Roy’s Mod 10.5 Iron Vanguard DPS/Tank (updated)

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Roy’s Mod 10.5 Iron Vanguard DPS/Tank (updated)

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This is an Iron Vanguard DPS Build that will still allow you to tank end game content. By abandoning the traditional logic that the Swordmaster is best DPS Paragon we replace the Steel Blitz Class Feature with Trample the Fallen and then further improve upon this class feature by choosing the Battle Trample Feat. We make up for our loss of Weapon Master Strike by Improving our Cleave with the Cruel Cut Style Feat and then empowering it with our artifact weapon ability.  I don’t want to assert that this build is any more or less effective than any other builds. It should be considered instead, as a viable alternative to the plethora of Sword Master builds that have been recommended. Although this build is aimed primarily at DPS I have personally tanked CN and FBI without issue using this build and have recently successfully tanked the Dragon Turtle in FBI with no Healer.

Ability Scores

Ability Scores offer a flat increase to various stats. Each ability score effects different stats depending on your character. Additionally you will only receive a bonus once an ability score increases past 10. For example. If you have 12 strength you will receive a 2% bonus to damage, and not 12%.

Strength – 1% Damage Increase, 1% Guard Meter Total, 1% Damage over Time (DOT) Resistance

Dexterity – 1% Resistance Ignored, 1% Area of Effect (AOE) resist, 0.5% deflect chance.

Constitution – 4% Max Hit Points, 1% Action Point (AP) Gain

Wisdom – 1% Control Bonus, 1% Control Resistance

Intelligence – 1% Recharge Speed

Charisma – 1% Combat Advantage Damage, 1% Companion Influence

For This Build:

A pure DPS build should choose Strength and either Charisma or Dexterity and a Pure Tank Build should Choose Dexterity and Constitution. I focused my points on Strength and Constitution. The Raw Damage, Guard Meter, Max Hitpoints and Action Point gain all work together to create a versatile, high damaging and tough character with enough Hit Points to still keep me competitive when tanking Orcus and FBI.

My Scores:

16 Strength
12 Dex
16 (18) Con (+2 Human)
10 Wisdom
10 Intelligence
10 Charisma

 

Race Selection

Human
  • +2 to any Ability Score
  • Versatile Defense: Increase your Defense by 3%.
  • Heroic Effort: You gain an additional Heroic Feat point at levels 10, 15, and 20.

Humans are a great race for just about any class, and they are my choice for Guardian Fighter. The bonus defense is gold, and the extra 3 feats give you great feat versatility. The +2 stat should go into either strength or constitution. I personally chose constitution.

Half Orc
  • +2 Dexterity
  • +2 Constitution or +2 Strength
  • Furious Assault: Your Critical Severity is 5% higher than that of other races
  • Swift Charge: You gain a 10% bonus to run speed for 3 seconds when you enter combat. This effect can only occur once every 20 seconds.

Half-Orcs are another great choice that offers both Offense and Defensive choices. Furious Assault further increases the damage of your critical strikes and Swift Charge can help with positioning and getting those first few hits to build agro. +2 Dexterity is a good defensive stat and your choice of Strength of Constitution fit right with the build. Choose Strength for more damage or Constitution for more hit points.

Halfling
  • +2 Dexterity
  • +2 Charisma or +2 Constitution
  • Nimble Reaction: Your small stature and quick movements grant 3% chance to deflect incoming attacks.
  • Bold: Your fearless nature increases your resistance to Crowd Control effects by 10%

Halfings are great for a more defensive oriented build. Dexterity offers deflection chance that stacks with Nimble Reaction, and the control resistance will keep you fighting and maintaining agro while others may have been rooted or stunned. Choose Charisma for more Damage or Constitution for more hit points.

Dwarf
  • +2 Constitution
  • +2 Strength or +2 Wisdom
  • Stand Your Ground: You have 20% increased resistance to Knock and Repel effects
  • Cast Iron Stomach: You have 10%  increased damage resistance to Damage over Time(DoT) effects

Dwarves are a solid pick. Although their bonuses are a little boring Stand Your Ground is useful. Their stats are amazing for this build with innate Constitution bonus and I would choose Strength over Wisdom.

