[Latest for Mod6 PC + Mod5 Xbox] Lazalia’s High Crit build for PvE GWF Destroyer

by Lazalia on October 14, 2014
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[Latest for Mod6 PC + Mod5 Xbox] Lazalia’s High Crit build for PvE GWF Destroyer

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Important note.

Hello everybody, it has been a while since I started working in guides for Neverwinter and I have had a great pleasure doing it. I’ve enjoyed every moment and your support have been great, this pushed me to keep working and testing even the smallest things for all the people who have followed my guide, tips and recommendations. I’m glad knowing that there are so many grateful players finally having fun in the game because they decided to do a couple of changes in their characters and their game quality improved substantially. By this words I meant to say that I will not longer update my guides for Neverwinter Online in any way. This doesn’t mean, however, that I’m leaving the game. I will keep playing as usually and you will still find me in-game. I’ll keep updating my blog NWO-Battleground with more videos which is something that I enjoy to do.

It saddens me to think that I’m leaving you in bad hands and the overall quality of the GWF players will go down but if the game becomes better I’m sure that there will be new players that will be more than glad to share their knowledge. Remember guys, don’t follow guides blindly, test everything by yourself if you really want to improve.

Thank you and keep having fun.

Lazalia’s High Crit build for PvE GWF Destroyer.


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I’ve been playing this game for along time, 1 year and 8 months. Almost in every game I’ve played I have always shared a guide about one or two classes. My favorite class in this game is the Great Weapon Fighter because is the class that I’ve always wanted to play: It’s a very strong warrior, high damage, high critical chance, you really feel like if you are playing some kind of berserker warrior, you get hurt and you get stronger or the more you attack stronger you become, it’s awesome.

The class

The Great Weapon Fighter is a class that depends a lot in his equipment and the correct distribution of the stats. You can choose among 3 different paths: Instigator (should be reworked sooner or later) Destroyer (Damage dealer) and Sentinel (Some kind of two-handed sword tank that doesn’t really make sense in PvE or in proper words isn’t optimal).

When you are playing a GWF, a very important thing is that you have to focus on your mechanics, you have to work a lot for your DPS. Our class features and paragon feats increase a lot our damage but we have to attack. We need: to be fast,to keep the pace of the whole party, to mantain our stacks/buffs as much as possible, to be ready for every fight (specially clearing trash) so if you are a lazy player you won’t see good results with your character.


The High Crit build


Previous guides were based in a GWF focused on Power/STR which were very nice, every hit dealt much more damage but had lower critical chance, resulting in a screen full of “strong” yellow hits and sometimes you were able to see some orange hits (critical strikes). The build that I would like to share now is based in a very high critical % chance plus a very high critical severity. Due to the mod6 stats rework, Power and Crit have the same gain 1% for every 400 which makes crit much more desirable than power, therefore, having the highest amount of critical % will be our main goal. The start will be above 51% up to 95% critical chance (including self-buffs). The higher your critical %, crit severity becomes even better.




The optimal choice is the Half-Orc= 2 STR / 2 DEX + 5% Critical Severity, it’s perfect. Another good option: Human, less STR but 1% more chance crit (the extra defense is worthless). Metallic Dragonborn which allows you to choose +2 STR /+2 DEX plus a slight boost in Power/Crit.


Starting rolls


18 STR – 18 DEX – 12 CON, including racial +2 STR + 2DEX, then each 10 lvl we will add points to STR-DEX. Low CON means not a very high HP and Armor Penetration but this is not a problem since the new gear comes with a huge pool of HP and the ArPen can be stacked easily.


Paragon: What should I choose Swordmaster or Iron Vanguard?
Once you are level 30, you will have to choose your paragon path for the GWF. The paragons are Swordmaster or Iron Vanguard but which one is better?

Swordmaster is stronger in DPS than Iron Vanguard, thanks to the Weapon Master’s Strike and Crescendo. This daily have higher base damage than Indomitable Strike. IV used to be good when we had frontline surge in our encounters tray but it got nerfed + the high CD made it a not very good one. Threatening Rush is a good At-Will, the Mark will grant you 20% more damage to you and 8% to your allies. Good for single target fights but not for clearing trash.

One thing to consider is that Weapon Master’s Strike buff our at-wills for 30% damage including itself (after the first hit), when WMS is buffed deals the same damage than Wicked Strike so there’s not really difference between these skills, the good part is if you use WMS to buff the other at-wills you will deal higher damage, buffing wicked strike for clearing or buffing Sure Strike for even higher single target damage. Either using Threatening Rush or Weapon Master’s Strike in order to boost your At-Wills (20% and 30% respectively) works great but WMS is also an AoE attack + you can also apply mark with Daring Shout which is a very useful encounter, being IV means you are 30% below Swordmaster regarding to the damage of the At-Wills. It is correct that the mark also affects the damage done by every skill, not only at-wills, but these are the main source of our damage not the encounters nor the dailies, that’s why I’m more focused in mentioning the effect on them.


Powers: Click HERE and you will be forwarded to NWCalc.

Most of the powers had to be unlocked as requisite in order to advance to the next level. The Nwcalc doesn’t allow me to add 4 points atm but you will absolutely want 4 ranks in the following powers:

Sure Strike
Weapon Master’s Strike

Indomitable Battle Strenght
Daring Shout
Hidden Daggers
Restoring Strike.

