PC High Crit Build for PvE GWF

Lazalia’s High Crit build for PvE GWF Destroyer.

Update 19/01/2016

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I’ve been playing this game for along time, 1 year and 8 months. Almost in every game I’ve played I have always shared a guide about one or two classes. My favorite class in this game is the Great Weapon Fighter because is the class that I’ve always wanted to play: It’s a very strong warrior, high damage, high critical chance, you really feel like if you are playing some kind of berserker warrior, you get hurt and you get stronger or the more you attack stronger you become, it’s awesome.

The class

The Great Weapon Fighter is a class that depends a lot in his equipment and the correct distribution of the stats. You can choose among 3 different paths: Instigator (should be reworked sooner or later) Destroyer (Damage dealer) and Sentinel (Some kind of two-handed sword tank that doesn’t really make sense in PvE or in proper words isn’t optimal).

When you are playing a GWF, a very important thing is that you have to focus on your mechanics, you have to work a lot for your DPS. Our class features and paragon feats increase a lot our damage but we have to attack. We need: to be fast,to keep the pace of the whole party, to mantain our stacks/buffs as much as possible, to be ready for every fight (specially clearing trash) so if you are a lazy player you won’t see good results with your character.

The High Crit build

Previous guides were based in a GWF focused on Power/STR which were very nice, every hit dealt much more damage but had lower critical chance, resulting in a screen full of “strong” yellow hits and sometimes you were able to see some orange hits (critical strikes). The build that I would like to share now is based in a very high critical % chance plus a very high critical severity. Due to the mod6 stats rework, Power and Crit have the same gain 1% for every 400 which makes crit much more desirable than power, therefore, having the highest amount of critical % will be our main goal. The start will be above 51% up to 95% critical chance (including self-buffs). The higher your critical %, crit severity becomes even better.

The optimal choice is the Half-Orc= 2 STR / 2 DEX + 5% Critical Severity, it’s perfect. Another good option: Human, less STR but 1% more chance crit (the extra defense is worthless). Metallic Dragonborn which allows you to choose +2 STR /+2 DEX plus a slight boost in Power/Crit.

Starting rolls

18 STR – 18 DEX – 12 CON, including racial +2 STR + 2DEX, then each 10 lvl we will add points to STR-DEX. Low CON means not a very high HP and Armor Penetration but this is not a problem since the new gear comes with a huge pool of HP and the ArPen can be stacked easily.

Paragon: What should I choose Swordmaster or Iron Vanguard?

Once you are level 30, you will have to choose your paragon path for the GWF. The paragons are Swordmaster or Iron Vanguard but which one is better?

Swordmaster is stronger in DPS than Iron Vanguard, thanks to the Weapon Master’s Strike and Crescendo. This daily have higher base damage than Indomitable Strike. IV used to be good when we had frontline surge in our encounters tray but it got nerfed + the high CD made it a not very good one. Threatening Rush is a good At-Will, the Mark will grant you 20% more damage to you and 8% to your allies. Good for single target fights but not for clearing trash.

One thing to consider is that Weapon Master’s Strike buff our at-wills for 30% damage including itself (after the first hit), when WMS is buffed deals the same damage than Wicked Strike so there’s not really difference between these skills, the good part is if you use WMS to buff the other at-wills you will deal higher damage, buffing wicked strike for clearing or buffing Sure Strike for even higher single target damage. Either using Threatening Rush or Weapon Master’s Strike in order to boost your At-Wills (20% and 30% respectively) works great but WMS is also an AoE attack + you can also apply mark with Daring Shout which is a very useful encounter, being IV means you are 30% below Swordmaster regarding to the damage of the At-Wills. It is correct that the mark also affects the damage done by every skill, not only at-wills, but these are the main source of our damage not the encounters nor the dailies, that’s why I’m more focused in mentioning the effect on them.


Powers: Click HERE and you will be forwarded to NWCalc.

