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I have a night elf warrior character on world of warcraft and I levelled it using the protection spec with fury as a second spec, I didn't use the fury spec much and so did not learn how to play it as well as i did with the protection spec. In the last year or so I reached level 90 with the character, but didn't bother to play it much after that. Recently I decided to try it out again, and I want to explore the fury spec.

I created the character in 2010, while levelling, the talent system changed at least once, and I would sometimes switch between fury and protection spec randomly, at some point I reached level 80, quite some time before the cataclysm expansion was released, I spent a lot of time tanking and absolutely no time as dps. I didn't use the character much when the cataclysm expansion was released, instead choosing to play other classes.

I'm aware of the existence of a site called "elitist jerks" and I have had a quick look at it, but as far as I could tell the warrior guide on that site is missing.

I am aware that there are questions on this site World of Warcraft Warrior Guide [duplicate] and What are some well-written guides for World of Warcraft? [closed] that refer to external sources of information, but so far I've not been able to find what I think I need.

After a google search, I am found Fury Warrior DPS Rotation, Cooldowns, and Abilities (WoW MoP 5.4) on the icy veins site, a site which I have used a lot in the past when trying to get ready for raiding as a tank. I will look there for help with my fury warrior, but I think it's meant for raiding, not questing.

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What rotation could I use as a fury warrior whilst questing?

Any additional advice about beneficial stats and/or tactics would be much appreciated.

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The same rotation can be used for questiong as well as raiding. It's situational. If you're in heavy aggro, use whirlwind and cleave a lot. Otherwise use your single target abilities. You really can't do anything wrong especially with Second Wind and Victory Strike keeping you healed. I leveled as Protection and did just fine. If you're just getting back into the game since 2010 it can seem overwhelming, just give it a try and test everything out. –  Mkalafut Apr 3 at 20:32

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All of the below is for a level 90 Fury warrior, solo'ing against single level 90 targets (from the front). I'm also assuming 20 to 45 second kill times. This advice does not apply to dungeons or raids.

The Dream:

Colossus Smash -> Raging Blow -> Bloodthirst(crit) -> Raging Blow -> Raging Blow

This sequence can be started with 2 Raging Blow charges, or 1 charge and a Colossus Smash crit.

The abilities, short and sweet:

  • Bloodthirst - medium sized attack which can be used every 3 GCDs. Main source of Raging Blow charges (based on it crit'ing).
  • Colossus Smash - heavy attack. Can be used every 20 seconds. Removes enemy armor for the next 4 GCDs.
  • Raging Blow - heavy attack. Requires 1 Raging Blow charge (limit 2). Best used in the armorless window after Colossus Smash. Also requires 10 rage.
  • Wild Strike - small attack, costs 30 rage, unless made free by Bloodthirst
  • Heroic Strike - small attack, costs 30 rage and NO GCD. This ability can be used between attacks.
  • Berserker Rage - NO GCD. This ability can be used every 30 seconds to generate 1 Raging Blow charge.

The basic idea is to Bloodthirst every 3 GCDs, either generating a Raging Blow charge or a Bloodsurge (for three free fast Wild Strikes).

  --use this when you have a raging blow charge 
  -- and colossus smash is up
Priority Sequence 1 "Unload"
  Colossus Smash -> Raging Blow -> Blood Thirst

  --use this when you have a raging blow charge
  -- and colossus smash is more than 7 seconds away
Priority Sequence 2 "Continue"
  Raging Blow -> Wild Strike -> Blood Thirst

  --use this when you have bloodsurge and none of the above applies
  -- These Wild Strikes are fast and 3 fit in the space 2 attacks normally would.
Priority Sequence 3 "Freestyle"
  Wild Strike -> Wild Strike -> Wild Strike -> Blood Thirst

  -- use this when you have more than 60 rage and none of the above applies
  --  option: can replace Wild Strike with Execute when possible
Priority Sequence 4 "Rage Dump"
  Wild Strike -> Wild Strike -> Blood Thirst

  -- use this when none of the above applies.
  -- Talents include Shockwave, Storm Bolt, Dragon Roar.
  -- Other utilities such as Battle Shout, Thunder Clap and Victory Rush also fit.
Priority Sequence 5: "Holdout"
  Talent -> Talent -> Blood Thirst

  -- use this when you have no other options
Priority Sequence 6 "Exhausted"
  Nothing -> Nothing -> Blood Thirst

If Colossus Smash is up and you don't have a Raging Blow charge, cash in your Berserker Rage to get one before the Colossus Smash if possible. Berserker Rage does not cost a GCD, so just hit it right after BloodThirst and continue to Colossus Smash as though nothing happened.

Don't let Berserker Rage or Heroic Strike interrupt your timing.

Putting it together:

"Opening"   Battle Shout -> Heroic Throw -> Charge -> Blood Thirst ->
"Unload"    (Berserker Rage) Colossus Smash -> Raging Blow -> Blood Thirst ->
"Rage Dump" Wild Strike -> Wild Strike -> Blood Thirst *crit* ->
"Continue"  Raging Blow -> Wild Strike -> Blood Thirst *blood surge* ->
"FreeStyle" (Heroic Strike) WS -> WS -> WS -> Blood Thirst ->
"Holdout"   (Heroic Strike) Thunder Clap -> Shock Wave -> Blood Thirst *crit* ->
"Unload"    Colossus Smash -> Raging Blow -> Blood Thirst

Stats:

  • Crit is very important because it gives you more raging blows.
  • Hit is nice, you can use up to 3% against level 90 solo targets (cap is about 1000 hit rating)
  • Expertise is nice, you can use up to 6% to avoid getting dodged or parried against level 90 solo targets (cap is about 2000 expertise)
  • Mastery is ok. However with more crit, enrage would be up more and you'd get more benefit.
  • Haste is bad. It doesn't help your special attacks at all.
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+1 Great answer –  Mkalafut Apr 4 at 12:45

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