Pinnacle Glaivier Raid Guide

Introduction

Pinnacle Glaivier utilizes skills in both Flurry Stance (AKA Glaive or Blue Stance) and Focus Stance (AKA Spear or Red Stance). This build's gameplay revolves around generating maximum Identity Gauge before switching stances to get tremendous buffs. While having Level 3 Pinnacle and max Identity Gauge, switching stances provides:

  • 15% Damage Increase, 15% Attack Speed and 25% Crit Chance for Flurry Stance
  • 20% Damage Increase, 15% Movement Speed and 50% Crit Damage for Focus Stance

Glaivier has tons of viable filler skill choices that can be swapped around to fit your preference, which are all listed in the Alternative section. Test them out to find what calls to you!

Glaivier is the only class besides Gunlancer with a parry skill, Dragonscale Defense, which provides her a panic defensive move to Super Armor through attacks if her mobility is on cooldown. It can also be upgraded fully to deal decent damage, but usually not preferred due to its awkward timing.

There is a catch with Pinnacle Glaivier. She suffers from Engraving options as she only needs general damage increases, because she doesn't rely on positional attacks and already has high Crit Rate from her Skill Tree and Identity stance buffs. Unfortunately, the remaining Engraving choices come with penalties, such as Grudge, Cursed Doll and Keen Blunt Weapon.

This build guide assumes you have a Character at Level 50 before transitioning to it. Check out the Glaivier Leveling and 1-50 Leveling guides to reach Level 50.

Check out the Control Glaivier for an alternative Glaivier playstyle. Check out the Guardian Raids and Abyssal Dungeons guides for an introduction to their content.

Decent Stagger ✔
Insane Identity Buffs ✔
High Mobility and a Parry ✔
Many Viable Skill Options ✔

❌ Average Class DPS
❌ Needs High Specialization
❌ Low Defense due to Engravings
❌ Limited Optimal Engraving Choices


Raid Skill Build

Flurry Stance (Blue Stance)

  • Raging Dragon Slash is one of the main damage and Stagger skills in Flurry Stance. Its 2nd Skill Tree Tier Option can be swapped, depending on how comfortable you are with longer animations: Additional Slash for extra damage , higher Stagger damage and higher gauge gain with a slightly longer animation, or Precise Slash for massive damage with a really slow start-up.
  • Half Moon Slash is a versatile skill that deals tremendous damage while having good Stagger and Destruction. Its 3rd Skill Tree Tier Option can be swapped to Chasing Slash for even more damage, but it has a longer animation and can be hard to control on smaller targets as the skill constantly charges forward.
  • Wheel of Blades provides decent Stagger and damage. The multiple hits work well with the Conviction and Judgment combo, along with Half Moon Slash.
  • Shackling Blue Dragon provides a Crit resistance debuff for team synergy and Destruction.
  • Chain Slash Is used as a gap closer. Its attack can be cancelled with Spacebar if needed. If you decide to max this skill out for damage swap Swoop with Fatal Strike.
  • Flash Kick is also used for mobility or gap closing.
  • Vault and Spiraling Spear are Glaivier's Counter skills. Be aware of some boss's Counter-able moves reaching further than their hurtbox, causing you to trade hits.
  • Cutting Wind is used for its fast instant animation attack while generating high Identity gauge with Firepower Control if low on Specialization stats. Many other utility skills with similar damage at Level 10 can replace it. Check for them in the Alternatives section below.
Variant 1
Use the Scroll Bar to see the minimum Skill Point allocation
Variant 2
Use the Scroll Bar to see the minimum Skill Point allocation
Variant 3
Use the Scroll Bar to see the minimum Skill Point allocation

Focus Stance (Red Stance)

  • Thrust of Destruction and Red Dragon's Horn does incredible burst damage when switching into Focus Stance with 3 bars of Identity Gauge, especially with the Pinnacle effects. Additionally, you can also use Starfall Pounce if you are not comfortable with Thrust of Destruction charging start-up but will sacrifice of decent chunk of damage depending on Skill Tree levels.
  • If you have extra Skill Points that can't be used for skill upgrade, Dragonscale Defense can be used with Steady Belief to prolong the parry window for easier timing. Spiraling Spear can be used with Firepower Control to generate Identity Gauge easier in Focus Stance.