Most of the powers had to be unlocked as requisite in order to advance to the next level. The Nwcalc doesn’t allow me to add 4 points atm but you will absolutely want 4 ranks in the following powers:

Sure Strike
Weapon Master’s Strike

Indomitable Battle Strenght
Daring Shout
Hidden Daggers
Restoring Strike.

Weapon Master

Spinning Strike
Avalanche of Steel

For solo playing, single target dmg and running dungeons we are able to use almost always the same powers, it might be important according to the situation that you can switch Spinning Strike for Avalanche of Steel if the group requires more control. AoS used in the right time can be very useful. Daring Shout is great for building determination ASAP + extra damage resistance + apply mark to the enemies which will increase the overall damage of the group but you can also change to Restoring Strike if you feel squishy for extra healing or if you need more stamina for sprinting.


One of the most important things that you have to master when you play with the GWF class: the mechanic, which I refer to the way how you play the character under specific situations. This class is not really easy to play in PvE, pushing 2 or 3 buttons won’t make you Top DPS and whoever says the contrary means poor knowledge about the class or clearly bad performance.
  • We have very slow At-will powers unless we are in Unstoppable, so we have to use most of our encounters/dailies when we don’t have unstoppable ready yet and spam our At-wills as soon as the TAB button is available. Using Indomitable Battle Strike as finisher when there are only 1 or 2 seconds before it’s over.
  • Always keep an eye in the enemy with lower HP and aim your IBS to him. This encounter will help us to get tons of Action Points if you use it properly. The AP gauge should be always ready everytime you charge against a new pack of mobs.
  • Use Weapon Master’s Strike properly, it buffs a lot your Sure Strike. Do as follows: Considering that your TAB is ready, press it and inmediately press WMS once then follow up spamming Sure Strike.
  • Restoring Strike, don’t use it as soon as you can, learn the attacks of your enemies, sometimes we will get hit for a lot of damage and we need to recover our HP to full in less than a second. You receive the damage then strike back with Restoring Strike, full HP again. Remember you are useless as DPSer if you are dead.
  • Hidden Daggers, this power buff our damage 40% for 8s, don’t spam it. If you want to deal AoE dmg use WMS instead, cast it when the effect is about to end.
  • Daring Shout is our opening encounter either for single target situations or surrounded by trash mobs. It will fill the unstoppable bar generously, grant us combat advantage and 20% more damage for us (8% for the team) thanks to the Mark effect. We can keep it easily 100% uptime so try to cast it every time you can.
  • If you are playing with a CW (who should be using Arcane Singularity often) prepare to use your Spinning Strike in the exact point where the mob are being gathered. It is better if you use it before they land because they will spread out after that.
  • There are many more, remember just don’t smash buttons, be smart and you will have success. One single encounter can make a difference for your group and you.

Stats points

  • Our main stat will be critical Strike, you will fill every offensive slot with Azure Enchantment.
  • Even though, more defense means more power/dmg in our build, if we add azure enchantments to every defensive slot, the extra amount of Power won’t make a huge difference (9*700 (azure r12)= 6.300 which 20% is 1260 = 3.15% Damage Bonus) but adding Radiants (HP) is going to be much more important now because it grants us a bit more of survivability AND we will get a higher pool of Temp HP instead of using Power in offensive slots (using radiants in defensive slots gives us around 3 times more Temp HP than using the enchantment in an offensive slot.)
  • Our CON is low (14) and we receive only 4% resistance ignored. We will need to get our Armor Penetration up to 5k-5.5k. Just aim for a max of 40% ArPen for clearing trash and up to 60% for fighting harder enemies like bosses.
  • Health Points (HP) This will make your experience lvling from lv 60 to 70 a lot easier. Always go first for HP when you start getting items either from quests or drops from mobs, the higher your HP, easier you will find the content.
  • Combat Advantage bonus up to 8% = 1000 Stat points (Should be 1 Mythic artifact + First Icewind Dale boon).
  • Do not even think about Regen, it’s useless for PvE. It’s hard to get in the equipment and it doesn’t have a good return anyway.
  • AoE resist up to 8%: Elemental Fire Sword Knot artifact stat increase + Weathering the Storm (IWD first boon). Just like Combat Advantage up to 1000, depending of the artifact that you choose to play with.
  • Power will help you to get more temp HP, it’s very nice but don’t focus your character in this stat.
  • Recovery isn’t really necessary. Daring Shout’s CD is around 15s while the mark effect lasts for 20s and Hidden Daggers isn’t affected by recharge speed (it’s always 12s) You will get enough with the gear.
  • Life steal between 8% and 10% is enough because we are continuously attacking and we can get our HP back to full only using our At-wills.
  • At first look, the character might look squishy but thanks to the dmg bonuses + the HP pool, we can get between 70k and 150k in Temp HP every time we hit TAB.

