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I'm a returning player, have a few lvl 80's but it's been a while and I never fully experienced the game. I mostly did WvWvW.Right now I'm planning to buy the latest expansion and skip the first expansion and do some (or all) of the content in the new expansion.This time however I would like to experience some of the pve content (dungeons, fractals and possibly raids) while still doing WvWvW as well.What would be some of the things to focus on? Obviously get to lvl 80, get elite spec, grab some gear but where? Could I jump right in dungeons and fractals at that point?Just a few things to focus on in the right order (in your opinion) would be nice.I'm probably going to start with my engineer character that is already 80.First thing I'm probably going to do is get myself a mount.

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For engineers interested in diving into end-game PVE content, you'll definitely want to start by unlocking the Holosmith specialization.

After which, getting a set of Exotic gear (Berserker stat combination, most likely), you'll be set to jump into early Fractals.

During this time, (re)familiarize yourself with your profession, and learn how best to improve your damage output. Most of us do so by looking up guides with skill rotations, such as the ones from Snowcrows. Practice playing your Holosmith out in the wild, or at the Training Golems in either the Fractal Lobby, or the Special Forces Training Area in the Lion's Arch Aerodrome.

Here, I would say the path will split. If you managed to join a guild that does training raids, then by now you'll be set to start experiencing raids. The mechanics of GW2 raids may or may not be a shock to you, depending on your prior experiences. On the other hand, my personal recommendation would be to get some Ascended Trinkets (amulets, rings, etc.) and Ascended Weapons to slot in Agony Infusions, thereby allowing you at least enter Tier 3 Fractals. At this Tier, you'll be exposed to a wide range of boss mechanics that will better prepare you for Raids.

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@Gimano.7381 said:What would be some of the things to focus on? Obviously get to lvl 80, get elite spec, grab some gear but where? Could I jump right in dungeons and fractals at that point?

You need level 80 exotic or ascended gear in order to be efficient in dungeons and fractals. Since you're a returning player, your best bet is to unlock the Holosmith elite specialization for the engineer. It's not my favorite specialization due to how dumbed down it is compared to core engineer, but for new or returning players it's a good specialization.

In general, get to level 80, craft level 80 berserker gear with scholar runes, level 80 berserker weapons with sigil of air and fire, unlock the elite specialization Holosmith, learn how to play it and you should be fine.

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My God I'm so weak. I can't even handle 2 enemies. I struggled so hard to get through the very first encounters in the new zone. I died like 5 times to kill the 2 dogs or whatever they were.My gear is all lvl 80 yellow rare gear. I suppose my problem is my build?

Also can I activate the elite spec straight away or do I have to gain some kind of experience points first?

Also, is it a good idea to train all skills and specialisations? I have 189 unspent points.I'm so lost :dizzy:Thought I'll pick this game up again no problem, but a lot of things have changed :lol:

Edit: Right, nvm about the skills and specialisations. I need all of them to activate the elite spec

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@Gimano.7381 said:Also can I activate the elite spec straight away or do I have to gain some kind of experience points first?

Also, is it a good idea to train all skills and specialisations? I have 189 unspent points.

No, you can't activate the elite specialization straight away. You need a lot of hero points in order to unlock every Holosmith trait and utility skill. And yes, it is important that you learn all skills because you don't want to miss out on any traits or utility skills.

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@Gimano.7381 said:My God I'm so weak. I can't even handle 2 enemies. I struggled so hard to get through the very first encounters in the new zone. I died like 5 times to kill the 2 dogs or whatever they were.

The new zones are tougher than core Tyria so don't be surprised if you die, particularly while getting up to speed with profession/dodge mechanics. I've given up a few times with new professions (ele/thief) while trying to do hero points in PoF.

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@"Gimano.7381" said:My God I'm so weak. I can't even handle 2 enemies. I struggled so hard to get through the very first encounters in the new zone. I died like 5 times to kill the 2 dogs or whatever they were.

