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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.png

Warriors are melee fighters highly trained in the art of weaponry. Melee combat is the warrior's strongest skill. They are strong and quick on the battlefield. Depending on their specialization, a warrior can often deal very high damage or be tough to kill. Warrior abilities depend on rage generation. This is different to all but one melee class, the bear form druid. Rage for Arms and Fury is generated through auto-attacks, while rage for Protection warriors is generated primarily through taking damage.

Warriors wear plate, and at level 50 they receive [Plate Specialization]. They are able to use shields, wear a variety of armor, and wield any weapon with the exception of wands. Warrior is one of the two classes playable by all races, Hunter being the other.


See also: List of warriors

As long as war is waged on Azeroth, there will be men and women who fight those wars. Warriors are no mere sword-swingers; they are skilled combatants, combining strength of arm, knowledge of weaponry, and practiced maneuvers to slice or bludgeon their foes into little red bits. Warriors are 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. They charge into the heart of the battle and survive the most grievous of wounds. Warriors are common in dwarf, Forsaken, human, and orc societies, but many other species also fill their ranks with warriors. 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] 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


Main article: Warrior races

The warrior class can be played by the following races:

Race Strength Agility Stamina Intellect Spirit Armor Health
Horde Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 20 22 20 24 19 ? ?
Horde ForsakenForsaken Forsaken 22 18 22 18 25 36 60
Horde GoblinGoblin Goblin World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 20 22 22 23 18 ? ?
Horde OrcOrc Orc 26 17 23 17 22 34 70
Horde TaurenTauren Tauren 28 16 23 16 22 32 71
Horde TrollTroll Troll 24 22 22 16 21 44 60
Alliance DraeneiDraenei Draenei World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 24 17 22 20 22 34 60
Alliance DwarfDwarf Dwarf 28 16 23 19 19 32 70
Alliance GnomeGnome Gnome 18 22 22 24 20 44 60
Alliance HumanHuman Human 23 20 22 20 20 40 60
Alliance Night elfNight elf Night elf 19 24 22 20 20 48 60
Both 15.png PandarenPandaren Pandaren World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 23 18 23 19 22 37 133
Alliance WorgenWorgen Worgen World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 26 22 22 16 19 98 60

Before the release of Cataclysm, blood elf players were the only race that could not be warriors, though they were 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.

Alliance Alliance races
  • Dwarves: [Stoneform] removes poison, disease, and bleed effects, and decreases damage taken by a short period of time. Both of these can be very useful in PvE and PvP fights. The additional [Frost Resistance] is always useful, as a warrior's sworn enemy is the frost mage.
  • Gnomes: [Escape Artist] can be very useful, primarily in PvP situations, but also in PvE situations. Warriors, the prototypical tank, often have to lead mobs and bosses away from 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 before they have any idea as to what happened.
  • Humans: Humans gain the "racial PvP trinket" – [Every Man for Himself] – effectively freeing up a trinket slot which warriors might find more useful.
  • 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, allowing them to stealth to avoid mob detection (more useful for solo play), or to get out of combat when about to die. In PvP settings Shadowmeld can be devastating, for the night elf warrior can operate as a rogue, attacking from a stealthed position! An additional bonus to Shadowmeld is the ability to temporarily drop threat in combat.
Neutral races (before faction choice)
Horde Horde races
  • Blood elves: Their racial abilities focus on magic and its disruption. Spell casters, especially healers, will learn to loathe the blood elf warrior. [Arcane Resistance] provides them defense against arcane-based attacks, while [Arcane Torrent] silences any spell caster within range.
  • Forsaken: The increased [shadow resistance] is always useful, as is [Cannibalize], which can rapidly increase your health, thereby saving your healer's mana. [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; it removes charm, fear, and sleep effects. Forsaken also have a passive [damaging ability] that strips health from the enemy.
  • Goblins: Tinkers at heart with an affinity for things that explode, goblin warriors fill a niche only an engineer could be jealous of. They use their rockets to not only [leap], but also to fire off a [barrage] into the faces of their enemies. And when they need to repair their armor, they always get the [Best Deals Anywhere]. Their [Time is Money] ability increases attack speed, helpful for any warrior.
  • Orcs: [Hardiness] reduces stun duration, which can save a warrior in PvP settings, or save their group in PvE settings. [Blood Fury] increases attack power.
  • Tauren: [War Stomp] is very important in providing an early stun to young warriors, especially useful against casters or other enemies that may have a long-cast attack. [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.
  • Trolls: [Berserking] increases attack speed by 20% for 10 seconds, useful for all warriors. [Health regeneration] in combat can help keep you alive during PvP fights or boss battles, and the increased healing can reduce down time for soloing players. [Da Voodoo Shuffle] reduces the duration of movement impairing effects by 15%. [Beast Slaying] gives a small boost against beasts.
Since the release of Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria, worgen, goblins, blood elves, and pandaren are able to become warriors, giving every race in the game access to warriors.


