GW2 Comprehensive Warrior PvE Guide by Retaliate [rT]

GW2 warrior builds and general PvE guide originally written by Element, now maintained and updated by Purple Miku– both expert warrior players of Retaliate [rT]. This is the first of a series of class guides written from members of [rT], a well known European dungeon speed clear guild.

Updated for the June 2015 Specializations patch, last edit 9/1/2015.

 

Introduction

 

The warrior is an incredibly versatile class with a strong foothold in the current meta game in all 3 modes of gameplay, able to excel using a variety of different builds. This guide will focus on the Player vs Environment (PvE) aspects of the warrior.

Warriors are generally acknowledged as a very beginner-friendly class to play due to the fact that they wear heavy armour and have a high natural amount of toughness and vitality. Because of this, it is easily the case that a warrior with absolutely no investment into defensive attributes will be significantly more durable than most of their other class counterparts.

It is a class with extremely high potential that is both overestimated and underestimated. As you read further into this guide, you will learn the intricacies of the class with the best party-wide offensive-buffing capabilities and the biggest arsenal of weapons out of all 8 classes. Warrior is both simple to understand and very difficult to master, as it is very easy to succeed as an average warrior but it requires an incredible amount of practice, determination, and skill to meet its true potential in gameplay.

A warrior’s unique class mechanic is called adrenaline — a resource which they can build up through several ways, allowing them to use burst skills as well as gaining bonuses based on their adrenaline level. Each burst skill has 3 different levels which will increase in potency based off of the amount of adrenaline a warrior has when casting them.

Adrenaline will slowly deplete over time when a warrior is out of combat, so it is necessary to build up adrenaline at the start of every encounter. A warrior’s adrenaline level is increased from hitting mobs or objects or from making use of certain tools offered through a healing skill, utility skills, and an elite. Additionally, the warrior has a plethora of traits to select from that regulate adrenaline use and accumulation along with providing extra damage, healing, and more.

 

Terminology/Glossary

 

General Dungeons

  • Stack – all party members stand closely on one spot, usually to share boons or to help control mob aggro
  • Aggro – slang for aggression or aggravation, usually referred to a mob being aggressive towards you, attacking or following you
  • Mob – an enemy or creature
  • LoS/Line of Sight – usually referred to the act of breaking the line of sight a mob has towards you, causing them to run towards you to regain line of sight (e.g hiding around a corner)
  • NPC – Non-player character. Computer controlled characters. You are usually accompanied by one or more NPC in every dungeon path
  • LFG – Looking for Group
  • Pug – Pickup group. A group made up of people who you do not know, usually via the ingame LFG system
  • DPS – Damage Per Second
  • AoE – Area of Effect. Any skill that has more than one target is considered area of effect
  • Pull – gaining the initial aggro of an enemy
  • Boons – also known as buffs, these give positive effects to you and allies
  • Proc – Programmed Random Occurrence. Can sometimes used when talking about non-random occurrences (e.g, “proc’ing the counter attack on Riposte”)
  • Blast – using a blast finisher in a combo field
  • Zerk – slang for berserker, a gear type
  • Wipe – when the whole party is dead
  • CoE – the dungeon Crucible of Eternity
  • AC – the dungeon Ascalonian Catacombs
  • TA – the dungeon Twilight Arbor
  • SE – the dungeon Sorrow’s Embrace
  • CM – the dungeon Caudecus’ Manor
  • CoF – the dungeon Citadel of Flame
  • HotW – the dungeon Honor of the Waves

Commonly used Warrior related terms

  • HB/100b – referring to the greatsword #2 skill “Hundred Blades”
  • WWA/Whirl – referring to the greatsword #3 skill “Whirlwind Attack”
  • Charge – the #4 skill on warhorn
  • Call to arms – the #5 skill on warhorn
  • Rush – the #5 skill on greatsword
  • Savage Leap – the #2 skill on sword
  • Shield Stance – the #5 skill on shield
  • Riposte – the #5 skill on sword
  • FGJ – For Great Justice
  • Banner – Banner of Discipline/Strength/Tactics/Defense

 

Weapons

Greatsword

 

greatsword
The Greatsword is the warrior’s iconic weapon attributed to mobility, evades, high burst damage, and offensive buffing. It is the weapon that will be most commonly used in combat.

#1 – Autoattack Chain

greatsword autoattack

The autoattack chain of the greatsword is its only skill of the 5 available that is under-performing, due to the very slow attack speed. Despite the fact that the damage coefficients between the 3 hits are higher than most other weapons, the autoattack chain of the greatsword is fairly low DPS.

The autoattack chain is divided into three parts; Greatsword Swing, Greatsword Slice, and Brutal Strike.

Both Greatsword Swing and Greatsword Slice apply 1 stack of vulnerability each that both last for 8 seconds in duration, which help with the warrior’s vulnerability contribution during group fights, but what is important to note is that there is a delay after the Greatsword Slice and before the Brutal Strike which make it sometimes difficult to properly time an evasion with Whirlwind Attack.

Brutal Strike applies no vulnerability but deals slightly higher damage than the first two hits in the chain, meaning that in addition to the fairly slow attack speed of this autoattack sequence resulting in low DPS, the damage is slightly backloaded as well.

#2 – Hundred Blades

hundred blades

Perhaps the most iconic skill out of all of warrior’s weapons and one of the defining features of the warrior greatsword is Hundred Blades. This skill provides large burst damage on a short cooldown, as well as large numbers to admire with a total of 9 hits with the last one dealing the most damage.

Unfortunately there are two negative aspects of this skill; the cast time and the fact that it roots the warrior in place. Because of the fact that it cannot be used while moving and requires a full 3.5 seconds to complete the cast, this skill requires the target in question to be stationary and leaves the warrior vulnerable to take damage while casting.

Knowing these two downsides to this skill is important, and in order to make best use of it one must master positioning and timing in order to know when and where it is appropriate to begin this channel during a fight.

#3 – Whirlwind Attack

whirlwind attack

Coupled with Hundred Blades, this is one of the warrior’s most damaging attacks if used intelligently. It has a total of 4 hits that are spread across the range of 450 and if the distance traveled is obstructed, all of the hits will land in the same spot.

This means that a warrior can abuse movement impairment such as terrain (walls, rocks, different leveled surfaces, etc.) or allowing themselves to become immobilised to their advantage and use WWA for a quick burst. This deals a lot of damage on a fairly short cooldown and is a very efficient way to accumulate a large chunk of adrenaline in around a second, making it easier to maintain Berserker’s Power’s damage modifier in fights.

#4 – Bladetrail

bladetrail

Bladetrail is a ranged attack in the form of a projectile that cripples and damages enemies that it passes through. The projectile will return to the user and hit twice in total, although it can and will get obstructed by terrain if used nearby.

What this means is that this skill is only a DPS increase if used out in the open where the projectile is able to hit its targets twice. If an enemy is against a wall or near a surface that will obstruct the projectile, it is a DPS loss over autoattacking.

#5 – Rush

rush

Rush has many practical uses, all of which make it a very important skill for the warrior both in and out of combat.

Out of combat it can be used to travel large distances quickly. Rush will channel for 2 seconds and if no target has been reached the end of the animation involving the damaging strike will not execute, making it a great skill for mobility purposes.

However as of the June 2015 Specializations update, swiftness no longer affects movement skills making Rush feel rather sluggish when used out of combat and with swiftness. The reason for it feeling this way is due to the fact that running with swiftness is a 33% movement speed increase, whereas using Rush is approximately a 50% movement speed increase.

Comparatively, 50% is not that much of an increase over 33%, so it can seem less consistent because when a player is engaged in combat they will have half the movement speed as they normally would out of it, but Rush will always move the same distance regardless. As a result, it may appear as if this skill seems like it moves faster when in combat when it in fact does not.

In combat it can be used for a large spike of damage due to its very high damage coefficient, or in certain situations for kiting mobs. Unlike all other skills on the greatsword, Rush is the only one that does not cleave and is only a DPS increase for single targets.

F1 – Arcing Slice

arcing slice

Arcing Slice is the greatsword’s burst skill which is one of the essential skills a warrior will use in PvE as it provides fury and helps maintain adrenaline-specific bonuses such as the 20% damage from Berserker’s Power.

Unlike some other burst skills, the damage of arcing slice is not increased depending on the level of adrenaline accumulated prior to casting but rather the duration of fury provided by it is. Arcing Slice cleaves for high damage and deals significantly higher damage to foes below half health.

 

Axe Main Hand

 

axe main hand

The main hand axe is another incredibly strong and defining weapon that a warrior can use that is an important component of many PvE builds.

#1 – Autoattack Chain

axe auto chain

The autoattack chain of axe mainhand is the sole reason why it is such a valuable weapon to a warrior’s arsenal, as the attacks are fast and the highest DPS out of all of the warrior’s autoattack chains.

The autoattack chain is divided into three parts; Chop, Double Chop, and Triple Chop.

The Triple Chop is backloaded and is both the strong and weak point of the axe mainhand, as the final hit of it deals roughly twice the damage of all of the previous chops. Because of this, it is important to avoid interrupting an axe autoattack chain as it is a fairly relevant DPS loss to lose out on the final hit of Triple Chop.

One very uncommonly known trick to this autoattack chain is that the second hit of Double Chop can be interrupted with a weapon stow, allowing the possibility of beginning Triple Chop a fraction of a second quicker. This weapon stowing trick results in a DPS increase, though it requires a lot more user input and precise timing for very little benefit.

#2 – Cyclone Axe

cyclone axe

Cyclone Axe will cause the warrior to swing its axes around, hitting each enemy within a nearby range of 130 twice and applying 4 stacks of vulnerability. This skill is one of the warrior’s many sources of vulnerability though it is important to note that it should never be casted to interrupt an autoattack chain as interrupting Triple Chop with it would be a DPS loss.

#3 – Throw Axe

throw axe

Using Throw Axe in melee range is a DPS loss, so a warrior should normally only use it when running in to engage an enemy or when applying cripple is desirable (for example, kiting). Due to its very quick cast time and long range, it can be helpful for when pulling/aggroing an enemy is desirable, however due to the fact that it applies cripple it should only be used for this purpose when no other methods are available.

F1 – Eviscerate

eviscerate

Eviscerate is the most powerful single-target damaging melee weapon skill available to the warrior if used at full adrenaline, only matched by a Final Thrust (used on an enemy below half health). The only skill on any weapon that surpasses its damage is Kill Shot, which will be mentioned further down in the guide. It is one of the warrior’s iconic weapon skills and part of what makes the axe main hand one of the warrior’s most useful weapons in PvE.

 

Axe Off Hand

 

axe off hand

Axe off hand is unfortunately much less useful and very niche for the warrior, as its skills are both underwhelming in damage and utility.

#4 – Dual Strike

dual strike

Dual Strike is one of few weapon skills available that provides the warrior with fury, however it is rarely needed due to the fact that warrior already has easy access to high (and in many cases permanent) fury uptime. Despite the fact that it deals a decent amount of damage itself, it does not justify casting over an autoattack chain on axe main hand unless for some reason there is a downtime in fury.

#5 – Whirling Axe

whirling axe

Whirling Axe is an attack that often fools newer warrior players into thinking it is much better than it actually is, due to the fact that it hits 15 times over the course of 3.5 seconds and ends with a high number. Despite the aesthetically-pleasing final number displayed, it is important to remember that this display is a result of all 15 hits, which is why newer players often get confused as many will forget that each time the number changes it is cumulative rather than reflecting the individual damage of each strike.

In the end, Whirling Axe is actually a DPS loss over autoattacking with axe mainhand is which is a disappointment but an undeniable truth. Despite this fact, it is the only axe skill for both main hand and off hand that has a maximum number of targets cleave of 5 as opposed to the usual 3, meaning it can be used to tag slightly more mobs than usual. Additionally due to the quick succession of individual hits during the channel, it can be used to fill a bar of adrenaline very quickly.

 

Mace Main Hand

 

mace mainhand

Mace main hand is, unfortunately for mace lovers, extremely awful DPS and a very niche weapon that will rarely be used in PvE. It is only used in rare circumstances when an extra block on a very short cooldown is needed or even rarer circumstances when for whatever reason defiance stripping is needed from a warrior in groups (this is typically not the role of the warrior, so it hardly ever happens).

#1 – Autoattack Chain

mace autoattack

The mace main hand has one of our weakest autoattack chains out of all of our weapons and is the main reason why axe is always preferable – the DPS is just too low on mace.

This autoattack chain is broken into three parts; Mace Smash, Mace Bash, and Pulverize.

Mace Smash and Mace Bash behave identically in terms of damage, number of targets, and cast time, however Pulverize has a slightly longer cast time and deals roughly twice the damage and applies 5 seconds of weakness.

As a result, this autoattack chain is much more defensive than warrior’s other main hand options are and because of that, it is less attractive of a choice concerning PvE.

#2 – Counterblow

counterblow

Counterblow is the defining skill of mace main hand and the sole reason it is typically ever found to be useful in PvE, as it provides our shortest cooldown block out of all weapons.

The damage dealt by Counterblow is fairly decent, making it a slightly more attractive skill, but will only hit if blocking an attack in melee range (130). Because of the very short block duration, using this skill to pre-emptively block an attack is trickier than sword off hand’s Riposte or shield off hand’s Shield Stance and will require understanding of an encounter’s mechanics to reactively use.

In addition to the block and damage, Counterblow also helps with adrenaline accumulation and will provide 3 adrenaline after blocking an attack and 6 adrenaline if no attacks are blocked by the time the skill is finished channeling.

#3 – Pommel Bash

pommel bash

Pommel Bash deals very negligible damage and the stun is fairly useless for interrupting in PvE, though due to the fact that it applies a stun it can be used to strip defiance stacks on any champion or legendary enemy, leaving the opportunity to interrupt or stun a boss with more meaningful crowd control skills.

F1 – Skull Crack

skull crack

Skull Crack is the burst skill of mace mainhand. It is extremely uncommon for it to be used at all in PvE, but like Pommel Bash it can be used to strip defiance.

Instead of having increased damage based off of adrenaline level, it applies a stun that has increased duration depending on adrenaline level. Therefore, due to the fact that its only real purpose in PvE is to strip defiance, it is pointless to wait until using at full adrenaline as it counts a single stun regardless, meaning no matter what it will only remove one stack.

 

Mace Off Hand

 

mace off hand

Mace main hand is an extremely strong offensive-buffing off hand with both good damage and utility and is our primary off hand weapon of choice when nothing but offense is of concern to us in a fight.

#4 – Crushing Blow

crushing blow

Crushing Blow is a hard-hitting attack that applies 10 stacks of vulnerability on a short 15 second cooldown with a cleave of up to 3 targets, making it one of the most essential and best selling points of a warrior’s capacity for vulnerability contribution to group fights.

It is the primary reason for mace considered as the best off hand as far as offensive utility and damage is concerned, because it is a DPS increase for both solo and group scenarios and is an important part of all warrior rotations involving mace off hand.

#5 – Tremor

tremor

Tremor is a very useful and strong skill which combines good damage and control. Using it in melee range will mean the target gets hit by the melee swing of the mace and a second time by the shock wave, causing them to take twice the damage.

Due to the fact that it has a knockdown and a hits up to a maximum of 6 targets, it is extremely helpful for controlling and interrupting multiple enemies and can be used to strip defiance stacks on champion or legendary enemies.

 

Sword Main Hand

sword main hand

The sword mainhand is useful in many different situations including mobility in and out of combat, for impairing movement of enemies, and for condition-focused builds.

#1 – Autoattack Chain

sword autoattack

The sword main hand’s autoattack chain is iconic for the condition damage builds of the warrior but is not used in builds focused on maximising direct damage, as the raw damage is significantly lower and less efficient than axe main hand’s.

This autoattack chain is broken up into three parts; Sever Artery, Gash, and Hamstring.

Sever Artery and Gash both deal an identical amount of direct damage and each apply 1 stack of bleed that lasts for 10.5 seconds on a cleave of 3 targets, making it very strong for condition damage builds that focus on maximising the amount of stacks of bleeding on enemies.

