Fighter Dreadnought DPS Build for Neverwinter

The Complete Fighter Dreadnought DPS Build – Neverwinter Mod 16 Undermountain

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

  1. Metallic Ancestry Dragonborn – 3% + Healing – +2 to Any two stats – 1500 Crit – 3% Increased Damage
  2. Dragonborn – 3% HP + Healing – +2 to Any two stats – 1500 Crit – 3% Increased Damage
  3. 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%
  4. 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

Offensive Stats:

Armor Penetration (Caps at 68k) > Critical Strike (Caps at 68k) > Accuracy (Caps at 68k) Combat Advantage (Caps at 118k) > Power (No Cap)

Defensive Stats:

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 build for Neverwinter

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
  • Ricochet
  • Crushing Blows
  • Landwaster
  • 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.

Master Boons

  • Blood Lust 3/3

Guild Boons

  • 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:

Offhand Modifications:


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

Primary Artifact

Wyvern-Venom Coated Knives (Best in Slot)

Secondary Artifacts

Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.

Arcturia’s Music Box – Staff of Flowers – Shard of Orcus’ Ward (For set)

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

Radiant Enchantment – Wicked Enchantments

Defense Enchantments

Radiant Enchantment – Brutal Enchantment

Armor Enchantments

Elven Battle Enchantment – Barkshield Enchantment

Weapon Enchantments

Vorpal Enchantment

Overload Enchantments

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

Summoned Companion

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.

Companion Powers

There is a lot of viable companion powers to choose from. Generally, choose powers for the stats you are needing. Otherwise choose companions with Power.

Companion Equipment

Companion gear from the campaign.

Bold / Fierce / Heroic of the Companion

of Adorable Licks / Bites

Companion Runestones

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

Insignia Type

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.

  • Michael
    September 10, 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 🙂

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