Alternatives

  • You have two Awakening Skill choices:
    • Yeon-Style Spear Technique: Spear Meteor is the safer option due to its range but has a moderate start-up.
    • Yeon-Style Spear Technique: Storming Red Dragon does damage instantly. Although it has a long channeling time, it can be stopped at any time by releasing the skill button.
  • The Glaivier has a plethora of viable filler skills to replace 1-2 skill slots of your preference. Cutting Wind should be the first skill chosen, Wheel of Blades and Chain Slash can be downgraded for replacement. Skill Tree Nodes are displayed in the tooltips.
    • Stampeding Slash has comparable damage to Cutting Wind on average, but has slightly higher damage if every single hit critically strikes.
    • Soul Cutter's 1st and 3rd Skill Tree Tier Nodes can be changed depending on your preference. Use Magick Control if you are having problems managing mana and Concentration for faster skill speed but less consistent damage on most bosses.
    • Starfall Pounce is an optional 3rd Level 10 Focus Stance skill that has 100% Crit Rate. It is lower damage than Thrust of Destruction but with faster animation and generates a lot of Identity gauge.
    • Dragonscale Defense is another optional 3rd Level 10 Focus Stance skill that has 100% Crit Rate. The skill deals less consistent damage because you need to be hit to trigger the attack. This sacrifices a panic defensive button, which is risky since there aren't any mobility skills in Focus Stance except Spacebar.
  • Alternative skills for Specialization and Crit stat optimization:
    • Starfall Pounce's 3rd Skill Tree Tier Node can be replaced with Ground Explosion for more damage when it critically strikes. The downside is a longer animation and less consistent critical strikes since it depends on your Crit gear optimization.
    • Red Dragon's Horn's 2nd Skill Tree Tier Node can be replaced with Determination for more damage increase when it critically strikes. It has less consistent critical strikes and requires Crit gear optimization.
    • 4-Headed Dragon is an optional 3rd Level 10 Focus Stance skill when using Crit gear because each tick of bleed from Infected Wound can be critical strikes. The 2nd Skill Tree Tier Node can be swapped to Violent Thrust for even more damage with the penalty of changing it to a holding skill, but it can benefit from All-Out Attack.

Gameplay & Skill Rotation

Pinnacle Glaivier gameplay revolves around rotating skills in the same stance to get 3 bars of Identity Gauge before switching to the other stance to activate buffs. Manage your mana by avoiding spamming more skills than needed to fill 3 bars of Identity Gauge. Higher Specialization helps with this management by increasing the amount of Identity Gauge generated.

Note: Early on, it’s preferred to use more Focus Stance skills to help generate identity gauge for damage. Refer to the Skill Build above, slide the slider to 324sp or below for the 3 Red Skills build reference.

Standard Skill Rotation:

  1. Flurry Stance
    1. Cutting Wind or any other fillers selected.
    2. Chain Slash (If you have this skill fully upgraded, wait to use it after generating 20% meter.)
    3. Raging Dragon Slash
    4. Shackling Blue Dragon (For Specialization and Crit build, wait to use it right before switching to Focus Stance)
    5. Half Moon Slash
    6. Wheel of Blades
    7. Switch to Focus Stance as soon as you max out the Identity Gauge. Else, continue to generate in Flurry Stance.
  2. Focus Stance
    1. Thrust of Destruction
    2. Red Dragon's Horn
    3. Optional: Starfall Pounce if you have this skill fully upgraded.
    4. Optional: 4-Headed Dragon if you have this skill fully upgraded.
    5. Spiraling Spear
    6. Switch to Flurry Stance as soon as you max out the Identity Gauge and repeat the rotation. Else, continue to generate in Focus Stance.

