In this section of our Warrior's guide, we take a look at the various weapons and armor your Warrior can equip!
Warriors have the ability to use every weapon type in the game, except wands. Whether dual wielding, using a hand weapon and shield, or a two handed weapon, this class provides maximum flexibility in all aspects of offensive and defensive combat. They can use:
- Maces (both one and two handed)
- Swords (both one and two handed)
- Axes (both one and two handed)
- Fist weapons
- Throwing Weapons
Know that your ranged weapons' only job is to pull mobs closer to you or to a group, so when looking for what to go with, look at the stats that it has, like stamina. Though you may only use it a few times, the stat bonus stays with you the entire time. This outweighs the need for high DPS.
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Armor & Armor Sets
Warriors are allowed any type of armor in the game after level 40. They may wear all armor but platemail before 40, then are allowed platemail once they reach level 40.
In my personal experience, try and keep, or save some of your mail armour when you hit 40, and don't switch everything you are wearing to plate. Think of it this way, you have just spent the last 40 levels collecting the best mail the game has to offer at that point, and should you go to the Auction House the moment you ding 40 and spend needed money on a full set of plate, that plate will be bottom end, though the Armor Count (AC) is a little higher. Keep the mail you have until you find something WORTHWHILE stats -wise to replace it with.
Once accessible, plate makes your Warrior truly formidable as a tank character. Depending on your character role, you will be aiming for different things out of your armor. If you are primarily a tank, then AC, Defense skill, and Stamina are the primary issues. If you are playing a DPS powerhouse, aim for items with bonuses to Agility, Crit chance, and Strength.
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Best Warrior Equipment
Warrior stats will depend on the role you want to play in a group.
Regardless of which role you want to take, Stamina is your number one stat. Stamina increases your health points. Both tanking warriors and dps warriors can use a high amount of health. Many raiding guilds will look at a warrior's stamina when deciding eligibility for entrance to their guild.
Agility and Strength are secondary to Stamina. Agility will increase your armor and your critical hit chance, making it a useful stat for warriors who are planning on tanking. Strength increases your attack power and block chance, making it most useful for dps warriors.
When you begin to find gear specialized to the role you are wanting to play, you will look more at your effects than you will your stats.
A tanking warrior will want a high hit rating and a high defense rating. You want to be able to keep your enemy's attention on you and to sustain as much damage as possible from the enemy. Effects that increase the block rating of your shield will help as well. Speed in a one-handed weapon is also useful. The speed is to help you hit faster, therefore generate rage faster.
A dps warrior will want an increased critical strike rating. If you are using a two-handed weapon, hit rating will be useful as well. This enables you to have a higher chance to land hits with your weapon and to do a lot of damage with each hit.
For a dual-wielding dps warrior, attack power and an increased critical strike rating are most helpful. This allows you to do as much damage as possible with every hit.
Each class has a different set of gear that is specifically for them and has some of the best stats in the game. Here are the names of each set and where most of the parts are located. If you're interested in the details of each set, then have a look at our Ten Ton Hammer Database where you can search and find any item you're looking for.
DS: Dungeon Set (Rare to Epic Quality)
Tier: Tiered Set (Epic Quality)
- DS1: Valor
Drops in various level sixty 5-man instances.
- DS2: Heroism
Obtained through a lengthy quest chain to upgrade DS1 gear. Complete information in Ten Ton Hammer's Guide to DS 2 Armor Sets.
- Tier 1: Might
Drops from bosses in the Molten Core.
- Tier 2: Wrath
Drops in Blackwing Lair and Onyxia's Lair.
- Tier 3: Dreadnaught
Available though quests and Drops in Naxxramas
- DS3: Bold
Drops in various level seventy 5-man instances. You can find a chart of where these items drop here: Dungeon Set 3 drop locations.
- Tier 4: Warbringer
Bought in Shattrath City - Drops from Karazhan, Gruul's Lair, and Magtheridon's Lair
- Tier 5: Destroyer
Bought in Shattrath City - Drops from various raid instances in Outland, like the Eye
You can find a list of all the items in the set at Blizzards set item site here: High Level Armor Sets .
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