Weapon Master

Spinning Strike
Avalanche of Steel

For solo playing, single target dmg and running dungeons we are able to use almost always the same powers, it might be important according to the situation that you can switch Spinning Strike for Avalanche of Steel if the group requires more control. AoS used in the right time can be very useful. Daring Shout is great for building determination ASAP + extra damage resistance + apply mark to the enemies which will increase the overall damage of the group but you can also change to Restoring Strike if you feel squishy for extra healing or if you need more stamina for sprinting.



One of the most important things that you have to master when you play with the GWF class: the mechanic, which I refer to the way how you play the character under specific situations. This class is not really easy to play in PvE, pushing 2 or 3 buttons won’t make you Top DPS and whoever says the contrary means poor knowledge about the class or clearly bad performance.
  • We have very slow At-will powers unless we are in Unstoppable, so we have to use most of our encounters/dailies when we don’t have unstoppable ready yet and spam our At-wills as soon as the TAB button is available. Using Indomitable Battle Strike as finisher when there are only 1 or 2 seconds before it’s over.
  • Always keep an eye in the enemy with lower HP and aim your IBS to him. This encounter will help us to get tons of Action Points if you use it properly. The AP gauge should be always ready everytime you charge against a new pack of mobs.
  • Use Weapon Master’s Strike properly, it buffs a lot your Sure Strike. Do as follows: Considering that your TAB is ready, press it and inmediately press WMS once then follow up spamming Sure Strike.
  • Restoring Strike, don’t use it as soon as you can, learn the attacks of your enemies, sometimes we will get hit for a lot of damage and we need to recover our HP to full in less than a second. You receive the damage then strike back with Restoring Strike, full HP again. Remember you are useless as DPSer if you are dead.
  • Hidden Daggers, this power buff our damage 40% for 8s, don’t spam it. If you want to deal AoE dmg use WMS instead, cast it when the effect is about to end.
  • Daring Shout is our opening encounter either for single target situations or surrounded by trash mobs. It will fill the unstoppable bar generously, grant us combat advantage and 20% more damage for us (8% for the team) thanks to the Mark effect. We can keep it easily 100% uptime so try to cast it every time you can.
  • If you are playing with a CW (who should be using Arcane Singularity often) prepare to use your Spinning Strike in the exact point where the mob are being gathered. It is better if you use it before they land because they will spread out after that.
  • There are many more, remember just don’t smash buttons, be smart and you will have success. One single encounter can make a difference for your group and you.


Stats points

  • Our main stat will be critical Strike, you will fill every offensive slot with Azure Enchantment.
  • Even though, more defense means more power/dmg in our build, if we add azure enchantments to every defensive slot, the extra amount of Power won’t make a huge difference (9*700 (azure r12)= 6.300 which 20% is 1260 = 3.15% Damage Bonus) but adding Radiants (HP) is going to be much more important now because it grants us a bit more of survivability AND we will get a higher pool of Temp HP instead of using Power in offensive slots (using radiants in defensive slots gives us around 3 times more Temp HP than using the enchantment in an offensive slot.)
  • Our CON is low (14) and we receive only 4% resistance ignored. We will need to get our Armor Penetration up to 5k-5.5k. Just aim for a max of 40% ArPen for clearing trash and up to 60% for fighting harder enemies like bosses.
  • Health Points (HP) This will make your experience lvling from lv 60 to 70 a lot easier. Always go first for HP when you start getting items either from quests or drops from mobs, the higher your HP, easier you will find the content.
  • Combat Advantage bonus up to 8% = 1000 Stat points (Should be 1 Mythic artifact + First Icewind Dale boon).
  • Do not even think about Regen, it’s useless for PvE. It’s hard to get in the equipment and it doesn’t have a good return anyway.
  • AoE resist up to 8%: Elemental Fire Sword Knot artifact stat increase + Weathering the Storm (IWD first boon). Just like Combat Advantage up to 1000, depending of the artifact that you choose to play with.
  • Power will help you to get more temp HP, it’s very nice but don’t focus your character in this stat.
  • Recovery isn’t really necessary. Daring Shout’s CD is around 15s while the mark effect lasts for 20s and Hidden Daggers isn’t affected by recharge speed (it’s always 12s) You will get enough with the gear.
  • Life steal between 8% and 10% is enough because we are continuously attacking and we can get our HP back to full only using our At-wills.
  • At first look, the character might look squishy but thanks to the dmg bonuses + the HP pool, we can get between 70k and 150k in Temp HP every time we hit TAB.

Offensive slots: Azure enchantment.
Defensive slots: Mainly radiants but azure and brutal are a goodoption.
Utility slots: Dragon’s Hoard or Dark enchantments.

Note: While you are achieving your goal (reaching the maxed stats) you might need to switch some enchantments in order to get the other stats that you need, like more ArPen, meaning Darks instead of Azure in offensive. The most important offensive stat is ArPen, then go for crit.



