Spellbreaker - Strength Greatsword

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

Focused on: Direct damageControlActive defenseSustain.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

A variant of Warrior - Strength Greatsword for players with the Path of Fire expansion. This variant sacrifices some sustain, but gains access to higher damage, boon removal, and
.

Skill Bar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Mace/Shield

Weapon Variants

  • If you don't need
    , offhand Mace can be used instead of Shield for more damage.
  • If you don't need the crowd control or defensive skills from Mace/Shield, you can use main hand or offhand Axes in your second weapon slot.
  • Use a Rifle if you need to range something.

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • - if you aren't taking much damage.
  • - a big heal that also maxes out your adrenaline.
Utility Skills
  • - if you have the Optimal gear set with Strength runes and don't need the might and fury from
  • - better than
    if you're going to be fighting in the same spot for a while.
  • - more dodges.
  • - alternative to
    if you don't need a stun break.
  • - alternative to
    if you're taking a lot of damage.
  • - alternative to
    if conditions are a problem.
  • - panic button.
Elite Skills
  • - longer duration of boons than
    but also a longer cooldown.
  • - grants stability, mobility, and crowd control.
  • - if there are boons to remove or projectiles to destroy.

Specializations

Variants
  • - if you don't need healing you can take this for a large damage increase.
  • - if running
    .
  • - if running rifle.
  • - if running axe.
  • - if there are boons to remove.

Tactics Variant

If there are nearby players, you can run Tactics instead of Discipline to grant them a lot of increased damage with
and
. If you do this, it's also worth running
and
.

Equipment

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

Standard Equipment

The Standard Variant uses similar gear to the Warrior - Power Bannerslave and Spellbreaker - Power DPS builds for fractals and raids. This makes it a good general-purpose gear set and is the gear that most players should aim for.
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Superior Rune of the Scholar
If running Axes, you should use axes with the same stats and sigils as your greatsword.

Optimal Equipment

The Optimal Variant is the best possible gear for this build. It's overkill in most cases, and you should only get it if you have spare gold or you don’t care about fractals and raids.
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6x
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18x
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion
This build has 100% crit chance with fury and
with
traited. If you have different precision from food, skills, or traits, adjust your gear accordingly.
Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.

Marauder Variant

For a tankier option you can run full Marauder's stats. You lose about 10% damage but your health is increased by 6000 (25k up from 19k).
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Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food
  • 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
    ,
    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
    ,
    Plate of Truffle Steak Plate of Truffle Steak
    Plate of Truffle Steak.pngPlate of Truffle Steak
    Nourishment (30m):
    Food.png+100 power+70 precision+10% Experience from kills
    Consumable
    , or
    Dragon's Breath Bun Dragon's Breath Bun
    Dragon's Breath Bun.pngDragon's Breath Bun
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+200 power for 30s after killing an enemy+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    for more damage.
  • Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew.pngBowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png100% chance to gain might when you dodge.+40% to your Endurance refill rate.+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    for more dodges.
  • Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream for more healing.
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

Damage

  • Greatsword is your main weapon. Just
    and burst as often as possible, filling with autoattack chains as needed.
    • Never interrupt your autoattack chain.
    • Remember that
      roots you in place, don't use it if you need to move or dodge soon.
    • deals good damage if you need to move or you can whirl into a wall.
    • is worth using over autoattacking (as long as the projectile isn't eaten by a wall).
    • is worth using as a gap closer.
  • Activate
    and
    off cooldown for boons.
  • When possible, use
    or
    before your burst damage to get the bonuses from
    and
    .
    • Try to
      enemies into walls so they stay in place and you don't have to chase them around.
  • If running the dual axe variant, you should constantly swap between Axe/Axe and Greatsword to use their damaging skills. While on Axe/Axe, you should prioritize
    >
    >
    .

Defense

  • is a really powerful defensive skill, try to use it instead of dodging whenever possible.
    • Note that
      reduces the damage of attacks to 0 rather than actually blocking them. This is relevant if you’re trying not to get hit by an attack (e.g. for specific achievements).
  • You can swap to Mace/Shield to block attacks and stun enemies.
  • can be used to evade attacks and reposition.
  • You can slot
    ,
    , or
    for more damage mitigation.
  • You can use
    to destroy projectiles.
  • Remember to always dodge and sidestep attacks if possible. Don't get hit by anything you can move out of (except when baiting
    ).

Sustain

  • You get quite a lot of sustained healing from
    .
  • You can cleanse conditions by weapon swapping or using
    . For more condition-heavy fights you can run
    .

Crowd Control

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Build rating - 5 stars
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2 Ratings
5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

A tanky, high AoE damage build for Spellbreaker. Excels at soloing group events and cleaving down trash mobs, and can survive some things it shouldn't be able to with Full Counter. Like all Warrior builds, its weakness is its short effective range.

5 stars
Screaming gave this build 5 stars July 2018

A great build that fulfils classic warrior wielding a big sword fantasy, with not only great personal sustain and damage mitigation through Might Makes Right and Full Counter, but also extremely effective at generating its own might further increasing its damage between Forceful Greatsword and Magebane Tether.

Alongside this it also has decent condition cleanse with Mending and Brawler's Recovery, as well as good mobility on Greatsword with Whirlwind Attack and Rush which are further enhanced by Warrior's Sprint removing immobile.

This build, overall, is absolutely excellent, while being fun to play - between Mace and Shield skills, Hundred Blades, and Physical skills, it's easy to get the feeling that your warrior is this extremely strong unstoppable juggernaut.

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