Guardian - Merciful Frontline



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Focused on: Ground controlHealingSupportUtility.

Designed for:

Overview

The EU meta build for a sustained 'ball' style frontline designed to be a powerful healer and resurrect bot. Has extremely high personal and group sustain at a slight cost to damage and boon up-time. Used by many EU guilds including [Ash], [vE], and [vR].

Skill Bar

HammerHealingUtilityElite
Mace/Shield

Weapon Variants

Staff

Staff
Healing
Utility
Elite
Wave of Wrath
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Wave of Wrath
Make a powerful shock wave, hitting up to five foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 222
Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Range.pngRange: 600
Orb of Light
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Orb of Light
Fire a moving orb of light that damages enemies and heals allies it touches. Detonate the orb to heal nearby allies.
Damage.pngDamage: 444
Healing.pngHealing: 271
Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Symbol of Swiftness
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Symbol of Swiftness
Symbol. Sear a mystic symbol into the target area, damaging foes and granting swiftness to allies.
Damage.pngDamage (5x): 185
Swiftness.pngSwiftness (4s): 33% Movement Speed
Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Duration.pngSymbol Duration: 4 seconds
Radius.pngSymbol Radius: 180
Combo.pngCombo Field: Light
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Empower
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Empower
Channel might to yourself and allies around you. Heal nearby allies when it ends.
Healing.pngHealing: 1,500
Might.png12Might (10s): +360 Power, +360 Condition Damage
Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 600
Line of Warding
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Line of Warding
Ward. Create a line in front of you that foes cannot cross.
Duration.pngDuration: 5 seconds
Range.pngRange: 1,200
  • Staff can be used instead of hammer or Mace/Shield to provide a very powerful healing burst and additional might through empowers, on top of its general usefulness through symbols and CC.

Skill Variants

Utility

"Retreat!".png "Retreat!" When running with larger numbers and unable to get use out of teleporting to downs (e.g. they are dying too fast off tag to solo res)
Contemplation of Purity.png Contemplation of Purity When running in a very tight group with many guardians to assist in the healing and resurrecting.
Hallowed Ground.png Hallowed Ground When Stability Stability is limited.

Specializations

Valor:


Smiter's Boon.png Smiter's Boon



Strength in Numbers.png Strength in Numbers



Altruistic Healing.png Altruistic Healing


Variants


Honor:


Protective Reviver.png Protective Reviver



Pure of Heart.png Pure of Heart



Force of Will.png Force of Will


Variants


Virtues:


Master of Consecrations.png Master of Consecrations



Absolute Resolution.png Absolute Resolution



Indomitable Courage.png Indomitable Courage



Equipment

Ascended Head (Heavy).png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Shoulders (Heavy).png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Chest (Heavy).png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Hands (Heavy).png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Legs (Heavy).png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Heavy).png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory1.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory2.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Amulet.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Ring1.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Ring2.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Hammer.png
Wanderer stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Energy.png
Superior Sigil of Benevolence.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Mace.png
Wanderer stat icon.png
Ascended Shield.png
Wanderer stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Energy.png
Superior Sigil of Transference.png
Superior Rune of Mercy.png6x
Superior Rune of Mercy
Mighty WvW Infusion.png18x
Mighty WvW Infusion

Variants

Stats

  • Swap Celestial for Crusader's for an easier to obtain stat.
  • Add Commander's or Marauder's for extra damage.
  • Add Wanderer's, Minstrel's or Soldier's for extra defense.
    • Add more Cleric's or Minstrel's for additional healing focus at the cost of damage. Particularly for GvGs, more bunker focused gear aims for around 1k healing power.

Infusions

  • 18x
    Healing WvW Infusion Healing WvW Infusion
    Healing WvW Infusion.pngHealing WvW Infusion
    +5 Healing Power -1% Damage taken from Guards and Lords
    for bunker builds.

Sigils

  • Superior Sigil of Energy Superior Sigil of Energy
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    Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
    Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
    Superior Sigil of Renewal Superior Sigil of Renewal
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    Superior Sigil of Renewal.pngSuperior Sigil of Renewal
    Heal Nearby Allies on Weapon Swap (360 radius). (Cooldown: 9s)
    At 370+ Healing Power, Selfless Daring.png Selfless Daring out scales the healing of Renewal Sigil, however Renewal can be useful for inexperienced players.
  • Superior Sigil of Concentration Superior Sigil of Concentration
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    Superior Sigil of Concentration.pngSuperior Sigil of Concentration
    Boons you apply last 33% longer for 7 seconds when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
    for Stability Stability uptime.
  • Superior Sigil of Transference Superior Sigil of Transference
    Superior Sigil of Transference.pngSuperior Sigil of Transference
    Outgoing healing effectiveness is increased by 10%.

Consumables

Food

  • Plate of Mussels Gnashblade Plate of Mussels Gnashblade
    Plate of Mussels Gnashblade.pngPlate of Mussels Gnashblade
    Nourishment (30 min):
    Food.png+10% Damage Reduction+70 Concentrationn+10% Experience from kills
    Consumable
    Defensive option.
  • Fried Oyster Sandwich Fried Oyster Sandwich
    Fried Oyster Sandwich.pngFried Oyster Sandwich
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+10% Damage Reduction+70 Power+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    Offensive option.
  • Loaf of Saffron Bread Loaf of Saffron Bread
    Loaf of Saffron Bread.pngLoaf of Saffron Bread
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.pngIncoming damage reduced by 20% while stunned, knocked down, or knocked back.-20% condition duration+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    Alternate defensive option vs condi pressure.