The third attack of the chain, Hamstring, applies a very short cripple as opposed to a bleed which is fairly useless in PvE and is only helpful in PvP or WvW where players move around during combat much more. As mobs most of the time only move reactively to the player they are aggressive towards, this 1 second cripple is nothing of importance in PvE.

#2 – Savage Leap

savage leap

Savage Leap is one of the most valuable skills out of all weapons to the warrior because of the incredible out of combat mobility it provides. Not only can this be used to jump across cliffs and uneven terrain, but it is a 600 range leap skill on a short cast time with a mere 8 second cooldown, making it ideal for traveling from place to place in any map/zone.

All warriors should swap to sword mainhand when out of combat just to travel around quicker regardless of build specifically because of Savage Leap.

An important fact about Savage Leap that must be understood is that its animation has 2 parts — the leap and the finish. The finishing portion of the animation can be interrupted mid-leap by simply pressing whatever key is bound to weapon swap, resulting in the leap traveling a slightly further distance. This can be abused to leap further than mentioned in the tool tip, which is particularly useful for reaching locations that would otherwise not be possible with a normal leap. Canceling the finishing portion of this animation also means that it is possible to use this leap without attacking nearby enemies, making it possible to stay out of combat.

As far as combat is concerned, Savage Leap deals a relatively low amount of damage compared to most of warrior’s other options and the 3 second cripple is uncommonly useful in PvE.

#3 – Final Thrust

final thrust

Final Thrust is one of the warrior’s most powerful skills if used against an enemy below 50% health, with a damage coefficient equal to that of an Eviscerate used at level 3 adrenaline! The catch is, unlike Eviscerate, Final Thrust cleaves and can hit up to 3 targets rather than just 1, making it very powerful.

Unfortunately, sword main hand is typically only used for out of combat mobility and for condition damage builds when in combat, so this skill will for the most part be unavailable to a warrior using a build focusing on direct damage.

Due to the fact that Final Thrust is a skill that purely inflicts direct damage, it is generally less of a DPS increase for a condition damage build as opposed to autoattacking is because maintaining bleeding is more important.

F1 – Flurry

With No Adrenaline:

flurry

With Full Adrenaline:

flurry in combat

Flurry is the burst skill of sword main hand and does multiple things at once; it damages up to 11 times over the course of 2.5 seconds on a 3 target cleave, immobilises for up to 4 seconds, and applies 1 stack of bleeding for every hit of the channel that all last for 2.75 seconds each.

The amount of attacks, and ultimately stacks of bleeding applied and total damage along with duration of immobilisation of the enemies in question, depends on the level of adrenaline the warrior has prior to casting the skill.

Flurry is generally never used for the damage, but can be extremely helpful in niche situations in which immobilising an enemy or multiple enemies is greatly needed or desirable. A perfect example of this would be the Legendary Shoggroth boss in the first path of the Ruined City of Arah, where immobilising it as it attempts to retreat into its hole can allow the team to kill it before it gets the chance to burrow underground.

 

Sword Off Hand

 

sword off hand

Sword off hand is one of warrior’s most useful off hands as it has high single-target damage along with a reliable block on a low cooldown, making it a great combination of both an offensive and defensive offhand especially great for solo encounters where more defensive utility is needed than just dodging in order to survive.

Additionally, it is the off hand weapon of choice for optimising DPS in a condition damage build.

#4 – Impale & Rip

impale rip

The fourth skill of sword, or rather the first skill of sword off hand is broken into two parts; Impale and Rip.

Impale is a projectile attack that deals a very small amount of base direct damage but applies a unique condition on the target it hits called “Impaled” that is not removable and lasts for 4 seconds in duration. If the Impale projectile hits a target, it will apply up to 5 stacks of torment for 8 seconds in duration, pulsing on intervals of 1 second each. The torment deals twice the damage overall to targets that are moving, so it is very ideal for bosses that move around a lot. This skill is essential for condition builds, as the increased condition duration and condition damage that they have increases the damage inflicted by Impale by a lot!

The second part of this skill is Rip, which can only be casted on a target that is currently affected by the “Impaled” condition, which is only applied by hitting a target with Impale. As the unique “Impaled” condition lasts for a total of 4 seconds, Rip can only be used within a short time frame after an enemy becomes Impaled. Because the damage coefficient of Rip is quite high, it is often desirable for warriors using builds that focus on direct damage to use this skill specifically for the high damage. Rip deals slightly higher damage than that of the last hit of axe main hand’s Triple Chop, so it is not a skill to be ignored!

It is important to note that while Rip is the primary reason for most warriors using this skill, damage is maximised with Impale & Rip by waiting until the very last instant before casting Rip as it will ensure that more torment damage is dealt. Additionally, condition damage builds will not be using Rip at all because they are only concerned with the torment that Impale applies, and casting it in that circumstance would be a DPS loss.

#5 – Riposte

riposte

Riposte is the reason for sword off hand being so powerful as far as defensive utility is concerned as it provides a helpful and reliable block on only a 15 second cooldown. This block duration (2.25 seconds) is almost equal to that of shield off hand’s Shield Stance (3 seconds), but is only half the cooldown!

The one disadvantage of Riposte when compared to Shield Stance is that its channel will end if blocking attacks within 130 range, meaning that in order to block projectiles without ending the channel earlier than intended, a warrior must make use of positioning to ensure all attacks are out of range so that the counter attack does not occur.

If however the counter attack occurs, it deals a low amount of direct damage and more importantly applies 4 stacks of bleeding on a very long duration of 16 seconds. This can be very helpful for condition damage builds, as they can use Riposte purely for a DPS increase whenever it is off cooldown instead of wasting a dodge.

One fact that is uncommonly known about Riposte is that there is a very brief instant at the start of the animation where it is not blocking (a small fraction of a second). This means that if casted immediately after a dodge roll for example, it may still be possible to take a small tick of damage depending on the timing of the block and the intervals in time of which the attacks being blocked are executed.

This small bit of information is extremely helpful in order to understand that when trying to chain block attacks between Riposte and Shield Stance (in order to skip trash mobs while remaining out of combat), it is always best to begin with Riposte before Shield Stance for 100% block duration uptime for the full 5 – 5.25 seconds whereas beginning with Shield stance and swapping to Riposte will result in a very narrow window of opportunity to take damage and get stuck in combat.

 

Warhorn

 

warhorn

The warhorn is one of the warrior’s most frequently used off hands overall as it is a major source of swiftness, a blast finisher, and can cleanse movement-impairing conditions for nearby allies.

#4 – Charge

charge

Charge is a skill used to provide swiftness to both the caster and surrounding allies but additionally can cleanse cripple, chill, and immobilise making it an extremely useful skill for both in and out of combat mobility. It should be one of the most frequently casted weapon skills when traveling in any map, as it is important to maintain high swiftness uptime.

#5 – Call to Arms

call to arms

Call to Arms is another major reason for the warhorn being as useful as it is with multiple different uses; it applies 10 seconds of vigor for nearby allies, it is a blast finisher for combo fields, and applies 6 seconds of weakness to nearby enemies. This skill is both extremely useful for contributing to secondary effects applied from combo fields, while at the same time if used in combat can serve as a useful tool for defensive utility that can help with positioning and taking less damage.

It is important to understand that weakness applied to any enemy will in fact put the user in combat, so blasting with Call to Arms can easily get a warrior stuck in combat by aggroing enemies unintentionally. It is for that reason that before blasting in a combo field, it is recommended to check the surrounding area as a preventative measure of caution.

 

Shield

 

shield

Shield is our most defensive weapon available that despite what most people think, is one of warrior’s most useful tools!

It can speed things up by ensuring that a warrior is able to remain out of combat when running past trash mobs and therefore traveling quickly throughout an area. It has access to our longest-lasting and most reliable block and is in my opinion a necessity to have for all warriors!

It is important to note is that despite how much I have hyped up the shield, it is a very lackluster weapon to use in combat, but an incredibly useful tool for remaining out of combat.

#4 – Shield Bash

shield bash

Shield Bash has unfortunately a fairly long cooldown, but stuns for a brief 1 second and moves the user roughly half of the units of a Savage Leap. While this is a skill that will be of little to no use ever in combat, it provides a very small movement speed increase when used out of combat for mobility.

However, if the warrior is under the effects of swiftness and not in combat, using Shield Bash for mobility is very barely a movement speed increase comparatively to just autorunning. The times in which it is a decent movement speed increase are only:

a) Out of combat with no swiftness

b) In combat, with or without swiftness

#5 – Shield Stance

shield stance

Shield Stance is the primary reason for this guide suggesting warriors to keep a shield at hand. This block is awesome despite its long cooldown, as it lasts for a full 3 seconds and will block any and all skills on this game with the exception of specific skills that have unblockable skill effects (e.g. Malrona’s Venom Blast attack, Mai Trin’s Pistol Spin attack, etc).

As stated in the description of Riposte, Shield Stance can be used for a block combination that lasts over 5 seconds in duration, making it a very powerful weapon for running past hordes of mobs and staying out of combat. As channeled skills will continue to channel when replacing the weapon with another one, it is possible to continue channeling Shield Stance even when Shield is no longer equipped. Swapping weapons by using the ingame keybind function for it, however, will disrupt any channel.

 

Longbow

 

longbow

Longbow one of two ranged weapons available to the warrior, and between the two of them is the stronger choice and only one of the two with actual use in PvE. It comes with a blast finisher and a fire field, allowing you to use both skills to blast might. It is a weapon that is essential for condition damage builds as it is the warrior’s main source of burning, which is the most damaging condition in the game.

While longbow itself has very inefficient DPS comparatively to that of its melee weapon counterparts, it is comparatively higher DPS than that of rifle and offers superior utility including an immobilise, a fire field, a blast finisher, and a skill that blinds.

#1 Autoattack

dual shot

The autoattack of longbow, referred to as Dual Shot, is our longest-distance attack out of all of our weapons with a base range of 1200 like rifle’s. However, due to the fact that the projectiles arch they can sometimes reach targets that otherwise would not be possible to hit with rifle’s autoattack which fire in a straight line and can be obstructed by terrain.

Additionally, Dual Shot is almost twice the DPS of rifle’s Fierce Shot autoattack, which is uncommonly acknowledged by warriors comparing between the two weapons in terms of DPS.

Actual math behind this statement:

Longbow’s Dual Shot autoattack fires two projectiles each hitting 730 base damage, resulting in 1460 base damage per attack and takes approximately 1.19 seconds to execute including the aftercast.

Rifle’s Firce Shot autoattack fires one projectile that hits 632 base damage and takes approximately 0.96 seconds to execute including the aftercast.

In a hypothetical scenario with no critical hits included against a target dummy with no attributes, a warrior firing nothing but longbow autoattacks over the course of 60 seconds would be capable of executing 50 attacks (60 / 1.19), resulting in exactly 73,000 base damage.

In a hypothetical scenario with no critical hits included against a target dummy with no attributes, a warrior firing nothing but rifle autoattacks over the course of 60 seconds would be capable of executing 62 attacks (60 / 0.96), resulting in exactly 39,184 base damage.

Only comparing the autoattacks between longbow and rifle, rifle deals approximately half of the DPS of longbow (about 53.6% of it).

#2 – Fan of Fire

fan of fire

Fan of Fire is a low cooldown skill with an extremely short cast time of 0.25s that deals a fairly decent amount of damage if used directly in the hitbox of an enemy as it will ensure that all 3 arrows hit. The burning while helpful only lasts for 2 seconds, so it is at most an additional burst of extra burning damage for warriors running condition damage builds.

#3 – Arcing Arrow

arcing arrow

Arcing Arrow is one of the selling points of longbow, as it deals a hefty amount of AoE damage on a short cooldown that can hit up to 5 targets within 240 range of the impact and also serves as a blast finisher.

It is strongly recommended for all warriors in groups to contribute to combo field blasting when groups want to blast combo fields (e.g. swiftness in static fields, might in fire fields, stealth in smoke fields, etc.), as when out of combat it is always ideal to make use of whatever tools are available to maximise our class’s capabilities to their fullest just as it is in combat.

#4 – Smoldering Arrow

smoldering arrow

Smoldering Arrow deals very low damage but can blind up to 5 targets within 180 range of the arrow’s impact, which can be helpful against tightly grouped packs of enemies. Additionally, due to the very short cast time of 0.25 seconds, it can be used to reactively mitigate incoming damage in place of a dodge.

#5 – Pin Down

pin down

Pin Down is another helpful skill for impairing the movement of an enemy as it will immobilise for 3 seconds on a fairly short cast time of 0.75 seconds. Due to the fact that it applies 6 stacks of bleeding for a very long duration of 16 seconds it is a skill that warriors using condition damage builds should be using immediately whenever it is available, as it is a DPS increase.

It is worth noting that if immobilising an enemy at the start of an encounter would be desirable, a warrior can pre-cast Pin Down and quickly swap to greatsword or any other desirable weapon(s) before the projectile hits the target, as it is always possible to swap out weapons while out of combat.

F1 – Combustive Shot

With No Adrenaline:

combustive shot

With Full Adrenaline:

combustive shot 2

Another selling point of the longbow, Combustive Shot is the only fire field available to the warrior and the burst skill of the longbow. It can be used for the purposes of direct damage, maintaining burning stacks on enemies, providing AoE might by using blast finishers in the field, and triggering synergistic trait bonuses (i.e. Building Momentum, Berserker’s Power, etc).

The duration of Combustive Shot along with the total damage it inflicts is determined by the level of adrenaline the warrior has at the time of casting. Each level of adrenaline will increase Combustive Shot’s duration by 3 seconds with 9 seconds being the maximum at level 3 adrenaline, and the fire field will tick twice as many times for damage at full adrenaline compared to if at level 1 adrenaline.

Contrary to the duration of the fire field increasing based off of adrenaline, the duration of burning stacks applied by Combustive Shot does not increase from 5 seconds.

 

Rifle

 

rifle

Rifle is the other option for ranged combat available to the warrior, but sadly due to its vastly inferior DPS and lack of utility it has essentially no place in PvE whatsoever.

#1 – Autoattack

fierce shot

The autoattack of the rifle, Fierce Shot, is the primary reason for rifle being such an awful choice in PvE. The DPS is extremely low and pales in comparison to longbow’s Dual Shot autoattack, despite even that being a low damage autoattack comparatively to its melee counterparts. Additionally, Fierce Shot does not have greater range than Dual Shot and its only advantage is that when traited with Crack Shot, it can pierce through multiple targets.

However, one important thing to note is that each Fierce Shot when used against a target that is afflicted with the vulnerability condition will grant bonus adrenaline, making it easier to build arenaline for Kill Shot, which has a very high damage coefficient. This is especially helpful as Brutal Shot, the rifle’s 4th skill, is capable of maintaining nearly 100% vulnerability uptime when traited with Crack Shot.

As mentioned under Dual Shot’s description above, rifle’s autoattack is roughly half the DPS of longbow’s.

Actual math behind this statement:

Longbow’s Dual Shot autoattack fires two projectiles each hitting 730 base damage, resulting in 1460 base damage per attack and takes approximately 1.19 seconds to execute including the aftercast.

Rifle’s Firce Shot autoattack fires one projectile that hits 632 base damage and takes approximately 0.96 seconds to execute including the aftercast.

In a hypothetical scenario with no critical hits included against a target dummy with no attributes, a warrior firing nothing but longbow autoattacks over the course of 60 seconds would be capable of executing 50 attacks (60 / 1.19), resulting in exactly 73,000 base damage.

In a hypothetical scenario with no critical hits included against a target dummy with no attributes, a warrior firing nothing but rifle autoattacks over the course of 60 seconds would be capable of executing 62 attacks (60 / 0.96), resulting in exactly 39,184 base damage.

Only comparing the autoattacks between longbow and rifle, rifle deals approximately half of the DPS of longbow (about 53.6% of it).

#2 – Aimed Shot

aimed shot

Aimed Shot can be used to keep an enemy crippled for 5 seconds, which can be used for maintaining distance, but it is very low damage.

#3 – Volley

volley

Volley is the one actually good attack of the rifle that provides decent burst damage. Volley uses 5 shots in quick succession over a 2.5 second interval on a fairly short cooldown, making it an ideal skill to cast and accumulate adrenaline.

