Dragonhunter - Power Greatsword

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

Focused on: Strike damageDps.

Designed for:


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A strong power build with very high burst and decent mobility.

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Weapon Variants

  • Longbow - strong ranged option with decent area damage.
  • Scepter - decent ranged option with high Might Might generation thanks to
  • Staff - good for running with a zerg

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


  • - great AOE damage that mobs can be made to repeatedly walk over; higher burst than
  • - generates Vulnerability Vulnerability
  • - stunbreak that also grants you some Resolution Resolution uptime.
  • - grants more Resolution
  • - condi cleanse
  • - if you need to reflect projectiles.
  • - long-lasting swiftness while running, also gives aegis
  • - teleport with a moderate cooldown

Elite Skills

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


Build Code


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


Honor can be taken for more defense at the cost of damage.

  • - extreme condition cleanse
  • - extra might uptime


Valor can be taken for more defense at the cost of damage.

  • - high sustain if taking multiple meditations
  • , - good if keeping focus over shield


Virtues can be taken for more Resolution Resolution uptime and ally support at the cost of damage.

  • - if taking consecrations
  • - if cc is an issue


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

Standard Equipment

This set uses gear that is very similar to Dragonhunter - Power DPS, making it excellent for general PVE

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Marauder Variant

This set trades ~10% DPS for +60% health.

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Variant Equipment


  • 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


  • - competitive with
  • - high burst option
  • - budget DPS
  • , , - defense


  • - general-use DPS
  • - strong defense
  • - budget DPS



  • 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
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
  • , , - general farming


This food assists with more difficult content, such as bosses or bounties. Ascended versions of these are available and should be used when possible.
  • - permanent Fury Fury when farming trash or with a zerg
  • - extreme sustain when farming trash or with a zerg
  • - a huge boost to damage whenf arming trash or in a zerg
  • , - DPS food
  • , - Defense and Might Might
  • - Lifesteal
  • , , - Damage Reduction Food
  • , - 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.

  1. /
  2. Weapon Swap
  3. Auto-attack until , , and are back up
  4. Weapon Swap

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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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
    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 your foes to you.
    Radius.pngLeash Range: 600
    Range.pngRange: 600
  • Spear of Justice
    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
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
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    Hunter's Verdict
    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.