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The Complete Great Weapon Fighter Guide

Great Weapon Fighter Guide

Welcome to our Great Weapon Fighter Guide, updated for Ravenloft, mod 14. 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

  1. Basic Great Weapon Fighter Info
  2. Great Weapon Fighter Gear & Enchantments
  3. Great Weapon Fighter Companions & Mounts
  4. Great Weapon Fighter Boons
  5. Great Weapon Fighter Paragon Paths & Powers


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 100%) > 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.


  • Bladelord’s Assault Helm (Best in Slot) > The Seer’s Sallet > Crown of the Undead


  • Bladelord’s Raid / Assault Breastplate (Best in Slot) > Knotted Garbs


  • Terrored Grips (Best in Slot) > Bladelord’s Raid / Assault Gauntlets


  • Heels of Fury (Best in Slot) >  Lycan Boots of the Pack

Primary & Secondary:

  • Primal Weapons

Neck & Waist:

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


  • +5 Rings > Beaded Assault Ring – Bronzewood Raid Ring

Shirt & Pants:

  • Upper Primal Paints + Lower Primal Paints


  • Primary Artifact: Wheel of Elements / Soul Sight Crystal
  • 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: Chultan Tiger > 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


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 :

3x Tyrant’s Terror, x1 Shamanic Grance, 1x Beasts Burden, 1x Overgrown, 2x Lingering Curse

Ravenloft :

Hardened Bones, Blood Lust


Great Weapon Fighter Paragon Paths & Powers


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

swordmaster build


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!



  • 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?

  • Reply
    Mar 04, 2018

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

  • Reply
    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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    Antoine West
    Jul 01, 2018

    Will you be updating this for mod 14?

  • Reply
    Jul 02, 2018

    Any chance you can update for mod 14 please?

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