Bladesworn - Power Shoutsworn Roamer

The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good

Focused on: Direct damageControl and Mobility

Designed for: WvW Roaming

This build was last updated on October 10, 2022 and is up to date for the November 29, 2022 game patch.

Overview

A high sustain, high mobility WvW Bladesworn build for roaming with decent damage, centered around shouts.


Skill Bar

Axe/Warhorn
Utility


Template Code

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Specializations


Equipment

Head
Marauder
Shoulders
Marauder
Chest
Marauder
Hands
Marauder
Legs
Marauder
Feet
Marauder
Backpiece
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Amulet
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Axe
Marauder
Warhorn
Marauder
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18

Infusions

  • Crit chance is very important for the build, going for Precise WvW Infusion instead of Mighty is worth considering.

Sigils

  • over - if you're struggling against condition builds this should help.


Consumables

Food options

  • - passive damage mitigation and great stats.
  • - a very strong defensive option which improves your already great endurance regen. Even has synergy with Might Might related traits and the Strength line in general.
    • Budget version:


Utility

  • or , whichever is cheaper at the moment.


Usage

Elite specialization basics

  • Warriors who spec Bladesworn Bladesworn lose access to weapon swapping in combat but gain access to the Gunblade, which works a bit like an Engineer kit (F1 by default).
  • Instead of Adrenaline you build Flow in combat. If you have enough Flow you gain access to (F2), which roots you in place and starts consuming Flow when used. Dragon Trigger empowers your Gunblade skills. The more Flow you consume, the stronger the first 3 skills get. These 3 skills are the main source of your burst damage.
  • While swapping in and out of Gunblade has a 10s CD, this can sometimes be bypassed. Dragon Trigger is on a separate CD and using it puts you back into Gunblade mode.


General

  • Gunblade isn't a very complicated weapon. 1-4 are damaging skills and 5 is for mobility/Fury Fury application. Skills 1-2 are melee, 3 is ranged, 4 works in both. Spam them in whatever order you wish if they're not on CD.
  • The 3 Dragon Trigger burst skills are:
    • Dragon Slash - Force: replaces the autoattack, melee cleave.
    • Dragon Slash - Boost: replaces skill 2, a gap closer/mobility skill with good damage.
    • Dragon Slash - Reach: replaces skill 3, ranged projectile attack.
  • While dragon trigger is active, Gunblade skill #5 turns into a ground targeted teleport. While the range is short, this could still allow you to reposition yourself in a way to hit targets who escaped to the highground or are hiding behind a pillar.
  • makes it easier to land Dragon Trigger skills by giving you Blind Blind immunity while also making it more threatening by adding a Stun Stun.
  • Axe/Warhorn is more of a defensive set by comparison, but is an excellent finishing move against low HP targets even from range. It's quick and does high damage.
  • is both a defensive and offensive skill. You can either use it to heal/cleanse yourself and your team or boost your damage depending on the situation.
  • Use Warhorn #4 on CD to maintain permanent Swiftness Swiftness.


Sustain

  • Every source of Might Might application heals you thanks to and , turning otherwise damage focused skills like into healing skills.
  • is a very important part of your survival kit, giving you barrier whenever you use the last charge of an ammo skill. This includes all of your shouts, , Gunblade skills and even .
    • This trait heavily encourages you to spam Gunblade skills to make sure you don't build up multiple charges. If every charge is your last one, this trait keeps the procs rolling.
  • adds not only sustain but also group healing to the build, making all of your utility skills stronger.
  • turns every shout skill into a source of condition cleansing.
  • gives one charge to all of the aforementioned ammo skills and makes your next Dragon Trigger stronger. It's primarily a defensive skill, make sure your heal and shouts don't have 2 charges before using this.
  • Be careful with the timing of ! The charges don't stack, if you use the second one before the first heal goes off the first one won't heal you.
  • Your best source of condition cleansing is also one of your your only stun breaks: so plan your CD management accordingly.
    • A lesser version of this skill procs from .
  • is the best skill in the build for surviving Power based damage, even allowing you to tank some enemy burst while counter pressuring them. It's also a stun break, so if you're not under any condition pressure you might want to use this first before resorting to later.
  • on Warhorn provides much needed cleansing while offering useful boons and barrier for you and your team.


Ratings

This build has a rating of 4 stars based on 1 votes.
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4 stars
Hanz gave this build 4 stars • August 2022
I think it's strong in a lot of ways, especially when it comes to sustain, but the damage to wrap up fights isn't really there. Bladesworn doesn't really have a playstyle, it's a spec made to spam Gunsaber skills and hope for the best. In sPvP that's currently working out just fine because every skill hits hard and the sustain's great so eventually the Bladesworn comes out on top. In WvW however its damage is nothing special and tankier Cele specs can live through the pressure easily in which case there's just nothing to do but run away. Probably needs a sustain nerf but a damage buff to be more balanced.

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