If you have issues generating Identity Gauge, use some Wealth runes and get Firepower Control on Cutting Wind until you have high enough Specialization.

For the Specialization and Swiftness build, Shackling Blue Dragon is used at the beginning of Flurry Stance to increase the Crit Rate of Flurry Stance skills. The debuff is not needed for Focus Stance skills, since they already have 100% Crit Rate with Skill Tree Nodes.

For the Specialization and Crit build, Shackling Blue Dragon is used right before switching to Focus Stance since those skills use Damage Increase Nodes instead of 100% Crit Rate Nodes. This build requires you to get as much Crit Rate as possible from gearset and raw Crit stat to increase the chances of critical striking in Focus Stance.

Note: Half Moon Slash and Wheel of Blades triggers the Conviction and Judgment combo. Look for the Conviction text or buff icon before using Wheel of Blades to proc Judgment effect for cooldown reduction and mana regen buffs. (30 second cooldown).

The Stagger check skills are:

  • Raging Dragon Slash
  • Half Moon Slash
  • Wheel of Blades

Stats Priority

Pinnacle Glaivier focuses on getting as much Specialization stat as possible as it increases the effectiveness of the Identity Gauge buff effects from switching stances. The buff can provide tons of Damage Increase, Crit Chance and Attack Speed in Flurry Stance, and Damage Increase, Crit Damage and Movement Speed in Focus Stance. 1371 Specialization (100% stance buff efficacy increase) is where the build will strive and be functional.

  • Standard: Get Specialization on all accessories, with Swiftness only on the Necklace.
  • Alternative: Get Specialization on all accessories, with Crit only on the Necklace. This build requires a different gearset to increase Crit Rate, since the Skill Tree Nodes in Focus Stance are spec'd for Damage Increase instead of 100% Crit Rate.

Engravings

Class Engravings provide powerful benefits that can significantly change playstyle. Battle Engravings are generally used to increase damage. Below are the recommended Engravings for this build.

Check out the Engraving Guide for more details.

Starter Engravings

  • Pinnacle grants a higher effectiveness version of the base Identity Gauge buff which can be further enhanced by stacking Specialization.
  • Ambush Master can be used in early content when bosses are less hectic, allowing for more consistent back attacks. Switch it out when you are min-maxing your engravings for later content.

Add-On Endgame Engravings

  • Keen Blunt Weapon* works really well with Glaivier as she has above 60% Crit Rate when swapping into Flurry Stance with max Identity Gauge. Shackling Blue Dragon provides an additional 18% Crit Rate increase when attacking the debuffed target. Furthermore, the standard build has Focus Stance skills with 100% Crit Rate Skill Tree Nodes.
  • Raid Captain is effective due to the massive movement speed increase buff from switching into Focus Stance with max Identity Gauge. This is preferred if you are using 3 or more Red Skills.
  • All-Out Attack is usable, but not the most optimal engraving since it only enhances some skills. Red Dragon's Horn benefits from the engraving because it's a holding channeling skill. Other skills that can benefit from the engraving are Half Moon Slash with Chasing Slash, 4-Headed Dragon with Violent Thrust and Cutting Wind with Valor.

Advanced Engravings

Note: The Advanced Engravings are the Best in Slot setup for Tier 3 content. The penalties attached to these can be hard to overcome for new players. Only use the following engravings if you are experienced with the boss fight!

  • Grudge* increases damage done while also increasing damage received. The engraving is a highly effective damage increase that does not require specific positioning, making it worthwhile even with the penalty.
  • Cursed Doll* provides a significant Attack Power increase at the cost of 25% healing penalty. The healing penalty can be punishing for inexperienced players not familiar with boss mechanics.
  • Increases Mass* is an option for 5 Blue & 2 Red Skills builds, since there aren't many engravings that provide general damage increase without having other caveats. Unfortunately, it stacks additively with Cursed Doll instead of being a separate multiplicative bonus.

(*) These Engravings should only be used at Engraving Level 3.

