Gravity Training Destroyer Build Guide for Lost Ark

Last updated on Jun 29, 2022 at 13:12 by Sywo 1 comment

A high damage, endgame build for Destroyer, based on the Specialization combat stat.


Introduction to Gravity Training Destroyer

This Destroyer build revolves around the Gravity Training Icon Gravity Training and is, at least in theory, the highest damage build for the class.


Gravity Training Destroyer Skill Build

Here are four builds, depending on your available skill points:

Similar to the Rage Hammer Icon Rage Hammer build, you have several other great choices for your Concentration Skills (blue ones). Taking Power Strike Icon Power Strike instead of Dreadnaught Icon Dreadnaught is a viable option. These skills have the same 10-second cooldown, which allows the rotation to flow seamlessly. Both of Power Strike and Dreadnaught are counters, and both skills come with the Armor Destruction tripod, lowering enemy defense by 12% for 10 seconds.

The difference here is Dreadnaught Icon Dreadnaught provides Super Armor and Weak Point level 2, while Power Strike Icon Power Strike does more damage and has a slightly faster counter with the Tripod Agile Movement Icon Agile Movement.

Running Crash Icon Running Crash is interchangeable with Power Shoulder Icon Power Shoulder, as they are both used for core gain and some much needed on demand mobility.

Endure Pain Icon Endure Pain is the most dynamic skill in a Destroyer's kit. Not only does it instantly generate three Gravity Cores, it also has the ability to make the player near-invincible for a short period of time providing a shield, a massive 90% damage reduction, and Super Armor for five seconds. Keep in mind, this ability will not save you if taking fatal damage from failed mechanics. Depending on the type of content you are running, Endure Pain can also be used as a taunt, adding utility to the party. Additionally, Taunt Icon Taunt can be used to set up an easy to land Perfect Swing Icon Perfect Swing when learning the class, but should eventually be weened off of as you get more comfortable with the wind up on the skill.

In rare cases, you can give up Running Crash Icon Running Crash or Power Shoulder Icon Power Shoulder and take Earth Smasher Icon Earth Smasher. This removes mobility from the kit, so it should only be done in specific encounters where that mobility is not needed. Earth Smasher also comes with a longer cooldown, with the caveat of generating three Gravity Cores instead of two. This will slightly change your rotation, but the core of Destroyer will remain the same.

We use the Terra Break Icon Terra Break Awakening skill for this build as it fully restores our gravity meter and three Gravity Cores, which is a very valuable resource as we do most of our damage during Hypergravity.


Gravity Training Destroyer Skill Rotation

The rotation is quite simple, and the idea behind it is that you use enough Concentration Skills (blue) to gain three Gravity Cores, after which you use one Gravity Release skill (purple). The goal is to enter Hypergravity as often as possible and at the right time based on boss mechanics. You can speed up the Gravity Meter gain by being efficient with your Gravity Release skills, and using them as often as they go off cooldown.

We almost always use a Gravity Release skill when we have three Gravity Cores. In rare cases, you can use a Gravity Release skill with one or two cores, for example when you are in trouble and you just want the absorb shield they provide (keep in mind the shield grows larger with more cores possessed), or when you need the extra Weak Point a skill provides.

A full rotation would look like this:

Heavy Crush Icon Heavy CrushRunning Crash Icon Running CrashSeismic Hammer Icon Seismic HammerEndure Pain Icon Endure PainPerfect Swing Icon Perfect SwingHeavy Crush Icon Heavy CrushDreadnaught Icon DreadnaughtFull Swing Icon Full SwingHeavy Crush Icon Heavy CrushRunning Crash Icon Running CrashEarth Eater Icon Earth EaterHeavy Crush Icon Heavy CrushDreadnaught Icon DreadnaughtSeismic Hammer Icon Seismic Hammer → Enter Hypergravity

Generally speaking, you fill up your Gravity Meter during the time it takes you to use five Gravity Release skills, assuming no cooldown reduction is applied.

The idea is that Heavy Crush Icon Heavy Crush has a low enough cooldown for us to always use it as the one Gravity Core generation skill. Dreadnaught Icon Dreadnaught and Running Crash Icon Running Crash are used almost in tandem for the two Gravity Core generation.


Gravity Training Destroyer Stat Priority

As combat stats, we focus on Specialization, but we also need roughly 700 Crit.

This gives us 25% base Crit rate. We also get 20 to 25% Crit rate from the set bonuses, might that be Legendary or Relic grade, and during Hypergravity, our Crit rate gets another 30% boost from the Gravity Training Icon Gravity Training. So a total of roughly 80% during Hypergravity, which is a very important time for this build, and a ~50% Crit rate outside of it.

Specialization as a secondary stat plays a big part in the build, and reaching 1300 points feels very comfortable, while everything above that is a welcomed damage increase.


Gravity Training Destroyer Gear Set

If you are wearing Legendary grade armor, the Argos Preordained Diligence set is fantastic because of the Crit rate bonus. If you are wearing Relic grade armor, Earth's Entropy is a great choice for the same reason; Crit rate.


Gravity Training Destroyer Engravings

  1. Grudge Icon Grudge at level 3 because it is the best DPS increase Engraving for boss fights.
  2. Gravity Training Icon Gravity Training at level 3.
  3. Spirit Absorption Icon Spirit Absorption at level 3 makes playing the build, much better, because of the attack and movement speed, but also because Hypergravity is a timed phase, where the faster you attack, the more hits you get in, and such, the more damage you do.
  4. Master Brawler Icon Master Brawler is a huge DPS increase assuming we have head attacks on our big skills.