Offensive slots: Azure enchantment.
Defensive slots: Mainly radiants but azure and brutal are a goodoption.
Utility slots: Dragon’s Hoard or Dark enchantments.

Note: While you are achieving your goal (reaching the maxed stats) you might need to switch some enchantments in order to get the other stats that you need, like more ArPen, meaning Darks instead of Azure in offensive. The most important offensive stat is ArPen, then go for crit.


  • The BIS set is Elemental Elven Ward (Lv. 137). It’s going to take a while before you get this one so let’s put some kind of progression among the gear that you can get: Once you are lv 61, you can equip your “Eternal” (Lv. 115) gear available in the Tyranny of Dragons store (Go to Well of Dragons and speak to the merchants or simply click in the banner in the top of your screen in order to access through the campaign window). It has very nice stats, specially the HP bonus. If you find a reward item or a dropped item with better stats don’t be afraid of switching your gear, focus in the HP and you will be fine. Next, time to grind your Elemental Alliance Asault set (Lv. 132) which is focused in Critical and ArPen, the most important stats for you in this part of the game. You will receive Seals of Elements farming the 1600 i.lvl dungeons. With this currency you can purchase Lv. 130 gear in the Seven Suns market. There is no set bonus that matters now, just pick up your pieces as soon as possible. I strongly recommend to join a guild with good people who can help to run these dungeons. Most players in the LFG are always looking for people with high item lvl for fast runs, you might be either kicked or ignored if you ask them for help. Actually, this is like the most difficult part of the game, being a new lv 70 is hard but if you endure, you will find it easier once you start to increase your character’s item lvl.
  • Necklace, Belt and Artifact: We will aim for the Lostmauth’s artifact set bonus. Lostmauth’s Hoard Necklace, Golden Belt of Puissance and Lostmauth’s Horn of Blasting respectively. The set bonus “do an additional hit for Weapon Damage on a critical hit”, it’s simply perfect for our GWF following this high crit build: +2 STR +2 DEX as stats just like our ability scores, additional hit on crits while we can achieve up to 95% crit and we have the highest weapon damage among the classes. Right now, the bonus is working better than it should, being fair I expect it to be nerfed a lot but even nerfed is going to be the best set for us so don’t hesitate to get it (it might become cheaper in the AH once is nerfed, so it’s up to you when you decide to get it.)
  • Main hand: Elemental Fire Greataxe: boosts our main At-will Sure Strike and grant us extra crit stat. You will get it once you are done with the vigilance quests in Spinward Rise.
  • Off-hand: Elemental Fire Sword Knot: Artifact class feature that upgrades our Weapon Master and artifact stat increasing our AoE Resist. You will get it as soon as you hit Lv. 70 from Sgt. Knox.
  • Artifacts: After Lostmauth’s Horn of Blasting, we still have 3 more artifacts. First, Sigil of the Devoted Cleric, our dailies can deal much more damage than any other artifact (Token of Chromatic Storm hits really hard and have a very nice debuff but the stats aren’t great). Lantern of Revelation has very good stats: Critical/ArPen/CA dmg. Kessell’s Spheres of Annihilation has similar stats: Power/ArPen/CA but remember that we will focus our character in Crit instead of Power, also lantern is cheaper. Sigil of the Controller (CW Artifact) is the only artifact which comes with Power and Critical so it’s a very good choice. The last artifact will depend on your stats, you can go for more crit/arpen/hp/power in that order. In example, if you choose a kessell’s spheres artifact, you can switch the Icewind Dale’s first boon for AoE resistance while keeping 2 artifacts that will provide enough Combat Advantage.
  • Accesories: BIS rings are: Personalized Adamant rings of Recovery with 394 Power / 394 Recovery plus 2 Slots (offensive and defensive). I recommend Major Stamina Regeneration Jewel for the accesories (belt, cloak, rings) except in our augment companion, only Regen jewels works on them in the case you want to use them but the effect will be barely noticeable.
  • Necklace: Lostmauth’s Hoard Necklace as mentioned before with the extra AP gain granted at Legendary lvl. 4% each 3s is amazing, it will become 50% of our total AP gain during a battle. It’s a must to upgrade this artifact to max lvl asap. Cloaks with +8 AC are useless for DPS, it means 4% more damage resistance that won’t make any difference.
  • Weapon and Armor enchantments: It’s a high crit build based in high crit severity so Vorpal is a must for this build. Perfect is more than enough, there’s not really point upgrading your vorpal to Pure or Transcendent since the Crit Sev is going to be the same. If you are playing solo, Negation is a very good option but isn’t really good for dungeons where Soulforged is much more important.

