Warrior - Axe/Axe Arms

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

Focused on: Direct damageSingle targetMelee damageMobilityDpsRoamingCore.

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A warrior build for roaming in Open World. This build features very high DPS for a core build and is quite versatile.

  • Very high DPS compared to most Core builds
  • Very high CC
  • Great mobility with weapon swapping
  • Has a utility for every situation
  • Low sustain
  • Poor ranged options

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Weapon Variants

  • Greatsword - Very high mobility, decent DPS; replaces Mace/Shield
  • Rifle - Your only valid ranged option for power
  • Offhand Mace - Higher CC than offhand shield
  • Hammer - Decent CC, but lower than Mace/Mace or Mace/Shield

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • - if you aren't taking much damage.
  • - condi clear
Utility Skills
  • - more dodges.
  • - physical skill that grants CC and mobility
  • - alternative to if you don't need a stun break.
  • - alternative to if you're taking a lot of damage.
  • - removes conditions & breaks stun
  • - panic button.
Elite Skills
  • - longer duration of boons than but also a longer cooldown.
  • - grants stability, mobility, and crowd control.


Build Code


  • - if running rifle.

Tactics Variant

In a small group, it is possible to cap might on the rest of your party but at a significant loss of personal DPS. This is only worth it if you have 2-3 Power DPS builds with you. Replace's Discipline.


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


  • Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's , Assassin stat icon.png Assassin's gear - higher dps, much lower defense
  • Knight stat icon.png Knight's gear - lower dps, higher defense; Knight trinkets + Berserker armor and weapons is a common substitute for Marauder.


It is strongly recommended not to replace or . The loss of either typically results in a massive DPS loss.


Runes are the easiest way to change key elements of your build. Runes should focus on providing you more damage or defense.

  • - more burst, lower DPS
  • - cheap sustain option
  • , - powerful defensive runes



This food is used to maximize profit when farming events.
  • 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.
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma


This food assists with more difficult content, such as bosses or bounties.
  • , - Defense/Damage
  • , - Damage
  • - 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 and before your burst damage to get the bonus from .


  • 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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3 Ratings
5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars August 2020

This build is an absolute monster in Open World, with high DPS and burst damage, great cleave, and very high CC. Easily one of the best core specs.

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.