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The Complete Fighter Dreadnought DPS Build – Neverwinter Mod 21 Jewel Of The North

Welcome to our Fighter Dreadnought Guide, updated for Mod 21: Jewel of the North and Echoes of Prophecy.

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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.

  1. Basic Dreadnought Info
    1. Best Dreadnought Races
    2. Ability Score Priority
    3. Stat / Rating Priority
  2. Paragon Path Feats, Powers & Rotation
    1. Combat Powers
    2. Feats
    3. Rotation
  3. Boons
  4. Weapons & Gear
  5. Artifacts
  6. Enchantments
  7. Consumables & Buffs
  8. Companions
  9. Mounts

Basic Fighter Dreadnought Info

Below is all the basic information for the Dreadnought, from race choices to stats.

Other Fighter Builds

Best Dreadnought Races

What race you play doesn’t play a huge role, but will give you a small boost. Generally, I would advise you to play a race that you enjoy.

  1. Metallic Ancestry Dragonborn Recieve 5% more healing – +2 to Any two Ability Score – 3% Critical Strike – 3% Power
  2. Dragonborn Recieve 5% more healing – +2 to Any Ability Score – 3% Critical Strike – 3% Power
  3. Human1% Bonus to all stats – +3 To any Ability Score
  4. Tiefling5% + 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%
  5. Gith5% Combat Advantage – +2 Dex and +2 Str or Int – 5% Stamina Regen
  6. Half-Orc5% Crit Severity – +2 Dex and +2 Con or Str – 10% Movement Speed for 3 sec when entering combat

Dreadnought Ability Score Priority

Pu Put all your available Ability Scores into Strength and Dexterity. Alternatively, switch out Dexterity for Charisma.

Dreadnought Stat / Rating Priority

The Combat Rework introduced major changes to how stats and item level work, for more info see the official post.

Your cap for each stat is based on your item level. To cap a stat, the numbers of the stat need to be equal to or higher than your item level.

If your stat number is higher than your item level, you are wasting stats and should try to allocate stats differently.

For every 1000 points, a stat is lower than your item level you lose 1% in that stat.

You won’t be able to cap all stats, but capping your power is quite easy.

Offensive Stats

  1. Power (90%)
  2. Critical Strike (90%)
  3. Critical Severity (90%)
  4. Combat Advantage (90%)
  5. Accuracy (90%)

Defensive Stats

  1. Defense (90%)
  2. Deflection (90%)
  3. Critical Avoidance (90%)
  4. Awareness (90%)
  5. Health (90%)

Fighter Dreadnought Paragon Path Feats, Powers & Rotation

This part is all about optimizing the Dreadnought with the best feats, powers, and boons.

Fighter Dreadnought build for Neverwinter

Fighter Dreadnought Combat Powers

At-Will Powers:

  • Heavy Slash (Single-target)
  • Reave (Aoe)

Encounter Powers:

  • Griffon’s Wrath (Single Target) – Onslaught (AoE)
  • Bull Charge (Single Target) – Shield Slam (AoE)
  • Anvil of Doom

Daily Powers:

  • Mow Down (Single-target)
  • Earthshaker (AoE) or Second Wind

Class Features:

  • Vigorous Strikes or Enduring Vengeance
  • Momentum (Single Target) – Combat Superiority (AoE)

Fighter Dreadnought Feats

  • Weight of Vengeance
  • Prepared Slam
  • Roiling Hatred
  • Striker’s Mark
  • Executioner’s Cut

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 – 0.2% Power Per Rank
  • Critical Strike – 0.2% Critical Strike Per Rank
  • Critical Avoidance – 0.2% Critical Avoidance Per Rank
  • Cultist Bulwark – 0.2% HP Per Rank
  • Cultist Power – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. Cultists.

Tier 2 Boons

  • Squire’s Training – 0.2% Power Per Rank
  • Armor Penetration – 0.2% Critical Severity Per Rank
  • Defense – 0.2% Defense Per Rank
  • Demonic Bulwark – 0.2% HP Per Rank
  • Demonic Mastery – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. demons.

Tier 3 Boons

  • Knight’s Training – 0.2% Power Per Rank
  • Combat Advantage – 0.2% Combat Advantage Per Rank
  • Awareness – 0.2% Awareness Per Rank
  • Dino Bulwark – 0.2 HP Per Rank
  • Dino Power – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. dinos.

Tier 4 Boons

  • Captain’s Training – 0.2% Power Per Rank
  • Accuracy – 0.2% Accuracy Per Rank
  • Deflect – 0.2% Deflect Per Rank
  • Necrotic Bulwark – 0.2% HP Per Rank
  • Necrotic Mastery – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. undead.

Tier 5 Boons (Choose 2)

  • Masterclass – 1% Forte per rank
  • Quick Turnaround – 1% Recharge Speed

Master Boons

  • Deathly Rage 3/3 or Blood Lust 3/3

Guild Boons

  • Offense – Power or Critical Strike Bonus
  • Defense – Defense or Hit Point Bonus

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.

Note that the best in slot for your build might vary depending on what stats you have.

