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Minstrel Scrapper, Firebrand or Tempest should be able to tank 2-4 average players indefinitely and also do decent support. These aren't "solo classes" though because you can't kill anything.

 

Or you can do something like thief with the same set and be completely useless but also never die. 

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If you just want to stand there and survive for as long as possible without using any skills then dm necro or maybe even defense warrior (but you will still die, even against a single player). With use of defensive skills scrapper, weaver or soulbeast should be the tankiest options. Guard might have too long cd on defensive skills. That being said, if your opponents know what they are doing, you won't be able to facetank 2 let alone more players no matter the class or build. The closest to actually being unkillable would be sa thief (drd or de), but it relies on avoiding dmg and can't facetank that much.

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Minstrel Firebrands are not even in the Top 3 when all you care for is surviving, they simply lack mobility and burst heals. They have a huge portofolio of support skills, but F1-F3 are hard to use when you are alone, because it blocks you from using your Weapon Skills. There is no way a Firebrand can survive the damage of 2 decent players for long, sooner or later he runs out of defense skills and healing. Scrapper andTempest are much more flexible, but share the weakness of all Minstrel builds, they can't fight back.

 

If you want a good tank build for solo roaming, then Celestial is much better than Minstrel. A well played Weaver or Mesmer (with Inspiration trait line) is a good start for this, but there are others as well. They are hard to kill and can bite back.

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If all you want to do is survive and damage is of no value to you then nomad warrior is the place to go. You deal 0 damage but you can survive 10+ players attacking you and also outrun them with your Nikes on. Shouldn't be too hard to figure out how to put the build together, defense line is a start then just read skills/traits.

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Can anyone come up with the tankiest Mesmer build with the following: Mobility, Moa, Stealth, Pulls (ideally)?

Asking for a friend. Just want to cause disruption to certain 40 strong boonballs who just want to run over the poor souls in hbl.

Anet keeps changing the class every year so I have no idea how it works anymore.

On another topic, I think something of interest would be life steal and stuff like draining sigils. These things bypass armor so it could be pretty useful even if your base damage is useless.

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15 hours ago, ArchonWing.9480 said:

Can anyone come up with the tankiest Mesmer build with the following: Mobility, Moa, Stealth, Pulls (ideally)?

Asking for a friend. Just want to cause disruption to certain 40 strong boonballs who just want to run over the poor souls in hbl.

Anet keeps changing the class every year so I have no idea how it works anymore.

On another topic, I think something of interest would be life steal and stuff like draining sigils. These things bypass armor so it could be pretty useful even if your base damage is useless.

The heals from life steal stuff also scales with healing power, which is nice on these kinds of builds.

To the OP, whatever you invest in, make sure you have an alt that could use the gear if you scrap the build. After the expac I'd expect heavy nerfs to a lot of stuff, so unless you build into mechanics like the warrior healing stance that just gets better the more enemies hit you, you may find the build changes for the worse. 

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On 1/20/2022 at 11:14 AM, Vasdamas Anklast.1607 said:

Without stealth, mobility spam and invisibility while simply standing and  tanking kitten? Probably support guardian. If you are asking for a class that can be both tanky and kill people at the same time then probably boon beast.
 

boonbeast is really strong tho.

Wanderer jalis rev is a freaking wall as well(more to be used in group), good to be used as a comander as well since has decent self heald, party stability and damage reducing and some taunting and superspeed on both elites.

 

Glaring resolve(invocation) and spiritual reckoning and the runes superspeed will be always trigered on the elite usage, well  glarins resolve will be only when stun breaking with jalist wich is still amazing.

I like core rev in this case cause when group colide(or when getting  ataked) and if u are in shiro stance u can make its elite unblockable  with core shiro F2 and CC the enemies into jade statuestes to farm.

Something arround this(build made kinda fast just  to give an idea):

http://gw2skills.net/editor/?PmQAIlxQHMPyh1RNMO6hRSfMCKgl1jaaF-zRJYnRB/JY4B-e

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