WoW BFA Class Tier List [Strongest and Weakest Classes Revealed]

WoW Class Tier List
Skirmishes between the Horde and the Alliance break out across all parts of Azeroth.

There are 36 different specializations in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth. That can be pretty overwhelming for someone new to the WoW scene. Fear not, for I am here to help you! In the following lists, I will assign classes to the tier list they belong to. This is decided by information gathered from articles, youtube reviews, and many more.

Classes that are put into S-tier are the best of the best. If you want to push hard for keys or arena ranking, these are the classes you want to pick. A-tier is still really, really good, but just not on the level of the S-tier. B-tier classes are still good, just not ideal. C-tier and below are just not going to get the job done to push as far as the classes above them. 

S Tier

  • Prot Paladin (Mythic +)
  • Prot Warrior (Mythic +)
  • Brewmaster ( Mythic +)
  • Resto Druid ( Mythic + and PvP)
  • Outlaw Rogue (Mythic +)
  • Assassination Rogue (PvP)
  • Havoc Demon Hunter (Mythic + and PvP)
  • Fire Mage (Mythic + and PvP)
  • Holy Paladin (PvP)
  • Unholy Death Knight (PvP)
  • Frost Death Knight (Mythic + and PvP)

A Tier

  • Outlaw Rogue (PvP)
  • Blood Death Knight (Mythic +)
  • Fury Warrior (Mythic +)
  • Elemental Shaman (Mythic +)
  • Destruction Warlock (Mythic + and PvP)
  • Feral Druid (Mythic +)
  • Balance Druid (Mythic +)
  • Arms Warrior (Mythic + and PvP)
  • Restoration Shaman (PvP)
  • Shadow Priest (PvP)
  • Discipline Priest (PvP)
  • Frost Mage (PvP)
  • Windwalker Monk (PvP)

B Tier

  • Vengeance Demon Hunter ( Mythic +)
  • Guardian Druid ( Mythic +)
  • Mistweaver Monks ( Mythic +)
  • Holy Paladin ( Mythic +)
  • Assassination Rogue (Mythic +)
  • Affliction Warlock (Mythic +)
  • Enhancement Shaman (Mythic + and PvP)
  • Feral Druid (PvP)
  • Survival Hunter (PvP)
  • Elemental Shaman (PvP)
  • Balance Druid (PvP)
  • Subtlety Rogue (PvP)

C Tier

  • Unholy Death Knight (Mythic +)
  • Survival Hunter (Mythic +)
  • Retribution Paladin (Mythic + and PvP)
  • Subtlety Rogue (Mythic +)
  • Beast Mastery Hunter (Mythic + and PvP)
  • Marksman Hunter (Mythic + and PvP)
  • Arcane Mage (PvP)
  • Affliction Warlock (PvP)
  • Fury Warrior (PvP)

D Tier

  • Restoration shaman ( Mythic +)
  • Discipline Priest ( Mythic +)
  • Protection Paladin (PvP)
  • Protection Warrior (PvP)
  • Guardian Druid (PvP)
  • Blood Death Knight (PvP)
  • Brewmaster (PvP)
  • Vengeance Demon Hunter (PvP)
  • Windwalker Monk (Mythic +)
  • Arcane Mage (Mythic +)
  • Frost Mage (Mythic +)
  • Demonology Warlock (Mythic + and PvP)
  • Holy Priest (PvP)

F Tier

  • Holy Priest ( Mythic +)

Prot Paladin (S Tier PvE)

The Defender of Justice, the Protection Paladin can take all comers!

The Protection Paladin is a holy defender for good. Currently, it is one of the best mythic+ tanks. It can handle most situations easier than other tanks and excels at staying alive.

  • A strong defense against both physical and magical damage
  • Has self-healing
  • Has access to long DPS upkeep
  • Has the best essences
  • Some utility

Overall Power Rating: 95/100

Prot Warrior (S Tier PvE)

The Protection Warrior is one of the original tanking classes and still excels at the role. 

The Protection Warrior is the less angry of the Warrior specs. Currently, it is also one of the best mythic+ tanks. While being one of the better tanks, they still put out good DPS.

  • Great AoE DPS
  • Great against physical damage
  • Has access to some good essences
  • Average magic mitigation
  • Has decent mobility

Overall Power Rating: 94/100

Brewmaster (S Tier PvE)

Have you even hit me yet? I don't feel a thing!

The tanking spec of the Monk class, the Brewmaster ranks pretty high. They have a great ability to mitigate large chunks of damage while providing their melee DPS a boost of damage.

  • Stagger is a great mechanic
  • Has good defense against physical damage
  • Their kit has great utility
  • Has great mobility and ability to kite
  • One of the easier tanks to heal

Overall Power Rating: 92/100

Resto Druid (S Tier PvE and PvP)

Nature's Wrath upon you!

When you think Restoration Druid you think of healing over time. This class is the cream of the crop when it comes to both PvE and PvP healing. Its kit is amazing and most other healing classes wish they had a fraction of it.

