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The Best Fury Warrior Build for WoW Classic

The Best Fury Warrior Build for WoW Classic

Check out the best possible setup for your Fury Warrior in WoW Classic when it comes to PvE DPS

Fury Warrior PvE DPS Build
Odealo's Pocket Guide for WoW Classic

Warrior

You can find all our Pocket Guides for other World of Warcraft classes right here: Best WoW Classic Builds

If you have just started your Warrior Character, you may want to check out our Warrior leveling Guide first

 

Build Overview

While leveling a Warrior to 60 is a tough challenge, players who manage to do it are rewarded with a Class that has the most potential in the game (both for Tanking and Damage Dealing). For the most part, Fury Warriors top DPS meters in Classic and scale very well with Gear, which means that they get even better as the game progresses through Raid Tiers. However, the fact that the Class does well in the End-Game is wide known, which results in an abundance of Warriors and potentially a substantial difficulty in finding a strong Raiding Guild. Another side effect of Warrior's popularity and clearly visible strength is the fact that solid gear is hard to get, as competition for it is always fierce (there will be multiple Fury Warriors in every Raid and all of them will want exact same items). If you want to main a Fury Warrior, you have to be one of the best Fury Warriors out there, otherwise, you will drown in a sea of other Rage users.

 Pros  Cons
 Scales very well with Gear  High Gear dependance (badly geared Warrior deals rather low DPS)
 Very high DPS potential, especially  with proper itemization  Very slow and difficult to level solo
 Can act as an Off-Tank in Raids and as the Main Tank in 5-mans if needed (a spare Tanking Set might be required, however)  The most popular class in the game. Getting gear in Raids (or even finding a Raid/Guild) might be a real problem
 Strong in PvP as well, especially with a pocket Healer  The abundance of Fury Warriors may force you to eventually roll as a Tank
 Very high Skill-cap, not only in PvP (Warrior is a great class for minmaxers)  High repair bills will burn a large hole in your Wallet, especially during Raid progression


The Best Race Choice

Note: Here, we will point you only towards the best PvE DPS Warrior Race. If you'd like to know more about other race picks, please check our WoW Classic Beginners Guide, where we dive deep into all available Warrior's race choices for both factions.

Alliance
Alliance
If you want your Racials to affect your DPS, there is only one choice in Alliance and it is Human. His Sword and Mace Specializations give him a considerable edge over other available allied races. They decrease your chance to miss an attack, reduce enemy's chance to dodge, block, and parry, and most of all, reduce glancing blow (glancing blows deal damage reduced in proportion to the difference between Target's defense skill and Attaker's weapon skill) penalty, which is huge for DPS.
Horde
Horde
Classic's racials are not too balanced. This clearly shows when you look at the ones available to the Horde and see that Undead, Troll, and Tauren can't really compete with Orc. He's Axe Specialization and Blood Fury have the highest impact on DPS, leaving all other Horde Races far behind. Moreover, Orc's Stun-Resist passive makes him great in PvP as well, so you don't even have to make any compromises between PvP and PvE when picking a Race on the Horde side.

The Best Professions Choice

There is only one profession that makes a real impact in Raids and it is Engineering (Alchemy is also a decent option, but you can buy Flasks, Elixirs, and Potions from other players, which makes it much less impactful). It gives you access to powerful explosives that increase your AoE and Single-Target DPS. On top of that, it lets you create and use Gnomish Battle Chicken Trinket that summons a Guardian Chicken that fights at your side and has a chance on hit to cast a "Battle Squawk" which boosts Melee attack speed of all Party members by 5%, making it a must-have in every competitive group. The fact that Engineering is also considered the best PvP profession is an added benefit to its power in PvE environment.

At the start, you should pick Mining to supplement your Engineering Skill, you can always switch it to another profession of your liking later on.

Note: If you want to know more about all available professions and secondary skills, please check our detailed WoW Classic Professions Guide.

Statistics Priority

  1. Weapon Stats -  Warrior's DPS depends primarily on his Weapons. You should aim to upgrade them before upgrading any other gear piece. The most important Weapon Stat to look for, as a Fury Warrior, is the  Weapon's DPS.
  1. Weapon Skill - Increases your chance to Hit, decreases enemy's chance to Block, Dodge, and Parry, and counteracts Glancing Blow Penalty. You should aim to get 308 Weapon Skill (if you pick Orc/Human, all you'll need is 3 additional points).
  1. Hit Chance - Increases your chance to Hit a Target, which positively affects your DPS (both directly as more hits = more damage, and indirectly as more hits = more Rage = more Special Attacks = more damage).
  1. Critical Strike -  Gives you a chance to deal additional (critical) Damage with all your attacks. It also effectively increases the uptime of your Flurry.
  1. Attack Power/Strength -  Increases Damage you deal to your enemies. Warrior's Strength to Damage proportion is calculated as follows: 1 Str = 2 AP, and 14 AP = 1 Weapon DPS (so, 7 Str = 1 Weapon DPS).
  1. Agility - Increases your Critical Strike chance, providing you with higher Flurry uptimes and generally increasing your DPS.

