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whoknocks.4935whoknocks.4935 Member ✭✭✭✭

Hey guys, during my years of game I always played PvP and WvW not caring about PvE.

I have Map completion only on one character which is the oldest character I have, a Guardian.

Now I decided to complete all Living World stories, then HoT and then PoF etc.

Currently doing Living World S2.

I decided to go for Firebrand instead of dh or core and I found this build

I am using the dps gear and not the trailblazer which seems too wasted in terms of damage.

I read online is one of the best solo builds out there, similar to condi herald or mirage which can clear lots of hard group contents , is it true and works? I am using it and the damage and aoe is super good, but if focused i struggle a bit to survive.

What do you guys recommend to do? It's just because I need to learn to play it?

I don't wanna do fractals or raids for now even tho i saw it's the same exactly meta build, planning on complete all story, do some champions or hero challenges etc.



  • MarzAttakz.9608MarzAttakz.9608 Member ✭✭✭

    DPS Variant
    This variant offers the highest DPS but the least defense.

    Trailblazer Variant
    The Trailblazer Variant sacrifices some power damage for a massive boost to your survivability. This variant is recommended for most open world content.

    I think that explains your problem right there. Burst vs Sustain.

    Deso since 2012. Elementalist for life.

  • ASP.8093ASP.8093 Member ✭✭✭
    edited July 31, 2020

    I'd try putting an Energy sigil in your axe/torch set (it'll proc on tome swap, too) before I spend the ridiculous sum of money required to regear to Trailblazer, tbh.

    For solo open world and story, you can also try (not all at once):

    • Give yourself a stun break
    • Slot in Wall of Reflection if you're getting focused by a lot of strong ranged mobs
    • Change your elite to Renewed Focus and start using Tome 3 defensive skills (the reflect, stab, and resistance) much more proactively

    Stuff like that! Swap skills around, in general. Think of the three on the build bar as your "normal" ones but you're often changing them to suit the encounter. Guardian is a great class for that, since you have a very wide range of defensive utilities and buffs.

  • Cyninja.2954Cyninja.2954 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 1, 2020

    Use the Dire variant.

    Unless you have trailblazer gear lying around.

    If you min-max a bit, you can easily get to 100% burn/condition duration with Runes of Balthazar, Guardian traits and some burn/condi duration from food. Splice in some Rabid gear for crit.

  • Zhaid Zhem.6508Zhaid Zhem.6508 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Use Renewed Focus + a random breakstun instead of the signet of wrath. No need to change gear.