Warrior - Strength Greatsword


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

Focused on: Direct damageControlSustain.

Designed for:

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.

Skill Bar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Mace/Shield

Weapon Variants

  • If you don't need Shield Stance.png Shield Stance, 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
Utility Skills
Elite Skills

Specializations

Variants

Tactics Variant

If there are nearby players, you can run Tactics instead of Defense to grant them a lot of increased damage with Empower Allies.png Empower Allies and Phalanx Strength.png Phalanx Strength. If you do this, it's also worth running Banner of Strength.png Banner of Strength and Banner of Discipline.png Banner of Discipline, and traiting Inspiring Battle Standard.png Inspiring Battle Standard in Discipline.

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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Ascended Greatsword.png
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Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Accuracy.png
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Ascended Mace.png
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Ascended Shield.png
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Superior Sigil of Force.png
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Superior Rune of the Scholar
If running Axes, you should use axes with the same stats and sigils as your greatsword.

Optimal Equipment

The Optimal Variant is the best possible gear for this build. It's overkill in most cases, and you should only get it if you have spare gold or you don’t care about fractals and raids.
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Mighty +5 Agony Infusion
Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.

Marauder Variant

For a tankier option you can run full Marauder stats. You lose about 10% damage but your health is increased by over 6000 (25k up from 19k).
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Superior Rune of Strength.png6x
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Mighty +5 Agony Infusion

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food
  • Fried Golden Dumpling Fried Golden Dumpling
    Fried Golden Dumpling.pngFried Golden Dumpling
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+100 Concentration+25% Magic Find during Lunar New Year33% Chance for Might (5 seconds) on Crit
    Consumable
    if running the Standard gear variant and not might capped.
  • Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Food.png+100 Power+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    ,
    Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+100 Precision+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    ,
    Plate of Truffle Steak Plate of Truffle Steak
    Plate of Truffle Steak.pngPlate of Truffle Steak
    Nourishment (30m):
    Food.png+100 power+70 precision+10% Experience from kills
    Consumable
    , or
    Dragon's Breath Bun Dragon's Breath Bun
    Dragon's Breath Bun.pngDragon's Breath Bun
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+200 power for 30s after killing an enemy+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    for more damage.
  • Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew.pngBowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png100% chance to gain might when you dodge.+40% to your Endurance refill rate.+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    for more dodges.
  • Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream for more healing.
Utility
  • Potent Superior Sharpening Stone Potent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Potent Superior Sharpening Stone.pngPotent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Usage

Damage

  • Greatsword is your primary weapon. Just Hundred Blades.png Hundred Blades and burst as often as possible, filling with autoattack chains as needed.
    • Never interrupt your autoattack chain.
    • Remember that Hundred Blades.png Hundred Blades roots you in place, don't use it if you need to move or dodge soon.
    • Whirlwind Attack.png Whirlwind Attack deals good damage if you need to move or you can whirl into a wall.
    • Bladetrail.png Bladetrail is worth using over autoattacking (as long as the projectile isn't eaten by a wall).
    • Rush.png Rush is worth using as a gap closer.
  • Activate "For Great Justice!".png "For Great Justice!" and Signet of Rage.png Signet of Rage off cooldown for boons.
  • When possible, use Throw Bolas.png Throw Bolas before your burst damage to get the bonus from Peak Performance.png Peak Performance.
  • 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 Dual Strike.png Dual Strike > Cyclone Axe.png Cyclone Axe > Whirling Axe.png Whirling Axe.

Defense

  • Mace/Shield is your defensive weapon set. Use it to block attacks and stun enemies.
  • Whirlwind Attack.png Whirlwind Attack can be used to evade attacks and reposition.
  • You can slot Dolyak Signet.png Dolyak Signet, Signet of Stamina.png Signet of Stamina, or Endure Pain.png Endure Pain 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

Crowd Control

Build rating - 5 stars
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1 Ratings
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.

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