Battle-hardened masters of two-handed weapons, using mobility and overpowering attacks to strike their opponents down.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Mastery
  • Strength
  • Versatility
  • Haste
  • Critical Strike

Mortal Strike

Ability Min Level
Mortal Strike 10
Colossus Smash 20
Cleave 22
Hamstring 32
Tactician 34
Die by the Sword 36
Whirlwind 40
Ability Min Level
Cleave (2) 55
Bladestorm 65
Intimidating Shout 70
Mastery: Colossal Might 78
Commanding Shout 80
Furious berserkers wielding a weapon in each hand, unleashing a flurry of attacks to carve their opponents to pieces.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Strength
  • Haste (to 50%)
  • Mastery
  • Versatility
  • Critical Strike
  • Haste


Raging Blow

Ability Min Level
Bloodthirst 10
Furious Slash 10
Titan's Grip 10
Rampage 12
Enrage (warrior ability) 14
Raging Blow 20
Furious Slash (2) 22
Execute (2) 28
Piercing Howl 32
Ability Min Level
Enraged Regeneration 36
Whirlwind 40
Whirlwind (2) 55
Intimidating Shout 70
Mastery: Unshackled Fury 78
Commanding Shout 80
Stalwart protectors who use a shield to safeguard themselves and their allies.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Strength
  • Versatility
  • Mastery
  • Haste
  • Critical Strike

Shield Slam

Shield Block

Ability Min Level
Shield Slam 10
Devastate 10
Thunder Clap 14
Shield Block 20
Revenge 22
Intercept 28
Last Stand 32
Shield Slam (2) 34
Ability Min Level
Deep Wounds 36
Shield Block (2) 38
Ignore Pain 40
Demoralizing Shout 48
Shield Wall 55
Mastery: Critical Block 78
Spell Reflection 80


Note: Players technically start in Arms spec; if a player chooses another specialization at level 10, Fury and Protection lose Slam; Protection loses Charge and Execute; Fury loses Victory Rush.


