Guild Wars 2 Warrior Dungeon Speed Run Build



Guild Wars 2 Warrior Dungeon Speed Run Build by Nikephoros

Hey all. I’m Nike from [DnT] and this is my guide for the updated warrior build for dungeon speed runs with organized groups.

Video Guide:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1d1OVWxvYE

Build Calc:

Link

Spreadsheet:

Link

Overview:

Since the feature patch in April, our theorycraft sophistication has improved significantly. The most important change was our understanding of the importance of Vulnerability stacking to overall team DPS: while we always understood that maxing out Vulnerability at 25 stacks was the important, our previous analysis always determined the optimal DPS build assuming 25 Vulnerability as a given, however; there are almost no non-Engineer team comps that can permanently maintain 25 Vulnerability against boss mobs. This means that almost every team comp will be chronically short of Vulnerability, and the longer the fight the more short of Vulnerability they will be. As a result, the optimal build in most cases is not the build that has the best DPS at 25 Vulnerability, it is the build that has the best DPS while maximizing Vulnerability. For example, if Build A gets 12,000 DPS and makes 3 stacks of Vulnerability, it is less optimal than a build that makes only 11,750 DPS but provides 6 Vulnerability stacks, assuming your party would make use of the 3 additional stacks. And as I said, almost every party would make use of those extra stacks.

For us, we have found it most useful to calculate DPS without any vulnerability considered, except the Vulnerability that the build itself can provide. This Vulnerability Adjusted DPS paints a significantly more accurate picture of what the builds are doing in game. This revised analysis has led us to abandon some previously held beliefs and to arrive at very different conclusions. Unlike Might, Banners and Fury, Vulnerability is difficult to cap, and even more difficult to maintain at the cap. The other team buffs are trivial and can be taken for granted in any semi-organized team. Vulnerability cannot be. All DPS numbers referenced in the remainder of this guide assume banners, Might and Fury for givens. It only assumes Empowered Allies for Empowered Allies builds for reasons we will discuss further in.

Our second conclusion is that Empower Allies itself is only marginally useful. In very rough terms, an EA build makes roughly 1500 DPS less than a true DPS warrior. But EA buffs his team, under optimal conditions, by about 2000 DPS. This net gain for the party is very small, and suboptimal parties won’t net any gain at all. As a result of this analysis, we can only recommend Empower Allies builds for groups that are trying to min/max perfectly; which would be for speed run records or boss kill time records. We do not feel an EA build is appropriate for casual runs or pick up groups.

Based on our conclusions, there are two optimal Warrior builds, and 3 other close to optimal build that have imperfections. I will briefly discuss all 5 before going into detail individually.

The Main Warrior build is a DPS build focusing on providing maximal personal DPS while also contributing excellent amounts of Vulnerability stacks. This is a versatile build that operates well in organized groups and pugs. The theoretical max DPS is below the Pure Greatsword build, but it provides significantly more Vulnerability so for almost any group it will provide the overall highest team DPS.

The second build is a Pure Axe Empower Allies build. Previous Empower Allies builds using Greatsword possessed slightly higher personal DPS, but lacked a significant amount of Vulnerability stacking potential. You were often in a situation where EA boosted your party DPS by 4%, but you lost 4 stacks of Vulnerability which results in breaking even. The Pure Axe Empowered Allies build provides the same team boosting capabilities of Empower Allies while also maximizing the amount of Vulnerability stacks possible.

The next two builds, Pure Axe DPS and Pure Greatsword DPS are flawed in two different, but equally important ways. The Pure Axe build makes the highest Vulnerability stacks of any Warrior build, but it’s personal DPS is so low that even the Vulnerability Adjusted DPS makes it suboptimal. The Pure Greatsword build, on the other hand, has the greatest potential DPS of any warrior build under optimal conditions, however it has extremely weak Vulnerability stacking capability and when other builds’ DPS is adjusted for Vulnerability, the Pure GS comes up short. It does bear to mention, that in a party that can hit the Vulnerability cap easily (Engineer in party or some other means) a Pure GS build is capable of being optimal.

