Bladesworn - Power DPS

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: Raids and Fractals

Expansions required: End of Dragons builds

This build was last updated on November 14, 2022 and is up to date for the November 29, 2022 game patch.

Overview

Bladesworn trades its second weapon set for a Gunsaber that combines ranged explosions with melee slashes. Most importantly, it gains access to the unique Dragon Slash burst skills - incredibly powerful single strikes that take a long time to prepare. As the Bladesworn is immobile this preparation, it can be challenging to manage against targets that move a lot, or can disrupt you. With so much of its damage loaded into the Dragon Slash, Bladesworn is incredibly strong if the player can perform them off cooldown, but even one missed Slash is a significant damage loss.

With Tactics, the Bladesworn can also provide some passive Quickness Quickness or Might Might generation for their subgroup, making them an excellent choice for filling in gaps in your boon uptime while still being top DPS.


Skill Bar

Axe/Pistol
Utility


Skill Variants

Healing

  • Depending on the encounter, you may find makes the opener more consistent, as it provides a bonus to flow generation for 15 seconds upon use. It is used in the same way as .
    • In fractals, you can precast at a Mistlock then switch to to gain the benefits of both.


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Specializations


Trait Variants

  • The grandmaster trait in Tactics can be used to fill in gaps in Quickness Quickness via , or Might Might via .
  • offers a different rotation that trades burst for better long-term damage.


Equipment

Head
Berserker
Shoulders
Berserker
Chest
Berserker
Hands
Berserker
Legs
Berserker
Feet
Berserker
Backpiece
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Amulet
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Axe
Berserker
Pistol
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18
  • In strikes where the boss gets Exposed Exposed, or at Keep Construct, it would be more beneficial to swap the for a .
    • In this case, you should swap your food to (or ascended versions)


Consumables

Food

  • or ascended versions


Utility

    • for a cheaper alternative


Usage

Fierce as Fire Rotation

There are two openers you can use for Bladesworn. The higher damage opener immediately starts with Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force, but requires getting into combat at just the right time to avoid having to delay later parts of the rotation. The other opener has a slightly delayed Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force which allows a bit more time for flow to build up and makes it easier to line up cooldowns.


If possible, you can pre-cast Blooming Fire Blooming Fire, Artillery Slash Artillery Slash and Break Step Break Step to build up stacks of . Pre-cast both charges of , , an additional charge of , and your healing skill.

Burst Opener Toggle
  1. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force
  2. Flicker Step Flicker Step back into melee range
  3. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force


Axe/Pistol 1


Gunsaber 1

  1. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force
  2. Artillery Slash Artillery Slash x2
  3. Cyclone Trigger Cyclone Trigger
  4. Swift Cut Swift Cut Steel Divide Steel Divide Explosive Thrust Explosive Thrust x2
  5. Cyclone Trigger Cyclone Trigger


Axe/Pistol 2


Gunsaber 2

  1. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force
  2. Flicker Step Flicker Step back into melee range
  3. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force
  4. Spam all charges of Artillery Slash Artillery Slash
  5. Proceed to Loop
Regular Opener Toggle

Start on your Gunsaber.

  1. to trigger
  2. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force
  3. Flicker Step Flicker Step back into melee range
  4. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force
  5. Artillery Slash Artillery Slash x2


Axe/Pistol 1


Gunsaber 1

  1. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force
  2. Blooming Fire Blooming Fire
  3. Artillery Slash Artillery Slash
  4. Cyclone Trigger Cyclone Trigger
  5. Swift Cut Swift Cut Steel Divide Steel Divide Explosive Thrust Explosive Thrust
  6. Cyclone Trigger Cyclone Trigger


Axe/Pistol 2


Gunsaber 2

  1. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force
  2. Flicker Step Flicker Step back into melee range
  3. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force
  4. Spam all charges of Artillery Slash Artillery Slash
  5. Proceed to Loop

Loop

Use and off cooldown.


