Spellbreaker - Power DPS


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

Focused on: Direct Damage.

Designed for:

 

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Overview

A power DPS Spellbreaker build for fractals and raids. This build provides sustained damage, good CC and Vulnerability Vulnerability, and boonstrip on demand. It is also highly durable for a DPS class with a large health pool and 24px Full Counter.
Spellbreaker's weakness is that it is a heavily fight and reaction dependent class. Its DPS relies on proccing Wastrel's Ruin.png Wastrel's Ruin and 24px Full Counter, and maintaining the Peak Performance.png Peak Performance, Berserker's Power.png Berserker's Power, and 24px Attacker's Insight buffs. Thus, while Spellbreaker has good theoretical DPS, it takes a lot of practice to play to its full potential in real fights.

Skillbar

Mace/AxeHealingUtilityElite
Axe/Dagger

Weapon Variants

Axe/Axe
Chop
¼Activation.png
Chop
Chain. Chop your foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 170
Range.pngRange: 130
Cyclone Axe
½Activation.png
6Recharge.png
Cyclone Axe
Spin around and attack all nearby foes.
Damage.png2Damage: 170
Vulnerability.png4Vulnerability (8s): 4% Incoming Damage
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
Range.pngRange: 130
Throw Axe
¼Activation.png
10Recharge.png
Throw Axe
Throw an axe that cripple foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 163
Cripple.pngCripple (4s): -50% Movement Speed
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
Range.pngRange: 900
Dual Strike
½Activation.png
12Recharge.png
Dual Strike
Strike your foe with both weapons. Gain fury with each hit.
Damage.png2Damage: 292
Fury.png2Fury (3s): 20% Critical Chance
Range.pngRange: 130
Whirling Axe
Activation.png
15Recharge.png
Whirling Axe
Spin and attack nearby foes. You can move while spinning.
Damage.png15Damage: 1,290
Damage.png15Damage: 1,005
Radius.pngRadius: 130
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
Greatsword
Greatsword Swing
½Activation.png
Greatsword Swing
Chain. Slash your foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 170
Vulnerability.pngVulnerability (8s): 1% Incoming Damage
Range.pngRange: 130
Hundred Blades
Activation.png
8Recharge.png
Hundred Blades
Repeatedly strike multiple foes. The last strike does extra damage.
Damage.png8Damage: 1,032
Damage.pngFinal Strike Damage: 271
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Range.pngRange: 130
Whirlwind Attack
1Activation.png
10Recharge.png
Whirlwind Attack
Whirl in a target's direction, slashing foes along your path.
Damage.pngDamage: 164
Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 4
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Book.pngEvade: 0.75 seconds
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
Range.pngRange: 450
Bladetrail
¾Activation.png
15Recharge.png
Bladetrail
Throw your greatsword at your foe so that it returns to you, crippling foes along the way.
Damage.pngDamage: 183
Cripple.pngCripple (4s): -50% Movement Speed
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
Range.pngRange: 900
Rush
2Activation.png
20Recharge.png
Rush
Charge and strike your foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 414
Range.pngRange: 1,200

An alternative weapon setup is Axe/Axe and Greatsword, which is able to perform a similar damage output and a slightly different rotation


Slot Changes

Traits

Note that the trait Inspiring Battle Standard.png Inspiring Battle Standard works for all banner buffs applied to you, not just buffs from your banners. Replace 24px Loss Aversion with 24px Sun and Moon Style if boon removal is not needed.

Variants:

If using the greatsword build. swap Body Blow.png Body Blow to Forceful Greatsword.png Forceful Greatsword

Equipment

Ascended Head (Heavy).png
Assassin stat icon.png
Ascended Shoulders (Heavy).png
Assassin stat icon.png
Ascended Chest (Heavy).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Hands (Heavy).png
Assassin stat icon.png
Ascended Legs (Heavy).png
Assassin stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Heavy).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory1.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory2.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Amulet.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Ring1.png
Assassin stat icon.png
Ascended Ring2.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Mace.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Axe.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Accuracy.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Axe.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Dagger.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Accuracy.png
Superior Rune of the Scholar.png6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
48px18x
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion

Variants

  • Simply swap the weapons used if playing the greatsword variant, using the same weapon stats and sigils.
  • In fractals the
    can be replaced with a sigil from Fractal Consumables Sigils and Infusions to maximize damage.

Consumables

Food

  • If you have a ranger providing spotter, you can use
    Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Food.png+100 Power+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    . Otherwise,
    Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+100 Precision+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    should be used.

Utility

  • Potent Superior Sharpening Stone Potent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Potent Superior Sharpening Stone.pngPotent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Usage

Which weapon setup to use

The difference in damage output between the two different weapon setups is fairly small when played optimally, so your choice can be based on personal preference. However, if you are struggling to get hit while in 24px Full Counter you will have better results using the Mace/Axe version of the build, which isn't reliant on 24px Full Counter to maximize its damage.