Dragonborn Available from the Zen Market
  • Ability Scores: Grants you +2 to any two stats.
  • Dragonborn Fury: Your Power and Critical Strike are increased by 3%.
  • Draconic Heritage: You receive 5% more healing from all spells and abilities.

A powerhouse choice, if a little expensive (and ugly) I would Pick +2 Strength and Constitution, Dragonborn Fury is amazing for DPS and your Draconic Heritage will help your cleric keep you alive.

Metallic Dragonborn Available from the Glorious Resurgence Lockbox and Dragonforged Lockbox(PC and Xbox only)
  • Ability Scores: Grants you +2 to any two stats.
  • Dragonborn Fury: Your Power and Critical Strike are increased by 3%.
  • Metallic Ancestry: You receive 3% more healing from all spells and abilities. Your Hit Points are increased by 3%
 Same as the Drargonborn but with 3% more base HP. I’d choose this option over the regular Dragonborn if available.

Feats

I chose the Iron Vanguard, over sword master, and personally feel it is the superior DPS choice.

DPS

Although both builds are fairly similar in focusing on Conqueror path, a more DPS oriented build explores the tactician tree further, Adding Crushing Pin and Battle Trample for bonus damage. Battle Trample and Crushing Pin are why I feel Iron Vanguard is the superior DPS choice. Your daily power will be Indomitable Strength, which will proc your crushing Pin regularly. Battle Trample is far more reliable than the Swordmaster’s Counterpart Steel Blitz. Trample the Fallen deals 20% bonus damage to any controlled NPC. Plus the Battle Trample Feat deals 25% additional weapon damage to any controlled NPC, where as Steel Blitz offers only a 5% chance to deal 80% weapon damage. As such Trample the fallen combined with Battle Trample offers a significantly higher damage potential with the combined effect of added hate generation.

Heroic Feats

  • 3/3 Toughness: Increases your maximum Hit Points by 3/6/9%
  • 3/3 Strength Focus: Increase the effectiveness of Strength by 5/10/15%
  • 3/3 Armor Spec: Increase the effectiveness of Armor Class and Defense by 5/10/15%.
  • 1/3 Shielded Resurgence: When affected by a control power regenerate 2/3/4% of your hit points over 10 seconds.
  • 5/5 Powerful Attack: Increase the damage of your Encounter and At will powers by 2/4/6/8/10%.
  • 3/3 Weapon Mastery: Increased your Critical Chance by 1/2/3%.
  • 2/5 (5/5 if Human) Ubiquitous Shield: Reduce the effects of Combat Advantage against you by 5/10/15/20/25%

Conqueror

  • 5/5Take Measure:  When you are crit, gain Temporary Hit Points equal to 1/2/3/4/5% of your maximum Hit Points.
  • 5/5 Wrathful Warrior: When you have Temporary Hit points, you deal 3/6/9/12/15% more damage.
  • 5/5 Jagged Blades: When you critically strike a foe they begin bleeding. This bleed lasts 10 Seconds and deals 150%/300%/450%/600%750% of your weapon damage over it’s Duration.
  • 5/5 Cruel Cut Style: Cleave now deals 3/6/9/12/15% more damage.
  • 5/5 Tactical superiority: Deal 1/2/3/4/5% more damage and Combat Superiority Grants an Additional 1/2/3/4/5% Damage.
  • 1/1 Reckless Attacker: When struck in combat you gain Reckless Attacker. Reckless Attacker increases your damage by 5% and Critical chance by 2%. Reckless Attacker lasts 10 seconds and stacks up to 5 times.

Tactician

  • 5/5 Fight On: Encounter Cooldowns Reduced by 2/4/6/8/20%.
  • 5/5 Crushing Pin: Your Control Powers cause the target to take 10% bonus damage for 3 seconds.
  • 5/5 Battle Trample: When your Trample the Fallen would cause you to deal more damage, you deal 25% of your weapon damage as additional damage and threat.

