Great Weapon Fighter

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Great Weapon Fighter
Role: Striker
Ability Scores
Great Weapon Fighter icon
Great Weapon Fighter artwork
Great Weapon Fighter Pack artwork[1]
Icon Build Player Greatweapon.png

"The Great Weapon Fighter is an unstoppable force of damage and steel, skilled in using the weight of a greatsword to dispatch those that stand in the way. The epitome of strength, the Great Weapon Fighter is also resilient enough to defend allies in need."

This class relies on brute strength alone to overcome the enemies. They are warriors who sacrifice shields in favor of large two-handed weapons. While mainly being an offensive class, Great Weapon Fighters still have considerable defense by carrying scale armor. Additionally, Great Weapon Fighters have a natural +6 Armor Class.

Ability Scores[edit | edit source]

Strength is the Great Weapon Fighter's primary Ability Score. Constitution and Dexterity are secondary.

Statistic Effect of Ability Score on stat per point over 10
Strength Constitution Dexterity Intelligence Wisdom Charisma
Damage bonus 1%
Critical Chance 1%
Resistance ignored 1%
Combat Advantage damage 1%
Hit Points 2%
Damage Over Time (DoT) resistance 1%
Area of Effect damage resistance 1%
Deflection chance 0.5%
Control Bonus 1%
Control Resistance 1%
Stamina Regeneration 1%
Recharge Speed 1%
Companion stat bonus 1%

Paragon Path[edit | edit source]

The Paragon Paths for the Great Weapon Fighter are the Swordmaster and the Iron Vanguard.

Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Gf Selected.png
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Swordmaster Iron Vanguard

Mechanic[edit | edit source]

  • Unstoppable
    • Useable at 50% or more Determination
    • With grim resolve you break free from control effects, and steel yourself for the challenge ahead.
    • While active, you are immune to control effects, your At-Will attacks are much faster but slightly weaker, you gain 10-20% of your max hit points as temporary hit points based on how much Determination you had, and you resist 15-30% of incoming damage based on how much Determination you had.
    • While Unstoppable is active, you gain drastically fewer Action Points with At-Will powers.
    • Determination is built primarily by taking damage or killing foes. Certain powers and/or class features will also build Determination under different circumstances.
      • With the Destroyer capstone feat Destroyer's Purpose, dealing damage in general will also build small amounts of Determination.
    • Determination drains at roughly 12.5% per second while Unstoppable is on.
  • Mark[2]
    • Mark provides 20% increased damage on the target for the Great Weapon Fighter.
    • Mark effects will now taunt foes briefly as well as place the player at the top of the threat list and are no longer removed when damage is received.
    • The duration of the Mark is 20 seconds.

Powers[edit | edit source]

Pts Type Path Icon Name Effect
0 Tactical
Greatweapon General Shift.png
Sprint Enhance your Run Speed allowing you to rush targets or avoid attacks. While Sprinting you temporarily ignore speed reducing effects.
0 Skill
Icon Power Skill Dungeoneering.png
Dungeoneering You can detect secret doors and triggers, see traps, and collect artifacts to sell.
0 At-Will
Greatweapon 1 Atwill Reapingstrike.png
Reaping Strike Hold the button to prepare a powerful sweeping strike that grows in strength the longer you charge it up. While charging your swing, you take less damage, and gain more Determination from taking damage.
0 At-Will
Greatweapon Atwill Surestrike.png
Sure Strike Swing your blade in a series of narrow slashes, followed by a powerful downward slam.
0 Encounter
Fighter 3 Encounter Danceofsteel.png
Not so Fast Release a fast spinning slice to the legs of enemies around you, briefly Slowing them. Damage is slightly reduced for every target you hit beyond the first.
0 Daily
Greatweapon Daily Spinningstrike.png
Spinning Strike Using the weight of your body against it, you swing the sword around you multiple times, cutting into the foes around you. While active, you have control immunity, guaranteed deflection and increased Run Speed.
0 Class Feature
Greatweapon Class Destroyer.png
Destroyer Your huge swipes strike deep, increasing your damage by 3% every time you hit more than 3 enemies with a single attack. Stacks up to 3 times.
5 Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Mightyleap.png
Mighty Leap Leap to target location, dodging enemy attacks and damaging those around the impact.
5 Encounter
Restoring Strike You slice through a single target in front of you with merciless satisfaction, Healing yourself based on the damage dealt and restoring Stamina.
10 Mechanic
Unstoppable Useable at 50% or more Determination.

