Best Warrior build: Two-Handed Highest damage

Best Warrior build: Two-Handed Highest damage - Dragon Age: Origins (DAO)

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This time I prepared a two-handed warrior build that has 93 strength at level 20. Trust me, the damage output of this is insane. Coupled with certain items, you can spam skills and kill normal enemies with 2-3 hits. The build is pure damage dealer with Heavy armor, ripping everything that comes close to it. Everything works on Nightmare difficulty

Let us go through the build


Dragon age origins destroyer attributes

  • Dexterity - minimal investment. This attribute will increase your Attack value. However, this build mainly uses active abilities. They do not need dexterity as they always hit.
  • Strength put all the points into this attribute, no reason to spend on anything else. Due to how the game works you should be getting hp and defense from your armors sufficiently

  • Willpower - occasional point. The build mostly uses talents and they cost stamina. Having more will allow using special two-handed attacks for longer.

You should not be putting any of your points elsewhere. Doing “The Fade: Lost in Dreams” will provide you with additional Cunning needed for Master Coercion – if you plan to use it. So I suggest doing the Circle quest first


Dragon age origins destroyer skills

Depends on what you plan to use or play. You should definitely get level 1 pickpocketing for additional questline in Denerim.

Get maximum Combat training, you will need it for Two-handed weapon skills.

Pick Coercion if you will like to persuade some NPCs to get additional rewards. Use “Tome of Skill and Sundry” to get points faster


Dragon age origins destroyer specializations

Your main priority is damage output. So the first specialization will be Berserker. You get +2 strength and access to talents which will increase your DPS even more.

The second specialization should be Champion. Your priority is getting the Warcy and Superiority talents, which I will explain their use case later on

Talents and Spells

Dragon Age origins Destroyer talents

  • Take all the talents which increase your damage. That is the main priority. You should be trying to get 3-4 talents from the Two-Handed weapon tree which deal damage, as you will constantly use skills.

  • Take the whole Two-Handed tree

  • Take the first row of the Warrior tree. Deathblow will restore stamina after you kill an enemy. And you will be killing a lot of enemies. This is needed to sustain active skill usage

  • Berserker tree will provide you with a sustained ability that increases your damage.

  • Save the champion tree for last in the game, your aim is to use Warcry to knock down enemies when you will jump into the fight. Because usually, you will be running before the tank

Here is how I recommend allocating ability points during the progression:

Order Skill Description
1 Pommel Strike Although this ability is not strong, it is great early in the game as you can knock out an enemy.
2 Mighty Blow A strong early-game ability that ensures that you deal a critical hit
3 Powerful We want to get this ability early in the game as it increases Warden's health and reduces the fatigue penalty from wearing heavy armors.
4 Indomitable We take this for progression
5 Powerful Swings One of your main sustained abilities. It will increase your damage but reduce the attack value.
6 Two-Handed Strength Decreases the penalty to attack when Powerful Swings are active
7 Stunning Blows This passive ability gives a chance that your attacks may stun an enemy.
8 Berserk This sustained ability will increase Warden's damage, but reduce stamina regeneration
9 Resilience With this upgrade, Berserk will provide bonus health regeneration
10 Constraint Reduces Berserk ability's penalty to stamina regeneration
11 Critical Strike This ability ensures that if your hit lands it is a critical hit. It enables it to deal large amounts of damage.
12 Two-Handed Sweep A strong AOE ability that can be used to knock out enemies in front of the Warden
13 Final Blow Berserker ability that drains all stamina, but as a result, gives bonus damage to a single hit
14 Sunder Arms We mainly take this for progression
15 Shattering Blows We mainly take this for progression
16 Sunder Armor Reduces enemy armor value. Good against opponents with high HP
17 Destroyer A passive that makes a normal attack decreases the enemy armor value
18 War Cry This ability will reduce enemy attack and defense values. It will allow Warden to land hits easier on enemies
19 Rally We mainly take this for progression
20 Motivate We mainly take this for progression
21 Superiority Allows War Cry ability to knock out enemies if a physical resistance check is passed
22 Threaten We mainly take this for progression
23 Bravery Increases Warden's physical and mental resistances and gives bonus damage
24 Death Blow After each enemy kill you will restore a portion of your stamina.


