Dragonhunter - Radiant Greatsword

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Part of the current metagame.

Our curator decided this build is in the current metagame regardless of rating. The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Solo contentGroup contentDirect damageControlSurvival.

Designed for:

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This build is up to date as of September 14, 2019.

Overview

A Power Dragonhunter build for running around in open world. This build deals extremely high burst damage and has excellent defensive capabilities. This is an alternative to Guardian - Radiant Greatsword.

Build Purpose

The purpose of this build is to easily solo open world content, such as hero points, while also being able to farm large meta events and worldbosses with ease. For tagging events, such as Specimen Chamber, this build performs moderately but will easily be outpaced by builds tailored specifically for tagging.

Skill Bar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Sword/Focus

Weapon Variants

  • Your second weapon set is flexible. Sword/Focus is suggested because it provides a good mix of defense, AoE damage, and mobility. Depending on what you need, you can run Hammer (crowd control), Scepter (ranged and high damage on bosses), and/or Shield (crowd control and projectile defense).
  • For tagging a large number of mobs very quickly, such as in the Specimen Chamber event, use a Longbow and Staff and swap between the two as often as possible, using all the AoE skills at your disposal.

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • - defensive option. You can cancel the animation but keep the block by stowing your weapon during the cast. However, you won't receive any healing if you do this.
  • - passive option. Use this when you don't need much healing.
Utility Skills
  • - more burst damage. Use this when tagging from range.
  • - grants more retaliation for boss fights where you can't proc
    much.
  • - more crowd control.
  • - if you need condition cleanse.
  • - if you need to reflect projectiles.
  • - alternative projectile defense option.
  • - long-lasting swiftness while running.
Elite Skills
  • - defensive option.

Specializations



Variants
  • - if you're dying to lots of damage and/or conditions that you can't dodge. This sacrifices a signifcant amount of damage but provides excellent defense.
  • - This will sacrifice a considerable amount of damage but provides good survivability.

Virtues Variant

In fights where avoiding damage is easy, Virtues provides a significant damage increase over Zeal. You must be able to keep Aegis Aegis up for a significant period of time before Virtues becomes worth using.


  • - use this if running or .

Honor Variant

When soloing extremely dangerous enemies such as Heart of Thorns hero challenges or Queen's Gauntlet bosses, it's sometimes worth running Honor instead of Virtues. This is a significant damage loss but allows you to dodge more often. Note that you will need to avoid using to maintain the passive. It is heavily advised that you run Scepter and Focus with this variant.



Equipment

Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.

Standard Equipment

The Standard Variant uses similar gear to the Dragonhunter - Power DPS build for fractals and raids. This makes it a good general-purpose gear set and is the gear that most players should aim for.
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Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.
  • is superior to against groups of mobs. It is not recommended for solo content.
  • Can't find such rune "Superior Sigil of Bloodblust"! Please refer to our sigil index. is a good replacement for when farming on one map for a long time, such as Silverwastes, but note that its stacks will disappear when you zone to a new map. Do not run this Sigil if you are meta chaining.

Marauder/Valkyrie Variant

For a tankier alternative, you can run this mix of Marauder and Valkyrie stats. You lose about 8% of your damage (significantly more if you drop retaliation) but have almost 70% increased health.
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Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.
  • provides more ferocity. This is ideal for solo content.

Consumables

Food
  • is a fantastic food for farming open world. It's cheap, provides a moderate boost to both damage and survivability, and increases magic find significantly.
  • or
    for more damage.
  • is the best budget food in most cases.
    is also a good budget option.
  • for more dodges.
  • for more healing.
  • is a great option when you do not need any extra damage or sustain.
Utility
  • or
    is your best damage option.
  • is a great budget option.

