Warrior - Strength Greatsword

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

Focused on: EventsSolo ContentDirect DamageSurvivabilityControl.

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A strong core warrior build for those without access to the expansions. This build holds its own decently well in Open World. Thanks to its use of Defense, this build is extremely resilient.

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Weapon Variants

  • If you don't need , offhand Mace can be used instead of Shield for more damage.
  • If you don't need the crowd control or defensive skills from Mace/Shield, you can use main hand or offhand Axes in your second weapon slot.
  • Use a Rifle if you need to range something.

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • - a big heal that also maxes out your adrenaline.
Utility Skills
  • - more dodges.
  • - if you don't need a stun break.
  • - if you're taking a lot of damage.
  • - 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.


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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
  • Marauder stat icon.png Marauder gear is superior to Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's for general-purpose Open World if you have access to it.
    • If you don't have access to Marauder stat icon.png Marauder , you can mix in a few pieces of Knight stat icon.png Knight's or Valkyrie stat icon.png Valkyrie gear if you're having trouble surviving.
  • offers higher burst but lower sustained DPS.


Event Farming

  • 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

Solo Play

  • is a good budget option.
  • or
    for your utility.



  • Greatsword is your primary 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 > > .


  • Mace/Shield is your defensive weapon set. Use it to block attacks and stun enemies.
    • If you need to block/stun stuff a lot, you can trait and for reduced cooldowns.
  • can be used to evade attacks and reposition.
  • You can slot , , or for more damage mitigation.
  • Remember to always dodge and sidestep attacks if possible. Don't get hit by anything you can move out of.


  • You get quite a lot of sustained healing from and .
  • You can cleanse conditions by weapon swapping or using . For more condition-heavy fights you should run or .

Crowd Control

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4 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 4 stars last month

The use of Defense in this build makes it surprisingly tanky. It doesn't deal the absurd burst of Berserker or have the sustain of Spellbreaker, but it holds its own in a lot of situations. Very simple to play, but has virtually no good ranged options.

5 stars
Nyac gave this build 5 stars August 2019

Really powerful once you get the hang of it. Lots of damage and survivability. Really fun, too.

5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

A solid tanky bruiser build for Warrior which excels at soloing group events and cleaving enemies. While fairly straightforward, it is capable of surviving and taking down anything up to a champion with smart play. Its weakness is that it can't fight effectively at range.