The last build. Phalanx Strength, is an outlier. It sacrifices significant personal DPS for the ability to stack significant Might for the entire party. Previous iterations of this build use the Pure Greatsword DPS rotation, but the extremely weak Vulnerability stacking resulted in even worse DPS. The only reasonable way to play a non-detrimental PS build is to use Fast Hands with an Axe/Mace swap. This will sacrifice a small amount of Might stacking in order to provide reasonable Vulnerability production. This build is only truly acceptable for pick up groups with little coordination, and within that genre it is only acceptable for team comps that have severe Might deficiencies. Such a team comp would include no Elementalists, no Engineers, no other Warriors. The presence of any other Might generator makes the marginal value of a Phalanx Strength Warrior reduced significantly.

Gear:

In all the builds I will cover, the gear I recommend is Berserker with Scholar runes. The exception to the Scholars runes will be for the Phalanx build, which benefits greatly from Strength Runes. The recent nerf to Strength Runes makes them suboptimal for organized teams. Additionally, for many (if not all) builds there is some amount of Assassins gear that results in an absolutely optimal DPS production. However, what is optimal depends on which Food you use and whether or not you have a Ranger in your party. Since it is easier to change Food, and since Rangers come and go, I find it best to recommend full Berserker stats on all gear. The difference from most optimal Assassins mix to full Berserker is rarely ever greater than 1% and in many cases is less than one one-hundreth of a percent. This makes recommending Full Berserker easier, and it allows me to suggest optimal Foods for each build with confidence.

As far as Fine Infusions go, in almost every case Precision infusions are superior. However, this can change depending on which food you use and whether or not a Ranger is in your party. My recommendation is to use Precise infusions; however, the difference between Precise and Mighty is relatively small and I would not recommend overwriting any existing Mighty infusions.

At a minimum you will need the following gear to be considered a well-equipped Warrior:

Greatsword with 10% sigil and 5% sigil
Axe with a 10% sigil
Mace with a Sigil of Battle
Sword with a Sigil of Battle
Longbow with a 10% sigil and a 5% sigil
Spear with a 10% sigil and a 5% sigil

True min/maxers may want the following gear as well:

Sword with an Energy sigil
Warhorn with irrelevant sigil, though Energy makes the most sense
Backup Greatsword and Axe with Sigil of Frailty for daytime dungeons where the Night sigil does not function.
Backup Greatsword and Axe with Undead slaying sigil for Arah

Traits:

Main Warrior: 6/5/0/0/3 GS+Axe/Mace

In Strength, we select Dual Wielding, Slashing Power and Berserker’s Power. In Arms we select Rending Strikes and Forceful Greatsword. In Discipline we take Signet Mastery. In areas where you prefer Battle Standard, replace Signet Mastery with Warrior’s Sprint.

The goal of this build is to maximize personal DPS by utilizing the Greatsword burst skills on cool down, while using Fast Hands to swap to Axe/Mace and gain access to the superior Vulnerability stacking capabilities of that set. While this build has slightly lower maximum potential than Pure Greatsword and slightly lower Vulnerability stacking abilities to Pure Axe, it is good enough at each to be more optimal in the most situations to make it optimal.

Optimal Food: Curry Butternut Squash Soup. With Ranger: Orrian Truffle Steaks

Empowered Allies: 4/6/0/4/0

In Strength we take Dual Wielding and Axe Mastery. In Arms we select Deep Strikes, Rending Strikes, and Dual Wield Agility. In Tactics we take Empowered and Empower Allies.

This trait spread produces similar DPS results to the Pure Greatsword variant of Empowered Allies, but produces an average of 4 more stacks of Vulnerability. When the extra 4 stacks are taken into consideration, it is significantly more powerful than the Greatsword version.

Optimal Food: Sweet and Spicey Curry Butternut Squash Soup for both scenarios

Phalanx Strength Warrior: 0/5/0/6/3 Greatsword + Axe/Mace

In Arms, we take Rending Strikes and Forceful Greatsword. In Tactics, we select Empowered, Empower Allies, and Phalanx Strength. In Discipline we use Signet Mastery.

This trait selection produces slightly less DPS than the 0/6/0/6/2 variation, but it produces approximately 4 additional stacks of Vulnerability which make it the superior build in almost every conceivable context. As a full support build, sacrificing many Vulnerability stacks to slightly buff Might makes less sense than slightly reducing Might to significantly buffing Vulnerability.

Optimal Food: Orrian Truffle Steaks. With Ranger: Orrian Truffle Steaks

Gear and Consumables:

For casual dungeons or fractals, I still recommend Omnomberry Pies/Ghosts/Candied Dragon Rolls. These are very good against bosses with conditions or Retaliation, and especially when you use Scholar Runes and preserving your hit points is of importance. I also find these very useful in Fractals where the splash damage from trash mobs make taking some damage inevitable and it is highly beneficial to utilize the extra healing.