How important are our At-Wills?

There are many people complaining about how weak are the GWF At-Wills, I disagree. Sure Strike is the core of this build and a GWF played correctly can make a very good use of it, please, take a look to this picture. Using the right mechanic and keeping the buffs/debuffs properly, SS is going to bring higher DPS than other encounters even if they hit a lot harder. by the time when IBS has done a huge crit, SS has already done much more damage. That’s why it is necessary to follow the mechanic as I explained, if you do it in the wrong order, you will lose DPS.

Note: I didn’t use lostmauth’s set bonus so I can keep the picture for longer time in the guide, the bonus set will be eventually nerfed.

How to buff our GWF properly?


  1. Start with Daring Shout, this will give you combat advantage and increase the damage of your following attacks.
  2. Hidden Daggers for extra 40% dmg.
  3. Weapon Master’s Strike which buffs the damage of your At-will attacks, this allows you to keep your AoE using WMS fully buffed or use SS for full single target dmg.


  • (Augment) Choose an Ioun Stone with 3 offensive slots, so we can add Profane runestones for extra critical . You can use Ioun Stone of Radiance if you prefer the extra life steal even being so low. Black Dragon Ioun Dragon Stone is also a good one but in the long term the active bonus won’t be useful. It is difficult to get a Radiance but Ioun Stone of Might is almost the same except for the active bonuses. Note: A Black Dragon Ioun Stone will grant you extra Armor Penetration but if you prefer to use the Radiance, you can switch the 3rd Dread Ring boon for 3% Resistance Ignored which will be more than enough to cover it.
  • Epic Erinyes of Belial 10% Critical Severity, Epic Cambion Magus 10% Critical Severity and Epic Dancing Blade for an extra 5% Crit Sev, this makes 25% crit sev thanks to the companions.
  • Finally, Air Archon or Fire Archon are very good options too. Air Archon which bonus activates as soon as your enemy is not at 100% hp and Fire Archon gives you 7% more dmg when your enemy’s hp is below 50%.
Note: We only need 1 legendary companion, that honor is for our Ioun Stone, more stats is always good. Legendary lvl doesn’t increase our companion’s active bonuses.


This part is very simple, Toughness for more HP, Disciple of the Strenght and Endless Assault for more damage, 1 point in Armor Specialization so we can continue to the next tier. Steely Defense because more power is a good thing and finally Devastating Critical with Weapon Mastery which boosts the core of the build.

