Dragon’s Dogma 2 best Fighter build – all skills, augments, and equipment

Dragon’s Dogma 2 best Fighter build – all skills, augments, and equipment
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While it might not be the flashiest starting vocation, our best Fighter build in Dragon’s Dogma 2 lets you tank hits that would gravely injure most players. Let your allies cast powerful spells and land swift blows on your enemies as you protect them. It’s a great pick for someone starting out and our Fighter build gives you all the weapon skills, core skills, and equipment you’ll need.

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The Fighter guards their allies in combat. Image captured by VideoGamer.

Best Fighter build in Dragon’s Dogma 2

Our Fighter build for beginners in Dragon’s Dogma 2 is tailored toward offensive skills while still being strong enough to handle the occasional hit from foes. This will let you distract enemies and let your Pawn dish out some punishment. Level up enough and you’ll be able to use all our recommended skills to face threats of all sizes.

Here’s our best Fighter build in Dragon’s Dogma 2:

  • Skills – Blink Strike, Airward Slash, Impeccable Guard, Shield Bash
  • Core skills – True Deflect, Tusk Toss, Steeled Foundation, Onslaught
  • Augments – Vitality, Mettle, Provocation, Intrepidity, Verve
  • Weapons – Almace and Shield of Vernworth, Silver Cinquedea and Continental Shield
  • Early Armor – Winged Sallet, Dominion Armor, Raptor Claws
  • Final Armor – Gryphic Helm, Grand Cuirass, Sabatons of Judgement

Best Fighter pawn party composition in Dragon’s Dogma 2

As you’ll be directing most of the enemies’ attention towards yourself as a Fighter, you can pair up with more offensive characters and back them up. Pair a Fighter with a Mage, a Magick Archer, and a Thief. A Mage is essential for healing and offering support skills that boost your movement and offer temporary invulnerability. As for the Magick Archer and Thief, their builds are more offense-focused and can count on you to keep foes busy. The Thief in particular is great at targeting weak spots for massive damage.

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Weapon skills give your Fighter plenty of options. Image captured by VideoGamer.

Best Fighter weapon skills in Dragon’s Dogma 2

A Fighter can equip up to four weapon skills to aid them in combat. Here are our top weapon skills for a Fighter in Dragon’s Dogma 2:

  • Blink Strike – Rush towards a target and deal a powerful blow.
  • Airward Slash – Jump and slash diagonally upward to handle flying threats.
  • Shield Bash – Knock enemies off balance with this shield hit.
  • Impeccable Guard – Move while guarding, letting you block most attacks.

Here, Blink Strike is a great way to enter into combat and direct enemies towards you. This can help you cover some ground as your ranged allies set up. As for the larger enemies or flying ones, consider investing in Airward Slash. Harpies and larger foes like Cyclops are easier to deal with thanks to this weapon skill. You can even for the latter’s head this way. 

Shield Bash is another mobility enhancer that can stagger lighter foes. As for Impeccable Guard, it can be used to draw an enemy’s attention towards you as you block their attacks. This creates an opening for your pawns to target their weak spots. Remember to upgrade to their High variants as you level up to boost them considerably.

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Be mindful of the core skills you pick as a Fighter. Image captured by VideoGamer.

Best Fighter core skills in Dragon’s Dogma 2

With four core skills and three augments to select, the Fighter lets you build on your weapon skills with the right choices. Here are the best Fighter core skills you should pick in Dragon’s Dogma 2:

  • Tusk Toss – Skyward slice that tosses light enemies upward.
  • Onslaught – A flurry of sword jabs.
  • Steeled Foundation – Use your shield to lower fall damage.
  • True Deflect – Repel enemy attacks by timing your guard.

As your Airward Slash is good against airborne enemies, consider pairing it with Tusk Toss to push lighter enemies up before slashing at them. Onslaught is another good core skill as you can use several hits in a short span of time to deal some significant damage. As for Steeled Foundation, it’s a good option while exploring the world of Dragon’s Dogma 2. True Deflect builds on your regular Guard ability by letting you repel enemies.

How to unlock the Fighter Maister skills in Dragon’s Dogma 2

You’ll get Riotous Fury from Lennart in Melve Village. This skill lets you dish out a flurry of blows on an enemy and drains your Stamina. But miss and you will be vulnerable to enemy attacks. It’s something you can pick up early on if you pursue the Readvent of Calamity quest in Dragon’s Dogma 2. Fend off the Dragon at Melve and you will get this Maister skill.

Best Fighter augments build in Dragon’s Dogma 2

Here are the best Fighter augments:

  • Provocation – Unlock this at Rank 4 as a Fighter. Higher chance of enemies targeting you.
  • Mettle – Get this as a Rank 2 Fighter. Higher defense.
  • Vitality – Obtained as a Warrior at Rank 2. Boosts maximum Health.
  • Intrepidity – A Rank 9 Warrior can get access to this augment. Receiving damage won’t lower your loss gauge as much.
  • Verve – As a Thief at Rank 9, you will gain more Strength.
  • Thew – At Rank 6 as a Fighter, you get to carry more weight.

Remember to focus on Defense as well

While being able to dish out damage is great, remember that your pawns will rely on you to deflect attacks and protect them.