For times where there is no dungeon potion worth bringing, you can use Skale Venom. Weakness is useful in Fractals for minimizing some of the difficult to avoid damage from the trash mobs in various fractal shards.

As always, have the full compliment of Slayer Potions in order to always have the maximum damage boosts and damage reduction.

Mechanics:

Please refer to the video guide for example DPS rotations.

When solo’ing content, you should try to remain on your Greatsword as much as is possible. There are certain bosses where you do need the block provided by Sword offhand in order to melee optimally. For these fights I recommend having your Axe/Sword set on swap.

Additionally, there are some encounters where the utility provided by Tremor on the Mace is extremely useful. For these encounters I encourage you to utilize the Axe traits as above and have Axe/Mace on swap. This will allow you to maximize your efficiency.

For the times (or PUGs) where you need to range, Longbow is the preferred weapon over Rifle. Longbow has slightly lower DPS but has superior utility in regards to a fire field, a blast finisher and an immobilize skill, each of which are to the advantage of a creative player.

Thanks for reading!

u18Uqnq.png

SJWBlUt.png

3jendAw.png

Other Guild Wars 2 Articles
Guild Wars 2 Ascended Gearing Guide
Guild Wars 2 Bloodstone Current Events Achievement Guide
Guild Wars 2 Gathering Run Guide
Guild Wars 2 Getting to Level 80 Guide
Guild Wars 2 PvE Farming Guide
Guild Wars 2 Chronomancer Advanced Combo Guide
Guild Wars 2 Large Airship Cargo Guide
Guild Wars 2 Mesmer Builds For Raids
Guild Wars 2 Combo Fields and Finishers Guide
Guild Wars 2 Ways to Level Guide
Guild Wars 2 Performance Guide
Guild Wars 2 Full AR Guide Without Armor
Guild Wars 2 Necromancer Signet Build Guide
Guild Wars 2 Active Damage Avoidance Guide
Guild Wars 2 Guardian Fractals Shard by Shard Guide
Guild Wars 2 Guardian Dungeons Path by Path Guide
Guild Wars 2 Solo Guild Missions Guide
Guild Wars 2 Inventory Management Guide For New Players
Guild Wars 2 Powerful Venom Sac and Heavy Bag of Supplies Farming Guide
Guild Wars 2 Chest Farming Guide
Guild Wars 2 Mordrem Husk Copper Guide
Guild Wars 2 PvE Beginner’s Guide
Guild Wars 2 General Options Guide
Guild Wars 2 Uncanny Canner 20 Slot Bag Guide
Guild Wars 2 Solo Tower in WvW Guide
Guild Wars 2 Mastery Descriptions List
Guild Wars 2 Why Am I Lagging Guide
Guild Wars 2 Creating and Testing Your Build Guide
Guild Wars 2 sPvP Rank 80 Guide
Guild Wars 2 Salvaging and Forging Max Profits Guide
Guild Wars 2 sPvP Conquest Guide
Guild Wars 2 Bioluminescence Collection Guide
Guild Wars 2 Newbie’s PvP Guide
Guild Wars 2 Tangled Paths Story Achievements
Guild Wars 2 Silverwastes Survival Guide
Guild Wars 2 Silverwastes Guide
Guild Wars 2 Cursed Shore Guide
GW2 Dungeon Class Roles Guide
Guild Wars 2 Trash Collector Guide
Guild Wars 2 Party Politics Achievement Guide
Guild Wars 2 T4 Dry Top Tips and Mechanics
Guild Wars 2 Warrior Dungeon Speed Run Build
Guild Wars 2 Dry Top Timers Guide
Guild Wars 2 Quick Daily Guide
Guild Wars 2 Combat System Guide
Guild Wars 2 Profession Choosing Guide
Guild Wars 2 Legendary Weapon Crafting Guide
Guild Wars 2 Artificer Level 0 to 400 Fast Guide
Guild Wars 2 Jeweler Leveling Guide