Axe/Pistol 1


Gunsaber 1

  1. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force
  2. Blooming Fire Blooming Fire
  3. Artillery Slash Artillery Slash
  4. Cyclone Trigger Cyclone Trigger
  5. Swift Cut Swift Cut Steel Divide Steel Divide Explosive Thrust Explosive Thrust
  6. Cyclone Trigger Cyclone Trigger


Axe/Pistol 2

  1. - only if you're fast enough that you have time


Gunsaber 2

  1. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force
  2. Flicker Step Flicker Step back into melee range
  3. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force
  4. Spam all charges of Artillery Slash Artillery Slash
  5. Return to start of Axe/Pistol 1


Video example (using To the Limit)


General Tips

  • Both openers follow the same broad structure as the loop, so learning the loop first might be helpful.
  • While charging , you can use Triggerguard Triggerguard to generate extra charges of , to ensure you are at 10 stacks for Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force.
    • If there is any danger of you getting interrupted while in , you can forgo this step so they are available for defence.
  • Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force alone is over half your total damage, so it is essential not to delay . If necessary, you can skip some of the Axe skills in your rotation if it is already available.


Lush Forest Rotation

An alternate rotation uses to trigger frequent cooldown reductions and get in more Dragon Slashes. By trading in , your Dragon Slashes won't hit as hard and thus it is less bursty, but higher long-term damage. Due to the nature of Bladesworn, the better rotation will depend on which most reliably lets you finish a phase with a Dragon Slash. Very fast players will also need to ensure they are getting every trigger of they can so that skills will be off cooldown in time, but slower players may actually find it more forgiving. Finally, this rotation has no need to precast ammo skills which might be appealing.


Opener

Pre-cast both charges of , , and .

Start on your Gunsaber

  1. Blooming Fire Blooming Fire or Break Step Break Step to get an initial cooldown reduction
  2. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force
  3. Flicker Step Flicker Step back into melee range
  4. Triggerguard Triggerguard after one second - casting earlier will not trigger due to the ICD
  5. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force
  6. Cyclone Trigger Cyclone Trigger
  7. - don't cast too quickly as it can cancel Cyclone Axe


Gunsaber Loop

  1. Triggerguard Triggerguard - skip if using in Gunsaber
  2. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force
  3. Cyclone Trigger Cyclone Trigger - only if was used while on Axe
  4. Flicker Step Flicker Step - skip if using in Gunsaber
  5. Dragon Slash - Force Dragon Slash - Force
  6. Filler 2 - If fast enough, you will have a short amount of time before you can Sheathe your Gunsaber, so we fill it with DPS skills while also triggering once (by using whichever skill is at max charges). The number of skills used depends on whether was used that loop. Performed correctly, you should loop between the following three fillers:
    1. Cyclone Trigger Cyclone Trigger Artillery Slash Artillery Slash Cyclone Trigger Cyclone Trigger
    2. Artillery Slash Artillery Slash - on loops where no occurs
    3. Artillery Slash Artillery Slash x2 Cyclone Trigger Cyclone Trigger


Axe/Pistol Loop

  1. Return to start of Gunsaber Loop


General Tips

  • Throughout the loop, you want to use off cooldown. Performed correctly, it should occur at the following times (corresponding to the fillers in the Gunsaber loop):
    1. Immediately after
    2. Just before
    3. Skip a loop
  • Unlike the rotation, let reach maximum charges, then use both to trigger . You should always be able to do this just after using .
  • You want to let Triggerguard Triggerguard and Flicker Step Flicker Step reach maximum charges as well. This limits your ability to use them reactively, but you should still do so if it prevents missing a Dragon Slash.
    • To help, you can use the cast time of to run back into position rather than relying on Flicker Step Flicker Step when it is used after


Rotation example


Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 1 votes.
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5 stars
OfficerAndyGentleman gave this build 5 stars • November 2022
Incredible DPS while also providing some boon uptime for free. Can also deal great CC and the dragon trigger options add some versatility.

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