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The Warrior Guide
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The Warrior Class is available to these Races.

Human, Dwarf, Night Elf, Gnome, Orc, Tauren, Troll, and Undead.

Blizzard's Class Description:

"Warriors are the melee-centered class. These characters are tough as nails and masters of weaponry and tactics. The special abilities of the warrior are naturally combat-oriented." Blizzard

Shadows Edge Class Description:

You gotta love the tank! The warrior is a meat shield, protector, and agro magnet for support class players. If you enjoy being in the middle of the action and going toe-to-toe with your enemy, then the warrior is for you. Since the warrior typically has high hit points and has the ability to taunt monsters, they tend to take agro and hold it while players with less hit points can deal out damage and not take the risk of getting the monsters attention.

The Warrior plays a key role in any group, in fact, seldom can a group function without a warrior class around. There are melee classes similar to the warrior such as the Hunter, but the warrior main job is to take and hold agro.

We won't know until the game releases, but we can assume that the warrior is critical to the success of any group and a major asset to the guild during dungeon crawls and gaining experience.

Class Skills

As mentioned in the character overview, the Warrior's skills are geared towards more powerful melee combat with less emphasis on magic or ranged attack. The Class skills reflect this with specific melee weapons covered, such as swords and axes, as well as important areas such as defense and duel wielding of weapons. These class skills are designed to highlight the warriors combat potential and at the same time keep the character exciting and interesting to play.

Blizzard will be aware that in general, a Warrior Class is sometimes frowned upon by RPG players as the 'easy' character to play so the class skills will be key in making this class exciting to play. His adeptness as an interesting and challenging character in battle must match that of a magic user with ranged attack.

  • Axes
  • Defense
  • Dual-Wield
  • Maces
  • Swords
  • Thrown
  • Two-Handed Axes
  • Two-Handed Maces
  • Two-Handed Swords
  • Unarmed
  • Combat Masteries
  • Battle Shouts
Shield Bash Shield Bash
A skill that allows the Warrior to strike enemies with a shield, stunning them for a short period of time.
Defensive Stance Defensive Stance
A technique for warding off enemy attacks. When used, this skill increases the character's armor rating for a little while.
Whirlwind Whirlwind
An attack spell that sends the caster into a berserk fury, creating a destructive force that damages nearby enemies within a small area of effect.
Basic Strike Basic Strike
Increases the damage of the warriors melee attack.
Bladestorm Bladestorm
Traditionally this skill spins the warrior into action damaging any enemy unit around him.  He's usually controllable when under the influence of Bladestorm but this may not be the case in WoW.
Demoralizing Shout Demoralizing Shout
Increases chance to hit of the warriors melee attack.
Follow Through Follow Through
Increases the warriors' attack and also enables him to attack more than one target with a single blow.
Power Stance Power Stance
Enables the warrior to perform a critical strike. The effect duration increases as the skill's level does.
Reckless Strike Reckless Strike
Decreases the defense of the target.
Slowing Strike Slowing Strike
This attack allows the warrior to strike the target to slow down his attacks.
Taunt Taunt
This attack allows the warrior to strike the target to slow down his attacks.
Block Block
Increases the warriors chance to Block and requires a shield.
Dodge Dodge
An increased chance to Dodge.
Parry Parry
An increased chance to Parry.
Crippling Blow Crippling Blow
Another skill that enhances the attack of the Warrior's weapon of choice.
Dismember Dismember
This is the standard pole arm damage enhancing effect.
Impale Impale
This will cause the target to bleed and suffer damage over time. Spurts of blood indicate when he takes more damage.
Leap Leap
We have seen a screen capture with a character jumping into the air during battle and also in a gameplay movie. It has not been confirmed that this is a real skill or not. So this may change.
Slice and Dice Slice and Dice
Provides additional damage to attack.
Throw Throw
Improves the Warrior's throwing ability and damage to thrown weapons.
Typhoon Typhoon
This is probably similar to the whirlwind or another berserk type of attack with his weapon.
World of Recall World of Recall
This is the teleportation skill. It is not specific to any class, but available to all.
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