Welcome to our Fighter Dreadnought Guide, updated for the Undermountain, mod 16. In this guide, we will give you tips and info on how to play the Fighter class.
The Dreadnought is the DPS build for the Fighter class in Neverwinter. They use a sword and shield to deliver blows to their enemies. See our Fighter Vanguard Tank build if you want to run a tanking loadout as well.
The purpose of our class guides is not just to show you a build that you can copy and use on your character, but to show you a base build and teach you the mechanics and stats of the game, so you can understand and play your class to its fullest capabilities. Try different gear, feats, and powers and learn to tailor your own build for your playstyle. See our guide to making your own build for more info.
Fighter Dreadnought Guide Index
Best Fighter Dreadnought Races
- Metallic Ancestry Dragonborn – 3% + Healing – +2 to Any two stats – 1500 Crit – 3% Increased Damage
- Dragonborn – 3% HP + Healing – +2 to Any two stats – 1500 Crit – 3% Increased Damage
- Tiefling – 5% + Damage to targets below 50% health – +2 Cha and +2 Con or Int – 10% to reduce damage of target for 5 sec by 2.5%
- Half-Orc – 5% Crit Severity – +2 Dex and +2 Con or Str – 10% Movement Speed for 3 sec when entering combat
Fighter Dreadnought Ability Score Priority
Put all your available Ability Scores into Strength and Charisma.
Fighter Dreadnought Stat / Rating Priority
Armor Penetration (Caps at 68k) > Critical Strike (Caps at 68k) > Accuracy (Caps at 68k) Combat Advantage (Caps at 118k) > Power (No Cap)
Defense (Caps at 68k) > Deflection (Caps at 68k) > Critical Avoidance (Caps at 73k) > Awareness (Caps at 78k) > HP (No Cap)
Fighter Dreadnought Paragon Path Feats & Powers
Fighter Dreadnought Combat Powers
At-Will Powers: Brazen Slash (ST) / Reave (AoE) – Heavy Slash
Encounter Powers: Into the Fray – Griffon’s Wrath – Anvil of Doom (ST) / Shield Throw (AoE)
Daily Powers: Second Wind – Earthshaker (Aoe) / Mow Down (ST)
Class Features: Combat Superiority – Momentum
Fighter Dreadnought Feats
- Heavier Slash
- Crushing Blows
- Bloody Reprise
Fighter Dreadnought Boons
You should always choose boons based on what stats you currently need. Therefore a selection of several viable boons is available to you for each tier.
Tier 1 Boons
- Recruit’s Training – 250 Power
- Critical Strike – 250 Crit
- Cultist Bulwark – 1000 HP
Tier 2 Boons
- Squire’s Training – 250 Power
- Armor Penetration – 250 Armor Penetration
- Demonic Bulwark – 1000 HP
- Demonic Mastery – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. demons.
Tier 3 Boons
- Knight’s Training – 250 Power
- Combat Advantage – 250 Combat Advantage
- Dino Bulwark – 1000 HP
Tier 4 Boons
- Captain’s Training – 250 Power
- Accuracy – 250 Accuracy
- Necrotic Bulwark – 1000 HP
- Necrotic Mastery – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. undead.
Tier 5 Boons (Choose 2)
- Focused Precision – 1% Crit Severity per rank
- Call of Power – 1% Action Point gain per rank
- Quick Turnaround – 1% Recovery Speed per rank.
- Blood Lust 3/3
- Offense – Power
- Defense – Hit Points
Fighter Dreadnought Weapons & Gear
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.
The best way to gear up in Neverwinter is by making a lot of Astral Diamonds, check out our Astral Diamond Guide to learn all the secrets of AD farming.
Protégé’s Helm / Sallet of the Spy’s Guild (Best in Slot)
Fured Kuino of the Bear (Best in Slot)
Jawripper’s Gloves / Terrored Grips (Best in Slot)
Heels of Fury (Best in Slot)
Golden Longsword / Shield of the Watcher (Best in Slot) – Ebonized – Misplaced Longsword / Shield
Main Hand Modification:
Ring of the Shadowstalker +4/+5 (Best in Slot)
Neck & Waist
Orcus Set (Demogorgon’s Girdle of Might, Baphomet’s Infernal Talisman)
Protégé’s Shirt / Shirt of the Spy’s Guild (Best in Slot)
Protégé’s Pants / Trousers of the Spy’s Guild (Best in Slot)
Fighter Dreadnought Artifacts
Wyvern-Venom Coated Knives (Best in Slot)
Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.
Fighter Dreadnought 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. If you still need to refine your enchantments, see our Refinement Guide for tips on how to farm refinement.
Radiant Enchantment – Wicked Enchantments
Radiant Enchantment – Brutal Enchantment
Elven Battle Enchantment – Barkshield Enchantment
Various Marks from Stronghold Vendor > Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing > Black / Red Dragon Glyph
Armor Reinforcement Kits
Accuracy Kit – Armor Penetration Kit – Critical Strike Kit – Power Kit
Jewelry Reinforcement Kits
Combat Advantage Jewel
Fighter Dreadnought Companions
Deepcrow Hatcling / Bulette Pup
You will want to maximise your Bolster by having more of the same type of companion as your summoned companion, up to 15% Bolster.
There is a lot of viable companion powers to choose from. Generally, choose powers for the stats you are needing.
Companion gear from the campaign.
Bold / Fierce / Heroic of the Companion
of Adorable Licks / Bites
Empowered – Arcane – Any stat you might need.
Fighter Dreadnought 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 Dreadnought is a Armored Griffon
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.
Fighter Dreadnought Mount Insignia Bonuses
Assassin’s Covenant –Barbarian’s Revelry – Artificer’s Persuasion – Gladiator’s Guile – Cavalry’s Warning
Aggression – Brutality – Mastery – Dominance – Skill
Fighter Dreadnought Mount Powers
Mount Equip Power:
2000 or 4000 Power / Critical Strike / Armor Penetration / Accuracy
Mount Combat Power:
Opportunism (Armored Griffon)
If you have any questions or suggestions about our Neverwinter Fighter Dreadnought guide, please leave a comment below! More info about the Fighter class can be found at The Neverwinter Reddit. More builds and further info can also be found at MMOMinds.