One of the most exciting and unique experiences that Guild Wars 2 offers involves the way even a specific classes play style will drastically change based on the weapon you have equipped.
In order to find perfect synergy amongst your talents and secondary skills, you first need to understand the basics of what abilities you will have based on the weapons you will have equipped. That’s why today I’m going to break down the top 5 weapons you will want to know when it comes to playing a Warrior in Guild Wars 2.
Before I get started, however, it’s important to remember that weapon abilities and combination strength comes from covering strengths and weaknesses in balancing secondary abilities as well as personal talents. Many combinations can be built to be extremely powerful, but these are the weapons you will want to keep an eye on!
#5) You Shall Not Escape! Main Hand: Axe – Off Hand: Mace
This combination of weapons is coming in at number 5 for its amazing secondary weapon set capabilities. While this combination may have great primary weapon set potential, it works great as a supporting set of weapons that offer a lot of utility to compliment whatever your main weapon choice may be.
As a warrior you’re only as good as the enemies you can actually hit, and this combination will directly support your ability to not only hit your opponent harder with the Mace #4 ability Crushing Blow, but will also allow you to chase down those pesky Engineers as they try to run away. Between your Axe #3 ability Throw Axe, Mace #5 ability Tremor, and the Axe’s jumping Burst ability Eviscerate, enemies will be hard pressed to escape your massive damage potential without soaking up a lot of damage in the process.
#4) Death From Afar Main Hand: Rifle
It might seem very unnatural in theory for a Warrior to embrace the idea of utilizing a rifle as a primary DPS weapon, but in execution it couldn’t be more overpowered against other melee reliant classes. The entire rifle ability set is entirely based around obliterating an enemy before they even can reach you. And when they finally do, you can always knock them back to where they started with your #5 ability Rifle Butt.
The damage potential that can go out with using a rifle is absolutely ridiculous, and possibly stands as one of the highest DPS weapons for a Warrior at the moment. Add in the fact that once your enemy finally closes the ranged gap and you have no more cooldowns to get some distance, you can simply switch to your secondary melee ranged weapons and punish them for even considering trying to get close to you.
#3) Stalwart Defender Main Hand: Mace Off Hand: Shield
If taking damage and protecting your team is the name of your game, you won’t want to miss this weapon combination. With just your weapon abilities alone you are given access to a counter attack, an interrupt, two stuns, and an invulnerability! With this much utility from just your weapon set alone at your disposal, you are more than capable of charging in on the front lines and taking control of the entire fight while you harass and annoy any enemy in your way.
#2) Poke, Poke, Bleed! Main Hand: Sword – Off Hand: Sword
A weapon set that is very near and dear to my heart, a bleed spec! While I’m usually about mix and matching for different utility when dual wielding, I fell in love with this simple combination right from the start! Equipping a single sword in either hand gives you access to two bleeding abilities that can be mixed and matched with any other one handed weapon.
When combined together, however, you create a devastating combination of bleed ticks that will quickly whittle your enemies health down to nothing in a small amount of time. Once again, any enemy reliant on being up close to deal substantial amounts of damage will be stuck dealing with your #3 slowing ability Hamstring and your immobilizing Burst ability Flurry. Simply stack your bleeds and hit a snare, then back away and watch your target bleed!
#1) Inescapable Death Main Hand: Greatsword
Warriors were meant to wield heavy and destructive weapons and the Greatsword brings just that! Not only by using this weapon is your damage output at a significant high, but the amount of chase and escape utility it brings skyrockets this weapon to a must have for almost every Warrior.
Let’s face it… being able to stay in range and hit your target is the only way you are going to deal damage without a ranged weapon equipped. But if you could just keep from being kited by those pesky Rangers you would be able to teach them a lesson or two! And with the Greatsword in your hands you can do just that. Utilizing both its #3 ability Whirlwind Attack in unison with its #5 ability Rush there is no enemy that can escape your massive ability to close a gap between you and your enemy. Additionally, these abilities are a great tool of increasing the gap between you and your opponent and greatly increasing your chances of escaping a fight when the entire team begins to zerg into your 1v1 battle.
The Warrior class is by no means a delicate one to play. It’s all about finding a way to catch your enemy and beat its face in! Knowing what weapons to use for each situation will come to players over time. But hopefully now that you know what the best weapons have to offer you will be able to get an early edge on the battlefield! To arms my fellow Warriors!