  • The BIS set is Elemental Elven Ward (Lv. 137). It’s going to take a while before you get this one so let’s put some kind of progression among the gear that you can get: Once you are lv 61, you can equip your “Eternal” (Lv. 115) gear available in the Tyranny of Dragons store (Go to Well of Dragons and speak to the merchants or simply click in the banner in the top of your screen in order to access through the campaign window). It has very nice stats, specially the HP bonus. If you find a reward item or a dropped item with better stats don’t be afraid of switching your gear, focus in the HP and you will be fine. Next, time to grind your Elemental Alliance Asault set (Lv. 132) which is focused in Critical and ArPen, the most important stats for you in this part of the game. You will receive Seals of Elements farming the 1600 i.lvl dungeons. With this currency you can purchase Lv. 130 gear in the Seven Suns market. There is no set bonus that matters now, just pick up your pieces as soon as possible. I strongly recommend to join a guild with good people who can help to run these dungeons. Most players in the LFG are always looking for people with high item lvl for fast runs, you might be either kicked or ignored if you ask them for help. Actually, this is like the most difficult part of the game, being a new lv 70 is hard but if you endure, you will find it easier once you start to increase your character’s item lvl.
  • Necklace, Belt and Artifact: We will aim for the Lostmauth’s artifact set bonus. Lostmauth’s Hoard Necklace, Golden Belt of Puissance and Lostmauth’s Horn of Blasting respectively. The set bonus “do an additional hit for Weapon Damage on a critical hit”, it’s simply perfect for our GWF following this high crit build: +2 STR +2 DEX as stats just like our ability scores, additional hit on crits while we can achieve up to 95% crit and we have the highest weapon damage among the classes. Right now, the bonus is working better than it should, being fair I expect it to be nerfed a lot but even nerfed is going to be the best set for us so don’t hesitate to get it (it might become cheaper in the AH once is nerfed, so it’s up to you when you decide to get it.)
  • Main hand: Elemental Fire Greataxe: boosts our main At-will Sure Strike and grant us extra crit stat. You will get it once you are done with the vigilance quests in Spinward Rise.
  • Off-hand: Elemental Fire Sword Knot: Artifact class feature that upgrades our Weapon Master and artifact stat increasing our AoE Resist. You will get it as soon as you hit Lv. 70 from Sgt. Knox.
  • Artifacts: After Lostmauth’s Horn of Blasting, we still have 3 more artifacts. First, Sigil of the Devoted Cleric, our dailies can deal much more damage than any other artifact (Token of Chromatic Storm hits really hard and have a very nice debuff but the stats aren’t great). Lantern of Revelation has very good stats: Critical/ArPen/CA dmg. Kessell’s Spheres of Annihilation has similar stats: Power/ArPen/CA but remember that we will focus our character in Crit instead of Power, also lantern is cheaper. Sigil of the Controller (CW Artifact) is the only artifact which comes with Power and Critical so it’s a very good choice. The last artifact will depend on your stats, you can go for more crit/arpen/hp/power in that order. In example, if you choose a kessell’s spheres artifact, you can switch the Icewind Dale’s first boon for AoE resistance while keeping 2 artifacts that will provide enough Combat Advantage.
  • Accesories: BIS rings are: Personalized Adamant rings of Recovery with 394 Power / 394 Recovery plus 2 Slots (offensive and defensive). I recommend Major Stamina Regeneration Jewel for the accesories (belt, cloak, rings) except in our augment companion, only Regen jewels works on them in the case you want to use them but the effect will be barely noticeable.
  • Necklace: Lostmauth’s Hoard Necklace as mentioned before with the extra AP gain granted at Legendary lvl. 4% each 3s is amazing, it will become 50% of our total AP gain during a battle. It’s a must to upgrade this artifact to max lvl asap. Cloaks with +8 AC are useless for DPS, it means 4% more damage resistance that won’t make any difference.
  • Weapon and Armor enchantments: It’s a high crit build based in high crit severity so Vorpal is a must for this build. Perfect is more than enough, there’s not really point upgrading your vorpal to Pure or Transcendent since the Crit Sev is going to be the same. If you are playing solo, Negation is a very good option but isn’t really good for dungeons where Soulforged is much more important.


How important are our At-Wills?

There are many people complaining about how weak are the GWF At-Wills, I disagree. Sure Strike is the core of this build and a GWF played correctly can make a very good use of it, please, take a look to this picture. Using the right mechanic and keeping the buffs/debuffs properly, SS is going to bring higher DPS than other encounters even if they hit a lot harder. by the time when IBS has done a huge crit, SS has already done much more damage. That’s why it is necessary to follow the mechanic as I explained, if you do it in the wrong order, you will lose DPS.

Note: I didn’t use lostmauth’s set bonus so I can keep the picture for longer time in the guide, the bonus set will be eventually nerfed.


How to buff our GWF properly?


  1. Start with Daring Shout, this will give you combat advantage and increase the damage of your following attacks.
  2. Hidden Daggers for extra 40% dmg.
  3. Weapon Master’s Strike which buffs the damage of your At-will attacks, this allows you to keep your AoE using WMS fully buffed or use SS for full single target dmg.