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.

Head

  • Goristro’s Horns (Avernus Hunts)
  • Blessed Whisper’s Hood of Quiet (Avernus Hunts)
  • Blessed Helm of the Skyblazer
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid Sallet (Vault of Stars)
  • Weathered Wood Helm/Sallet (Seals Store)
  • Lion Guard’s Ward/Raid Sallet

Armor

  • Blessed Bone Devil’s Ribcage (Avernus Hunts)
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid Scalemail (Vault of Stars)
  • Lion Guard’s Ward/Raid Scalemail

Arms

  • Wristguards of Precipitation
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid Vambraces (Vault of Stars)
  • Lion Guard’s Ward/Raid Vambraces
  • Weathered Wood Vambraces / Gauntlets (Seals Store)
  • Spiked Defenders Vambrace

Feet

  • Rusted Iron Leggings (Avernus Rare Monsters)
  • Wasteland Wanderers
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid Greaves (Vault of Stars)
  • Weathered Wood Sabatons/Graves (Seals Store)

Weapons

  • Masterwork Set
  • Mirage Set
  • Celestial Set
  • Lionheart Set

Main Hand Modification:

  • Heavy Slash

Offhand Modifications:

  • Critical Severity

Rings

  • The Red Eye’s Glare
  • Band of Air
  • The Queen’s Golden Opal Ring
  • The Fallen Lord’s Authority
  • Diamond Ring of Spite +3
  • Ring of Fallen Power +5
  • Bypass Gold Ring
  • Striking Ring of the Veteran / Master

Neck & Waist

  • Demogorgon’s Wrath: (Heart’s Twine & Sinuous Chord)
  • Star Set: Starshard Choker & Twinkle of the Stars (Trickster’s Gift)
  • Apprentices’ Spoils: Jhesiyra’s Tattered Mantle & Trobriand’s Conduction Cable
  • Lostmauth Set: Lostmauth’s Hoard Necklace & GoldeBelt of Puissance

Shirt

  • Shirt of the Clarifying Stance
  • Upper Pact Brands (Avernus Hunts)
  • Weathered Wood Shirt (Seals Store)
  • Infernal Forged Shirt
  • Ebony Stained Shirt

Pants

  • Pants of the Clear Mind
  • Lower Pact Brands (Avernus Hunts)
  • Weathered Wood Trousers (Seals Store)
  • Infernal Forged Trousers

Fighter Dreadnought Artifacts

Primary Artifact

  • Envenomed Storyteller’s Journal
  • Demogorgon’s Reach (For set)

Secondary Artifacts

Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.

  • Demogorgon’s Reach (For set)
  • Tiamat’s Orb of Majesty (For Set)
  • Sparkling Fey Emblem (For Set)

Choose 2 Storyteller’s Journals for the bonus

  • Frozen Storyteller’s Journal
  • Flayed Storyteller’s Journal
  • Darkened Storyteller’s Journal

Other Artifact Choices

  • Arcturia’s Music Box
  • Trobriands Ring
  • Staff of Flowers
  • Halaster’s Blast Scepter
  • Shard of Orcus’ Wand
  • Lantern of Revelation

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.

Offense Enchantments

  • Assassin’s Enchantment
  • Savage Enchantment
  • Gigantic Enchantment
  • Tactical Enchantment
  • Radiant Enchantment
  • Dark Enchantment

Defense Enchantments

  • Radiant Enchantments
  • Brutal Enchantment
  • Tactical Enchantment
  • Demonic Enchantment
  • Draconic Enchantment

Utility Enchantments

  • Dark Enchantment
  • Azure Enchantment
  • Tactical Enchantment
  • Fey’s Blessing / Dragon’s Hoard / Quartermaster’s Enchantment

Armor Enchantments

  • Fireburst Enchantment
  • Elven Battle Enchantment
  • Barkshield Enchantment
  • Shadowclad Enchantment

Weapon Enchantments

  • Bilethorn (ST)
  • Lightning (AoE)

Overload Enchantments

  • Rage of Flames or Devil’s Precision
  • Various Marks from Stronghold Vendor
  • Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing
  • Black / Red Dragon Glyph

Armor Reinforcement Kits

  • Power / Critical Strike or Severity / Accuracy Kit

Jewelry Reinforcement Kits

  • Combat Advantage Jewel

Fighter Dreadnought Consumables & Buffs

Consider getting VIP for the Power of VIP HP buff if you aren’t already. Also always stand in campfires to get the +1 ability campfire buff.

Pick one from each of the categories below depending on the stats you are lacking.

Invocation Blessing: Grace of Battle / Gift of Awareness / Righteous Boon / Gamber’s Fortune

Stronghold Food: Seared Tuna / Prime Rib / Ratatouille

Event Food: Watermelon Sorbet / Hotwings / Squash Soup / Mochi

Elixir: Wild Storm Elixir

Potion: Superior Flask of Potency +1

Reusable Item: Awakened Forger’s Box > Empowered Chain of Scales > Adorable Pocket Pet > Tymora’s Lucky Coin

Fighter Dreadnought Companions

Summoned Companion

For your summoned companion you have the choice between using Augmented companions which will make it easier to cap stats or an active combat companion which will do damage.