Utility

  • Magnanimous Sharpening Stone Magnanimous Sharpening Stone
    Magnanimous Sharpening Stone.pngMagnanimous Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Power equal to 3% of your VitalityGain Power equal to 3% of your Toughness+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    Offensive option.
  • Magnanimous Maintenance Oil Magnanimous Maintenance Oil
    Magnanimous Maintenance Oil.pngMagnanimous Maintenance Oil
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Concentration equal to 3% of your VitalityGain Concentration equal to 3% of your Toughness+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    Support option.

Usage

Hammer

Mace/Shield

  • Use Mace/Shield to support your group and create heavy burst CC and healing. The autoattack provides very strong AoE healing.
  • Rotation: Autoattack continuously throughout the fight. When bombing the enemy in Mace, use your Symbol of Faith.png Symbol of Faith to give an extremely high healing Regeneration plus AoE pressure. Then activate on your shield Shield of Judgment.png Shield of Judgment for a burst heal to allies and protection, followed by Protector's Strike.png Protector's Strike for a high damage skill and a small damage mitigation. Either when you see a downed enemy or ally, use Shield of Absorption.png Shield of Absorption to push back a res/stomp attempt, either double tapping for a large burst AoE heal or channeling for projectile defense.

Staff

  • Use Line of Warding.png Line of Warding to disrupt enemies and split players away from the main group whilst also stripping some stability.
  • Double tapping Orb of Light.png Orb of Light will immediately activate its chain skill Detonate Orb of Light.png Detonate Orb of Light, a good group AoE heal if you are under heavy pressure. With this build this is an even more powerful heal than usual and should be used to try save low allies.
  • Stack might for your team with Empower.png Empower. It will also heal you for a huge amount because of Altruistic Healing.png Altruistic Healing, plus a huge AoE healing thanks to Force of Will.png Force of Will and Sigil of Transference.
  • When running to/from objectives, speed up your zerg with Symbol of Swiftness.png Symbol of Swiftness.
  • Stack might for your team with Empower.png Empower.

Resurrecting

  • Resurrecting plays a huge part in this build. Your Protective Reviver.png Protective Reviver paired with
    Superior Rune of Mercy Superior Rune of Mercy
    Superior Rune of Mercy.pngSuperior Rune of Mercy
    (1): +25 Toughness (2): Gain up to 400 toughness while revivng allies, based on your level. (3): +50 Toughness (4): You resurrect allies with 30% more health. (5): +100 Toughness (6): You revive allied players 20% faster.
    makes your revive speed extremely quick, but also gives allies huge amounts of health when they are revived, along with protection and a burst heal from the Aegis they are granted. Focus on saving your allies above all else, as long as it will not cost you your own life.

General

  • Healing your allies is another huge focus of this build. Be mindful of their HP at all times and use Virtue of Resolve.png Virtue of Resolve to burst cleanse heavy condition pressure and provide a very large on demand heal.
  • Use Renewed Focus.png Renewed Focus to escape damage. Renewed Focus.png Renewed Focus will also refresh your virtues, meaning it is best used when all virtues are on cooldown. You can use virtues whilst channeling this skill to get the most effectiveness out of its cooldown resetting.
  • Use Purging Flames.png Purging Flames when you are being overwhelmed with conditions. Try to use it during fights and not on regroups, where you may block allies from blasting water fields.
  • "Stand Your Ground!".png "Stand Your Ground!" - gives area Stability to help secure stomps/resurrection or mitigate the effectiveness of an enemy CC (try to use SYG proactively, before a bomb). It is only a stun break for yourself, not your party.
  • Virtue of Courage.png Virtue of Courage is your -and your party's- panic stability and area break stun. Use it only after "Stand Your Ground!".png "Stand Your Ground!" is on cooldown and stability it urgently needed.
  • Applying boons to party members and yourself will heal you via Altruistic Healing.png Altruistic Healing

Gameplay Videos

  • YouTube:
    [vR]Hybrid
  • YouTube:
    [bM] Falx
Build rating - 5 stars
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3 Ratings
5 stars
Bhima gave this build 5 stars October 2016

This is a fun, effective and relatively forgiving build. Have had good success with it so far, and I'm sure those that are actually good at it can make this build unstoppable. Its very satisfying to be in the middle of a massive bomb field and drop purging flames, mace 2 and just support the heck out of the zerg.

5 stars
Arete gave this build 5 stars September 2016

Extremely strong build with a low skill floor but high skill ceiling. Compared to AH Frontliner it excels in smaller scales but drops off in effectiveness in large (40+ a side) scale fights. The downstate control this build brings via Mercy runes, Banish and Merciful Intervention is a huge part of what defines the post-HoT meta.

5 stars
The Blue Rangerr gave this build 5 stars September 2016

A powerful guardian healer who, in large numbers, can make a group virtually unkillable. A guardian running this should have no issue with personal sustain and be able to keep ally squishies from being exploded by AoE pressure.

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