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Guardian - Radiant Greatsword

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

Focused on: Direct damageArea damageMelee damageRanged damageDpsSurvivalRoaming.

Designed for:

 

Overview

This is a very basic guardian build which is F2P/Core accessible and can handle most open world content. This build is ideal for roaming and performs rather poorly in zergs.

Playstyle

  • The playstyle for this build involves jumping into the middle of large groups of mobs and using your to Blind Blind them while using Greatsword's very high burst damage to burst them down as fast as possible. On a kill, your virtue's cooldown resets, allowing you to spam blinds and benefit heavily from . Against mobs that don't die quite so fast, you can switch to your off-hand set and wait out your Greatsword cooldowns. The build is very rhythmic.
  • With Scepter/Focus, you can also effectively kite powerful mobs, allowing you to abuse guardian's many defensive abilities to complete difficult content.

Skill Bar

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Sword/Focus

Weapon Variants

  • Sword Scepter for a decent ranged option.
  • Sword/Focus Staff for a long-ranged option with area damage and group support.
  • Sword Mace for a significant boost to sustain.

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

Build Code

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Variants

  • - if running or .

Roaming Variant: Honor

For extremely difficult content, it maybe worth taking Honor instead of Zeal. This is a significant damage loss but allows you to dodge more often. It is advised that you run Scepter and Focus with this variant.



Equipment

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

Standard Equipment

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Superior Rune of Strength
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Mighty +5 Agony Infusion
Variants
  • Gear: Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's gear can be used in place of Marauder stat icon.png Marauder for higher damage, at a significant loss of defense.
  • Runes: ,
  • Sigils: can pair with a MACE for a massive boost to sustain. It is recommended to keep a Mace with this sigil in your inventory for extremely difficult fights.
    • If running this variant use

Consumables

Combat Food

For difficult encounters, consider food which increases your damage, such as
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or food which grants you extra defense, such as
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Usage

Damage

  • Thanks to the Virtues traitline, you should be spamming as often as possible. Since it resets on kill, you can use it often for a significant damage boost.
  • 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
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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
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    Pull
    Pull your foes to you.
    Radius.pngLeash Range: 600
    Range.pngRange: 600
  • (as a last resort)
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Build rating - 5 stars
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5 Ratings
5 stars
Jimbru gave this build 5 stars last month

I run this build in a mix of Marauder and Valkyrie gear with Accuracy sigils which gives me 99.54% crit self buffed, over 2700 Power, and the same hit points as a core Warrior. I use Flame Legion runes to stack damage bonuses from burning. Great fun to play, does big damage without feeling so glassy.

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.

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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.

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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