Roaming the vast open world of Albion Online as a solo player is not an easy task, especially if you’re a beginner. The two keys to successful and profitable solo open-world roaming are having good map awareness and game sense and bringing the best solo builds available.
While good map awareness and game sense come with time through experience, knowing what builds to wear is just a scroll away.
In this article, we’ll share with you the best solo builds for beginners of Albion Online. These builds are designed to help you enjoy the excitement of solo open-world roaming without breaking the bank.
What Makes a Build Good for Solo Open World?
Roaming the open world as a solo player comes with its own set of risks and rewards. The risks are higher because there’s no one else to give you a hand, but the rewards are also potentially bigger since you’ll have all the riches to yourself.
Hence, a good solo build for the open world should involve two key features: high mobility and substantial damage output. Moreover, builds with cheap market prices are preferable since beginners likely don’t have much silver to spare (yet).
Mobility is perhaps one of the most important aspects of Albion Online gameplay. The player with the better mobility will almost always come out on top in most PvP situations.
Having high mobility allows you to run after and catch your targets. It also provides you with more room to outmaneuver and outplay your enemies, giving you a higher chance of winning outnumbered fights.
But coming out on top doesn’t always mean killing the other players and winning the fight. Some situations may prove to be unwinnable due to various factors, such as being too outnumbered (e.g., 1 vs 5+) or facing builds with unbearable damage output.
If you have the best mobility in these situations, you’ll have the option to play smart and just run away—and live to fight another day.
Substantial Damage Output
Aside from high mobility, a good solo build for beginners should also have substantial damage output. Although good mobility allows you to engage and disengage whenever you please (most of the time), it’s your damage output that ultimately allows you to kill other players.
If you don’t have enough damage output with your build, then there’s no use chasing other players. You might as well just wear an escape build since you won’t be killing anyone anyways.
Moreover, higher damage output also means more efficient mob clearing. Solo roaming the open world isn’t a PvP-fest 100% of the time. A large part of this activity also involves hunting down mobs in the open world for the juicy fame and potentially good loot.
Therefore, wearing a build with substantial damage output allows you to be more efficient in your journey when you’re not busy killing other players (or running away from them).
Cheap Market Price
Lastly, since beginners most likely don’t have much silver yet, they’re better off starting with relatively cheaper builds.
The cheaper your builds are, the more sets you’ll be able to afford. The more sets you can afford, the more deaths you can endure. And as any Albion Online veteran would say, the more you die in this game, the more you learn about it.
However, this doesn’t mean that you should restrict yourself to random cheap builds. The builds we included on this list involve just the right balance of effectiveness and affordability.
Without further ado, here’s a list of the best solo builds for beginners looking to roam the vast world of Albion.
One-Hand Spear Build
The One-Hand Spear is unarguably one of the most versatile weapons in Albion Online. Coupled with a flexible build set, it’s the perfect weapon for roaming the open world.
The Spear weapon tree is a well-rounded one due to its access to a wide range of W abilities. Its choices for the W ability slot offer varying utilities that excel in different situations.
If you’re roaming and looking for a fight, Harpoon (W6) is your main W ability as it allows you to catch your targets up to 16 meters away. It’s an amazing gap-closer and CC ability in one.
The only downside is that it’s single-target only. It’s also a skillshot that’s difficult to land, so beginners will need some practice first.
Impaler (W5) is a viable option for its higher damage output and AoE slow. Some experienced players may also opt for Deflecting Spin (W4), but it’s more difficult to use properly and weak against some matchups (builds with interrupts).
You could also swap to Forest of Spears (W1) if you find some juicy upgraded mobs to kill. It’s the most efficient W ability for clearing mobs, although it’s unreliable in PvPs.
But what makes the One-Hand Spear amazing for solo open-world roaming is its signature ability, Reckless Charge, which provides excellent mobility and good damage.
Reckless Charge is a powerful dash that deals damage and interrupts all enemies hit. It has a decent range of 13 meters with only a 20-second cooldown. The damage from Reckless Charge depends on the number of Spirit Spear Charges you have, and you’ll always have plenty thanks to your Lunging Strike (Q1).
Lunging Strike is an excellent source of consistent damage. One poke from this ability doesn’t deal a lot of damage, but it only has a very short 3-second cooldown.
Moreover, this ability applies a weak slow on all enemies hit, allowing you to chase or kite them much more effectively. Not to mention, it works well with Reckless Charge by providing you with consistent Spirit Spear Charges for maximum damage output.
The rest of the build is just your typical open-world set that boosts your mobility and kiting ability, provides extra damage, and offers extra utility.
Torch is your main off-hand choice for the bonus attack speed and cooldown reduction, and the Fiend Cowl is your counter against enemy buffs like Wanderlust and Life Steal Aura. But you can also use the cheaper Guardian Helm for added survivability.