Augment Companion Choices

  • Bulette Pup
  • Deepcrow Hatchling
  • Owlbear Cub
  • Ioun Stones
  • Quasit

Active Companion Choices

  • Pseudodragon
  • Lion
  • Honey Badger
  • Githyanki
  • Xuna (AoE)

Enchantment Power

  • Potency
  • Acute Senses
  • Potent Precision
  • Precision

Companion Powers

Below is a selection of viable companion powers.

Offense Powers

  • Wulfgar (Wulfgar’s Wrecking) – 4.7% Combat Advantage & Accuracy
  • Drizzt (Drizzt’s Devestation) – 4.7% Critical Change & Severity
  • Wild Hunt Rider (Wild Hunt Discipline) – 2/3/5% chance to increase damage by 10% for 5 seconds.
  • Siege Master (Siege Master’s Discipline) – Combined Rating – Increases the power of your At-Will powers by 11% (Doubled on Stronghold Map)
  • Black Dragon Ioun Stone (Black Dragon’s Insight) – 7.5% Critical Chance
  • Staldorf (Staldorf’s Presence) – 7.5% Combat Advantage
  • Razorwood (Twigblight’s Insight) – 3.8% Critical Severity & Accuracy
  • Hawk (Hawk’s Insight’s) – 3.8% Critical Severity & Critical Chance
  • Armored Orc Wolf (Orc Wolf’s Instincts) – 3.8% Critical Chance & Accuracy
  • Batiri (Batiri’s Wisdom) – 11% Damage Versus Bosses
  • Dancing Blade (Dancing Blade’s Insight) – 3.8% Critical Severity & Combat Advantage
  • Flame Sprite (Flamesprite’s Insight) – 3.8% Critical Chance & Accuracy

Defense Powers

  • Minsc (The Bigger They Are) – Increased damage vs strong enemies.
  • Phasespider (Phasespider’s Presence) – 3.8% Critical Chance & Combat Advantage
  • Fire Archon (Fire Archon’s Insight) – 10% on At-Will use to increase Combat Advantage for 10 seconds
  • Golden Cat (Golden Cat’s Insight’s) – 7,5% Combat Advantage

Utility Powers

  • Alchemist Experimenter (Alchemist’s Discipline) – 3.8% Critical Chance & Combat Advantage

Companion Equipment

Double offense slotted “Of the Companion” gear

Companion Runestones

  • Profane Runestone
  • Arcane Runestone
  • Recondite Runestone
  • Whatever you need for stats

Fighter Dreadnought Mounts

Bolster

When it comes to mounts, you should focus on getting them all to Mythic quality to increase Bolster.

Bolster Contribution depends on the quality of the mount, with Mythic mounts contributing 10% Bolster, this again increases the values of your Equip Power and Combat Power.

Mount Insignia Bonuses

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

Insignia bonuses are mostly down to preference. Some boost damage a bit, and some boost survivability, while others add utility.

DPS

  • Assassin’s Covenant
  • Warlord’s Inspiration
  • Artificers Persuasion
  • Calvary’s Warning
  • Gladiator’s Guile

Self Healing

  • Barbarian’s Revelry
  • Survivor’s Blessing
  • Survivor’s Gift
  • Knight’s Rebuke
  • Oppressor’s Reprieve

Utility

  • Wanderer’s Fortune
  • Traveler’s Treasures

Insignia Type

  • Insignia of Aggression
  • Insignia of Skill
  • Insignia of Brutality or Dominance if you still need power

Mount Collars

  • Sturdy Barbed Collar
  • Wayfaring Barbed Collar
  • Unified Regal Collar

Fighter Dreadnought Mount Powers

Mount Equip Power:

  • Armor Breaker (Critical Severity)
  • Rapid Accuracy (Accuracy)
  • Precision (Critical Strike & Severity)
  • Ruthless Efficiency (Critical Strike
  • Dominant Force (Power)

Mount Combat Power:

  • Golden Touch (Golden Warhorse)
  • Tunnel Vision (Several)
  • Cauldron Fumes (Hag’s Hexing Cauldron)
  • Giant Toad Tongue Lash (Giant Toad)

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.

Nightorb

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

There is no rotation advice with this build please could you add otherwise great thx

Contractions of Fate

Monday 28th of September 2020

It would be great if you updated this for the Mythic Mounts and other mount changes, and also Companion changes like the nerf to Incoming an Outgoing Healing.

blaqueknight

Friday 4th of September 2020

Is the Ebonized Breastplate still best? I saw some ebonized gear and it doesn't seem that good.

Michael

Tuesday 10th of September 2019

please change the Weapon set from "Misplaced/Ebonized" to Watcher, Burnished, alabaster respectively. They're BiS over those weapons not only for the set bonuses but for the stat increases as well. other than that great build :)

Chris

Tuesday 18th of May 2021

@Michael, they were bid now it is mirage or blessed or stronghold set