In this section, I will go through the recommended gear for this Warden build. Your aim is to get all items that increase strength, stamina and decreases your Fatigue. Because you will be constantly spamming skills. 


Item Details
Chasind great maul iconChasind Great Maul An extremely good maul. It provides increased damage, three rune slots, and an increase in stamina. Perfect for a build that uses many active abilities
Nug crusher iconNug Crusher If you play Return to Ostagar early, you can get this Maul. It gives increases dexterity and stamina.
stafang greatsword iconStarfang (Greatsword) This greatsword increases your attack, perfect synergy with Powerful Swings
Dragonbone cleaver iconDragonbone Cleaver To get this axe you will need to play WItch Hunt DLC and kill Varterral


Item Details
Helm of Honnleath iconHelm of Honnleath This is the best helmet in the game. It is THE BEST option. It will increase Warden's damage and stamina
corruption iconCorruption Helm Although this is an extremely good helmet, you obtain it close to the end of the game. It will boost dexterity allowing Warden to avoid more enemy attacks, especially if you chose him as a tank.
cailan's helm iconCailan's Helm Use the helmet together with the Cailan's armor set. The helmet gives bonus armor and mental resistance
Executioner's Helm iconExecutioner’s Helm This helmet provides bonus stamina so that Warden could use more active abilities
Bergen's honor iconBergen’s Honor Great helmet that you can buy in the Party Camp. Not only does it boost your defensive stats but it also provides a bonus attack. This results in fewer attacks being missed while Powerful Swings are active
Helm of the deep iconHelm of the Deep Boost to the constitution for a bigger HP pool. A great helmet as you earn it for free early in the game


For armor, early to mid-game, you can equip the Cailan armor set or Warden Commander Armor Set.

However, by the end of the game, you should be running with Wade Superior Heavy Dragonscale armor set or Legion of the Dead armor set. The first one allows to lower fatigue with the set. The second set greatly increases damage.

Item Details
Armor of the Legion iconArmor of the Legion Part of the Legion of the Dead armor set that boosts damage. The armor by itself provides 3 willpower allowing to have a larger stamina pool
Evon's The great mail iconEvon the Great’s Mail Counts toward Wade's Superior Heavy Dragonscale armor set. Provides larger bonuses than base armor
Wade's SUperior heavy dragonscale armor iconWade's Superior Heavy Dragonscale Armor If you cannot afford Evon the Great’s Mail, go for this one as it will come with the crafted set
cailan's breastplateCailan's Breastplate Use the armor together with the Cailan's armor set. The chest piece gives additional armor and physical resistance
warden commander armor iconWarden Commander Armor Use it together with the Warden Commander Armor set. The armor provides stamina regeneration and armor
Blood dragon plate iconBlood Dragon plate I recommend using this armor early in the game because you get it with the Ultimate Edition and no investment is needed. Later on, switch it with one of the armor sets mentioned above


Item Details
gloves of the legion iconGloves of the Legion Part of the Legion of the Dead armor set
Wade's Superior Heavy Dragonscale Gauntlets iconWade's Superior Heavy Dragonscale Gauntlets Use it for Wade's Superior Heavy Dragonscale armor set.
Cailan's Gauntlets iconCailan's Gauntlets Use it together with the Cailan's armor set. The gloves will be effective with a Critical Strike ability.
Warden commander gloves iconWarden Commander Gloves Equip together with the Warden Commander armor set. The gloves give a bonus of 10% fire resistance