Optimal Setups

Engravings are listed in order of priority from left to right.

5 Blue & 2 Red Skills Build

Pinnacle
Grudge
Cursed Doll
Keen Blunt Weapon
Increases Mass

4 Blue & 3 Red Skills Build

Pinnacle
Grudge
Cursed Doll
Keen Blunt Weapon
Raid Captain

Gear Sets

These are the specific gear sets for each tier.
Check out the Gear Set Guide for more details.

Notes :

  • If speedrunning your alts, you can skip Abyss Dungeon Gear up to 1370 gearscore by just honing Chaos Dungeon Gear.
  • If you're close to 1445 gearscore and were already doing Valtan/Vykas Normal Mode, you can skip crafting the Legendary Legion Raid Gears.
  • If you have already crafted Relic Gears, hold onto them because once you unlock the Gear Set Conversion feature, you will be able to freely swap between Relic Legion Raid Sets.

"Play At Your Own Pace" Route

Tier 1

340 gearscore
Seraphic Oath Set


460 gearscore
Boisterous Elemental Set

Tier 2

840 gearscore
Marvelous Earth Set


960 gearscore
Mute Guardian Set

Early Tier 3

1302-1370 gearscore
Twisted Dimensional Set

Tier 3 Argos Set

1370 -1415 gearscore
Harsh Oath Set
(Specialization + Swiftness)

Preordained Diligence Set
(Specialization + Crit)

Tier 3 Legion Raid Set

1415 - 1444 gearscore
Harsh Oath Set Glove and Shoulders
Demon Beast Strength 4 pc


1445+ gearscore
Nightmare Flower Set
or
Poem of Salvation Set
(Specialization + Swiftness)


Earth's Entropy Set
(Specialization + Crit)

Legion Raid Optional Path

If you have crafted Poem of Salvation Set or Nightmare Flower Set pieces with Demonic Beast's Bone, you can hold onto them until you have unlocked Gear Set Conversion feature to swap to the proper full set for free.


Runes

Runes enhance Skills with extra bonuses. All Rune drops are account bound and have limited availability, so placement of Runes on the correct Skills is important. Below are the recommended pairings.
Check the Rune Guide for more details.

SkillsRunes
Chain SlashQuick Recharge
Rage
Purify
Bleed
Protection
Galewind
Flash KickQuick Recharge
Rage
Purify
Bleed
Protection
Half Moon SlashConviction
Galewind
Overwhelm
Raging Dragon SlashGalewind
Overwhelm
Wheel of BladesJudgment
Overwhelm
Rage
Shackling Blue DragonRage
Focus
Wealth
Bleed
Starfall Pounce*Wealth
Galewind
Focus
Red Dragon's HornGalewind
Focus
Thrust of Destruction*Galewind
Focus
Wealth
Stampeding Slash*Galewind
Quick Recharge
Judgment
Conviction
  • Chain Slash is paired with Quick Recharge because of the low cooldown to have higher chance of procing it often.
  • Galewind is ideal for speeding up your best damage dealing skills.
  • Overwhelm can be used on a couple of skills, mainly Raging Dragon Slash to further improve Stagger.
  • Focus helps with mana management If you do not have enough Specialization to use less skills for max Identity Gauge.
  • Half Moon Slash and Wheel of Blades are paired with Conviction and Judgment because of their high amount of hits which increases the chances of the buff procing.
  • Wealth can be used on Shackling Blue Dragon and Starfall Pounce if you are having issues generating max Identity Gauge fast.
  • Rage can speed up your rotation when it procs.
  • Bleed is just additional damage when you have nothing else to use.
  • Purify helps on certain encounters that apply debuffs frequently.

(*) Optional skill choices.


Gear Skill Tree

While Gems add benefits to skills, you can also increase the effects of Skill Tree themselves. Skill Tree levels go up to 5 and each level can increase the damage, cooldown reduction or buff that they provide.

For more information on how to add equipment Skill Tree and how to get them, please visit our Skill Tree System Guide.

