Build

Berserker - Greataxe

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Focused on: Direct damage.

Designed for:

Overview

A build with considerable Power based pressure backed by a bit of CC, good mobility, and solid sustain.

Skill Bar

Skillbar mechanics header/Berserk

Axe/ShieldHealingUtilityElite
Greatsword

Slot Changes

For the optional utility slot:

  • Can't find such skill "Frenzy (warrior)"! Please refer to our skill index. brings more burst and a stunbreaker to the table.
  • if you're having some trouble with CCs, also useful for breaking the self stun of
    .
  • can also be considered if CCs are too big of an issue.

Specializations

Variants

  • to increase variabily our damage, at cost of condition purging.
  • for some easy quickness to increase damage output

Variants

  • to gain a life saver every 30 secs. It'll cost you bit of damage though.
  • is a huge boost to your defensive capabilities while
    is active and has some synergy with
    when Berserk is not active.

Equipment

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Shield.png
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Superior Sigil of Blood
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Superior Sigil of Blood.pngSuperior Sigil of Blood
50% Chance on Critical: Steal Health. (Cooldown: 5s)
Superior Sigil of Air
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Superior Sigil of Air.pngSuperior Sigil of Air
50% Chance on Critical: Cause a Lightning Strike. (Cooldown: 3s)
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Greatsword.png
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Superior Sigil of Hydromancy
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Superior Sigil of Hydromancy.pngSuperior Sigil of Hydromancy
Damage nearby foes and chill them for 2 seconds when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Leeching
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Superior Sigil of Leeching.pngSuperior Sigil of Leeching
Your next attack after swapping to this weapon while in combat steals some health. (Cooldown: 9s)
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Superior Rune of the Pack
Superior Rune of the Pack.pngSuperior Rune of the Pack
(1): +25 Power (2): +10% Swiftness Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies might, fury, and swiftness for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 20s) (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Precision; +20% Swiftness Duration
Demolisher's Amulet
Demolisher's Amulet.pngDemolisher's Amulet
+1050 Power +1050 Precision +560 Toughness +560 Ferocity

Variants

Sigils

  • Superior Sigil of Blood Superior Sigil of Blood
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    Superior Sigil of Blood.pngSuperior Sigil of Blood
    50% Chance on Critical: Steal Health. (Cooldown: 5s)
    Superior Sigil of Battle Superior Sigil of Battle
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    Superior Sigil of Battle.pngSuperior Sigil of Battle
    Gain 2 stacks of might (20 seconds) when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
    for more Might stacks on weapon swap.
  • Superior Sigil of Blood Superior Sigil of Blood
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    Superior Sigil of Blood.pngSuperior Sigil of Blood
    50% Chance on Critical: Steal Health. (Cooldown: 5s)
    Superior Sigil of Fire Superior Sigil of Fire
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    Superior Sigil of Fire.pngSuperior Sigil of Fire
    50% Chance on Critical: Trigger a Flame Blast for area of effect damage (240 radius). (Cooldown: 5s)
    should you need a bit more AoE cleave.

Runes

  • Superior Rune of Hoelbrak Superior Rune of Hoelbrak
    Superior Rune of Hoelbrak.pngSuperior Rune of Hoelbrak
    (1): +25 Power (2): +10% Might Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 25% chance when struck to gain might for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 5s) (5): +100 Power (6): +20% Might Duration; -20% condition duration applied to you.
    - defense against condition damage but loss of Fury Fury.
  • Superior Rune of Strength Superior Rune of Strength
    Superior Rune of Strength.pngSuperior Rune of Strength
    (1): +25 Power (2): +10% Might Duration (3): +50 Power (4): +15% Might Duration; 25% chance when struck to gain might for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 5s) (5): +100 Power (6): +20% Might Duration; +5% damage while under the effects of might.
    - even better at maintaining Might Might and comes with a 5% damage boost.