While active, you are immune to control effects, and your At-Will attacks are much faster but slightly weaker. Additionally, based on how much Determination you had, you resist 15-30% of incoming damage and you gain 8-16% of your Maximum Hit Points as Temporary Hit Points. The amount of Temporary Hit Points you gain scales with your damage bonuses, up to a maximum of 200%.

Determination is built by taking damage, or killing foes.

10 Daily
Greatweapon Daily Avalancheofsteel.png
Avalanche of Steel Leap into the air and come down with a crushing force that leaves your enemies Prone.
10 Daily
Greatweapon Daily Slam.png
Slam Smash the ground, causing the earth to temporarily shake beneath you, damaging the enemies around you and reducing their damage and Slowing them.

The initial ground slam will also interrupt enemies who are trying to cast, and damage from Slam builds twice as much threat against enemies.

15 Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Takedown.png
Takedown Smash into your foe with your hilt, knocking your target Prone. If you fail to hit, the cooldown is reduced. This power Stuns players instead of knocking them Prone.
15 Class Feature
Greatweapon Class Bravery.png
Bravery Increase your Deflect Chance by 4% and Run Speed by 10%.
15 Class Feature
Greatweapon Class Steadfastdetermination.png
Steadfast Determination Steadily gain Determination while in combat.
20 Unlock center] Rank 3 When you have spent enough points, you will have unlocked the third rank of all your powers. You will be able to spend points on any power to raise it to Rank 3 and unleash more of its potential.
20 At-Will
Greatweapon Atwill Wickedstrike.png
Wicked Strike Deals damage in a wide arc around you. The third hit deals additional damage.

Affected targets deal slightly reduced damage for a brief period. (Stacks up to 3 times)

20 Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Roar.png
Roar Unleash a mighty battle roar in front of you, interrupting and pushing your opponents back, and building Determination for every target hit.
20 Class Feature
Greatweapon Class Weaponmaster.png
Weapon Master You refine your mastery of great weapons, increasing your critical strike chance by 1.5% on every successive hit. Stacks up to 3 times.
30 Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Daringshout.png
Daring Shout Release a mighty challenge that Marks nearby enemies for a short period, building your Determination for every target hit, and increasing your Damage Resistance based on how powerful the targets are.

Marked foes have reduced Damage Resistance until they attack you.

30 Encounter
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Fighter 1 Encounter Frontlinesurge.png
Frontline Surge You Knock back your enemies, sending them Prone, allowing you and your allies to seize new ground. This power Stuns players instead of knocking them Prone.
30 Encounter
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Gf Selected.png
Greatweapon Encounter Flourish.png
Flourish With masterful grace, Stun your opponent and stab them with blinding speed.
30 Class Feature
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Fighter Classfeature Ferociousreaction.png
Ferocious Reaction When your Hit Points drop below 15%, you regain 25% of your Hit Points, the foe that hit you takes that much damage, and you gain a Damage Resistance buff for 10 seconds. This effect can only occur once every 3 minutes.
30 Class Feature
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Gf Selected.png
Greatweapon Class Steelblitz.png
Steel Blitz Every time you damage an enemy, you have a 25% chance to instantly strike again, dealing 60% of your weapon damage.
35 At-Will
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Fighter 1 Atwill Threateningrush.png
Threatening Rush Rush to target and slam into them with a painful-looking attack. Your target and those around it are temporarily Marked.
35 At-Will
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Gf Selected.png
Greatweapon Atwill Weaponmasterstrike.png
Weapon Master's Strike You attack with an expert strike, and then quickly follow up with another attack from behind htta briefly increases the damage the target takes from your At-Wills.
35 Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Comeandgetit.png
Come and Get It Pull your enemies towards you in a massive area around you, then gain a flat damage buff to your next attack within 3 seconds.
40 Daily
Fighter 1 Daily Villainsmenace.png
Savage Advance Release a warcry that Pushes nearby enemies away, and then charge your target, slamming them Prone from the impact.

