Warrior sPvP | Fun Greatsword, Hammer | Roamer Shin's HAMtastic Warrior Build

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Summary

A fast-paced, high-risk-yet-high-damage hammer/greatsword build designed around getting into fights quickly, locking down opponents, and tearing them apart before they can react. This build can be used in PvP or WvW.

 

A video guide can be found here:


I. Weapons and Skills

PvP Greatsword
  • Weapon Strength: 995-1100
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
PvP Hammer
  • Weapon Strength: 985-1111
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
  • Arcing Slice¾
    Burst. Strike your foe with an uppercut and gain fury.
    Damage: 480Level 1 adrenaline: 3 sLevel 2 adrenaline: 6 sLevel 3 adrenaline: 9 sRange: 150
  • Greatsword Swing½
    Slash your foe.
    Damage: 259Vulnerability: 8 sRange: 130
    • Greatsword Slice½
      Slice your foe.
      Damage: 259Vulnerability: 8 sRange: 130
    • Brutal Strike½
      Hit your foe with a final brutal strike.
      Damage: 333Range: 130
  • Hundred Blades
    Repeatedly strike multiple foes. The last strike does extra damage.
    Damage (8x): 1,624Final strike damage: 406Range: 130
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  • Whirlwind Attack¼ 8
    Whirl in a target's direction, slashing foes along your path.
    Damage: 259Combo Finisher: WhirlRange: 450
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  • Bladetrail¾ 12
    Throw your greatsword at your foe so that it returns to you, crippling foes along the way.
    Damage: 277Crippled: 4 sCombo Finisher: ProjectileRange: 900
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  • Rush2 16
    Charge and strike your foe.
    Damage: 628Range: 1,200
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  • Healing Signet16
    Signet Passive: Grants regeneration.
    Signet Active: Heal yourself and gain resistance.
    Healing: 3,320Resistance: 6 s
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  • Balanced Stance40
    Stance. You gain stability and swiftness.
    x5Stability: 8 sSwiftness: 8 sBreaks stun
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  • Endure Pain60
    Stance. Take no damage from attacks.
    Duration: 5Breaks stun
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  • Signet of Stamina¼ 36
    Signet Passive: Grants faster endurance regeneration.
    Signet Active: Cure all conditions.
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  • Signet of Rage1 48
    Signet Passive: Grants adrenaline.
    Signet Active: Gain fury, might, and swiftness.
    x5Might: 30 sFury: 30 sSwiftness: 30 s
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Weapon and Skill Details

Dolyak Signet is a viable alternative to Balanced Stance if you don't mind the longer cooldown.


Traits

Strength

  • Reckless Dodge
    Deal damage to foes at the end of your dodge roll.
    • Death from Above
      Falling damage reduced by 50%. When you take falling damage launch foes away from your point of impact.
    • Restorative Strength
      Gain 5 stacks of might for 6 seconds when you use a healing skill.
    • Peak Performance
      Reduces the recharge of Physical skills by 20%. Physical skills deal 10% more damage for each bar of adrenaline you have accrued.
  • Building Momentum
    Burst skills restore 15 endurance if they hit.
    • Body Blow
      Stuns, dazes, knockbacks and knockdowns inflict weakness for 3 seconds and 2 stacks of bleeding for 6 seconds.
    • Forceful Greatsword
      Reduces the recharge of Greatsword and spear skills by 20% and increases damage of greatsword and spear skills by 10%. Additionally when you land a critical hit with these weapons you gain 1 stack of might for 5 seconds.
    • Great Fortitude
      Gain vitality equal to 10% of your power.
  • Stick and Move
    Deal 10% more damage while your endurance is not full. Adept
    • Berserker’s Power
      Gain a 10/15/20% damage boost for 8 seconds after using a burst skill based on how much adrenaline was spent.
    • Distracting Strikes
      Interrupts inflict 4 stacks of confusion for 8 seconds.
    • Axe Mastery
      Recharge on axe skills is reduced by 20% and gain 150 ferocity for each axe you are wielding. When you critical hit with an axe you gain 2 additional adrenaline.