Tank

Although still a DPS build at heart, this option gives you just a little more umph in terms of survivability. I’d recommend this build for lesser geared players still struggling to tank CN and other Epic Dungeons. However once sufficiently geared you should be able to switch to the DPS variation without losing your ability to tank effectively.

Heroic Feats

  • 3/3 Toughness: Increases your maximum Hit Points by 3/6/9%.
  • 3/3 Strength Focus: Increase the effectiveness of Strength by 5/10/15%.
  • 3/3 Armor Spec: Increase the effectiveness of Armor Class and Defense by 5/10/15%.
  • 1/3 Shielded Resurgence: When affected by a control power regenerate 2/3/4% of your hit points over 10 seconds.
  • 5/5 Powerful Attack: Increase the damage of your Encounter and At will powers by 2/4/6/8/10%.
  • 3/3 Weapon Mastery: Increased your Critical Chance by 1/2/3%.
  • 2/5 (5/5 if Human) Ubiquitous Shield: Reduce the effects of Combat Advantage against you by 5/10/15/20/25%.

Conqueror

  • 5/5Take Measure:  When you are crit, gain Temporary Hit Points equal to 1/2/3/4/5% of your maximum Hit Points.
  • 5/5 Wrathful Warrior: When you have Temporary Hit points, you deal 3/6/9/12/15% more damage.
  • 5/5 Jagged Blades: When you critically strike a foe they begin bleeding. This bleed lasts 10 Seconds and deals 50%/300%/450%/600%750% of your weapon damage over it’s Duration.
  • 5/5 Cruel Cut Style: Cleave now deals 3/6/9/12/15% more damage.
  • 5/5 Tactical superiority: Deal 1/2/3/4/5% more damage and Combat Superiority Grants an Additional 1/2/3/4/5% Damage.
  • 1/1 Reckless Attacker: When struck in combat you gain Reckless Attacker. Reckless Attacker increases your damage by 5% and Critical chance by 2%. Reckless Attacker lasts 10 seconds and stacks up to 5 times.

Protector

  • 5/5 Plate Agility:  You gain 1/2/3/4/5% chance to deflect attacks.
  • 5/5 Armor of Bahamut: When your guard meter is below 30% take 10% less damage from all sources.
  • 5/5 Shield Defense: You gain 1/2/3/4/5 to AC.

 

Powers

Your powers are going to be fluid. You should be willing to change them frequently and often depending on the situation. As to what powers should you put to rank 4 first. I would Recommend Into the Fray, Enforced Threat, followed by your At Wills. Then to other Encounter Powers such as Commander Strike, Knight’s Valor and Anvil of Doom. Save your Dailies for last.

Paragon Iron Vanguard

At-wills

  • Cleave – Swing through your foes, the third attack deals bonus damage. Also restores 5% stamina.
  • Crushing Surge-Bash your foe with a series of slow, satisfying attacks. The third strike deals additional damage and will Heal you.
 It’s about this point everyone will worry about losing out on Weapon Master Strike, however we have increased Cleave’s damage by 15% with our feats. We will further increase the damage with our artifact set by another 8%. So you will not lose out on too much damage here. Furthermore I prefer Cleave over Weapon Master Strike as Weapon Master Strikes animation can’t be cancelled and can prevent you from getting your shield up in a critical moment, where cleaves can be interrupted.

Class Features

Standard
  • Trample the Fallen – When a foe is affected by control powers deal 5/10/15/20% more damage to it.
  • Combat Superiority- When a foe hits you, you deal 5% Additional Damage to them and they deal 5% less damage to you.
Fangbreaker Island
  • Enhanced Mark – Marked targets now build threat while marked, and you generate an additional 75/150/225/300% more threat while striking them.
  • Combat Superiority- When a foe hits you, you deal 5% Additional Damage to them and they deal 5% less damage to you

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Encounters

DPS Set up (Solo)
  • Lunging Strike
  • Knee Breaker
  • Into the Fray
DPS Set Up (Group)
  • Anvil of Doom
  • Knee Breaker
  • Into the Fray
Tank Set Up
  • Knights Valor
  • Enforced Threat
  • Into the Fray

But Roy, why Knee breaker over Anvil of Doom? Knee breaker counts as a control power. It will proc both the Crushing Pin feat and activate your Trample the fFallen class feature. Because it’s a dot the slow will last for a considerable time giving you plenty of extra bonus damage.