#4 – Brutal Shot

brutal shot

One of two skills worth casting on the rifle, Brutal Shot applies 8 stacks of vulnerability that last for a long duration of 12 seconds, meaning that a warrior traited for Crack Shot is able to reduce the cooldown from 15 to 12 seconds and maintain at minimum, 8 stacks of vulnerability at all times.

#5 – Rifle Butt

rifle butt

Rifle Butt is a knockback that cleaves within short range and can be used to help with positioning, as it can be combined with Aimed Shot to help ensure distance between the user and enemy is maintained.

F1 – Kill Shot

kill shot

Kill Shot is the burst skill of the rifle that technically deals the highest damage out of all attacks on the warrior at full adrenaline, but due to the fact that it roots the warrior in place and has a long cast time of 1.25 seconds along with being on one of the worst weapons available to the warrior, it is hardly useful.

Comparatively, it hits an equivalent amount of base damage at level 2 adrenaline to that of an Eviscerate at level 3 adrenaline.

 

Hammer

 

hammer

Hammer is a weapon primarily used in PvP and WvW, where hard crowd control abilities are more useful in combat. In PvE, hammer deals significantly lower DPS than other melee options and has little to no use.

#1 – Autoattack

hammer autoattack

Hammer’s autoattack is slow and average-hitting, resulting in a combined very low DPS. The one unique feature to it compared to other autoattacks that the warrior has access to is that the third hit of the chain has a maximum number of targets of 5, contrary to the usual maximum cleave of 3.

The autoattack sequence is broken into 3 parts; Hammer Swing, Hammer Bash, and Hammer Smash.

Hammer Swing and Hammer Bash are identical in damage and cast time, but Hammer Smash deals slightly more damage and hits 5 targets instead of 3, making this autoattack chain slightly backloaded in damage despite already having very low DPS.

#2 – Fierce Blow

fierce blow

Fierce Blow is a skill that deals a medium amount of damage but applies 8 seconds of weakness on a very short cooldown, making hammer one of the only weapons capable of very high weakness uptime.

Mace’s Pulverize skill along with warhorn’s Call to Arms combined with hammer’s Fierce Blow make warrior a class with the easiest access to the weakness condition. However, both mace main hand and hammer are thoroughly discouraged for general use in PvE, as sacrificing such an enormous amount of offense for weakness is a very poor trade off especially considering the vast majority of mobs on this game do not dodge.

#3 – Hammer Shock

hammer shock

Hammer Shock is an average-damaging skill with an AoE cripple of up to 5 targets for 8.5 seconds. As stated in the initial weapon description, hammer is great for positioning and both soft and hard crowd control but unfortunately in PvE these things just aren’t as necessary enough to justify using hammer.

#4 – Staggering Blow

staggering blow

Staggering Blow deals an average amount of damage that can knock back up to 5 targets, meaning that it can be used to strip defiance as well.

#5 – Backbreaker

backbreaker

Backbreaker is a single target skill with a long cast time of 1 second, but it knocks down the target for 2 seconds. This skill can also be used to strip a stack of defiance.

F1 – Earthshaker

earthshaker

Earthshaker is the burst skill of hammer and pretty much the only reason a warrior will generally ever equip a hammer in PvE due to its ability to leap when out of combat. Unlike Savage Leap, however, it requires at least 1 bar of adrenaline to be full in order to execute, making it require either the use of the heal “To The Limit” or the utility skill Signet of Fury to activate when out of combat.

Earthshaker applies a daze that can last up to 2 seconds at most with full adrenaline, as the stun duration increases depending on adrenaline level. The damage, however, does not. As hammer itself is a low DPS weapon, Earthshaker is a skill rarely used in combat but it is worth mentioning that as a stun it is capable of stripping a stack of defiance and it is also a blast finisher capable of contributing to combo fields.

 

 

Consumables & Inventory

Food and Nourishment

 

For casual runs a common choice is a Slice of Candied Dragon Roll. These are cheaper than than the Omnomberry Pie but still provide the same boost in precision and lifesteal effect. At level 80 the lifesteal will damage the opponent and heal you for 325 base on a 1 second internal cooldown.

If you feel that Candied Dragon Rolls are either too expensive or that you do not need the lifesteal, Plate of Steak and Asparagus is another very cheap option, however this one provides 80 power instead of lifesteal. I will go into more details about food options in the builds section below!

For utility nourishment you’ll want to use the dungeon’s appropriate Powerful Slaying Potion. These can be bought cheaply off the trading post, bought with dungeon tokens or dropped from chests inside the dungeon. Unfortunately since you’ll need several different types of potions for different dungeons, these can take up a bit of inventory space.

If you are in a dungeon which doesn’t have an easily accessible slaying potion (e.g Ascalonian Catacombs) or one which changes a lot you can use either Skale Venom or a Sharpening Stone.

For more serious runs or timed runs where you are pushing for the best time possible, you’ll want to either use a Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup, Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash or a Plate of Truffle Steak. This may vary depending on your group, class and build, however if you are going for a timed speedrun then you will generally have an idea which food would be the most optimal to run in that scenario.

The Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup is technically optimal in any circumstance with which the enemy in question can be critically hit and when the warrior already has maxed precision (having fury, Banner of Discipline and having pre-casted signets with the Signet Mastery trait equipped often results in maxing out critical chance depending on the level of the map).

 

Slaying Potions

  • Ascalonian Catacombs – Powerful Potion of Ghost Slaying for ghosts, sharpening stones would be ideal for everything else.
  • Caudecus’ Manor – Powerful Potion of Outlaw Slaying
  • Twilight Arbor – Powerful Potion of Scarlet Slaying for all TA up, forward, and aetherpath. Scarlet Slaying potions count towards nightmare court.
  • Sorrow’s Embrace – Powerful Potion of Inquest Slaying for Path 1, Powerful Potion of Dredge Slaying for Path 2/3
  • Citadel of Flame – Powerful Potion of Flame Legion Slaying
  • Crucible of Eternity – Powerful Potion of Inquest Slaying, however Alpha counts as Undead, Bjarl counts as Icebrood and the Evolved Destroyer counts as Destroyer
  • The Ruined City of Arah – Powerful Potion of Undead Slaying. Both Belka and Brie count as undead. Legendary Shoggroth in path 1 and the Legendary Jotun Skygazer, however, are elemental and ghost respectively.
  • Fractals of the Mists – varies with fractal so it’s easiest to stick with Skale Venom or sharpening stones, however enemy types can be referenced here

 

Extra Consumables

 

None of the consumables mentioned here are necessary to complete any content efficiently or quickly but any class can benefit from them. The items mentioned are not every consumable you may see somebody use, just the most common ones.

  • Harpy Feathers – A 3 second Stealth on a 6 second cooldown. Can be chained with other stealth consumables to achieve long durations of stealth. However it applies blind to enemies in a small radius around you, which will put you in combat, so try to use them without hitting any mobs.
  • Order of Whispers Spy Kit – A 3 second Stealth on a 60 second cooldown. Can be chained with Harpy Feathers (Feathers -> Spy Kit -> Feathers) to get 9 seconds of stealth.
  • Ash Legion Spy Kit – Applies camouflage for 10 seconds on a 60 second cooldown. Camouflage is stealth, however moving will break the stealth, and does not trigger on stealth traits. Useful for dropping aggro or standing on pressure plates.
  • Fire Elemental Powder – Summons an Ember to fight for you for 5 minutes or until it dies. Offers a small DPS boost and fire fields, however it also has other uses such as catching the phase 1 -> 2 transition Grub at Giganticus Lupicus.
  • Ogre Pet Whistle – Summons an Ogre Pet to fight for you for 5 minutes or until it dies. Offers a small DPS boost, however it also has other uses such as catching the phase 1 ->2 transition Grub at Giganticus Lupicus. Using this item when knocked down will also act as a stun break.
  • Deployable Mortar Turret – Drops a stationary mortar turret that fires every 4-5 seconds at nearby enemies, dealing for moderately low damage (around 1000 or so on a level 80 map).
  • Golem in a Box – Send out a long range golem to nuke your target. Useful for pulling mobs or killing your team on bosses that have reflects (Belka, Archdiviner)
  • Pot of Hylek Poison – Has 2 spells, one which gives you 10 seconds of swiftness on a 15 second cooldown, and another which will destroy the pot but place a poisonous cloud in an Area of Effect. Useful for classes/builds with little or no access to swiftness.
  • Medical Pack – Has 2 skills, Drop Bandages and Drop Stimulant. Useful for classes/builds with little or no access to swiftness or fury. Drop Bandages is currently bugged and will heal indefinitely for any number of players for as long as the bandages remain on the floor (they are intended to disappear after they are used once, but they now will last for the full 30 second duration on the floor). This means that one can side strafe into the bandages indefinitely and heal ~1k hp every couple of seconds.
  • Underwater Net – Applies 3 seconds of immobilize on a 20 second cooldown. This consumable is very useful for bosses like Legendary Shoggroth in Arah path 1.
  • Power Matrix – Applies an AoE daze. Useful for large groups of trash mobs such as in Fractals.
  • Rock – This rock bundle can be used to spam single target rock projectiles that will cause a knockdown and low damage on each use. They have no cooldown and are efficient for stripping defiance stacks!
  • Plank – Gives a plank weapon that provides knockdowns, knockbacks, and launches. 50% chance of the plank bundle breaking after each skill use.

For the full list of consumables, visit the Useful & Fun Consumables Guide here on dulfy.net!

 

What You Should Have

 

The Bare Minimum

A Berserker’s Axe, Mace, Sword, Warhorn, Longbow and Greatsword, each with the most appropriate sigil for the dungeons you most run (e.g Night, Force or Undead Slaying), as well as your Food of Choice, Sharpening Stones and maybe Slaying Potions for your most commonly ran dungeons.

 

A Little Bit More Adventurous

A Berserker’s Axe, Mace, Sword, Warhorn, Longbow, Shield and Greatsword, each with the most appropriate sigil for the dungeons you most run (e.g Night, Force or Undead Slaying), as well as your Food of Choice, Sharpening Stones and Slaying Potions for all of the Dungeons.

 

The Full Package

2 Axes and 2 Greatswords, each with different sigils for your 2 most commonly ran type of dungeon (e.g 1 Axe with Night and 1 Axe with Undead Slaying). A Mace, Sword, Warhorn, Rifle, Shield, Hammer and Longbow as well as Slaying Potions for Every Dungeon, Sharpening Stones and several types of food for different scenarios. May also have a few of the most common consumables such as Harpy feathers, Ash Legion Spy Kit and Skale Venom.

 

The Enthusiast

3 Axes and 3 Greatswords, 1 with Undead Slaying, 1 With Night and 1 with Force. A Mace, Sword, Warhorn, Rifle, Shield, Hammer and Longbow as well as Slaying Potions for Every Dungeon, Sharpening Stone, several types of food for different scenarios and as many other consumables as your heart desires and your inventory can hold.

 

 

Builds

 

“Warriors are masters of weaponry who rely on speed, strength, toughness, and heavy armor to survive in battle. Adrenaline fuels their offensive power—the longer warriors stay in a fight, the more dangerous they become.” – Guildwars2.com

Whilst different parts of the official warrior launch statement are true for different aspects of the game, the only part that really rings much truth in PvE is “Adrenaline fuels their offensive power”. In PvE toughness and vitality are redundant stats because the best defense comes from dodging, knowledge of encounters, and team support such as aegis, blinds, reflects and other methods of damage mitigation such as the combination of weakness on enemies along with the protection boon, positioning, etc.

All of the builds I am about to explain will full berserker (Power/Precision/Ferocity) gear. The reason for that is that warriors have some of the easiest access to maintaining high precision, which is why the primary attribute should most certainly be power. Precision and ferocity are both complimentary for builds focusing on direct damage, making Berserker the obvious best choice.

If you are not confident in your ability to run full berserker gear at first without being a large detriment to your dungeon group, feel free to start out with tankier attributes as training wheels and work your way up to where you want to be. However, it will inevitably cost more to have to replace the gear as you experience yourself with the game so it is entirely up to you whether or not to go full glass.

 

Utilities

 

The utilities that a warrior will use will be more affected by the group composition rather than the build. Although you will see the following utilities used in most of the builds listed, remember that the builds listed are just templates and you are free to swap them out provided you feel the need for something else.

For the most part, the primary utilities a warrior should find themselves using the most during fights will often times be any combination of the following:

 

“For Great Justice”

for great justice

This is a utility that was rendered obsolete for most group runs and solos due to the specializations update on June 23rd, 2015 where the trait Berserker’s Power was changed. Formerly, warriors were meant to maintain full adrenaline at all times to maintain their damage modifier from the trait so that meant their only personal sources of fury were from the shout “For Great Justice” and the two elites Signet of Rage and Battle Standard.

Nowadays, warriors are able to maintain 100% fury uptime by readily using Arcing Slice in their rotations to maintain Berserker’s Power. Because of this, this shout is no longer as useful as it once was. However, in situations which banners are impractical to use, this shout is always an option for a quick 3 might that lasts a very long time along with 8 seconds of fury for the party.

 

Signet of Might

signet of might

Signet of Might is our power signet that has for the most part replaced the shout “For Great Justice” for solos, as we are already maintaining fury with Arcing Slice and are free to take the utility that provides more power. It is worth noting that in this screenshot you can see the blue text that indicates activating it will give an additional 100 precision. This is because of the synergy with the trait Signet Mastery which gives us a stack of “Signet Precision.” Each stack of Signet Precision gives 100 precision for a minute after activating a signet (maximum of 5 stacks).

What this means is that a warrior is potentially able to pre-activate up to 5 signets before an encounter and begin with an additional 500 precision! This is partly why it was mentioned earlier that warriors have such incredibly easy access to high critical chance, as these signets are not only providing passive damage attribute increases for us — they provide additional precision on activation as well (this is of course assuming that the Signet Mastery trait is equipped).

Additonally, activating Signet of Might will provide the warrior with a unique effect called “Unblockable” which as evident based off of its name, will make every attack unblockable throughout the duration of the effect.

 

Signet of Fury

signet of fury

Signet of Fury is the precision alternative to Signet of Might and becomes significantly more useful the lower level the map is, due to the downscaling of attributes for downscaled characters. A level 80 character will find that in lower level dungeons their critical chance is significantly lower, so at some point it becomes an inevitable necessity to take Signet of Fury along with anything else possible (within reason) to increase precision.

Activating Signet of Fury also will completely fill a warrior’s adrenaline bar, making it extremely useful for beginning an encounter with a burst skill at full adrenaline. Due to Signet of Fury’s cast time being faster than the healing skill “To The Limit” along with not having the very irritating aftercast, it makes it a very desirable skill to cast at the start of a fight.

As seen in the image above, Signet of Fury also has synergy with the trait Signet Mastery for an additional 100 precision on activation (maximum of 5 stacks).

 

Banner of Discipline

banner of discipline

Banner of Discipline is an essential utility for maximising output in both solo settings and groups. In addition to providing nearly the same precision as Signet of Fury, it provides ferocity as well and is partywide for up to a maximum of 5 people! This makes Banner of Discipline one of the most significant team buffing tools out of all skills in the game as it will greatly increase the critical chance and damage of you and your allies.

Note that currently there is a “bug” or overlooked/forgotten problem with banners as of the June 23, 2015 patch with specializations — ArenaNet for whatever reason did not include the trait “Inspiring Banners,” which reduced the recharge of banners by 25% (from 120 seconds to 90 seconds) along with increasing the effective radius from 600 to 900 units. This meant that formerly, it was possible to have roughly 100% banner uptime with banners whereas currently it is no longer possible and until this is addressed it will be up to the warrior and teammates to determine proper banner placement and usage to maximise uptime.

 

Banner of Strength

banner of strength

Banner of Strength is also an essential utility for maximising output for groups, but not recommended for solo settings as a lone warrior will benefit more so from taking an additional signet to maximise personal output, whereas in groups the additional partywide power that this banner provides is unmistakably more important than the warrior’s personal DPS.

Banner of Strength provides nearly the same power as Signet of Might but is partywide for up to a maximum of 5 people! Paired up with Banner of Discipline, a warrior can provide over a 20% DPS increase for the entire party with just these two banners! It is because of these banners and the two traits Empower Allies and Phalanx Strength that warrior is known as the class with the indisputably best offensive support in the game.

