Fighter Vanguard Build

The Complete Fighter Vanguard Tank Build – Neverwinter Mod 18 Infernal Descent

Welcome to our Fighter Vanguard Guide, updated for mod 17: Undermountain / Uprising and mod 18 Infernal Descent. 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 18 Infernal Descent guide.

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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

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 85K)
  • Critical Strike (Caps at 85)
  • Accuracy (Caps at 85)
  • Combat Advantage (Caps at 135k)
  • Power (No Cap)

Defensive Stats:

  • Defense (Caps at 85K )
  • Deflection (Caps at 85K)
  • Critical Avoidance (Caps at 90K)
  • Awareness (Caps at 95K )
  • Health (No Cap)

Fighter Vanguard Paragon Path Feats & Powers

Fighter Vanguard build

Fighter Vanguard Combat Powers

At-Will Powers:

  • Cleave
  • Tide of Iron or Threatening Rush

Encounter Powers:

  • Bull Charge
  • Shield Throw (Single Target) – Enforced Threat (AoE)
  • Anvil of Doom (Single Target) – Linebreaker (AoE)

Daily Powers:

  • Second Wind
  • Phalanx

Class Features:

  • Anvil of Challenge
  • Shield Talent

Fighter Vanguard Feats

  • Shieldthrower
  • Cleaving Bull
  • Combat Balance
  • Sharpened Senses
  • Shake It Off

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.


  • Lion Guard’s Barbute
  • Protégé’s Visor Helm


  • Lion Guard’s Ward Cuirass
  • Protégé’s / Spy’s Guild
  • Barkhide


  • Spiked Defender Vambrace
  • Plated Gauntlets of the Successor


  • Infernal Forged Cuisses
  • Lion Guard’s Sabatons


  • Lionheart Set (Best in Slot)
  • Alabaster Set
  • Burnished Set

Main Hand Modification:

  • Cleave

Offhand Modifications:

  • Health Points
  • Incoming Healing


  • 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)


  • Infernal Forged Shirt
  • Protege’s Shirt


  • Infernal Forged Trousers
  • Protégé’s Pants

Fighter Vanguard Artifacts

Primary Artifact

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

Secondary Artifacts

Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.

  • 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

Weapon Enchantments

  • Vorpal Enchantment
  • Bronzewood

Overload Enchantments

  • Various Marks from Stronghold Vendor
  • Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing
  • Black / Red Dragon Glyph

Armor Reinforcement Kits

  • Hit Points Armor Kit

Jewelry Reinforcement Kits

  • Awareness / 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
  • Wild Storm Elixir > Elixir of Fate
  • Squash Soup > Watermelon Sorbet

Fighter Vanguard Companions

Summoned Companion

Bulette Pup

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.

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

Insignia Bonuses

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

Insignia Type

  • Prosperity
  • Fortitude
  • Dominance

Fighter Vanguard Mount Powers

Mount Equip Power:

  • Stalwart – 50000 HP

Mount Combat Power

  • Trample (War Triceratops)

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.

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5 thoughts on “The Complete Fighter Vanguard Tank Build – Neverwinter Mod 18 Infernal Descent”

  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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