Spellbreaker - Strength Greatsword

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Part of the current metagame.

Our curator decided this build is in the current metagame regardless of rating. The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Solo contentEventsDirect damageSurvivabilitySupport.

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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 . This build excels in Solo Content and Events.

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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
  • - better than if you're going to be fighting in the same spot for a while.
  • - more dodges.
  • - Good CC and stability
  • - 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

Build Code

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Variants
  • run this if you are around any other players.
  • - if you don't need healing you can take this for a large damage increase.
  • - if running .

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.
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If running Axes, you should use axes with the same stats and sigils as your greatsword.
Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.
  • is a valid alternative to , especially if not running

Marauder Variant

For a tankier option you can run the Marauder Variant. You will lose some damage but gain a moderate boost to health. This variant is recommended for most Open World players.
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  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.
  • is a valid alternative to , especially if not running

Crit Variant

The Crit Variant features very high crit-chance. It's overkill in most cases but for those with the extra gold for the gear it can be an excellent option.
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  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.

Consumables

Food
  • or
    for more damage.
  • for playing with groups.
  • is a good budget option.
  • for more dodges.
  • is a fantastic food for farming open world. It's cheap, provides a moderate boost to both damage and survivability, and increases magic find significantly.
  • for more healing.
  • is a great option when you do not need any extra damage or sustain.
Utility
  • or
    is your best damage option.
  • is a great budget option.


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.
  • 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.