achieves high DPS with Slam, best using a very slow two-handed weapon. Proper usage of the Slam Rotation takes some learning effort, however.

One point of discussion in the Arms tree is which weapon specialization to take. In theory there shouldn't be much of a difference. Mace Specialization used to be the talent of choice for PvP, in PvE it was rather pointless since bosses are often immune to stun. Unfortunately, stun effects have been recently nerfed in PvP too, which leads many to believe that Mace Specialization is currently the weakest of the three.

Splammer Edit

MS can also be combined with Slam to great effect. Warriors looking for a challenge should take a serious look at the Slam Rotation, which can deliver very high DPS in both, PvP and PvE. Builds with Improved Slam usually don't need many points in Flurry, because Flurry can actually disturb the Slam rotation.

Fury Edit

The most popular Fury build is 17/44/0. It's focused on high sustained DPS. This build is configured for PvE, by moving a few points from Improved Whirlwind and Improved Execute to Piercing Howl, Improved Berserker Rage and/or Improved Overpower it becomes quite PvP friendly (e.g. 19/42/0). Fury builds like these are sometimes dubbed "RiPs" or "rippers," derived from the phrase "rogues in plate," since their damage-dealing potential is close to rogues though their survivability is higher.

Protection Edit

Close to 7% of all level 70 warriors use variants of a 8/5/48 template for a Protection build, making it the most popular point distribution of all. The basic pattern is to distribute 57 points like this. Warriors built on this template are specialized for group PvE and are versatile tanks, but are less than optimal for solo PvE or PvP. The remaining four points are most frequently spent elsewhere in the Protection tree. One may also transfer points out from Anticipation once their defense from gear reaches 490, therefore preventing level ?? (really 73) raid bosses from hitting the warrior with a critical strike.

The most popular variations take Improved Defensive Stance and Improved Shield Wall. Warriors tanking five- or 10-man instances often take Improved Revenge and Improved Shield Bash, but warriors tanking 25-man instances often find that the mobs are immune to these talents and choose accordingly. Many warriors also choose not to take Improved Thunder Clap (5/5/51) or Cruelty (8/0/53), and instead use the freed talent points for Protection talents. Both of these talents are useful in many contexts, however, and one should always consider whether the extra Protection talents are worth their loss. A final popular variation is to also take Improved Heroic Strike or Anger Management, both found in the Arms tree. This variant gives warriors more opportunities to add a layer of Heroic Strikes to their threat-ability rotation, thus maximizing threat per second.

Other Level 70 Builds Edit

Arms Edit

Arena Only Build [45/5/11] Edit

With the emergence of the patch 2.3, a new pvp build was perceived to be far superior in arenas. This build (45-5-11) gives far greater durability and higher burst damage than other builds since warriors are so often kited or cc’ed.

Tactical Mastery allows warriors to stance-dance when encountering that rogue/druid/hunter that is waiting to be overpowered, then switch back to Berserker Stance and intercept another target. The choice of weapon mastery is totally up to the warrior. It is more beneficial for warriors to go with Mace Spec only if they have Deep Thunder or Stormherald since the recent nerf causes stuns to proc 2-3% less. Sword Spec warriors have more burst damage from spamming hamstring, because they benefit from the extra swing. Improved Hamstring stops runners dead on their tracks, literally.

Toughness gives an extra 10% armor and allows warriors to take more physical damage. Last Stand gives warriors the flexibility of awaiting that critical moment for a big heal to hit after getting Presence of Mind/Pyroblast or avoid executes and Hammer of Wrath.

The downside of this build is that it is not as practical in Battlegrounds due to the long cool down of Last Stand and Death Wish. Other significant losses are improved shouts (Commanding Presence), enrage and in some cases Flurry. The loss of enrage is not as significant due to resilience, Death Wish no longer stacks with enrage and Warriors are seldom zerged in arena fights, especially in 5v5. However the benefit gained from Endless Rage outweighs the loss of Flurry to generate enough rage to use improved Mortal Strike every 5 seconds.

MS with Tankage Build [35/0/26]Edit

This spec is based on being able to tank effectively, while still being able to PvP and DPS somewhat effectively. Tanking here uses only heroic strike, sunder is for when your rage is high. While a nice idea, tanking without using Sunder Armor is NOT recommended by any credible source of information on tanking as a warrior.
PvP: Other than Improved Heroic Strike and Deflection, the entire arms part is for PvP. In the prot tree, Improved Bloodrage, Last Stand, and most of all Concussion Blow are all good for pvp.
Tanking: Improved Heroic Strike, Deflection, Sword Specialization, and the prot talents all help.
Moveable talents: Heroic Strike can moved to Improved Thunder Clap if you think you'll actually need it. The specialization can be moved to whichever specialization you'd like. And if you only think you'll tank non-heroic 5 mans, you can move Anticipation to either Improved Mortal Strike or Cruelty. This build is not reccomended for raids, however, it is somewhat effective with 5 man non-heroics.
(Built by Alphasfury, posted by SA3K)

Dual Wielding with MS (31/30/0)Edit

[1]The idea behind this build is that using two one handed swords with the almost required talents of flurry and Enrage, coupled with the additional attack chance of the Sword Specialization talent in Arms, you will be capable of doing 4 hits instead of one, should you strike lucky. It is most effective, in theory, if both your swords can proc an additional attack. Here's how it would go, in the best scenario:

1-First sword attacks, weapon's proc effect triggers. 2-That effect procs the additional attack via your talent. 3-Same thing, except your offhand weapon does it.

