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    Core Warrior

    Open World


    Berserker's icon Superior Rune of the Eagle icon
    Berserker's HelmSuperior Rune of the Eagle
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    Berserker's ShouldersSuperior Rune of the Eagle
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    Berserker's LegsSuperior Rune of the Eagle
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    Berserker's BootsSuperior Rune of the Eagle

    Weapons & Sigils

    Axe icon Superior Sigil of Accuracy icon
    Berserker's AxeSuperior Sigil of Accuracy
    Axe icon Superior Sigil of Force icon
    Berserker's AxeSuperior Sigil of Force
    Greatsword icon Superior Sigil of Accuracy icon Superior Sigil of Force icon
    Berserker's GreatswordSuperior Sigil of AccuracySuperior Sigil of Force


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    Berserker's Amulet
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    Berserker's Ring
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    Berserker's Ring

    Utility Skills



    1. Engage with BladetrailWhirlwind Attack (or Rush)
    2. "For Great Justice!" during movement animation
    3. Weapon Swap
    4. Dual Strike
    5. Cyclone Axe
    6. Throw Axe
    7. Whirling Axe
    8. Eviscerate

    Use Eviscerate earlier if you have full adrenaline.

    General skill priority

    1. Eviscerate
    2. Whirling Axe
    3. Dual Strike
    4. Cyclone Axe
    5. Throw Axe
    6. Axe Auto-attack chain

    Target Stats


    The following build is designed to guide you through your first playthrough, or simply offer you a decent and reliable Core build if you are on a Free-to-Play account. Core builds are not advised to use later in the game due to the superiority of elite specializations.

    Warrior is a melee-focused profession that loves hitting enemies hard with a wide arsenal of weapons. Their dual axes provide them with some serious damage, while weapon swapping to dual-wielded maces gives them access to powerful crowd control abilities.

    You can upkeep a permanent 25 stacks of , permanent , and almost permanent  through the Axe abilities, traits, and Banners. You also provide some of those boons to your allies, and with minor trait changes you can even keep 25 on them.

    Build Fundamentals

    This build revolves around upkeeping the damage modifier from Berserker's Power by using your burst skills off cooldown. This damage modifier can be further increased by Peak Performance triggered by using Mending, but be careful with using it as this is your only condition cleanse and direct heal.

    You’ll also be a great addition to any team, as you can easily provide with "For Great Justice!", with Banner of Strength, with both of those, and via Marching Orders. And if you want to sacrifice some for more group , you can pick Phalanx Strength.


    Your dual-wielded Axes are your primary weapons, you shouldn’t swap off them unless you need movement aspect from the Greatsword.

    It’s important to use your Axe burst skill Eviscerate off-cooldown as soon as you have full adrenaline to trigger the effect of Berserker's Power.

    To further increase your damage, you should use two weapon skills that give you boons when used. Cyclone Axe grants and Dual Strike grants while also dealing solid damage.

    In addition, any movement impairing effects will also increase your damage via Leg Specialist, so whenever you can, engage enemies with Bladetrail or Throw Axe.

    Under all that effects, and applied by other skills and traits, you should use Whirling Axe, which is one of your hardest-hitting skills. It’s important to note that you can move while using this skill so use it to stay in the melee range of your enemy.

    The Auto-attack chain is a three-part chain where the final attack deals the most damage. Finishing the entire chain before using any other skills is very important to get the most damage out of your attacks.

    Using Throw Axe can be used to and by proxy due to Leg Specialist. It also deals more damage if your enemy has less than 50% health and even more when only 25% remains.

    Greatsword seems like a powerful weapon, but due to it being very slow, it underperforms in comparison to dual-wielded Axes.

    The most interesting skills that you could potentially use are your movement skills Whirlwind Attack and Rush, which can be used from afar to give a bit of extra damage before swapping to your Axes. You can also throw Bladetrail for similar effect to Throw Axe ( and from Leg Specialist).


    Mending can be used to heal yourself and remove a few conditions. Using this skill also triggers the effect of Peak Performance, increasing your damage by 10%, so you can use it offensively if you are sure it won’t be needed.

    Most of your and comes from using "For Great Justice!". This shout should be used as often as possible.

    If you are in a group or fighting a stronger enemy, and you need extra stacks and duration, place your Banner of Strength.

    Signet of Might is picked for its passive 180 power (at maximum character level), and at higher levels, this bonus is too good to give it up for the signet’s active effect.

    The elite skill Rampage will transform you into a massive juggernaut, replacing your weapon skills with a new set.

    This form does really low damage and is not really used anywhere in the game, but during leveling, it can be a great source of Crowd Control from Kick, Throw Boulder, and Seismic Leap when fighting enemies with Defiance bars.

    Additionally, in this form you take 50% less damage and constantly apply and to yourself while also being immune to , which can be handy… during some jumping puzzles!



    If you find yourself killing enemies too fast and not needing Banner of Strength, replace it with Signet of Fury for some passive precision (the higher your level, the better effect you’ll get), and if Banner of Strength was your only banner, swap Doubled Standards to something best suiting your current needs.

    If under high condition and CC (Crowd Control) pressure, you can change "For Great Justice!" for "Shake It Off!" to trade a lot of for a and additional condition cleanse.

    Your elite is situational, if you are not encountering enemies with Defiance bars to break, swap Rampage to Battle Standard if fighting in a group or selfish Signet of Rage for some extra passive adrenaline.


    For a huge boost in Crowd Control, swap out Greatsword for two Maces.

    Any power-based rune set will work fine in this build, you can use Superior Rune[s] of Strength to swap out some might sources on your skill bar or in traits, or Superior Rune[s] of the Scholar if you are able to keep yourself above 90% health for most of the fights.

    Crowd Control

    Gearing Tips

    This build is designed to be your entry point to Guild Wars 2 world. Let’s start with the basics – if you haven’t checked the guides below, give them a read to make yourself familiar with game basics.

    Try to avoid investing in Runes and Sigils before you acquire proper level-80 Exotic gear with Berserker’s stats. Transferring upgrades is not possible without destroying the item, and using most salvage kits only have a small chance of retrieving them.

    As you level, you will get items from drops, crafting, and level-up rewards. Pick items with Power, and on later levels supplemented by Precision and Ferocity.

    Unlocking Skills

    If you’re looking up this build as you’re leveling through the wide world of Tyria we recommend unlocking "For Great Justice!" as soon as you can, as this skill will provide the most utility at the earlier levels. Follow it with Signet of Might for very good passive bonus that you’ll use even in the end-game.

    The first specialization at level 21 should be Strength as it offers the most useful traits in early levels. At level 45 get Discipline and finally at level 71 unlock Tactics.

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