Note that currently there is a “bug” or overlooked/forgotten problem with banners as of the June 23, 2015 patch with specializations — ArenaNet for whatever reason did not include the trait “Inspiring Banners,” which reduced the recharge of banners by 25% (from 120 seconds to 90 seconds) along with increasing the effective radius from 600 to 900 units. This meant that formerly, it was possible to have roughly 100% banner uptime with banners whereas currently it is no longer possible and until this is addressed it will be up to the player and teammates to determine proper banner placement and usage to maximise uptime.

 

Phalanx Builds

 

In groups warrior has the potential to maintain extremely high personal damage along with providing incredible offensive support to others through utilities and traits. The group builds that will be recommended here in this guide will be referred to as “Phalanx Builds” because they make use of an essential trait to partywide offensive buffing called Phalanx Strength:

phalanx strength

As evident, having this trait equipped converts every stack of might that a warrior generates to a partywide effect rather than just a personal effect. This means that in groups, it is the job of the warrior to ensure that everyone is maintaining as high of might as possible, as they are easily able to generate it based off of the traits Forceful Greatsword and the boon duration food Fried Golden Dumpling:

fried golden dumplings

In addition to generating might, warriors using these builds will also be providing the team with an additional 150 power from the trait Empower Allies! Do note that this trait pulses on an interval of 3 seconds within 600 range, so like banner effects and Phalanx Strength, allies must be nearby in order to receive the buff.

Additionally, Empower Allies is only active if the warrior is in combat — the trait will not take effect otherwise!

empower allies

There will be two recommended Phalanx Strength builds in this guide:

Knowing when and where to make use of each build is a necessity in order to be an efficient warrior in group settings, along with knowing what traits, utilities and weapons along with the sigils being interchangeable.

Regardless of which of the two main builds you decide to use at a given time, take note of the similarities between the two:

  • Both builds use the Tactics specialization along with the traits Empowered, Empower Allies and Phalanx Strength. The trait Empowered is the only relevant DPS increase option available at the adept level, but Empower Allies and Phalanx Strength are key components to the build and are irreplaceable.
  • Both builds use Superior Rune of the Strength x6 along with the food Fried Golden Dumplings as nourishment. Because Phalanx warriors are expected to maintain might for a group, these two assets are necessary in order to reliably achieve the goal of ensuring that all allies are buffed to their fullest potential. Alternative options will be listed near the end of this section.
  • Both builds use the Strength specialization along with the traits Restorative Strength, Forceful Greatsword, and Berserker’s Power. While Restorative Strength and Berserker’s Power aren’t technically needed, they are the most relevant options for personal DPS increase and are part of what make the warrior so powerful as it is capable of maintaining its high damage without sacrificing partywide offensive support. Forceful Greatsword, however, is an essential trait that allows the warrior to generate might to provide with Phalanx Strength. This synergy is crucial to the build and cannot be replaced.
  • Both builds use the same two banners along with Signet of Fury. This is because as mentioned in the utilities section above, these two banners together provide over a 20% DPS increase for the party, making them an important tool to take to all groups. Signet of Fury is the ideal third utility to take because a warrior wants to maintain as high of a critical chance as possible both to maintain personal damage and to ensure that they generate as much might as possible for the team.

So when is it best to use the pure greatsword build over the greatsword + axe/mace build?

The answer to that question is unfortunately not one of which can be explained in one sentence and will require extensive knowledge of the encounters.

It is first important to note that both builds are capable of generating the exact same amount of might, so as far as partywide support is concerned, both are great. However, the build that has the most potential is the pure greatsword one and that is because of the trait Furious, which enables the warrior to very easily maintain 100% Berserker’s Power uptime whereas the greatsword + axe/mace build is not. This means that as far as personal DPS is concerned, the pure greatsword build is the overall superior choice for Phalanx Builds.

Despite this fact, there are advantages and disadvantages to both builds that a warrior must understand!

Pure Greatsword Phalanx Build Advantages

  1. Access to the Furious trait, meaning 100% Berserker’s Power uptime
  2. Access to the master level minor trait Rending Strikes for vulnerability application on critical hits
  3. Reduced recharge on signets, meaning Signet of Rage will be off cooldown more often

Pure Greatsword Phalanx Build Disadvantages

  1. No ability to weapon swap, putting the warrior in a very vulnerable situation when more survivability than just dodges is needed to get the job done and also making the rotation feel very clunky in longer fights that involve a lot of moving around. Camping greatsword in general is uncomfortable in any encounter that requires kiting.
  2. Lack of access to useful traits to help with condition removal and health regeneration in the Discipline specialization such as Brawler’s Recovery and Inspiring Battle Standard.
  3. Due to being stuck on greatsword, this build for the most part only is able to use Arcing Slice, whereas the greatsword + axe/mace variant is able to swap and use Eviscerate. Not only does Eviscerte deal more damage to single targets than Arcing Slice, but because burst skills have their own individual cooldowns it is possible to cast different burst skills in quick succession after swapping whereas with this build, only Arcing Slice is available for the majority of a fight.

Greatsword + Axe/Mace Phalanx Build Advantages

  1. Access to the Inspiring Battle Standard trait, which provides pulsing regen to nearby players and thereby giving the warrior the ability to help keep up the health of itself and allies.
  2. Access to the master level minor trait Fast Hands, giving the warrior the ability to swap weapons during the fight and thereby not only allowing the warrior to contribute to defiance stripping with tremor, but contributing much more to vulnerability application with mace offhand. Also allows the warrior to in some cases swap out mace for sword offhand with an energy sigil in situations where survivability is jeopardized and more than just the standard 2 dodges is needed to stay alive.
  3. Access to the Burst Mastery major grandmaster trait, which not only will increase the damage of burst skills but ensure that after using them the warrior will have more adrenaline and therefore have to accumulate less of it in between burst skill usage.

Greatsword + Axe/Mace Phalanx Build Disadvantages

  1. The loss of the Furious trait, meaning it is not possible to maintain 100% Berserker’s Power uptime without having an absolute perfect rotation which is generally unreliable to expect in real settings. This results in an overal personal DPS loss.
  2. The lack of Signet Mastery means that pre-casting signets before an encounter will mean that they will be on longer cooldown unless the warrior temporarily swaps to the Arms specialization prior to casting the signets and then back to Discipline right before engaging in combat. This is inconvenient and irritating.
  3. Despite the gain of being able to swap to axe/mace during an encounter, this build variant loses the Rending Strikes trait which the pure greatsword variant has, so the build has to sacrifice some vulnerability application potential in order to gain some.

Hopefully this list will make it clear that there are both positives and negatives with both choices. Understanding them will be essential in order for the warrior to know what is best to take in order to fulfill their roles in a group and to handle the encounters they face to the best of their ability.

Remember that optimally we would like as much might duration as possible with Phalanx builds in order to optimise our capacity to contribute to offensive buffing in groups. Having Superior Runes of Strength in combination of Fried Golden Dumplings is optimal for both of the Phalanx builds suggested but due to the fact that it is a costly setup I will list some of the alternative options for food choices.

Alternatives for food:

Unfortunately, we cannot offer any alternative runes other than Hoelbrak due to the fact that the might duration is necessary and because Hoelbrak also costs quite a bit, suggesting it to me feels pointless. As the old saying goes, “go big or go home!”

 

Solo DPS Builds

 

Unlike Phalanx Strength builds, these builds are specifically aimed towards optimising personal DPS in a solo setting but they also can produce extremely high output in group settings as well. Because of this, the Tactics specialization is a poorer choice as it focuses more so on partywide support rather than personal gain.

For this guide, two main variants will be suggested for optimising personal DPS in a solo setting:

There are a few variations to this build that can be made in order to tailor to a warrior’s specific needs depending on the encounters they are put in, but regardless of what changes are made there are always a few specific aspects that all good DPS builds will have in common:

  • The Strength, Arms, and Discipline specializations will be equipped
  • Berserker’s Power will be equipped
  • Furious and Burst Mastery are both important tools needed to maintain 100% Berserker’s Power uptime, so either one of the two or both will be equipped

So when should I use mace the mace offhand variant over the sword offhand one?

Just like what was mentioned in the section for Phalanx Strength builds, it is up to the warrior to know which is needed and best!

As far as personal damage is concerned mace offhand provides the best damage due to the long-lasting vulnerability applied from Crushing Blow, which will buff all attacks by 10% for the duration of the vulnerability. However, sometimes situations just aren’t as easy to get through as others and a warrior might need more than just dodges to survive.

In the event that dodging is not enough to get through a fight, sword offhand is a very good hybrid offhand that combines both great single target damage along with defensive utility. Sword offhand offers a block on a short cooldown, which makes it a great candidate for tougher boss encounters.

Because of the fact that it is assumed that a warrior will be taking a sword offhand due to an encounter being more dangerous than usual, a Superior Sigil of Energy will likely be the most useful sigil for the sword which will give enough endurance on weapon swap in order to dodge 3 times in a row instead of the usual 2. Additionally, the trait Deep Strike is changed to Blademaster because it will both reduce the cooldown of Impale and Riposte as well so that the warrior is able to block every 12 seconds rather than every 15.

To help illustrate an example of the general idea of what can be expected for a warrior’s rotation in a solo setting, I have recorded a video of a DPS rotation on the indestructable golem in the Heart of the Mists:

Please note that as far as memorisation of a repeatable rotation is concerned, there is no appropriate sequence of attacks to remember because of the following things that need to be prioritised:

  • Berserker’s Power’s damage modifier of 20% needs to be maintained by readily using burst skills off cooldown at full adrenaline
  • Stick & Move’s damage modifier of 10% needs to be maintained by dodging when applicable to ensure that endurance is never full

This means that in a real setting you will have to focus on many different things at once to achieve the maximum damage and this includes the attacks from the enemies. For example, if you know that a boss is about to perform a hard hitting attack that knocks you back, you would not want to cast Hundred Blades but something else instead.

Despite the fact that what is suggested in the build links for optimal food choice is Plate of Truffle Steak, it is not always optimal. In a level 80 area where the warrior is able to pre-cast signets to gain additional precision before a fight, has Banner of Discipline active along with 100% fury uptime, the absolute optimal food choice in that scenario would be Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup, as it gives 1 hour’s worth of +100 power and +70 ferocity.

However despite the fact that this food can be optimal, it is extremely costly (roughly 1 gold each food use!) and because of the fact that the gain of +70 ferocity is so marginally better than alternatives which cost a fraction of it, I do not recommend it. This is also considering the fact that it is only optimal in specific circumstances and not just the cost.

In all areas under level 80, it is important to remember that all of our attributes are downscaled which includes critical chance. What this means is that ferocity becomes less and less valuable and precision becomes more and more valuable the lower level the map because we want as high of a critical chance as possible. Power is always valuable despite the level of area.

So without further ado, I offer some alternatives for food choice to pick from:

Alternative food choices:

Additionally, Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup and its cheaper alternatives offer comparative DPS to what is suggested above, but due to the fact that it costs more than truffle steak and is technically worse (by a very small amount), I do not recommend it.

For more information about optimizing warrior DPS in a solo setting, visit the guide on the official GW2 forums written by Purple Miku of [rT]: Solo DPS Guide For Warriors

 

Solo Condition Damage Builds

 

The warrior is capable of maintaining very high DPS in a solo setting with condition damage builds, in particular on heavily armored bosses. If a boss has low armor, however, a direct damage build will far surpass condition damage builds in terms of DPS and even against heavily armored bosses it still does not outperform direct damage builds most of the time.

All in all, this build designed as an alternative to those that wish to try a different approach to warrior combat. If it is something that looks appealing to you, then try it out for yourself and see if it is something that you enjoy!

The longbow suggested is Giver’s due to the fact that ideally, it is best to get as close to 100% burning duration as possible to maximise the amount of sword camping which will allow for higher bleed uptime and overall DPS. The combined effects of 40% condition duration from the food, 10% from the utility nourishment, 20% from the longbow, and 30% from the two sigils equates to 100% extra burning duration which is the absolute maximum that can be achieved.

Alternatives for sigils on the longbow can be Superior Sigil of Doom or Superior Sigil of Battle in place of Superior Sigil of Malice, but due to the fact that in an ideal situation a warrior using this build should only swap to longbow every 20 seconds (when Pin Down is off cooldown), these sigils’ effects don’t benefit as well as Malice. To be technically optimal, however, Sigil of Malice can be replaced with Sigil of Corruption though I generally don’t advise stacking sigils due to the need to pre-emptively build them before a fight and because of how easy it is to lose them.

A cheaper and more easily accessible type of rune to use as opposed to Aristocracy would be Runes of the Krait, though it is a fairly large DPS loss and because Aristocracy runes are not purchased with gold and are obtained through Caudecus’ Manor (or the PvP Reward Track for it), it is highly recommended to stick with them.

Alternatives to Sinister stats include both Rabid and Rampager. The three attributes that are best for condition damage builds are Condition Damage, Power, and Precision, which is why Sinister is optimal.

The general rotation for this build is quite easy to perform.

  1. Begin with activating Signet of Rage.
  2. Perform a longbow autoattack to get in combat, then cast “To The Limit” for full adrenaline.
  3. Use Combustive Shot on longbow, drop Banner of Strength into the fire field, and use Arcing Arrow in the field to immediately stack 6 might meanwhile casting “For Great Justice” instantly after the fire field is laid down.
  4. Use Pin Down, Fan of Fire, then swap to the other weapon set (Sword / Sword).
  5. Immediately use Flurry, then an Impale promptly afterwards.
  6. Autoattack repeatedly until full adrenaline, using Impale off cooldown.
  7. When full adrenaline, wait until Impale is off cooldown and once it is available, use it and swap to longbow.

Remember that what I suggest is what is considered optimal, not necessary to complete content. Provided cost is an issue for you, there are alternatives.

You can find a list of all the different utility nourishment options that are relevant here: Tuning Crystals (Utility Nourishment Alternatives)

Alternatives for food:

Unfortunately, it is a huge drop in efficiency to use any rune type for condition builds in PvE besides Aristocracy due to the fact that the might duration is necessary and because of the fact that cost-wise, Aristocracy is cheapest as it is not tradeable and technically costs no gold.

For more information on condition warrior builds, refer to Nike of [DnT]‘s Youtube channel, as he extensively tests and theorycrafts for condition damage builds in PvE.

 

 

Dungeons

 

This part of the guide is about specific things a warrior can do, and not to explain the encounters, if you are looking for an explanation of the paths, then check out http://gw2dungeons.net/

 

General Tips & Tricks

  • Use weapon swap to cancel savage leap before the skill ends. This means you can leap into mobs without hitting them and getting into combat. This is useful for lots of trash skips
  • You can change weapon whilst channeling skills (e.g Rush, Shield Stance) without cancelling the channel
  • Equip a longbow, use Combustive Shot and then quickly swap to hammer and use Earthshaker where the fire field will land. You adrenaline is only consumed when the Combustive shot lands, so you can cast 2 adrenaline skills on one bar of adrenaline. Combine this with Arcing Arrow, Charge, Drop Banner and Plant Banner for a 15 might stack combo.
  • Dropping a banner is a blast finisher, as well as the #5 skill when you pick a banner up. This means there are a potential for 6 blasts from one banner.
  • When you are not in combat, or are preparing to fight, pick up a banner and use the 3rd (and 2nd if it is a discipline banner) skill for Fury (and Swiftness).
  • If there are lots of close together encounters, try to pick up your banner and carry it between them
  • If you run regularly with the same or a similar group often, you can take note of the banner cooldowns and adjust when you drop them to your group’s DPS, meaning you can have more banner uptime for more encounters.

 

Ascalonian Catacombs

Shared part

If you don’t have an elementalist in your group, you may need to wait with the NPCs to give them swiftness with warhorn #4. If you do have an elementalist in your party, blast their Static Field with warhorn #5 and then run to Spider Queen.

Spider Queen

Depending on your party composition you may be the one who needs to kill the spiders and pull Spider Queen. Kill any nearby low level Spider Hatchlings with Bladetrail or Throw Axe. When running into aggro range of the further away Spider Hatchlings and when running back to whatever LoS spot your party is using, try to strafe left and right constantly. This will cause most of the projectiles they fire at you to miss, minimising the damage you take. For Spider Queen you can use Tremor (Mace #5) to interrupt her poison AoE, especially now that she does it when in melee range. Try to use normal evades for her basic attacks, and save Whirlwind Attack for when you get immobilised, as you won’t be able to use normal evades for her attacks. Alternatively you could take a Warhorn offhand to cleanse the immobilise.