Guild Wars 2 Cooking Ingredients Locations Guide
Guild Wars 2 Structured PvP Basics Guide
Guild Wars 2 Survive Against Heart Seeker Thieves Guide
Guild Wars 2 New Player Tips
Guild Wars 2 Giganticus Lupicus Guide
Guild Wars 2 Engineer Melee Assault Build Guide
Guild Wars 2 Mystic Forge Recipes Research
Guild Wars 2 Engineer Comprehensive Guide
Guild Wars 2 Temple of Grenth Tips and Tricks
Guild Wars 2 Mystic Forge Recipes Guide
Guild Wars 2 PvP Gear Crafting Basic Guide
Guild Wars 2 Mining Routes Guide
Guild Wars 2 Cooking 0 to 400 Guide
Guild Wars 2 Crafting Complete Guide
Guild Wars 2 Inventory Space Management Guide
Guild Wars 2 Acronyms List
Guild Wars 2 Equipment Attributes Guide
Guild Wars 2 Warrior Sample Builds Guide
Guild Wars 2 Warrior Power Rifle Build Guide
Guild Wars 2 Mesmer Builds Guide
Guild Wars 2 Necromancer Tips and Conditions List
Guild Wars 2 Ranger Pet Location Maps
Guild Wars 2 Daily Achievements Guide
Guild Wars 2 Thief Skills Complete Guide
Guild Wars 2 Thief Might and Mobility Build Guide
Guild Wars 2 Ranger Pet Commands Guide
Guild Wars 2 Thief Pistol/Dagger, Dagger/Dagger Swap Build Guide
Guild Wars 2 Warrior Lazy Build Guide
Guild Wars 2 Thief High Damage Build
Guild Wars 2 Guardian Judgement Build Guide
Guild Wars 2 Guardian Traits Tiers List Guide
Guild Wars 2 PvP Beginner’s Guide
Guild Wars 2 Elementalist Unkillable Build Guide
Guild Wars 2 Ranger Tournament PvP Build Guide
Guild Wars 2 Mesmer Beginner’s Guide
Guild Wars 2 Necromancer PvP Build Guide
Guild Wars 2 Cooking Guide
Guild Wars 2 Warrior Ranged Build Guide
Guild Wars 2 Hall of Monuments Comprehensive Guide
Guild Wars 2 sPvP Beginner’s Guide
Guild Wars 2 WvW Professions Guide
Guild Wars 2 All Sylvari Vistas Locations Guide
Guild Wars 2 Jeweling Recipes List
Guild Wars 2 Guardian PvP Comprehensive Guide
Guild Wars 2 Necromancer PvP Comprehensive Guide
Guild Wars 2 Mesmer PvP Comprehensive Guide
Guild Wars 2 Thief PvP Comprehensive Guide
Guild Wars 2 Warrior Greatsword PvP Guide
Guild Wars 2 Armorsmith 0 to 400 Guide
Guild Wars 2 Making Money Guide
Guild Wars 2 Getting Glory Guide
Guild Wars 2 Ascalonian Catacombs Guide
Guild Wars 2 Crafting Introduction
Guild Wars 2 Money Managing Tips
Guild Wars 2 Getting Level 80 Gear Guide
Guild Wars 2 Tips and Tricks
Guild Wars 2 Grendich Gamble Puzzle Solution Guide
Guild Wars 2 Thief PvE Dungeon D/D Build Guide
Guild Wars 2 Ranger Longbow/Shortbow Signet Build
Guild Wars 2 Elementalist Comprehensive Guide
Guild Wars 2 Boons to Conditions Conversion Guide
Guild Wars 2 Engineer sPvP Guide
Guild Wars 2 Ranger Comprehensive Guide
Guild Wars 2 Ranger Pet Guide
Guild Wars 2 PvP System Details
Guild Wars 2 Game Mechanics Details
Guild Wars 2 FAQ
Guild Wars 2 PvP Builds Guide
Guild Wars 2 Warrior Information
Guild Wars 2 Thief Information
Guild Wars 2 Ranger Information
Guild Wars 2 Necromancer Information
Guild Wars 2 Mesmer Information
Guild Wars 2 Guardian Information
Guild Wars 2 Elementalist Introduction
Guild Wars 2 Elementalist Skills and Combos Guide
Guild Wars 2 Elementalist Boons Guide
Guild Wars 2 Elementalist Conditions Guide
Guild Wars 2 Elementalist Movement Control Guide
Guild Wars 2 Crafting Basic Information
Guild Wars 2 Choosing A Profession Guide
Guild Wars 2 Complete Skills List


Leave a Reply