Guardian - Radiant Greatsword

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The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Direct damageControlActive defense.

Designed for:

This build is pending an minor update. It's still perfectly functional, but needs to be brought up to current standards.

Overview

A Guardian build for running around in the open world. This build deals extremely high burst damage and has excellent defensive skills allowing it to stay alive.

Skill Bar

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Sword/Focus

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.

Specializations



Variants

  • - 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.



Equipment

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

Standard Equipment

The Standard Variant uses similar gear to the Dragonhunter - Power DPS build for fractals and raids. This makes it a good general-purpose gear set and is the gear that most players should aim for.
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Optimal Equipment

The Optimal Variant is the best possible gear for this build. It's overkill in most cases, and you should only get it if you have spare gold or you don’t care about fractals and raids.
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Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.

Marauder/Valkyrie Variant

For a tankier alternative, you can run this mix of Marauder and Valkyrie stats. You lose about 8% of your damage (significantly more if you drop retaliation) but have almost 70% increased health.
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Mighty +5 Agony Infusion

Consumables

Food
  • is a fantastic food for farming open world. It's cheap, provides a moderate boost to both damage and survivability, and increases magic find significantly.
  • or
    for more damage.
  • is the best budget food in most cases.
    is also a good budget option.
  • for more dodges.
  • for more healing.
  • is a great option when you do not need any extra damage or sustain.
Utility
  • or
    is your best damage option.
  • is a great budget option.

Usage

Damage

  • 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

Defense

  • 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.

Sustain

  • 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
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    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
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    Pull Pull
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    Pull
    Pull your foes to you.
    Radius.pngLeash Range: 600
    Range.pngRange: 600
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Build rating - 5 stars
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4 Ratings
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.

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.

1 More Rating
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.

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