Arms

  • Precise Strikes
    Your critical hits have a 33% chance to inflict 1 stack of bleeding for 4 seconds.
    • Berserker’s Fury
      Gain 2 adrenaline every 3 seconds while in combat. Striking a foe below 25% health grants fury for 5 seconds (can only trigger once every 10 seconds).
    • Signet Mastery
      Reduces recharge on signet skills by 20%. When you activate a signet gain a stacking 100 precision buff for 1 minute (maximum 5 stacks). Striking a foe below 50% health activates Signet of Might.
    • Opportunist
      Immobilizing a target grants fury for 5 seconds (10s ICD).
  • Rending Strikes
    Your critical hits have a 33% chance to inflict 1 stack of vulnerability for 8 seconds.
    • Unuspecting Foe
      Gain 50% increased critical hit chance against stunned foes.
    • Deep Strike
      Fury you apply also gives 150 condition damage.
    • Blademaster
      Reduces recharge on sword skills by 20%. Sword skills have a 20% increased critical hit chance against bleeding foes.
  • Bloodlust
    Deal 5% additional damage to bleeding foes. Bleeding you inflict lasts 33% longer.
    • Burst Precision
      Burst skills have a 100% critical hit chance.
    • Furious
      Gain 1 additional adrenaline when you critical hit. Additionally, you gain 8 seconds of Furious Surge whenever you critical hit which increases condition damage by 10 per stack (maximum 25 stacks).
    • Dual Wielding
      Increases attack speed by 15% while wielding a sword, axe or mace in your offhand.

Discipline

  • Versatile Rage
    Gain 5 adrenaline when you swap weapons.
    • Crack Shot
      Reduces recharge of rifle and harpoon gun weapon skills by 20%. Rifle and harpoon gun shots pierce.
    • Warrior’s Sprint
      Move 25% faster while wielding melee weapons. Using a movement skill removes the immobilize condition.
    • Vengeful Return
      The Vengeance downed skill has a 100% chance to rally you if you kill a foe while it is active. When you rally you regain 25% additional health and 100 endurance.
  • Fast Hands
    Reduces recharge of weapon swap by 5 seconds.
    • Inspiring Battle Standard
      Banners apply regeneration for 3 seconds every 3 seconds to allies in their radius while they are active.
    • Destruction of the Empowered
      Deal 3% additional damage to foes for each boon they have on them.
    • Brawler’s Recovery
      Remove 1 condition whenever you swap weapons (combat only).
  • Versatile Power
    Gain 2 stacks of might for 10 seconds whenever you swap weapons (combat only). Burst skill recharge is reduced by 15%.
    • Merciless Hammer
      Reduces recharge of hammer weapon skills by 20%. Hammer skills deal 20% more damage to stunned, dazed, knocked down, or launched foes.
    • Heightened Focus
      Striking a foe below 50% health grants quickness for 4 seconds (15s ICD).
    • Burst Mastery
      Burst skills deal 7% more damage. Regain 3/7/10 adrenaline when using a burst skill based on the amount of adrenaline spent.

Trait Details

Should you feel your Burst skills are critting often enough that you don't need Burst Precision, you can swap it to Furious for more adrenaline generation.

 

Heightened Focus is a viable alternative to Merciless Hammer for faster burst at the cost of increased hammer cooldowns.


III. Stat Specifics & Effects

Primary Stats

  • Health 24812 (+5600)
  • Vitality 1560 (+560)
  • Armor 2211 (+0)
  • Toughness 1000 (+0)
  • Attack 3325 (+1225)
  • Power 2225 (+1225)
  • Critical Hit 54% (+54%)
  • Precision 2050 (+1050)

Secondary Stats

  • Condition Duration (self) -20% (+-20%)
  • Critical Damage 37% (+37%)
  • Damage 1100 (+0%)
  • Defense 1211 (+0)
  • Ferocity 560 (+560)
  • Might Duration 30% (+30%)

Boons

  • Aegis
    Block the next attack.
  • Distortion
    Allows mesmers to evade attacks for some time.
  • Frenzy
    Increases damage taken by 25%. It typically seen as a mechanic to offset a beneficial effect such as quickness.
  • Frosty Armor
    Chills foes that hit you.
  • Fury
    20% critical chance increase. Stacks in duration.
  • Haste
    Regenerate endurance at 50% effectiveness when under the effects of this skill. It's typically seen as a mechanic to offset a beneficial effect such as quickness.
  • Invulnerability
    Prevents the target from taking damage or receiving conditions. It is also placed on rallied players for one second.
  • Might
    X damage per attack increase. Stacks intensity.
  • Protection
    33% damage reduction. Stacks in duration.
  • Quickening Zephyr
    Prevents healing. It typically seen as a mechanic to offset a beneficial effect such as quickness.
  • Quickness
    Makes all skills and actions 50% faster.
  • Regeneration
    Regenerates X health per second. Stacks in duration.
  • Rejuvenation
    Regenerates health. This effect is exclusive to the guardian profession through the Virtue of Resolve.
  • Resistance
    Resistance temporarily negates the affected target of all effects caused by conditions.
  • Retaliation
    Does X damage to an opponent each time they hit you. Stacks in duration.
  • Smiting
    Causes every fifth attack to apply burning. This effect is exclusive to the guardian profession.
  • Stability
    Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, or feared.
  • Stealth
    Allows the user to be invisible to enemy players and avoid being spotted by enemy NPCs.
  • Swiftness
    33% movement speed increase. Stacks in duration.
  • Vigor
    Faster endurance regeneration. Stacks in duration.

