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Great Weapon Fighter
Role: Striker
Defender
Ability Scores
Primary:
Secondary:
Great Weapon Fighter Icon
Great Weapon Fighter Artwork
Great Weapon Fighter Booster Pack Background 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]

Greatweapon Daily Unstoppable.png
  • Unstoppable
    • Useable at 50% or more Determination
    • While active, you are immune to most control effects, 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 Hip Points as Temporary Hit Points.
    • 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.


Fighter Classmechanic Mark.png
  • 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. Req. Type Path Icon Name Range Cooldown Effect
1
Tactical
Greatweapon General Shift.png
Sprint Personal Enhance your Run Speed allowing you to rush targets or avoid attacks.

While Sprinting you temporarily ignore speed reducing effects.
2
Skill
Icon Power Skill Dungeoneering.png
Dungeoneering Personal You can detect secret doors and triggers, see traps, and collect artifacts to sell.
0
3
At-Will
Greatweapon 1 Atwill Reapingstrike.png
Reaping Strike 15' 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
3
At-Will
Greatweapon Atwill Surestrike.png
Sure Strike 15' Swing your blade in a series of narrow slashes, followed by a powerful downward slam.
0
4
Encounter
Fighter 3 Encounter Danceofsteel.png
Not so Fast Personal 12s 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
6
Daily
Greatweapon Daily Spinningstrike.png
Spinning Strike Personal Using the weight of your body against it, you swing the sword around you multiple times, cutting into foes around you. While active, you have control immunity, guranteed deflection, and increased Run Speed.
0
5
Class Feature
Greatweapon Class Destroyer.png
Destroyer Personal 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
4
Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Mightyleap.png
Mighty Leap 40' lunge 14s Leap to target location, dodging enemy attacks and damaging those around the impact.
5
4
Encounter
Cleric 3 Encounter Blazingbeacon.png
Restoring Strike 15' 12s You slice through a single target in front of you with merciless satisfaction, Healing yourself based on the damage dealt and restoring Stamina.
10
7
Mechanic
Greatweapon Daily Unstoppable.png
Unstoppable Personal Useable at 50% or more Determination.

With grim resolve you break free from most control effects, and steel yourself for the challenge ahead.

While active, you are immune to most 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 Hip 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
6
Daily
Greatweapon Daily Avalancheofsteel.png
Avalanche of Steel Personal Leap into the air and come down with a crushing force that leaves your enemies Prone.
10
6
Daily
Greatweapon Daily Slam.png
Slam Personal 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
4
Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Takedown.png
Takedown 13' 11s 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
5
Class Feature
Greatweapon Class Bravery.png
Bravery Personal Increase your Deflect chance by 4% and Runspeed by 10%.
15
5
Class Feature
Greatweapon Class Steadfastdetermination.png
Steadfast Determination Personal Steadily gain Determination while in combat.
10
16
Unlock
Powers Rank Numeral Large 3 Idle.png
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
3
At-Will
Greatweapon Atwill Wickedstrike.png
Wicked Strike 12' 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
4
Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Roar.png
Roar 30' 13s Unleash a mighty battle roar in front of you, interrupting and pushing your opponents back, and building Determination for every target hit.
20
5
Class Feature
Greatweapon Class Weaponmaster.png
Weapon Master Personal 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
4
Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Daringshout.png
Daring Shout Personal 18s 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.
30
4
Encounter
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Fighter 1 Encounter Frontlinesurge.png
Frontline Surge 30' 14s 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
4
Encounter
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Selected.png
Greatweapon Encounter Flourish.png
Flourish 17' 14s With masterful grace, Stun your opponent and stab them with blinding speed.
30
5
Class Feature
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Fighter Classfeature Ferociousreaction.png
Ferocious Reaction Personal 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
5
Class Feature
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Selected.png
Greatweapon Class Steelblitz.png
Steel Blitz Personal Every time you damage an enemy, you have a 25% chance to instantly strike again, dealing 60% of your weapon damage.
35
3
At-Will
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Fighter 1 Atwill Threateningrush.png
Threatening Rush GWF:Melee/GF:28' lunge Rush to target and slam into them with a painful looking attack. Your target and those around it are temporarily Marked.
35
3
At-Will
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Selected.png
Greatweapon Atwill Weaponmasterstrike.png
Weapon Master's Strike 12' You attack with an expert strike that briefly reduces Damage Resistance against your At-Wills, and then quickly follows up with another attack from behind.
35
4
Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Comeandgetit.png
Come and Get It Personal 15s 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
6
Daily
Fighter 1 Daily Villainsmenace.png
Savage Advance 82' lunge 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
5
Class Feature
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Boons Reprisal.png
Trample the Fallen Personal When a foe is affected by control powers, deal 5% more damage to it.
40
5
Class Feature
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Selected.png
Greatweapon Encounter Steeldefense.png
Steel Defense Personal After activating a Daily power, become immune to damage for 2 seconds.
45
4
Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Battlefuror.png
Battle Fury Personal 20s 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
4
Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Punishingcharge.png
Punishing Charge 25' Rush forward, passing through enemies and striking them along the way.
50
4
Encounter
Fighter 3 Encounter Rainofblows.png
Indomitable Battle Strike 13' 14s 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 foes have reduced Damage Resistance.
50
6
Daily
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Fighter 1 Daily Indomitablestrength.png
Indomitable Strength 15' Pummel your target with two attacks, Knocking them away and leaving them Prone.

