Warrior Talents

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The warrior has three talent trees: Arms, Fury, and Protection. Whichever you choose to specialize in will set you in a specific direction, distinguishing you from the other warriors. You can be a invulnerable tank, a two-handed weapon wielding heavy hitter, a quick dual-wielding rage machine, or a mixture of any of the three. Here is a basic overview of each of the three trees:

Arms: The most popular tree, Arms specializes in two-handed weapons (and weapon proficiency in general, hence the name Arms). If your dream Warrior wields a slow two-handed weapon, doing massive damage each hit, this is the tree for you. The end-tier talent, Mortal Strike (a viscious strike that deals weapon damage plus 160 [at level 60] to the target), is specifically geared towards high-damage two-handed weapons. For that reason, Warriors who specialize in this tree will be using primarily two-handed weapons of whatever type they specialize in (Axes, Swords, Maces, or Polearms). Arms is also regarded by many high level Warriors as the best tree to specialize in for PvP.

Some Arms essentials:
• Deflection (although some builds do not include this talent, most behoove from taking it)
• Tactical Mastery (a must for all builds, whether you plan on being the ultimate tank or PvPer)

Fury: Fury is the high-damage, high rage tree. There are some talents, such as Dual-Wield Specialization, Flurry, and Bloodthirst, that make it geared more towards dual-wielders. However, there are other talents, such as Improved Slam, that can make it a good tree for two-handed weapon users. However, with the change of Bloodthirst in patch 1.6, there are few 2h Fury Warriors anymore; it is basically an exclusively dual-wield tree.

Some Fury essentials:
• Cruelty (very few builds should ever be without this talent)

Protection: This tree is good for one thing, and one thing only: tanking. Anyone who wants to be the ultimate tank should specialize in this tree. While you lose much of your soling and PvP capability, you gain a lot of tanking ability. However, it should be noted that any Warrior can tank; just Protection Warriors do it better, and Protection Warriors are basically required for some of the high-level raid encounters. The same goes for soloing (except vice-versa). The tree is geared towards damage mitigation (often through shields), stuns, and maintaining aggro.

There aren't any real "essentials" in Protection. There are quite a few nice talents, but for some builds, they just aren't worth getting. For tanking, Anticipation, Shield Specialization, Toughness, Defiance, and Improved Shield Block are all quite nice talents. Also, the Improved Blood Rage to Last Stand line can be quite useful.

Some sample talent builds:

The Arms/Fury Mortal Strike (MS) Build:

 
 


Fury Mastery
Cruelty Rank 5
Improved Demoralizing Shout Rank 5
Piercing Howl Rank 1
Blood Craze Rank 3
Improved Battle Shout Rank 1
Enrage Rank 5
Fury Total:20

Arms Mastery
Deflection Rank 2
Improved Rend Rank 3
Tactical Mastery Rank 5
Anger Management Rank 1
Improved Overpower Rank 2
Deep Wounds Rank 3
Two-handed Weapon Specialization Rank 3
Impale Rank 2
Axe Specialization Rank 5
Sweeping Strikes Rank 1
Improved Hamstring Rank 3
Mortal Strike Rank 1
Arms Total:31

Total
Total Points Spent: 51
Level Required: 60

This is a very strong build for soloing and PvP. It focuses on dealing large amounts of damage with high damage per hit two-handed weapons. You can substitute Axe Specialization with whatever weapon type hits your fancy, but Axes are very good, as the 5% to land a critical strike works well with Deep Wounds and Impale, and Axes are the slowest weapons, with the highest damage per hit (which works well with MS, as it depends on your damage per hit).

The Fury/Arms Dual-Wield Build:

 
 


Fury Mastery
Cruelty Rank 5
Unbridled Wrath Rank 5
Piercing Howl Rank 1
Improved Battle Shout Rank 4
Dual Wield Specialization Rank 3
Enrage Rank 5
Improved Intercept Rank 2
Death Wish Rank 1
Improved Berserker Rage Rank 2
Flurry Rank 5
Bloodthirst Rank 1
Fury Total: 34

Arms Mastery
Improved Heroic Strike Rank 3
Improved Rend Rank 3
Tactical Mastery Rank 5
Anger Management Rank 1
Deep Wounds Rank 3
Impale Rank 2
Arms Total: 17

Total
Total Points Spent: 51
Level Required: 60

This build focuses on dealing lots of damage by dual-wielding. This build grants the highest amount of rage. It is an alternative to soloing and PvP from the oh so common MS build. This particular build, however, is aimed primarily at PvE damage. Typically, Fury is viewed as better (than Arms) at sustained damage, and therefore it is viewed as superior for PvE DPS. However, Arms is typically viewed as superior for PvP, as it has higher burst damage, or the ability to unload lots of damage in a short period of time (Arms is well-known to 3-shot cloth-wearers in the time it takes for an Intercept Stun to wear off).

The Raid Tank Protection Build:

 
 


Fury Mastery
Cruelty Rank 5
Improved Demoralizing Shout Rank 5
Piercing Howl Rank 1
Fury Total: 11

Protection Mastery
Shield Specialization Rank 5
Anticipation Rank 5
Toughness Rank 5
Improved Bloodrage Rank 2
Last Stand Rank 1
Improved Shield Block Rank 1
Defiance Rank 5
Concussion Blow Rank 1
One-Handed Weapon Specialization Rank 5
Shield Slam Rank 1
Protection Total: 31

Arms Mastery
Deflection Rank 5
Tactical Mastery Rank 4
Arms Total: 9

Total
Total Points Spent: 51
Level Required: 60

This build, needless to say, is best for raid tanking. You will be the ultimate tank using this build. However, it is not very effective at soloing or PvP. In some PvP situations, however, such as Warsong Gulch or Alterac Valley, it can be useful to have a Protection Warrior.


The "31/5/15" Arms/Fury/Protection Hybrid Build

Fury Mastery
Cruelty Rank 5

Arms Mastery
Deflection Rank 5
Improved Rend Rank 3
Tactical Mastery Rank 5
Improved Overpower Rank 2
Anger Management Rank 1
Deep Wounds Rank 3
Two-Handed Weapon Specialization Rank 3
Impale Rank 2
Sweeping Strikes Rank 1/1
Sword Specialization Rank 5/5
Mortal Strike Rank 1/1

Protection Mastery
Anticipation Rank 5
Toughness Rank 5
Defiance Rank 5

This build, the "31/5/15" build, is a good hybrid build. For those of you thinking, "I want to solo well and be able to hold my own on the PvP battlefield, but still be able to tank better than your average Warrior," this build is perfect for you. You have Mortal Strike and the whole Arms greatness, minus Piercing Howl, Improved Battle Shout (or Blood Craze), and Enrage (being nerfed to 25% bonus damage in patch 1.9). As of 1.9, this build becomes even more desirable over the classic 31/20 Arms/Fury build. The fifteen points in Protection can be changed to suit your own tastes, as Shield Specialization and Anticipation are both good talents and either pick will suit you well (and if you choose Shield Specialization you may have a point in Improved Shield Block, which is nice). This is the most common version of the build, however.


To calculate your own talent builds before actually doing the talents ingame, use the wowhead.com talent calculator.

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