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The Complete Great Weapon Fighter Guide

Great Weapon Fighter Guide
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Welcome to our Great Weapon Fighter Guide, updated for Swords of Chult Mod 12b. In this guide, we will give you tips and info on how to play the Great Weapon Fighter class.

The Great Weapon Fighter is a typical melee DPS class. They rely on strength to deliver huge blows to their enemies with their two-handed weapons. They can hold aggro very well and has decent defense capabilities, but can be very gear dependant. Great Weapon fighter are also some of the fastest and best soloers in the game, as well as being sought after in groups.

This Great Weapon Fighter guide is meant as a general guideline. To get the most out of your character, tailor him or her to your playstyle. The Neverwinter Reddit is a good place to start if you want to learn more about your class. More builds and further info can also be found at MMOMinds.

Great Weapon Fighter Guide Index

Basic Great Weapon Fighter Info

Best Races as a Great Weapon Fighter :

  1. Dragonborn: +2 to any stats. Dragon Heritage (5% extra healing from spells and abilities). Dragonborn Fury (3% extra power and crit).
  2. Half-Orc : +2 Dex, +2 Str / +2 Con. Furious Assault (5% more crit severity). Swift Charge (10% increased run speed when you enter combat).

Great Weapon Fighter Attribute Priority :

  • Strenght > Dexterity

Great Weapon Fighter Stat Priority :

For stats in Neverwinter, aim to hit the hard/soft cap of your primary stat, then secondary and so forth. Try not to waste stats by going over the caps, and instead start gearing towards another stat.

  • Armor Penetration (Cap Resistance Ignored at 85%) > Crit (Caps at 100%) > Power > Defense (Caps Damage Resistance at 95%) > Deflection (Caps at 100%) > Hit Points > Recovery

Great Weapon Fighter Gear & Enchantments

If you are new to Neverwinter and need to know how to get better gear and increase your item level, check out our Gearing Up Guide. If you want to plan out your character and see what items are available the Neverwinter Character Simulator is a great tool.

Head:

  • Primal Assault Kofia / Rex Corona (Best in Slot) > Titansteel Raid Sallet > Huntsman Assault Sallet >Vivified Headsman’s Assault / Raid Sallet > Guise of the Wolf Clan

Armor:

  • Primal Raid Kanzu / Rex Amiculum (Best in Slot) > Titansteel Raid Scalemail> Vivified Headsman’s Raid Scalemail > Executioner’s Black Attire

Arms:

  • Primal Assault Bangili (Best in Slot) > Huntsman Assault Vambraces > Pilgrim Assault Panahs > Titansteel Raid Vambraces > Vivified Headsman’s Raid Vambraces > Pioneer Assault / Raid Panahs

Feet:

  • Primal Assault / Raid Lapulapus (Best in Slot) >  Boots of the Alpha > Huntsman Raid Greaves / Titansteel Raid Greaves >Vivified Headsman’s Raid Greaves >

Primary & Secondary:

  • Titansteel (Best in slot if rest of party is also Masterwork II set) > Headman’s> The Cloaked Ascendancy Set > Wootz+Teak

Neck & Waist:

  • Orcus Set (Demogorgon’s Girdle of Might, Baphomet’s Infernal Talisman)

Rings:

  • Primal Restoration Ring > Chult Hunt Rings > Greater Ostorian Ring of Dod

Shirt & Pants:

  • Shirt & Pants of the Chultan Merchant

Artifacts:

  • Primary Artifact: Wheel of Elements
  • Secondary Artifacts: Shard of Orcus’ Wand (For Set) – Lantern of Revelation – Fragmented Key of Stars

Great Weapon Fighter Enchantments :

When getting enchantments, always get the ones with the stats you are lacking in with your gear, boons, etc in mind. For example, if you’ve capped Crit with your gear and boons, don’t get azure enchantments for your offense slots.

Armor Enchantments :

  • Negation Enchantment

Weapon Enchantments :

  • Lightning Enchantment

Offense Enchantments :

  • Radiant Enchantments

Defense Enchantments :

  • Dark Enchantments

Utility Enchantments: Dragon’s Hoard x2 + QuartmasterX2 + 1 Fey Blessing / Dark Enchantments.

