Warrior - Strength Greatsword

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Focused on: EventsSolo ContentDirect DamageSurvivabilityControl.

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Overview

A Warrior build for running around in open world. This build is extremely durable and constantly heals itself while dealing good damage. If you have access to the Path of Fire expansion you can also consider Spellbreaker - Strength Greatsword

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Mace/Shield

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
  • - To deal with conditions
  • - 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.

Specializations

Build Code

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Variants
  • - if there are other players near you.
  • - if running rifle.

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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If running Axes, you should use axes with the same stats and sigils as your greatsword.

Optimal Damage Variant

The Optimal Damage Variant is the best damage gear for this build. It's overkill in most cases and is only recommended for players that prefer the glass cannon playstyle.
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Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.

Marauder Variant

For a tankier option you can run full Marauder stats. This is highly recommended for most players.
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Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food
Food
  • or
    for more damage.
  • for playing with groups.
  • is a good budget option.
  • for more dodges.
  • is a fantastic food for farming open world. It's cheap, provides a moderate boost to both damage and survivability, and increases magic find significantly.
  • for more healing.
  • is a great option when you do not need any extra damage or sustain.
Utility
  • or
    is your best damage option.
  • is a great budget option.

Usage

Damage

  • 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 > > .

Defense

  • 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.

Sustain

  • 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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2 Ratings
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.