Item Details
Boots of the legion iconBoots of the Legion Part of the Legion of the Dead armor set. unfortunately, the boots by themselves, do not provide any bonuses
Wade's Superior Heavy Dragonscale Boots iconWade's Superior Heavy Dragonscale Boots Use it together with other Wade's Superior Heavy Dragonscale armor set items.
Cailan's Greaves Use it together with the Cailan's armor set. The boots provide additional armor.
Warden commander boots iconWarden Commander Boots Equip together with the Warden Commander armor set. The boots give a bonus of 50 stamina


Item Details
Andruil's blessing iconAndruil’s Blessing The best belt in the game provides a large boost to all stats and gives stamina regeneration
Cinch of skillful maneuvering iconCinch of Skillful Maneuvering You get this belt after you finish Witch Hunt DLC. So it may not be accessible to everyone. It provides +1 to all attributes
Dalish Hunter's Belt iconDalish Hunter's Belt Provides bonus stamina regeneration. Good belt to allow Warden to use more abilities.
Dwarven Warrior's Belt iconDwarven Warrior's Belt This belt can only be obtained if your main character has Dwarven commoner origin. It provides a bonus to armor and strength


The High Regard of House Dace is the last recommended amulet. The build's main focus is strength and that amulet, unfortunately, does not provide much of it.

Item Details
Pearl of Anointed iconPearl of the Anointed +1 to all attributes, good all-around amulet
Heart of Witherfang iconHeart of Witherfang This amulet gives +1 to strength, although you will have to kill Witherfang
The high Regard of House dace amulet iconThe High Regard of House Dace You could call this an overpowered amulet. It gives a lot of cunning, stamina, stamina regeneration, etc. However, to get it you need to finish Golems of Amgarrak DLC.


Item Details
Key to the city iconKey to the City As this is one of the best rings in the game it may be taken by the main character. However, if there is a possibility, equip it on Warden for +2 to all attributes
Dawn ring iconDawn Ring This ring is extremely good and provides +4 to strength. Unfortunately, it is available quite late in the game
harvest festival ringHarvest Festival Ring Equip this ring if you want Warden to deal more damage and miss fewer attacks.
ring of the warrior iconRing of the Warrior Similar to Harvest Festival Ring, however, does not provide a bonus attack
Lloyd's Magic Ring iconLloyd's Magic Ring The ring can be obtained in Redcliffe Village. it provides +2 strength
the lucky stone iconThe Lucky Stone Another good ring, that provides +1 to all attributes.


Dragon Age origins destroyer tactics

You should always have Powerful Swings and Berserk active. This will maximize your damage. Moreover, this build does not rely on basic attacks, they will most likely miss. You constantly need to use active abilities.

  1. At the start of the fight, I would usually run in front of the party (even before the tank).
  2. As I would be surrounded by enemies I would use Warcry.
  3. After that Two-Handed sweep.
  4. Now, most of the enemies would be knocked down and use your abilities on each of them: Mighty Blow, Critical Strike, etc. Usually, 2 skills are enough to take down a normal enemy.

In case you fight a mage, it is also a good idea to use Pommel Strike which would interrupt their casting.


This build is a pure damage beast and should be really fun for those that like this type of gameplay.

Please leave your opinion below in the discussion section on the build :)

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What are the base attributes?

Could you care to elaborate? If you mean the points when starting the game - everything to Strength. Maybe 1 or 2 to Constitution.


This build is sooooo squishy and constantly runs out of stamina it's incredible. Makes it basically unusable

Hey! I would like to hear more. What is your setup? What gear you currently have and how are attribute points spread out?

Moreover, how would you suggest improving it. I used this build in a playthrough long ago and even used it in harvester fight. Have in mind this is not a tank build

Another thing in mind, how are you handling crowd control during battle. Do you paralyze enmies with mages or knock them out with fireballs?


Hi, I'm in awakening now, the points that can be put in strength seems to stop to just 99, should I just invest the next attributes on willpower?