Spike Traps

Warriors don’t have anything special to use at the spike traps, and Defiant Stance will not prevent you from taking damage from them. Here it may be worth swapping out healing signet for Healing Surge so you can quickly heal to full health if you get hit by a trap, allowing you to continue faster and reducing the risk of dying to a second trap. Try to double dodge the Gargoyle heads at the end of the corrider to stay out of combat.

Lieutenant Kholer

If you choose to LoS Kholer then try to get a team mate to pull him, since both Axe #3 and Greatsword #4 Cripple him, meaning he will take longer to walk to your spot. If you must be the one pulling, try to pull him with Sword #4 or Axe #3.

Path 1

Burrow Room

For the burrows you’ll want to swap your Signet of Fury for a Signet of Might. Be sure to select the burrow you are attacking as a target, else the cleave cap may cause you to hit gravelings and not the burrow.

After the burrows you can waypoint to Kholer’s waypoint if you have killed him, if not you’ll need to run a bit further. Equip greatsword and sword/warhorn and use a rotation of Rush, Whirlwind Attack, Savage Leap and Charge to get to the next event as quickly as possible.

Find The Missing Scepter Pieces

Typically the warrior will not be the one who collects the scepter pieces. Equipping “Shake it Off,” Dolyak Signet and Balanced Stance can be useful stunbreaks here as the Gravelings can leap and knock you down. Avoid using Whirlwind Attack in a way which will hit any mobs, as you want to remain out of combat as much as you can for this part. Swapping weapon at the end of your savage leap will cause the leap to do no damage on ending, allowing you to leap into mobs without getting in combat.

Picking up the scepter piece has a small animation which you can’t dodge out of, so if there are gravelings near the scepter pieces you may want to bait out their leap first before picking the piece up. Upon picking up all 5 scepter pieces continue to run east to the end of the room. Here you will out of combat allowing you to teleport to the waypoint that spawns after this event. Doing this will prevent pulling any mobs to Hodgins, which wastes time.

For the run after this event you may want to keep a stability spell, as the Gravelings in the tunnel also have knockdowns. You can equip a shield after using Charge on your warhorn to be completely safe for the first group of mobs, allowing you to save all your evades for the pack of mobs towards the end of the tunnel.

If you are not the one collecting the pieces then use Charge on your warhorn to give Hodgins swiftness after his dialogue. This will mean that he runs to the spot where you can give him the scepter pieces quicker. When he reaches his spot, talk to him and give him the scepter pieces to spawn the waypoint and chest.

Howling King

The Howling King is a pretty simple boss but can be dangerous. His attacks are extremely slow but very devastating as they apply confusion, cripple, and weakness. To avoid taking damage, one can just circle around him when auto attacking to ensure he doesn’t hit with his laser and only start a Hundred Blades channel when he starts an attack channel.

This will allow you to get the full Hundred Blades off without needing to interrupt it to dodge his attacks. If you are solo/duo and you have slow kill time then his gravelings summons may become a problem as they can knockdown for extended lengths of time and apply a lot of bleeds. If you find you are running out of dodges for their leaps, consider taking a sword offhand instead of mace, possibly with an energy sigil on it, or take a stability skill instead of your Signet of Fury.

Path 2

Flooded Temple

The event ends when a certain amount of gravelings killed is met in addition to the Graveling Breeder being defeated. Warriors should not have a problem surviving until all the Gravelings are dead due to their high base health and toughness, healing signet and evades from greatsword.

Ghostly Defense

If you are in a less organised group, you may find yourself needing to take either stunbreaks, condition removal utilities, or trait for Brawler’s Recovery in the Discipline specialisation in order to deal with the large amount of conditions, fears, and knockbacks from the Necromancers and Rangers. Try to save your mace #5 until the mobs have LoSed into your area of choice, allowing your group to burst them down without being condition bursted or feared. If you get downed, try to look for a rally on a low health mob.

Ghost Eater

This boss has only two attacks; one which he applies a series of very devastating AoEs that pulse a lot of vulnerability and damage and another where he fires out a series of vapor blades that have very long range and apply bleeds and cripples in addition to dealing heavy damage. All of these attacks can be evaded or blocked, and provided that you are in a group he should die before you have to use all of your active defenses.

If you are in a less organised group that deals low damage and people die quickly and easily, it may be in your best interest to prepare a second trap just in case he isn’t defeated before his ghost shield reapplies.

Path 3

Burrow Event

Equip a sword/warhorn and greatsword after the spike traps to run to Kholer or the Burrow events faster. You can swap your warhorn for a shield to block the 4 elite ghosts in the corridor before the burrow event, and then run to the end of the room to drop their aggro.

For the burrow event you want to swap your Signet of Fury for a Signet of Might, and if you’re the only warrior and only have a Discipline banner, swap it for the Strength Banner. If you are in a group the burrows will die fast enough to give you time to pick up the banner and take it to be in range of the next burrow spawn.

After 6 minutes of burrow-destroying timegated fun is over, you’ll need to run through the spider room. You can equip a sword offhand, channel riposte and then swap to shield during the channel. After Riposte has finished channeling you can use Shield Stance, allowing you to chain 5.25 seconds of block. For the rest of the room use dodges and spam strafe to try and stay out of combat.

For the next burrow room you want to keep your Signet of Might and use a greatsword and sword/warhorn. Use Rush, Whirlwind Attack and Savage Leap to run to the end 2 burrows quickly whilst some of your party kills the first 2. Kill the burrows using Hundred blades, Whirlwind Attack and autoattacks. If an Elementalist drops a Fiery Greatsword, pick it up and use Fiery Rush and Fiery Whirl to run to the end burrows quickly, and use Fiery Whirl with Firestorm to destroy the burrows.

Use the waypoint to get past the door a little faster, and then wait for the tunnel to open. If an elementalist drops a Static Field blast it with warhorn #5 and longbow #3 to give your party swiftness for the run. Use sword/warhorn and greatsword to run quickly to the end boss.

Colossus Rumblus

If your group has a slow kill time you may want to take a sword offhand instead of mace, have an energy sigil or both, as you need to frequently dodge his swipes and knockdowns. You may need to take Warbanner to resurrect Warmaster Grast depending on how poorly the group is doing so that you don’t die to the “cave in” attacks with the rocks falling everywhere. If you are in a more organised group, you can interrupt this attack with mace #5 or ideally if an elementalist is in the group, Deep Freeze on ice bow.

 

Caudecus Manor

Path 1

Bombing Event

If your group is clearing the mobs underground and completing the event as a party, try to pull groups of mobs into Line of Sight spots, allowing you to quickly and safely DPS them down. As a Warrior you can pull large groups safely with Axe Throw, Impale and Bladetrail. Save your Tremor until the mobs are in melee range, and additionally for the cutpurses. Stunning the cutpurses and quickly burning them down with your group will prevent them from apply a hefty amount of bleeds and poison to your group. Taking condition remove for this part should not be necessary, as other classes in your party should be able to handle it if a Cutpurse does live long enough to apply conditions, however if you are finding yourself dying to conditions, try taking Signet of Stamina or Shake it Off instead of Signet of Fury.

If your group feels it would be faster for 1 person to solo the bombing event and there’s no mesmer or thief in your party, it may be time to put on your big boy pants and solo it yourself. Soloing this event without dying is entirely do-able on Warrior, with or without consumables.

If you want to skip the written explanation and just watch a video on how to do it, then watch either of these videos to learn the general procedure for how it can be done with as little combat engagement as possible and without deaths:

For Utilities I usually take Defiant Stance, Berserker’s Stance, Endure Pain, Fear Me and Signet of Rage. Alternatively you could use balanced stance instead of Fear Me, since the Snipers do have a knockdown

Start off with a Sword/Warhorn and Greatsword and pop your Signet of Rage and Charge when at the stairs leading to the basement. Replace your warhorn for an offhand sword, and take a right hand turn. When you have the mob’s attention start to channel Riposte, and during the channel equip a shield. After activating the bomb, run to the second one and use Shield Stance to block the group of mobs guarding it. Run to the 3rd bomb, and dodge the Sniper’s Killshot by counting to 2 when the red ring appears below your character and then dodging. Run down the corrider, and if you have any ash legion spy kits you can walk into the small room on your left and use one to drop any aggro you may have. Replace your shield with an offhand sword and run to the final bomb, using Riposte when you have the mob’s attention. Additionally you can use Defiant Stance at any point to be extra safe. If you did this all then you should be out of combat. If you are, Waypoint to the start of the dungeon. If you are in combat, then just die to the mobs, it’s quicker than running back to the second half of the basement, and repair costs are free.

Stack up swiftness before going downstairs and then swap your warhorn for an offhand sword. Use riposte to block the Flame Turrets and activate the 2 bombs in the room. In this room you can wait for cooldowns to come back up if you need to. You can kill the 2 Flame Turrets whilst waiting for the NPC or cooldown, and this will prevent them from getting you in combat as you leave the room. After waiting for the slow NPC, your Riposte should be back off cooldown. Use it to block the 3 Snipers in the corridor, and swap offhand sword for a shield in the middle of your Riposte channel. Run into the room on the right and start to Shield Stance as soon as Riposte ends. Run out again and activate the Bomb right behind the Snipers and use either evades, Berserker’s Stance and if you need it Defiant Stance to get to the final bomb. Wait by the exit door for the NPC to finish her thing, as you will be semi-safe in this spot.

Gunpowder Morgan

Gunpowder Morgan is a pretty simple boss. If your party is good at keeping reflects up then you can get away without dodging this whole encounter, however it is still good to dodge his kicks. If you have poor or no reflect uptime then you will need to do a lot of dodging as he attacks frequently, so taking an offhand sword, an energy sigil or both is recommended.

Bloody Victoria

If you are killing the group of mobs after Morgan, than be wary of the Bandit Thugs. They will raise their hand for 1 second, and then heal allies, as well as giving them stability, might and protection. As a warrior it is very important that you look out for this and interrupt it with Mace 5.

In a group Bloody Victoria should not be much of a problem. Your high toughness, health and healing signet means that she should die before you do, even if she is focusing you. If you are in a less organised group or solo then you will want to take a stun break, since the backstab stun is unblockable and you will not be able to dodge it while stunned. You can still see her icon on the mini-map when she stealths.

Frost

Frost is another annoying boss, however there is not many Warrior-specific things you can do to help. Just try to burn him down as fast as possible, and if necessary swap Signet of Fury for Endure Pain or Berserker’s Stance.

Path 2

Nothing really warrior related worth mentioning up until Spike Room

Spike Room

You can use Savage Leap on your sword and Earthshaker on a hammer to cross onto separate carpets without taking any damage. You can also use shield to block the attacks from the mobs in the room. You can also use balanced stance since the Snipers have a knockdown.

Bombing the Gate

Here you can use Fear me or Stomp to keep the bandits away from the bombs you place.

Skip to Turmaine

If your group is skipping to Turmaine, simply run past the mobs with a rotation of Riposte, Shield Stance, Rush, Whirlwind Attack and Savage Leap.

Turmaine

Be careful to not stand in his wells and this boss isn’t a problem. If you are not in an organised group with other classes to remove any conditions, you may want to take Signet of Stamina to clear the large amount conditions he can apply. When he goes into his plague form, kite him and run away with Whirl Wind Attack and Rush when he’s not selected.

Path 3

Sure-Shot Seamus

If your party has no reflects, then you can kite the Elite Bandits around the small house. When Seamus enters his shotgun phase, only start to channel Hundred Blades when he starts to cast his shotgun blast in another direction. This will ensure that you don’t have to interrupt your Hundred Blades to dodge his attack.

Rocket Turrets

For the run to the turrets, if you are not clearing the mobs or stealthing, you can run it whilst channeling riposte and swap to a shield whilst channeling. When Riposte channel ends start your Shield Stance channel. You can then double dodge towards the airguns to ensure you don’t get put in combat. If a cutpurse follows you, you can stand on top of the crates on the left to drop aggro. The damage from the airguns is affected by might, so try to stack might with your party. You can use Call to Arms, Arcing Arrow and Earthshaker as blast finishers, or Combustive shot as a fire field along with For Great Justice.

Wahlen

If your party is pulling him out of the room into a corner and you are the one pulling, try to pull him with Impale or Throw Axe to give him as little cripple as possible, so he does not take any longer than needed to run to your corner. If you have poor reflect uptime you will need to watch out for when he crouches and spins. It is important to dodge this attack especially, else you can instantly be downed.

If you are in a small group or solo, you can not drop your airgun from the previous event and use it against him. Pull him out of his room into the corridor where the rocket turrets were using a single target utility such as Throw Bolas or a racial utility such as Prayer to Lyssa. When he is in the corridor, reflect his basic attacks and AoE attack using the airgun skills. When you have a cooldown on using the skills, simply strafe left and right to avoid his attacks.

Spike Corridor

Use savage leap and rotate Riposte and Shield stance to make it to the other end without being hit by traps or Bandit Snipers.

Afterwards you will encounter a big room of enemies. You can avoid aggro’ing them by jumping on the rock to the right and then onto the bridge.

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Second Large Room

If your party clears the second large room and the Bandit Snipers, simply Line of Sight in your corner of choice and burn down the mobs. Once again look to interrupt the Bandit Thug’s heal ability, to prevent the stability and protection.

If your group chooses to skip them and you don’t have a thief or engineer in your party to stealth everybody, dodge the first 2 Sniper’s kill shots by counting to 2 when the red ring appears below your feet and then dodging. Rotate Riposte, Shield Stance, Rush, Savage Leap and Whirlwind Attack to reach the end quickly. Watch out for the Bandit Scattershot’s long channeled bullet spray, as this can easily instantly down you if you stand too close to it and don’t dodge.

Vallog

In a coordinated group you will be able to kill him before your reflects run out, however if you don’t have a Guardian or Mesmer to give you stability then you will still need to be able to dodge his Earth Spikes. When he raises his front legs and twists, or as Wethospu elegantly described, “Hops around” you will need to dodge to prevent a knockback.

If you are in a group with poor DPS, reflect uptime or in solo you will need an offhand sword and energy sigil to dodge all of his attacks. When his hands light up with fiery, dodge to avoid his fire ball, and you will also need to dodge his Earth Ring. His attacks are frequent so be sure to only start to channel Hundred Blades right after he attacks to ensure you get the full channel off. Be sure not to confuse his Swirling Winds attack animation with his other attack animations, as this could cause you to waste evades or blocks.

When his swirling winds is up, it is very important that you do not use Tremor, Impale, Bladetrail or Throw Axe, as it will be reflected back at you.

 

Twilight Arbor

Shared Part

Clear the blossoms until the first group of dogs using either longbow or Bladetrail and Throw Axe. When you reach the first group of dogs, equip sword/shield and block as you run past them. This will ensure you don’t get in combat, knocked down or poisoned by the blossoms. Use Savage Leap and Rush to run past the Husks before they can knock you down. If a teammate is being chain stunned by them, equip mace offhand and use it to knock down the Husks.

Start to kill the Wurms as they spawn, and use either an evade, riposte or Tremor to avoid or interrupt their knockdown attack. If you are in a more organised group, this will not be needed as your guardian, thief or elementalist will be able to blind their attack. One way to clear the blossoms surrounding the Wurms if you don’t have another party member clearing them is to dodge roll to where the next wurm spawns. Your reckless dodge trait will then clear out any nearby blossoms, making the area safe to melee in. Alternatively you could Whirlwind Attack into a group of blossoms to clear them without taking any damage or poison.

If your party has medium to high DPS then you can ignore the 6th Wurm and start to kill the champion. Once again, look at for his knockdown animation and look to interrupt it with Tremor. If you are solo or have a low DPS party, you will need to kill the 6th Wurm, and possibly any other Wurms that spawn if your DPS is very low.