Mercenary Jacket, Thetford Cape, and Soldier Boots are your main gears for this build. They offer sufficient survivability and mobility for you to successfully navigate the open world.
Assassin Jacket is a good alternative since it’s great for kiting, escaping, and sneaking up on your targets. It’s also the perfect tool for losing aggro in case you encounter enemies while in the middle of fighting mobs.
However, Mercenary Jacket works very well with spears in general. Using Forest of Spears together with Bloodlust allows you to restore a large percentage of your HP within a few seconds. It’s a good comeback combo, especially if your enemies don’t have any purge.
For potion, Invisibility Potion adds another useful tool for escaping or sneaking. For food, Roast Pork boosts your survivability without burning too much of your silver.
One-Hand Spear Solo Build List
- Weapon: One-Hand Spear
- Off-Hand: Torch
- Head: Fiend Cowl/Guardian Helm
- Chest: Mercenary/Assassin Jacket
- Shoes: Soldier Boots
- Cape: Thetford Cape/Undead Cape
- Potion: Invisibility Potion
- Food: Roast Pork
Battle Bracers Build
The main selling point of the Battle Bracers is its insane mobility and outplay potential. It possesses multiple interrupts and disables that can allow you to outplay and outmaneuver multiple enemies at once.
Using this weapon involves a lot of jumping around and hitting your enemies with your combos. With the right build, Battle Bracers can be one of the best solo open-world weapons for beginners.
The War Gloves weapon tree offers some of the most mobile and arguably exciting abilities in the game. It’s the newest weapon line as of writing, and SBI did a great job in designing a powerful yet fun-to-play weapon tree.
Dragon Leap (Q1) and Triple Kick (W1) are your bread-and-butter abilities, and they almost have everything you need as a solo open-world roamer. Your playstyle will mostly revolve around utilizing them to outplay and kill your enemies.
Not only do these abilities provide good mobility and interrupt, but they can also deal plenty of damage to your targets. On top of these, they both have relatively short cooldowns, so you can keep spamming them to your heart’s content.
The best part is that they’re readily unlocked from the beginning, so beginners don’t have to spend too much time leveling up the weapon.
The signature ability of Battle Bracers is Falcon Smash, and it’s the final piece to the weapon’s fantastic array of potent combos.
Like many of War Gloves’ abilities, Falcon Smash is a two-part ability that combines damage, utility, and mobility.
The first part lifts you in the air for two seconds and makes you immune during the duration. Then, you can recast it to dive toward a target area up to 15 meters away, dealing damage within a small radius.
For the rest of the set, you go with the typical Fiend Cowl + Assassin Jacket + Thetford Cape combo for the extra damage, utility, and mobility they offer. Moreover, you can use Hunter Shoes (or any leather shoes, really) for the shoes slot to gain access to Refreshing Sprint. The added effect of cooldown reduction synergizes well with the rest of your abilities.
Invisibility Potion fits this build well, further boosting the build’s outplay potential. You can also use it as an additional escape tool or for sneaking up on unsuspecting enemies. For an alternative, Resistance Potion is good as well, providing you with more survivability as long as you know when to use it.
Roast Pork is the standard food for most solo melee builds, especially for weapons like the Battle Bracers that lacks sustain and survivability.
Battle Bracers Solo Build List
- Weapon: Battle Bracers
- Head: Fiend Cowl
- Jacket: Assassin Jacket
- Shoes: Hunter Shoes
- Cape: Thetford Cape
- Potion: Invisibility/Resistance Potion
- Food: Roast Pork
The Bloodletter is one of the strongest weapons in the game, and it’s one of the best weapons for solo players. It possesses high mobility and insane burst damage, and it’s flexible enough to fit a wide range of builds for a wide variety of content.
However, we placed this build a little lower on this list because it’s a bit expensive compared to the other weapons on this list. In fact, it’s the only artifact weapon on this list. But if you already have a decent economy, then this wouldn’t be a problem at all. Not to mention, the extra silver you have to pay when buying a Bloodletter will prove to be a very worthwhile investment in the long run.
Deadly Swipe (Q2) is the standard Q ability for this build. It offers you decent mobility while also boosting your overall damage output.
For the W slot, Chain Slash (W5) is one of the most powerful abilities available to the Dagger weapon tree. It deals good damage to multiple enemies within a small area, and you’re also immune from damage in the process. However, you need to reach level 85 in the Dagger tree to unlock it—and beginners probably won’t be reaching that without several dedicated fame farming sessions.
In the meantime, Throwing Blades (W2) and Dash (W3) are decent options if you haven’t unlocked Chain Slash yet. Throwing Blades offers slightly more consistent damage, while Dash gives you slightly more mobility.
