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Beginner Tank Build – Blade/Hammer

Build created by Ciritty
Posted by Ciritty on January 25, 2014
Last updated by Vikestart on October 12, 2015
  • Abilities
  • Gear
  • Effectiveness
TypeDungeon Tank Build
AP Cost188
AP CostQL 3 Uncommon
  • AbilityBlade Torrent
  • AbilityBalanced Blade
  • AbilityAftershock
  • AbilityStonewalled
  • AbilityMartial Discipline
  • AbilityTrucker
  • AbilityStunning Swirl
  • AbilityAgitator
  • AbilityBreakdown
  • AbilityStone Cold
  • AbilitySharp Blades
  • AbilityPerfect Storm
  • AbilityParadigm Shift
  • AbilityCool, Calm & Collected
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Gear Stats
You’ll want some health and attack rating, don’t take any heal rating at all. Your choices will be limited initially, aim for as much block rating as you can, some penetration rating will also come in handy.

The Polaris

Hell Raised

The Darkness War

Hell Fallen

The Ankh

The Facility

Hell Eternal

The Slaughterhouse

The Penthouse

The Manufactory

Manufactory Breached



New York

Agartha Defiled



El Dorado







A beginner tanking build, this will work fine in normal mode dungeons and elite mode dungeons but can be made a lot better as you obtain Ability Points. Recommended to personalize and improve the build before heading into nightmare mode dungeons. More Tanking information can be found in this elaborate pink tanking guide!


This build will work for dungeons, this assumes that you have a healer and preferably 3 dps backing you up.

You as a tank apply exposed, which will make dungeons 30% faster!

Try to spread your defensive cooldowns out a bit, your aim is to maintain hate and to keep yourself from dying for now.

You can use Stunning Swirl to impair special abilities such as Charged Hack.

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  • allahandra

    hey ciritty, quick question. i am a bit further atm and was wondering. (for the blade / hammer tank build)
    If i change balance blade to clearing the path , trucker another impair( dont know witch yet) stone cold by 12 gouge and sharp blades by verocity.

    That way i was thinking i start with 1 blade torrent , next clearing the path for penetration in rotation ( this activated 12 gouge for the weakened stat) with 5 resourses on hammer going for afterchock. Offcourse verocity for a higher pen on my builder . Or i can change verocity too iron maiden for a overal pen increase.

    srr for bad englisch


  • Ciritty

    Hey! Apologies for the late reply i plan on making advanced builds for all 3 of the beginner tank builds at some point. For now i recommend you go through my Pink Tank guide and check which abilities i recommend there!

    (What you listed in your post will work but you need some pen before using 12 gauge even if you use 1 resource clearing the path, about 400)