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This build is provisionally vetted good pending more votes.

This build has received a provisional rating in the range from 3.75 to < 4.75 and thus qualifies for the lower category of working builds: Good.

This build has been designed for the following use:

A durable frontliner that has a 100% uptime on IAS and block chance.

Attributes and Skills

Variant: W/any Soldier's Stance Sword Hero
12 + 1 + 1
12 + 3
Your attack skills gain 4% armor penetration.
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Sword specific variables:

  • Savage Slash Savage Slash to interrupt.
  • Riposte Riposte to deal cheap armor ignoring damage when faced with physical attackers.
  • Standing Slash Standing Slash if foes are immune to bleeding. Replace Sever Artery and Gash with some of the other optional skills.

General variables

  • "Watch Yourself!" "Watch Yourself!" to increase your team's armor rating.
  • "None Shall Pass!" "None Shall Pass!" make use of hero AI to keep enemies in place.
  • Wild Blow Wild Blow for stance removal. Energy might become an issue.
  • Distracting Blow Distracting Blow for an AoE interrupt.
  • Healing Signet Healing Signet mostly safe to use because of the 75% block chance.
  • Antidote Signet Antidote Signet powerful condition cleanse.
  • Comfort Animal Comfort Animal pets are great value for a single skill slot, especially if taking physical damage support.
  • Scavenger Strike Scavenger Strike if bringing a pet and some of the energy intensive variants. Reduce Strength and either the weapon attribute or Tactics by 1. Raise Beast Mastery to 6.
  • Call of Protection Call of Protection strongly consider bringing this to keep pets alive in hard mode.
  • Death's Charge Death's Charge to engage and have more mobility.
  • Resurrection Signet Resurrection Signet or Flesh of My Flesh Flesh of My Flesh to resurrect.



  • 1 Stonefist insignias on head, gloves or feet if using the hammer build or bringing "None Shall Pass!".
  • Sentry's insignias on the remaining slots.
  • Best vigor rune you can spare.
  • Runes of vitae and at most 1 rune of clarity to fill out the remaining slot(s).



  • Set the hero to Fight Fight mode.


  • Anti-melee. Mostly blinding and blocking.
  • High armor levels against physical damage.