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Control Glaivier Build Guide

Last Updated: February 29th 2024

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Welcome to the Control Glaivier Build Guide! This build revolves around locking your Focus stance, only allowing you to use Flurry skills. It pays back by significantly increasing the power of Flurry skills and focuses on incredibly high uptime with high Attack and Movement speed focusing on Back Attacks.

Outside of that, this build provides some nice Stagger and Destruction to the party. However, it can struggle with some severe mana issues and must be attacking at all times to maintain an efficient damage output.

Pros
  • Good mobility
  • Easy to learn
  • Flexible in parties
Cons
  • Positional gameplay
  • Melee
  • High APM

Want a more burst focused playstyle? Check out our Pinnacle guide.

Builds

Raids
Chaos Dungeons
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Need some tips for general content? Check out our Guardian Raids and Abyssal Dungeons guides.

  • Soul Cutter, Half Moon Slash, and Chain Slash are our main damage skills.
  • Raging Dragon Slash, Blue Dragon's Claw, and Stampeding Slash are our additional damage skills.
  • Half Moon Slash and Chain Slash additionally have extra Destruction.
  • Shackling Blue Dragon is our self-buff and Synergy from Target Weak Point with some extra Destruction.
  • Thorn Jab is our Counter and provides a small amount of mobility.
  • Yeon-style Spear Technique: Spear Meteor is your Awakening. It does not contribute significant damage so is mainly used as a filler, however, you should always focus on your main skills if they are available.

Alternative Skill, Tripod, and Rune Options

Thorn Jab can be swapped for Flash Kick, using Excellent Mobility and Purify.

  • This should only be used in situations where you are struggling for mobility and do not require a Counter.

Stampeding Slash can be swapped for Wheel of Blades, using Concussion, Weak Point Detection, Consecutive Spin, and Focus.

  • This is a good swap for situations for when you are still struggling with severe mana issues, however, this swap will reduce your damage.
  • Excellent Mobility can be used for more mobility within the skill but will decrease the Stagger output.

Check the Rune Guide for more details on Runes and how to obtain them.

This build is optimized and meant to be used only in Chaos Dungeons. For Ebony Cube please use a Raid build.

  • Half Moon Slash and Raging Dragon Slash are your best elite killing skills.
  • Chain Slash, Soul Cutter, Wheel of Blades, Windsplitter, and Cutting Wind are all amazing mob clearing skills.
  • Flash Kick is a mobility skill.
  • Yeon-style Spear Technique: Spear Meteor is your Awakening. It can one shot any elites or large waves from range.

Acquiring additional engravings leads to a faster clear potential, but the build can perform quite well with the bare minimum.

Minimum requirements

  • Preemptive Strike causes your attacks to deal immense amounts of damage to monsters that you haven't attacked yet, making it ideal for Chaos Dungeons.

Additional engravings

  • Contender is a stacking Attack Power effect that increases in strength once you kill a monster, making it ideal for Chaos Dungeons.

Gameplay & Skill Rotation

Control locks out stance which removes our identity interaction entirely. This means that our Dual Meter will only be used to buff skills like Chain Slash, Half Moon Slash, and Blue Dragon's Claw from tripods such as Final Decision.

Her identity is locked to the Flurry stance. These effects instead come from the Control engraving.

  • 40% Damage Increase to Flurry skills
  • Dual Meter gain increased 100%

All attacks with a Back Attack affix receive +10% Crit Rate and +5% Damage when they land on the target's back-side indicator as well as the bonuses from Entropy Set and Ambush Master. It is important to position yourself accordingly as much as possible in order to take advantage of this.

Glaivier Identity

Dual Meter

This build revolves around trying to spam as much as possible to maintain high uptime and damage output. Shackling Blue Dragon provides us with a significant self-buff giving us 20% Crit Rate and 8% Multiplicative Crit Damage from Target Weak Point. Then we try to unleash as much damage as possible focusing on the back of the boss.

Basic Rotations

Standard Damage Rotation

  • This rotation is incredibly simple, follow it trying to deal as much damage as possible Soul Cutter, Chain Slash, and Stampeding Slash will come off of cooldown fast and can be recast to fit in even more damage.
  • Blue Dragon's Claw will trigger Conviction then Half Moon Slash will trigger Judgment giving us bonus mana regeneration and cooldown reduction.

Stagger Check Rotation

  • Simply follow this rotation to do some great Stagger. Remember you can also use a Whirlwind Grenade if you have one equipped.

Tripods and Gems

Tripod Levelling

Increasing the level of Tripods greatly enhances their effectiveness. You may only increase the level of 18 tripods at a time. Some of them cannot be leveled at all, or are left at level 1 - these tripods are omitted from the table, even if they are used. Here are the main tripods you should look out for in order to maximize this build's potential.