Amulets

  • Marauder Amulet Marauder Amulet
    Marauder Amulet.pngMarauder Amulet
    +1050 Power +1050 Precision +560 Vitality +560 Ferocity
    is also a viable option

Usage

General

  • This build is based on CCing your foe with
    ,
    , or
    in order to land Berserker burst skills and
    .
  • Start every fight on point with Axe/Shield, using
    Shield Bash Shield Bash
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    Shield Bash
    Bash your foe with your shield and stun them.
    Damage.pngDamage: 244
    Stun.pngStun (2s): Unable to use skills or move.
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Leap
    Range.pngRange: 450
    as soon as possible to land a stun on the target (coordinate with team to better know when and on who to land it)
  • Most of the damage in this build comes from Greatsword skills (which is even higher in Berserk). To instantly gain Berserk Mode, just
    Head Butt Head Butt
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    Head Butt
    Rage. Stun your target. Stun yourself. Gain adrenaline if you hit.
    Damage.pngDamage: 1,894
    Attribute bonus.pngAdrenaline: 30
    Stun.pngStun: 3s
    Stun.pngSelf-Stun: 1s
    Stun-Break.pngBreaks Stun
    Range.pngRange: 180
    your target, go Berserk (gaining Fury and Quickness thanks to
    ), swap weapon to Greatsword (gaining 2 stacks of Might thanks to
    ), and land
    Hundred Blades 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
    or
    Arc Divider Arc Divider
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    Arc Divider
    Primal Burst. Deliver a circular attack to foes around you, creating a violent shock wave that damages foes. Deal more damage to foes with low health.
    Damage.pngDamage: 351
    Damage.pngDamage against Foes under 50% Health: 614
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire
    Range.pngRange: 450
    if foe is has less than 50% HP.
  • Swap weapons a lot in order to build might stacks or to purge conditions if
    has been picked up.


Disengage & Surviving

  • CC breaking is a lifesaver. Combos like: Get stunned Head Butt Get stunned by Head Butt CC break with Berserk=6k HP + 1000 toughness and the possibility to put some pressure on your foe with GS skills.
  • Abuse
    . It is 3 seconds of protection from power based attacks, and you gain a might stack every time you block, and it reflects projectiles. Perfect against Rangers, Reapers in shroud and Pistol thieves.
  • Condi clearing is hard on this build, but
    will grant 9 secs of total immunity from conditions. There's also the possibility of using
    to gain the same effect for 6 seconds, but at cost the cost of hp regen. Note: Resistance can be corrupted.
  • Remember that
    will proc at 50% hp and will also break stun.
  • can be used either offensively or defensively to escape or to evade attacks.
  • is a useful way to exit combat or to rotate.
  • ,
    , and
    (or Berserk version
    will remove Immobilize due to
    .

Counters

  • Heavy Condition Pressure with boon removal.
Build rating: 80%
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13 Ratings
Gold Medal - Great
Leggomypotato said this build was great October 2016

The main take between this build and the hambow is that this one can provide a high amount of general pressure overall. It still maintains the same counters but is less effected by them, allowing more opportunity for team mates to step in and sway momentum in the greataxe's direction. There is no cleanse for this build's oppression.

Gold Medal - Great
Saints said this build was great June 2016

For sure a very good burst build, if it gets through though. Pretty high resistence, decent mobility through gs + if you know how to kite you can easily win every 1v1. Time your bursts perfectly and your opponent drops real quick. Harder to play than condi war so I'd recommend this build for more experienced warriors.

Silver Medal - Good
Starhejm said this build was good June 2016

Try this: Runes of the daredevil, sigil of purity on 1 set, sigil of generosity on other set, hydro and leeching, drop endure pain for signet of endurance, drop Defy Pain for Armored Attack, Bloody Roar for King of Fires and last but not least - try sword instead of axe. all weaknesses are gone and skill floor is up in the sky - enjoy wrecking. This build is okish in pvp and real goddamn beast in WvW with full knights set and a few cavalier pieces.

10 More Ratings
Gold Medal - Great
TheIronsavage said this build was great May 2016

I Use Trait line of strength over Discipline. This is Just a Eviscerate Build, works really well against thieves, and dragon hunters.