  • (Augment) Choose an Ioun Stone with 3 offensive slots, so we can add Profane runestones for extra critical . You can use Ioun Stone of Radiance if you prefer the extra life steal even being so low. Black Dragon Ioun Dragon Stone is also a good one but in the long term the active bonus won’t be useful. It is difficult to get a Radiance but Ioun Stone of Might is almost the same except for the active bonuses. Note: A Black Dragon Ioun Stone will grant you extra Armor Penetration but if you prefer to use the Radiance, you can switch the 3rd Dread Ring boon for 3% Resistance Ignored which will be more than enough to cover it.
  • Epic Erinyes of Belial 10% Critical Severity, Epic Cambion Magus 10% Critical Severity and Epic Dancing Blade for an extra 5% Crit Sev, this makes 25% crit sev thanks to the companions.
  • Finally, Air Archon or Fire Archon are very good options too. Air Archon which bonus activates as soon as your enemy is not at 100% hp and Fire Archon gives you 7% more dmg when your enemy’s hp is below 50%.


Note: We only need 1 legendary companion, that honor is for our Ioun Stone, more stats is always good. Legendary lvl doesn’t increase our companion’s active bonuses.



This part is very simple, Toughness for more HP, Disciple of the Strenght and Endless Assault for more damage, 1 point in Armor Specialization so we can continue to the next tier. Steely Defense because more power is a good thing and finally Devastating Critical with Weapon Mastery which boosts the core of the build.

Destroyer feats: Great Weapon Focus with 5 points, we don’t longer need that single point that we used to have in Deep Gash. Disciple of War for more Power, Staying Power this will boost a bit the damage of Hidden Daggers since we have to cast it continously and specially our finisher IBS. Executioner’s Style increases the damage of IBS and Sure Strike, simply amazing! Focused Destroyer grant us a ton of % dmg bonus and finally the capstone. We will keep using a few feats in Instigator: Student of the Sword for 5% extra damage, Vicious Advantage 5/5 for 5% extra crit + 5% damage. We always have combat advantage so the bonus is always on plus more crit is better than just a bit more of damage in comparison to Powerful Challenge. Remember you can keep mark in max 5 foes but you can do CA dmg to unlimited number of enemies. The last 5 points is what will make this build very interesting. 1 single point in Flanking Maneuvers, this is going to work like a small CC effect interrupting your enemies thanks to Weapon Master’s Strike which secondary attack comes from behind and since we will have close to 100% crit chance, it’s going to happen very often. This is very useful for the group while we are running dungeons and soloing, the fact that you can deal a ton of dmg plus some CC makes you a very important piece in any group. The last 4 points goes to Unfettered Strikes, the reason why I’m adding this feat is because the extra speed can help you to avoid red areas much more easily and that’s specially useful against hard hitting enemies. Deep Gash doesn’t deal enough damage, the enemies doesn’t live long enough.Flanking Maneuver’s effect has a 15s CD, so it is not possible to perma stun lock your enemy. Also, don’t even think about using Tier 3 sentinel feats for PvE, you will die before you can get enough stacks or some relevant amount of DR.

Update 05/17/2015 Note: Using this build, once you have achieved every possible BIS item, you will be above 100% Crit chance. In my case, I don’t longer need the extra 5% granted by Vicious Advantage so I had to choose a couple of feats in the Sentinel Tree: Scale Agility (5% Deflection) and Powerful Challenge (15% more damage to marked enemies) but keeping Student of the Sword. This means a total of 20% damage instead of 10% damage. Going for Vicious Advantage and removing 5% crit chance (azures in offensive slots) won’t give me the same benefit. Remember, this is only after you have reached 100% crit chance, otherwise if you go for these feats skipping vicious advantage and losing 5% crit chance you will be doing less DPS overall.

Very important: If it is a bit difficult for you to get Armor Penetration, add a point to Forbidden Piercing in Dread Ring for an extra 3%. Later, once you have reached the cap, you can switch it to Illusion Shimer.
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Finally, my actual stats are:20.250 power = 51% bonus dmg.
59.3% ArPen (60%+ with the campfire buff)
100% constant critical chance (Weapon Mastery + Offhand + Vicious Advantage+Superior Elixir of Accuracy + Squash Soup.)
175% Critical Severity.
8.3% life steal.

It is not a very cheap build and this can take long time to accomplish but I really love the results, the GWF is in a good place. Remember one more thing, instead of complaining about everything think that you have to work with what you have and try to get the best possible result. Test everything by yourself and don’t forget that this is only a guide, a few steps that will help you to develop your character. Once you gather enough knowledge, you will be able to create a style that will fit better the way you play.

If you find any mistake, please feel free to send me a message, english isn’t my main language and there must be some sentences poorly redacted, your help will be greatly appreciated.



Ok guys, finally I got my last piece of Lv. 137 gear which allowed me to do a few more tests for the build. I’ve updated a couple of things and I have very nice information for you.

Mighty Blade: Your AoE damage is increased by 12.5%. If you want to know which powers are affected by this feat, just read the tooltip and look for the word: Burst, i.e: Avalanche of Steel, Mighty Leap, Not so Fast. It was great because AoS is one of the most important dailies for the GWF and that extra damage is noticeable specially when you are fully buffed but in the overal damage it doesn’t make a lot of difference, so I decided to stop using it. Invest full points in Staying Power and the last 5 points: 1 for Flanking Maneuvers and 4 for Unfettered Strikes. Why this feat? Because the extra speed can help you to avoid red areas much more easily, that’s specially useful against hard hitting enemies and yes it does makes a difference.