Skill1st Tripod2nd Tripod3rd Tripod
Shackling Blue DragonQuick Prep
Half Moon SlashWeak Point DetectionFinal DecisionBlade of Tornado
Raging Dragon SlashQuick PrepQuick SlashAwaken
Blue Dragon's ClawIllusory DoubleFinal Decision
Chain SlashFatal StrikeFinal DecisionBrilliant Spear
Soul CutterQuick PrepQuick StepEnhanced Concussion
Stampeding SlashWeak Point DetectionEnhanced StrikeRipping Blades

Tripods written in bold text are your highest priority, make sure to level them first!

For more information on where to obtain Tripod Amulets and how to use them, check out our Skill Tree System Guide.

Gems

Gems are another significant aspect of your build, as they directly impact the damage and cooldowns of your skills. You can equip up to 11 gems at a time. Here are the ones you should focus on in order to maximize this build's potential, listed according to their priority.

Damage Gems

  • Soul Cutter
  • Chain Slash
  • Half Moon Slash
  • Raging Dragon Slash
  • Blue Dragon's Claw
  • Stampeding Slash

Cooldown Gems

  • Shackling Blue Dragon
  • Chain Slash
  • Soul Cutter
  • Stampeding Slash
  • Half Moon Slash

For more information on where to obtain gems and how to use them, check out our Gem System Guide.

Stat Priority

This build utilizes Crit and Swiftness.

  • Swiftness is the primary stat. It increases our damage by increasing our cooldown reduction, additionally, it provides us with Attack and Movement speed to have better maneuverability and ability to fit more skills in.
  • Crit is a secondary stat. The build naturally has a very high Crit Rate, however this will give us a bonus boost.

Standard Setup

  • Crit + Swiftness
  • Swiftness
  • Swiftness
  • Swiftness
  • Swiftness
  • Crit + Swiftness

Gear Set

Entropy Set

Due to our build entirely revolving around Back Attacking this becomes the best option out of all sets.

The name of your set will change every time you acquire a higher tier of gear, but the set effect will remain the same. Look for your set's keyword when recrafting it in order to find it more easily (e.g Entropy, Hallucination etc).

Check out the Gear Progression Guide for step by step instructions and early game gearing.

If you are interested in Sidereal Weapons, click here for more details.

Engravings

Engravings are a core part of your build. Typically, most engravings will be used at level 3, but some can be used at level 1 or 2 in addition to the others, after reaching item level 1540 and unlocking Ancient Accessories.

Relic Gearing Build (5x3)

  • Control
  • Grudge
  • Ambush Master
  • Raid Captain
  • Adrenaline

Ancient Gearing Build (5x3+1)

  • Control
  • Grudge
  • Ambush Master
  • Raid Captain
  • Cursed Doll
  • Adrenaline Lv. 1

Engraving Explanations

Core Engravings

  • Control significantly increases our Dual Meter generation and increases damage of our Flurry skills.
  • Grudge increases damage done while also increasing damage received. The engraving is a highly effective damage increase without needing specific positioning, making it worthwhile even with the penalty.
  • Ambush Master because all of your damage skills have a Back Attack property, this becomes a good choice, but forces you to play around it to take full advantage of it.
  • Raid Captain due to our high Swiftness we can efficiently use this engraving for an essentially free damage boost with no tradeoff.

Add-on Engravings (Pick 1)

  • Cursed Doll is a significant Attack Power increase at the cost of 25% healing. The healing penalty can be punishing for inexperienced players who are not familiar with boss mechanics, but it becomes easy to overcome with time..
  • Adrenaline provides an additional source of Crit Rate and Attack Power. It is fairly easy to upkeep.

Level 1 and 2 Engravings

  • Adrenaline becomes the best level one option once we reach end-game gearing.

Check out the Engraving Guide for more details.

Bracelet

Bracelets provide beneficial effects to yourself or to your party members depending on the rolls they have.

The primary goal is to get the main stats used by this build Crit and Swiftness. After that you should be aiming for Special Rolls to get more damage. Please note that this system is heavily reliant on RNG, and you should not expect to get much more beyond your main stats early on.

Optimal Bonus Rolls

Crit
Swiftness

Circulate
Fervor
Hammer
Wedge
Ambush
MP Recovery (Can help solve mana problems)

Alternative Bonus Rolls

Precise
Assail
Superiority
Weapon Power
Strength

Check out the Bracelet Guide for more details.

Elixir

The recommended Elixir Set for this build is Critical.

Check out the Elixir Guide for more details and general stat recommendations.

Card Sets

Cards are an endgame system that helps maximize your character's damage. Here are the recommended card sets for this build.

  • Deep Dive is used early on as it is fairly easy to obtain.
  • Light of Salvation is the standard endgame option, but it can take a long time to acquire 30-piece Awakening.
  • Kazeros's Legion Commanders is used as an alternative to Light of Salvation, in content where enemies have a weakness to Dark Damage.

Check out the Card Guide for more details on how to obtain cards and interact with them.

Early Game Damage Card Set

End Game Damage Card Set

Credits

Written by Civo
Reviewed by Starlast

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