Destroyer feats: Great Weapon Focus with 5 points, we don’t longer need that single point that we used to have in Deep Gash. Disciple of War for more Power, Staying Power this will boost a bit the damage of Hidden Daggers since we have to cast it continously and specially our finisher IBS. Executioner’s Style increases the damage of IBS and Sure Strike, simply amazing! Focused Destroyer grant us a ton of % dmg bonus and finally the capstone. We will keep using a few feats in Instigator: Student of the Sword for 5% extra damage, Vicious Advantage 5/5 for 5% extra crit + 5% damage. We always have combat advantage so the bonus is always on plus more crit is better than just a bit more of damage in comparison to Powerful Challenge. Remember you can keep mark in max 5 foes but you can do CA dmg to unlimited number of enemies. The last 5 points is what will make this build very interesting. 1 single point in Flanking Maneuvers, this is going to work like a small CC effect interrupting your enemies thanks to Weapon Master’s Strike which secondary attack comes from behind and since we will have close to 100% crit chance, it’s going to happen very often. This is very useful for the group while we are running dungeons and soloing, the fact that you can deal a ton of dmg plus some CC makes you a very important piece in any group. The last 4 points goes to Unfettered Strikes, the reason why I’m adding this feat is because the extra speed can help you to avoid red areas much more easily and that’s specially useful against hard hitting enemies. Deep Gash doesn’t deal enough damage, the enemies doesn’t live long enough.Flanking Maneuver’s effect has a 15s CD, so it is not possible to perma stun lock your enemy. Also, don’t even think about using Tier 3 sentinel feats for PvE, you will die before you can get enough stacks or some relevant amount of DR.

Update 05/17/2015 Note: Using this build, once you have achieved every possible BIS item, you will be above 100% Crit chance. In my case, I don’t longer need the extra 5% granted by Vicious Advantage so I had to choose a couple of feats in the Sentinel Tree: Scale Agility (5% Deflection) and Powerful Challenge (15% more damage to marked enemies) but keeping Student of the Sword. This means a total of 20% damage instead of 10% damage. Going for Vicious Advantage and removing 5% crit chance (azures in offensive slots) won’t give me the same benefit. Remember, this is only after you have reached 100% crit chance, otherwise if you go for these feats skipping vicious advantage and losing 5% crit chance you will be doing less DPS overall.

Very important: If it is a bit difficult for you to get Armor Penetration, add a point to Forbidden Piercing in Dread Ring for an extra 3%. Later, once you have reached the cap, you can switch it to Illusion Shimer.

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Finally, my actual stats are:20.250 power = 51% bonus dmg.
59.3% ArPen (60%+ with the campfire buff)
100% constant critical chance (Weapon Mastery + Offhand + Vicious Advantage+Superior Elixir of Accuracy + Squash Soup.)
175% Critical Severity.
8.3% life steal.

It is not a very cheap build and this can take long time to accomplish but I really love the results, the GWF is in a good place. Remember one more thing, instead of complaining about everything think that you have to work with what you have and try to get the best possible result. Test everything by yourself and don’t forget that this is only a guide, a few steps that will help you to develop your character. Once you gather enough knowledge, you will be able to create a style that will fit better the way you play.

If you find any mistake, please feel free to send me a message, english isn’t my main language and there must be some sentences poorly redacted, your help will be greatly appreciated.


Ok guys, finally I got my last piece of Lv. 137 gear which allowed me to do a few more tests for the build. I’ve updated a couple of things and I have very nice information for you.

Mighty Blade: Your AoE damage is increased by 12.5%. If you want to know which powers are affected by this feat, just read the tooltip and look for the word: Burst, i.e: Avalanche of Steel, Mighty Leap, Not so Fast. It was great because AoS is one of the most important dailies for the GWF and that extra damage is noticeable specially when you are fully buffed but in the overal damage it doesn’t make a lot of difference, so I decided to stop using it. Invest full points in Staying Power and the last 5 points: 1 for Flanking Maneuvers and 4 for Unfettered Strikes. Why this feat? Because the extra speed can help you to avoid red areas much more easily, that’s specially useful against hard hitting enemies and yes it does makes a difference.

Weapon Master Strike: This feat is finally working as intended, you can add 4 points now.