Weapon Master Strike: This feat is finally working as intended, you can add 4 points now.

Wraitful Determination: This class feature gives you 12.5% more damage in your Power and it is supposed to give you twice the amount when your determination is full. However, after a few tests, I only noticed the increase of 12.5% without the extra bonus with full determination which means that overal dmg boost is much lower than expected. Even after Lostmauth’s set bonus gets fixed, I don’t see this class feature viable.

On a side note, I’ve managed to achieve above 100% Crit chance. I don’t longer need the extra 5% granted by Vicious Advantage so I had to choose a couple of feats in the Sentinel Tree: Scale Agility (5% Deflection) andPowerful Challenge (15% more damage to marked enemies) but keeping Student of the Sword. This means a total of 20% damage instead of 10% damage. Going for Vicious Advantage and removing 5% crit chance (azures in offensive slots) then adding Power won’t give me the same benefit. Remember, this is only after you have reached 100% crit chance, otherwise if you for go these feats skipping Vicious Advantage and losing 5% crit chance you will be doing less DPS overall. This is an advice only for BIS players.

I kindly suggest you read the whole guide again since a few points were modified and some info was added.


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  • Midnight666
    October 16, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing this awesome guide.

  • Jalvr
    October 18, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Im not to sure what to think of this set up as of yet. Is there a possibility of getting a Video up?

  • Bar Bar
    October 19, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Hey. Cool stuff. But I would strongly suggest if you give recommendations for gears that are easily obtainable, unlike the artifact weapon , belt and even black ice main hand.. At least then new level 60s will know what they should get as a starting point. Thanks!

  • Slack83er
    October 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Good guide but… What do i do while leveling? No powers?

    • Tris
      August 17, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      Just wing it, thats how ive always done following a build in any mmo! Following the best way you think to level up while keeping in the guide for late game, youll reach the goal of this guide faster if you get use to most of what it wants while your in the process of leveling.

  • jt
    October 23, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Great info, I appreciated reading it, the only thing I would ask, could you add a snapshot of your Power Tab? that would be EXTREMELY useful. Thanks so much.

  • October 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Hi 🙂 I’m the owner of this guide, I would like to know how can I update it here because I’ve done a few minor changes in the last days, thanks.

  • November 18, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I added the Power off all your gear, the 7 radiant enchants, DC sigil, boons, Steely Defense (with your suggestion of dense (2.5k) and Sellsword companion. Elvish Fury would give 600 power.
    Without Elvish Fury I’m 3700 Power to short. What did i forget or what’s your secret? And yes, I’m very desperate, making always lowest damage in PvE. Please help me.

    • November 20, 2014 at 1:13 am

      Hi, you had to include your ioun stone stats too, perfect bonding x3 radiant enchantmentr 10 x3 plus accesories, the new reinforcement kits, do not include Elvish Fury in the sum because that’s not always on. I’m not longer using Sellsword but isn’t so bad anyway. Do not forget that the most important thing in this build is the mechanic, the way you play your character which is already explained in the guide, if you don’t use the At-Wills/Encounters/TAB in the specific order, you are doing it wrong, thanks for passing by.

  • Nyne
    November 20, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Hi Lazalia I’m a gwf in the game and I really enjoy the damage in this build I see a lot of crits going off which I can kill a lot faster I have one question im doing t2 dungeon for gear where does the reinforced avatar of war bracers drop…thanks

    • November 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Hi! I’m very glad knowing that you have fun using this build, the bracers that you mentioned are the same Avatar of War but we used to have the option to upgrade them to “reinforced” through Mailsmithing profession but don’t worry about it, it added like 7 points more so it’s nothing, that was removed when the reinforcement kits appeared. 🙂

  • Elem_Enatl
    November 21, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I recently dusted off my old GWF. Total race reroll. It was a build done back when I was a complete newb (still newb but older newb now lol).

    I based a large portion of my build on yours here. I chose your feats and boons and have been practicing using your tactics and chosen powers. Two things to note: I went against your advice and went Dragonborn. I also have nowhere near the gear and enchants that you have here.

    Wow what a difference! Nice build and thanks for the inspiration! GWF is one of my favorite characters now.

    • November 22, 2014 at 6:42 am

      Thank you very much for your comment! If you went Dragonborn that’s fine, after all is about having fun and enjoy this great game! Good luck and see you ingame. 🙂

  • larissa demoneye
    November 25, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    With the new set legendaries will you be updating this guide? My biggest question is the sets worth it, as im looking to get the imperial set. As well, which of the new artifacts would you even consider?

    • November 26, 2014 at 6:30 am

      Hi, so far for mod5 is the same mechanic and always looking for High Crit/High Crit Sev, shouldn’t have major changes. The new artifact belts and the new bonuses are really bad imo, the changes would be: Black Dragon Ioun Stone / New neck Imperial / Personalized Archmage’s Ring in every slot including companion but I would need to remove some ArPen, the artifact offhand upgrading our Weapon Master Class Feature with extra crit %(which is bug, should give us 5% instead we receive 4% which I reported and as usually “ignored” thx devs). Thanks for asking!