Dailies

  • Fighters Recovery-You steady yourself and gain vigor for the fight to come by temporarily Healing for a large portion of the damage you deal.
  • Villains Menace-With valiant fury you smash the ground, damaging foes around you. In your temporary fervor, you deal increased damage and gain immunity to disabling effects.
  • Indomitable Strength: Pummel your target with a fury of blows knocking them away and leaving them prone.

Fighter’s Recovery should never leave your bar. This daily is amazing. I can tank CN without a healer running this feat. And have just recently tanked the Dragon Turtle in FBI without a healer. For your second option I like to run Villains Menace for Trash Pulls and Mob clearing and switch to Indomitable Strength for single target encounters.

Boons

Tyranny Of Dragons

Tyranny of Dragons Campaign unlocks once you reach Level 26 Speak to Sgt. Knox who will give you the quest Cult on the Rise

  • Dragon’s Claws Grants 400 Power
  • Dragon’s Gaze Grants 400 Critical Strike
  • Draconic Defenser Grants 400 Defense
  • Dragon’s Greed Grants 400 Life Steal
  • Dragon’s Fury Grants 5 increased Critical Severity 1/3
  • Dragon’s Thirst Grants 3% increased Life Steal 1/3
  • Dragon’s Revival Grants 10% incoming Healing 1/3
The Maze Engine

Available from Level 60 Speak to Bruenor Battlehammer in Mantol-Derith

Notes: The quest line takes place after Underdark story however because was cannot get any boons from that campaign until 70 I placed this here like the campaign window guides you.

  • Abyssal Siphoning You gain 5% Life Steal Severity
  • Demonic Resilience Control Affects will now have 5% shorter durations when applied to you
  • Demonic Swiftness You gain Action Points 3% Faster
  • Baphomet’s Might When Striking a foe you have a chance to gain 2000 Critical Strike bonus for 6 seconds
Elemental Evil

Elemental Evil Unlocks at Level 60 Speak to Archdruid Morningdawn in Protectors Enclave

  • Unassailable Tide: +300 Defense and +2000 Maximum Hit Points
  • Heart of Stone: +4% Life Steal Severity Power and +2000 Maximum Hit Points
  • Searing Aggression: +400 Crit and +2000 Maximum Hit Points
  • Gale of Retribution: When taking damage you have a chance to heal up to 24000 Hit Points over a few seconds. After this effect ends, your Critical Strike is increased by 1000 for 10 seconds
Sharandar

Unlocks at 64 Talk to IIIyasha Guldlngstar in Protectors Enclave

  • Dark Fey Warden You Gain 400 Defense
  • Fey Precision You Gain 400 Critical Strike
  • Elven Haste You now Gain Action Points 3% Faster
  • Elven Tranquillity When Being struck by a foe you have a chance to heal yourself for up to 20000 Hit Point
  • Fey Thistle When you deflect an attack you deal 3000 damage

 

Underdark

Unlocks at 60 Speak to Captain Belgold in Protectors Enclave, Notes: You Cant earn boons till Level 70

  • Primordial Vitality You gain 400 Defense and 1600 Hit points
  • Primordial Focus You Gain 400 Critical Strike and 1600 Hit Points
  • Drow Ambush Tactics Combat Advantage damage bonus is increased by 10%
  • Dwarven Footing Control Effects will now have 5% shorter durations when applied to you
  • Abyssal Strikes Gain 10% damage versus demons
Dread Ring

Unlocks at 70 Talk to Sgt. Knox and pick up the quest Conquering our Dread

  • Conjurers Gambit Gain 250 Critical Strike and movement
  • Evoker’s thirst Gain 400 Life Steal
  • Illusion Shimmer You gain 3% Deflect Chance
  • Enraged Growth When taking damage you have a chance to heal up to 20000 Hit Points over a few seconds. After this effect ends you have 4000 more defense for 10 seconds.
  • Endless Consumption  When you steal health from your lifesteal stat, it has a chance to steal 3 times as much.

