Guardian - Power DPS

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Focused on: Direct damageUtility.

Designed for:



Weaker but more beginner-friendly variant of Dragonhunter - Power DPS. On boss fights where damage is easy to avoid, this build is capable of high DPS thanks to . It is also the best dungeon and fractal build for players without access to Heart of Thorns.
The build is heavily reliant on both Aegis Aegis and Retaliation Retaliation for DPS, so ensure as much uptime on these boons as possible.

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Weapon Variants

  • Sword provides better damage than Scepter and is better against moving targets, but can be more difficult to learn.

Skill Variants

Healing Skill

  • can be used to help nullify niche mechanics, such as Slothasor's shake attack.


  • is mandatory if you are the only base Guardian in your subgroup. If you have another Guardian and can share your casts, you can trade it for more utility.
  • can be used for a slight DPS increase (approximately 300-400).
  • provides more Retaliation Retaliation as well as a stun break and Stability Stability.
  • can be used for more Retaliation Retaliation and Stability Stability.
  • provides additional CC if needed.
  • or if projectile defense is needed.

Elite Skill

  • can be used for great passive healing for your team if you do not need to supply quickness.



  • can be taken for a small DPS increase if your group can guarantee Retaliation Retaliation uptime.
    • You must take while playing the sword variant.


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Superior Rune of the Scholar
Mighty Infusion


  • If running this build overcaps crit chance with fury, retaliation, , , etc. If you are confident in the uptime of these buffs, you can run more Valkyrie gear for extra survivability.
  • If running , take instead of Can't find such trait "Healer's Retribution"! Please refer to our trait index and instead of on your weapons.
  • Swap for slaying sigils where applicable in fractals





This build requires careful management of Aegis Aegis for during your bursts, as well as upkeep of . It is recommended to use for every burst and then use one of your other virtues in between bursts while on greatsword whenever available. However, using for Aegis Aegis is much more important, so save it if necessary.
The main concept for the DPS rotation is to Weapon swap Weapon swap if it is available immediately after casting , , or
Fit casts of under the effects of wherever possible.

Scepter Variant

  1. ,
  2. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  3. ,
  • Use off cooldown.
  • Use on scepter while you have the buff.
  • Fill with until Weapon swap Weapon swap is ready.
  1. , , Weapon swap Weapon swap
  2. ,
  3. or (if not needed for Aegis Aegis) when your runs out while on greatsword.
  • Fill with , , and until your next burst.
  • Start over from the beginning.

Sword to Greatsword Burst

  1. Precast
  2. , ,
  3. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  4. ,
  • Fill with , , and until your next burst.

Greatsword to Sword Burst

  1. ,
  2. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  3. , ,
  • Use off cooldown.
  • Use on sword while you have the buff.
  • Start over at Sword to Greatsword Burst.
Tip: When swapping to sword, will always be the first and last skill you cast.


  • Never interrupt your greatsword autoattack chain.
  • Pay very close attention to where you stand, and watch your buff bar to ensure that you have Aegis Aegis. Whenever you lose aegis, refresh it by casting either or .
  • and can both be cancelled by walking or stowing your weapon. This dramatically speeds up the aftercast of the skill.
  • Use with to mitigate interrupted auto attacks. Make sure to never have full charges of this skill, but otherwise it is fine to hold off on casting it for long periods of time.
  • Use if your group is struggling to maintain Quickness Quickness.
  • If there are additional targets nearby, you can stand inside of the boss as you cast to deal additional damage. Any of the full auto attack chains in greatsword can be replaced with GS5 + GS3, but you should avoid replacing the first two unless there are additional targets.


  • is your strongest hard CC, but it should only be used in emergencies since it's a considerable DPS loss (unless you are running the Perfect Inscriptions trait).
  • You can replace with for an additional 200 breakbar damage.
  • 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
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    Pull your foes to you.
    Radius.pngLeash Range: 600
    Range.pngRange: 600
    pulls your target for 150 breakbar damage.

Encounter-Specific Tips

The difficulty ratings attached to each fight are not meant to represent the difficulty of each individual boss, but rather the difficulty of playing this build on said boss.

See Dragonhunter - Power DPS for general Guardian/Dragonhunter tips.

Spirit Vale

Don't play this build on Sabetha.