Naturally, you want to draw more attention from your weaker pawns when you’re a Fighter. Provocation makes perfect sense here for that. And this goes hand-in-hand with Mettle, letting you take more hits that you’ve brought on yourself. Vitality and Verve boost your Health and Strength respectively while Intrepidity will slow down your loss gauge buildup. Thew is a good pick if you have a large character as it will improve their carrying capacity even further.

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Pick the right tools for the Fighter. Image captured by VideoGamer.

Best Fighter equipment in Dragon’s Dogma 2

Here are the items and gear we recommend for a Fighter in Dragon’s Dogma 2:

  • Gryphic Helm – Gain 20 Defense and 9 Magick Defense with this item. Purchase it for 24800 Gold at Bodas’ Armory in Bakbattah;.
  • Grand Cuirass – This item offers you 81 Defense and 38 Magick Defense. Get this for 48000 Gold at Bodas’ Armory.
  • Sabatons of Judgement – 52 Defense and 18 Magick Defense is nothing to scoff at but this isn’t cheap either at 23000 at Bodas’ Armory.
  • Silver Cinquedea – With 140 Strength, 100 Slash Strength, and 140 Knockdown Power, this is among the best swords in the game but it costs a steep 39200 Gold.
  • Continental Shield – This hulking shield grants 95 Strength and costs 17800 Gold at Awaran’s Arms.

Remember to pick the right cloak and rings for the occasion. While Thew is an augment that boosts your carrying power, there’s no harm in getting a Ring of Accrual for 6500 Gold to increase it further. Other rings let you consume less Stamina or grant protection from a variety of debuffs in combat.

All Dragon’s Dogma 2 weapon skills in Dragon’s Dogma 2

Fighter Weapon SkillDescriptionRankCost
Blink StrikeRush towards an enemy and slash them.1None
Burst StrikeAn upgrade of Blink Strike that lets you travel more and travel faster.41000 DCP
Airward SlashJump while slashing upward in a diagonal.1200 DCP
Cloudward SlashAn advanced Airward Slash that deals more damage and reaches greater heights.51300 DCP
Shield BashHit an enemy with your shield with a chance to knock them off balance.1200 DCP
Shield PummelKnock an enemy twice with your shield.41000 DCP
Shield SummonsAttract enemies nearby.2300 DCP
Shield DrumBoost the range of Shield Summons.51300 DCP
Compass SlashSpin with your blade extended, slashing in a circle.3450 DCP
Full Moon SlashYour Compass Slash gains even more range.61300 DCP
SpringboardLaunch an ally into the air with your shield.3450 DCP
LaunchboardWith a lower Stamina cost, launch allies even further with your shield.61600 DCP
Gouging SkewerThrust your sword into an enemy before landing more blows on them.4700 DCP
Gutting SkewerDeals more strikes than the Gouging Skewer.72000 DCP
Impeccable GuardSpin as you block attacks from all sides.47500 DCP
Flawless GuardThis variant of Impeccable Guard costs less Stamina and has a better range.72000 DCP
Hindsight SlashDucks backward before unleashing a slash.51100 DCP
Hindsight SweepThis upgrade offers more slashes while counterattacking with Hindsight Slash.82500 DCP
Counter SlashParry an attack and slash back.61600 DCP
Vengeful SlashConsume less Stamina and gain extra range while performing Counter Slash.82500 DCP
Perfect DefenseBlocks all attacks from the front. Consumes a lot of Stamina.72500 DCP
Divine DefenseConsumes less Stamina compared to Perfect Defense.93000 DCP
Riotous FuryLand a flurry of blows on an enemy and drain your Stamina. But miss and you will be vulnerable to attacks.NAMaister
A table with all the weapon skills for the Fighter in Dragon’s Dogma 2.

All Fighter core skills in Dragon’s Dogma 2

Fighter Core SkillDescriptionRankCost
OnslaughtUnleash a flurry of swift slashes.10 DCP
EmpaleThrust your blade forward and follow up with another hit if your enemy is off balance.10 DCP
DefendDeflect an attack with your shield.10 DCP
True DeflectDeflect an attack with such might that enemies are repelled back.1150 DCP
Tusk TossA skyward arc with your blade that sends light enemies flying.2250 DCP
Steeled FoundationLower fall damage and enhance recovery after a fall.3400 DCP
Enchanted CounterCounter after Defend with an elemental attack.4600 DCP
A table with all the core skills for the Fighter in Dragon’s Dogma 2.

All Fighter augments in Dragon’s Dogma 2

Fighter AugmentDescriptionRankCost
MettleBoost your Defense.2300 DCP
ProvocationIncreases the odds of you being targeted by enemies.4900 DCP
ThewCarry more weight.61800 DCP
DominanceLift or pin down foes for longer.83000 DCP
DiligenceBetter recovery while downed.95000 DCP
A table with all the augments for the Fighter in Dragon’s Dogma 2.

That covers our best Fighter build in Dragon’s Dogma 2. For more on the new RPG that’s taking gaming by storm, read up on all the vocations in Dragon’s Dogma 2 and how to get Rift Crystals in the game. We’ve also got beginner guides for the Mage, Thief, and Archer.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 best Fighter build FAQs

What is the role of a Fighter in Dragon’s Dogma 2?

A Fighter’s focus is on melee combat via offense and tanking damage with their shield and defensive abilities.

Can a pawn be a good Fighter in Dragon’s Dogma 2?

Yes, pawns can distract enemies for you to take advantage of your foe’s weak spots.