Best PvP classes for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

Get the fisticuffs ready with an optimal build

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If you’re craving some one-on-one action in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, you’ll need a great class selection to bring home the most Honor you can pocket. We’ve detailed some of the best choices for PvP combat in Shadowlands, and you can take a look below.

Windwalker Monk

The Windwalker Monk had a great reputation throughout Battle for Azeroth as a beast that could not only take damage, but hand it out as well. PvP Windwalker Monks can take advantage of self-healing and Grievous Wounds, which counters your opponents’ attempts at healing. It’s also very difficult to kite a Windwalker, giving them a massive advantage for melee types.

Shadow Priest

Someone at Blizzard had the great idea to bring back Devouring Plague for Shadow Priests, something we haven’t seen since the Warlords of Draenor days. That’s not sarcasm in the previous sentence; not only does Devouring Plague give an instant cast dot, you can stack it. Cooldowns and defense are also excellent stats to take with you in PvP.

Restoration Druid

Taking a druid anywhere in Warcraft, not just PvP in Shadowlands, will make you feel like a god. The healing abilities are beyond anything else available to a single user, outclassing even those of a Mistweaver or a Restoration Shaman. They’re also capable of dishing out the kind of damage you would expect from a Frost Mage. Shadowlands has also modified the mana count, giving you more casting at your disposal.

Elemental Shaman

Battle for Azeroth was not kind to this build, gutting its usefulness after such a great place on the class totem in Legion. Thankfully, Blizzard has readjusted Elemental Shamans and put the focus on Lava Burst damage. DPS is excellent, and you’ll still feel like a contributing member of the team when you’re doing nothing but slinging fire. If you’ve been playing for a while, it might feel like the days of Elemental Warlocks in previous expansions.

Arms Warrior

Until Shadowlands, Arms Warriors were the participation trophy of class builds for PvP. They were just happy to be there. Now, thanks to adjustments and the return of Mass Spell Reflection, this class lives up to its name. Now, Arms Warriors don’t have to stand in the shadow of a Windwalker Monk, who can do almost as much damage and heal all at once. Ignore Pain and Rallying Cry should grab your attention as abilities to use when you’re not hitting people in the face.