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Berserker Guide & Build – Everquest 2

Welcome to our Berserker Guide and Build for Everquest 2, updated for Visions of Vetrovia!

The Berserker is a tank and DPS class, capable of both taking damage and dealing a huge amount of damage.

This guide is meant as a general guideline to building your Berserker, and you might want to make changes for certain content or roles. Due to the fact that updated information is limited in Everquest 2, some parts of the guide might be outdated but this build will still help you in building and playing your Berserker. Remember that you can always swap out certain things to suit your playstyle.

EQ2 Berserker

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Berserker Guide Index

Best Berserker Race

What race you choose has very little impact on anything in Everquest 2, but there are some races that will give slight advantages. The below are all good choices for a Berserker.

  • Sarnak
  • Ogre
  • Troll
  • Barbarian
  • Iksar
  • Froglok
  • Dwarves
  • Human
  • Kerra
  • Half Elf

For a full list of racial traits, go here.

Best Berserker Deity

What deity you follow doesn’t make a huge difference in EQ2. The following are good choices for Berserkers:

  • Mithaniel Marr (Good)
  • The Tribunal (Neutral)
  • Rallos Zek (Evil)

Gear

In this guide, we won’t go into the specifics of gearing.

When you first zone into Svarni Expanse at the beginning of Visions of Vetrovia, open Tishan’s Lockbox that is on the ground in front of you to get your full set of 120 gear. Then complete the timeline to gear upgrades, and then you can move into heroic dungeons and raids to further upgrade your gear.

Everquest 2 Leveling Visions of Vetrovia
Get your starter gear from Tishan’s Lockbox

Use our EQ2 Platinum Guide if you need more plat to upgrade your gear.

Stat Priorities & Reforging

  1. Fervor
  2. Reuse Speed (200% Cap)
  3. Casting Speed (200% Cap)
  4. Potency (No cap)
  5. Crit Bonus
  6. DPS / Weapon Bonus Damage
  7. Ability Doublecast (125% Cap)
  8. Strikethrough (100% Cap)
  9. Haste (200% Cap)
  10. Multi Attack (2995 Cap)
  11. Flurry (196% Cap)
  12. Accuracy (100%)
  13. Ability Mod (No cap)
  14. AE Auto (100% Cap)
  15. Recovery Speed (100% Cap)

For tanking, you will also want to get Hate Mod to at least 50% as well.

Adornments

When starting out you will want to get Adornments to get Casting and Reuse Speed to 100%.

After that, you should focus on getting Potency and Crit Bonus as high as possible.

As a tank, you can also get some with Hate Mod.

A good guide for Adornments in Visions of Vetrovia can be found here.

Consumables

Consumables provide quite big stat bonuses but some can be expensive. Use the best that you can afford, depending on what you are doing. For example, for raids, you want to get the best consumables possible, but if you are soloing, using the cheaper ones is fine.

  • Food: Karuupa Candied Kumquat
  • Drink: Vetrovia Midnight Vintage
  • Potion: Dreadfell Powerlink

Mercenary

At level 100+, you should always go with a Healer mercenary as the other options don’t really scale well after that. The mercenaries from the latest expansion are the best.

  1. Dakshesh, the Displaced – Comes with the Premium and Family & Friends versions of Visions of Vetrovia
  2. Kelvend Bledso
  3. Lilac Laviara

Remember to train and gear your mercenary.

Unlocking your mercenary to be hired from anywhere will unlock the Mercenary Battalion buff. The strength of the buff will depend on the Mercenary’s rank, what expansion it is from, its rarity, and the number of unlocked mercenaries. Learn more about the Mercenary Battalion buff here.

Familiar

For your familiar, you can either spend DBC to try to get a good one or you can do the daily Familiars Wild quest. Familiars provide a huge buff to Potency and Crit Bonus Overcap.

Level up your familiars by feeding them other familiars.

Mount

For your mount, the most important thing is to train it to increase its rank and unlock all the barding slots. Unlock all the extra barding slots by doing Overseer and from achievements (more info found here)

  • Barding: Potency
  • Saddle: Ability Doublecast
  • Hackamore: Ability Doublecast
  • Reins: Mount Speed
  • Breeching: Ability Mod
  • Strirrup: Crit Bonus
  • Shoes: Fervor Mod

Abilities, Spells, Combat Arts & Rotation

There are a lot of skills, spells, and abilities in Everquest 2 so having a set rotation isn’t always ideal. You should always adapt to the situation. The following is a general guideline for a Berserker.

Buffs (Keep up)

  • Abanoned Fury / Unflinching Will – Use AF for most situations. Only use UW if you have trouble staying alive while tanking.
  • Berserker Rage
  • Aggressive Defense – Keep up unless someone else is tanking and you steal aggro.
  • Blood Rage
  • Blood Lust
  • War Cry
  • Destructive Rage
  • Vision of Madness
  • Reckless Aide

Short Duration Buffs (Use before combat and keep up during combat)

  • Weapon Counter
  • Rampage
  • Open Wounds
  • Juggernaut

Single-Target Rotation

The exact order of the rotation is not important but try to keep debuffs and DOTs up.

