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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

Warriors are melee fighters highly trained in the art of weaponry. 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 is generated through damage being dealt to and by the warrior and is capped at 100.

Warriors can change between three combat stances: [Battle Stance], [Defensive Stance], and [Berserker Stance]. Stances give the class a fluid play style, allowing the player a variety of responses to any given PvE or PvP situation. Warriors can wear any type of armor, although they receive a bonus from [Plate Specialization] for wearing plate armor beginning at level 50, although they can wear Plate starting at level 40. They are able to use shields and can wield any weapon with the exception of wands.

Background

See also: List of warriors

As long as war is waged on Azeroth, there will be men and women who fight those wars. Warrior 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

Races

Main article: Warrior races

The warrior class can be played by the following races:

Race Strength Agility Stamina Intellect Spirit Armor Health
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Blood Elf Male IconSmall Blood Elf Female  Blood elf Bc icon 20 22 20 24 19  ?  ?
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Undead Male IconSmall Undead Female  Forsaken 22 18 22 18 25 36 60
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Goblin Male IconSmall Goblin Female  Goblin Cataclysm-Logo-Small 20 22 22 23 18  ?  ?
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Orc Male IconSmall Orc Female  Orc 26 17 23 17 22 34 70
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Tauren Male IconSmall Tauren Female  Tauren 28 16 23 16 22 32 71
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Troll Male IconSmall Troll Female  Troll 24 22 22 16 21 44 60
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Draenei Male IconSmall Draenei Female  Draenei Bc icon 24 17 22 20 22 34 60
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Dwarf Male IconSmall Dwarf Female  Dwarf 28 16 23 19 19 32 70
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Gnome Male IconSmall Gnome Female  Gnome 18 22 22 24 20 44 60
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Human Male IconSmall Human Female  Human 23 20 22 20 20 40 60
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall NightElf Male IconSmall NightElf Female  Night elf 19 24 22 20 20 48 60
Both 15 IconSmall Pandaren Male IconSmall Pandaren Female  Pandaren Mists-Logo-Small 23 18 23 19 22 37 133
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Worgen Male IconSmall Worgen Female  Worgen Cataclysm-Logo-Small 26 22 22 16 19 98 60

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

Official alliance mini-icon 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. Increased expertise with [maces] provides additional threat generation when using them.
  • 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: [Sword] and [Mace] specializations increase expertise with swords and maces by a small amount, which are two very popular warrior weapons. Humans also 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)
Official horde mini-icon 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: [Axe Specialization] increases expertise by a nominal amount when wielding an axe or fist weapon. This reduces players' chance to be dodged or parried. [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.

Mechanics

ArtTaurenWarrior

A tauren warrior in art.

Rage

Main article: Rage

By default, a Warrior's rage bar is empty. Warriors can gain rage by being struck in combat, dealing damage, drinking rage potions, or using certain abilities. Most of their abilities require a certain amount of rage in order to be activated. When a Warrior exits combat, any left-over rage slowly decays until the bar returns to empty.

Warriors need to be in combat or use a rage-generating ability to generate rage. The longer the battle, the more rage a warrior can accumulate. A Warrior with a full rage bar can quickly unload a large amount of damage.

Stances

Main article: Stance

The warrior has different stances for different situations.

  • [Battle Stance]: The standard stance for all warriors. An aggressive combat stance. Generates high rage from normal melee attacks.
  • [Defensive Stance]: A tanking combat stance. Decreases damage taken. Increases Threat generated and generates rage.
  • [Berserker Stance]: A reckless combat stance. Generates rage from normal melee attacks and also from damage taken.

Specializations/stats

Battle-hardened masters of two-handed weapons, using mobility and overpowering attacks to strike their opponents down.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Hit (until 7.5%)
  • Expertise (until 7.5%)
  • Strength
  • Critical Strike
  • Mastery
  • Haste
MortalStrikeTCG

Mortal Strike

Slam1TCG

Slam

Icon Ability Min Level
Ability warrior savageblow [Mortal Strike] 10
Inv axe 09 [Seasoned Soldier] 10
Ability warrior decisivestrike [Slam] 18
Ability whirlwind [Whirlwind] 26
Ability meleedamage [Overpower] 30
Ability rogue hungerforblood [Taste for Blood] 30
Icon Ability Min Level
Warrior talent icon bloodandthunder [Blood and Thunder] 46
Ability warrior challange [Die by the Sword] 56
Inv axe 2h orcwarrior c 01 [Unbridled Wrath] 56
Ability rogue slicedice [Sweeping Strikes] 60
Ability warrior punishingblow [Mastery: Strikes of Opportunity] 80
Ability warrior colossussmash [Colossus Smash] 81
Ability warrior improveddisciplines [Sudden Death] 81

Furious berserkers wielding a weapon in each hand, unleashing a flurry of attacks to carve their opponents to pieces.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Hit (until 7.5%)
  • Expertise (until 7.5%)
  • Critical Strike
  • Strength
  • Mastery
  • Haste
  • Hit (until 26.5%)
WhirlwindTCG

