Best PvE Tank Weapon Combinations:
Flail & Shield is a new weapon option and can replace the Sword and Shield as your main Tank weapon. Ideally you’d combine this with a War Hammer and to optimise further switch the War Hammer to Spear for boss fights.
Sword & Shield is still very useful for PvE Tanking. It offers a lot of benefits to you as a Tank which assist you in damage reductions and has increased damage compared to the Flail. If you take the Leadership route it’s also offering increased group damage passively.
War Hammer is a great utility weapon. You have Rend and Weaken alongside multiple sources of Crowd Control. It’s really hard to drop this weapon as it has so many benefits for your group and it’s a pretty good damage Tank weapon also, amazing for add pulls and AoE situations.
Greatsword is something you can use to replace the Sword and Shield but it comes at a cost. It’s much more difficult to use it but you will provide more group DPS, it’s more useful for advanced Tanks. It pairs well with War Hammer for dealing with adds but combined with a Spear for bosses allows you to optimise Attributes more into Dex and you’ll provide a lot of buffs and debuffs with more DPS.
Spear is a great Tank weapon, Warhammer is more useful on adds but the Spear is better for bosses and provides great DPS and large Rend/Weaken which benefit your group. It will require frequent dodging to utilise it properly and you are more of a Damage Tank than anything else.
Other good weapons include:
- Hatchet – great for beginners.
- Great Axe – useful in groups that don’t have one already but someone else is using a War Hammer.
- Rapier – for Tanks looking to push even more DPS in very optimised groups.