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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: Direct damageSingle targetMelee damageMobilityDpsDefenseSolo playRoaming.

Designed for:

  

Expansions required:

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Overview

A solid open world roaming build that has high sustain and damage.

Pros
  • Extremely high mobility
  • Great sustain
  • Decent DPS
  • allows for a very high skill ceiling
  • Easy to start playing
Cons
  • Hard to master
  • DPS could be better
  • Low condi clear without sacrificing DPS
  • Animations can be clunky / slow depending on race

Skill Bar

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Weapon Variants

  • Rifle is your best ranged option.
  • Mace Mainhand and Mace Offhand provide excellent CC.
  • Avoid Longbow.

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

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Variants
  • - Combined with Dagger Offhand this trait provides extreme sustain.


Equipment

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

Standard Equipment

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Superior Rune of Strength

Variant Equipment

Gear

Don't be afraid to mix and match pieces to better fit your playstyle.

  • Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's , Assassin stat icon.png Assassin's - more DPS, much lower defense
  • Knight stat icon.png Knight's - less DPS, higher defense; Knight Trinkets + Berserker armor and weapons is a common substitute for Marauder stat icon.png Marauder
  • Diviner stat icon.png Diviner , Commander stat icon.png Commander's - Like Berserker and Knights, but with Boon Duration for permanent Fury Fury uptime; change out for or if you run this

Sigils

You generally want to keep your , so only replace your secondary sigils.

  • - higher DPS, less sustain
  • Other sigils can work, don't be afraid to experiment.

Runes

Change your runes for a shift in playstyle. Note that you will lose a lot of Might Might uptime

  • - higher burst, lower DPS
  • - cheap defensive option
  • - good defensive rune
  • There are plenty of viable options for runes. In general, your runes should either grant you more damage or more defense; avoid runes with Condition Damage or Condition Duration.

Consumables

Farming

This food is used to maximize profit when farming events.
Food
  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain (requires crit chance)
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
Utility
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma

Solo

This food assists with more difficult content, such as bosses or bounties.
Food
  • , - Defense/Damage
  • , - Damage
Utility
  • - Damage


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 can cleanse conditions by weapon swapping or using . For more condition-heavy fights you can run .
  • Camp Daggers for extremely high sustain.

Crowd Control

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Build rating - 5 stars
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3 Ratings
4 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 4 stars last month

Great roaming build with high sustain.

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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