Whirlwind

RagingBlowTCG

Raging Blow

Icon Ability Min Level
Spell nature bloodlust [Bloodthirst] 10
Ability warrior rampage [Crazed Berserker] 10
Spell warrior wildstrike [Wild Strike] 18
Ability whirlwind [Whirlwind] 26
Warrior wild strike [Raging Blow] 30
Warrior talent icon singlemindedfury [Single-Minded Fury] 38
Icon Ability Min Level
Ability warrior titansgrip [Titan's Grip] 38
Ability warrior bloodsurge [Bloodsurge] 50
Ability warrior challange [Die by the Sword] 56
Inv axe 2h orcwarrior c 01 [Unbridled Wrath] 56
Warrior talent icon mastercleaver [Meat Cleaver] 58
Ability ghoulfrenzy [Flurry] 60
Ability warrior endlessrage [Mastery: Unshackled Fury] 80
Ability warrior colossussmash [Colossus Smash] 81

Stalwart protectors who use a shield to safeguard themselves and their allies.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Hit (until 7.5%) / Expertise (until 15%)
  • Mastery
  • Parry / Dodge
ShieldSlamTCG

Shield Slam

ShieldBlockTCG

Shield Block

Icon Ability Min Level
Inv shield 05 [Shield Slam] 10
Inv helmet 21 [Unwavering Sentinel] 10
Spell shadow charm [Vengeance] 10
Ability defend [Shield Block] 18
Inv sword 11 [Devastate] 26
Ability warrior revenge [Revenge] 30
Spell holy ashestoashes [Last Stand] 38
Icon Ability Min Level
Warrior talent icon bloodandthunder [Blood and Thunder] 46
Ability warrior swordandboard [Sword and Board] 50
Ability warrior warcry [Demoralizing Shout] 56
Ability warrior stalwartprotector [Ultimatum] 58
Ability warrior shieldguard [Bastion of Defense] 60
Ability warrior criticalblock [Mastery: Critical Block] 80
Inv shield 07 [Shield Barrier] 81

Skills/Glyphs

Key
Tag Source
Inv misc book 07 [Book of Glyph Mastery] (requires 425 inscription skill)
T:# Learned from a trainer with # Inscription skill
M:# Minor Inscription Research (requires # Inscription skill)
N Northrend Inscription Research (requires 385 Inscription skill)
V:# Vendor (requires # Inscription skill)


Major Glyph Source Major Glyph Source
Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Blitz] N Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Bloodthirst] Fury Spec RoundIcon T:285
Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Bull Rush] T:250 Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Colossus Smash] Arms Spec RoundIcon Fury Spec RoundIcon V:465
Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Death From Above] Inv misc book 07 Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Die by the Sword] Arms Spec RoundIcon Fury Spec RoundIcon T:170
Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Enraged Speed] T:85 Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Furious Sundering] Arms Spec RoundIcon Fury Spec RoundIcon Inv misc book 07
Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Gag Order] T:95 Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Hamstring] T:110
Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Heavy Repercussions] WProt Spec RoundIcon N Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Hindering Strikes] T:240
Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Hoarse Voice] T:140 Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Hold the Line] WProt Spec RoundIcon T:190
Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Incite] WProt Spec RoundIcon Scroll of Wisdom Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Long Charge] T:75
Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Mortal Strike] Arms Spec RoundIcon N Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Raging Wind] Fury Spec RoundIcon T:345
Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Rude Interruption] T:125 Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Shield Slam] WProt Spec RoundIcon N
Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Shield Wall] Inv misc book 07 Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Spell Reflection] Inv misc book 07
Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Sweeping Strikes] Arms Spec RoundIcon T:320 Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Unending Rage] T:75
Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Victory Rush] N Inv glyph majorwarrior  [Glyph of Whirlwind] Arms Spec RoundIcon Fury Spec RoundIcon Inv misc book 07
Minor Glyph Source Minor Glyph Source
Inv glyph minorwarrior  [Glyph of the Blazing Trail] Scroll of Wisdom Inv glyph minorwarrior  [Glyph of Bloodcurdling Shout] M:75
Inv glyph minorwarrior  [Glyph of Bloody Healing] M:75 Inv glyph minorwarrior  [Glyph of Burning Anger] Scroll of Wisdom
Inv glyph minorwarrior  [Glyph of Crow Feast] Scroll of Wisdom Inv glyph minorwarrior  [Glyph of Gushing Wound] M:75
Inv glyph minorwarrior  [Glyph of Intimidating Shout]  ?? Inv glyph minorwarrior  [Glyph of Mighty Victory] M:75
Inv glyph minorwarrior  [Glyph of Mystic Shout] M:75 Inv glyph minorwarrior  [Glyph of Thunder Strike] M:75

Notes

Dwarfwar

Dwarven warrior

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References

  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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