Up

Malrona

After clearing out the group of spiders in the tunnel, your party will most commonly want to line of sight the other spiders into a corner in that tunnel. If you are pulling, try to pull with impale or throw axe, to speed up the pulling process due to no or little cripples on the mobs. Wait until all the spiders are in the corner and then Tremor them to keep your party safe.

Once all the spiders are dead, Malrona will activate. In an organised group, another class will push Malrona to the wall, however in a less organised group this may not happen. If you are not in an organised group, you can use Tremor when she aggros to interrupt her first attack, which will always be Venom Blast, the painful AoE. You can then push her with melee into a wall of your party has a Fiery Greatsword ready to be used by walking inside her model and melee attacking her. Alternatively you can interrupt her Venom Blast and push her to the wall all at once by using the utility spell “Kick” or “Fear Me”. One thing to be aware of is that the Large AoE Venom Blast is unblockable, so you need to evade it and not use Riposte.

Spinneret Creche

If you don’t have team mates clearing the blossoms, then use Bladetrail, longbow and Throw Axe to clear them up until the first group of Undergrowth Stonetouches. When you reach them, equip a shield and use Shield Stance to block the blossoms, and then double dodge, Whirlwind attack and rush to make it to the end without entering combat. Be especially careful to stay away from Stonetouches’ melee, as they can apply a 5 second stun which removes stability and cannot be stun broken. If an ally stacks a large amount of poison on them and there are no other classes who are able to clear conditions on an ally, take Shake it Off instead of Signet of Fury and clear their poison before engaging Fyonna.

Fyonna

Ideally your party will pull her with a ranged attack which does not apply a cripple, however if none are available then you can pull with Throw Axe or Impale. Pull her into the tunnel where you are safe from her Spider Eggs, and can also push her against the wall for Whirlwind Attack and Fiery Rush. In her first form there is not much you can do, as her attacks are a projectile. In her spider form, make sure to dodge her attacks, which have the same animation as the Spider Queen from AC’s basic attacks. Once again, be sure to start a Hundred Blades channel right after she has attacked to ensure you get the full channel off, since she attacks frequently. As a warrior you can take a few hits, so you may not want to interrupt your Hundred Blades to dodge, if it means finishing off the rest of the channel.

Boleshian Pit

Stick to the left and clear any blossoms in your way. When you come close to the group of 4 elites that patrol the passage, equip shield use Shield Stance while running to the next passage filled with archers. Double dodge through them and then rush to reach the end without taking significant damage or poison application. If you get downed then look for a blossom and hit it with your #1 downed skill to rally. Once again if a party member receives a large amount of poison and no other condition cleanses in the party are available, drop Signet of Fury to take Shake it Off and clear their poison.

Nightmare Warden

This champion has hard hitting melee attacks, so in a group with slower kill times you may need to max melee range it and kite it around with the cripples from Throw Axe and Bladetrail.

Nightmare Tree

Be sure to swap any Signets of Fury for Signet of Might and any Banner of Disciplines for On My Mark or Banner of Strength if your party doesn’t have one, since the Tree is a structure and cannot be critically hit. If you have little reflect uptime then try to zig-zag and strafe to avoid getting hit by the mortars. If he is blinded from a Guardian or an Elementalist then you don’t need to worry about any of the Nightmare Tree’s attacks, however if he is not blinded then you need to dodge when he smashes the ground and dodge 0.5 – 1 second after any red circles appear.

In the center near his back legs there is a spot where you can hit him twice with each melee attack. Try to stand here to make the boss die much faster.

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Forward

Peatrot Gallery

Try to stand in between these archers so that you can hit both of them at the same time with your melee attacks.

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If you get immobilized, take the opportunity to use Whirlwind Attack and hit them for every tick of damage. They will not evade and place a trap if you or any other member of your party does not select/target them, however this means you cannot use spells such as Rush for DPS.

Lake of Fear

Swim past the barracudas and dodge if any come close and are in their attack animation. Avoid using spear 4 to block the attacks as this will put you in combat unless you manually cancel the counterattack.

Use sword/warhorn and greatsword to run to the next part of the dungeon quickly.

Leaurent’s Elite Guard

A warrior can simply walk through the fiery barriers by using either Riposte, Shield Stance, mace #2 or Defiant Stance, however Endure Pain will not work. If you have a guardian giving you an aegis, dodge through the fiery shield. Don’t use Tremor, Bladetrail or Impale, as the shields will absorb the projectiles. Standing directly in the hitboxes of the archers will mean that they are unable to attack you due to the fact that they are rooted.

The Arboretum

You can stand in this area until the patrolling dogs have passed:

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Clear any blossoms with Bladetrail, Throw Axe and longbow. When you reach the first group of mobs, wait for the Knight to use his hammer stun and dodge it. After, use Whirlwind Attack and Rush to cross the bridge. Hug the right wall to bypass the 2nd and 3rd group of mobs un-noticed.

Use “Shake it Off” if you have poison and equip an offhand sword and start channeling Riposte as you approach the 4th group of mobs, swapping to an off-hand shield in the middle of the channel to avoid counterattacking them. As soon as Riposte ends, start to channel Shield Stance. Once Shield Stance ends, double dodge, Savage Leap, Whirlwind Attack and then Rush to bypass the blossoms without taking much damage or poison from them. If you have a party member such as an Elementalist or a Guardian clearing blossoms for your party, stick with them and do not run ahead.

Leurent

You may want an offhand sword if you are in an un-organised group, as the fight will go on a long time and you will need lots of evades and blocks for his Bladetrail and Entangle.

Nightmare Tree

Be sure to swap any Signets of Fury for Signet of Might and any Banner of Disciplines for On My Mark or Banner of Strength if your party doesn’t have one, since the Tree is a structure and cannot be critically hit. If you are not channeling Hundred Blades, try to move around a little to try to evade the Oakhearts’ basic attacks. When the Oakhearts raise their fist, dodge when they slam it onto the ground to avoid a knockback. You can also rally from the BInding Roots which they spawn.

 

Sorrow’s Embrace

Path 1

An efficient clear of path 1 is reliant on Stability and reflects, meaning there’s not a whole lot that a warrior can do in this path.

Impasse Mark IV

If your party needs to have the boss against the walll (e.g for Fiery Greatsword), but no other party member knows how to with their class, then you can use Kick. However rarely will you be in a party that uses Fiery Greatsword but does not know how to push a boss to the wall. Be sure to carry any banners you have to Nokk, as if you have good DPS they will last long enough to be up for the whole Nokk fight.

Mine Field

A warrior can easily pass all 3 golems very quickly. Use any of Riposte, Shield Stance, Whirlwind Attack and your 2 dodges to avoid the golem’s pull.

Golems

If you are in a group with reflects, try not to use Tremor when reflects are up, as it may interrupt their hard hitting attacks which get reflected back at them. Save Tremor for if any are still alive and you don’t have any reflects up.

Tazza

If you are in an unorganised group with no Guardian Banish to separate Tazza and Kaeyi then you can you separate the 2 yourself to make the fight easier for your group. Aggro them when standing on top of the steps, and slowly run backwards until she is at the top of the steps. Use Fear Me to fear her near to where the previous golems were spawned. Kaeyi will leash and you will be able to fight Tazza on her own.

Path 3

Once again, reflects are an important part in an efficient path 3 clear, meaning in most of the encounters there isn’t anything special a Warrior can do.

Volkov

If nobody else in your party is able to handle condition cleanse, take Shake It Off instead of Signet of Fury, and clear bleeds whenever they get stacked significantly. If your group kill the group of trash mobs that spawn after, use Tremor when there are no reflects up to minimise the amount of damage your party takes.

Skip to Molradovich

As you leave the room where Volkov was, take a left and jump down, being careful to avoid dying to fall damage. You can swap Signet of Fury for Signet of Might to help kill the barricades faster. Taking an offhand shield here can be useful as it allows you to easy cross the bridge without getting in combat.

Dredge Carrier

Be sure to swap Signet of Fury for Signet of Might here, and if you only have a Discipline banner in your party then swap it for Banner of Strength for this encounter. If your party is fully ranging the carrier, equip both a rifle and a longbow and use a rotation of Volley -> swap to longbow -> Arcing Arrow -> auto attack for another 5 seconds after weapon swap is off cooldown -> swap to rifle -> Volley.

 

Citadel of Flame

Path 1

Gate

You can start to stack might by using your blast finishers of Call to Arms, Arcing Arrow and Earthshaker in a fire field. If there are no fire fields available then you can use Combustive Shot. Note that hitting the gate no longer grants adrenaline so you will need to use Signet of Fury to get adrenaline for Combustive Shot. If your party is not teleporting Ferrah to the gate, then you can help speed things up by giving her swiftness with Warhorn.

If you have a team mate pulling the 2 Godforged Fanatics to the wall, then you can hit both and the turret with tremor, allowing your team to burst them down before they place any flame walls. If you do not have a team mate that can pull them to the wall, hit them with Tremor anyway, but position yourself so that you can hit a turret and 1 or if possible 2 with your melee cleave.

Slave Driver

Despite what many teams made through the LFG tend to think, pushing this boss does almost nothing to speed up the encounter whatsoever. The tactic of pushing or pulling him to the wall was formerly useful during the days when Fiery Rush used to be capable of stacking all of its fire fields into the same location when used with no target against a wall, resulting in massive amounts of damage. Because this is no longer possible, it is better to save crowd control skills to interrupt this boss rather than walling him.

Bridge + Acolytes

Equip a sword/warhorn + greatsword and sprint to the other side as fast as possible. Make use of Riposte and Shield Stance if you want to stay out of combat without the chance of goofing up with dodges. The event and the dialogue will trigger when the first person reaches the end of the bridge, so it is important that you reach the end as fast as possible, even if it means leaving your slower allies behind.

Warriors can kill the acolytes in the event following in one shot with Eviscerate. You can build adrenaline for this with either Healing Surge, Signet of Fury or by hitting one of the summoning plates. Another way to quickly kill an Acolyte is to use Whirlwind Attack through them and into one of the summoning plates.

Braziers

If you are killing the gate for your party, try to target the gate controller as you run into the room, before the door closes. Swap Signet of Fury if you have it for Signet of Might, and additionally stack might, drop any strength banners and take Frenzy and Balanced Stance if you are not very consistent at dodging the Hellstorm’s pull. When the gate opens, use Bladetrail, Rush and then Frenzy (and Balanced Stance if you have it), Hundred Blades and Whirlwind attack to kill the controller. If a strength banner was dropped then remind your party to pick it up and take it to the last boss.

Legendary Searing Effigy

Just dodge his attacks and perform your DPS rotations to the best of your ability.

Path 2

Burrows

Be sure to swap Signet of Fury if you have it for Signet of Might, as the burrows cannot be critically hit.

Defusing the Bombs

You can start to channel a movement skill (e.g Rush) whilst next to a bomb, and then interact with the bomb to pick it up whilst using your movement skill. Using this trick with Rush, Executioner’s Axe’s Corpse Toss or Savage Leap can allow you to very quickly return bombs.

Lava Field

Defiant Stance and Endure Pain will not protect you from the fire fields. This means that the best way to run it solo is to use the water cannons for the fire fields, and rely on Berserkers Stance and Shake it Off to avoid being immobilized, and Endure Pain, Defiant Stance or Dodges to avoid dying to any mobs.

Bombing The Gate

If you are in a group with not much DPS or cleave, then you can take hammer to help control all the mobs that spawn, and make it a bit easier for your group. However, be aware that the Assassins have stability so they will not be affected by your stuns or knockbacks. If you are in a group with high DPS then this part will go smoothly without you doing anything special.

Final Boss

You can quickly kill an Acolyte by Whirlwind Attacking into the wall behind them. This will instantly or almost instantly kill them, depending on might and your build, without wasting any adrenaline or big cooldowns. They recently changed it so you can melee the Boss from anywhere on the ground, so simply DPS the boss and try to stay mobile to avoid any firestorms.

Path 3

Torches

Here you can use Fear Me to protect yourself or somebody else whilst they are channeling on the torch. Endure Pain or Defiant Stance will not prevent the channeling from being interrupted if you are hit.

Siege Commander

In a less organised group with slow kill times or nobody else managing condition removal, then you can take Shake It Off to remove bleeds and burning from you or your allies. You can also kite him around a pillar whilst auto attacking with axe. In a group with high DPS then this will not be needed.

The Great Hall

In a group will slow kill times then you may find it necessary to take a stun break or to bring stability, as being stunned by a Bladestorm can lead to you quickly being killed. Save Tremor for if your party Line of Sights mobs into one large clump, or for when the Hellstorms start their Flamespray.

Corridor of Bombs

If you get surrounded by red AoEs, wait ~0.2s before dodging backwards. Blocks such as Shield Stance and Riposte will block the damage, however Endure Pain and Defiant Stance will not. Another tactic you can use it outrun the detonations by using Rush and Savage Leap. Be sure to cancel the leap towards the end of the cast with a weapon swap, else you may get into combat with the bombs.

Gaheron’s Pet Drake

If you are being focused by the drake, only start to channel a Hundred Blades when he casts Flame Breath, as it will allow you to get the full channel off without needing to dodge his bite. In a group with slow kill times you may need to take an energy sigil, offhand sword or both to give you enough dodges for his bite.

Tribune Burntclaw

In a group with low DPS you may need to take an energy sigil, offhand sword or both to give you enough dodges for the boss. Try to save Riposte or Whirlwind Attack for if you get hit by his “Throw Bolas”, so that you can still block/evade his Banish even when you are immobilised.

 

Honor of the Waves

Path 1

Start

After killing the group of 4 Elites at the start, you can equip Signet of Might to help speed up killing the 2 Corrupted Ice Turrets, and the Ice Dragon Totem if your group chooses to complete the bonus event.

Icebrood Troll

If you are in a group with little DPS, or you anticipate your team mates dying then it would be a smart idea to take an offhand with Sigil of Energy in it, as well as a Greatsword and Fast Hands. Offhand sword is fine, however none of his attacks can be blocked, so don’t rely on Riposte. His fear also cannot be blocked or evades, so you may want to take Shake it Off, as the 25 second cooldown stun break is close to the 20 second cooldown on the Troll’s fear. Try to evade his leap right before he lands, as you will evade the leap and the shockwaves it produces all in one evade. Rotate between Whirlwind Attack evade and dodges for his basic attacks.

Aldus Stormbringer

When he uses “Shield of Jormag”, be careful not to use Tremor, Impale or Bladetrail, as he reflects projectiles. Quickly clear the stacks on his shield with Hundred Blades, Cyclone Axe and Whirlwind Attack into the wall to either side of him.

Ginva The Butcher

Try to melee him from as far away as possible, as this will cause his Whirling Defense attack to miss you. If there is no red bar underneath your melee attack when you have him selected, then you can still hit him from further away. Avoid using any projectiles such as Pin Down, Arcing Arrow, Impale or Throw Axe when he is whirling, as it it will reflect projectiles back to you or your team mates.

 

Crucible of Eternity

Shared Part

Drop a banner when the door opens and you engage the first group of mobs, which will ensure your banner is up for all of the mobs, and for the first Subject Alpha. If you are pulling the Champion Wolf, you can use Riposte or Shield Stance to safely bait out his leap before pulling him to your party. If you use Shield Stance you can easily stay out of combat, allowing you to swap back to offhand mace to fight him.

Drop a banner as you engage Alpha. If your party needs you to push him against the wall, then you can either use Kick, Fear Me or the slower method of melee pushing him. When he escapes, pick up your banner and carry it to the next part of the dungeon. Use Inspire and Sprint to get their faster.

People have personal preference whether they prefer to do lasers with or without swiftness. For this reason, try to avoid using Warhorn, and if you want swiftness for it, use Signet of Rage to avoid giving your party unwanted swiftness.

If you are using the one of the first 2 consoles, use rush to catch up to our party, and a savage leap with a weapon swap before it ends. Avoid using Whirlwind Attack where the lasers were, as this will get you in combat.

Path 1

Security Room

If you are defending console users, stand still and use Axe auto attack to quickly and easily kill any golems.

Subject Alpha

If your party chooses to let the inquest die, then a well-timed Arcing Arrow, Combustive Shot or Bladetrail can tag all the mobs for you, allowing you to loot them.

Bjarl the Rampager

Here you can use Tremor and Fear Me to chain crow control him, preventing him from re-gaining his armour for a short while.