Usage

Damage

  • Note that to play this build optimally you must turn off "Melee Attack Assist" in your Options menu.
  • Your main damage skills are
    Symbol of Wrath Symbol of Wrath
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    Symbol of Wrath
    Symbol. Pierce the ground with a mystic symbol that damages foes while granting retaliation to allies.
    Damage.png5Damage: 670
    Retaliation.png5Retaliation (1s): Reflect incoming damage back to its source.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngSymbol Duration: 4 seconds
    Radius.pngSymbol Radius: 180
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Light
    ,
    Whirling Wrath Whirling Wrath
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    Whirling Wrath
    Spin in a place and swing your greatsword while hurling powerful projectiles.
    Damage.png7Damage: 637
    Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 7
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 130
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
    Range.pngRange: 600
    , , , , , and . Swap between your weapons using these skills whenever possible, and fill with autoattacks. You should attempt to use and
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    Symbol of Wrath
    Symbol. Pierce the ground with a mystic symbol that damages foes while granting retaliation to allies.
    Damage.png5Damage: 670
    Retaliation.png5Retaliation (1s): Reflect incoming damage back to its source.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngSymbol Duration: 4 seconds
    Radius.pngSymbol Radius: 180
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Light
    right before you use
    Whirling Wrath Whirling Wrath
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    Whirling Wrath
    Spin in a place and swing your greatsword while hurling powerful projectiles.
    Damage.png7Damage: 637
    Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 7
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 130
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
    Range.pngRange: 600
    .
    • Never interrupt your Greatsword or Sword autoattack chains as all the damage is loaded in the last hit.
  • Retaliation Retaliation is a massive damage boost so you should try to have it up as much as possible. Your main retaliation sources are ,
    , and . If using the Virtues variant, will provide an enormous boost to your retaliation retaliation uptime.
    • If using Virtues, resets off every kill thanks to
      . You should use it whenever possible.
    • In long fights you should bring instead of for increased retaliation retaliation uptime.
  • If running Zeal, fight enemies in your symbols to get the damage buff from
    .
  • If using
    , try not to get hit (ง ͠° ͟ل͜ ͡°)ง ... No seriously. This is extremely important.

Defense

  • is a powerful defensive skill. If you stand on top of an ally while this is active it can block attacks for them as well.
  • , , and blind enemies.
  • and can be used against projectiles.
  • is a block that also gives aegis, protection, retaliation, stability, and a stun break.
  • You can run for more active defense. You can also run but this comes at the cost of one of your best burst damage skills.
  • Remember to always dodge and sidestep attacks if possible. Don't get hit by anything you can move out of.

Sustain

  • This build doesn't have much sustained healing unless you have , so avoiding damage is extremely important in long fights. You can run healing food, such as
    in these situations to relieve some pressure.
  • is a powerful heal and condition cleanse. You can also use in the light field from your symbols to cleanse conditions.

Crowd Control

  • Binding Blade Binding Blade
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    Binding Blade
    Throw blades at your foes, causing damage over time. Bound foes can be pulled to you. The effect ends when a foe moves out of range.
    Damage.pngDamage: 369
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngMaximum Blade Duration: 10 seconds
    Radius.pngMaximum Leash Range: 600
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
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    Pull Pull
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    Pull
    Pull your foes to you.
    Radius.pngLeash Range: 600
    Range.pngRange: 600
  • Spear of Justice Spear of Justice
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    Spear of Justice
    Virtue: Burn foes every few attacks.
    Activate: Hurl a spear of light that passes through foes. Enemies struck become tethered and receive conditions periodically.
    Damage.pngDamage: 224
    Spear of Justice.pngJustice (6s): Periodically applies burning as long as you are within range of the caster.
    Burning.pngBurning (passive effect) (2s): 262 Damage
    Burning.pngBurning (active effect) (2s): 262 Damage
    Crippled.pngCrippled (1½s): -50% Movement Speed
    Book.pngNumbers of Attack to Trigger: 5
    Radius.pngInterval: 1 second
    Book.pngPierces
    Book.pngUnblockable
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
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    Hunter's Verdict Hunter's Verdict
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    Hunter's Verdict
    Pull all enemies tethered by the Spear of Justice to you, breaking the link. This ability's recharge is separate from that of Spear of Justice.
    Radius.pngPull: 1,200
  • (as a last resort)
Build rating - 5 stars
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2 Ratings
5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

This build deals insane AoE burst damage which makes it great for farming. It's also a fast, fun build for soloing group events thanks to its mobility and many defensive cooldowns.

5 stars
Screaming gave this build 5 stars July 2018

An good build for open world, with a lot of room for mistakes via Aegis and lots of stunbreaks for those sketchier situations. With Binding Blade and Whirling Wrath, groups of mobs are nothing more than an minor inconvenience as you'll be able to pull them together and burst them all down.

Despite the low health of Guardian, it is relatively hard to die with this build, assuming you use your active defense well. However, the cast time on Virtues for Dragonhunter makes Guardian a lot worse than it could be, and make it inferior to Core Guardian for open world.

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