Bronze Medal - Basic
Kenji said this build was basic May 2016

For a warrior build this build is bad for 2 reasons. First one is the pack rune that thing is the most usless thing for the warrior when the warrior has alot more valuable options for a rune like streinght rune hoel barck even leadership is also a good choice and the seckond reason is the rousing resilians basickly its shit true it heals and gives tougness while instead of that you can use the clensing ire or even balance stance another good change is the skill outrage it can be swaped for doliak to increas survive ability against normal dmg

Bronze Medal - Basic
Nerezza said this build was basic May 2016

I agree on the comments prior - but I feel this build is rather overrated for 1v1s. The Ragezerker build has a bit more balance, and likely deserves the placement under Good. Has issues against any decent Tempest, CondiChrono, etc. It has uses, but won't hold up in the current meta.

Silver Medal - Good
Hanz said this build was good May 2016

It's good, but very overrated. Gets destroyed by most meta specs in 1v1s especially revs and it's completely negated by any decent tempest in teamfights.

Gold Medal - Great
Rekt said this build was great May 2016

Been running this extensively since HoT came out, it works much better with runes of rage. Pack provides nothing, more that we dont already have. We have the movement speed from warrior's sprint, rune of rage provides almost perma fury uptime just by its set effect and fatal frenzy upon entering one arcing slice every once in a while easily ensure perma fury, leaving you the ability to spend your adrenaline out of berserker mode on Eviscerate to deal more dmg. 1 stack of might from the set bonus is really nothing, runes of rage provide a 5% dmg increase when under fury, and a lot more ferocity for higher crits. It simply far outshines runes of the pack or strength on this build which doesn't stack any might to start with.

Gold Medal - Great
Chaseanderson195 said this build was great May 2016

I had been playing lb/s/sh and was loving the damage output until i tried this, i used stomp over outrage though and cleansing ire over rousing resilience...also used dogged march, dead or alive, and eternal champion. I also use 1 doom sigil to keep a little poison uptime to effect heals. Loving the fact that non condi builds are back for warrior they are so much more enjoyable of a play style i think.

Compared to other direct damage dealers(i.e. revnant and thief) i think they are interchangeable in most games however thief is way less effective in teamfights then revnant or warrior. And revnants get eaten by condi classes way faster then warrior (esp. If using cleansing ire).

Stomp is great for keeping people off point that extra second for the decap or full cap, can provide nice cc with extremely high damage making it harder for classes to escape. Gs#5 provides a great escape if needed.

Silver Medal - Good
Calcium Carbonate said this build was good April 2016

Between GS/Ham, GS/LB and GS/Rifle, Power GS builds have come and gone. GS/A+Sh is much the same, and while it does offer high damage on point, it suffers significantly against meta/common condi classes including Mesmer, Necro, "Rage"zerker and Mallyx Rev. GS 5 and Shield 5 do offer reliable breathing room when put under unsustainable pressure -- which will be common every time you face these classes with Berserker Stance on cooldown.

Power Revenant offers better damage, CC, evasion, Might/Fury/Swiftness access, blinds, anti-block, reveal and burst healing under pressure. The only reason to run this build on your team over Power Revenant is because it is easier to play, as the majority of its defenses (see: Berserker Stance, all stun breaks) are used after-the-fact rather than preemptively.

Gold Medal - Great
Limbo said this build was great April 2016

crazy build. seems like warr is back in the game. best berserker build atm

Gold Medal - Great
The V said this build was great April 2016

Been using this build since update. Would be better with Pack rune imo for the fury (Right now there is no fury in the build).

However you can kill any enemy. Does require some skill. The longer the fight takes, the lower your chances of winning are. Therefore quick hands and reactions are required. But once mastered... Oh man, sick!

Gold Medal - Great
Lucabuccia said this build was great April 2016

Why i think this build is top tier: it is solid, has a great survivability thanks to patch changes, and it has enought damage output to give benefit to the team. In addiction, 2 stuns on demand are nice to get, assuming that target calling is available and the team goes on with it.

Greatsword is the warrior best choice to deal a nice burst, even if a couple of other weapons can do the same (sword/torch for the condition version).

With this build, as warrior, we can basically take the place of a power shiro rev in the team.