  • Xavier
    November 27, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Hi, everything on this build is great, i only have two requests:
    1. It would be awesome if you could post a picture of your power tab, because it took me a long time to figure out what to put where 😛
    2. Could you say where you get all your armor penetration? The armor (avatar of war) set gives next to none, and atm the only thing i have going for me is the ioun stone
    Thanks 🙂

    • November 30, 2014 at 7:33 am

      Hi! Thank you very much! 🙂

      1. I kindly ask you to check the answers, I just answered regarding to the power tab and why I didn’t include a picture of the power tab so far.

      2. Legendary artifacts (700), Boons (450), Belt (298), Shirt+Pants (184), Neck (150), Companion using a ring with 124 arpen + 10% (136 due to the eldritch runestone) so final is 1918 + 4 CON = 24% resistance ignored, max for PvE. These stats are going to be modified since new artifact equipment has appeared.

  • PieMan
    November 27, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Why wont you run with me 🙁 … I really want to see how far off I am from my final GWF form :(. I am the guy that sent a Tomato of friendship in your mail !

    PS: I totally agree with your choices of what gear to get from new mod. To remove some arm pen I think renouncing the lantern for a thing artifact is best choice.

    • November 30, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Hey mate, ofc I remember you 😉 It is not like I don’t want to run with you, it’s that I’m spending my time playing another class just taking a break of my GWF which I’ve already played for like 1 year, however, I’m updating the GWF’s equipment with the new artifact items, maybe I will update the guide during December. I did some maths and yes, it’s right to change the lantern for the new artifact Heart of the Blue Dragon.

  • Kronick
    November 28, 2014 at 4:14 am


    Can you please update this post with a picture of your current power tab. It will be very useful to the people looking to change there power tab as well like myself

    Thanks & Cheers

    • November 30, 2014 at 7:12 am

      Hello, thank you very much for passing by, I didn’t include a picture of the power tab because I mentioned in the guide which skills are going to be used during dungeon runs either single target or clearing trash, unfortunately, there’s no need to use another a different encounter/daily/At-Wills setup. Once you are lv 60, you will gain a power point so after some time you will be able to complete the Power tab.

  • Frukul
    November 29, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Hey what do you have on your worg what enchantments and gear or what

  • December 1, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I am still waiting for the answer what you have on your worg I am tired of people making fun of me I want to try my best to succeed in neverwinter please help me out and im unable to get the dragon stone so will fire archon do if so what should i put on it since i don’t have the dragon stone

    • December 2, 2014 at 1:21 am

      Hello, Worg is Blink Dog so the items equipped in this companion doesn’t matter to our character, only those equipped in the Ioun Stone does matter. You don’t need the Ioun Dragon Stone, you can get an Ioun Stone of Might/Radiance and it’s going to be even better.

  • larissa demoneye
    December 4, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    The key is a random drop from the end boss of the instance your in.

  • December 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    When you are updating guide also reinforcing avatar of war’s bracers piece supposely isn’t possible anymore what someone told me on neverwinter unless it is and i was lied too then if so what’s it called and what level profession is it

    • December 9, 2014 at 7:04 am

      Reinforcing gloves was available using Mailsmithing but that’s was useless, it just added 21 stat points so you don’t need to worry about that, doesn’t make any difference.

  • Yung thug
    December 7, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    hi what at-wills do you use?

  • December 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Is there anything i can get that isn’t from the lockbox and cost zen that will make up for the kessel’s thing

    • December 9, 2014 at 7:03 am

      Hi, you can get everything in the AH, so there’s no need to open lockboxes. Kessells is one of the best artifacts, atm it’s the only one which gives you Power + Combat Advantage.

      • December 27, 2014 at 5:43 pm

        Also there is no way to get ioun stone of radiance unless you actually spent zen during something on the zen market and get an email from cryptic for it i think it was a limited time thing and i never been able to find it on the ah either

  • December 12, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I am rating your build full stars I noticed I improved somewhat but I know the guide is really good and for me being real stupid ill figure it out but when i press tab and right click at the same time for the wms – weapon master strike it doesn’t always do wms it just tabs and thats it but most times when i tab and right click and weapon master strike it does it like two to three times idk if its lag or what

  • December 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    10/10 Build

    Even using this on a fresh GWF it has great results. You will enjoy this very much so.

  • December 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Hey Lazalia does this guide also work well in pvp too? anyway to make this work in pvp super well or would i need to roll a new character in order to do so

  • Shadscky
    December 18, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Hello Lazalia,thank you very much for this guide,now im on the road to get that cool gear but i cant understand something.Why is your Avatar of War’s Helm look diferently than the one i find in the AH

  • December 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Hey Lazalia sorry for bugging you again but you updated your guide recently what was the change and is there any chance you can add the change if any gear has changed towards your current gear in the picture?

    • December 23, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Np np, it was a minor update, I think I just added how good are our At-Wills even thought most people are always complaining about them and I added a picture comparing their dmg vs encounters following the mechanic that I explained in this build. Regarding to the gear, I’m not really sure if I will update it but I left a comment mentioning what pieces I would change in comparison with the actual mod.

  • December 21, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    What program is used to monitor actual in game stats?

    • December 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      There’s a program called Advanced Combat Tracker, google it and look for one with the neverwinter plugin.

