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Warrior - Basic Warrior

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Focused on: Direct damageSingle targetMelee damageMobilityDpsRoamingCore.

Designed for:

  

Overview

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

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

Skill Bar

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Mace/Shield

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.

Specializations

Build Code

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Variants
  • - if running rifle.
  • - significant sustain and endurance increase.
  • - use for extra stability.

Tactics Variant

You can dramatically increase your sustain by replacing Arms with Tactics.


Variants
  • , - great if you have allies around. Phalanx will remove the heal on shout and drastically reduce your sustain.
  • If using , replace with

Defense Variant

Provides lower sustain but a more versatile playstyle compared to tactics. Traits can vary wildly based on certain circumstances.


  • - great passive defense and is very strong if you take any stances
  • - if you have reliable Weakness
  • - if using gear with moderate amounts of toughness (i.e. more than +300)
  • - if you find yourself mostly using mace

Note on Defense and Tactics

While these each are designed to replace Arms in this build, it is possible to run a Defense + Tactics variant with Strength that provides incredibly high defense. This will drastically affect your damage, however, so be sure the trade-off is worth it before doing this.

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 the Pack
  • Alternative: Full Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's (opt: defensive runes).
  • Note: Full Marauder stat icon.png Marauder is more effective if you have access to it.

Variant Equipment

Gear

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

Sigils

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

Runes

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

  • - more consistent DPS
  • - high DPS option, great if you already have it.
  • - helps drastically when trying to crit cap, comparable to Scholar and Pack.
  • , , - great for defense
  • - strong defensive option if also running shout-heal.
  • - cheap sustain option

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

  • 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.

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

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5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars last month

This build is a beast in open world. Handles itself easily in any core content and can even compete with some stronger roaming builds. Great build for a core spec.

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