That sounds like the hookhounds in the start of Path of Fire. That expansion is proceeded by two seasons of the Living Story, and a full expansion, all of which ramped up the difficulty by making enemies smarter, and requiring more active play from players to counter their individual threats and avoid their significant attacks.

So, you have basically jumped from "easy" to "expert" directly, skipping all the bits where you would have otherwise learned how to handle that sort of thread.

Which isn't to downplay them, or insult your skill: I had trouble with them the first time through, and it took me a while to figure out their tells, and their danger signs, and work out how to handle them. I still find them, and the circling disk surfer dudes, the most challenging regular opponents in PoF.

I'd kind of recommend spending a bit more time in, for example, Orr, where the enemies are annoying, but not nearly so smart or so painful. (...and if you have not been to the Orr 80 zones much, your first reaction will be to think me a liar for saying that, because they are also quite challenging, just not ... not as much as the PoF ones are.)

My gear is all lvl 80 yellow rare gear. I suppose my problem is my build?

Rare gear definitely won't help; PoF almost certainly assumes you are in full exotic gear at a minimum. (Ascended gives you another five to ten percent stats on top of exotic, but isn't necessary to complete this content.)

https://metabattle.com/wiki/Open_World has a bunch of recommendations, not just on how to gear, but also on the builds.

One word of caution about metabattle, though: it, like most other advise, assumes that you should just throw on full DPS gear, because you have already learned to dodge, or otherwise mitigate, the most dangerous attacks from enemies. That is full on glass cannon mode, and ... if you don't have that mastered yet, it'll be a challenge to survive.

Picking stat sets that include some vitality isn't going to let you facetank anything, but it can turn "one mistake" from "dead" to "almost dead, but you can recover", which can be a significant advantage while you are still learning.

Also can I activate the elite spec straight away or do I have to gain some kind of experience points first?

https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Hero_point

Also, is it a good idea to train all skills and specialisations? I have 189 unspent points.

Yes, you should unlock all of everything. GW2 doesn't force you to make decisions about what you can do, just about what you do. So, you unlock everything, and then you pick three of the trait lines, and a subset of utility skills, and that sort of thing.

I'm so lost :dizzy:Thought I'll pick this game up again no problem, but a lot of things have changed :lol:

Yeah, it's complicated, and hitting PoF directly is turning it up to 11 the first time. No wonder it is a heck of a learning ... not so much curve, as a learning brick wall. :)

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Thanks for your advice and insights. I bought exotic gear for my engineer and sadly that didn't help much. I mean I know what hard is but this was truly frustrating, I felt like it was impossible to progress. I tried several builds but I still died way to much. Perhaps it's my rotations and overall combat skills.I switched to my elementalist (who already had exotic gear) and it was much better, still hard but not even half as hard as with the engineer.

So gear didn't progress at all in all those years? My elementalist had exotic gear (about 4 years ago or something) and it still has the same value as today's exotic gear?I must say I find this very positive.I'll figure out the problem with engineer later when I get the hang again with my elementalist.

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@Pretty Pixie.8603 said:Rare is a little low for HoT areas.. Also, what build/weapons are you using? I’d be happy to spot you some gear if you give me an idea what you need.

I believe mostly bomb build with rifle and beserker gear. Strange thing is that I have more than double the hp than my elementalist and with my elementalist I have much less issues. Maybe more kill potential with elementalist?What do you mean give you an idea of what I need?

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Also, let me add that it's perfectly okay to fall back a bit and do some roaming in Core Tyria, especially getting into the Wastes areas of Dry Top and Silverwastes. At least it's a moderate ramp-up instead of being a wanderer in new territory. If you feel like your overwhelmed, take a step back.

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@Pretty Pixie.8603 said:If I know what build you are running i can send you some appropriate gear. No sense in sending you berserker gear if you are running a pistol/pistol condi build, for instance.

Thanks for the gear Pixie, was quite surprised when I found your gear in my mail yesterday.You're pushing the meaning of players helping players :+1: have fun

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