 

Icewind Dale

Unlocks at Level 70 talk to Sgt. Knox and complete the quest A Chill Wind

  • Weathering the storm You gain 400 AoE Resist
  • Refreshing Chill You Gain 400 stamina Gain
  • Sleet Skills You gain 2% Crit Severity
  • Cold Shoulder When Damaged by a foe you have a chance to proc Cold Shoulder on them, which will reduce the damage of their next attack by up to 2000.
  • Winter’s Bounty When you kill a target you have a chance to gain 10% action points.
Storm Kings Thunder
  • Cold Hearted You Gain 2% Life Steal Severity and 1000 Hit Points
  • Hardy Constitution  Gain 400 Stamina Gain and 2% Everfrost Damage Resist
  • Icy Wrath Chance when taking damage to gain up to 2000 Bonus damage on the next attack.
  • Glacial Strengtht 2% Everfrost Damage Resist, 3200 HP
  • Frozen Reflection When You deflect an attack you deal up 5000 Damage

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Stronghold

The Stronghold boon will be dictated by which boons your guild has unlocked. However I prefer the Power and Defense boons.

 

Gear

I will list the gear that I utilize but I think it’s more important to list the stat priority as not everyone can get all the gear at once.

As a general rule I prioritized Defense, Crit, Power, Deflect Recovery. If at all possible I avoided Armor Pen as I get 4k from my mount and the rest from my companion. For my own personal preference I tried to stack as much defense on my character without relying on my pets bonding stones. If I took hits before my pet entered combat I wanted to live, if I my pet died or was not summoned I still wanted to be tanky. As such your first order business is to get 80% damage resistance on your character. After that stack deflect and crit on your companion.

Weapons:

Twisted Weapon Set

For artifact features I run the improved Combat Superiority Relic Feature and +400 AoE Resist on the off hand.
And I run the and I run Improved Cleave on the Main Hand.

Armor:

Elemental Dragon Flight Head
Elemental Dragon Flgiht Chest
Elemental Dragon Flight Boots
Elemental Drow Craft Gloves

In FBI I run Full Shieldbearer set empowered to Tier 3. The extra HP and Everfrost Resistance makes surviving much easier.

Necklace & Belt

Baphomet Infernal Talisman

Demogorgon’s Girdle of Might

Rings:

Ring of Dod x2

Artifacts:

Shard Wand of Orcus – 1000 Power, 1000 Movement 20% Damage Bonus
Heart of Red Dragon – 1000 Power 1000 Defense
Sigil of the Devoted Cleric – 1000 Power 1000 Defense (This is currently my active artifact)
Symbol of Fire – 1000 Power 1000 Defense

Companion Equipment: (offense)

Ring of Precision
Ring of Dod x2

Companion Equipment: (defense)

Ring of Sudden Deflect
Ring of Stein x2

If you cannot obtain the Orcus set the Lost Mouth set will work for DPS or the Upcoming Valhalla set in 10.5 will be great for tanking. You can also mix and match pieces such as the Greater Belt of Constitution, Lathander Necklace and Another Artifact such as the Guardian Sigil, Horn of Valhalla or Oghma’s Token.

 

Enchantments

I don’t think I need to say you want rank 12 Enchantments. Obviously use the best rank you can afford/obtain and work on gearing up. You should also increase your bonding stones to 12 before worrying about ranking up other enchantments.

Weapon

Vorpal – Increases the Crit Severity for all attacks including at wills, encounters and dailies. Use the highest rank you can afford to deal the most damage possible.

