The Complete Fighter Vanguard Tank Build – Neverwinter Mod 16 Undermountain
Welcome to our Fighter Vanguard 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 Vanguard is the tank spec for the Fighter class in Neverwinter. They can on foes toe to foe and keep the party safe. If you want to dish out some damage as well, consider a Dreadnaught build loadout as well, they both use much the same gear so that you don’t break the bank
As of mod 16, the Fighter class is in a pratty bad spot, and this build is not complete at this point.
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 Vanguard Guide Index
Best Fighter Vanguard 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%
- Human – 250 to all ratings (offensive & defensive) – +3 to any stat.
- Dwarf – 20% Resistance to Knock and Push – +2 Con and +2 Str or Wis – 2000 Defense bonus.
Fighter Vanguard Ability Score Priority
Put all your available Ability Scores into Strength and Constitution.
Fighter Vanguard 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 Vanguard Paragon Path Feats & Powers
Fighter Vanguard Combat Powers
At-Will Powers: Cleave – Tide of Iron
Encounter Powers: Shield Throw – Bull Charge – Enforced Threat
Daily Powers: Phalanx – Second Wind
Class Features: Shield Talent – Greater Endurance
Fighter Vanguard Feats
- Cleaving Bull
- Combat Balance
- Perfect Block
- Deep Breathing
Fighter Vanguard 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 Avoidance – 250 Avoidance
- Critical Strike – 250 Crit
- Cultist Bulwark – 1000 HP
Tier 2 Boons
- Squire’s Training – 250 Power
- Defense – 250 Defense
- 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
- Awareness – 250 Awareness
- Combat Advantage – 250 Combat Advantage
- Dino Bulwark – 1000 HP
Tier 4 Boons
- Captain’s Training – 250 Power
- Deflect – 250 Deflect
- 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
- Welcome Blessing – 1% Incoming Healing 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 Vanguard 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 Visor Helm (Best in Slot) – Helm of the Spy’s Guild
Fured Kuino of the Bear (Best in Slot)
Fearbringers (Best in Slot)
Heels of Fury (Best in Slot)
Alabaster Longsword / Alabaster Shield (Best in Slot)
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)
Ebony Stained Shirt (Best in Slot)
Protégé’s Pants (Best in Slot)
Fighter Vanguard Artifacts
Wyvern-Venom Coated Knives (Best in Slot)
Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.
Fighter Vanguard 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.
Black Ice Enchantment – Radiant Enchantment
Radiant Enchantment – Black Ice Enchantment – Draconic Enchantment – Gigantic Enchantment – Brutal Enchantment
Elven Battle Enchantment – Bloodtheft Enchantment
Various Marks from Stronghold Vendor > Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing > Black / Red Dragon Glyph
Armor Reinforcement Kits
Any stat you might need.
Jewelry Reinforcement Kits
Combat Advantage Jewel
Fighter Vanguard Companions
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.
Bold / Fierce / Heroic of the Companion
of Adorable Licks / Bites
Any stat you might need.
Fighter Vanguard 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 Fighter Vanguard 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 Vanguard Mount Insignia Bonuses
Assassin’s Covenant –Barbarian’s Revelry – Artificer’s Persuasion – Gladiator’s Guile – Cavalry’s Warning
Any stat you might need.
Fighter Vanguard Mount Powers
Mount Equip Power:
2000 or 4000 Power
Mount Combat Power:
Opportunism (Armored Griffon)
If you have any questions or suggestions about our Neverwinter Fighter Vanguard 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.