 

The Best Talent Builds

Proper Talent allocation is essential for maximizing Damage output. Here, we will describe the most optimal spec and lead you through the Talent Trees level-by-level to explain some choices.

There are two paths to choose - the standard Dual Wield build that provides the highest sustained DPS and an alternative Two-Handed build that can be used if you happen upon a solid Two-Handed Weapon that is clearly better than your current One Handers. Moreover, the Two-Handed build is a good choice at the start, because of lower Hit requirements (with a Two-Handed weapon, you ignore dual-wielding Hit chance penalty), especially on Horde's side thanks to the Windfury Totem.

Fury Warrior Dual Wield PvE DPS Build
Talent allocation for Dual Wielding

Arms Tree:

  • 3/3 Improved Heroic Strike
  • 3/3 Improved Rend
  • 5/5 Tactical Mastery - Very strong Talent that enables you to swap stances during combat without any significant Rage loss. Without it, Stance Dancing would not be possible.
  • 1/1 Anger Management - This talent might surprise you because it has a property that is not shown in the tooltip. It generates 1 point of Rage every 3 seconds, making it one of the strongest Warrior Talents. It also synergizes well with Bloodrage, allowing you to stack on Rage before combat starts.
  • 3/3 Deep Wounds - Bleeding effects ignore Armor, making this Talent even better than it looks.
  • 2/2 Impale - This provides you with 20% Critical Strike Damage bonus from all your abilities for just 2 Talent points, a bargain to say the least.

Fury Tree:

  • 5/5 Cruelty - Warrior has a very strong Critical Strike synergy, so there is no real alternative here.
  • 5/5 Unbridled Wrath - 40% chance to generate 1 point of Rage after dealing melee Damage with a Weapon. Strong Talent that synergizes with Dual-Wielding (2 weapons = more hits = more Rage generated with it).
  • 5/5 Improved Battle Shout - This is an altruistic choice, as it lets you boost your group's DPS (if it consists of melee characters, as it should) at the cost of a global Cooldown and 10 Rage.
  • 5/5 Dual Wielding Specialization - This decreases Off-Hand weapon Damage penalty, making it deal 62,5% damage instead of standard 50%.
  • 2/2 Improved Execute
  • 5/5 Enrage - Great Talent for PvP, and a "don't really want to spend my points on nothing, but I have to if I want to unlock the next one" Talent for PvE. However, it has some minor applications when you are forced to act as an off-Tank.
  • 1/1 Death Wish - Very strong offensive Cooldown. Just be careful when you use it during AoE-heavy encounters.
  • 5/5 Flurry - The reason why you spent 5 points on Enrage. If you have a decent Critical Strik chance, this will significantly boost your DPS. After gearing up in higher Raid Tiers, you'll be able to maintain Flurry at all times.
  • 1/1 Bloodthirst - Powerful instant ability on a short Cooldown, and a strong DPS contributor with a very minor Health regen effect attached.

Fury Warrior Two-Hander PvE DPS Build
Talent Allocation for Two-Handed weapons

Arms Tree:

  • 2/3 Improved Heroic Strike
  • 3/3 Improved Rend
  • 5/5 Tactical Mastery
  • 1/2 Improved Overpower - makes your Overpower Crit 25% more often, making it worth a Stance swap. Remember to use it when at low Rage or you will lose DPS. It also works as a reliable Flurry activator.
  • 1/1 Anger Management
  • 3/3 Deep Wounds 
  • 3/5 Two-Handed Weapon Specialization - Flat Damage increase, sadly you can't afford to spend more than 3 points on it.
  • 2/2 Impale 

Fury Tree:

  • 5/5 Cruelty
  • 5/5 Unbridled Wrath
  • 3/3 Improved Cleave - This Talent increases your Cleave Damage by a bit. Even though it only increases Bonus, not total Cleave's Damage, it still beats other choices when it comes to DPS boost.
  • 1/1 Piercing Howl - This can be used to CC adds if needed (some additional utility is always nice).
  • 1/5 Improved Battle Shout - point has to go somewhere.
  • 5/5 Enrage 
  • 4/5 Improved Slam - Slam deals Weapon Damage which makes it very strong with a slow Two-Handed Weapon and this Talent significantly decreases Slam's Casting Time. Also, Slam does not eat a Weapon Swing, unlike Heroic Strike, which makes it preferable as a Rage spender ability.
  • 1/1 Death Wish 
  • 5/5 Flurry
  • 1/1 Bloodthirst 

 

Where to get Pre-Raid/Raid BiS Gear

In order to maximize your DPS, you should aim to assemble the best possible Gear. This applies to both Pre-Raid and each of the Raid Tiers/Phases. Also, remember that it is the armament that gives the highest DPS boost, so you should start by getting the best warrior weapons available. Below, we present you the BiS (Bst-in-slot) list for all equipment slots.

