Guardian - Core Condition

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

Focused on: Condition damageDpsDefense.

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Overview

A basic and accessible core guardian build that possesses high DPS and excellent survivability. The Dire stat icon.png Dire variant of this build is easily accessible to all core players and costs very little gold to gear.

Pros
  • Great DPS
  • Focus on Burns makes it a viable condition build for Core players
  • Can build tanky and lose very little damage
  • Can easily change build for more versatility
Cons
  • Focus exclusively on burning can be annoying against Destroyers or Embers
  • Squishy with glass-cannon gear
  • Hard to change traits out without losing a lot of DPS.

Skill Bar

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Sword

Weapon Variants

  • Greatsword - very high burst if using power-heavy variants
  • Sword - strong mainhand if using power-heavy variants
  • Scepter - very strong mainhand due to its interaction with
  • Focus - Provides a considerable boost to defense at the cost of damage
  • Staff - long-ranged option that is good for meta farming.

Skill Variants

Utility Skills

  • - cc
  • - projectile hate
  • - teleport and damage
  • - long-duration stability
  • - high CC against champions and projectile hate
  • - can be run for healing when running the Celestial stat icon.png Celestial variant

Elite Skills

  • - strong defensive tool

Specializations

Build Code

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Equipment

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

Viper

This set uses gear similar to Firebrand - Condi DPS, making it great for general PVE

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Superior Rune of Balthazar
  • F2P / Budget: replace all Viper stat icon.png Viper's gear with Sinister stat icon.png Sinister's ; swap for .

Trailblazer

This set trades some damage for a massive boost to defense.

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Superior Rune of Balthazar
  • F2P / Budget: replace all Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's with Dire stat icon.png Dire ; swap for

Celestial

This set trades damage for a boost to defense and utility.

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Superior Rune of Balthazar

Variant Equipment

Gear

  • Grieving stat icon.png Grieving - More power-focused gear version of Sinister stat icon.png Sinister's

Runes

  • - Defensive option
  • - Hybrid DPS option for the Viper stat icon.png Viper's set

Sigils

  • - defense
  • - can be used with the Viper stat icon.png Viper's set alongside Grieving stat icon.png Grieving gear to create a hybrid DPS build.
  • - can be used to help Might Might uptime

Consumables

Event Farming

Food
  • 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.
Utility
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma

Solo Play

Food
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  • , - highest DPS option if proc'd off cooldown
  • - can be run in zergs for massive sustain, as this has no internal cooldown
  • - Allstats Food
  • - Lifesteal + Expertise (requires crit chance)
  • , - Dodges + Might
Utility
  • - +DPS and increased Karma gains
  • - +DPS
  • / - +DPS for the Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's variant

Usage

Damage

Scepter Priority:

  1. (or other spirit weapon)

Greatsword Priority:

  1. Fill with auto-attacks

Sword Priority:

Your passive will also make up a significant amount of your damage through Burning Burning. Use off cooldown for Fury and Quickness uptime.

If you are about to kill a mob, activate for a large DPS increase, so long as you have Radiance traited.

Defense

  • is a massive heal.
  • / provide an on-demand block
  • (focus) is a series of blocks
  • is an area blind but will reduce your DPS drastically if you don't quickly reset it.
  • removes conditions and provides a small amount of healing.

Video Examples

Cele Guard vs Champion Mark I Golem

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Build rating - 5 stars
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2 Ratings
5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars last month

When it comes to Core builds this is unquestionably the strongest option. It's cheap to gear and outputs very high DPS for a core build. It's also quite versatile.

5 stars
Jack Armstrong gave this build 5 stars February 2021

Loving this build--finally my Guardian is what I always wanted it to be but it never quite was. Guardian was the first profession I tried, and I've really wanted to like it, but it always ended up being too squishy for me--sure, it has a lot of defensive tricks, but if you don't play it perfectly, you're dead. No more.

Though a Condi build, this one plays just like the Power builds, even using the same weapons. I often like to switch to the Zealous Blade trait and run Greatsword / Sword / Torch. Even in full Dire gear (which I can recommend), the initial burst is surprisingly close to that of the glass cannon Power builds, but now there's a strong follow-up burst of burning damage, and with 23k health 3k armor, it ain't no glass cannon.

It's super cool that it's also a core build with cheap gear, runes, and sigils in the Trading Post.

You can swap the Virtues trait line for Dragonhunter 3-1-1 (or whatever traits you prefer) for a decent Condi DH. You lose the damage boost and cleave of the Permeating Wrath trait, but gain some of it back with fixed traits Defender's Dogma and Pure of Sight, in addition to modified Virtues and access to traps and a trait that boosts run speed. Because of the speed boost, I often do this for farming, some dailies, etc.

Switching Virtues to Firebrand 2-2-3 gives you essentially the Solo Firebrand build, though with different gear and utility skills. Seems like it could be fun to play around with variat

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