The above 4 engravings are a very solid setup, and as a 5th you can choose between Barricade Icon Barricade or Cursed Doll Icon Cursed Doll, where Barricade Icon Barricade is a no-risk choice that provides a slightly lower DPS output, while Cursed Doll Icon Cursed Doll comes at a cost but provides slightly more DPS. I recommend Cursed Doll Icon Cursed Doll as a 5th level 3, because Barricade Icon Barricade can be used as a level 1 engraving too, when you get there. While Cursed Doll Icon Cursed Doll is a tough choice to keep at level 1 later, because the reduced healing does not warrant the level 1 perk.

Either of these two can also be your sixth level 1 or 2 Engravings, when you get there.


Gravity Training Destroyer Gear Tripod Priority

In the order of importance from top to bottom:

  1. Perfect Swing Icon Perfect SwingWeak Point Detection Icon Weak Point Detection, Intemperance Icon Intemperance.
  2. Full Swing Icon Full SwingScary Hammer Icon Scary Hammer or Absolute Strength Icon Absolute Strength (depending on which one you play), Beast's Eye Icon Beast's Eye.
  3. Earth Eater Icon Earth EaterEarthen Rage Icon Earthen Rage, Absolute Strength Icon Absolute Strength.
  4. Seismic Hammer Icon Seismic HammerAbsolute Strength Icon Absolute Strength, Starving Strength Icon Starving Strength.
  5. Full Swing Icon Full SwingAgile Movement Icon Agile Movement or Quick Prep Icon Quick Prep (depending on which one you play)
  6. Endure Pain Icon Endure PainHealthy Mentality Icon Healthy Mentality and Anti-Gravity Icon Anti-Gravity if you play these Tripods.
  7. Power Strike Icon Power StrikeAgile Movement Icon Agile Movement
  8. Running Crash Icon Running CrashAgile Movement Icon Agile Movement
  9. Heavy Crush Icon Heavy CrushLaw of the Jungle Icon Law of the Jungle

Gravity Training Destroyer Runes

There is some degree of freedom when choosing your Runes, but the most helpful setup would be:

Feel free to explore the best Rune setup for you and the content you are doing. Protection Icon Protection is something you can try out on Heavy Crush Icon Heavy Crush and even Dreadnaught Icon Dreadnaught. Rage Icon Rage can be equipped on Running Crash Icon Running Crash for example.


Gravity Training Destroyer Gems

The most important gem will be on the Hypergravity Skill where you need the highest level of a damage gem.

The last Rune is up to you, whether you feel the need to reduce the cooldown of Dreadnaught Icon Dreadnaught or Running Crash Icon Running Crash/Power Shoulder Icon Power Shoulder. The more popular choice is to have a shorter cooldown mobility skill.


Gravity Training Destroyer Card Set

The best DPS card set is Light of Salvation Icon Light of Salvation, so this should be your priority. The Lostwind Cliff Icon Lostwind Cliff Cliff set is a great choice as well, and is much easier to obtain.


Gravity Training Destroyer Tips

Getting used to being in front of bosses or hitting your Gravity Release skills from in front, makes a big difference in your DPS output. With the Gravity Training Icon Gravity Training build, being in front of bosses at all times is mandatory.

If a boss moves as you enter Hypergravity, feel free to reposition yourself in front, even though you lose some DPS in front, even though you lose some DPS, but only do it once. If the boss moves a second time, feel free to continue with the Hypergravity attacks from the same location even if at the back or the side, because you would loose too much time and attack speed moving around.

If you are using an Argos set, and you depend on the 5 stack Crit rate it offers, then use Seismic Hammer Icon Seismic Hammer or Earth Eater Icon Earth Eater as your first Gravity Release skill, so that you would have the 5 stack buff for other harder hitting skills like Perfect Swing Icon Perfect Swing.

Having all this said, I would like to make an important note on the usability of this build, which, in some cases, can be lackluster. The goal is to enter Hypergravity as often as possible, but the gravity meter is a resource that is generated automatically by our Gravity Training Icon Gravity Training Engraving, and also upon using Gravity Release skills, so we only have partial control over when we get a full Gravity Meter. For some fights, you might even have 60 seconds where your Gravity Meter is full, but you can not enter Hypergravity, which is a DPS loss on paper. Endgame bosses changing locations very often is not ideal either when you are in Hypergravity, as you might need to stop auto attacking and take a few steps, which removes the attack speed buff or even worse, the boss is now with his back or side to you, and a big chunk of your damage is stripped away due to no frontal attacks going through. I personally prefer this build over the Rage Hammer Icon Rage Hammer one because it is simply more fun, more challenging and at times, and has more survivability due to Hypergravity. The issue is squeezing the most DPS out of it, and staying competitive in groups, is an uphill battle. Even applying your group synergy is an extra process as you would always have to use the skill right before Hypergravity and right after it. Similar story for our counter or mobility skill, so if not played perfectly, you might need to end the Hypergravity early, delay entering it, or ignore certain mechanics such as counters.

Gravity Training Icon Gravity Training is amazing for solo boss content or content where bosses can be taunted/do not move much, such as Guardian raids for example, but can also be used in Legion raids assuming you have a premade. PUG groups, or if you are new to a group for Legion raids, generally tend to see this build as the lesser one, so keep that in mind too.



  • 02 Jul. 2022: Guide added.
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