Path 2

Destroying the Door

Axe/Greatsword auto attacks will oneshot any golems. Useful place to equip any stacking weapons and stack. When the Elite Golems spawn, interrupt them with Tremor when they start to spin.

Stairs

Use Tremor, Whirlwind Attack and Bladetrail to tag all the mobs for loot. If your group is killing the group of Elite mobs at the top of the stairs, save your Tremor if you have it for when the Berserker’s start to spin.

Way to Evolved Husk

Use shield stance to block any blossoms to stay out of combat the whole run. You may want to take Shake it Off incase you get a large amount of poison, or if you get knocked down by a dog.

Evolved Husk

You can take Shake it Off instead of Signet or Banner here to help with bleeds/poisons on you or your team mates. Be sure not to use it when the Husk is about to die, else you may not be able to swap it back to banner/signet in time for last Alpha.

Path 3

Destroying the Door

Axe/Greatsword auto attacks will oneshot any golems. Useful place to equip any stacking weapons and stack. When the Elite Golems spawn, interrupt them with Tremor when they start to spin.

Stairs

Use Tremor, Whirlwind Attack and Bladetrail to tag all the mobs for loot. If your group is killing the group of Elite mobs at the top of the stairs, save your Tremor if you have it for when the Berserker’s start to spin.

Way to Destroyer

Use Tremor on all the Destroyer Crabs to keep your party safe from their attacks.

Destroyer

Use Tremor on him to interrupt any casts of Dragon’s Tooth. Only start to channel Hundred Blades when you know where the tooth will land, to avoid having to interrupt the channel.

 

The Ruined City of Arah

Shared Parts

Corrupted Light

First Orb

Bring up the dialogue when you select the orb, start to channel Rush, Savage Leap or any other charge you may have (e.g Corpse Toss), and select to pick up the orb. This will cause you to channel your leap/rush whilst holding the orb. Use dodges to reach the end, and if needed Bulls Charge or a healing skill.

Second Orb

Solo: It’s possible for a warrior to solo the corrupted light without any Cleric’s gear only with the use of the Executioner’s Axe Toy bundle, which is only obtainable from the gem store. Alternatively, it is possible to solo this puzzle with ~1500 healing power.

Take Defiant Stance, For Great Justice, Shake It Off, Bull’s Charge, and Signet of Rage.

For a detailed guide on how to solo the second orb on a warrior, watch the video guide below:

Group: In a group, none of the above will be necessary. Instead, you can use Rush whilst picking up the orb, Defiant Stance when your health reaches ~3000, and optionally a Bulls Charge to travel most of the distance before throwing the orb to a team mate.

The Grand Processional Gate

Stick to the left wall, and run to this corner

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From here you can wait for your team, and evaluate whether you will need to kill any turrets. If you have reflects in your team, then you can run to the Abominations, and allow any eyes that would normally hit you to kill themselves on reflects. However, if you have no reflects in your party, and a turret has spawned that would hit you whilst killing the abominations then you will need to kill the turret first.

If the turrets are behind the rock, then you can safely shoot at them from longbow from a few spots, otherwise you will need to strafe left and right whilst auto attacking them, to avoid being hit and blinded.

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Giganticus Lupicus

If you are not very familiar with Lupicus’ mechanics, or are interested in learning how to solo Lupicus, whether it be to make pug runs smoother, the ability to solo paths or just as a personal goal, then there are plenty of good resources on YouTube and GW2dungeons.net that explain his mechanics.

Your weapon set and your utilities will vary here depending on the experience of your group and your own experience at Lupicus.

If you are not very experienced with Lupicus then you will want an offhand sword with Energy sigil, and maybe even Signet of Stamina, Endure Pain and Dolyak Signet. This will allow you to have plenty of dodges, lessening the penalty of wasting a dodge.

If you are in a good group, however you are still not 100% confident with Lupicus, then an offhand sword with Energy sigil should be fine, along with your regular utilities you’d use on any other boss.

If you are confident with Lupicus, but are not confident in your team, then you may want to take Balanced Stance or Dolyak Signet, incase they continually get Necrid Traps casted on them, which may also trap you.

In a group with reflects, such as a mesmer, then you’ll want to take on my mark, and if you are confident enough an offhand mace. When Lupicus starts to use his Phase 2 AoE, use On My Mark along with Crushing Blow and Cyclone Axe to quickly apply a lot of vulnerability, increasing the damage of the reflects. Be sure not to use On My Mark in phase 1, as he cleanses all conditions during phase transition.

One trick you can do to avoid being knocked down by the unavoidable Phase 1->2 transition grub, is to spawn an Ember or Ogre Pet using consumables, or any other pet (Elementalist summons, Engineer turret). If you then stand behind them, they will take the grub and the knockdown instead of you.

Path 1

Run to Ooze

Stick to the left hand wall when running towards the door. When the door opens, use riposte or a dodge to avoid combat incase the group of Elites in front of the door aggro. Use Rush and Whirlwind Attack whilst sticking to the left hand side. When you approach the small ledge, swap your offhand warhorn for a shield if you are the first one to reach the turrets. When the first shot from the turret is about to hit you, start to channel Shield Stance. Run past the turrets, avoiding any corpses, and when Shield Stance ends, double dodge to avoid any turret shots. If your team is not lacking swiftness, try to save Charge for if somebody gets crippled by an ooze.

Clear out any spiders and wait out of turret aggro range for somebody in your party with reflects to kill the turrets in the next area. If you are solo, or there are no reflects available, you can equip a longbow to kill them. You can hit the turrets at a longer range then they can hit you, so one strategy is to back away from, or slowly walk to the turrets until you find the range where you can hit them but they can’t hit you. Another tactic is to used the curved floor to your advantage. Your longbow shots curve, meaning you can hit an eye, whilst their shots are obstructed. Another common method is to quickly strafe left and right, causing their shots to miss, whilst you auto attack with longbow.

An example of the Longbow’s curved projectiles.

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Ooze

If your group is not using the commonly used safespot, then move into channel Hundred Blades when he stops bouncing. Use Whirlwind Attack and Rush to quickly get out of the area of effect of his bounce. Try to stay in melee range until it casts its attack, as if it targets somebody in melee range, it will bounce 6 times instead of the usual 3, however it will remain stationary whilst channeling. One advantage of not safespotting is that you can pull him closer to the Jotun NPC, allowing for a shorter distance needed to carry the Blood of the Ancients. As a warrior you can use Bull’s Charge if you are carrying it, or you can use Charge to give a teammate carrying it swiftness, and remove any cripples they may get from the oozes that spawn off the orb.

Run to Crystalline Entities

Use Shield Stance as you approach the group of 4 Elites, to stay out of combat and prevent any surprise Chaos Storms from the Risen Illusionists. Use Rush and Whirlwind attack to travel a large distance quickly, being careful not to get in combat with Whirlwind Attack. When you reach the group of Lesser Oozes, Savage Leap past them, weapon swapping before the leap ends, to prevent hitting any of them and getting in combat. You can then single or double dodge just to be completely sure none will hit you. If any teammates get cripples by any oozes, you can use Charge on your warhorn to cleanse the cripple.

Crystalline Entities

Use Throw Axe and Bladetrail to aggro groups of the Entities whilst you gain stacks by standing in the green light. As a warrior with Healing Signet and Lifesteal food, you can easily stay on to about ~13 stacks. Try to channel Hundred Blades only if a teammate is holding their aggro, or you have endure pain on, as the Entities can quickly take a large amount of your health. If you are using an Axe/Mace build, then you may want to take warhorn instead of Mace, to provide swiftness to allow you to kite them around whilst you auto attack, especially since the entities are immune to the vulnerability that mace provides.

Shoggroth

If your group lacks burning or immobilise, then you can take Longbow and Throw Bolas. Use Fan of Fire as soon as Shoggroth spawns to get him burning. Then use Combusive Shot and Arcing arrow to continue burning Shoggroth, as well as providing 3 might to your party and a fire field for them to blast. Autoattack until Fan of Fire is off cooldown, use it and then swap to your Greatsword or Axe/Mace. If your group needs might, then you can swap back to longbow to place the firefield and blast it, otherwise you won’t need to swap back to Longbow until you need to immobilise the boss. When the boss starts to run back to his hole, use Throw Bolas and Pin Down whenever they’re up to keep him immobilised.

Run to Jotun

As you turn the first corner, use Riposte or a single dodge to prevent the 2 Elite mobs getting you in combat. As you turn around the second corner, use Rush and Whirlwind Attack to run past any Risen. When you approach the last group of Risen, equip Shield and use Shield Stance to prevent getting in combat.

Jotun Stargazer

Use On My Mark, Cyclone Axe and Crushing Blow to apply vulnerability to make his reflected attacks do more damage.

Path 2

Run to Belka

Use Savage Leap whilst slightly angled towards the left wall to bypass the first Risen Defiler quickly and without being hit by the poison. Use Rush to pass the 2 Risen Berserkers and the 2nd Risen Defiler, and then use Savage Leap, weapon swap before it ends and immediately dodge to pass the 2nd group of Berserkers and the Defilers after them without getting in combat. You can also take Shake it Off to cleanse any poison before it does any damage ticks.

Belka

If you are in small group/solo and you will lack condition removal, but will take a lot of burning, then you can replace For Great Justice with Shake it Off. If you solo and are lacking fury because of losing FGJ, then you can swap offhand mace for offhand axe to make up for the fury.

Spider Skip

If your party is using the golem to skip this part, then stay with your party, picking up the Recharger Guns and using the #1 skill on the golem.

However, another common tactic is to run through without using the golem.

If you don’t like reading, here’s a video!

Start by stacking swiftness with Signet of Rage and Charge. Use Rush to reach the first corner, and dodge around the corner. Use Savage Leap and weapon swap before it hits a spider. Swap your offhand warhorn for a shield and immediately start to channel Shield Stance. Whilst Shield Stance is channeling, swap your offhand Shield for either a warhorn to cleanse any cripples, or offhand sword for Riposte. Run to the hole in the left hand wall, and either Riposte or dodge the spider in front of it’s attack.

Always keep an eye on your team-mates, so you can remove their cripple with warhorn #4.

Run to Abomination

If you want to be safe, take a stability skill, incase you get stuck in a Line of Warding, or shield bashed. When you see the Deadeye debuff appear on you, count to 2 and then dodge. If you see a teammate being stunned by a Sentinel, and about to be shot by a Deadeye, then you can use an interrupt such as Tremor or Shield Bash on the Deadeye. You can either dodge the Sentinel’s Shield Bash, or use Rush to run past them before they have a chance to cast anything, or if they do, it will be out of range. If your team-mates all lack stability, and may die during this run, then you can take aggro first and run left instead of right, allowing your team to run past without any risk of them being trapped without stability.

Abomination

Run behind him when he starts swinging to avoid his basic attacks without dodging. Only start a Hundred Blades Channel when you have just ran behind him, to ensure you won’t need to interrupt it to dodge. You can interrupt his berserking by using Tremor when he kicks after his stomp. This will put his berserking on a ~48s cooldown. If your party is fighting the Abomination away from the centre, and you need to pull him, pull him with Throw Axe or Impale instead of Bladetrail, to minimise the amount of cripple he gets whilst running towards you.

The Grand Processional Gate & Giganticus Lupicus

See the ‘Shared Parts’ at the start of the Arah section.

Run to Alphard

Use dodges and Whirlwind Attack to avoid the Deadeye’s kill shots, and then Rush towards the water to quickly get out of their range. Use Tsunami Slash to quickly travel underwater. Use Parry and then a dodge as soon as the block ends to avoid the Sharks’ charge. If you have difficulty with dodging the charge, then you can take Balanced Stance, any other stun break, or Fear Me. When back on land, use Savage Leap, Rush, Whirlwind Attack and Bulls Charge to reach the waypoint faster.

Alphard

If your group has little reflect uptime then you may want to kite her around a barrel or another similar structure whilst auto attacking. If you are using this tactic and she is focusing you, only start to channel Hundred Blades after she has casted Unload. If your group has little reflect uptime then you may also want to take offhand shield or sword, to block the clones when they spawn, whilst you line of sight them around the structure you are fighting alphard around.

Run to Brie

You can interrupt the first Inquest Technician’s stun with Tremor, saving a teammate or preventing him from casting it al all. You can also use Riposte or Shield Stance as well as dodges to avoid the stun. One riskier strategy is to Rush past him, causing you to be out of range by the time he starts channeling the stun on you. If you don’t have a Guardian or a mesmer to give you stability then you may need to take Balanced Stance or Dolyak Signet for the next group of Inquest. Use Rush or Savage Leap to travel as much distance before the Inquest start to stun you. When the first stun is about to go through, use your stability skill and continue running. Dodge any deadeyes with Whirlwind Attack and your dodges. Having an energy sigil here can also help. It may be tricky to keep track of Deadeye kill shots, since both the Inquest stun and Killshot channel have the same effect, so look at your boon bar to easily see how many killshots are channeling on you, and for how long.

As a warrior you can also auto walk through the last part, without even being at the keyboard. Just use a Stability skill along with Endure Pain, Defiant Stance or both, and walk through. The Stability will prevent any stuns from the inquest and knockbacks from the Killshots, and the Defiant Stance/Endure Pain will prevent any damage from the Killshots.

Operative Brie

If you are the one using the terminal to bring her to 50%, after stacking might and dropping any banners, use the Terminal, and then Rush and then Hundred Blades. Swap to axe and then autoattack. When she is reaching 50% HP, use Crushing Blow, Cyclone Axe and if you have it, On My Mark, followed by an Eviscerate. This will cause your phased damage boost to overspill past 50%, allowing you to bring her down to ~35% HP under the damage boost instead of 50%. If you do not have enough adrenaline a level 3 Eviscerate, then you can use Signet of Fury or Healing Surge for adrenaline. If you are solo or in a group with low DPS, then you may need to kill the wave of mobs she spawns. Taking stability for these can help with the Inquest stuns and the Deadeye knockbacks.

Path 3

Start

If your group chooses to clear the large amounts of Orrian at the start, pull them to your chosen Line of Sight spot to quickly cleave multiple mobs down at once. Save Tremor for when one of the 2 Elite Risen Mages start to cast Corrupted Geyser. Look out for when they crouch and raise their arm, and Tremor then. This will prevent your group from having to move out of damaging fields, as well as preventing the mobs from being healed, which will decrease the time spent on killing them.

If your group also chooses to kill the group of 4 Risen Elites guarding the gate instead of stealthing past them, once again pull them to your chosen Line of Sight spot. Once they all reach the corner, Tremor them to allow your group to safely DPS. If there is a Hunter in the group, then you may want to start casting Tremor just before he turns the corner, so that he won’t have time to cast Call of the Wild, which gives stability, might and regeneration to him and allies.

Wraithlord’s Crusher and Hunter

Try to line of sight both mobs around one of the lamp posts, allowing you to cleave both down at once. Avoid targeting/selecting the Hunter, as he only casts his Evasive Trap when he is targeted. If the Hunter starts to bend back, glow, and aim his arrow, avoid starting a Hundred Blades channel, as you may need to move out of the poison field that Hunter is about to cast. Save Whirlwind Attack for when you are immobilised, as it will be your only way to evade Crusher’s Mighty Smash whilst immobilised. You can also interrupt his smash with Tremor, allowing your group to continue to DPS without having to stop to evade. You could also take offhand warhorn for the Immobilised and Cripple condition cleanse on Charge. Do not start a Hundred Blades channel if he is channeling Smash in your direction, as you will have to interrupt the channel to dodge. Single blocks such as Riposte are unreliable if you are in melee range, as Mighty Smash will hit you twice in melee range, causing damage to go through Riposte. If any team mate downs, don’t resurrect them until Crusher has started to channel a crush in the other direction. When you are not resurrecting, stay away from them, and standing in the opposite direction of your ally, so they will not be hit by any smashes.