So instead of 2 attacks, you get 6!

Some notes about doing this: 1. Fast hits means your weapon durability will degrade VERY rapidly so it is not suggested for long instances or raids. 2. Additional weapon hits ALWAYS are calculated with the main hand, thus if your off-hand procs a free swing on your next attack it will be calculated using your main hand's damage. 3. Blizzard has a way of changing things and not writing it down in public. I believe additional hits can no longer proc additional hits as though it was in reality another normal attack.

MS, Last Stand, and Concussion BlowEdit

This build allows you to become, what I like to call, a stunlocking warrior. This build was created from the thought of countering kiters and increasing your survivability while you're being ganked (Last Stand). It has Tactical Mastery, Toughness, Mortal Strike, and more. This build takes a bit of getting used to because you lack Enrage, Blood Craze, and Piercing Howl. This spec also allows you to off-tank.

Fury Edit

Example Leveling Spec Edit

This leveling spec, (13/43/5), is based on doing damage fast and hard, without being too reliant on bandages and food. With Blood Craze and Blood Thirst it is possible to keep a warrior's life high enough that one can pull many times in a row without needing to rest, thereby speeding up the leveling process. This build works especially nicely with the Mark of Conquest, since its heal proc rate is actually quite high.

The optimal means of using this build is through the following procedure: (1) Charge a mob, (2) use Demoralizing Shout and Thunder Clap, then (3) switch to Berserker Stance. If presented with the opportunity to use Rampage and Overpower, then do so. If it becomes necessary to heal, use an Intimidating Shout and bandage, then run a short distance from the mob and use Intercept. If this fails attempt to use Piercing Howl.

Fury with a Weapon Spec Edit

This build (26/35/0) is specifically designed for using an one-handed axe in the main hand and off-hand. It is a useful build for killing multiple mobs without losing health too quickly. Indeed, if properly executed this build permits warriors to easily handle at least three non-elite mobs on your own without using potions! This build also provides a substantial crit chance to keep Flurry active at almost all times.

The optimal means of using this build is through the following procedure: (1) Charge a mob. With Improved Charge one will have the necessary rage to (2) use Improved Thunder Clap and to (3) use Improved Demoralizing Shout. Once this is done (4) spam with Heroic Strikes and Bloodthirst, or (5) Sweeping Strikes if facing multiple enemies.

Fury/Protection [5/41/15] Edit

This 5/41/15 is an alternative hybrid build that focuses primarily on the Fury tree to provide strong offensive abilities while at the same time points invested in Protection tree allow better damage mitigation and increased threat in tanking role. This build also generates threat better than Arms/Protection build because of increased damage due to Flurry and Enrage proc effects. Rage generation is also one more strong side of this build because it grants access to both Unbridled Wrath and Shield Specialization.

Protection Tree Edit

Basic Tanking BuildEdit

8/5/44 This build will work for any Warrior looking to tank endgame 5man instances through heroics through Karazhan and beyond. There are 4 points left unspent at level 70, they are best spent on some combination of Improved Heroic Strike, Anger Management, Improved Demoralizing Shout*, Improved Shield Wall, and Improved Defensive Stance depending on personal preference. It is also possible to spend them on solo PvE or PvP abilities, but this is not recommended for committed tanks. *Its probably best to get any dps arms warriors in your guild to get 5 points in Improved Demoralizing Shout as a padding talent instead of unbridled wrath if you mainly raid

Key talents include Deflection and Improved Thunder Clap in the Arms tree for increased mitigation and threat generation, Cruelty in the Fury tree for increased threat generation, and in the Protection tree: Shield Specialization and Improved Shield Block for increased mitigation and Rage generation, Defiance, Shield Slam, One-Handed Weapon Specialization and Shield Mastery for increased threat generation, Focused Rage and Improved Sunder Armor for Rage efficiency, and Devastate to replace what pre-endgame is the bread-and-butter Warrior tanking ability (Sunder Armor) and is also very useful in solo PvE.

Efficiency Build Edit

The Efficiency Build (11/7/43) is designed around strong debuffing and maximum rage-efficiency. The combination of Focused Rage, Improved Sunder Armor, Improved Heroic Strike, and Anger Management mean that this warrior will have a 9-rage Devastate, a 10-rage Heroic Strike and will be generating an extra 20 rage a minute while in combat. The further addition of 2/5 Improved Demoralizing Shout will allow the warrior to reduce even raid boss' attack power to 0, without relying on a DPS warrior or off-tank (further points in the talent are not beneficial unless Curse of Recklessness is used).