  1. Mutilate
  2. Maul
  3. Body Check
  4. Head Crush
  5. Demolish
  6. Rupture
  7. Frenzy
  8. Rupture
  9. Knee Break
  10. Bloodbath
  11. Berserker Onslaught
  12. Stunning Roar
  13. Insolence (Don’t use if you are stealing aggro from Tank)

Your AoE rotation is the same but start off with Bloodbath, Berserker Onslaught Stunning Roar, and Insolence.

Taunts (Use when tanking)

  • Mock – Threat and Interupt
  • Enrage – Threat
  • Goading Gesture – Threat
  • Rescue – Emergency Threat

Survival

  • Wall of Rage – AoE Snare + Damage Reduction
  • Controlled Rage – Damage Reduction, decreases DPS
  • Unyielding Will – Postpones death by 36 seconds
  • Vision of Madness
  • Adrenaline – Emergency Heal
  • Intercept – Protects a party member
  • Chaos – Group mitigation and health buff

Ascension Class

What Ascension class you pick as a Berserker will come down a lot to play style.

  1. Elementalist – Good choice for DPS
  2. Etherealist – Also a good choice for DPS
  3. Geomancer – Provides you with some utility. Decent choice for tanking.
  4. Thaumaturgist – Decent DPS but not the best choice for a Berserker

Berserker AA Build

The following AA build is a generic starter build for the Berserker, feel free to change it up depending on your playstyle or the situation.

If you need to level up quickly or max your AAs, check out our EQ2 Leveling Guide.

Warrior Tree

EQ2 Berserker AA Warrior
  • Executioner’s Strength 10/10
  • Executioner’s Wrath 10/10
  • Weapon Expertise 10/10
  • Executioner’s Anger 10/10
  • Dragoon Spin 10/10
  • Dragoon’s Cyclone 2/10
  • Dragoon’s Avoidance 10/10
  • Dragoon’s Reflexes 1/1
  • Extended Reflexes 8/8
  • Gladiator’s Finesse or Unshakeable 6/10
  • Acceleration Strike 10/10
  • Slayer’s Furor 8/10
  • Experienced Insight 2/2

Berserker Tree

EQ2 Berserker AA Warrior 1
  • Enhance: Bloodbath 5/5
  • Enhance: Mutilate 5/5
  • Enhance: Maul 5/5
  • Enhance: Wall of Rage 5/5
  • Enhance: Blood Rage 5/5
  • Enhance: Berserker Onslaught 5/5
  • Enhance: Demolish 5/5
  • Enhance: Head Crush 5/5
  • Enhance: Weapon Counter 3/5
  • Enhance: Vision of Madness 5/5
  • Enhance: Unyielding Will 1/1
  • Enhance: Open Wounds 5/5
  • Enhance: Rampage 5/5
  • Enhance: Juggernaut 4/4
  • Perseverance 1/1
  • Cyclones 1/1
  • Gut Roar 1/1
  • Bath of Blood 5/5
  • Aggravation 5/5
  • Shot of Adrenaline 5/5
  • Total Madness 5/5
  • Ward of Rage 5/5
  • Insolent Cry 3/5
  • Battle Frenzy 1/1

Shadows Tree

EQ2 Berserker AA Shadows
  • Hearty Constitution 5/5
  • Battle Hardening 5/5
  • Sneering Assault 1/1
  • Veteran’s Shielding 5/5
  • Cry of the Warrior 1/1
  • Hastened Reuse 5/5
  • Adrenaline Rush 5/5
  • Wall of Force 1/1
  • Jeering Onslaught 1/1

Heroic Tree

EQ2 Berserker AA Heroic
  • Attribute Prowess 10/10
  • Spirit and Body 10/10
  • Expertise 10/10
  • Critical Genius 10/10
  • Enhance: Experienced Insight 10/10
  • Perfect Counter 1/1
  • Partisan Cleave 1/1

Dragon

EQ2 Berserker AA Dragon
  • Ancient Focus 10/10
  • Ancient Advance 10/10
  • Last Stand 10/10
  • Outnumbered 10/10

Prestige

EQ2 Berserker AA Prestige
  • Rampager 3/3
  • Field Commander 3/3
  • Frenzied Berserker 2/2
  • Berserk Fury 1/1
  • Critical Rage 1/1
  • Battleworn 3/3
  • Saga of Bloodshed 3/3
  • Combat Saga 3/3
  • Saga of the Ages 3/3
  • Empowering Rage 1/1
  • Unstoppable 1/1

Prestige Berserker

EQ2 Berserker AA Prestige Berserker
  • Stand Firm 1/1
  • Enhanced Vigor 8/8
  • Imbued Sight 5/8
  • Undeniable Power 5/8
  • Accuracy from Strength 1/1
  • Power from the Soul 1/1
  • Earthshock 1/1
  • Martial Vigor 5/5
  • Body and Mind 5/5
  • Power Through the Pain 3/3
  • Menace 1/1

If you have any questions or suggestions for our EQ2 Berserker Guide, leave a comment below!

Qeezie

Thursday 24th of March 2022

Thank you so much for this content. EQ2 really lacks updated guides and this one is fantastic.

Recycled

Thursday 10th of March 2022

The picture of the berserker tree AA is the warrior tree twice. I use your build and absolutely love it!!!