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First Intention Wardancer Build Guide for PvE

Build

required skill points: 356

The First Intention Build disables your Esoteric orbs generation entirely, making it impossible for you to use heavy-hitting DPS Esoteric skills.

To make up for that, your play style becomes much simpler and your entire damage is buffed by 15%/20%/25% depending on your engraving level.

Want to try out the other Wardancer build? Check out our Esoteric Skill Enhancement build.

Flash Heat Fang

10

Flash Heat Fang

Fist of DarknessWeak Point DetectionAdrenaline Rush
Judgment
Sky Shattering Blow

7

Sky Shattering Blow

Excellent MobilityReady Attack
Bleed
Lightning Kick

10

Lightning Kick

Sharp MovementThunder KickFlash Lightning
Quick Recharge
Moon Flash Kick

10

Moon Flash Kick

Intense ShockSingle HitFull Moon Kick
Galewind
Wind's Whisper

10

Wind's Whisper

Blessing of the WindQuick PrepReady Attack
Focus
Roar of Courage

10

Roar of Courage

Magick ControlQuick PrepFatal Wave
Focus
Sweeping Kick

10

Sweeping Kick

Weak Point DetectionShadowcleavePure Excellence
Galewind
Energy Combustion

10

Energy Combustion

Combustible ArmorIntense BattleLast Whisper
Conviction

Skill priority

Sweeping Kick
Moon Flash Kick
Flash Heat Fang
Energy Combustion
Lightning Kick
Sky Shattering Blow
Wind's Whisper
Roar of Courage

PrioritizeSweeping KickSweeping Kick, Moon Flash KickMoon Flash Kick as main damage skills to max, then go for Wind's WhisperWind's Whisper and Roar of CourageRoar of Courage synergy skills.

Sky Shattering BlowSky Shattering Blow can be lvl 4, but lvl 7 gives access to the atk power tripod for extra damage.

How to play

Main combo rotation:

  • Ultimate Skill: Flash Rage BlowUltimate Skill: Flash Rage Blow > Energy CombustionEnergy Combustion > Roar of CourageRoar of Courage > Wind's WhisperWind's Whisper > Sweeping KickSweeping Kick > Moon Flash KickMoon Flash Kick > Sky Shattering BlowSky Shattering Blow.

Note:

For Energy CombustionEnergy Combustion, pay attention to its ending time 2-3 seconds before it ends. Buff your self once again with the 2 synergy skills and stay close to the target.

engravings

First Intention

3

First Intention

Grudge

3

Grudge

Ambush Master

3

Ambush Master

Raid Captain

3

Raid Captain

Keen Blunt Weapon

3

Keen Blunt Weapon

First IntentionFirst Intention at lvl 3 is mandatory since it gives 32% extra damage on all skills, level 1 gives only 16%.

Raid CaptainRaid Captain is a valuable engraving in this build due to the high movement speed that can cap too easily when using Wind's WhisperWind's Whisper, so the total damage from Raid Captain is 45% of 40% (movespeed) = 18% total damage increase.

All Wardancer skills are back attack, so Ambush MasterAmbush Master is provides a significant damage advantage.

Keen Blunt WeaponKeen Blunt Weapon is only viable if using 4 Dominion 2 Nightmare.

If you use 2-set Entropy Relic Set, Entropy already provides crit damage, it's recommended to replace Keen Blunt WeaponKeen Blunt Weapon with Cursed DollCursed Doll or Mass IncreaseMass Increase.

combat stats

Crit

500

Swiftness

1500

Specialization

0

Endurance

0

Domination

0

Expertise

0

The First Intention build relies on spamming normal skills. Max Swiftness is the best option to lower all cooldowns of skills.

