Warrior - Axe/Axe Arms

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

Focused on: Direct damageControl.

Designed for:

Overview

A Warrior build for running around in open world. This build attacks quickly and deals high AoE damage, making it great for open world farming.

Skill Bar

Axe/AxeHealingUtilityElite
X/Mace

Weapon Variants

  • If you don't need the crowd control from offhand Mace, you can go without it and just run dual axes. If you do this, you should put your main hand axe in weapon set 1 and your offhand axe in weapon set 2.
  • Alternatively, you can bring a Greatsword for more mobility.
  • 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
  • - more dodges.
  • - deals more damage than
    but tends to knock enemies away from you.
  • - 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.

Specializations

Variants
  • - if you need healing and have Strength sigils.
  • - if running rifle.

Tactics Variant

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

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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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
Superior Rune of Strength
18x
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion
Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.

Marauder Variant

For a tankier option you can run full Marauder stats. You lose about 10% damage but your health is increased by over 6000 (25k up from 19k).
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6x
Superior Rune of Strength
18x
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food
  • Fried Golden Dumpling Fried Golden Dumpling
    Fried Golden Dumpling.pngFried Golden Dumpling
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+100 Concentration+25% Magic Find during Lunar New Year33% Chance for Might (5 seconds) on Crit
    Consumable
    if running the Standard gear variant and not might capped.
  • 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

  • Your main damage skills are
    ,
    , and
    . You should use these skills whenever available and fill in the gaps with
    /axe autoattacks.
    • Never interrupt your autoattack chain, as most of the damage is loaded in the last hit of
      .
  • Activate
    and
    off cooldown for boons.
  • Use
    off cooldown.
  • When possible, use
    before your burst damage to get the bonus from
    .

Survivability

  • Remember to always dodge and sidestep attacks if possible. Don't get hit by anything you can move out of.
  • You can slot
    ,
    , or
    for more damage mitigation.
  • You can cleanse conditions by weapon swapping or using
    . For more condition-heavy fights you should run

Crowd Control

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

This is the Warrior build that deals the highest AoE burst damage. It melts trash mobs, making it extremely effective for farming hearts or events. It also has enough survivability and CC to deal with more difficult enemies.

5 stars
Undertaker610 gave this build 5 stars July 2018

Can kill groups of normal mobs in mere moments, can solo single veterans and elites easily. Core axe/axe warrior for pve is great. On par with SB Greatsword in my opinion.

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