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 Full Counter.png Full Counter.

Skill Bar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Mace/Shield

Weapon Variants

  • If you don't need Shield Stance.png Shield Stance, 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
Utility Skills
Elite Skills

Specializations

Strength:


Peak Performance.png Peak Performance



Forceful Greatsword.png Forceful Greatsword



24px Might Makes Right



Discipline:


Warrior's Sprint.png Warrior's Sprint



Brawler's Recovery.png Brawler's Recovery



Burst Mastery.png Burst Mastery



Spellbreaker:


Pure Strike (trait).png Pure Strike (trait)



24px Slow Counter



Magebane Tether.png Magebane Tether


Variants

Tactics Variant

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


Tactics:


Empowered.png Empowered



Empower Allies.png Empower Allies



Phalanx Strength.png Phalanx Strength



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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Ascended Amulet.png
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Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Accuracy.png
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Ascended Mace.png
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Ascended Shield.png
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Superior Sigil of Force.png
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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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Superior Sigil of Bloodlust.png
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Superior Sigil of Severance.png
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Superior Rune of Strength.png6x
Superior Rune of Strength
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Mighty +5 Agony Infusion
This build has 100% crit chance with fury and Banner of Discipline.png Banner of Discipline with Inspiring Battle Standard.png Inspiring Battle Standard 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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Ascended Ring1.png
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Ascended Ring2.png
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Ascended Greatsword.png
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Superior Sigil of Bloodlust.png
Superior Sigil of Accuracy.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Mace.png
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Ascended Shield.png
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Superior Sigil of Severance.png
Superior Sigil of Paralyzation.png
Superior Rune of Strength.png6x
Superior Rune of Strength
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Mighty +5 Agony Infusion

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 Hundred Blades.png Hundred Blades and burst as often as possible, filling with autoattack chains as needed.
    • Never interrupt your autoattack chain.
    • Remember that Hundred Blades.png Hundred Blades roots you in place, don't use it if you need to move or dodge soon.
    • Whirlwind Attack.png Whirlwind Attack deals good damage if you need to move or you can whirl into a wall.
    • Bladetrail.png Bladetrail is worth using over autoattacking (as long as the projectile isn't eaten by a wall).
    • Rush.png Rush is worth using as a gap closer.
  • Activate Signet of Rage.png Signet of Rage and "For Great Justice!".png "For Great Justice!" off cooldown for boons.
  • When possible, use Kick (warrior utility).png Kick or Stomp.png Stomp before your burst damage to get the bonuses from Peak Performance.png Peak Performance and 24px Attacker's Insight.
    • Try to Kick (warrior utility).png Kick 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 Dual Strike.png Dual Strike > Cyclone Axe.png Cyclone Axe > Whirling Axe.png Whirling Axe.

Defense

  • Full Counter.png Full Counter is a really powerful defensive skill, try to use it instead of dodging whenever possible.
    • Note that Full Counter.png Full Counter 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.
  • Whirlwind Attack.png Whirlwind Attack can be used to evade attacks and reposition.
  • You can slot Dolyak Signet.png Dolyak Signet, Signet of Stamina.png Signet of Stamina, or Endure Pain.png Endure Pain for more damage mitigation.
  • You can use Winds of Disenchantment.png Winds of Disenchantment 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 Full Counter.png Full Counter).

Sustain

Crowd Control

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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