The target deals 20% less Damage for a short duration.
50
6
Daily
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Selected.png
Greatweapon Daily Crescendo.png
Crescendo 30' 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
5
Class Feature
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Fighter Classfeature Enduringwarrior.png
Enduring Warrior Personal 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
5
Class Feature
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Selected.png
Greatweapon Class Steelgrace.png
Steel Resolve Personal Your skills with weaponry increase, allowing you to mitigate the duration of controlling effects by 10%
60
4
Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Grandfissure.png
Grand Fissure 50' 14s You create a fissure in the earth, damaging and Slowing foes.
60
5
Class Feature
Fighter Classfeature DesperateSurvival.png
Warrior's Courage Personal Gain 5% Damage Resistance when below 50% Hit Points. Gain 3% Deflection Chance when below 25% Hit Points.
65
4
Encounter
Greatweapon Encounter Hiddendagger.png
Hidden Daggers 40' 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
5
Class Feature
Archer Classfeature Cruelrecovery.png
Wrathful Determination Personal You gain up to 5% melee Damage as your Determination fills up. This bonus is doubled when your Detemination is full.
70
16
Unlock
Powers Rank Numeral Large 4 Idle.png
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 Max. Rank Icon Name Effect
1 5
Icons Powers Feat Damage 01.png
Unstoppable Action You gain 5/10/15/20/25% bonus Action Point for dealing damage while you are Unstoppable.
1 3
Icons Powers Feat Power 01.png
Disciple of Strength Increase the amount of bonus damage Strength gives you by 2/4/6%.
1 3
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%.
2 3
Icons Powers Feat Damage 01.png
Endless Assault Your Encounter powers deal 2/4/6% more damage.
2 3
Icons Powers Feat Enduring 01.png
Armor Specialization Increases the effectiveness of Armor Class and Defence by 5/10/15%.
3 5
Feat Proficiency.png
Steely Defense Grants you Power equal to 4/8/12/16/20% of your Defense.
3 3
Icons Powers Feat Enduring 01.png
Constitution Focus Increase the effectiveness of Constitution by 5/10/15%.
3 3
Feat Proficiency.png
Grit Gain 1/2/3% of your Max Hit Points in Temporary Hit Points when you are Healed by a player power. (40 second cooldown)
4 3
Icons Powers Feat Assault 01.png
Weapon Mastery Increases your Critical Chance by 1/2/3%.
4 3
Icons Powers Feat Courage 01.png
Devastating Critical Increases your Critical Severity by 5/10/15%.
4 5
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]

