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Best Sword Builds & Recommended Loadouts

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Check out this Dauntless guide on how to build for the weapon - Sword! Includes exotic & lifesteal build guides, overview of each build, and more!

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Overview & Strengths

Flexible Weapon For Severing Behemoth Parts

Flexible Weapon For Severing Behemoth Parts

The Sword is an iconic weapon in Dauntless - very flexible in attack power and speed. It has excellent cutting power, perfect for cutting Behemoth tails and breaking parts.

Sword Can Boop & Interrupt Behemoth Attacks

The Sword has the capability to boop or interrupt certain Behemoth moves with its heavy attack. This makes it a useful weapon to learn when fighting solo and great for damage in multiplayer.

Needs To Be In Close-Range To Attack & Fill Meter

Needs To Be In Close-Range To Fill Meter

The Sword has a meter you need to charge in order to use your special skills but you need to be in close-range of the Behemoth to actually hit them.

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Beginner Part-Breaking Sword Build

High Attack Power Focusing On Part-Breaking

High Attack Power Focusing On Part-Breaking Damage
Equipped Gear
Gear Bound Perk
Equipped Cell
Ember Cutlass
(Sword)
+3 Evasive Fury
+3 Evasive Fury Cell
+3 Evasion Cell
Draskscale Helmet
(Head)
+3 Aetheric Attunement
+3 Sharpened Cell
Shell of the Swarm
(Torso)
+3 Bladestorm
+3 Bladestorm Cell
Gnasher Grips
(Arm)
+3 Ragehunter
+3 Ragehunter Cell
Gnasher Treads
(Leg)
+3 Tough
+3 Sharpened Cell
Embermane's Rapture
(Lantern)
+3 Aetheric Attunement Cell

Weapon Mods

  • Valiant Overdrive
  • Adhesive Hilt

Perk Summary

  • +6 Aetheric Attunement
  • +6 Bladestorm
  • +6 Evasive Fury
  • +6 Ragehunter
  • +6 Sharpened
  • +3 Evasion
  • +3 Tough

Beginner High Damage Part-Breaking Build

Focuses On Breaking Behemoth Parts & Damage-Dealing

This build supplements the Sword's capabilities in severing monster parts such as tails. Bladestorm and Sharpened amp up part-breaking damage while Evasive Fury will increase the Sword's attack speed.

Break Parts With Bladestorm & Sharpened

Bladestorm does extra part damage in every hit and amps this up extremely when you dodge after an attack. Sharpened complements this by adding more part damage per hit.

Add Attack Speed With Evasive Fury & Embermane's Rapture

In this build, your attack speed will increase when Evasive Fury is activated. Dodge through an attack to increase your attack speed for 16 seconds.

Ragehunter Deals More Damage On Enraged Behemoths

With Ragehunter activated, your attack power will increase against enraged Behemoths. This is a perfect match with part-breaking damage as you'll hit the Behemoth harder when it's enraged.

The Hunger Exotic Tank Build

End-Game Exotic Build For Damage & Survivability

End-Game Exotic Weapon Build For Damage & Survivability
Equipped Gear
Gear Bound Perk
Equipped Cell
The Hunger
(Sword)
+3 Overpower Cell
+3 Energized Cell
Light's Crown
(Head)
+3 Conduit
+3 Cunning Cell
Gnasher Cloak
(Torso)
+3 Tough
+3 Tough Cell
Light's Refuge
(Arm)
+3 Conduit
+3 Cunning Cell
Dance of the Swarm
(Leg)
+3 Conditioning
+3 Overpower Cell
Koshai's Bloom
(Lantern)
+3 Energized Cell

Weapon Mods

  • Adhesive Hilt

Perk Summary

  • +6 Conduit
  • +6 Cunning
  • +6 Energized
  • +6 Overpower
  • +6 Tough
  • +3 Conditioning

End-Game Build With The Hunger Exotic Weapon

Build To Survive The Hunger's Special Feast Perk

The Hunger is an Exotic Sword that has a special Perk called Feast. You take damage over time in exchange for increase attack power, speed, & lifesteal. This build helps offset that, giving you tankier HP and buffing your attack speed & power.

More HP & Increased Healing With Tough

The Tough Perk instantly adds 500 to your HP bar, allowing you to survive the dangers of The Hunger's Feast. It also increases the amount of healing you get from different sources such as pots or Aetheric vents.

Overpower & Cunning Adds Damaging Power

Overpower will add more damage per hit when the Behemoth is staggered while Cunning increases your chance of landing critical hits. You deal more damage and make the hunt faster, allowing you to survive while wielding The Hunger.

Energized Lets You Fill Meter Faster

When you have Energized equipped, you'll fill up your Sword meter much faster, allowing you to activate your special very quickly & often in the hunt. This will help you do more damage and hunt the Behemoth faster.

Attack Faster With Conduit

When using the Hold ability of your Lantern, you'll activate the Conduit Perk. This increases your attack speed and those of Slayers around you for a short period. Make sure to activate your Lantern when the Behemoth is down or stationary.

Beginner Friendly DPS & Survivability Build

Early to End-Game Iceborne / Lifesteal Build

End-Game Exotic Weapon Build For Damage & Survivability
Equipped Gear
Gear Bound Perk
Equipped Cell
Onus of Boreus
(Sword)
+ 3 Conditioning
+3 Rage Cell
+3 Tough Cell
Hellplate Casque
(Head)
+3 Ragehunter
+3 Wild Frenzy
Gnasher Cloak
(Torso)
+3 Tough
+3 Iceborne
Gnasher Grips
(Arm)
+3 Ragehunter
+3 Rage
Boreal March
(Leg)
+3 Iceborne
+3 Wild Frenzy
Drask's Eye
(Lantern)
+3 Energized Cell

Weapon Mods

  • Valiant Overdrive
  • Adhesive Hilt

Perk Summary

  • +6 Iceborne
  • +6 Rage
  • +6 Ragehunter
  • +6 Tough
  • +6 Wild Frenzy
  • +3 Conditioning
  • +3 Energized

Early to End-Game Loadout Using Iceborne / Lifesteal

Easy To Assemble Early to Mid Game

This build utilizes easy to acquire items, mostly from Boreus and Gnasher, which are one of the few Behemoths that you face early game. The only challenging bit here is acquiring the Hellion helmet.

Great for End-Game DPS & Survivability

Iceborne, Rage and Wild Frenzy synergize well as they give various buffs when a Slayer is low health. These become more viable perks to have at the end-game when Behemoths start to hit harder.

Core Perks Must Be Allocated On Armor

Iceborne, Rage, and Wild Frenzy which are the main requirements for this build must be allocated on armor pieces, so it's easier to swap out weapons.

More HP & Increased Lifesteal With Tough

A maxed out Tough Perk adds 500 to your HP bar, giving you a bigger health pool, while improving healing from all sources which also works well with Iceborne!

Has Neutral Resistance Against Behemoths

The Hellplate Casque and the Boreal March's resistances will cancel each other out, maintaining neutral resistance against all Behemoth types.

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