New World Guide
New World Guide

Greatsword, GS abilities in game New World character builds

List of all abilities for Greatsword in New World. Each ability linked with builds with GS created on New World Guide and sorted by amount of likes from users

Calamity Counter
Calamity Counter
Block for 2s while reducing block stamina damage taken by 90%, then unleash a counterattack that strikes all foes within a 4m radius. •No Blocks: 100% weapon damage. •1 Block: 100% weapon damage and staggers. •2 Blocks: 100% weapon damage and staggers longer. •3 Blocks: 100% weapon damage and causes a knockback. This ability has grit. (Grit prevents you from being staggered by incoming attacks.) Reactivate this abiilty or use light attack to counterattack earlier. Enter defiant stance when this ability ends.
Defiance
Activatable
Roaring Rupture
Roaring Rupture
Stab the ground and send out a shockwave with a 4m radius that deals 120% weapon damage. Gain 8% fortify for 5s for each foe hit. (Max 3 stacks.) This ability generates 200% threat and has grit. (Grit prevents you from being staggered by incoming attacks.) Enter defiant stance when this ability ends. Taunt Gem Compatible: If you have a Carnelian gem equipped in your greatsword, this ability inflicts taunt for 8s to all enemies hit. (Taunt causes monsters to focus only on you.)
Defiance
Activatable
Path of Onslaught
Path of Onslaught
After using any ability in the Onslaught tree, enter onslaught stance for 10s. Onslaught stance has the following properties: •Outgoing Damage Increased: 15%Damage Taken Increased: 15%Quick Charge: Heavy attacks charge twice as fast but consume 10 stamina each (Entering defiant stance or switching weapons will immediately end onslaught stance.)
Onslaught
Passive
Skyward Slash
Skyward Slash
Swing up in a brutal arc, staggering your target, dealing 80% weapon damage and applying 2 stacks of 5% rend for 10s. (Max 3 stacks.) In onslaught stance apply 1 additional rend. Enter onslaught stance when this ability ends.
Onslaught
Activatable
Steadfast Strike
Steadfast Strike
Stab your greatsword forward to impale your foes, then pull back to rip the blade out. Restores 20 stamina on each hit. First Hit: 70% weapon damage and staggers. Second Hit: 120% weapon damage and pulls target 1.5m towards you. This ability generates 150% threat. Enter defiant stance when this ability ends.
Defiance
Activatable
Path of Defiance
Path of Defiance
After using any ability in the Defiance tree, enter defiant stance for 10s. Defiant stance has the following properties: •Damage Taken Reduced: -15%Outgoing Damage Reduced: -15%Guard Point: Block incoming attacks while charging heavy attacks (Entering onslaught stance or switching weapons will immediately end defiant stance.)
Defiance
Passive
Steadfast Recovery
Steadfast Recovery
If the first strike of Steadfast Strike hits, you are healed for 50% weapon damage. In defiant stance, the first strike also inflicts 2 stacks of bleeding for 6s which deals 5% weapon damage every second. (Max 5 stacks.)
Defiance
Passive
Critical Calamity
Critical Calamity
Counter attack crit chance is increased by 25%. In onslaught stance, the counter attack gains an additional 25% critical hit chance. In defiant stance, the counter attack heals for 20% of its damage. (Max 5 hits.)
Defiance
Passive
Faultless Defender
Faultless Defender
Reduce the attackers stamina damage dealt by 50% when blocking attacks just after raising your guard or with guard point. Blocking attacks within this window inflicts a 5% rend for 10s against melee attackers. (Max 3 stacks.)
Defiance
Passive
Relentless Rush
Relentless Rush
Dash through foes while spinning and apply a 20% slow for 4s on hit. First Hit: 110% weapon damage. Second Hit: 120% weapon damage. (This attack cannot backstab.) Enter onslaught stance when this ability ends.
Onslaught
Activatable
Adaptive Rush
Adaptive Rush
In onslaught stance, Relentless Rush applies root to targets it hits for 1s. In defiant stance, Relentless Rush heals for 15% of its damage. (Max 5 hits.)
Onslaught
Passive
Step and Strike
Step and Strike
After dodging, gain a 10% empower for the next 3 hits within 10s. (This effect only occurs when in combat.) Attacks empowered by this effect restore 10 stamina on hit.
Onslaught
Passive
Perfect Vigilance
Perfect Vigilance
If you are hit while at full health, reduce the damage taken by 20% then gain a 20% fortify for 3s. (This effect has a 20s cooldown.)