Conditions

  • Agony
    Agony is an effect unique to Fractals of the Mists that removes a percentage of the player's health every second and reduces received healing by ~50%.
  • Bleeding
    Bleeding is a stackable condition that deals damage over time.
  • Blind
    Causes the target's next hit to miss instead.
  • Burning
    Inflicts X damage per second. Stacks in duration.
  • Chilled
    Reduces movement speed and skill recharge by 66%. Stacks in duration.
  • Confusion
    Inflicts X damage each time a foe uses skill. Stacks in intensity.
  • Crippled
    Crippled is a condition which decreases movement speed by 50%. Stacks in duration.
  • Fear
    Causes the target to run directly away from the caster.
  • Immobilized
    Immobilized is a condition which prevents movement and dodging. Victims also can't turn. Stacks in duration.
  • Poison
    Inflicts X damage per second. Reduces outgoing heals by 33%. Stacks in duration.
  • Slow
    Slow is a condition that reduces the activation time of skills and abilities.
  • Taunt
    Taunt is a control effect that forces the affected target to run towards the source of taunt with all skills except stun breakers disabled while using their auto-attack skill.
  • Torment
    Deals damage every second; deals additional damage if moving; stacks intensity.
  • Vulnerability
    Increases damage the target takes by 1%. Stacks in intensity.
  • Weakness
    Causes 50% of attacks to be glancing and reduces endurance regeneration by 50%. Stacks in duration.

Control

  • Break Stun
    Stun break is an effect which can break control effects on a character.
  • Daze
    Interrupts and prevents the target from using skills for a period of time.
  • Float
    Forces the affected target(s) to move towards the surface.
  • Knockdown
    Interrupts and causes the foe to be unable to move or use skills for a short duration. Knocked down foes fall to the ground.
  • Launch
    Interrupts and tosses a character into the air.
  • Pull
    Shortens the distance between the user and the foe by drawing one of them to another. If a foe is pulled, this can result in an interrupt.
  • Push
    Physically pushes foes away from the player and interrupts them.
  • Sink
    Forces the affected target(s) to move away from the surface.
  • Stun
    Interrupts, immobilizes, and incapacitates foes for a short duration.
  • Teleport
    Teleport to target location.
  • Teleport
    Teleport (alternatively, flash) is a mechanic that causes the user or target(s) to instantly move from one location to another.

Fields & Finishers

  • Dark Field
    Dark Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Blindness
    Leap Finisher: Blindness
    Projectile Finisher: Life stealing
    Whirl Finsher: Leeching Bolts
  • Ethereal Field
    Ethereal Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Chaos Armor
    Leap Finisher: Chaos Armor
    Projectile Finisher: Confusion
    Whirl Finsher: Confounding Bolts
  • Fire Field
    Fire Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Might
    Leap Finisher: Fire Shield
    Projectile Finisher: Burning
    Whirl Finsher: Burning Bolts
  • Ice Field
    Ice Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Frost Aura
    Leap Finisher: Frost Aura
    Projectile Finisher: Chilled
    Whirl Finsher: Chilling Bolts
  • Light Field
    Light Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Retaliation
    Leap Finisher: Retaliation
    Projectile Finisher: Remove Condition
    Whirl Finsher: Cleansing Bolts
  • Lightning Field
    Lightning Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Swiftness
    Leap Finisher: Dazing Strike
    Projectile Finisher: Vulnerability
    Whirl Finsher: Brutal Bolts
  • Poison Field
    Poison Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Weakness
    Leap Finisher: Weakness
    Projectile Finisher: Poison
    Whirl Finsher: Poison Bolts
  • Revealed
    Revealed is an effect applied when stealth is broken, for example by entering combat or exiting a Shadow Refuge circle prematurely.
  • Smoke Field
    Smoke Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Stealth
    Leap Finisher: Stealth
    Projectile Finisher: Blindness
    Whirl Finsher: Blinding Bolts
  • Super Speed
    Activate your slick shoes, enabling you to move at superior speeds.
  • Water Field
    Water Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Healing
    Leap Finisher: Healing
    Projectile Finisher: Regeneration
    Whirl Finsher: Healing Bolts
Combo
  • Blast Finisher
    Blast Combo Effects

