Spellbreaker - Magebane Roamer

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

Focused on: Direct damageControlMobility.

Designed for:


A high mobility WvW Spellbreaker roaming build going all in on burst damage.



Slot Changes


  • Dagger over Shield - this one sacrifices sustain for even more burst damage.



Peak Performance.png Peak Performance

Forceful Greatsword.png Forceful Greatsword

24px Might Makes Right


Warrior's Sprint.png Warrior's Sprint

Brawler's Recovery.png Brawler's Recovery

Burst Mastery.png Burst Mastery


Guard Counter.png Guard Counter

24px Slow Counter

Magebane Tether.png Magebane Tether


Ascended Head (Heavy).png
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Ascended Legs (Heavy).png
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Ascended Feet (Heavy).png
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Ascended Back.png
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Ascended Amulet.png
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Ascended Ring1.png
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Ascended Sword.png
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Ascended Shield.png
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Superior Sigil of Intelligence.png
Superior Sigil of Cleansing.png
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Ascended Greatsword.png
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Superior Sigil of Hydromancy.png
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Superior Rune of Strength
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Mighty WvW Infusion



  • - more sustain.


Food options

  • - damage.
  • - defense.
    • Budget version:



Elite specialization basics

  • Full Counter.png Full Counter (FC) recharges your Burst skills Arcing Slice.png Arcing Slice and Flurry.png Flurry. Always try to use it when you can refresh their duration, except if you're under heavy pressure in which case you can use FC purely for defensive means.
  • Always try to make sure Full Counter goes off: briefly move into hostile AoE spells, tank Mesmer clones or Ranger pets, etc.
  • FC is both the best defensive and offensive skill in the build as it blocks, evades, grants Stability Stability / Protection Protection, and performs an unblockable AoE damage/CC attack when triggered.
  • Both burst skills and Full Counter cost adrenaline. If you only need a little more till you can use them then Versatile Rage.png Versatile Rage or a damaging dodge can get you there.


  • Playstyle: the plan is to proc Magebane Tether.png Magebane Tether (MT) as often as possible (this is important for both damage and sustain), keep melee contact to the minimum (use your mobility and evasion), and move in only when A) you can outdamage the target and B) when at least some of your defensives like Full Counter.png Full Counter is available.
    • Any burst skill can proc Magebane Tether.png Magebane Tether, including Full Counter.png Full Counter.
    • Flurry.png Flurry is a rather weak skill that won't see much use bar the very first hit - landing that is enough to proc both MT and the Immobilize Immobilize. After that you're usually better off cancelling the skill with a weapon stow, and following up with something that hits harder.
  • 24px Might Makes Right adds a defensive element to Might Might stacking, as each stack is going to heal you and grant endurance.
  • Sustain (especially passive) is rather low, you'll be relying on avoiding damage altogether using blocking, evasion, and mobility skills.
  • Fast Hands.png Fast Hands reduces the CD of weapon swapping to 5 seconds, which keeps gameplay rather fast paced with minimal downtime. As a result you won't be auto attacking much unless you're cleaving a downed enemy and everything is on CD.
  • Reckless Dodge.png Reckless Dodge causes your dodges to deal considerable amount of damage. Besides its obvious use of dealing damage whilst evading attacks, it's also good for clearing Blind Blind / Aegis Aegis or getting that last bit of adrenaline needed to use your F1/F2 attacks.
  • Your primary damaging skills are Arcing Slice.png Arcing Slice, Whirlwind Attack.png Whirlwind Attack, and Savage Leap.png Savage Leap.
    • The rest is a bit more situational. Final Thrust.png Final Thrust gets better the lower the target's health is, and Hundred Blades.png Hundred Blades can be difficult to land unless the target is stunned or downed.
  • Bull's Charge.png Bull's Charge procs Peak Performance.png Peak Performance if it hits, creating a burst window for you to use.

Conditon cleansing & general survival

  • Brawler's Recovery.png Brawler's Recovery and Warrior's Sprint.png Warrior's Sprint will be used to manage condition levels before resorting to mass cleanses.
  • "Shake It Off!".png "Shake It Off!" (SIO) is the only stun break in the build, and one that comes with AoE condition removal. This skill has 2 charges: if you're under heavy condition pressure and the aforementioned 2 traits aren't enough, you're free to use one of the charges.
  • After using the first SIO charge, you'll have to decide what your next cleanse is going to be - whatever you choose, something's going to be sacrificed:
    • If you blow Signet of Stamina.png Signet of Stamina you'll lose a considerable boost to endurance regen, but will end up with no conditions left, and half a dodge roll's worth of extra endurance.
    • If you blow the 2nd charge of SIO, you'll be left without a stun break, and potentially with a few lingering conditions.
    • Most of the time it's recommended that you exhaust both of the options mentioned above before resorting to the 3rd one: the Resistance Resistance of Healing Signet.png Healing Signet.
  • Kite, a LOT. You want to run out of harm's way using mobility skills as much as possible before resorting to major defensive CDs.
  • Bull's Charge.png Bull's Charge is great if you want to run away from pressure as it can build quite the gap while providing an evade frame.
Build rating - 5 stars
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2 Ratings
5 stars
Nebo grey gave this build 5 stars 4 weeks ago

After a few patchs imo this is still the best warrior solo roaming build for wvw with that main hand sword you can kite like a god👌

5 stars
Hanz gave this build 5 stars October 2018

One of the top roamer builds out there. Somewhat hard to play at first, but all the dodges and mobility makes it fairly durable once you get used to it. Damage is amazing as well.

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