Fey – When you hit a foe with an encounter power you debuff the target so they deal 18% less damage you deal 18% more damage. Great option for both tanking and dealing damage. I would not recommend a Fey enchant unless you can get Transcendent.

Lightning Enchant – Proc a chain lightning hitting multiple mobs. Each time your proc you lower your active cool downs. Less damage than the other two, but will help with threat generation and getting your encounters back faster.

Armor

Soul Forge – Upon death you are automatically revived. No need to level past lesser. My preferred choice.

Negation – Stack damage resistance upon hit. Not particularly useful after you reach the 80% damage resistance cap

Shadowclad – Stack Deflect Chance each time you’re hit. A solid alternative.

Offense

Azures: + Critical – Crit will always deal more damage per point than power until you reach 100% crit. I would recommend you always use azures until your crit is capped.

Radiant: +Power –  Only if your crit is capped.

Defense

Azures: + Defense -You want to stack defense until your Damage Reduction reaches 80%

Silvery: + Deflect – After defense is capped switch focus to Deflect

Utility Only
  • Fey Blessing: You have a % chance after killing a foe to spawn a will o’ the wisp to find an enchantment for you.
  • Dragon hoard: You have a % Chance after killing a foe to find a Refining Stone at your feet.
  • Quartermaster’s: You have a % chance after killing a foe to find a bag of goods, Higher ranks improve the quality of the Bag.
  • Dark Enchant: Increased Run Speed – Switch to these once all your refinement has been completed.
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  • Greater Corrupt Black Ice Enchantment: when dealing damage you have a chance to empower yourself with corrupt black ice, granting 800 power for 8 seconds, Additionally you Generate 1.25% of your AP each seconds while affected by this buff.
  • Greater Corrupt Lethal Enchantment:  when dealing damage you have a chance to empower yourself with corrupt black ice, granting 800 Critical Strike for 8 seconds, Additionally you Generate 1.25% of your AP each seconds while affected by this buff.

Companions

I use a Con Artist as my Active companion. When I go into FBI I switch his offensive rings to defensive rings for added survivability. I also switch my other pets for more tank oriented active bonuses. This can be tedious but will pay dividends when tanking in top tier content. You’ll want to use the highest rank bonding stones you can obtain. Rank your bonding stones up before worrying about increasing other enchants. Once you obtain bonding stones rank 8 or higher you’ll no longer want to use Augment pets as the bondings will net you a higher total stat value on an active companion.

Offensive Companions
  • Fire Archon Active Bonus: Increases your damage against targets below 50% health by 7%. Each additional active Archon increases this bonus by .5%,
  • Air Archon increases your damage against targets not at full health by +2/3/5.% Each additional active Archon increases this bonus by .5%
  • Siegemaster – Increases damage by 4%. 8% if in your stronghold
  • Eriynes of Belial – Increases crit severity by 10%
  • Will-o’-wisp – 3 Rings, 2x offense 1 times defense (switch rings when DPSing)
Defensive Companions
  • Rust Monster – When struck by a foe there is a 25% chance to reduce their damage by 5%. Stacks 3 times.
  • Psuedo Dragon – Chance on hit to restore Stamina or Guard Meter
  • Phase Spider – Reduces the effect of combat advantage by 25%
  • Energon – Increases your max hit points by 5%
  • Will-o’-wisp – 3 Rings, 2x offense 1 times defense (switch rings when tanking)

 Mounts

  • Axe Beak (Legacy) – The 4k armor pen is essential for this build as I do not gain armor pen anywhere else. besides my companions base stats. These two alone are sufficient to push you over the 60% resistance ignored bench mark.
Current insignia’s are
  • Gladiator’s Guile-When your Stamina is above 75%, you move 15% faster. When your Stamina is below 25%, you gain 15% of your Power as Stamina Gain
  • Victim’s Preservation Whenever you take greater than 35% of your maximum Hit Points in pre-mitigated damage in asingle blow you are healed for 10% of your max hit points over 5 seconds(This effect can occur every 10 seconds)
  • Barbarians Revelry – Whenever you perform a crit strike, you will heal yourself for 2% of your maximum hit points.
  • Survivors Blessing – Whenever you Deflect an attack, you are healed for 3% of your maximum Hit Points over 4 seconds.
  • Magistrates Patience – Whenever you perform a Critical Strike, your target will gain a stack of Magistrate’s Consideration. Enemies affected by Magistrate’s Consideration take Psychic Damage equal to 10% of your Power over 4 seconds. Allies affected by Magistrate’s Consideration are healed for 3% of your maximum Hit Points over 4 seconds