    Dark: Area Blindness
    Ethereal: Area Chaos Armor
    Fire: Area Might
    Ice: Area Frost Aura
    Light: Area Retaliation
    Lightning: Area Swiftness
    Poison: Area Weakness
    Smoke: Area Stealth
    Water: Area Healing
  • Leap Finisher
    Leap Combo Effects

    Dark: Blindness
    Ethereal: Chaos Armor
    Fire: Fire Shield
    Ice: Frost Aura
    Light: Retaliation
    Lightning: Dazing Strike
    Poison: Weakness
    Smoke: Stealth
    Water: Healing
  • Projectile Finisher
    Projectile Combo Effects

    Dark: Life stealing
    Ethereal: Confusion
    Fire: Burning
    Ice: Chilled
    Light: Remove Condition
    Lightning: Vulnerability
    Poison: Poison
    Smoke: Blindness
    Water: Regeneration
  • Whirl Finisher
    Whirl Combo Effects

    Dark: Leeching Bolts
    Ethereal: Confounding Bolts
    Fire: Burning Bolts
    Ice: Chilling Bolts
    Light: Cleansing Bolts
    Lightning: Brutal Bolts
    Poison: Poison Bolts
    Smoke: Blinding Bolts
    Water: Healing Bolts

IV. Runes, Sigils, Accessories & Jewels

Armor & Runes

PvP Rune of Hoelbrak
  1. Power: 25
  2. Might Duration: 10%
  3. Power: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to gain might for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 5 seconds)
  5. Power: 100
  6. +20% Might Duration; -20% Condition Duration applied to you.
PvP Rune of Hoelbrak
  1. Power: 25
  2. Might Duration: 10%
  3. Power: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to gain might for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 5 seconds)
  5. Power: 100
  6. +20% Might Duration; -20% Condition Duration applied to you.
PvP Rune of Hoelbrak
  1. Power: 25
  2. Might Duration: 10%
  3. Power: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to gain might for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 5 seconds)
  5. Power: 100
  6. +20% Might Duration; -20% Condition Duration applied to you.
PvP Rune of Hoelbrak
  1. Power: 25
  2. Might Duration: 10%
  3. Power: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to gain might for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 5 seconds)
  5. Power: 100
  6. +20% Might Duration; -20% Condition Duration applied to you.
PvP Rune of Hoelbrak
  1. Power: 25
  2. Might Duration: 10%
  3. Power: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to gain might for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 5 seconds)
  5. Power: 100
  6. +20% Might Duration; -20% Condition Duration applied to you.
PvP Rune of Hoelbrak
  1. Power: 25
  2. Might Duration: 10%
  3. Power: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to gain might for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 5 seconds)
  5. Power: 100
  6. +20% Might Duration; -20% Condition Duration applied to you.

Rune Stat Totals

  • Power 175
  • Might Duration 30%
  • Condition Duration (self) -20%

Rune Bonuses

PvP Rune of Hoelbrak
  1. Power: 25
  2. Might Duration: 10%
  3. Power: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to gain might for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 5 seconds)
  5. Power: 100
  6. +20% Might Duration; -20% Condition Duration applied to you.

Accessories & Jewels

Marauder's Amulet
  • Power: 1050
  • Precision: 1050
  • Vitality: 560
  • Ferocity: 560

Accessory Totals

  • Power:1050
  • Precision:1050
  • Vitality:560
  • Ferocity:560

Weapon Set Sigils

PvP Greatsword
  • Weapon Strength: 995-1100
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
Sigil of Superior Air
50% chance to cause a lightning strike on a critical hit. (This effect cannot trigger more than once every 3 seconds)
Sigil of Superior Hydromancy
You freeze nearby foes for 2s when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (This effect cannot trigger more than once every 9s)

Weapon Set I

Sigil of Superior Air

50% chance to cause a lightning strike on a critical hit. (This effect cannot trigger more than once every 3 seconds)

PvP Hammer
  • Weapon Strength: 985-1111
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
Sigil of Superior Doom
You deal poison on your next attack for 8 seconds after you swap to this weapon while in combat.
Superior Sigil of Impact
+10% damage vs stunned or knocked down foes.

Weapon Set II

Sigil of Superior Doom

You deal poison on your next attack for 8 seconds after you swap to this weapon while in combat.

PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -

Water Weapon I

Water Weapon II

Upgrade Item Details

Should you feel the crit chance is a little too high for your taste, this build can also use Valkyrie Amulet. In WvW, this build normally uses Berserker's gear, but pieces can be swapped out for Valkyrie's as desired.


V. Basic Gameplay


Main Skill Rotation


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