Wraitful Determination: This class feature gives you 12.5% more damage in your Power and it is supposed to give you twice the amount when your determination is full. However, after a few tests, I only noticed the increase of 12.5% without the extra bonus with full determination which means that overal dmg boost is much lower than expected. Even after Lostmauth’s set bonus gets fixed, I don’t see this class feature viable.

On a side note, I’ve managed to achieve above 100% Crit chance. I don’t longer need the extra 5% granted by Vicious Advantage so I had to choose a couple of feats in the Sentinel Tree: Scale Agility (5% Deflection) andPowerful Challenge (15% more damage to marked enemies) but keeping Student of the Sword. This means a total of 20% damage instead of 10% damage. Going for Vicious Advantage and removing 5% crit chance (azures in offensive slots) then adding Power won’t give me the same benefit. Remember, this is only after you have reached 100% crit chance, otherwise if you for go these feats skipping Vicious Advantage and losing 5% crit chance you will be doing less DPS overall. This is an advice only for BIS players.

I kindly suggest you read the whole guide again since a few points were modified and some info was added.

GWF build for Xbox players in the official forumhttp://nw-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?917811-XBOX-(MOD5)-Lazalia-s-High-Crit-Build-for-PvE-GWF-Destroyer


59 comments on “PC High Crit Build for PvE GWF

  1. Nice guide but i have a question about companions. How do you get the crit severity from magus, belial and blade if they are not summoned? Do i have to upgrade my stone to legendary and i just get active bonus from companions on active slots?


    • Hi, as long as your companions are in the active slots you will receive the benefits granted by the active bonuses. They don’t need to be summoned. Upgrading your stone to legendary will give you 15% extra stats, it’s a very nice boost.


  2. Hi Lazalia, Thanks for that great and clear guide. I’m using it for my GWF since start of Mod6.

    About GWF, Did you notice that when in combat the GWF is moving very slowly (like if it was on glue in spider web…) ? It is generating issues to move out of red zones. If you have experienced that too then Did you find a way to reduce or even to stop this effect ? Thanks for your answer.


  3. First of all R U using whatsapp and I am planning to use coast flail snail and remove clerics art. Do U think is that a good idea ?


  4. Hey, I would like to thank you for the wonderful guide and very informative! One question tho, how do you achieve above 100% crit without the vicious advantage feat?

    Wep mastery 9% + offhand 6% + squash 3% + Accuracy pot 2.5% + camp fire 1% = 21.5%
    21.5% + 76.5% from your char sheet = 98%

    Which one am I missing? 🙂


  5. Lazalia great build, i’m using it now and is great!

    I had looking for something on net and dont find the answer… high critical/crit severity is not better with feytouched instead vorpal? The damage bonus at TranFeyt will get more benefit than vorpal greater or trans. u already make this test? or know about feytouched mechanics?

    Thanks for your answer


  6. Lazalia, already try to use this build with Feytouched instead vorpal? and that bear companion? that bonus (100% critical severity) go only to Ioun stone or can be transfered by augment power too?


    • Yes, I’ve tested every enchantment in the game. The closer you are to 100% crit chance, better will be vorpal. Lostmauth’s set which is a great amount of our total DPS does 100% crits (even if you don’t have 100%) so using a vorpal means 50% more damage. Feytouched is a bit more tricky because you would need to hit 3 enemies at the same time if you want to get the 3x 18% dmg and it’s not 100% uptime. I only recommend vorpal for this build.

      Regarding to the companion, it’s a boar and it’s only for the summoned companion, not the character even using an Augment.


      • It’s going to take a long time before we are able to get that stronghold set. Also due to my internet issues, I was unable to test it properly. If you are farming seals daily then you can get the elven easily and there will be enough time to get the stronghold set later.


    • Hey, yes that’s correct. You just need to get the artifact with your CW then it’s going to be available for your GWF too as long as they are in the same account.


  7. Good day. Few noob’s questions again:
    Am I right, that you are using “Elemental Elven Ward” for more power (transfer from defense-recovery) and defense stats, because you have 100% crit via other sources?
    If I can not achieve 100% crit with Elemental Elven Ward, should I switch to different pieces with more crit (rings, bracers, may be smth else)?


