Dragonhunter - Burn Guard

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The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good.

Focused on: Condition damageSupportUtility.

Designed for:


A self-sufficient build bringing limited Stability Stability as well as personal Might Might, Fury Fury and very high AoE DPS.



Weapon Variants



Staff brings extra long range pressure if you feel out of range for scepter skills often.

Skill Variants


  • better party support but lose a very strong block.


  • highest damage option and adds mobility
  • strong option for damage but be wary of Retal



  • if Fury Fury uptime isn't an issue


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Superior Rune of Balthazar
Malign WvW Infusion




  • Try to maintain 100% Burning Burning duration since your primary damage comes from the 2s base duration burn of
  • Viper's and Sinister can be used in place of Trailblazer's and Dire for more damage at the cost of survivability.
  • Rabid can be used in place of Dire as a smaller damage increase that helps with proccing
    with less loss of survivability.


  • more damage than fire but much harder to land consistently.
  • general defensive sigil
  • or
    trash condis to cover Burning Burning from cleanse
  • to maintain duration if using other variants.


  • highest damage option if unconcerned about condition duration.
  • alternative hybrid damage option when unconcerned about duration.


  • defensive option against power damage.
  • alternative defensive option against condition pressure
  • highest damage option with frequent kills.


  • is your main source of damage. Place
    carefully to proc it as much as possible.
  • Be careful casting
    , the passive effect is a significant part of your damage, though
    can refresh it.
  • Rotate between your weapon sets, using your symbols off cooldown and filling time with
  • should be used when the commander calls for CC, usually prior to a range bomb.
  • is a powerful AoE bomb, it can be used when a commander calls for wells or other ground damage spikes.
  • should be thought of as a dps ability, the reflected projectiles will proc
Build rating - 4 stars
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6 Ratings
4 stars
Xivor gave this build 4 stars September 2018

A very strong build that synergizes well with the current pirate ship meta. When used well with other condi classes, the burning does significant damage due to cover conditions. Additionally, gives some of the traditional Guardian Support, such as Stand Your Ground and Absolute Resolution for your Wings of Resolve. A good damage slot build that still gives a 2nd stab to the group if needed.


Since Scourges have been nerfed, they are run in less numbers in a group, giving less corruption than the old meta. This means Resistance is more common, and this build takes a big hit in its capabilities.

2 stars
Freya gave this build 2 stars September 2018

No real use in group fights imo. It only has burning as damage. CC takes too long. You have to expose yourself to do damage and support is rather limited when compared to FB and Chrono.

4 stars
Tyroxin gave this build 4 stars September 2018

The perfect build against clustered enemies!...

... until they cleanse or pull Resistance.

Burning Guard has been able to pull off an outstanding amount of sustained damage for quite some time now, especially when the enemies are somewhat compact and lack condition mitigation (Bonus bags for a full backline casting into your Reflect). Once (frequent) cleanse and, especially in the past, Resistance are covered however, this guard is effectively reduced to a stability bot.

3 More Ratings
5 stars
KinkyKun gave this build 5 stars June 2017

A really good build that can catch people by surprise with bursts of AoE burning. It's countered pretty hard by well-timed cleansing and resistance, but it's still capable of doing crazy amounts of damage if timed right as cleanses aren't always available.

5 stars
Ackroyd gave this build 5 stars June 2017

Potentially highest DPS build in medium to large scale fights. Also provides moderate party support.

5 stars
The Blue Rangerr gave this build 5 stars June 2017

Burn guards damage now surpasses many classes, and with improved boonrip from revenants is able to make valuable contributions to DPS whilst keeping much of the utility inherent to being a guardian like stability and AoE cleanse.

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