Overload Enchantments :

  • Various Marks from Stronghold Vendor > Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing > Black / Red Dragon Glyph

Armor Reinforcement Kits :

  • Power Armor Kit – Armor Penetration Armor Kit – Critical Strike Armor Kit

Jewelry Reinforcement Kits: Action Point Gain Jewel

Great Weapon Fighter Companions & Mounts

The Best Companion for Great Weapon Fighter:

  • Summoned Companion: Sellsword. Active Companions: Air Archon, Fire Archon, Siege Master, Erinyes of Belial / Tamed Velociraptor (if rest of party is using one)

Companion Gear:

For the companion gear from Illusionist’s Gambit, the +4 rings are actually better than the +5 as they have two offensive/defensive enchantment slots and the +5 has an overload slot.

  • Bold/Heroic Gear of the Companion

Companion Runestones: Bonding Runestones

The Best Great Weapon Fighter Mounts:

When choosing a Legendary Mount for the Mount Powers, look for a mount that has both a useful equip and combat power. The best choices for a first legendary mount as a Great Weapon Fighter is a Tenser’s Floating Disk.

What other mounts you use is not that important. What is important is to get the right insignia bonuses, and many different mounts can offer the various bonuses. To find out what mount has the bonus you want, check out our Insignia Bonus Guide.

All classes and specs should consider using Wanderer’s Fortune before you have refined all your gear and enchantments, for extra refinement every day.

The Best Great Weapon Fighter Insignia Bonuses :

  • Assassin’s Covenant – Protector’s Camaraderie –  Artificer’s Persuasion – Gladiators Guile – Cavalry’s Warning

Insignia Type :

  • Dominance – Prosperity – Skill

Great Weapon Fighter Mount Powers :

  • Mount Equip Power: Dominant Force (4000 power) Mount Combat Power: Tenser’s Transformation (Tenser’s Floating Disk)

Great Weapon Fighter Boons

Guild:

Power, Defense

Elemental Evil :

Wave of Force, Heart of Stone, Searing Aggression, Wall of Wind

Sharandar :

Dark Fey Hunter, Fey Precision, Elven Haste, Elven Ferocity, Elvish Fury

Dread Ring :

Reliquary Keeper’s Strenght, Evoker’s Thirst, Forbidden Piercing, Shadowtouch, Rampaging Madness

Icewind Dale :

Encroaching Tactics, Refreshing Chill, Sleet Skills, Cool Resolve, Winter’s Bounty

Underdark :

Primordial Might, Primordial Focus, Drow Ambush Tactics, Dwarven Stamina, Abyssal Strikes

Tyranny of Dragons :

Dragon’s Claws, Dragon’s Gaze, Draconic Armorbreaker, Dragon’s Greed, Dragon’s Fury

The Maze Engine :

Abyssal Siphoning,  Demonic Endurance, Demonic Swiftness, Baphomet’s Might

Storm King’s Thunder :

Frosty Demeanor, Hardy Constitution, Icy Wrath, Vengeful Heat, Chill of Winter

The Cloaked Ascendancy :

Aura of Hope, Fiery Frency, Fey Brias, Vision of Beyond

Jungles of Chult :

Tyrant’s Terror, Lingering Curse

Great Weapon Fighter Paragon Paths & Powers

Swordmaster is the current recommended paragon path for Great Weapon Fighters.

swordmaster build

Swordmaster:

Swordmaster Combat Powers :

At-Wills: Sure Strike & Weapon Master Strike

Class Features: Destroyer & Wrathful Determination

Daily Powers: Crescendo, Slam, Spinning Strike, Avalanche of Steel

Encounter: Hidden Daggers, Daring Shout, Battle Fury, Indomitable Battle Strike

Swordmaster Feats:

Great-Weapon Fighter Swordmaster Guide

 

 

Iron Vanguard build

Iron Vanguard

Iron Vanguard Combat Powers :

At-Wills: Wicked Strike & Threatening Rush

Class Features: Ferocious Reaction & Warrior’s Courage

Daily Powers: Slam & Spinning Strike

Encounter Powers: Daring Shout, Battle Fury, Restoring Strike, Come and Get It

Iron Vanguard Feats:

Great-Weapon-Fighter Iron Vanguard Build

 

 

If you have any questions or suggestions about our Great Weapon Fighter Guide, please leave a comment below!


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4 Comments

  • This guide has been updated as of January 2018 for Neverwinter mod 12b, Swords of Chult

  • Reply
    Steel Wolf
    Feb 16, 2018

    can u tell me the highest single target damage weapon enchant for gwfs?

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    Geoff
    Mar 04, 2018

    You really helped me with this, until this article, my power was bad but now I am awesome 🙂

  • Reply
    Rene
    May 07, 2018

    Thank you for this guide. It has been extremely helpful and I can’t wait to get home and start retooling my fighter.

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