Guardian - Shattered Aegis


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Focused on: Direct damageSupportUtility.

Designed for:

Overview

High DPS Open Field Guardian build. Trades the sustain of Valor for the damage of Zeal. Works best in a party with another Guardian to maintain stability for everyone in your group.

Skill Bar

StaffHealingUtilityElite
Mace/Shield

Weapon Variants

Hammer

Hammer
Healing
Utility
Elite
Hammer Swing
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Hammer Swing
Strike your foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 296
Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Range.pngRange: 130
Mighty Blow
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5Recharge.png
Mighty Blow
Damage nearby foes with a mighty ground slam.
Damage.pngDamage: 647
Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
Radius.pngRadius: 180
Range.pngRange: 300
Zealot's Embrace
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15Recharge.png
Zealot's Embrace
Send a wave toward your foe that immobilizes foes in a line.
Damage.pngDamage: 296
Immobilize.pngImmobilize (2s): Unable to move.
Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Banish
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Banish
Launch your foe with a powerful smash.
Damage.pngDamage: 370
Launch.pngLaunch: 750
Range.pngRange: 130
Ring of Warding
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Ring of Warding
Ward. Create a ring around you that foes cannot cross. Trapped enemies cannot exit the ring while it is active.
Duration.pngDuration: 5 seconds
Combo.pngCombo Field: Light
Radius.pngRadius: 180
  • Use Hammer instead of Staff for more damage at the cost of sustain.

Skill Variants

Heal

Utility

Specializations

Variants

  • Permeating Wrath.png Permeating Wrath trading the secondary stability and stunbreak against increased aoe damage.

Equipment

Ascended Head (Heavy).png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Shoulders (Heavy).png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Chest (Heavy).png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Hands (Heavy).png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Legs (Heavy).png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Heavy).png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory1.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory2.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Amulet.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Ring1.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Ring2.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Staff.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Energy.png
Superior Sigil of Transference.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Mace.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Shield.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Energy.png
Superior Sigil of Transference.png
Superior Rune of Durability.png6x
Superior Rune of Durability
Mighty WvW Infusion.png18x
Mighty WvW Infusion

Consumables

Variants

Stats
  • Boon duration gear such as Commander stat icon.png Commander's or Wanderer stat icon.png Wanderer's to increase Stability Stability uptime is also a strong option.
  • Swap Celestial for Crusader stat icon.png Crusader for an easier to obtain stat.
  • Add Commander stat icon.png Commander's or Marauder stat icon.png Marauder for extra damage.
  • Add Wanderer stat icon.png Wanderer's, Minstrel stat icon.png Minstrel's or Soldier stat icon.png Soldier for extra defense.
Sigils
Runes
  • - Alternative defensive, group support focused option
Food
  • Offensive option.
  • Higher healing potential from Selfless Daring.png Selfless Daring and Pure of Heart.png Pure of Heart.
  • Alternate offensive option.
  • Alternate damage option.
  • Alternate defensive option vs condi pressure.
Utility
  • Support option.

Usage

General

  • Stagger your skills that give Aegis Aegis, Shattered Aegis.png Shattered Aegis is a major part of your damage which will be wasted if aegis is overlapped.
  • Use Renewed Focus.png Renewed Focus (and Shelter.png Shelter) to escape damage. Renewed Focus.png Renewed Focus also refreshes your virtues, so activate them whilst it channels (which does not cancel your channel) in order to get maximum effectiveness from the skill.
    • Try to be conservative with RF, your defensive cooldowns are very limited.
  • Use Purging Flames.png Purging Flames when you are being overwhelmed with conditions.
  • "Stand Your Ground!".png "Stand Your Ground!" - gives area Stability to help secure stomps/resurrection or mitigate the effectiveness of an enemy CC (try to use SYG proactively, before a bomb). It is only a stun break for yourself, not your party.
  • Virtue of Courage.png Virtue of Courage is your -and your party's- panic stability and area break stun. Use it only after "Stand Your Ground!".png "Stand Your Ground!" is on cooldown and stability is urgently needed.

Mace/Shield

  • Use Mace/Shield to support your group and create heavy burst CC and healing. The autoattack provides very strong AoE healing.
  • Use Shield of Absorption.png Shield of Absorption on downed players to push back a res/stomp attempt, either double tapping for an AoE heal or channeling for projectile defense.

Staff

  • Staff is used before you engage the enemy zerg and when you regroup. Use it to heal and gain Might, as well as apply mild ranged pressure to enemies.
  • Use Line of Warding.png Line of Warding to disrupt enemies and split players away from the main group whilst also stripping some stability.
  • Double tapping Orb of Light.png Orb of Light will immediately activate its chain skill Detonate Orb of Light.png Detonate Orb of Light, a good group AoE heal if you are under heavy pressure.
  • Stack might for your team with Empower.png Empower. Make sure to finish the channel for the heal at the end.
  • When running to/from objectives, speed up your zerg with Symbol of Swiftness.png Symbol of Swiftness.

Hammer

Gameplay Videos

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    [bM] Falx
Build rating - 5 stars
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1 Ratings
5 stars
Arete gave this build 5 stars April 2017

Shattered Aegis provides an alternative, high damage playstyle for guardian. Similar to Dragonhunter builds the lack of sustain is an issue compared to standard honor/valor/virtues builds, but the high damage output in a slot that brings Stand Your Ground can make it worth using in niche situations.

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