    • Yes, we get a lot of crit % from other sources like the augment/non augment companion, artifacts, feats, equipment, etc. Since we only need 60% ArPen, it doesn’t make any sense to get that elven set that comes with ArPen so it is better to use the other one.


  8. Hey Lazalia, great guide! It helped a lot but i was just wondering what you transmuted your main hand into? the elemental fire greataxe looks cool and all but i want the scythe type of thing you have lol. Ty!


  9. Hello I saw a Lazalia recruiting for a guild called “Elite Mercenaria” was that you? Or is there people copying you in the game?


  10. Hi Lazalia, nice guide, is the one im following. I have a doubt about what primary companion should i use, Im currently at 74-95% crit chance using a blue ioun stone of allure, I want to change to a black dragon ioun stone or a striker companion with perfect bonding runestones, what do you recommend between both? and what companions are good for bonding runestonnes? (have heard about zhentarim warlock but is too expenisive so i want to know if there are cheaper companions almost as good as him. Also since im not yet at 100% crit chance maybe the ioun stone helps more to keep the crit chance higher from the begining ? or the bonding runestones are better overall? Thanks.


    • For a GWF is very important to keep 100% crit with at least 95% uptime thanks to the lostmauth’s set bonus because it is between 20%-30% of our overall dmg. You might change to an attacking companion only after you are way above of 100% crit. Zen Warlock is expensive but is the best among them because attacks really, really fast. You can also use: Shadow Demon, Young Yeti and even the Archimage’s Apprentice. Regards.


  11. Hello Lazalia, is really cool guide and is to be congratulated for it. Recently started to play with the GWF and already being in Mod8 ‘m confused about the new armor sets that have launched . You are updated about them? One should remain with the elven as the guide and continue with the 100% critical that he has already reached ? or should merge the new equipment focusing on critical exchange and other elements such as booms and companions, for example?

    I thank the attention ; *


    • Hi, wow sorry for the late reply. Probably you are already geared lol. Well, I’ll answer in case there are other players interested about it. 100% crit change is our main goal as GWFs. There is not a whole set that is going to be perfect for us, we have to take certain pieces from different sets like Dusk, Dragonflight, Drowcraft and even their elemental versions in order to get the right choices for our character. Focus in Power and Critical! If you already too high in critical, sure you can change some feats for others, get at least 95%. Regards!


  12. Hi, excelent guide; I’d wish to see that before… My main char was GWF, and I built her right for coincidence (half orc +2 str and +2 dex racial and str/dex on levels), just some feats wrong, but I still have the free reset (I don’t play since mod 5). I gave up GWF because I thought she was very squishy, then I’ve changed for a DC, which I liked too, however I still prefer GWF.
    But I don’t know if it’s me or really the class, I see many people playing GWF without dying too much… When I tried to solo heroic encounters at well of dragons, or dungeons or even skirmishes, my soulforged was always on cooldown… Because this I tried something different… I had decent gear (tier 1 set) and vorpal.. Am I doing something wrong?
    Also, I’m thinking about to pick my GWF as main again, but I have somethings different from your guide: I have a cat as augment and can’t find an ioun stone of radiance anymore; do I really need 3 offensive in augmentation? there was only one cambion magus on AH for just 19kk AD, and in months playing I just ghatered 1kk… I don’t have a CW for the artifact; GWF artifact doesn’t worth it?
    Why do you say daring shout gives combat advantage and 20% bonus damage? Skill description doesn’t mention that…
    And finally, any advice for AD farming? I really can’t pay for enchantments and other things with my profits….
    Thank you very much for the guide once more, and for your time; sorry for my noob questions and for my poor english, it’s not my first language.


