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Dragonhunter - Power Greatsword

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The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Direct damageDps.

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Overview

Radiant Dragonhunter is a versatile power build which performs well in most areas of open world. It is excellent at roaming with its high area burst damage and innate survivability.

Skill Bar

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Sword/Focus

Weapon Variants

Never replace greatsword.

  • Greatsword - the strongest weapon for power guard builds, especially DH.
  • Sword - very powerful mainhand weapon with high burst damage and good Fury Fury uptime.
  • Mace - weak mainhand weapon but generates decent healing, even without healing power.
  • Longbow - strong ranged option with decent area damage.
  • Scepter - decent single target DPS with high Might Might generation thanks to
  • Staff - good for running with a zerg
  • Torch - avoid.

Skill Variants

Heal 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.
  • - heal trap that blinds an an area when triggered

Utilities

Guardian's utility skills are very versatile and you are encouraged to change them based on the situation or your preferences.
  • - great AOE damage that mobs will walk over if you want them to
  • - vuln trap
  • - stunbreak that also grants you some Resolution Resolution uptime.
  • - grants more Resolution for boss fights where you can't proc much.
  • - more crowd control.
  • - if you need condition cleanse.
  • - if you need to reflect projectiles.
  • - long-lasting swiftness while running, also gives aegis
  • - teleport with a moderate cooldown
  • - extremely powerful condition hate

Elite Skills

  • - defensive option.
  • - great for DPS but worse for burst and CC

Specializations

Build Code

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Variants
  • - use if running in a zerg
  • , - lowers DPS for defense

Equipment

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

Standard Equipment

This variant is heavily reliant on Resolution Resolution and has very little defense, but has the highest damage of all listed variants.

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  • If you find you need extra defense with this variant, it is recommended to learn how to layer , , and to create a significant uptime on psuedo-invulnerability.
    • In lieu of the above, feel free to add some defensive trinkets or use .

Marauder Variant

This variant does not require Resolution Resolution to hit 100% crit chance, though it still benefits from . Instead, can be used, or the Radiance trait line can be dropped completely.

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  • You can use and for a variant that isn't as reliant on Resolution.

Diviner Variant

This variant allows for perm Resolution uptime, which smooths the class's playstyle out and provides it with easier access to DPS when roaming in open world.

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  • When using this variant, you must run .
  • If you find you need extra defense with this variant, it is recommended to learn how to layer , , and to create a significant uptime on psuedo-invulnerability.
    • In lieu of the above, feel free to add some defensive trinkets or use .


Variant Equipment

Gear

  • Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's - highest DPS
  • Marauder stat icon.png Marauder - similar to Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's but trades a small amount of damage for a massive increase to HP (60%!)
  • Diviner stat icon.png Diviner - provides high boon duration for good Resolution Resolution uptime
  • Commander stat icon.png Commander's - can mix with the Diviner variant to provide additional defense at the cost of damage.
  • Assassin stat icon.png Assassin's - can be used to fine-tune crit chance
  • Knight stat icon.png Knight's , Soldier stat icon.png Soldier - can be mixed with other variants for some defense at the cost of damage, try not to use much of this as DH relies heavily on DPS

Runes

  • - highest DPS if you crit cap
  • - cheap, and beats Scholar if you need the precision
  • - higher burst alternative to
  • , , , - Defensive options, not recommended (just run the Mara variant instead, if you can).

Sigils

  • , - defensive options
  • - generic DPS sigil
  • - our highest DPS sigil due to high Might Might output, which we sorely need due to lack of procs.
  • - nearly as strong as Strength
  • , - burst sigils

Consumables

Solo

This food assists with more difficult content, such as bosses or bounties.
Food
  • , - Defense/Damage
  • , - Damage
Utility
  • - Damage

Farming Food

In general, you should use event food when farming for profit.

Food
  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain (requires crit chance)
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
Utility
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma

Usage

Damage

General Advice

  • Note that to play this build optimally you must turn off "Melee Attack Assist" in your Options menu. This is so you can stand inside of boss hitboxes.
  • Your main damage skills are , , , , , , and . Swap between your weapons using these skills whenever possible, and fill with autoattacks. You should attempt to use and right before you use .
    • Never interrupt your Greatsword or Sword autoattack chains as all the damage is loaded in the last hit.
  • Resolution Resolution is a massive damage boost so you should try to have it up as much as possible. Your main Resolution sources are , , and . If using the Virtues variant, will provide an enormous boost to your Resolution Resolution uptime as well as significant damage.
    • 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 Resolution Resolution uptime.
  • If running Zeal, fight enemies in your symbols to get the damage buff from .
  • You should wait until procs before activating

Generic Opener

While this opener may not apply in every situation, it is a good general-use rotation to start with. Open on Sword/Focus.

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  2. Weapon Swap
  3. Auto-attack until , , and are back up
  4. Weapon Swap


From there, your goal is to simply load your big damage skills into the window provided by while auto-attacking and using off cooldown.

Defense

  • You have a ton of Resolution Resolution uptime which helps you against conditions.
  • 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, Resolution, 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.

Zerging

  • When zerging, use your , , and to tag mobs. Try to make sure your procs on groups so you get credit for all of them.
  • Against bosses or static groups of mobs (while the zerg isn't moving much), use your higher-damage weapon set such as Greatsword or Sword/Focus.

Crowd Control

  • 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
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    Pull your foes to you.
    Radius.pngLeash Range: 600
    Range.pngRange: 600
  • 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
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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
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3 Ratings
5 stars
Shaodwlin gave this build 5 stars September 2020

Stright forward build to play and the best part it's incredibly powerful.

5 stars
Fantastic gave this build 5 stars August 2020

So far, this is a great build to grow into when leveling. the variants provide a lot of diversity in one build. With a little planning and tweaking, you can be prepared for any open world and meta events.

5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars July 2020

Easy to play and incredibly powerful, Radiant DH is a top-tier build that can complete virtually any open world content.

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