I think there are a few choices:

  • Dexterity - if you use normal attacks and want to hit more often. This will also increase the chance that you avoid enemy damage

  • Willpower - for higher stamina and mental resistance

  • Cunning - increases armor penetration, however, I cannot confirm at this moment if it works with Two-Handed weapon skills



wow thanks, I think I'll go for willpower as you mentioned in your passed reply, this build relies on abilities rather than normal damage, at least with a lot of stamina I could also activate some of those sustained abilities that would give me more advantage in battle. thanks friend, Maker watch over you.


Not sure if you still look at this but how do you get berserk by the 8th point? I just got to Lothering.

Hey, this is not intended to be spent as 8th point, just the order. You can also pick the next ability in order - Stunning Blows, until you have Berserk



Hey thanks for the quick response. Wasn't expecting that. I guess I should just buy the book in denerim? Getting Oghren this early sounds painful.

Yeah! Although it is quite expensive. If you wish I can share my savefile with all specializations unlocked (if you are on PC). Feel free to come to discord


How do I continue this build on awakening ?

I have not prepared an in depth analysis, but generally you should go for the new warrior skills as soon as possible.

Regarding the specialization, you should go for Spirit Warrior

send reply to please .... here's my question you talk about the specializations from the main game but what should i take when i get into awakening?


Or Oghren?

Definitely. But, you can check specific companion build guide for Oghren here:


Can you use this with Sten?

I think so. However, you can check specific companion build guide for Sten here:


Trying this build on nightmare it's working awesome so far


You recommended to take Shattering Blows on the 14th order but you never recommended taking Sunder Arms which is a prerequisite.

Fixed it! thanks


What runes do you recommend for the weapon?

I would avoid any elemental runes as they do not work on active abilities. I would go for Hale, Paralyze or Silverite runes. They provide physical resistance, chance to paralyze and bonus damage to darkspawn respectively.


hey ive just finished DAO with ur guides. Thanks for that <3. btw do u know any good da2 guides?

Hey! Unfortunately, I do not. But I have Dragon Age Inquisition covered, so be sure to come back once you start playing it :)


why heavy dragonscale instead of dragonbone plate?

Hey! Simple, Dragonbone gives higher fatigue and smaller fatigue set bonus. Moreover, as you are not a tank with this build, there is no point getting that armor.

However, Legion of the Dead is Massive armor set, but it is the only medium or heavier armor set that gives bonus strength (which is this builds main stat)


i dont think i saw pearl of the annointed in my inventory, im playing on steam btw

I played on GOG version. Do you have Ultimate edition? If you have check Downloadable Content section in the main menu. There you will see if it is enabled


yes im playing ultimate edition, i only got blood dragon plate. theres no pearl of the annointed listed in dlc


hello im new to dao and decided to use this build. Is it normal to be squishy in early game?

Hey! Yes it is normal. Usually you should have some DLC gear that helps a lot with survivability aspect, like Helm of the Deep


This build is a ****. Miss attack and miss atack all the time

I think you are using the build incorrectly. The build does not rely on basic attacks. It should almost ALWAYS use two handed abilities: Two-Handad Sweep, Critical Strike, etc. These skills never miss.


Always disliked two-handed weapons in DAO. Love playing a DW rogue for their DPS and ability to avoid getting hit. Especially since the AI just cannot use them reliable, which leaves me to play that role, as the AI can use perfectly well sword & shield, mages and archer builds. I might give Oghren this build and see how it goes. Been hearing good things about two-handed warriors lately and since I find sword & shield the least useful build for mid to late game, this kinda seems like a viable alternative.


Great info!


What is the best race to use?

Human or Dwarf. They have the highest starting strength values - 15. Dwarf has a bit higher Constitution 15 vs 13


Great guide, thanks for this!


Is nice to see that i'm not the only one playing DA:O in 2021, good work mate.

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