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Spellbreaker - Power DPS

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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: Direct Damage.

Designed for:

 

Expansions required:

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Overview

Provides strong sustained damage while being fairly durable thanks to
and warrior's innate high health pool and heavy armor.

Skillbar

Mace/AxeHealingUtilityElite
Axe/Dagger

Weapon Variants

Axe/Axe
Chop
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Chop
Chain. Chop your foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 170
Range.pngRange: 130
Cyclone Axe
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Cyclone Axe
Spin around and attack all nearby foes.
Damage.png2Damage: 170
Vulnerability.png4Vulnerability (8s): 4% Incoming Damage
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
Range.pngRange: 130
Throw Axe
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Throw Axe
Throw an axe that cripple foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 163
Cripple.pngCripple (4s): -50% Movement Speed
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
Range.pngRange: 900
Dual Strike
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Dual Strike
Strike your foe with both weapons. Gain fury with each hit.
Damage.png2Damage: 292
Fury.png2Fury (3s): 20% Critical Chance
Range.pngRange: 130
Whirling Axe
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Whirling Axe
Spin and attack nearby foes. You can move while spinning.
Damage.png15Damage: 1,290
Damage.png15Damage: 1,005
Radius.pngRadius: 130
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
Greatsword
Greatsword Swing
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Greatsword Swing
Chain. Slash your foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 170
Vulnerability.pngVulnerability (8s): 1% Incoming Damage
Range.pngRange: 130
Hundred Blades
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Hundred Blades
Repeatedly strike multiple foes. The last strike does extra damage.
Damage.png8Damage: 1,032
Damage.pngFinal Strike Damage: 271
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Range.pngRange: 130
Whirlwind Attack
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Whirlwind Attack
Whirl in a target's direction, slashing foes along your path.
Damage.pngDamage: 164
Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 4
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Book.pngEvade: 0.75 seconds
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
Range.pngRange: 450
Bladetrail
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Bladetrail
Throw your greatsword at your foe so that it returns to you, crippling foes along the way.
Damage.pngDamage: 183
Cripple.pngCripple (4s): -50% Movement Speed
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
Range.pngRange: 900
Rush
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Rush
Charge and strike your foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 414
Range.pngRange: 1,200

An alternative weapon setup is Axe/Axe and Greatsword, which is able to perform a similar damage output and a slightly different rotation


Slot Changes

  • Replace
    with other healing skills if you don't need to burst adrenaline as the fight starts.
  • Replace
    with
    if large amount of boon removal is required, or
    if your group needs team resurrection.

Traits

Note that the trait
works for all banner buffs applied to you, not just buffs from your banners. Replace
with
if boon removal is not needed.

Variants:

If using the greatsword build. swap
to

Equipment

Assassin stat icon.png
Assassin stat icon.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Assassin stat icon.png
Assassin stat icon.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Assassin stat icon.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Berserker stat icon.png
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6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
18x
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion

Variants

  • Simply swap the weapons used if playing the greatsword variant, using the same weapon stats and sigils.
  • In fractals the
    can be replaced with a sigil from Fractal Consumables Sigils and Infusions to maximize damage.

Consumables

Food

  • If you have a ranger providing spotter, you can use
    Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Food.png+100 Power+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    . Otherwise,
    Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+100 Precision+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    should be used.

Utility

  • Potent Superior Sharpening Stone Potent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Potent Superior Sharpening Stone.pngPotent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Usage

Which weapon setup to use

The difference in damage output between the two different weapon setups is fairly small when played optimally, so your choice can be based on personal preference. However, if you are struggling to get hit while in
you will have better results using the Mace/Axe version of the build, which isn't reliant on
to maximize its damage.

Mace/Axe + Axe/Dagger Variant

Cast
and
as the encounter starts so that you have adrenaline and three stacks of
to begin the rotation
  1. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  2. Chop Chop
    ¼Activation.png
    Chop
    Chop your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 252
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Double Chop Double Chop
    Double Chop
    Chop your foe twice.
    Damage.pngDamage (2x): 538
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Triple Chop Triple Chop
    Activation.png
    Triple Chop
    Deliver three final chops to your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage (2x): 470
    Damage.pngFinal Chop Damage: 504
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
  3. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  4. Mace Smash Mace Smash
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    Mace Smash
    Smash your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 293
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Mace Bash Mace Bash
    ½Activation.png
    Mace Bash
    Bash your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 293
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Pulverize Pulverize
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    Pulverize
    Thrash your foe, leaving them weakened.
    Damage.pngDamage: 587
    Weakness.pngWeakness (5s): -50% Endurance Regeneration, 50% Fumble (Unrestricted)
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
  5. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  6. Chop Chop
    ¼Activation.png
    Chop
    Chop your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 252
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Double Chop Double Chop
    Double Chop
    Chop your foe twice.
    Damage.pngDamage (2x): 538
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Triple Chop Triple Chop
    Activation.png
    Triple Chop
    Deliver three final chops to your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage (2x): 470
    Damage.pngFinal Chop Damage: 504
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
  7. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  8. Repeat from step 16.

Notes

  • will not be recharged once you reach its place in the rotation after looping back to step 16, instead use
    instead.
    should then be used in place of the next
    . Overall you should have cast
    twice in the rotation before using
    again.
  • and
    can both be used to mitigate incoming attacks for a damage gain over dodging (make sure the attack you're trying to mitigate isn't unblockable though!)

Greatsword Variant

Cast
before the encounter starts so that you have adrenaline to begin the rotation
  1. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  2. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  3. Repeat from step 5

Notes

  • Only use
    if you know you will be hit to activate the damage component of the skill, otherwise replace it with
    . You can use things like the posion ground at Slothasor, the lit up floor at Vale Guardian and the black goop at Gorseval as well as boss autoattacks etc to get hit.
  • Make sure that you position yourself so that both the throw and return hits of
    hit the boss
  • Be careful not to use
    into a bad position or out of chronomancer wells. Try to use it against a wall if possible.


Thanks to Butterpeanut for the Mace rotation

Build rating: 95%
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4 Ratings
Gold Medal - Great
TheAgonist.3427 said this build was great March 2018

A strong damage with good survival. For MrMeepy I suggest to read carefully before giving their assessment of anything

Silver Medal - Good
MrMeepy said this build was good February 2018

An easy-to-learn build with satisfyingly high numbers. Only reason for not rating this great is that I find it strange that "Inspiring battle standard" is taken over the other 2 traits when no banners are equipped in utility slots.

Gold Medal - Great
Butterpeanut said this build was great February 2018

Updating the assassins gear setup to the most optimal. Good build. The m/a and a/d setup is also viable pending on the boss. The DPS difference between two is negligible.

1 More Rating
Gold Medal - Great
Troupe said this build was great February 2018

The February balance patch has heralded the return of an old favorite build, greatsword power warrior! Provides high sustained power damage with a simple looped rotation and all of warrior's classic innate durability.

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