Icons Feats Instigatorsvengeance.png

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

Tier Max. Rank Path Icon Name Effect
1 5
Feat Archer Masterofcombat.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.
1 5
Feat Archer Hastyretreat.png
Fleet Footed Whenever you control a target, you gain an additional 3/6/9/12/15% Run Speed for 3s.
2 5
Icons Powers Feat Courage 01.png
Vicious Advantage Combat Advantage now grants you an additional 1/2/3/4/5% Damage and Crit Chance.
2 5
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Icons Feats DominatingPresence.png
Reinforced Surge Frontline Surge now leaves targets Prone for an additional .1/.2/.3/.4/.5 second, and deals 1/2/3/4/5% more damage.
2 5
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Selected.png
Feat Archer Quarry.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.
3 5
Feat Archer Slashersspeed.png
Warrior's Rush Your Mighty Leap now cools down 5/10/15/20/25% faster and silences foes for 1 second on impact.
3 5
Icons Feats PresstheAdvantage.png
Flanking Maneuvers 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 knockin them Prone.
4 5
Feat Archer Ghostwalker.png
Nimble Runner Sprint and Punishing Charge grant 2/4/6/8/10% Deflect chance.
4 5
Icons Feats Distractingknife.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 5
Icons Feats SeethingKnives.png
Group Assault Wicked Strike now deals an additional 2/4/6/8/10% for each target hit.
5 5
Icons Feats DevastatingShroud.png
Crippling Strike Spinning Strike and Avalanche of Steel now Slow your targets by 10/20/30/40/50% for 5s
6 1
Icons Feats Instigatorsvengeance.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]

Icons Feats Destroyerspurpose.png

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

Tier Max. Rank Path Icon Name Effect
1 5
Icons Powers Feat Assault 01.png
Great Weapon Focus Increase the damage of your At-Will powers by 2/4/6/8/10%
1 5
Feat Archer Lethalhunter.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 5
Feat Archer Bleedingprecision.png
Disciple of War Grants you Power equal to 5/10/15/20/25% of your Recovery and Armor Penetration.
2 5
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Feat Archer Seeker.png
Improved Reaction Ferocious Reaction Heals you for an additional 2/4/6/8/10% of your max Hit Points.
2 5
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Selected.png
Icons Feats StayingPower.png
Staying Power Weapon Master's Strike now also reduces your targets Mitigation to your Encounter powers by 2/4/6/8/10%.
3 5
Feat Archer Elusivehunter.png
Mighty Blade Your AoE Damage is increased by 2.5/5/7.5/9/12.5%.
3 5
Feat Archer Expertskirmisher.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 5
Icons Feats Forceofwill.png
Executioner's Style Indomitable Battle Strike and Sure Strike now deal 6/12/18/24/30% bonus damage as target's health diminishes.
4 5
Icons Powers Feat Courage 01.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 5/10/15/20/25% and the duration of Battle Fury is increased by 5/10/15/20/25%.
5 5
Icons Feats Wrathfulstrikes.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.
5 5
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 1
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]

Icons Feats Sentinelsaegisb.png

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

Tier Max. Rank Path Icon Name Effect
1 5
Feat Archer Wildsmedicine.png
Unstoppable Recovery Activating Unstoppable now Heals you for 1/2/3/4/5% of your maximum Hit Points.
1 5
Icons Feats Battletrample.png
Scale Agility You gain 1/2/3/4/5% chance to Deflect attacks.
2 5
Icons Feats Grimpromise.png
Powerful Challenge You deal an additional 3/6/9/12/15% damage to Marked targets.
2 5
Class Icon Player Secondary Ironvanguard Selected.png
Feat Archer Expertskirmisher.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.
2 5
Class Icon Player Secondary Swordmaster Selected.png
Icons Feats WhirlwindSneakAttack.png
Grim Promise Crescendo reduces the damage your target deals to you by 3/6/9/12/15% for 10 seconds.
3 5
Icons Feats Battlefervor.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.
3 5
Icons Feats Recklessattacker.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 5
Icons Feats Toughness.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.
4 5
Icons Feats Sneakystabber.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 5
Icons Powers Feat Assault 01.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%.
5 5
Icons Feats Lightsshield.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 1
Icons Feats Sentinelsaegisb.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]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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


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