Note1: The list will be updated with new items concurrently with the introduction of new Raids/Phases, so remember to visit this page after new Raid opens for an update on what current best Warrior items in each lot are.

Note2: Best in Slot items may vary depending on your Race, because of Weapon Skill-increasing Racials (Swords and Maces will be better for Humans and Axes will be better for Orcs).

The Best Warrior Items
Weapon (MH)
  • Pre-Raid - Ironfoe (Drop from Emperor Dagran Thaurissan, Blackrock Depths) / Dal'Rend's Sacred Charge (Drop from Warchief Rend Blackhand, Upper Blackrock Spire)
  • Phase 1 - Ironfoe / Deathbringer / Vis'kag the Bloodletter (Last two drop from Onyxia, Onyxia's Lair)
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Weapon (OH)
  • Pre-Raid - Felstriker / Dal'Rend's Tribal Guardian (Both drop from Warchief Rend Blackhand, Upper Blackrock Spire) 
  • Phase 1 - Brutality Blade (Drop from Garr, Molten Core)
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Weapon (2H)
  • Pre-Raid - Blackbone of Shahram (Drop from General Drakkisath, Upper Blackrock Spire) / Arcanite Reaper (Blacksmithing Recipe)
  • Phase 1 - Bonereaver's Edge (Drop from Ragnaros, Upper Molten Core)
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Ranged
  • Pre-Raid - Blackcrow / Riphook (Both drop from Shadow Hunter Vosh'gajin, Lower Blackrock Spire) 
  • Phase 1 - Striker's Mark (Drop from Magmadar, Molten Core)
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Trinket 1
  • Pre-Raid - Hand of Justice (Drop from Emperor Dagran Thaurissan, Blackrock Depths)
  • Phase 1 - Hand of Justice
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Trinket 2
  • Pre-Raid - Blackhand's Breadth (Quest Reward from "HordeFor the Horde!" / "AllianceGeneral Drakkisath's Demise", Upper Blackrock Spire)
  • Phase 1 - Blackhand's Breadth
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Neck
  • Pre-Raid - Mark of Fordring (Quest Reward from "In Dreams", Western Plaguelands)
  • Phase 1 - Onyxia Tooth Pendant (Quest Reward from "HordeFor All To See" / "AllianceCelebrating Good Times", Onyxia's Lair)
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Ring 1
  • Pre-Raid - Blackstone Ring (Drop from Princess Theradras, Maraudon)
  • Phase 1 - Blackstone Ring
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Ring 2
  • Pre-Raid - Painweaver Band (Drop from General Drakkisath, Upper Blackrock Spire)
  • Phase 1 - Painweaver Band / Quick Strine Ring (Drop from Multiple Bosses, Molten Core)
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Head
  • Pre-Raid - Lionheart Helm (Blacksmithing Recipe)
  • Phase 1 - Lionheart Helm
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Chest
  • Pre-Raid -  Savage Gladiator Chain (Drop from Gorosh the Dervish, Blackrock Depths)
  • Phase 1 - Savage Gladiator Chain
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Legs
  • Pre-Raid - Devilsaur Leggings (Leatherworking Recipe)
  • Phase 1 - Devilsaur Leggings
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Gloves
  • Pre-Raid - Devilsaur Gauntlets (Leatherworking Recipe) / Edgemaster's Handguards (if you don't have Weapon Skill racial; World Drop Epic)
  • Phase 1 - Devilsaur Gauntlets / Flameguard Gauntlets (Drop from Magmadar, Molten Core)
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Boots
  • Pre-Raid - Bloodmail Boots (Side Bosses, Scholomance)
  • Phase 1 - Bloodmail Boots
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Shoulders
  • Pre-Raid - Truestrike Shoulders (Drop from Pyroguard Emberseer, Upper Blackrock Spire)
  • Phase 1 - Truestrike Shoulders
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Wrists
  • Pre-Raid - Battleborn Armbraces (Drop from Warchief Rend Blackhand, Upper Blackrock Spire)
  • Phase 1 - Wristguards of Stability (Drop from Flamewalker Bosses, Molten Core)
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Belt
  • Pre-Raid - Brigam Girdle (Drop from General Drakkisath, Upper Blackrock Spire)
  • Phase 1 - Onslaught Girdle (Drop from Ragnaros, Molten Core)
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA
Back
  • Pre-Raid - Cape of the Black Baron (Drop from Baron Rivendare, Stratholme)
  • Phase 1 - Cape of the Black Baron
  • Phase 2 - TBA
  • Phase 3 - TBA
  • Phase 4 - TBA
  • Phase 5 - TBA
  • Phase 6 - TBA

 

The Best Enchants and Consumables

Proper enchants and consumables will greatly increase your Damage output. While getting enchants is a one-time-deal, farming consumables might be a real chore, but it is still worth it as numbers clearly show.