      • December 31, 2014 at 8:58 pm

        Thank you for the info and the great guide, not to mention the update covering the new equipment. Now I just need to learn the ACT interface and how to get it to display the info the way I would like it to.

  • Norros
    December 23, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Hi Lazalia , thanks you for your guild cause it help me a lot but how u to get the ioun of radiance ?

  • rxrgrn
    December 28, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Hi Lazalia, I would like to know what is your HP? thank you!

  • January 18, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I think the dread ring third boon you chose is kind of useless. It only give a increase in 0.7% deflection severity. The Armor Penetration stat would be much better

    • January 19, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Hello! thanks for your comment, I’m very sorry but in my case you are wrong, I had to choose that boon otherwise my ArPen would be above 24%, if this is not the case and I still require more ArPen then it would have take it. The deflection severity is useless yes but is even more useless if you have above 24% ArPen for PvE.

  • Alucard
    March 17, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Hi, could you post the stats leveling order please? 🙂

  • Janhana
    March 28, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Hey Laz….this information has been a great help thank you very much!! I have one question….I got the Avatar of War gear but it looks different than what you have posted in the pics above. The look of that armor is EPIC….did you change the look of the Avatar set? If so what did you change it to? Thanks again for all the very helpful information!

  • Bob
    March 28, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Hi, it will work in the mod 6? seems like lifesteal will be a shit =/ (i test it on preview server)

  • Pedro
    April 3, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Lazalia,could you please post the Stats (attributes) by leveling?I’m new in the game and want to make the things right.

  • KingGnome
    April 26, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Looking forward to the update. Any change we can get a screen shot of the powers tab?

  • The Hound
    April 30, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Hi Laz!

    It’s great to see update guide for mod 6. ! Unfortunetly im playin the xbox one version and there is still mod 5 there. Can u tell me where i can find prevorius guide for mod 5 ? I will be greatfull 🙂

  • Cloud Strife
    May 4, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Hey , What is that dye that u did use to your
    armor, and those transmutation that u used for it, thanks 🙂

    • May 4, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Hey! It’s Devoted Cleric’s Dye Pack and the gear is the Infernal set which was available during Mod5, I don’t know if it is possible to get it in Mod6. It was BoP. ;( Oh, the helm comes with the Paladin Booster Pack worth 3.500z!

      • Cloud Strife
        May 5, 2015 at 1:12 pm

        yep its not available now 😛 but thanks and also i saw ur char the other day during Mod 5 xD

  • Enes
    May 5, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Hey lazalia can u explain how can i get some good armor set i only have the fireaxe and swordknot from your build And i am a new Player didnt finish ani campaigns all monsters just 1 hit to me :/

    • May 5, 2015 at 2:47 am

      Hey, I explained in the gear section which equipment you should get according to your progress in the game.

      • Enes
        May 5, 2015 at 7:51 pm

        Thats the problem i didnt made any campaigns and i couldnt do them solo every1 kicks me out of dungeons i cant get any good armors on my own :/

  • Zudak
    May 5, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Hey Lazalia absolutely love your guides. Used your Scourge build for PC, and decided to make a GWF with console release and used this one here.

    I have one question though and it pertains to armor kits. As we on the console version are still awaiting Mod6 and I’m sure it we be a long one which ones would you suggest. Now this is just an assumption, but armor pen? This is just due to the huge lack of armor pen available for GWFs in consoles current mod.

    • May 5, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Thank you very much! Ok, the most important stat for any offensive character is Armor Penetration which must be 24%. Once you get this amount, you can start adding points to crit/power. If you require to use ArPen kits to raise your ArPen, feel free to do it! However, I would prefer to use a Dark Enchantment because you can remove it and sell it later, you can’t do the same with the reinforcement kits. 😛

      Regarding to your comment about Lostmauth’s set, this is a guide for Mod6 (PC) but I also posted one for Xbox players in the official forum which is a copy of my Mod5 guide, take a look at it:

      • Zudak
        May 5, 2015 at 2:11 pm

        Thank you for the response, and link to your mod 5 build. So would you say priority for kits would be power if I can obtain all soft caps through use of gear companions and enchantments?

  • Zudak
    May 5, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Also in case you are not familiar with consoles current status as far as content we are only in the tyranny of dragons campaign and have no access to anything past Lostmauth.

  • Chris
    May 8, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Question xbox on mod five what will give us combat advantage other than daring short?

    • Chris
      May 8, 2015 at 5:11 am


    • May 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      If you are playing solo, only Daring Shout will give you combat advantage unless you are using a companion. If you are in a dungeon, you will have at least 80% combat advantage thanks to your teammates, specially if there’s a GF (or close to 100% if you use DS). There are other feats but those are not in this build.

  • seraphrix
    May 12, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    hi 😀 i really liked your build
    buut whut is the cost of not having the right type of equips
    will i still progress good enough ?