    • Hello Thiago! Thank you very much for passing by. The first thing that I always mention about my guide is that it is mean to teach about how the high crit build works, it’s a way to play our character. The players shouldn’t try to get the same gear than me because there are many ways to achieve similar stats. So, cat works great too, you don’t need 3 offensive slots so add 1 eldritch runestone in the defensive slot. Cambion Magus is great and will be back sooner or later, there are other great companions like Siege Master, Fire Archon, Earth Archon, Air Archon, etc. You can use any of them as replacement. If you don’t have the CW artifact, doesn’t matter then you can try to get another artifact with Critical Strike as main stat and offensive stats like Heart of the Blue Dragon i.e. Regarding to Daring Shout, it was modified long time ago by the devs and they never changed the encounter power description but trust me, it’s working exactly as I described it 20% bonus dmg, combat advantage and 8% dmg for the whole group when attacking a marked target. AD Farming… Try farming demonic heroic encounters with the zerg groups, it takes like 3-5 minuts and you can get a ring worth 3.000 AD, don’t forget to do everyday the lairs in Dread Rings because you can get some Great Marks worth around 50k each and there are many, many tricks more. Regards and have a great day!


      • Thanks a lot for answering. Just one more thing I didn’t notice before: on the guide you advice the stat roll 16/16/12, I got 18/13/13. I have a free race reroll, do you think it worth spend this to get a more appropriate reroll? Thanks a lot again.


      • You are losing there 3% crit chance and that’s very valuable. I recommend to do it after you get the whole set of lostmauth at least when every crit % becomes important.


  13. Bit of a noob thing, im looking up the elemental elven ward gear online and it says its only for GF and OP, btw love the build guide working on it with my GFW right now


    • Yes, the truth is that both boons in the same tier are really bad so it won’t make any difference whatever you choose to use. The dmg done by the other boon will never be more than 1% of your total dmg so I prefer to use the self-healing in case I get cc’d or being unable to proc life steal.


  14. Hey Lazalia, great build! I’d like to know what are you running now equipment wise. I’m ready to buy my Dragonflight equipments and I’m torn between Assault/Ward and I’d like your input into which are better, also, can I mix them both? (Note: I’m ready after buying to make them Elemental ones with Black Ice). And I’m almost getting my last twisted off-hand artifact. Thanks for your time!

    I read your guide and it differs just a little from the one I’m using.


    • You shouldn’t use the whole set of any gear, you can combine the pieces looking for the stats that you need. Look for gear with Power and Crit among Dragonflight, Drowcraft and even Dusk gear. Thank you for passing by!


  15. Hey I was wondering what you think About bonded companions? Would a quick striking companion with greater/perfect bonding stones be better than the ioun stone?


    • Augments are better for burst damage and clearing trash (I’m talking about clearing it in 3s or less) but in longer fights a striker companion with bondings are a lot better.


  16. If you could do a PVP build it would be awesome. For us still few brave GWF that are trying to make our way in PVP


    • I used to do a lot of PvP in previous modules but I’m not longer interested on it because the PvP in Neverwinter is one of the worst I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen many, many games… There’s hope btw, a Dev asked in the forum which kind of PvP we would like to see, maybe they will do some rework and add a couple of new events then I might go back to PvP and share some tips. Thanks for passing by.


  17. Hi Lazalia,

    As you have recently mentioned the Orcus set (as replacement of the Lostmauth one), Did you also change your Weapon Enchantment ? From Vorpal to Dread ? Or are you still recommending Vorpal, and that’s all. 🙂

    Thanks your great guide and answers,


    • Hello. No, Dread is terrible for a GWF because most of the damage is done by At-Wills and not the Encounters like other classes i.e DC, HR, etc. Vorpal is the best for GWF. Thank you for passing by.


    • You can use any race for a GWF but there will be always a rank from best to worst, tiefling is closer to worst due to the ability score points. Tiefling is ok for SW, CW, i.e


  18. hi lazalia , very nice guide !
    i play on PS4
    When i use cambion magus , radiant ioun stone , erynies of belial , air and fire archon , do you think is a good choice ?

    And if i have lots of legendary compagnion ; it’s cumulative ?

    And sorry for my english
    Have a nice day


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