Warrior is thematically one of the simpler professions in the game: you hit the enemy, then you hit them more, and finally you hit them in different ways. Your expert combat maneuvers, precisely delivered blows, and tactical banner placements transform this profession from a generic heavy-hitter to a desired addition to any group.
As a Warrior, you have access to more weapons than any of the other core classes. These include Greatsword, Hammer, Longbow, Rifle, Axe (Main and Off-Hand), Mace (Main and Off-Hand), Sword (Main and Off-Hand), Warhorn, and Shield.
Sword and Longbow are the go-to weapons for any condition damage build, while Axe and Greatsword are favored by power-based builds.
Mace, Shield, and Hammer don’t inflict any damaging conditions and have lower strike damage than other power weapons. However, these weapons’ Crowd Control capabilities make them popular picks for PvE encounters (Maces) and PvP game modes (Hammer, Shield).
Warhorn is your only support-type weapon and is used across game modes by some support builds.
If you don’t know anything about Guild Wars 2 professions, and you are looking for a short comparison, check out our introductory guides:
Warrior has two main profession mechanics: Adrenaline Gauge and Burst Skills. Every time you hit an enemy with your weapon you’ll gain a strike of adrenaline. It takes 10 strikes of adrenaline to reach one bar of adrenaline, and 30 strikes to get maximum adrenaline.
Once you have a bar of adrenaline you can spend it to cast a Burst Skill. These powerful attacks are tied to your current main-hand weapon and increase in power according to the bars of adrenaline spent. Make sure to note what burst skills are tied to which weapons and use them appropriately.
Using a burst skill will spend all adrenaline, so you’ll need to build up adrenaline again before you can use another one. Adrenaline will also slowly decay after you exit combat.
Some traits will allow you to earn adrenaline through other means. For example
Banners are a skill type that is unique to Warriors. When placed down they provide offensive and defensive boons to everyone in the area around them.
In addition to pulsing boons, each banner also has a unique skill that triggers when the banner is placed.
Physical skills focus on controlling enemies through immobilization, knockdowns, knockbacks, or launching them.
Warriors can gain a 10% damage modifier after activating them if they have
While physical skills aren’t pivotal for end-game PvE content due to the availability of crowd-control, they are great utility skills in the open world and occasionally see use in end-game PvP.
Due to their selfish nature, these skills rarely see any play in end-game PvE content but are a staple of most PvP and WvW builds.
Shouts apply boons or conditions in a nearby area. All warrior shouts (with the exception of
Shouts can even apply healing through
Shouts are excellent picks for open world exploration.
All mentioned shouts are ammunition skills, meaning you can cast them multiple times before they go on cooldown.
Signets are skills that have both a passive effect and an active component.
The passive effect will impact you until you use the signet to trigger the active component. The passive effect will come back up when the signet comes off cooldown.
The Strength trait line helps increase the warrior’s direct damage output by giving you more power for each stack of might and various damage modifiers.
To maximize power damage you’ll typically want to run 111. This works in both end-game and open-world PvE.
To maximize condition damage you’ll typically want to run 132.
The Defense trait line focuses around staying alive and offers various forms of additional sustain.
Defense doesn’t see any play in any of the game modes.
The Tactics trait line revolves around Soldier’s Focus. This effect is applied every 10 seconds and can be consumed by using the burst skill, which applies
The Discipline trait line reduces the cooldown between weapon swaps and offers more ways to gain adrenaline.
Warriors can heavily buff nearby allies by utilizing their banners. Don’t blindly spam these off cooldown; your allies need to be in their area of effect to actually receive these boons!
Be sure your burst skill will actually hit – many of the burst skill bonuses are only applied if you actually hit your target.
Look to top the crowd control charts in all game modes. Warriors can dish out a ton of crowd control through hammer, shield, and dual-wielded mace skills.
If you are ready to start playing Warrior we recommend a starter build created to help with the traditional leveling experience of the core profession.
If you are looking for more builds for all game modes, make sure to check your build guides.