In WildStar, the Warrior is the preeminent melee class – wielders of big sharp objects that slash and dash enemies with speed and power. Here brute force is the name of the game, the Warrior unmatched on terms of strength and durability able to serve as both tanks and DPS (the dealers of damage). The WildStar Warrior class will be equipped with a two-handed sowrd and an arm rockets doubling as a shield, increasing their high survivability.
Warriors are good solo levelers, but excel in PvP due to their mobility and relatively high ability to control crowds of enemies. Thus, it is important to invest in these strengths to ease your leveling up. For instance, the Kick skill is a great choice because it can knock enemies back – a big boon for crowd control – clearing enemies from your character on a congested field of battle. Following this up with the Leap skill gives you the opportunity to disrupt the movement of your enemy again while keeping your ability to make additional moves. Disrupting, or interrupting, the enemy is all important as not only will it increase your survivability, but also causes the enemy to go into what’s called a Moment of Opportunity where they take increased damage (150%).
Leap is definitely an ability that every Warrior build must possess. It acts as way to both exit tight situations and enter combat, leaping back into the range to strike immediately after dodging. Additionally, the Concussion Grenade is helpful for dealing damage to large amounts of enemies, helping your leveling, as the Concussion Grenade stuns the entire cast of opponents in its radius. Combining this ability with the Plasma Saw ability, your Warrior will be able to affect a huge amount of burst radius damage in a single blow.
In terms of leveling, it is slightly easier and quicker to gain levels with a DPS build rather than a tank build, but you can reduce the difference by combining a traditional tank build with a few DPS abilities and gear. It won’t hurt to mix and match as you’ll have until level 20 to decide which route you want to go. Overall, though, you will want to nail down abilities that help with mobility and crowd control as those combos will speed leveling the most.
Outside of that, there are abilities like Overdrive which can be put to good use as mentioned here. To explain, cell charges are the resource you use to deal damage. The fast the cells charge with energy, the more damage your character will give. Overdrive prevents energy decay allowing you to build up cell charges quickly and even out massive amounts of damage (a 25% increase) to a number of enemies. On this end, you’ll want to focus on investing in Strength – though Stamina and Technology are also needed – as that will obviously allow you to deal the most damage, which is the Warrior’s main use: taking the enemy to its knees.