Half Moon SlashFlurry Expertise
Final Decision
Blade of Tornado or Chasing Slash
Raging Dragon SlashQuick Prep
Additional Slash or Quick Slash or Precise Slash
Awaken
Thrust of DestructionQuick Prep
Spear of Destruction or Weak Point Detection
Air-Ripping Thrust
Red Dragon's HornQuick Prep
Spear of Destruction
Weak Point Detection
Shackling Blue DragonQuick Prep
Wheel of Blades*Weak Point Detection
Consecutive Spin
Chain Slash
(If you decide to max it)
Fatal Strike
Final Decision
Brilliant Spear
Cutting Wind*Quick Prep or Firepower Control
Weak Point Detection
Flash Kick*Excellent Mobility
Starfall Pounce*Weak Point Detection
Quick Prep
Powerful Finish
4-Headed Dragon*Speartip Thrust
Violent Thrust
Infected Wound
Stampeding Slash*Flurry Expertise
Enhanced Strike
Ripping Blades

(*) Optional skill choices.

Cutting Wind, Wheel of Blades, Chain Slash and Thrust of Destruction Skill Tree Nodes can be replaced with your preference alternative skills Skill Tree Nodes.


Gems

Gems grant bonus damage and cooldown reduction to specific skills. You can only equip 11 of these Gems at a time so it is recommended that you prioritize the Gems for your most important skills.

Please visit our Gem System Guide for more information like how to create higher tier Gems.

Attack Gems

Half Moon Slash
Raging Dragon Slash
Thrust of Destruction
Red Dragon's Horn


Starfall Pounce*
Wheel of Blades*
4-Headed Dragon*
Chain Slash*
Stampeding Slash*
Cutting Wind*

Cooldown Gems

Half Moon Slash
Raging Dragon Slash
Thrust of Destruction
Red Dragon's Horn
Shackling Blue Dragon


4-Headed Dragon*
Chain Slash*
Stampeding Slash*
Cutting Wind*

(*) Optional gem choices.

Cutting Wind, Wheel of Blades, Chain Slash and Thrust of Destruction gems can be replaced with your preference alternative skills.


Card Sets

Cards are an endgame system for maximizing your character. Below are the recommend sets for this class.
Check out the Card Guide for more details on how to obtain them.

Budget Card Sets

Pinnacle Glaiviers are able to get Crit Rate easily from Identity buff and Skill Tree. You can use this card set to help negate some of the penalties from your engravings. "We'll Meet Again" set(Madnick Card, Sian Card, Vrad Card) can be replaced with "Three Umar Families" set(Galatur Card, Naber Card, Eikerr Card) If you have it upgraded for the 12% Back Attack damage increase.

Optional Card Sets

This card set helps getting some extra Crit Rate for the Specialization + Crit build as well as help with the standard Specialization + Swiftness build to have a higher Crit Rate during Flurry Stance.

Optimal Damage Card Set


Summary

  • Pinnacle Glaivier rotates skills in Flurry Stance and Focus Stance to max-out Identity Gauge before switching to the other stance for maximum effect of the Identity buff.
  • Specialization is the main priority stat for Pinnacle Glaivier as it increases the effectiveness of her Identity buffs. This gives more Crit , Speed and Damage buffs benefits in both stances.
  • Adjustments will need to be made depending on if you are doing Swiftness or Crit sub-stats variant of the build. Furthermore, Shackling Blue Dragon is used at different timings in the rotations.
  • Glaivier's Counter skills are Vault while in Flurry Stance and Spiraling Spear while in Focus Stance.
  • Make sure to save Raging Dragon Slash, Half Moon Slash and Wheel of Blades for Stagger checks.
  • Try out the Alternative skills to find the ones you prefer.

Credits

Written by Rei
Reviewed by Lexyu


Changelog

Jun 16th 2022
Adjusted Gearsets section to include Vykas parts.

May 19th 2022
Updated Gearsets upgrade paths to include Valtan gears. Adjusted Alternatives and Added Variants of Skill Build.