When close to your target, the warcry will Knock them away from you, then charge and stab them as they lay Prone

40 Class Feature
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Trample the Fallen When a foe is affected by control powers, deal 5% more damage to it.
40 Class Feature
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Gf Selected.png
Greatweapon Encounter Steeldefense.png
Steel Defense After activating a Daily power, become immune to damage for 2 seconds.
45 Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Battlefuror.png
Battle Fury Increases your At-Will and Encounter damage as well as Action Point gain for a brief period. In addition, when first activated your Stamina is refilled. Your teammates are also buffed, but gain 25% of the benefits.

This power may be activated while moving.

45 Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Punishingcharge.png
Punishing Charge Rush forward, passing through enemies and striking them along the way.
50 Encounter
Fighter 3 Encounter Rainofblows.png
Indomitable Battle Strike Savagely strike your target to show your other foes the fate that awaits them. After killing a target with this strike, you gain bonus Action Points, and nearby enemies are briefly Marked.

Marked targets take additional physical damage until they attack you.

50 Daily
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Fighter 1 Daily Indomitablestrength.png
Indomitable Strength Pummel your target with two attacks, Knocking them away and leaving them Prone.
50 Daily
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Gf Selected.png
Greatweapon Daily Crescendo.png
Crescendo Stun your enemy with a flurry of attacks, and then attack from many angles simultaneosly to send them Prone. While attacking, you are immune to control effects.
50 Daily
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Fighter Classfeature Enduringwarrior.png
Enduring Warrior You gain 10% increased Incoming Healing from spells, and when you kill an enemy, you Heal yourself for 1% of your max Hit Points.
50 Class Feature
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Gf Selected.png
Greatweapon Class Steelgrace.png
Steel Resolve Your skills with weaponry increase, allowing you to mitigate the duration of controlling effects by 10%.
60 Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Grandfissure.png
Grand Fissure You create a fissure in the earth, damaging and Slowing foes.
60 Class Feature
Fighter Classfeature DesperateSurvival.png
Warrior's Courage Gain 5% Damage Resistance when below 50% Hit Points. Gain 3% Deflection Chance when below 25% Hit Points.
65 Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Hiddendagger.png
Hidden Daggers You fling a series of hidden blades at foes in front of you. This power increases your melee damage by 10% for 8 seconds.
65 Class Feature
Wrathful Determination You gain up to 5% melee Damage as your Determination fills up. This bonus is doubled when your Detemination is full.
70 Unlock center] Rank 4 When you have spent enough points, you will have unlocked the fourth rank of all your powers. You will be able to spend points on any power to raise it to rank 4 and unleash its maximum potential.

Feats[edit | edit source]

Heroic Feats[edit | edit source]

