Warrior - Basic Warrior

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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 - The 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.


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

Tactics Variant

Run Tactics over Arms for a dramatic increase to sustain.

  • , - 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.


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 Eagle

Variant Equipment


  • Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's , Assassin stat icon.png Assassin's gear - highest DPS, no defense
  • Marauder stat icon.png Marauder - maintains high DPS but adds some defense
  • Knight stat icon.png Knight's , Soldier stat icon.png Soldier - can be mixed in with other sets for extra defense


Force and Strength are the highest DPS options, but there are some defensive sigils:

  • - more condi cleanse
  • - more dodges
  • , - burst sigils


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

  • - similar to Eagle but trades personal damage for group support
  • , , - great for defense
  • - strong defensive option if also running shout-heal.
  • - cheap sustain option



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



  • The primary damage skills are , , and . You should use these skills whenever available and fill in the gaps with /axe autoattacks.
    • Never interrupt autoattack chains, as most of the damage is loaded in the last hit of .
  • Activate and off cooldown for boons.
  • Use off cooldown.


  • 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 March 2021

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.