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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 (can be increased with Glyph of Unending Rage).

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. Warrior is the only class that can be played by every selectable race in the game.


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



A tauren warrior in art.


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.


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.


Battle-hardened masters of two-handed weapons, using mobility and overpowering attacks to strike their opponents down.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Strength
  • Critical Strike
  • Multistrike (single-target; move to last for multi-target)
  • Mastery
  • Versatility
  • Haste

Mortal Strike

Ability Min Level
Execute 10
Rend 10
Mortal Strike 10
Seasoned Soldier 10
Thunder Clap 14
Whirlwind 26
Die by the Sword 56
Sweeping Strikes 60
Ability Min Level
Inspiring Presence 80
Mastery: Weapons Master 80
Colossus Smash 81
Shield Barrier 81
Rallying Cry 83
Recklessness 87
Weapon Mastery 90
Furious berserkers wielding a weapon in each hand, unleashing a flurry of attacks to carve their opponents to pieces.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Strength
  • Critical Strike
  • Multistrike
  • Mastery
  • Versatility
  • Haste



Raging Blow

Ability Min Level
Execute 10
Bloodsurge 10
Bloodthirst 10
Crazed Berserker 10
Titan's Grip 10
Enrage 14
Wild Strike 18
Piercing Howl 19
Whirlwind 26
Raging Blow 30
Ability Min Level
Single-Minded Fury 38
Die by the Sword 56
Meat Cleaver 58
Inspiring Presence 80
Mastery: Unshackled Fury 80
Shield Barrier 81
Rallying Cry 83
Recklessness 87
Cruelty 90
Stalwart protectors who use a shield to safeguard themselves and their allies.
- Official description
Stat priority
  • Bonus Armor
  • Mastery
  • Critical Strike/Versatility;
  • Haste
  • Multistrike

Shield Slam


Shield Block

Ability Min Level
Execute 10
Bladed Armor 10
Resolve 10
Shield Slam 10
Sword and Board 10
Ultimatum 10
Unwavering Sentinel 10
Enrage 14
Thunder Clap 14
Shield Block 18
Devastate 26
Ability Min Level
Revenge 30
Last Stand 38
Shield Wall 48
Demoralizing Shout 56
Bastion of Defense 60
Riposte 76
Mastery: Critical Block 80
Mocking Banner 87
Blood Craze 90
Shield Mastery 90





Victory Rush

Ability Min Level
Battle Stance Starts with
Block Starts with
Heroic Strike Starts with
Parry Starts with
Ravager Starts with
Siegebreaker Off-Hand Starts with
Storm Bolt Off-Hand Starts with
Charge 3
Victory Rush 5
Execute Off-Hand 7
Defensive Stance 9
Taunt 12
Headlong Rush 15
Ability Min Level
Shield Charge 18
Heroic Throw 22
Pummel 24
Hamstring 36
Battle Shout 42
Intimidating Shout 52
Berserker Rage 54
Spell Reflection 66
Commanding Shout 68
Intervene 72
Shattering Throw 74
Heroic Leap 85
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] Ability warrior innerrage T:285
Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Bull Rush] T:250 Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Colossus Smash] Ability warrior savageblowAbility warrior innerrage V:465
Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Death From Above] Inv misc book 07 Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Die by the Sword] Ability warrior savageblowAbility warrior innerrage T:170
Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Enraged Speed] T:85 Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Furious Sundering] Ability warrior savageblowAbility warrior innerrage 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] Ability warrior defensivestance 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] Ability warrior defensivestance T:190
Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Incite] Ability warrior defensivestance Scroll of Wisdom Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Long Charge] T:75
Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Mortal Strike] Ability warrior savageblow N Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Raging Wind] Ability warrior innerrage T:345
Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Rude Interruption] T:125 Inv glyph majorwarrior [Glyph of Shield Slam] Ability warrior defensivestance 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] Ability warrior savageblow 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] Ability warrior savageblowAbility warrior innerrage 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

Suggested professions

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



Dwarven warrior


See also


  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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