The Best Enchants
Weapon (MH) Enchant Weapon - Crusader (Chance to gain +125 Strength for 15 sec.)
Weapon (OH) Enchant Weapon - Crusader (Chance to gain +125 Strength for 15 sec.)
Weapon (2H) Enchant Weapon - Crusader (Chance to gain +125 Strength for 15 sec.)
Head Lesser Arcanum of Voracity (+8 Strength, available from Libram of Voracity Quest in Burning Steppes)
Chest Enchant Chest - Greater Stats (+4 to all stats)
Legs Lesser Arcanum of Voracity (+8 Strength, available from Libram of Voracity Quest in Burning Steppes)
Hands Enchant Gloves - Greater Strength (+ 7 Strength)
Feet Enchant Boots - Minor Speed (+8% Run Speed) or Enchant Boots - Greater Agility (+7 Agility)
Shoulders Chromatic Mantle of the Dawn (+5 to all Resistances)
Wrists Enchant Bracer - Superior Strength (+9 Strength)
Back Enchant Cloak - Lesser Agility (+3 Agility)

The Best Consumables
Blessed Sunfruit
Blessed Sunfruit
+15 Strength for 10 minutes. Available from the Argent Dawn quartermaster after reaching Revered reputation.
R.O.I.D.S.
R.O.I.D.S.
+25 Strength for 60 minutes. Reward from the Rage of Ages repeatable Quest in the Blasted Lands.
Dense Sharpening Stone
Dense Sharpening Stone
+8 Weapon Damage for 30 minutes. Can be bought on AH or directly from a Blacksmith.
Elixir of the Mongoose
Elixir of the Mongoose
+25 Agility and +2% Critical Strike Chance for 60 minutes. Can be bought on AH or directly from an Alchemist.
Juju Power
Juju Power
+30 Strength for 30 minutes. Reward from a reputable Quest available from NPC Witch Doctor Mau'ari, Everlook, Winterspring.
Juju Might
Juju Might
+40 Attack Power for 10 minutes. Reward from a reputable Quest available from NPC Witch Doctor Mau'ari, Everlook, Winterspring.
Winterfall Firewater
Winterfall Firewater
+35 Attack Power for 20 minutes. Drop from Winterfall Furbolgs in Winterpring (this is an alternative for JuJu Might, as the effects don't stack).
Mighty Rage Potion
Mighty Rage Potion
+ 45 to 75 Rage on a 2-minute Cooldown. Can be bought on AH or directly from an Alchemist.

 

Rotations

In Classic, Warriors don't have a strict rotation and use a priority list instead. This means that they don't have a build-up phase and can swap Targets quickly without losing DPS.

Please use the following Priority List for sustained Single-Target Damage output:

  1. Execute if Target below 20% Health
  1. Bloodthirst on Cooldown
  1. Whirlwind on Cooldown
  1. Heroic Strike / Slam(If using 2-Hander)  to dump excess Rage
Heroic Strike / Slam
  1. Hamstring to dump excess Rage
Hamstring
Please use the following Sequence while in the Multi-Target Engagement:
  1. Whirlwind on Cooldown
  1. Execute on priority Target if it is below 20% Health
  1. Bloodthirst on Cooldown
  1. Cleave to dumb excess Rage
Cleave
  1. Hamstring to dump excess Rage
Hamstring

 

Tips and Tricks for aspiring Warrior Raiders

  1. If you want to deal more Damage and stand out from your Raid competition, Stack Consumables. Spending some additional Gold or a few extra hours grinding might secure you a spot in a Raid, as Raid leaders prefer dedicated and well-prepared players.
  1. Use Macros. You should add a /startattack macro to all your offensive abilities. Other macros, like /cancelaura "x", Weapon Swaps (/equip "WeaponName") and even mouseovers (/cast [target=mouseover, exists] AbilityName; AbilityName) are worth considering as well.
  1. Always try to improve. Get an addon that tracks your performance and try to optimize your equipment and rotation.

 

END NOTE

This Guide should help you to prepare yourself for that legendary Vanilla  Raiding Experience and allow you to progress through Raid Tiers efficiently and with a good amount of fun.

We hope that you have found this guide useful and informative.  If we have missed a piece of information that is important to you, please let us know! 

Please do note that this is an early version of our guide, and we will be happy to receive constructive criticism, that will help us improve it, so leave your suggestions in the comments section below.

 

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