Recommended Sets:

  • Item level 1370: Argos set (Preordained Diligence) provides crit rate buff by 3% stack up to 5 times.
  • Item level 1445:
    • 4 Dominion 2 Nightmare is the standard First Intention Relic setup. You get the large damage bonus and cooldown reduction from Dominion, as well as Nightmare’s massive QoL of 50% Mana Cost Reduction and another damage increase (as all of our skills cost mana). This setup trades 3% Damage Boost compared to 6 Dominion for permanently solving all of the mana issues FI is riddled with.
    • 4 Dominion 2 Entropy is the standard Back Attack-focused Relic setup for First Intention. Take note that this setup also needs specific Card Sets for maximum effectiveness.

Attack Gems

Sweeping Kick

Sweeping Kick

Moon Flash Kick

Moon Flash Kick

Energy Combustion

Energy Combustion

Flash Heat Fang

Flash Heat Fang

Lightning Kick

Lightning Kick

Prioritize attack gems on the main damage skills in the following order:

  1. Energy CombustionEnergy Combustion.
  2. Sweeping KickSweeping Kick
  3. Moon Flash KickMoon Flash Kick
  4. Flash Heat FangFlash Heat Fang

  5. Lightning KickLightning Kick is optional to use ATK gem on it.

Cooldown Gems

Sweeping Kick

Sweeping Kick

Moon Flash Kick

Moon Flash Kick

Flash Heat Fang

Flash Heat Fang

Roar of Courage

Roar of Courage

Wind's Whisper

Wind's Whisper

Sky Shattering Blow

Sky Shattering Blow

Prioritize cooldown gems on synergy skills then high CD damage skills in the following order:

  1. Roar of CourageRoar of Courage
  2. Wind's WhisperWind's Whisper
  3. Sweeping KickSweeping Kick
  4. Moon Flash KickMoon Flash Kick
  5. Flash Heat FangFlash Heat Fang

Anything that comes after is optional.

gear tripods

Wind's Whisper
Blessing of the WindBlessing of the Wind
Quick PrepQuick Prep
Ready AttackReady Attack
Roar of Courage
Quick PrepQuick Prep
Energy Combustion
Combustible ArmorCombustible Armor
Intense BattleIntense Battle
Last WhisperLast Whisper
Sweeping Kick
Weak Point DetectionWeak Point Detection
ShadowcleaveShadowcleave
Pure ExcellencePure Excellence
Moon Flash Kick
Intense ShockIntense Shock
Single HitSingle Hit
Full Moon KickFull Moon Kick
Flash Heat Fang
Fist of DarknessFist of Darkness
Weak Point DetectionWeak Point Detection
Adrenaline RushAdrenaline Rush
Lightning Kick
Sharp MovementSharp Movement
Thunder KickThunder Kick
Flash LightningFlash Lightning
Sky Shattering Blow
Ready AttackReady Attack

High Priority:

  • Wind's WhisperWind's Whisper > Ready AttackReady Attack.
  • Sweeping KickSweeping Kick > Pure ExcellencePure Excellence > Weak Point DetectionWeak Point Detection.
  • Flash Heat FangFlash Heat Fang > Weak Point DetectionWeak Point Detection - Adrenaline RushAdrenaline Rush.
  • Moon Flash KickMoon Flash Kick > Full Moon KickFull Moon Kick.

Medium Priority:

  • Moon Flash KickMoon Flash Kick > Single HitSingle Hit.
  • Energy CombustionEnergy Combustion > Intense BattleIntense Battle - Last WhisperLast Whisper.
  • Wind's WhisperWind's Whisper > Quick PrepQuick Prep.
  • Sweeping KickSweeping Kick > ShadowcleaveShadowcleave.
  • Flash Heat FangFlash Heat Fang > Fist of DarknessFist of Darkness.

Low Priority:

  • Energy CombustionEnergy Combustion > Combustible ArmorCombustible Armor.
  • Sky Shattering BlowSky Shattering Blow > Ready AttackReady Attack.
  • Lightning KickLightning Kick > Thunder KickThunder Kick - Flash LightningFlash Lightning.