Tier Pts Icon Name Effect
1 5
Icons Powers Feat Damage 01.png
Unstoppable Action You gain 5/10/15/20/25% bonus Action Points for dealing damage while you are Unstoppable.
Icons Powers Feat Power 01.png
Disciple of Strength Increase the amount of bonus damage Strength gives you by 2/4/6%
Icons Powers Feat Enduring 02.png
Toughness Increases your maximum Hit Points by 3/6/9%.
2 5
Icons Powers Feat Surefooted 01.png
Fast Runner Decrease Stamina drain while Sprinting by 3/6/9/12/15%.
Icons Powers Feat Damage 01.png
Endless Assault Your encounters deal 2/4/6% more damage.
Icons Powers Feat Enduring 01.png
Armor Specialization Increases the effectiveness of Armor Class and Defense by 5/10/15%.
3 5
Feat Proficiency.png
Steely Defense Grants you Power equal to 4/8/12/16/20% of your Defense.
Icons Powers Feat Enduring 01.png
Constitution Focus Increase the effectiveness of Constitution by 5/10/15%
Feat Proficiency.png
Grit Gain 1/2/3% of your Max Hit Points in Temporary Hit Points when you are Healed by a power. (40 second cooldown)
4 3
Feat Assault.png
Weapon Mastery 1/2/3% greater chance to land a critical hit.
Icons Powers Feat Courage 01.png
Devastating Critical Increases Critical Severity by 5/10/15%
Icons Powers Feat Enduring 01.png
Ubiquitous Shield Reduce the damage effects of Combat Advantage against you by 5/10/15/20/25%.

Paragon[edit | edit source]

Instigator Feats[edit | edit source]

"The Instigator combines cunning and strength to harnesses the ferocity of battle into precision attacks and tatical maneuvers."

Tier Icon Path Name Effect
1 T11.png Student of the Sword
Your Critical Strikes lower your target's Damage Resistance to your attacks by 1/2/3/4/5% for 5 seconds. This effect does not stack.
T12.png Fleet Footed Whenever you Control a target, you gain an additional 3/6/9/12/15% Run Speed for 3s.
2 T21.png Vicious Advantage Combat Advantage now grants you an additional 1/2/3/4/5% Damage and Crit Chance.
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Gf Selected.png
Stunning Flourish Flourish has an extra 1/2/3/4/5% chance to crit and stuns for (0.2/0.4/0.6/0.8/1) seconds on last hit.
Icons Feats DominatingPresence.png
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Reinforced Surge Frontline Surge now leaves targets Prone for an additional 0.1/0.2/0.3/0.4/.5 second and deals 1/2/3/4/5% more damage.
3 T31.png Warrior's Rush Your Mighty Leap now cools down 5/10/15/20/25% faster and silences foes for 1 second on impact.
T32.png Flanking Maaneuvers When you critically strike a foe from behind you knock them Prone for 1.2/1.4/1.6/1.8/2 seconds. This power Stuns players instead of knocking them Prone.
4 T41.png Nimble Runner Sprint and Punishing Charge grant 2/4/6/8/10% Deflect chance.
T42.png Allied Opportunity Mighty Leap and Not so Fast deal an additional 6/12/18/24/30% damage and you and your allies gain Combat Advantage against the damaged targets for 1.5/3/4.5/6/7.5s.
5 T51.png Group Assault Wicked Strike now deals an additional 2/4/6/8/10% for each target hit.
T52.png Crippling Strike Spinning Strike and Avalanche of Steel now Slow your targets by 10/20/30/40/50% for 5s.
6 T61.png Instigator's Vengeance Your damage is increased by 10%. This value is increased by 10% each time you are struck in combat, up to a total maximum bonus of 50%. Instigator's Vengeance expires after 6 seconds of not getting hit.

Destroyer[edit | edit source]

"The Destroyer is a torrent of unfettered rage and anger that deals a crushing amount of damage no foe is likely to survive."