Dark-icon-raid.png Vale Guardian

Difficulty: ★★★☆☆

  • This fight can be moderately difficult to maintain aegis on, as the teleport AoEs will strip aegis when they're spawned on you or when they expire. With enough practice, you can get a feel for when they're going to spawn and ensure that you're a fair distance away.
  • Avoid the seekers at all costs, their aura strips your aegis.
  • can be used if you know your group is going to miss a green. This should full-heal you in <1s.
Dark-icon-raid.png Ghost Events
  • Suck it up and swap back to Dragonhunter. Abuse the adrenal mushrooms to cast your traps and pulls more frequently.
  • Sword may be a fair replacement to scepter for more mobility.
Dark-icon-raid.png Gorseval the Multifarious

Difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆

  • Open the fight with so your group has aegis for the first slam. You do not have to dodge this slam, as you can immediately reapply aegis with .
  • Try to always position yourself behind Gorseval.
  • The Retaliation Retaliation from Gorseval is incredibly dangerous. We can ignore it for 6 seconds via , allowing us to continue our rotation during the CC phase.

Salvation Pass

Don't play this build on Bandit Trio or Matthias.

Dark-icon-raid.png Slothasor

Difficulty: ★★★★☆

  • You can use to pull slublings to the group.
  • can be used to block the shake attack.
  • The fear is blockable, and as such it will strip your aegis. Be prepared to reapply it immediately.

Stronghold of the Faithful

Don't play this build on Escort or Xera.

Dark-icon-raid.png Keep Construct

Difficulty: ★★★☆☆

  • This fight can be tricky to maintain aegis on due to the statue adds.
  • Keep Construct's auto attack chain has 3 parts. The first and third hits are in front of him, but the second is behind. Keep this in mind so you can sidestep each melee attack.
  • The spawn locations of the statue adds count as additional targets for . You can abuse this for some absolutely massive hits.
  • Do not be afraid to cast all of your CC during the breakbar (including signet). You will have it all up again by the time Keep Construct is vulnerable.
  • The burn phase can be the most frustrating part of this fight, as there is often an add just outside of cleave range hitting you and stripping your aegis. You may have to tiptoe in and out of the boss and pay very close attention to your aegis buff here.

Bastion of the Penitent

Dark-icon-raid.png Cairn the Indomitable

Difficulty: ★★★☆☆

  • The most difficult part of this fight comes from your allies. Another player being ported can cause Cairn to turn around and hit you, despite your best efforts to stay behind him.
  • Avoid the teleport circles.
Dark-icon-raid.png Mursaat Overseer

Difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆

  • The hot floor tiles and the statue auras will remove your aegis. Keep this in mind when reapplying it, as you don't want to just immediately lose it again.
  • Otherwise, this fight is the closest thing we have to a DPS golem in raids next to Cairn.
Dark-icon-raid.png Samarog

Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆

  • Bring for this fight. So long as you stay behind Samarog (and out of the spear aoes), you should never lose aegis.
  • While you're at it, run here as well. Your team will be thankful when you contribute 500-650 breakbar damage each time.
  • Try to stay behind Guldheim during the add phase.
Dark-icon-raid.png Deimos

Difficulty: ★★★★☆

  • Dodge every circular flail swipe.
  • Be ready to reapply aegis after the mind crush attack.
  • Hands/Oils count as additional targets for .

Hall of Chains

Don't play this build on River of Souls.

Dark-icon-raid.png Soulless Horror

Difficulty: ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

  • Every third attack is the PBAoE that you have to dodge.
  • Wurms strip your aegis.
  • Nearly everything strips your aegis.
  • This build is borderline unplayable here, but it's a great way to challenge yourself.
Dark-icon-raid.png Statues of Grenth

Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆

  • Aside from the base difficulty of these encounters, you shouldn't have too many issues maintaining aegis.
Dark-icon-raid.png Voice in the Void

Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆

  • This build is pretty easy to play on Dhuum, so long as you understand the fight mechanics beforehand.
  • Try to save your to cleanse your allies immediately after the soul-split attack.
Build rating - 5 stars
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4 Ratings
5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

Dragonhunter is a pretty good DPS class, and this is basically a strictly better Dragonhunter on raid bosses where you can keep up aegis. For F2P dungeon/fractal players, it's also fairly strong in its own right and one of the best builds that doesn't require expansions.

5 stars
Kaname Tanuma gave this build 5 stars May 2018

Good indepth guide, also takes into account what to focus on for keeping aegis up which is a crucial part of your dps. Rotation is well written out too. Besides that this build is also one of the better performing builds for small to medium hitboxes in raids.

5 stars
FormerBearbowUser gave this build 5 stars March 2017

Good Damage and utility with an easy rotation

1 More Rating
5 stars
Hanz gave this build 5 stars December 2016

Decent damage and utility, as expected from a guard with a not too complicated rotation.