  • Stealth allows for interesting gameplay for a healer
  • Can pre-hot before pulls start, allowing for them to DPS during a pull
  • In general, Restoration Druid is great against most affixes
  • Has great CC options and escape tools
  • Can be tanky through bear form and cooldowns

Overall Power Rating: 96/100

Outlaw Rogue (S Tier PvE)

You'll need more than a peg leg when I am done with you!

The Outlaw Rogue is the top-rated PvE rogue spec. Recently groups pushing high-level keys would bring two or sometimes three of this class. That speaks volumes. They specialize in deleting stacked targets.

  • Lots of AoE cleave capabilities
  • Spec allows for a variety of options
  • Optional utility
  • So good people were pushing keys using 3 outlaw rogues as the DPS selection
  • Decent damage cooldowns

Overall Power Rating: 93/100

Assassination Rogue (S Tier PvP)

Step into the shadows. They don't bite, I promise. 

The Assassination Rogue is the top-rated PvP rogue spec. The ability to control an enemy team while being able to kill any opposing class is a quick way to victory.

  • Great PvP cooldowns such as Cloak of Shadows, Sprint, and Shadowstep
  • Has the best burst damage of the rogue specs
  • Strongest sustained damage, threatening all classes
  • Has great crowd control
  • Good mobility

Overall Power Rating: 93/100

Havoc Demon Hunter (S Tier PvE and PvP)

I destroy my enemies with no mercy!

The damage spec of Illidan’s children, the Havoc Demon Hunter is great for both PvE and PvP. The boons of Havoc are great against NPCs or other players. They are blessed with amazing mobility., The Havoc Demon Hunter’s burst damage does not care who the target is, they die either way.

  • Has insane mobility
  • Increases magic damage to the target by 5%
  • Great single target burst damage
  • Seamlessly switches between new targets
  • PvP utility in forms of stuns and interrupts

Overall Power Rating: 92/100

Fire Mage (S Tier PvE and PvP)

You'll combust too! They all combust down here. 

When you need someone’s goose cooked, you call the Fire Mage. Their ability to spam Pyroblast when Combustion is active will delete an enemy. Combine that cooldown with their crowd control, cleave, and mobility, the Fire Mage is wanted in both PvE and PvP.

  • Great cleave damage while maintaining great single target damage
  • Access to some of the best burst cooldowns
  • Brings crowd control and interrupts
  • Can move and still do great damage
  • Also brings damage-over-time effects

Overall Power Rating: 92/100

Holy Paladin (S Tier PvP)

The light shall close your wounds, friends. 

The Holy Paladin will heal their allies while wrecking their opponents. This healing class is great for healing, but will also dish out a ton of damage. Their burst healing combined with defensive abilities makes them one of the better PvP healers.

  • Has great healing cooldowns
  • Has multiple defensive cooldowns
  • Has access to burst healing
  • Cooldowns affect both healing and damage
  • Wears Plate so slightly tankier against melee

Overall Power Rating: 91/100

Unholy Death Knight (S Tier PvP)

I am death on a pale horse! 

The Unholy Death Knight is unique in that most of their damage comes from their pet. This class is hard to master, but when you do you will be able to melt entire enemy teams.

  • Has strong burst damage
  • Damage output is very consistent
  • Has good defensive cooldowns
  • Can AoE down opponents
  • Has some utility with Death Grip and their pet

Overall Power Rating: 90/100

Frost Death Knight (S Tier PvE and PvP)

The last thing you'll see is your breath. 

The playable version of Arthas is one of the burstiest classes currently out there. The Frost Death Knight’s cooldowns are very short and great at forcing enemies to pop defensive cooldowns or die. 

  • One of the best 2-minute cooldown burst classes
  • Easy class to learn
  • Sustained cleave damage
  • Cooldowns allow for great AoE burst
  • Spec options allow or focus on a single target or AoE damage

Overall Power Rating: 90/100

A Tier

Outlaw Rogue (A Tier PvP)

Edwin VanCleef is the original Outlaw rogue. 

The Outlaw Rogue is not the best PvP rogue spec but still good. It can control enemies while being able to provide strong burst damage with high mobility.

  • Great PvP cooldowns such as Cloak of Shadows and Sprint
  • Has access to good defensive abilities
  • Great utility and mobility
  • Ability to burst and maintain damage
  • Single target damage focused

Overall Power Rating: 89/100

Blood Death Knight (A Tier PvE)

I will suck the life from you!

The Blood Death Knight is the vampire tank you always dreamed of. While they may not have the best defensive cooldowns, they self-heal their way through most damage taken.

  • The self- is unreal to the point where sometimes a healer is not necessary
  • Very strong magic mitigation
  • Great situational utility
  • Has a good interrupt
  • Decent AoE

Overall Power Rating: 88/100

Fury Warrior (A Tier PvE)

Odyn's fury upon you! 

Fury Warrior is an easy class to learn. The abilities make gameplay feel fast and streamlined. They can excel at both single and multi-target damage without penalty.