Tier Icon Path Name Effect
1 GWF2T11.png Great Weapon Focus Increase the damage of your At-Will powers by 2/4/6/8/10%.
GWF2T12.png Deep Gash Your critical strikes cause your target to Bleed, taking 4/8/12/16/20% of your Power as Damage over 6 seconds.
2 GWF2T21.png Disciple of War Grants you Power equal to 5/10/15/20/25% of your Recovery and Armor Penetration.
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Gf Selected.png
Staying Power Weapon Master's Strike now also reduces your target Mitigation to your Encounter powers 2/4/6/8/10%.
Feat Archer Seeker.png
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Improved Reaction Ferocious Reaction Heals you for an additional 2/4/6/8/10% of your max Hit Points.
3 GWF2T31.png Mighty Blade Your AoE Damage is increased by 2.5/5/7.5/9/12.5%.
GWF2T32.png Unfettered Strikes Successful Melee attacks increase your Run Speed by 1/2/3/4/5% for 4 seconds. This effect stacks 4 times.
4 GWF2T41.png Executioner's Style Indomitable Battle Strike and Sure Strike now deal 6/12/18/24/30% bonus damage as target's health diminishes.
GWF2T42.png Relentless Battle Fury Reduces the Cooldown of Roar, Takedown, and Battle Fury by 10/20/30/40/50%. The damage of Roar and Takedown are increased by 5/10/15/2/25% and the duration of Battle Fury is increased by 5/10/15/20/25%.
5 GWF2T51.png Focused Destroyer Destroyer now has a 5/10/15/20/25% chance to grant a stack when hitting any number of targets. Additionally Destroyer grants you .7/1.4/2.1/2.8/3.5% bonus damage per stack.
Icons Feats Benefitofforesight.png Battle Awareness Savage Advance grants you 5/10/15/20/25% shorter cooldowns for 15 seconds and Slam grants you 5/10/15/20/25% more Power while it is active.
6 Icons Feats Destroyerspurpose.png Destroyer's Purpose You now gain Determination by dealing damage, and Unstoppable also increases your Encounter power damage by 20%.

When you deal damage while Unstoppable, you gain a stack of Destroyer's Purpose (max 10). Each stack of Destroyer's Purpose increases your damage by 5%. Destroyer's Purpose lasts 25 seconds.

Sentinel[edit | edit source]

"The Sentinel uses innate strength to entice the aggression of monster and mitigate blows that would otherwise devastate allies."

Tier Icon Path Name Effect
1 Noicon.png Unstoppable Recovery Activating Unstoppable now Heals you for 1/2/3/4/5% of your maximum Hit Points.
Noicon.png Scale Agility You gain 1/2/3/4/5% chance to Deflect attacks.
2 Noicon.png Powerful Challenge You deal an additional 3/6/9/12/15% damage to Marked targets.
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Gf Selected.png
Grim Promise Crescendo reduces the damage your target deals to you by 3/6/9/12/15% for 10 seconds.
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Battle Trample When Trample the Fallen would cause you to deal more damage, you also gain 5/10/15/20/25% of your weapon damage in threat and deal 5/10/15/20/25% of your weapon damage as Physical Damage.
3 Noicon.png Living Wall Allies within 30' of you take 1/2/3/4/5% less Damage. If they stand directly behind you this bonus is doubled.
Noicon.png Countless Scars Each time you are struck you gain 1% Damage Resistance for 6 seconds. This effect can stack 3/6/9/12/15 times.
4 Noicon.png Grudge Style Sure Strike now has an extra 1/2/3/4/5% chance to Crit and both Sure Strike and Reaping Strike generate an additional 10/20/30/40/50% Threat.
Noicon.png Intimidation Daring Shout and Come and Get It now deal 25/50/75/100/125% of your weapon damage, and generates twice that value as threat. In addition, affected become Intimidated and all of your attacks build 100/200/300/400/500% more threat against them.
5 Noicon.png Master at Arms Furthering your ability to use your weapon defensively, each stack of Weapon Master now also grants .4/.8/1.2/1.6/2% Deflect Chance. Having Weapon Master slotted increases your AC by 1/2/3/4/5 and increases your threat generation by 10/20/30/40/50%.
Noicon.png Defiance Slam and Spinning Strike generate 5/10/15/20/25% additional threat and your Defense is increased by 5/10/15/20/25% while they are active.
6 Noicon.png Sentinel's Aegis Increases the effectiveness of your Defense stat by 20% and causes Restoring Strike to Heal an additional 50% over 3 seconds. Unstoppable now grants 40-80% Damage Resistance when activated.

Threat Generation is passively increased by 250%.

Epic Gear[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Great Weapon Fighter Booster Pack
  2. Unclassified Class Feature. Introduced in Patch_NW.25.20140728a.11