Mitigation Build Edit

The Mitigation Build (8/5/48) is designed to get every last scrap of mitigation out of the Protection tree. The key talents here are Improved Shield Wall and Improved Defensive Stance. Good use of Shield Wall can prevent a wipe by allowing you to either survive anticipated burst damage, or give your healers time to get your health back up to a reasonable level. Improved Shield Wall gives your healers 5 more seconds to get things under control. Improved Defensive Stance provides you with 6% mitigation from magic damage. While most of the damage a tank will take is physical, there are several fights such as Hydross the Unstable where the tank will be taking substantial elemental damage.

Hybrid Edit

Hybrid Protection Build [19/11/31] Edit

This build, (19/11/31), mixes some damage dealing abilities with the most important Protection talents, namely Shield Slam, which is one of the most important aggro-generating and damage-dealing abilities. This build is not best used by main tanks, but it will serve well enough as tank in most 5-man instances or for off-tanking while still dealing decent DPS.

Casual Fury/Tank [13/34/14] Edit

This hybrid build This hybrid build is for those who like to solo grind, instance DPS when they can, and tank when needed. There's a lot of wiggle room to mix and match your favorite lower tier talents, but the deep tree core choices are Anger Management/Imp Overpower, Bloodthirst/Precision, and Defiance/Last Stand.

Impale Tank Build [19/5/37] Edit

This is a great OT spec for warriors that will be doing more than just tanking. It will put out DPS within 10% or less that of Dual Wield Fury with similar gear. With the Shaman Windfury Totem nerf, this build will probably come out very high on DPS. The real strength of this build is rage efficiency and spammable Heroic Strikes. You also have to figure a flat 10% damage boost across the board with 1h spec. Battle stance is the only stance used when soloing, swapping out between dual wield and shield depending on the mob. When in groups and not tanking, stay in Battle Stance if you want the benefit of Improved Overpowers (more likely to happen when dual wielding) or go Beserker for the crit boost.

Deathwish/Shield Slam Edit

This build (21/5/35) came up with moving deathwish to arms and the new Zul'Aman drops with lots of block value in 2.3, its simply an advancement to the impale tank build which allows for you to hit shield slams as hard (if not harder) than a typical Bloodthirst or Mortal strike (some crit over 3000 on average if you get you block value over 800), getting the Gnomeregan Autoblocker from heroic badges is highly recommended. Deathwish is also useful as a tank since it can be used in defensive stance. Points can be moved in arms and prot to make it more pve friendly as well.

The Semi-Tough (0/30/31)Edit

The purpose of this build is to enable a warrior to tank when needed, while maintaining enough damage to solo and quest without frustration. It is designed for the warrior who quests regularly and tanks regularly, but who doesn't want to spend a great deal on respecs—like the tank who seeks to buy an epic flying mount, or grind Netherwing reputation. It therefore focuses on white damage, seeking to milk as much out the stackable One-Handed Weapon Specialization and Dual Wield Specialization, while giving the warrior access to both full Flurry and Shield Slam.

It is useful chiefly to warriors who use one handed weapon, and is meant to allow for easy transition between dual wielding and main hand plus shield. It is a very un-fiddly, un-bursty build: it lacks Death Wish and Rampage, and the only self-buff the warrior needs to maintain is Battle Shout.

A similar build is this build, which has the same intention as the build above: namely allowing for the warrior to tank or dps with only gear swaps rather than re-specs. For a 5% less chance of shield blocking, it provides the warrior with a 31 point instant attack (Bloodthirst) that can be used while either dual-wielding or with a shield (something the prior build lacks). If the loss of Shield Specialization is too much to bear, this build could suffice, though the loss of Improved Sunder Armor means less rage efficiency in the tanking process. ~Built and Submitted by Dorma (Eredar - US).

The unspecialised 21/14/21 +5 Edit

This is a build largely for a warrior who is just leveling to 70 and wants to tank or dps for normal instances, quest and be able to pvp at the same time [2] the remaining 5 talent points could be spent in enrage or a weapon specialisation, there is also a lot of flexibility with the low talent points for instance lossing shield specialisation to finish off anicipation and get imp bloodrage. The main advantages of this build are the versatility have a stun available with Concussion Blow making you feel a bit like a paladin in pvp along with good damage mitigation, fear immunity, survival talents and an aoe slow. There is also a wider choice of gear available to you since you have no specific requirements. The obvious disadvantage is the lack of deep talents in any field, certainly the lack of Mortal Strike limits possible arena use and the lack of Shield Slam limits tanking for high level instances due to low aggro generation. This is essentially "a gearing spec" for 70s.

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