Guardian - Radiant Greatsword

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Focused on: Solo contentEventsDirect damageControlSurvival.

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An easy, basic guardian build which is F2P accessible and does very well in general open world situations.

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Weapon Variants

  • Your second weapon set is fairly flexible. Sword/Focus is suggested because it provides a good mix of defense, AoE damage, and mobility. Depending on what you need, you can run Hammer (crowd control), Scepter (ranged and high damage on bosses), and/or Shield (crowd control and projectile defense).
  • You can carry a Staff for tagging mobs in open world farming.

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • - defensive option. You can cancel the animation but keep the block by stowing your weapon during the cast. However, you won't receive any healing if you do this.
Utility Skills
  • - grants more retaliation for boss fights where you can't proc much.
  • - more crowd control.
  • - if you need condition cleanse.
  • - if you need to reflect projectiles.
  • - alternative projectile defense option.
  • - long-lasting swiftness while running.
Elite Skills
  • - more damage.


Build Code



  • - more damage.
  • - if running or .

Honor Variant

When soloing extremely dangerous enemies such as Heart of Thorns hero challenges or Queen's Gauntlet bosses, it's sometimes worth running Honor instead of Virtues. This is a significant damage loss but allows you to dodge more often.


Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.

Standard Equipment

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Superior Rune of Strength
  • If available, you can use Marauder stat icon.png Marauder gear in place of Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's for more defense.
  • If Marauder stat icon.png Marauder is unavailable, you can substitute pieces of Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's for Knights or Valkyrie stat icon.png Valkyrie gear for additional defense. You lose a considerable amount of damage in these cases.


  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain (requires crit chance)
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
  • ,
    - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma



  • Your main damage skills are , , , , , and . Swap between your weapons using these skills whenever possible, and fill with autoattacks.
    • Never interrupt your autoattack chain as all the damage is loaded in the last hit.
  • Retaliation Retaliation is a massive damage boost so you should try to have it up as much as possible. Your main retaliation sources are , , , and
    • resets off every kill thanks to .
    • In long fights where you can't reset you can consider bringing and traiting .
  • If you want more stacks of might; Consider using instead of . Choosing Either of them will not cost you any loss of damage.
  • Try to fight enemies in your symbols to get the stacking damage buff from .
  • If using , try not to get hit (ง ͠° ͟ل͜ ͡°)ง


  • is a powerful defensive skill.
  • , , and blind enemies.
  • , and can be used against projectiles.
  • Activating gives aegis, protection, retaliation, stability, and a stun break.
  • You can run for more active defense.
  • is a 3-second invulnerability skill that also refreshes and .
  • Remember to always dodge and sidestep attacks if possible. Don't get hit by anything you can move out of.


  • This build doesn't have much sustained healing unless you have , so avoiding damage is extremely important in long fights.
  • Use to heal yourself for each enemy you hit.
  • When at extremely low health, activate , then use for an immense amount of self-healing.
  • You can activate for an emergency heal and condition cleanse.
  • For a big condition cleanse, use while in a light field.

Crowd Control

  • Binding Blade
    Binding Blade
    Throw blades at your foes, causing damage over time. Bound foes can be pulled to you. The effect ends when a foe moves out of range.
    Damage.pngDamage: 369
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngMaximum Blade Duration: 10 seconds
    Radius.pngMaximum Leash Range: 600
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
     Forward arrow blue.png 
    Pull your foes to you.
    Radius.pngLeash Range: 600
    Range.pngRange: 600
  • (as a last resort)
Build rating - 5 stars
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5 Ratings
5 stars
Jimbru gave this build 5 stars 4 weeks ago

I run this build in a mix of Marauder and Valkyrie gear with Accuracy sigils which gives me 99.54% crit self buffed, over 2700 Power, and the same hit points as a core Warrior. I use Flame Legion runes to stack damage bonuses from burning. Great fun to play, does big damage without feeling so glassy.

5 stars
Kriptryx gave this build 5 stars April 2019

Amazing burst damage that melts trash mobs and pretty good sustained damage on bosses. Doesn't need a lot of defensive utilities to survive because of the inherent nature of guardian. If you feel you aren't able to survive well on this build it's probably because you're still learning to play it.

3 stars
Vichrae88 gave this build 3 stars April 2019

Survivability of this build seems low in testing.

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5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

This build deals insane AoE burst damage which makes it great for farming. It can also maintain almost permanent AoE blindness when killing trash mobs and has a lot of defensive cooldowns, making it a very solid solo contender.

5 stars
Screaming gave this build 5 stars July 2018

An good build for open world, with a lot of room for mistakes via Aegis and lots of stunbreaks for those sketchier situations. With Binding Blade and Whirling Wrath, groups of mobs are nothing more than an minor inconvenience as you'll be able to pull them together and burst them all down.

Despite the low health of Guardian, it is relatively hard to die with this build, assuming you use your active defense well, and the quick cast time virtues makes them far more reliable than tomes on firebrand or virtues on Dragonhunter.