    • May 12, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Yes, no problem! The whole high crit build is an idea, a concept. You can apply it with your own equipment. 🙂

      • seraphrix
        May 12, 2015 at 11:55 pm

        thanks for the reply….you are awesome mate X3

        • seraphrix
          May 19, 2015 at 9:33 am

          I kinda f one of the feats
          so i accidentally put a 1 on mighty blade XC
          so on these 2 what should not max out . executioners style or focused destroyer.9l

  • Cloud Strife
    May 12, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    🙂 great build, hey can you help me upgrade my lesser Vorpal, anyways ur kindda rich 🙂 pleeasee jk nice video, u may be a monter in pvp i bet lol with a 30k of crit, you reall ya re a monster 😀

  • OmightyKC
    May 19, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Hey buddy! My friends and I love your build! Also i have a question, since you told us your Armor Reinforcement Kit for your Necklace, Rings, and your Belt… What kind of Armor Reinforcement Kits you used for your Armor Set? (Head, Chest, Arm, and Leg pieces)

  • LoneGhost
    May 19, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Lazalia, I love your build! I have a question regarding the starting rolls. I have one more point on strength than on dexterity, will this be very harmful to the build? Thanks

    • May 19, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Hi, thanks! Not at all, when I post the ability scores and other things in the guide is trying to min/max the character but if you decide to change a couple of things, that’s fine!

  • sharmeiro
    May 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Congratulations Lazalia.

  • Edward
    May 22, 2015 at 2:56 am

    Nice build!
    How did you reach 127.2% crit severity?

    • May 22, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Thank you. Crit sev % base 75%; Heroic Feat Devastating Critical 15%; Half-Orc racial 5%, Cambion Magus 10%; Erinyes 10%; Dancing Blade 5%; ToD final boon 5%; Icewind Dale 3rd Boon 2%; Vorpal 50%. Total: 177% Critical Severity.

  • lady ann
    May 22, 2015 at 7:00 am

    hi lazalia..just wana ask, where can i find that elven ward set of yours?

    • May 22, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Hi, you need to farm seals of protector doing t2 dungeons then purchase every piece in the seven suns market. These are lv 135, then you need to use Black Ice profession lv 5 in order to upgrade to lv 137.

    June 8, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Hi Lazalia

    Habe da mal eine frage habe schon paar Videos von deinem gwf gesehen Geier dmg. mal eine frage gibt’s jemanden der mehr schaden macht ?

    • June 8, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Hello, unfortunately I don’t speak german. Would you please be so kind sending me your question in english? Thank you.

      • Nawledge
        September 13, 2015 at 12:29 pm

        He was just saying that he’s watched a few videos of your GWF and that the damage is awesome. His question was if there is anyone who does more damage. I’m guessing he’s means class by that. That said, I also have a question, do you think the imperial dragon cloak is worth equipping until 70 or should I just sell it and wait until I get Lostmauth’s Hoard Necklace?

  • Strikkeer
    June 8, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Lazalia, Great guide, I use it religiously, I am a little confused, at the end of Stats Points you say that Arpen is the most important stat yet throughout you stress Crit. Do I focus on Azures in offence slots for crit or mix in some for Arpen?

    • June 8, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      There’s a cap for Armor Penetration which is explained in the guide, once you have reached that amount then you go full crit. You can slot darks for arpen only if you are still unable to reach the recommended amount.

  • Alteron
    June 16, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Awesome guide has really help me build my GWF On the Xbox but I’ve been trying to figure out how ArmP really works how to achive the 24% does our CON count into our percentage or do we have to get our ArmP to say 24% when we highlight over it?

  • Akashi
    June 19, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Hey lazalia, I was wondering how long does the weapon master strike buff last for the Xbox mod 5 version.

  • CharlieVox
    July 1, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Im noob in Neverwinter, and have a GWF LVL 60… The SET DRACONIC, is a good set?

  • allan
    July 2, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    RE Up mod 5 xbox! >>>PLEASE!!<<<

  • Marius
    July 11, 2015 at 6:27 am

    hi, nice build. one question: what u use for utillity slots? 😛

  • an XB1 NW Player
    July 22, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    so whats a good starting roll for a Human?

  • Luks
    September 2, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Hi Lazalia,

    Fantastic build, and really interesting. I do have one thing I am unclear about – Quite a few people have said that marking a target gives you and other combat advantage over that target. Where do you get that from? I’m not doubting you (your videos are evidence enough that it works), but I’m frustrated at not finding a reference in the tool tip. Apologies if I’ve missed something obvious.

  • Calex
    October 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Been using this build for a month or so now but not everything levelled up yet 😀 . Have 2 pieces of elven ward gear but I was curious to know if you had tried the new dragonflight gear in strongholds ? We don’t have that yet on xbox but will in a couple of week. So am wondering if I should save my seals

  • Daniel
    November 1, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Cuando hablamos sobre los companions tengo que tenerlos todos? O solo el ion stone, Estoy perdido con los companion :/ y que hay del Yeti que utilizas es bueno ?

  • Daniel
    November 1, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Cuando hablamos sobre los companions tengo que tenerlos todos? O solo el ion stone, Estoy perdido con los companion :/ y que hay del Yeti que utilizas es bueno ? Me podrias explicar un poco mejor sobre ese tema de los Companion?

  • Max
    May 12, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    I’ve just made a new Great Weapon Fighter. Is this build still good in the current Mod?

  • Trippn91
    June 11, 2016 at 4:25 am

    When will you be updating. I have seen your video on soloing CN… it would be nice

  • DukeXac
    October 12, 2016 at 1:09 am

    What ability replaces determination ? (R1 for PlayStation)

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