Ability Min Level
Slam Starts with
Charge 3
Victory Rush 5
Execute 8
Taunt 13
Ability Min Level
Heroic Throw 17
Pummel 24
Heroic Leap 26
Berserker Rage 42
Battle Cry 50
Level Abilities (choose one)
15 Arms Dauntless
Fury War Machine
Protection (Warrior) Shockwave
Arms Overpower
Fury Endless Rage
Protection (Warrior) Storm Bolt
Arms Sweeping Strikes
Fury Fresh Meat
Protection (Warrior) Warbringer (warrior talent)
30 ArmsFury Shockwave
Protection (Warrior) Impending Victory
ArmsFury Storm Bolt
Protection (Warrior) Inspiring Presence
ArmsFury Double Time
Protection (Warrior) Safeguard
45 Arms Fervor of Battle
Fury Wrecking Ball (warrior talent)
Protection (Warrior) Renewed Fury
Arms Rend
Fury Outburst
Protection (Warrior) Ultimatum
Avatar (warrior talent)
60 Arms Second Wind (warrior talent)
Fury Furious Charge
Protection (Warrior) Warlord's Challenge
Bounding Stride Arms Defensive Stance
Fury Warpaint
Protection (Warrior) Crackling Thunder
75 Arms In For The Kill
Fury Massacre (warrior talent)
Protection (Warrior) Best Served Cold
Arms Mortal Combo
Fury Frothing Berserker
Protection (Warrior) Never Surrender
Arms Focused Rage
Fury Carnage (warrior talent)
Protection (Warrior) Indomitable (warrior talent)
90 Arms Deadly Calm
Fury Bloodbath
Protection (Warrior) Vengeance (warrior talent)
Arms Trauma
Fury Frenzy (warrior talent)
Protection (Warrior) Into the Fray
Arms Titanic Might
Fury Inner Rage
Protection (Warrior) Booming Voice
100 ArmsProtection (Warrior) Anger Management
Fury Bladestorm
Arms Opportunity Strikes
Fury Reckless Abandon
Protection (Warrior) Heavy Repercussions
Arms Ravager (warrior talent)
Fury Dragon Roar
Protection (Warrior) Ravager (warrior talent)
Name Specialization
Glyph of Burning Anger All
Glyph of Falling Thunder All
Glyph of Gushing Wound Protection (Warrior) Protection
Glyph of Hawk Feast ArmsFury Arms, Fury
Glyph of Mighty Victory ArmsProtection (Warrior) Arms, Protection
Glyph of the Blazing Savior Protection (Warrior) Protection
Glyph of the Blazing Trail ArmsFury Arms, Fury
Glyph of the Weaponmaster All
Glyph of Thunder Strike Protection (Warrior) Protection
Honor Level Talent
1 Gladiator's Medallion
2 ArmsFury Hardiness (honor talent), Protection (Warrior) Relentless Assault
4 ArmsFury Death Row, Protection (Warrior) Mass Spell Reflection
6 Rage Machine
8 Arms Intercept, Fury Barbarian (honor talent), Protection (Warrior) Leave No Man Behind
10 Arms Wrecking Crew, Fury Slaughterhouse (honor talent), Protection (Warrior) Thunderstruck
13 Adaptation (honor talent)
16 ArmsFury Reinforced Armor, Protection (Warrior) Oppressor
19 ArmsFury Blood Hunt, Protection (Warrior) Sword and Board
22 ArmsFury Spell Reflection, Protection (Warrior) Tenderizer
25 Arms Shadow Colossus, Fury Battle Trance (honor talent), Protection (Warrior) Morale Killer
28 Arms Echo Slam, Fury Endless Rage, Protection (Warrior) Warpath
31 Relentless (honor talent)
34 ArmsFury Sparring (honor talent), Protection (Warrior) Softened Blows
37 ArmsFury Death Sentence, Protection (Warrior) Bodyguard (honor talent)
40 Ready for Battle
43 Arms Pain Train, Fury Thirst for Battle, Protection (Warrior) Shield Bash
46 Arms Sharpen Blade, Fury Death Wish, Protection (Warrior) Dragon Charge

Suggested professions

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  • Blacksmithing [Blacksmithing] and Mining [Mining] are logical choices for any plate armor wearing class. This allows crafting decent armor as one levels and sometimes good weapons also.
  • Alchemy [Alchemy] and Herbalism [Herbalism] can be useful for quick potion heals and various buffs from elixirs and flasks. These professions are also good all around for making money and supplying guild runs.
  • Cooking [Cooking] is good for any non-healing class for non-combat health regeneration and provides good buff foods.
  • First Aid [First Aid] is good for any non-healing class for in-combat health regeneration and low downtime regeneration.
  • Fishing [Fishing] is good for leveling cooking.

End-game expectations

Warriors are a hybrid class capable of filling two major roles in groups or raids. They can specialize into Arms or Fury to focus on Damage or specialize into Protection to focus on survivability to tank.


Main article: Warriors as tanks

Since Vanilla WoW, Warriors have been valued as tanks. Back then, protection warriors were considered the only class viable enough to tank high end raids. Nearly every raid, if not all, required a protection warrior to tank. As time went on, other classes have become viable enough to tank raids. This does not mean protection warriors have become less valued. Protection warriors and their high armor, damage reduction, and high block chance are always welcomed in any raid group.


Warriors can choose two DPS specs: Arms or Fury. Arms focuses on wielding a two-handed weapon and high direct damage while Fury focuses on dual wielding two weapons and enraging to increase damage.


Orc warrior



See also

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Legion Patch 7.0.3 (19-Jul-2016): Warriors and Paladins can now equip Plate armor from level 1 (down from level 40).


  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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