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Guardian tips

It's been a year since I play Guild Wars 2 not by choice. Couple more weeks I'll be back on going to kick start off on a new character I'm going to go with guardian and see how I do on it. I'm mostly going to do pve and going to go solo I'm going with condition burning build. Does anyone have any tips or recommendations on how I should do this? cuz this will be my first Guardian

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  • Alatar.7364Alatar.7364 Member ✭✭✭

    Well it depends.
    Do you have any of the Expansions?
    Otherwise, I think that until you are about to do High Level Fractals or Raids, then there are not any important advises as Guardian is Easy to play.
    There might be just some basic advises like: Don't Mix your Stats too much, 4 Stats Max with the same Major ones.
    Or always have a Second Weapon Set a Ranged one.
    Rest of the possible advises would be dependant on more Specific Info.

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  • Josh.4016Josh.4016 Member ✭✭

    Dragonhunter is easy to gear and competitive DPS with a simple rotation. My only complaint about guardian is that their HP pool is extremely low. Utilizing block is essential. You may want to grab a couple pieces of Valk gear to up your HP, but that is more preference.

  • crashburntoo.7431crashburntoo.7431 Member ✭✭✭

    @Josh.4016 said:
    Dragonhunter is easy to gear and competitive DPS with a simple rotation. My only complaint about guardian is that their HP pool is extremely low. Utilizing block is essential. You may want to grab a couple pieces of Valk gear to up your HP, but that is more preference.

    Agreed, check out some of the specs for the game mode you want to play (Meta Battle - Guardian). I main a Guardian and had a heal-bot for years. It was terrible on the damage front, but I enjoyed it. I've switched over to the DPS Dragonhunter meta, and I'm enjoying that. I'm too casual to offer any elite advice (high end fractals, raids, PvP, WvW), but I think you can enjoy the Guardian with a range of builds, certainly for your lvl 1-80 journey.

    One thing I will add... I've had Aegis up for as long as I can remember, and I would highly advise having that active. It has saved me from entering combat so many times. I may be darting around a map for completion or farming, and I don't necessarily want to fight every mob. Aegis saves the day, especially if you have PoF and want to re-mount and head out.

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  • Notsobig.2815Notsobig.2815 Member ✭✭

    I've played most characters and settled on the Guardian as a nice blend of DPS, support, and survivability. As a DragonHunter I found a quick sequence of trap, symbol and greatsword whirl will take down about any PVE you are likely to find in open world. The Firebrand is even better in group play (WVW zerg or Legendary fight) by putting down firefields resulting in combos, condi cleanse, and group buffs. As stated above you have a low HP pool, but plenty of blocks.

  • goku.6152goku.6152 Member ✭✭

    Thanks everyone for the helpful info I appreciate it. Just want to make sure I didn't look like a kitten when I started doing the guardian LOL. And yes I do have Hot expansion pack I'm going to wait just a little bit before I get the other expansion path of Fire. The mounts won't do me any good anyways since I can't get them until Level 80

  • GWMO.4785GWMO.4785 Member ✭✭

    Lovely! i always enjoyed condi guard myself. I can tell that it has a very strong opening burst but its not ideal for foe's that last longer. Tho as core guardian that is. PoF introduced the Firebrand spec which dives more into the condi aspect for the class, so im pretty sure you'll like that too.

    For now you can use this build while you run around as a core guardian. One of the slot skills is open, so you can pick w/e you want there. Dont bother with Dragonhunter if you want to play condition. It does not compliment the build. Tho i personally like that spec in powergear the most in the entire class. When you have the second expansion. you can go condi firebrand, which more or less looks like this

    Hope that will help you out. Happy burning * cough *

  • goku.6152goku.6152 Member ✭✭

    Cool thanks. Seems like those quiet bet you can do with the guardian. Which build has the most survivability to it? I thought it might have been the burning condition build cuz you know faster you kill your enemies better off you'll be.

  • GWMO.4785GWMO.4785 Member ✭✭

    @goku.6152 said:
    Cool thanks. Seems like those quiet bet you can do with the guardian. Which build has the most survivability to it? I thought it might have been the burning condition build cuz you know faster you kill your enemies better off you'll be.

    That kinda depends on your approach to it. As you said, you may survive better by killing stuff faster. Also known as "kill your foe before it kills you". Or you could take some defensive traits, skills or gear. Or perhaps a combo of those. That way you can take some more beating.

    However if your question is rather between the core and the firebrand build i linked. Then i would say firebrand is clearly the winner. The spec is pretty much in all aspects better then the core guardian. Unlike before the F1-3 changes in to tomes (virtues traits still work on them), which gives you access to 15 new skills that replace your weapon skills (5 per tome). Consider it like a kitt, except you have cooldowns on them when you swap out ofc.

  • goku.6152goku.6152 Member ✭✭
    edited November 16

    Ok i see. Looks like there's a lot that I can experiment with and see what build suits me best. right now I have two characters at level 80 a Revenant and the other one is a necromancer I kick butt on the Necromancer. At least I did from what I understand they nerfed it down a bit 😑

  • GWMO.4785GWMO.4785 Member ✭✭
    edited November 16

    Necromamcer did get quite a nerf a while ago, but that has been redefined in the latest patch at 7th Nov. As such the reaper specialisation did get a significant powerbuffs in shroud form, Anet also glanced briefly over necro's scrouge spec if i recall correctly.

    However that will derail this topic So in that regard, i suggest you take a moment to read the latest patch notes (found here). And/or create a new topic if you need to.

    Jumping back to guardian. I do would like to state another note. Firebrand did some nerf in the latest patch. So if you aim to play endgame content such as fractals and raids. You may want to have a powergear ready as well. Incase people are going to be toxic about your set. That way you can quickly swap out to power dragonhunter set. Which kinda looks like this. Test of Faith can be swapped for other skills like Wall of Reflection or w/e you need. Also Feel my Wrath can be swapped out to Dragon's Maw if you have a chrono in your party

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