Fighter Vanguard Build

The Complete Fighter Vanguard Tank Build – Neverwinter Mod 19 Avernus

Welcome to our Fighter Vanguard Guide, updated for Mod 18: Infernal Descent and Mod 19 Avernus.

In this guide, we will give you tips and info on how to play the Fighter class.

To learn more about the new mod, check out our mod 19 Avernus guide.

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.

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.

Basic Fighter Vanguard Info

Other Fighter Builds

Best Fighter Vanguard 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. Gith – +2 Dex and +2 Str or +2 Int – 3% Stamina Regen – 5000 Combat Advantage
  4. 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%
  5. Human – 250 to all ratings (offensive & defensive) – +3 to any stat.
  6. 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

Offensive Stats:

  • Armor Penetration (Caps at 90K)
  • Critical Strike (Caps at 90k)
  • Accuracy (Caps at 90k)
  • Combat Advantage (Caps at 140k)
  • Power (No Cap)

Defensive Stats:

  • Defense (Caps at 90K)
  • Deflection (Caps at 90K)
  • Critical Avoidance (Caps at 95K)
  • Awareness (Caps at 100K)
  • Health (No Cap)

Fighter Vanguard Paragon Path, Powers & Rotation

Fighter Vanguard build

Fighter Vanguard Combat Powers

At-Will Powers:

  • Threatening Rush
  • Brazen Slash

Encounter Powers:

  • Shield Throw
  • Anvil of Doom
  • Iron Warrior

Daily Powers:

  • Bladed Rampart
  • Phalanx

Class Features:

  • Anvil of Challenge
  • Steel Recovery

Fighter Vanguard Feats

  • Shieldthrower
  • Cleaving Bull
  • Critical Deflector
  • Sharpened Senses
  • 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.

At end-game, you should hit the stat caps without needing any of the boons.

Tier 1 Boons

  • Recruit’s Training – 250 Power
  • Critical Avoidance – 250 Critical Avoidance
  • Cultist Bulwark – 1000 HP
  • Cultist Power – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. Cultists.

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
  • Dino Bulwark – 1000 HP
  • Simple Support – 2% Companion Influence
  • Dino Power – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. dinos.

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)

  • Severe Precision – 1% Crit Severity per rank
  • Welcome Blessing – 1% Incoming Healing Per Rank
  • Quick Turnaround – 1% Recovery Speed per rank.

Master Boons

  • Focused Retaliation 3/3

Guild Boons

  • 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.

Head

  • Lion Guard’s Barbute
  • Infernal Forged Breastplate

Armor

  • Lion Guard’s Ward Cuirass
  • Infernal Forged Breastplate
  • Barkhide

Arms

  • Lion’s Guard Gauntlets
  • Spiked Defender Vambrace
  • Plated Gauntlets of the Successor

Feet

  • Lion Guard’s Sabatons
  • Infernal Forged Cuisses

Weapons

  • Celestial Set
  • Lionheart Set
  • Legion Guard Set
  • Alabaster / Burnished Set

Main Hand Modification:

  • Threatening Rush

Offhand Modifications:

  • Health Points
  • Incoming Healing

Rings

  • Ring of the Overwhelmed +5
  • Ring of the Condemned +5
  • Defending Ring of The Sentinel
  • Leading Ring of the Sage
  • Striking Ring of the Veteran
  • Gold-Plated Ring

Neck & Waist

  • Reflective Armaments (Reflective Collar, Mirror-Plated Belt, Erratic Drift Globe)

Shirt

  • Infernal Forged Shirt
  • Protege’s Shirt

Pants

  • Infernal Forged Trousers
  • Protégé’s Pants

Fighter Vanguard Artifacts

Primary Artifact

  • Wyvern-Venom Coated Knives
  • Forgehammer of Gond
  • Halaster’s Blast Scepter
  • Erratic Drift Globe

Secondary Artifacts

Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.

  • Frozen Storyteller’s Journal
  • Flayed Storyteller’s Journal
  • Darkened Storyteller’s Journal
  • Arcturia’s Music Box
  • Trobriands Ring
  • Staff of Flowers
  • Halaster’s Blast Scepter

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.

Offense Enchantments

  • One Tenebrous Enchantment
  • Radiant Enchantments

Defense Enchantments

  • Radiant Enchantment

Armor Enchantments

  • Elven Battle Enchantment
  • Negation Enchantment

Utility Enchantments

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

Weapon Enchantments

  • Bronzewood Enchantment

Overload Enchantments

  • Resiliency of the Depths / Bulwark Of Brimstone from Hell Pit
  • Various Marks from Stronghold Vendor
  • Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing
  • Black / Red Dragon Glyph

Armor Reinforcement Kits

  • Hit Points Armor Kit

Jewelry Reinforcement Kits

  • Combat Advantage Jewel
  • Stamina Regen Jewel

Fighter Vanguard 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.

Get one from each of the rows below:

  • Empowered Chain of Scales (Best in Slot) > Adorable Pocket Pet > Tymora’s Lucky Coin
  • Foehammer’s Favor Elixir
  • Superior Flask of Potency +1
  • Sambocade – Caprese

Fighter Vanguard Companions

Summoned Companion

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

Enchantment Power

  • Potent Precision

Companion Powers

Below is a selection of viable companion powers.

Offense Powers

  • Rimfire Golem’s Presence – 16000 HP and 2000 Armor Penetration

Defense Powers

  • Harper bard – 12000 HP and 15000 Awareness
  • Red Dragon Ioun Stone – 10% Incoming Healing and 8000 HP
  • Alluring Insight – 10% Healing and 2000 Power
  • Monshea Druid’s Wisdom – 16000 HP and 2000 Critical Avoidance
  • Iron Golem’s Presence – 16000 HP and 2000 Defense

Utility Powers

  • Xegyi’s Insight – 32000 HP
  • Energon – 32000 HP

Companion Equipment

Double slotted “Of the Companion” gear

Companion Runestones

Empowered Runestone and runestones for 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.

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.

Insignia Bonuses

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

  • Survivor’s Blessing
  • Oppressor’s Reprieve
  • Barbarian’s Revelry
  • Gladiator’s Guile
  • Knight’s Rebuke
  • Champion’s Return

Insignia Type

  • Prosperity
  • Fortitude
  • Dominance

Fighter Vanguard Mount Powers

Mount Equip Power:

  • Stalwart – 50000 HP

Mount Combat Power

  • Trample (War Triceratops)
  • Piercing Screech (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.

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8 thoughts on “The Complete Fighter Vanguard Tank Build – Neverwinter Mod 19 Avernus”

  1. For all the builds… metallic dragon born is 3% hp and 3% healing… regular dragon born is 5% healing. Both have 1500 crit and 3% damage.

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  2. Is that build updated? The ecounters choices are terrible… Im here cuz the equipment but I cant trust it since other things in that build arent good.

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  3. Probably needs updating for the recent Mount changes and Mythic mounts

    I’s different to my Vanguard, so it’s good to see what others are doing.

    Cheers!

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