Warriors may look simple to use, but they have hidden depths. You’ll need to know the class well to maximize their skills and abilities. Sure, they can be used to brute force things, especially with a DPS build, but they are deadlier with the proper rotations, tactics and macros. They’ll also have to level up to reach their full potential.
Here, we’ll tell you all about leveling a Warrior up in WoW Classic, possible builds, and the best macros and addons you can use. It’s everything you need for level grinding as efficiently as possible.
First things first, pick a build for your character. Not having a plan will scatter your focus and kill your Warrior’s effectiveness. It won’t be as strong as it would if it had a dedicated build. Not to say it’s entirely not allowed, but choosing one tree to focus on makes you stronger.
You can still try to ‘hybridize’ the class, but only to a certain extent. If you try balancing the two roles a Warrior can play, it’ll be weaker in both. It’ll be stuck in limbo, being neither and also not both.
The class can be a DPS in two ability trees (Arms, Fury) or a tank in the other (Protection). The difference between the first two builds is the style. The Arms build is more straightforward, stacking damage and bleed statuses for aid. Fury has more crowd control abilities and has a bit of a damage-to-heal mechanic.
Protection Warriors focus more on gathering threat and aggro, so enemies will focus on them first. They can still deal some damage but need help from other DPS classes to kill off a target. If they do it alone, it might take a while. They also lack retreat options and have no health restoration abilities. The build almost requires you to have a party at all times to be effective.
Each has its pros and cons. Also, there are situations where one will be better than the others. Disregarding other players’ opinions, you should go for what sparks joy for you. Early planning can help you save gold from resetting your allocations repeatedly. Plus, you’ll be more effective in defending or cleaving/shredding through enemies.
Warrior Leveling Route and Some Tips
Since the class is available to every race in any faction, you can follow a general path for leveling. Also, because this is WoW Classic, grinding for levels can be challenging. There will be no quest markers on the map, leaving you to wander around before finding the objective. That makes you feel like you’re wasting time and that you’re not progressing fast enough. In that case, you’ll have to fight and defeat mobs on the map for a bit to make up for the feeling of lost XP.
Generally, the leveling route is to do any and all quests you encounter. Then you move on to the following map and repeat. You’ll know you’ve gone too far if you do down in a hit or two. When that happens, go back to a previous map and grind to catch up to the following map’s level.
Now for some tips to take note of while leveling.
- Obtain a Mount ASAP: You’ll be doing a lot of walking and traveling, so a mount will be a convenient travel partner to get where you need to go. Get one as soon as you can to make moving around easier.
- Do the Class Quests: At some milestone levels (10, 30, etc.), Class Quests will pop up. It will reward you with new abilities to help you along your journey.
- Pick a Profession: Professions provide various aids in and out of combat. Engineering or Blacksmithing and Mining are the recommended professions for Warriors.
- Visit Dungeons: Dungeons are more minor instances that work like raids. You’ll be able to get some items and equipment you can’t get anywhere else.
- Choose Your Weapon Wisely: Each ability tree provides specialization boosts to certain weapons, so you can take advantage of them. Decide on the one you like using and get the specialization boost for it.
The Best Macros For Protection Warriors
Macros are a way of life in World of Warcraft. Every class relies on them, and all players use them. However, one class that uses them more than the others is the Protection Warrior. Have some of the most essential macros for the build. But first, a bit of an explanation about them.
What are Macros?
They’re shortcuts to do one or several commands through the chat. Like how you start whispering to a friend with “/w,” macros also do that for other actions. The forward slash differentiates normal text from command text.
How to Set Up Macros
Open the Macros window by typing /macro or /m in the chat box. You can also access it through the main menu. After that, you have to choose whether the macro is for all your characters (General) or only for specific ones.
Then you’ll choose to make a new one by clicking the ‘New’ button. Choose a name and an icon for your macro, and click ‘OK.’ It’ll be added to the grid in the main window. Select it and click edit so you can type in the commands you want. When you’re finished, you can click ‘Save,’ and your macro is good to go.
Note that there is a 255-character limit for your commands. Keep them short and sweet!
Macros for Protection Warriors
These are templates that you can customize and adjust for what you need. You’ll understand how to when you gain experience in playing the role. Here are the most useful macros for tank Warriors.
- #showtooltip Taunt
- /cast [target=mouseover, exists] Taunt; Taunt
- #showtooltip Bloodthirst
- /cancelaura Blessing of Protection
- /cast Bloodthirst
- /equip “shield”
- /equip “one-hander”
- /equip “two-hander”
Stance Dance Macro
- #showtooltip Shield Wall
- /cast Defensive Stance
- /cast Shield Wall
Stance Dance with Weapon Swap
- #showtooltip Shield Wall
- /equip Carpenter’s Mallet
- /equip Worn Large Shield
- /cast Defensive Stance
- /cast Shield Wall
Warrior Shield Bash
- #showtooltip Shield Bash
- /cast [stance:½,equipped:Shields] Shield Bash;
- /stopmacro [equipped: Shields]
- /equipslot 16 (weapon name without parentheses)
- /equipslot 17 (shield name without parentheses)
- #showtooltip Rend
- /cast Rend
Rare Targeting and Tagging Macro
- /target (creature name without the parentheses)
- /cast Hamstring
Button Reduction Macro
- #showtooltip Charge
- /cast Charge
- /cast Rend
Crowd Control into Bandage
- #showtooltip Intimidating Shout
- /cast Intimidating Shout
- /cast Heavy Runecloth Bandage
Best Addons to Use
Addons are tools to help with various other aspects of the game. They can range from item filters to tracking combat logs. Here are some of the best addons to help you along your leveling journey.
This addon replaces the default UI almost entirely with a highly-customizable user interface. You will be able to benefit from neat action bars and contemporary unit frames to improve your gameplay.
Classic Threat Meter
Whether playing as a tank or a DPS Warrior, Threat Meter is essential in raids. Classic Threat Meter will show you how much threat you’re generating so that you’re always where you should be, threat-wise.
Spy Classic makes perfect sense since the Warriors are never keen on Rogues (or other classes with stealth abilities) sneaking up on them. It scans the area around you for enemy players. If it does detect anyone, Spy Classic reveals their level and class in your UI.
This superb navigation addon enables players to set waypoints on the main map. Thus, when you put a waypoint, an arrow appears that points towards the exact location of the waypoint so that you can reach specific coordinates much easier.
This excellent Auction House addon can make your life easier whenever you’re posting or searching for items on the AH. It’s a simple AH addon that lets you see the price (per item) on stacked items for sale. It’s so good that we’ve included Auctioneer Classic in our WoW Classic Auction House Addon article!
Have Fun Playing WoW Classic!
With all this information, you’re sure to have your Warrior leveled and geared up, ready to take on any challenge. Whether raiding or PvP, you have everything you need to know to become a strong and effective DPS or tank.
We’ve got more guides and tips, so be sure to check those out! Always remember to enjoy the game, and don’t follow them to the letter. Experiment and see the best arrangements and styles that fit you. Have fun playing a Warrior!