  • Access to great burst damage
  • Access to both AoE and single target damage
  • Has good cooldowns for on-demand damage
  • Great mobility between charges and leaps
  • Easily transitions between targets

Overall Power Rating: 88/100

Elemental Shaman (A Tier PvE)

I'll prove that lightning can strike twice!

The Elemental Shaman is one of the more flexible DPS classes on this list. While able to cast on the move, they can do great single target damage with the ability to spec into AoE damage. 

  • Can deal damage on the move
  • Great single target damage
  • Talent selection gives variety in gameplay
  • Can spec into high burst and AoE damage
  • Has great utility

Overall Power Rating: 87/100

Destruction Warlock (Mythic + and PvP)

Mages aren't the only fire you should fear. 

If allowed to cast, the Destruction Warlock is one of the more feared DPS classes. Even though there is some ramp time to their casts, this class can do well in single target, cleave, and multi-target scenarios. 

  • Has good cleave damage
  • Has on-demand burst damage
  • Reliable cooldowns
  • Has multiple interrupts
  • Chained Chaos Bolts can turn a match in your favor

Overall Power Rating: 86/100

Feral Druid (A Tier PvE)

I'll bounce on you when you least expect it. 

The kitty Druid spec is single target focused. Even though they can burst for some damage, the Feral Druid keeps consistent damage through bleeds. 

  • Great mobility
  • Single target damage focused
  • Has some cleave damage
  • Good burst damage
  • Strong in keeping up sustained pressure on the enemy team

Overall Power Rating: 85/100

Balance Druid (A Tier PvE)

The Moonkin rains stars upon their enemies. 

The Boomkin has a challenging rotation. When mastered, it can do strong single or multi-target damage. Thanks to having instant cast spells, the Balance Druid can do damage when movement is required. 

  • Access to great mobility
  • Lots of utility
  • Strong cleave damage
  • Naturally tanky
  • Can do well in single and multi-target scenarios

Overall Power Rating: 85/100

Arms Warrior (A Tier PvE and PvP)

The Hellscream's are one of the iconic warriors in World of Warcraft. 

Arms Warriors have always been a feared class. From classic to BFA, they have some of the better burst damage. Factor in Mortal Strike and an Arms warriors will always be good in PvP. Their burst damage only makes them scarier.

  • Amazing cleave damage
  • Access to AoE burst damage
  • Cooldowns provide on-demand damage
  • Provides healing reduction against opponents
  • Mobility with charges, intercepts, and leaps

Overall Power Rating: 84/100

Restoration Shaman (A Tier PvP)

The Restoration Shaman heals wounds with soothing water. 

The Restoration Shaman is a great PvP healer. It is one of the few classes that can heal while under forms of crowd control. Totems grant them some needed utility, and they can purge magic buffs off of opponents.

  • Has great utility
  • Has the ability to heal while interrupted or crowd controlled
  • Purge is amazing
  • Totems supply roots and slows
  • Ranged interrupts are always useful

Overall Power Rating: 83/100

Shadow Priest (A Tier PvP)

Soon your mind will be nothing but a pile of goo.

The Shadow Priest brings it to PvP. If left alone they can flay the minds of their enemies. While they lack some defensive cooldowns, they make it up in damage. Mass Dispel is always useful too!

  • High consistent damage
  • Strong damage across multiple enemies
  • Brings great dispelling power
  • Power Word: Shield is always useful
  • Has some crowd control

Overall Power Rating: 82/100

Discipline Priest (A Tier PvP)

You get a shield. You get a shield. Everyone gets a shield!

The Discipline Priest is a unique healer in that they damage enemies to heal allies. This is an obvious boon in PvP since they help their DPS counterparts. Having two different healing schools allows for healing even if one of them gets interrupted. 

  • Deals damage to do their healing, helping their teammates
  • Has access to two healing schools, slightly weakening interrupts
  • Has multiple crowd control abilities
  • Great defensive cooldowns versus melee
  • Brings great dispelling power

Overall Power Rating: 82/100

Frost Mage (A Tier PvP)

Chill out or I will make you!

The Frost Mage is one of the most dreaded enemies since vanilla WoW. Frost Mages will make you want to rip your hair out. Their sheer volume of crowd control, slows, and burst damage makes them great in PvP.

  • Infuriates enemies with their number of slows
  • Polymorph is great
  • A multitude of defensive cooldowns
  • Strong burst damage
  • Most cooldowns are short

Overall Power Rating: 81/100

Windwalker Monk (A Tier PvP)

If you underestimate me, I'll knock you flat on your back!

The Windwalker Monk is one of the better melee classes in PvP. Their single target burst damage is scarily high. Their mobility allows them to choose their target and murder it. Quickly.

  • Strong mobility
  • Brings utility
  • Great single target burst damage
  • Self-healing
  • Spread pressure across enemy team

Overall Power Rating: 80/100

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That wraps up my ranking of BFA classes. Don’t worry if your class is not ranked the best. As long as you have fun, you are playing the right class. 

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