Defiance
Passive
Sickening Slash
Sickening Slash
The first attack applies disease which reduces healing by 20% for 10s. The followup attack strikes all foes within a 3m radius.
Onslaught
Passive
Adaptive Rupture
Adaptive Rupture
In defiant stance, the shockwave pushes foes outward 3m. In onslaught stance, the shockwave pulls foes 3m towards you.
Defiance
Passive
Crosscut
Crosscut
Slash 3 times in a quick sequence. First Hit: 110% weapon damage. Second Hit: 130% weapon damage. Third Hit: 160% weapon damage. Enter onslaught stance when this ability ends.
Onslaught
Activatable
Cross Execution
Cross Execution
Base damage of the final strike is increased by 50% if the target is below 50% health. In onslaught stance, this threshold is increased to 75% instead.
Onslaught
Passive
Critical Comeback
Critical Comeback
Become energized by landing a critical hit and regain 5 stamina and 5% base health per second for 5s. (This effect has a 10s cooldown.)
Onslaught
Passive
Undying Defiance
Undying Defiance
Heal for 5% of the damage from attacks. Attacking within 3s of blocking an attack heals for 15% of the damage dealt instead.
Defiance
Passive
Unflinching Blade
Unflinching Blade
Charged heavy attacks have grit and inflict bleeding for 6s dealing 5% weapon damage every second. (Max 5 stacks.)
Defiance
Passive
Intimidating Roar
Intimidating Roar
The shockwave applies a 10% weaken for 10s on hit. Additionally, after a successful hit become uninterruptible for 5s.
Defiance
Passive
Unstoppable Cuts
Unstoppable Cuts
Gain grit while performing Crosscut. (Grit prevents you from being staggered by incoming attacks.) In defiant stance, gain stun immunity while performing Crosscut.
Onslaught
Passive
Unrelenting Onslaught
Unrelenting Onslaught
Hitting foes reduces greatsword cooldowns: •Light attack: 2% •Charged heavy attack: 10% (Cooldown reduction only occurs once per attack.)
Onslaught
Passive
Cleansing Chain
Cleansing Chain
Hitting with the final attack of the greatsword chain reduces the duration of debuffs on you by 10%. (This effect has a 5s cooldown.)
Defiance
Passive
Jagged Counter
Jagged Counter
Counter attacks inflict bleeding for 6s for each power level. Each stack deals 5% weapon damage every second. (Max 5 stacks.)
Defiance
Passive
Wary Posture
Wary Posture
After gaining defiant stance, the next damage taken within 5s is reduced by 25%. (Does not apply to damage from debuffs.)
Defiance
Passive
Guarded Shift
Guarded Shift
Blocking for 2s causes you to enter defiant stance. (You must be in combat for this effect to activate. This effect will not renew defiant stance if it is already active.)
Defiance
Passive
Swift Onslaught
Swift Onslaught
Gain a 20% haste for 5s after using any Onslaught tree ability. (This effect has a 10s cooldown.)
Onslaught
Passive
Keen Posture
Keen Posture
After gaining onslaught stance, your next attack within 5s has a 100% increased critical hit chance.
Onslaught
Passive
Aggressive Shift
Aggressive Shift
Enter onslaught stance by hitting with a charged heavy attack. (This effect occurs even if the attack is blocked but will not renew onslaught stance if it is already active.)
Onslaught
Passive
Relentless Refresh
Relentless Refresh
Reduces ability cooldown by 50% when you kill a foe. (This effect has a 5s cooldown.)
Onslaught
Passive
Blade Honing
Blade Honing
Base damage is increased by 3% for each greatsword buff on you. (Max 4 buffs.)
Defiance
Passive
Crush the Weak
Crush the Weak
Critical hit chance is increased by 10% when attacking foes with an active debuff.
Onslaught
Passive
Giant Slayer
Giant Slayer
Increases base attack damage by 20% when attacking foes above 90% health.
Onslaught
Passive
Relentless Power
Relentless Power
Gain 10% empower for 10s after hitting a target with Relentless Rush.
Onslaught
Passive
Arrow Deflection
Arrow Deflection
Enables blocking ranged attacks with a greatsword, but increases stamina damage from blocking any attack by 10%.
Defiance
Passive
Steadfast Refresh
Steadfast Refresh
If the second strike of Steadfast Strike hits, reduce the cooldown of all other greatsword abilities by 20%.
Defiance
Passive
Skyfall Sword
Skyfall Sword
Add a followup attack that deals 140% weapon damage by activating the skill again or using a light attack.
Onslaught
Passive
Purifying Roar
Purifying Roar
Cleanse 2 debuffs. after using Roaring Rupture.
Defiance
Passive
Heavy Blade
Heavy Blade
Charged heavy attacks have 15% armor penetration.
Onslaught
Passive