Firebrand - Quickness Greatsword

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

Focused on: Direct damageControlActive defense.

Designed for:

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Overview

A Firebrand build for running around in open world. This build deals extremely high burst damage and has excellent defensive skills allowing it to stay alive. Compared to Guardian - Radiant Greatsword, this build has extremely fast burst damage from Quickness Quickness and more defensive utility from tomes and mantras; however, it has less consistent Retaliation Retaliation in longer fights which results in lower damage over time.

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 Axe (AoE damage and crowd control), Hammer (crowd control), Scepter (ranged and high damage on bosses), and/or Shield (crowd control and projectile defense).

Skill Variants

  • - grants more retaliation uptime for boss fights.
  • - more crowd control.
  • - more condition cleanse.
  • - blinds enemies.
  • or
    - if projectiles are a problem.

Specializations

Variants

  • - if running
    or
    .

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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Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food
  • Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Food.png+100 Power+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    or
    Dragon's Breath Bun Dragon's Breath Bun
    Dragon's Breath Bun.pngDragon's Breath Bun
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+200 power for 30s after killing an enemy+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    for more damage.
  • Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew.pngBowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png100% chance to gain might when you dodge.+40% to your Endurance refill rate.+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    for more dodges.
  • Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream for more healing.
Utility
  • Potent Superior Sharpening Stone Potent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Potent Superior Sharpening Stone.pngPotent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Usage

Damage

  • 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
    . Always make sure you have retaliation before using your high-damage skills (e.g. by casting
    before anything else).
  • is your strongest burst damage opener due to the high flat damage of its skills and the Quickness Quickness it generates. Use
    Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke
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    Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke
    Ignite the air around you in an expanding burst.
    Damage.pngDamage: 160 (0.45)
    Radius.pngPull: 240
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Range.pngRange: 900
    to pull enemies together if needed, followed by
    Chapter 4: Scorched Aftermath Chapter 4: Scorched Aftermath
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    Chapter 4: Scorched Aftermath
    Detail the suffering in fire and blood inflicted during Vabbi's occupation.
    Damage.pngDamage: 1135 (3.2)
    Bleeding.pngBleeding (2s): 44 Damage
    Burning.pngBurning (2s): 262 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 5
    Book.pngDuration: 4 seconds
    Book.pngInterval: 1 second
    Radius.pngRadius: 360
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire
    ,
    Chapter 2: Igniting Burst Chapter 2: Igniting Burst
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    Chapter 2: Igniting Burst
    Ignite the air around you in an expanding burst.
    Damage.pngDamage: 195 (0.55)
    Burning.png2Burning (6s): 1572 Damage
    Weakness.pngWeakness (4s): -50% Endurance Regeneration, 50% Fumble (Unrestricted)
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    , and immediately closing the tome.
    • The cooldown of
      resets off every kill thanks to
      .
  • Once you've gone through
    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.
  • This build has access to a lot of short bursts of Quickness Quickness from mantras and
    . Use them to speed up the cast time of your burst damage skills.
  • Fight enemies in your symbols to get the damage buff from
    .

Defense

  • Use
    and
    to block incoming attacks.
  • ,
    , and
    blind enemies.
  • ,
    ,
    , or
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    Chapter 3: Valiant Bulwark
    Manifest the shimmering purity of the desert sun, reflecting enemy missiles.
    Duration.png5 seconds.
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Book.pngReflects Missiles
    Range.pngRange: 900
    can be used against projectiles.
  • has many good defensive skills. You can go into it and press a few skills (including
    Epilogue: Unbroken Lines Epilogue: Unbroken Lines
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    Epilogue: Unbroken Lines
    Recalling the memory of heroes past, enchant nearby allies with formidable defenses.
    Aegis.pngAegis (4s): Block the next incoming attack.
    Protection.pngProtection (5s): -33% Incoming Damage.
    Retaliation.pngRetaliation (3s): Reflect incoming damage back to its source.
    Stability.pngStability (5s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared or taunted.
    Unbroken Lines.pngUnbroken Lines (PvE, 5s): 300 Toughness
    Unbroken Lines.pngUnbroken Lines (PvP/WvW, 5s): 200 Toughness
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    if possible) to quickly stack defensive boons.
  • Remember to always dodge and sidestep attacks if possible. Don't get hit by anything you can move out of.

Sustain

  • You have a lot of small heals in
    and
    .
    • Always press
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      Epilogue: Eternal Oasis
      Purify your allies with the waters of Amnoon and increase the healing they receive.
      Epilogue Eternal Oasis.png[PvE] Eternal Oasis (8s): 33% Heal Effectiveness
      Epilogue Eternal Oasis.png[PvP/WvW] Eternal Oasis (8s): 20% Heal Effectiveness
      Book.pngConditions Converted to Boons: 5.
      Book.pngNumber of Allied Targets: 5
      Range.pngRange: 600
      first as it increases the healing from all your other skills.
  • To cleanse conditions, you can use
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    Chapter 2: Radiant Recovery
    Release a torrent of pages describing the water cycle of the Elon River. Heal allies and grant them swiftness.
    Heal.png[PvE] Healing: 457 (0.77)
    Heal.png[PvP/WvW] Healing: 388 (0.5)
    Book.png[PvE/WvW] Conditions Removed: 3
    Book.png[PvP] Conditions Removed: 2
    Book.pngNumber of Allied Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    . You can also use
    in the light field from your symbols.
    • If having lots of trouble with conditions bring
      .


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
  • Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke
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    Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke
    Ignite the air around you in an expanding burst.
    Damage.pngDamage: 160 (0.45)
    Radius.pngPull: 240
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Range.pngRange: 900
  • Chapter 2: Daring Challenge Chapter 2: Daring Challenge
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    Chapter 2: Daring Challenge
    As the tales recount of Turai, taunt your enemies by issuing an insightfully inciting challenge.
    Damage.pngDamage: 497 (1.4)
    Taunt.pngTaunt (1s): Involuntarily attack foes.
    Aegis.pngAegis (3s): Block the next incoming attack.
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
  • (as a last resort)
Build rating - 5 stars
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4 Ratings
5 stars
Primethium gave this build 5 stars last month

This build does a lot of burst damage thanks to the tome of justice. In addition the easy proc of quickness adds to the dps. A really fun build if you got bored of dragonhunter. Gave me a fresh new look at my guardian

5 stars
Pleasebean gave this build 5 stars October 2018

This deal slight less damg than Dragon Hunter but it offer a ton more minor supports along with very strong stunbreak, condi cleanse very fit for paladin theme. I love it

4 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 4 stars September 2018

The fastest spin in the west. While this build is more complex than other Guardian builds, and doesn't have the same sustained damage, it has unparalleled burst damage and utility.

1 More Rating
5 stars
Aldath gave this build 5 stars August 2018

Cant't believe it's not condi!

This build is simply amazing. With mantras you have a constant way to buff yourself up and mantain quickness, aegis and retaliation easier than Core Guard and DH. I've even been using it for T1 and T3 fracs and it works like a charm. Of course it falls of for harder instanced content like T4s, CMs and Raids, but for everything else it's simply one of the best and most fun builds I've played.

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