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Playing a guardian, need some advice.

So I finally did it. I uninstalled wow classic and wow retail. It was toxic and making me unhappy.

Now I am starting a guardian but not sure what race or server to play on.

I like the idea of buffing allies and support but also being durable, tanky, and strong.

Also what weapon should I use for level up in? I am thinking a hammer or great sword but i don't know.

I kind of like asura and charr. They are nice monstrous races.

Also what would be a good server for world pvp and some PvE content ?

Thanks all. I am happy to play this game again.

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  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Welcome to GW2!

    Your server only matters for world vs world (PvE maps are shared between all servers) and which one is best is debatable. It might be best to ask in the WvW section of the forum for advice. You'll also need to say if you're looking for an NA or EU server.

    Races in this game are almost entirely cosmetic, there are a few racial skills but they're deliberately designed to be weaker than your other skills (so that players don't feel they have to take a specific skill) so go with whichever one you like. I made my guardian an asura because I like the idea of a tiny little girl with a huge sword holding off hordes of enemies, but charr is a good choice too. Maybe try both and see which you like best.

    I really like the greatsword on guardian and it works well for me on low level characters, but I have no idea if it's considered a good choice generally. Again my advice is to try out different weapons as you get them while levelling up. Each weapon has it's own skills, so which ones you use does make a difference but it's really easy to switch between them (skills don't degrade or anything, you can have them all unlocked at the same time) so if you get one you haven't used before, or in a while, it's worth equipping it just to see how it feels, and if you don't like it you can swap back.

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  • I have an asura Firebrand i use for everything. Love the combo.
    With the firebrand spec i play with the specific axe and focus on one set, scepter and shield for ranged.
    Greatsword is a good weapon to go with when core, good damage. Personally i prefer one ranged set in addition, without dragonhunter that would be scepter, and i go for shield for cc and blocks. Firebrand is also the go to for support.
    For PVE and SPVP server is not important. Only important for wvw. Would probably go for a server that is marked as Medium or very full if wvw is your thing. Servers marked as full is not available currently to join.
    Gw2 wiki is also a good place to go to for details not always remembered, traits etc for each class is mentioned and described there. Im often checking it myself to find details forgotten. Mapchat is also helpful, if someone nearby has an answer to give.

    WB and hope you have fun. :)

  • Strider.7849Strider.7849 Member ✭✭✭

    @Angel.3916 said:
    So I finally did it. I uninstalled wow classic and wow retail. It was toxic and making me unhappy.

    Now I am starting a guardian but not sure what race or server to play on.

    I like the idea of buffing allies and support but also being durable, tanky, and strong.

    Also what weapon should I use for level up in? I am thinking a hammer or great sword but i don't know.

    I kind of like asura and charr. They are nice monstrous races.

    Also what would be a good server for world pvp and some PvE content ?

    Thanks all. I am happy to play this game again.

    Server... I can't really help you there, however it really only matters for WvW.

    Guardian is meta in all environments and it's capable of doing exactly what you want from it. However don't think that being tanky and durable in this game is similar to that of WoW. Your defense comes from your ability to time blocks and manage your evades first.. then buffs like protection/Regen and your heals. It may even feel fragile because of how the system is in WoW.

    As for race, it doesn't really matter it's all aesthetics. If you want to command in WvW some day though you may want to choose a Norn or char since it's easier to see amongst a large blob of people - but even that is a very minor difference.

    For leveling I found (personally) greatsword and sword focus the best. Greatsword has a leap, aoe pull, a strong symbol/whirl combo. Sword main hand has a teleport for getting to mobs faster, has good damage on its auto, and focus blocks 3 attacks before doing big damage when it explodes. Another good reason to use sword/x is in WvW if you want to roam, learning how to use your teleport to gain distance whether in retreating/engaging is very useful too.

  • ReaverKane.7598ReaverKane.7598 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 15, 2020

    @Angel.3916 said:
    So I finally did it. I uninstalled wow classic and wow retail. It was toxic and making me unhappy.

    Now I am starting a guardian but not sure what race or server to play on.

    I like the idea of buffing allies and support but also being durable, tanky, and strong.

    Also what weapon should I use for level up in? I am thinking a hammer or great sword but i don't know.

    I kind of like asura and charr. They are nice monstrous races.

    Also what would be a good server for world pvp and some PvE content ?

    Thanks all. I am happy to play this game again.

    PVP and PVE builds are different.
    IF you want to tank/support Neither Hammer or GS are a good choice. You'll want mace/shield + Staff, or if you manage to get the Firebrand Specialization (needs to buy Path of Fire Expansion), you should go Axe/shield. Also, being a good high-tier support is rather impossible without being a Firebrand inside the Guardian profession.
    But the thing is, you'll only be useful in a group setting.

    For open world PVE, my best advice is go GreatSword + Scepter/Torch or Scepter/Focus, get yourself exotic Berserker's gear. Healing Signet and Bane Signet are good for starting, Sword of Justice is a must, then grab another skill you find useful (Smite Conditions is a good one), finally, for your Elite (0 slot) grab "Feel My Wrath" it's a shout.
    For Traits go 223 on Zeal (so second tier 1 trait from the top, second tier 2, and third tier 3 trait), 233 on Radiance, and 111 on Virtues.
    This will give you pretty much one of the top tier PVE DPS builds in the game for cleaving targets (multiple enemies or gigantic bosses). And it's pretty much the best thing you can take for open world PVE.
    Do keep in mind, this is a farcry from being tanky or supporty. Guardian actually has the lowest health pool in the game along with thief and Ele, and this build is pretty much a glass cannon.

    If you're still picking classes, you might want to go for Warrior.
    It has the highest Health pool, and you can both DPS and support without compromise (unlike guardian who needs to pick either or).
    Warriors have one skill type called banners, which are placed on the ground and pulse boons to up to 10 allies around the banner. This is a very requested build, and can be achieved with base warrior (although its usually best to take a Berserker elite).

    Anyway... There's plenty of choice, and i'd advise you to mostly experiment at the start, you can freelly respec as long as you're out of combat. And exotic gear is easy to come by.

    There's also a few good places to look for more info.
    The wiki.
    Snowcrows for end-game PVE builds (Fractals and Raids)
    Into the Mists and Meta Battle are good resources for PVP and WvW builds.

    Also if you're on EU servers, you can try PMing me and i'll show you around.