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
    , 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
  • - if you aren't taking much damage.
  • - a big heal that also maxes out your adrenaline.
Utility Skills
  • - more dodges.
  • - deals more damage than
    but tends to knock enemies away from you.
  • - alternative to
    if you don't need a stun break.
  • - alternative to
    if you're taking a lot of damage.
  • - alternative to
    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

Variants
  • - if you don't need healing you can take this for a large damage increase.
  • - if you need your shield skills a lot.
  • - if you need your mace skills a lot.
  • - if conditions are a problem.
  • - if running rifle.
  • - if running axe.

Tactics Variant

If there are nearby players, you can run Tactics instead of Defense to grant them a lot of increased damage with
and
. If you do this, it's also worth running
and
, and traiting
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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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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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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6x
Superior Rune of Strength
18x
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
    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.
  • When possible, use
    before your burst damage to get the bonus from
    .
  • 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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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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