Stats

Base Stats

With Companion (DPS Gear)
With Companion (Tank Gear)

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  • Nightmare xena
    January 5, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    You really put time and effort into this build display and I think you did fantastic. I’m a witness to this builds ability and I can tell you this has the be my favourite Tanky dude. =)

  • Bnp
    January 7, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Ring of Dod? What are those, please?

  • Tanasie Sorin
    January 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    can u put screen’s of the powers?

  • Profile photo of swapilot
    January 7, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    This is one very well thought out and extremely well written guide. I have been playing a Tactian Tank for a while now but at times I would like to play something with more DPS. I will be giving this build a try. Again, well written guide.

  • Nick
    January 7, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Nice guide from what gear score should i tey this out am pure tank right now 2,5k score . And this build can tank orcus? Cause even with my 2,5 pure tank i have problems with him 🙁

    • Profile photo of Roy
      January 8, 2017 at 2:43 am

      Tanking Orcus really comes down to knowing when you can put down your shield and when to leave it up. This build can tank orcus but it doesnt leave much room for mistakes. When you tank orcus be sure to approach Orcus with your shield up. Mark him and start poking at Orcus to build threat. Immediately after orcus hits you drop your shield and activate a power and put your shield up. You’ll want to make sure to use enforce threat as that restores a portion of your guard meter so you can keep your shield up longer, you may also want to run shield talent for additional guard meter instead of another class feature. Finally make sure to use Fighters recovery when ever it is up (be sure to time activating it with his swings though) when his phase change occurs back away from orcus if it’s the balls and move back in when they disappear.

  • Nick
    January 8, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks i have another question? Am sitting at 40dmg reduction. But je hits me twice and am down, my question is, is it because of my positioning or i need more dmg reduction? I dnt understand why he hits me with my shield am down.

    • Profile photo of Roy
      January 8, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Definitely need to get your Damage Reduction up. The most important stat you have as a tank is your Dame Reduction. You need to get it as close to 80% (or over) as you can. Second is your hit points. Definitely need to get over 100k. Try getting Dusk Armor from the trade bar merchant or Dragon Flight if you’re in a guild that runs dragons. If you’re in a guild make sure you have your defense boon turned on.

  • dreadlast411
    January 10, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    which dragon flight peices do you get raid or ward and is it the same for shieldbearer?

    • Profile photo of Roy
      January 11, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      I use the Raid sets for both Dragon Flight and Shield Bearer from FBI. The Ward sets offer a strange assortment of stats that do not appeal to me.

  • TankASkank
    January 12, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    This is a very well written guide i have been working with this and it words amazingly well nice job 🙂

  • Anderson Papeti
    January 15, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    On the feats pic on conqueror the first one is showing the top one and on the descripiton is saying Take Measure that is the bottom one

  • Rushmore01
    January 18, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Hey dude how do you get to 30k defense?

    • Profile photo of Roy
      January 19, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      A couple of items. I made sure to always prioritize my defense. So my artifacts all give Defense, (except orcus shard) My Defense slots are all Azures, my Armor is reinforced with Defense Kits, My insignias are all defense if it was an option. When choosing boons I always chose defense over other offensive options. I use an axe beak but you could also choose to use a +defense mount bonus as well. Also make sure you’re in a guild and activate the +defense boon if they have one.

      • Rushmore01
        January 20, 2017 at 10:24 pm

        kk ty alot nice guide , feel like I can tank alot more. With my old build I was immune for about 5 secs but when I wasnt i always was 1 hit.

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