Run to Mage Crusher

Stick to the left hand wall and wait for any patrolling mobs to pass. Use dodges, Riposte and Shield Stance to easily pass through the mobs by the door without getting in combat. Use Rush, Whirlwind Attack and Savage Leap to pass any mobs after that before they have a chance to attack you. If you or an ally gets inflicted with chill from the Risen Elementalists, use Charge on your warhorn to cleanse it. If you are skipping the Champion Orrian Spider and the Elite Spiders without stealth, you can run onto this rock to lose their aggro:

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Magecrusher

Evade his AoE basic attacks with dodges, Whirlwind Attack or Riposte. If he starts to channel lifedrain you can either run behind a structure to obstruct it, or interrupt it (e.g with Tremor).

Corrupted Light, The Grand Processional Gate and Giganticus Lupicus

See “Shared Parts” at the start of the Arah section

Run to Wraithlord

Use Shield Stance, Riposte or a dodge to to get past the first group of undead elites without getting in combat. Use Savage Leap, Rush and Whirlwind Attack to get to the summoning platform faster, being careful not to hit any Spiders with Whirlwind Attack or Savage Leap. At the second group of undead elites, use Riposte, an evade, or if its up Shield Stance to stay out of combat and avoid being chilled if a Risen Elementalist is there.

Cleansing the chicken ritual

If you are kiting the wraiths, you can take either Longbow/Sword + Warhorn or Sword + Warhorn/Greatsword. Aggro any wraiths with your ranged projectiles, and pull them to the centre of the platform. When you have the attention of all of the wraiths, run around them avoiding any damage with Savage Leap and Whirlwind Attack/Rush.

For a video demonstrating how it is possible to solo it on a warrior without the use of consumables, check out this video! Note that white it may be old, none of the changes that have happened since then have affected the contents of this video.

Wraithlord

If you are in an unorganised group or a group with low DPS, then you may need to take an offhand sword, an energy sigil or both to be able to evade his frequent attacks. Try to stay in melee to avoid him casting his more threatening attacks. You can use the pillars of light as a combo light field to cast cleansing bolts with Cyclone Axe and Whirlwind Attack to use as a condition remove for his poison and bleed.

Path 4

Champion Risen Knight

If you are in a group with low DPS, or solo/duo, then you may need to take an offhand sword, energy sigil, or both to deal with his high attack rate.

Kaisar, High Priest of Balthazar

Dodge or Whirlwind Attack through him when he spins. This will cause him to travel in the opposite direction to you, so you will avoid his entire spin with only one evade. You can save Tremor to interrupt his spin, allowing your party to continue DPSing.

Run to Vahid

If your party has enough swiftness, then you can save Charge for if you or a party member gets crippled by the ooze. Equipping a shield will allow you to run through the spectral enemies without being immobilised, stunned or put into combat. Once you are past them and Shield Stance has finished channeling, use Whirlwind Attack, Savage Leap or Rush to put a good distance between you and them. For the final group of Risen Elites, you can use evades, Riposte or Shield Stance to run through without being put into combat. Once again, you can save Charge incase you or a teammate gets chilled by a Risen Elementalist.

Vahid, High Priest of Melandru

If your group chooses to have 1 person kite the gorillas and the rest DPS the boss, then you may be the one kiting. Take sword/warhorn and greatsword, with Shake it Off and Balanced Stance. Simply run around the Gorillas, doing damage and keeping them crippled with Bladetrail. If you get hit by an entangling root, melee it to break it, or use Charge or Shake It Off to cleanse the immobilise. If you do get knocked down by the gorillas, use Balanced Stance or Shake It Off to break out of the stun. Ideally you want to damage the gorillas to low health, but not kill them. This will mean they don’t respawn during the fight, but you can almost instantly kill them after Vahid is dead.

If you are ranging the boss then take Longbow/Rifle and replace Forceful Greatsword with Opportunist or Crackshot. Let 5 trees build up on you, and then move away from them, allowing you to shoot at him without being obstructed by the trees. Use a rotation of Volley -> swap to longbow -> Arcing Arrow -> auto attack for another 5 seconds after weapon swap is off cooldown -> swap to rifle -> Volley.

If you are meleeing him in a spot safe from the green energy, either try to keep him stunned with weapon skills or consumables, or dodge his Launch, to prevent being knocked back into the green moving energy.

Farnaz, High Priestess of Lyssa

If her confusion is giving you difficulties, then you can take Shake It Off or alternatively trait for Brawler’s Recovery. There is enough time to use it after she shatters her clones before the next autoattack, especially on weapons with slower chains, such as greatsword. If her autoattack is giving you problems, then you can run around the statue whilst hitting her, which will cause her auto attacks to be obstructed. If you don’t dodge her Moa transformation, then you can continue to DPS her as a cute bird if you are in a group, however if you are solo it is usually safer to use the #5 skill to evade away and then come back in when the transformation ends.

Corrupted Light, The Grand Processional Gate and Giganticus Lupicus

See “Shared Parts” at the start of the Arah section

Air Towers

Swap Signet of Fury if you have it for Signet of Might, and equip Sword/Warhorn + Greatsword. Hundred Blades and Whirlwind Attack an air tower, and then Final Thrust to finish it off. Use Charge and Savage Leap to quickly reach the next one. If there are not many classes in your party with good single target ranged DPS, then you can let your team kill the second turret, whilst you run ahead and kill the third turret with Longbow. Be careful not to hit any of the mobs surrounding the turret with Arcing Arrow, as they have a long leash distance.

Ghasem, High Priest of Grenth

Activating

  • Avoid using Tremor or any other projectiles, as the wraith will reflect them. If you are attempting it solo, then you can use Combustive Shot to slowly do damage to the Wraith whilst you are waiting at the next spawn. Use Healing Surge and Signet of Fury to gain adrenaline back, and Rush and Bulls Charge to quickly run to the next spawn point.

Second Phase

  • If your group is pulling all the wraiths at once to one central point, then you should keep your banner equipped and drop it there. If not, then you can either carry the banner to every wraith spawn, or just equip double signets.

Simin, High Priestess of Dwayna

If your group does not have a Guardian or a Mesmer to give you stability when you are about to be petrified, then you can take Balanced Stance instead of Signet of Fury. Use Balanced Stance just before “Dead Eyed Stare” runs out. If you have a warhorn equipped, save Charge for when the spark luring phase begins, to ensure that the players pulling the sparks have swiftness.

Run to Bloodstone

When approaching the group of spectrals, you can either use Shield Stance to block all of their attacks, or use Berserker’s Stance and Rush through. When approaching the Risen Shark, use Parry followed by a dodge when the block ends. Take Balanced Stance if you are not confident that you will be able to dodge all of his charge without being knocked down.

Clearing the mobs and the Bloodstone

If your group aggros any Spellcasters, wait until they start spinning and interrupt it with Tremor. Try to knock down the Risen Hunter before he has a chance to cast Stability on himself. If your group has a slow kill time, and there is no Guardian or Mesmer providing stability, then you may need to take Balanced Stance for the same reason as Simin. If you down, you can rally off the entangling roots.

 

 

About The Authors

 

Purple Miku is a well-known and popular livestreamer on Twitch and a video maker for Youtube and has taken part in records including both solo and group play. Miku tends to prefer Arah and FotM, and has written a warrior DPS guide on the official forums for solo settings and is the current author of this guide. Additionally, Miku also is an officier and trial overseer for [rT] and personally trials both warriors and elementalists, and is currently an author for both this and the elementalist guide on dulfy.net.

Element, commonly referred to as Tom, is the original author of this guide and is one of the veteran members, an officer, and original warrior expert player in Retaliate [rT], a well known European speed clear guild. He has taken part in and held numerous records, including group path speed runs and solo records such as solo Lupicus records for Warrior, Thief and Engineer, as well as whole solo path runs. He has also played Warrior/Engineer to reach the top 100 on the Team Queue leaderboards, but has been an Engineer main for the past year and currently is regulating the dulfy guide for it.

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  • Diviner

    Here is the Phalanx Strength Build for Tequalt:

    http://gw2skills.net/editor/?fJAQJARTjMdU5ZnHefQHagfgC1tbOAGgGIdTsEbPA-TBSBAB0s/QWK/OTJYlq/0xFAYhjAAAPCg80FEA4A43fDA+93f/93fLFggCrA-e

    Here is the Phalanx Strength Build for Wurm:

    http://gw2skills.net/editor/?fJAQJARTjMdU5ZnHefQHagfgyYAMAHT6NIdTsEbPA-TBSBAB0s/QWK/OTJYlq/0xFAYhjAAAPCg80FEA4A43fz3fD43f/93f/tUA6JsC-e

    For Crimson, you can swap out your bow for sword/warhorn to run clouds much faster.

    Also, Toxic Sharpening Stone verses Superior Sharpening Stone. At lower levels, I was under the impression that Toxic Sharpening Stones give more power than Superior Sharpening Stones due to scaling.

    If you need help writing guides for full wurm strategies, let me know.

  • Mark A Torres

    I don’t mean to nitpick but they forgot to mention that warriors use Rifles in the weapon discussion. Curious of what they would say about Warriors using a rifle.

    Also I use my own variable set of traits and such. Mixing it between GS, Rifle, and Axe/Shield.

    • Diviner

      The guide is meant to show what is optimal and what is not optimal. This is guide is not telling you to run a certain thing, merely just giving pointers and advice. If you want to run your own build or do your own strategy, then by all means no one is telling you not too.

      It is merely a guide out there as a reference on how an “expert” views the game.

      • Mark A Torres

        True that, though I still wanted to point out some things in the guide that caught my attention.

  • Taup

    Fantastic guide!
    Any suggestions on HoTW p2/3?

  • Wachuwey

    Great guide.
    I’m waiting for the other class guides.

    Note: Flurry and Riposte have the same description.

  • Sty

    Good guide.

    However the part “Comparison of DPS across builds” is not really informative. There are no details on how the expected dps values are computed and some of the described builds are not even in the graph.

    • Gyler

      It’s computed using a 30 second rotation on a golem, then calculating using the weapon coefficients how much dps it would do under optimal settings (might, vuln, fury, banners).
      The graph was made with dungeon builds in mind.

      • Sty

        Thank you for the answer. I assume that you also take into account the stat gap between pvp gear and pve gear.

        I’m a bit surprised that the straightforward 6-2-0-0-6 build is not in the graph (max. power, max. crit. chance, max. ferocity). Anyway, as build comparison is not the main topic of this guide, it’s not a bid deal.

        Thanks again for the guide.

  • HadesClutch

    I roll with Great Sword and Rifle, with the perk that allows Rifle Shots to pierce. Granted I’m still trying to get used to the new trait system so not getting much ferocity out of it. Haven’t looked at my Armor Runes since they changed some sets, I originally went with Lyssa because of decent stats on toughness gear plus the ability to proc the ELITE skill in order to give yourself a crap ton of boons (which was changed to converting conditions rather than giving you the boons outright in one go) – made for killing Alpha easier with less dodge-rolling.

  • Bluh bluhhh

    WOW A WARRIOR PVE GUIDE
    BECAUSE WARRIOR IS SO FUCKING HARD

    *rolling face across keyboard*

  • Aloysio Figueiredo

    I am curious about your comparison between auto attacks of pistol and longbow. You say that “Longbow’s Dual Shot autoattack fires two projectiles each hitting 730 base damage”, but that is not what I’m seeing in practice. What I see is that longbow’s dual shot fires 2 projectiles, each hitting approx half of that 730 base damage. If that is the case, the whole comparison between autoattacks of pistol and longbow is wrong. Since autoattack is the main reason why you seem to favor pistol over longbow, could you please clarify if my understanding is wrong?

    • Filip Janota

      This is exactly my point. I tried both weapon just when I got all skills unlocked, and I cannot help it, but rifle seems to be better in putting down mobs faster almost all the time…

  • BlasiuS

    This guide is sorely in need of an update, it doesn’t even have Heart of Thorns updates

    • Purple Miku

      Sorry about that, I quit GW2 2 days after the expansion was released and handed over the details to somebody else, but it turns out they haven’t bothered to update it.

      • Derrick

        what game did you move to?

        • Purple Miku

          Currently I play a lot of Blade & Soul, but I was on Archeage for a few months after I quit GW2 initially. Been with B&S since it launched in NA

          • Derrick

            anything you’re looking forward to trying out on the horizon? after reading your guide, i was really curious what was gonna hold ur attention if this didn’t haha I’m looking forward to crowfall.

            • Purple Miku

              I’m not really sure to be honest, I’ve been slowing down on gaming variety and just stuck with B&S and occasionally mess around with old stuff for nostalgia. Modern games nowadays kinda bother me a lot with the cash shops and whatnot. GW2 was really awesome it’s just I strongly oppose some of the decisions Arenanet made like abandoning dungeons, it wasn’t because of losing attention.

              • Derrick

                I’ve yet to even try B&S. I’ve been getting into GW2 after leaving SWTOR for cash shop and devs playing too safe. I hope whatever GW2 has to announce this year expac wise perks your interest! I’ve recently been really interested in MMOs I wouldn’t normally be drawn to like B&S, Archeage and other Korean stuff. What’s the main thing that you appreciate about B&S?

              • Purple Miku

                The biggest aside from the fun and interactive combat system would be the fact that it produces content at a pace that doesn’t exclusively cater to casual gamers. There’s a lot of new updates with a lot of balance patches and new dungeons and soon to be a new raid, as the NA/EU versions are still catching up to the version KR has. B&S currently makes NCSoft like more than double the amount of money GW2 does, but that of course fluctuates a lot depending on the time of the year and what’s happening with both games.

              • Derrick

                that’s awesome! i’m glad to hear it’s doing so well for them. I’m guessing it’s because it’s bigger in asian markets? do you have a twitter I can follow?

  • Darko Černovšek

    Another niche guide intended for a PvE dungeon speedrunner elitist dps freak, not an average player. “General PvE guide”… riiight. “Vitality and Toughness are redundant stats”? Sure… if you are the abovementioned type, always run in balanced groups who know what they’re doing, and have groupmates you can rely on. For an average player, trust me, they are VERY important. Especially one just learning the game, and wanting a relatively painless experience in it. Try running a glass cannon warrior like that in a pug group, or even worse, solo… you’ll get wasted by the first tough bunch of mobs you run across. Take my advice people, make it a 60/40 balance in favor of toughness/vitality over power/precision, you’ll be thanking yourselves after every boss encounter. And still have more then competitive dps in most situations.

    Also, please… DO NOT try PvPing with that kind of build… please. You’ll die faster then a snowflake in summer.

    Same thing about weapon viability. Rifle, useless? Give me a fucking break. Rifle, in my experience, beats the longbow by a significant margin in dealing with mobs. And its autoattack isnt “half the dps of the longbow” – I encourage the author to check the rate of fire on the rifle AA and LB AA, and their average damage, then claim that again. Not to mention it has the best burst-skill of all weapons on warrior, Kill shot. Hammer, useless in PvE? Sure… if all you care about is raw dps. It has 2 interrupts you can use to gimp tough mobs’ attacks (3, if you count the awesome AoE stun it has for burst skill), a knockdown, and a long-lasting cripple. And contrary to this crap guide, the dps on it isnt that bad at all. Sure, it cant compete with GS dps machine, but its more then viable. GS is so overrated on the Warrior its not even funny. Sure, Hundred blades is awesome if it works right, but since you need mobs to stand still and in range of it, and be nicely grouped in your forward arc, AND you cant move during it, you get interrupted more often then not, or mobs just move out of its range. Whirling Axe a dps loss? OMG… its the BEST AoE attack on the warrior, by far. It cleaves up to 5 mobs for decent damage (granted, not as high as Hundred blades, but 2 mobs more then it, more consistent and easier to manage, since you can move during it and it hits in a full 360 arc), it lasts longer, and it builds adrenaline like crazy. Mace mainhand also isnt bad, autoattack is a bit lackluster, but the extra block can be a huge help for survivability.

    This kind of guide vith that smartass part “tough/vita is redundant” is the reason I see GS warriors all the time at low levels, who die the moment they come across 2 veteran mobs, and get raped because their staying power is crap, and they are sitting ducks while Hundred Blading, all for maybe 15-25% more dps. PvE is about a LOT more then dealing damage. Firstly, you need to stay ALIVE long enough to deal damage. And have some utility in your attack besides pumping out dps.

    • Antonio Barrientes

      You might want to bear in mind that you made your comment a full year after the last time this guide was updated.

      You’re getting your boxers in a bunch over someone being right about the meta at the time.

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