Mace/Axe + Axe/Dagger Variant

Cast "To the Limit!".png "To the Limit!" and Signet of Rage.png Signet of Rage as the encounter starts so that you have adrenaline and three stacks of 24px Attacker's Insight to begin the rotation

  1. Bull's Charge.png Bull's Charge
  2. Skull Crack.png Skull Crack
  3. Pommel Bash.png Pommel Bash
  4. Dual Strike.png Dual Strike
  5. Whirling Axe.png Whirling Axe
  6. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  7. Cyclone Axe.png Cyclone Axe
  8. Throw Axe.png Throw Axe
  9. Eviscerate.png Eviscerate
  10. Kick (warrior utility).png Kick
  11. Wastrel's Ruin.png Wastrel's Ruin
  12. Throw Axe.png Throw Axe
  13. Chop Chop
    ¼Activation.png
    Chop
    Chop your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 252
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Double Chop Double Chop
    Double Chop
    Chop your foe twice.
    Damage.pngDamage (2x): 538
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Triple Chop Triple Chop
    Activation.png
    Triple Chop
    Deliver three final chops to your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage (2x): 470
    Damage.pngFinal Chop Damage: 504
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
  14. Cyclone Axe.png Cyclone Axe
  15. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  16. Skull Crack.png Skull Crack
  17. Mace Smash Mace Smash
    ½Activation.png
    Mace Smash
    Smash your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 293
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Mace Bash Mace Bash
    ½Activation.png
    Mace Bash
    Bash your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 293
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Pulverize Pulverize
    ¾Activation.png
    Pulverize
    Thrash your foe, leaving them weakened.
    Damage.pngDamage: 587
    Weakness.pngWeakness (5s): -50% Endurance Regeneration, 50% Fumble (Unrestricted)
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
  18. Pommel Bash.png Pommel Bash
  19. Kick (warrior utility).png Kick
  20. Whirling Axe.png Whirling Axe
  21. Dual Strike.png Dual Strike
  22. Skull Crack.png Skull Crack
  23. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  24. Wastrel's Ruin.png Wastrel's Ruin
  25. Cyclone Axe.png Cyclone Axe
  26. Throw Axe.png Throw Axe
  27. Eviscerate.png Eviscerate
  28. Bull's Charge.png Bull's Charge
  29. Throw Axe.png Throw Axe
  30. Chop Chop
    ¼Activation.png
    Chop
    Chop your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 252
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Double Chop Double Chop
    Double Chop
    Chop your foe twice.
    Damage.pngDamage (2x): 538
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Triple Chop Triple Chop
    Activation.png
    Triple Chop
    Deliver three final chops to your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage (2x): 470
    Damage.pngFinal Chop Damage: 504
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
  31. Cyclone Axe.png Cyclone Axe
  32. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  33. Repeat from step 16.

Notes

  • Bull's Charge.png Bull's Charge will not be recharged once you reach its place in the rotation after looping back to step 16, instead use Kick (warrior utility).png Kick instead. Bull's Charge.png Bull's Charge should then be used in place of the next Kick (warrior utility).png Kick. Overall you should have cast Kick (warrior utility).png Kick twice in the rotation before using Bull's Charge.png Bull's Charge again.
  • 24px Full Counter and Counterblow.png Counterblow can both be used to mitigate incoming attacks for a damage gain over dodging (make sure the attack you're trying to mitigate isn't unblockable though!)

Greatsword Variant

Cast "To the Limit!".png "To the Limit!" before the encounter starts so that you have adrenaline to begin the rotation

  1. Bladetrail.png Bladetrail
  2. Bull's Charge.png Bull's Charge
  3. Arcing Slice.png Arcing Slice
  4. 24px Full Counter
  5. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  6. Cyclone Axe.png Cyclone Axe
  7. Throw Axe.png Throw Axe
  8. Dual Strike.png Dual Strike
  9. Kick (warrior utility).png Kick
  10. Whirling Axe.png Whirling Axe
  11. 24px Full Counter
  12. Cyclone Axe.png Cyclone Axe
  13. Throw Axe.png Throw Axe
  14. Kick (warrior utility).png Kick
  15. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  16. Arcing Slice.png Arcing Slice
  17. Hundred Blades.png Hundred Blades
  18. Whirlwind Attack.png Whirlwind Attack
  19. Bladetrail.png Bladetrail
  20. Kick (warrior utility).png Kick
  21. Arcing Slice.png Arcing Slice
  22. Repeat from step 5

Notes

  • Only use 24px Full Counter if you know you will be hit to activate the damage component of the skill, otherwise replace it with Eviscerate.png Eviscerate. You can use things like the posion ground at Slothasor, the lit up floor at Vale Guardian and the black goop at Gorseval as well as boss autoattacks etc to get hit.
  • Make sure that you position yourself so that both the throw and return hits of Bladetrail.png Bladetrail hit the boss
  • Be careful not to use Whirlwind Attack.png Whirlwind Attack into a bad position or out of chronomancer wells. Try to use it against a wall if possible.


Thanks to Butterpeanut for the Mace rotation

Build rating - 4 stars
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3 Ratings
4 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 4 stars September 2018

A decent power DPS build with good CC, but this build's poor burst and reliance on well-timed Full Counters make it inferior to the best power classes. I wouldn't recommend it unless you really enjoy playing Spellbreaker.

4 stars
Butterpeanut gave this build 4 stars September 2018

Updated the M/A+A/D rotation due to the 6s Peak Performance change. Not 100% perfect but a good indicator of the rotation you should aim for. One thing that isn't included for example is to try and stow the axe auto chain.

Updating the rating to 4/5 based on the new rating score of "viable build, good in all situations and well made guide". This build isn't optimal anywhere, but it is a viable power build to run if you enjoy playing it. The main issue with the build is that it's burst is very low for being a power build.

5 stars
Screaming gave this build 5 stars July 2018

A very good build with great damage and fairly easy rotations and great inherent survivability to boot, and good CC as well, though it's missing the Greatsword/ Mace+Axe variant which is basically the Greatsword variant without relying on Full Counter but relying on Mace for Attacker's Insight instead. Whirling Axe and/or Hundred Blades are very good for when you need to burst something down quickly, making this a decent choice for fractals.

My only issue is the lack of a good ranged weapon for Power Warrior - this can make some encounters a bit harder, while you should generally be in melee range melee-only specs are punished notably more by things like boss-centred AoE such as in Volcanic, where as specs with range, even if it's only 300, have a much easier time doing damage when they have to get out of that AoE to avoid damage, though this shouldn't discourage anyone from trying.

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