The Bloodletter’s signature ability, Lunging Stabs, needs no introduction (but we’re introducing it anyway).
Any experienced player of Albion Online knows how powerful this ability is, and veterans would agree that it’s one of the most impactful abilities in the game.
Lunging Stabs deal significantly more damage to targets that are low on HP. This ability deals more than twice as much damage on enemies below 40%, and it can hit multiple targets at once. A well-timed Lunging Stabs can instantly kill enemy players, giving you the upper hand in battle.
Due to the versatility of Bloodletter, you have multiple options for a solo open-world roaming build. You can go for either a more damage-oriented build or a set with better survivability.
Muisak is the best off-hand to pair with Bloodletter, but Mistcaller is also a good alternative. Facebreaker is an option as well, but it’s geared more toward group PvP rather than solo.
If you want to go full damage with the Bloodletter, you can opt for a Mage Cowl, Cleric Robe, and Royal Sandals combination. This build focuses on quickly bursting down your targets and executing them with your Lunging Stabs when they get low enough.
If you prefer a more balanced build that offers more survivability, you can go for Specter Hood, Hellion Jacket, and Soldier Boots. This set still possesses the high killing potential of the Bloodletter, but it also allows you to last longer in fights via Life Steal Aura and Flash of Insight.
This is an excellent build if you’re already confident enough to take on outnumbered fights. But your susceptibility to purges is something that you need to always keep in mind when deciding whether to take certain fights or not.
Both Poison and Resistance Potions are great. But Poison Potion works better with the damage-oriented build while Resistance Potion fits the Specter Hood + Hellion Jacket set well. Lastly, Beef Stew is the recommended food to further boost your overall damage output.
Bloodletter Solo Build List
- Weapon: Bloodletter
- Off-Hand: Muisak
- Head: Mage Cowl/Specter Hood
- Chest: Cleric Robe/Hellion Jacket
- Shoes: Soldier Boots/Royal Sandals
- Cape: Thetford Cape
- Potion: Poison/Resistance Potion
- Food: Beef Stew
The main reason why most ranged weapons don’t excel in solos is that they’re susceptible to being brawled to death. For a ranged weapon to do well in the open world, it either has to provide good survivability or be effective in kiting. Luckily for bow enthusiasts, the Warbow excels in the latter.
The Bow weapon tree gives you access to powerful abilities that are great in different situations. Multishot (Q2) and Poisoned Arrow (Q3) are your best bets when solo roaming the open world.
Multishot is amazing for PvP, especially for kiting melee enemies. It has a knockback and an interrupt, along with decent damage and a very low cooldown. On the other hand, Poisoned Arrow works very well for PvE. It deals high single-target damage, which is perfect for quickly killing upgraded/boss mobs.
Frost Shot (W2) is your best W ability for open-world roaming. This weapon really lacks mobility, but Frost Shot helps take care of that. Aside from leaping 13 meters away from your target, you also slow any enemies hit by 40%. This makes this weapon an excellent kiting tool, especially against melee players.
But the main damage source of Warbow is its signature ability, Magic Arrow. While the previous abilities give you access to interrupts and mobility, Magic Arrow provides you with much-needed damage to finish off your enemies.
Magic Arrow is a straightforward ability—it deals damage to the first enemy it hits, and its damage depends on how far the enemy is (technically, how long the arrow has been traveling, but they’re practically the same). It may be a simple damage-dealing move, but it fits the kiting playstyle perfectly.
You’ll find the rest of the set very familiar at this point. You have the Mage Cowl in the head slot for the extra damage with Poison. You can also swap to Force Field, which is a good counter against melee enemies.
Then, you have Assassin Jacket, Hunter Shoes, and Thetford Cape. You can switch the Hunter Shoes with Soldier Boots if you don’t feel like being too aggressive. The same goes for switching the Thetford cape with Undead Cape.
Resistance Potion helps improve your survivability even by just a bit. And Pork Omelette improves your overall damage and mobility via cooldown reduction.
Warbow Solo Build List
- Weapon: Warbow
- Head: Mage Cowl
- Chest: Assassin Jacket
- Shoes: Hunter Shoes/Soldier Boots
- Cape: Thetford Cape/Undead Cape
- Potion: Resistance Potion
- Food: Pork Omelette
Solo open-world roaming in Albion Online is a risky activity. You need plenty of experience first before you get the hang of it and (hopefully) start dying less. But don’t let the fear of death stop you from trying out this exciting and potentially profitable content.
We’ve made this list of the best solo builds to help you get started. You can also check out our guides for the best mounts for ganking and best mounts for gathering in Albion Online to help you decide which mount to use on your solo adventure.