Guardian - Staff Farmer

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Focused on: Direct damageUtility.

Designed for:

Overview

The most effective farming build for mobs in a zerg. Using the staff (AKA lootstick), the guardian is capable of strongly hitting up to 5 foes every second from range with simply the auto-attack. This build maximizes the staff's farming ability by lengthening it's symbols and taking DPS traits. It lags behind on single target damage, sacrificing almost half it's DPS for AoE, but still manages to tag champions in a zerg. It is most effectively used to farm areas like Mad King's Labyrinth, The Crown Pavilion, and other Living Story releases.

Skill Bar

Main Weapon Set

Staff
Utility
Elite
Wave of Wrath
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Wave of Wrath
Send out a powerful shockwave, hitting up to five foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 146
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Range.pngRange: 600
Orb of Light
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Orb of Light
Fire a moving orb of light that heal allies on contact; can be detonated to heal allies.
Damage.pngDamage: 292
Heal.pngHealing: 271
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Symbol of Swiftness
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Symbol of Swiftness
Symbol. Sear a mystic symbol into the target area, damaging foes and granting swiftness to allies.
Damage.png5Damage: 610
Swiftness.pngSwiftness (4s): 33% Movement Speed
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Duration.pngSymbol Duration: 4 seconds
Radius.pngSymbol Radius: 180
Combo.pngCombo Field: Light
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Empower
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Empower
Channel might to yourself and allies around you. Heal nearby allies when it ends.
Heal.pngHealing: 1,500
Might.png12Might (10s): 360 Power, 360 Condition Damage
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 600
Line of Warding
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Line of Warding
Ward. Create a line in front of you that foes cannot cross.
Duration.pngDuration: 5 seconds
Combo.pngCombo Field: Light
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Signet of Resolve
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Signet of Resolve
Signet Passive: Cures a condition from yourself every few seconds.
Signet Active: Heal yourself.
Heal.pngHealing: 8,150
Book.pngConditions Removed: 1
Radius.pngInterval: 10 seconds
"Retreat!"
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"Retreat!"
Shout. Grant aegis and swiftness to up to five nearby allies.
Aegis.pngAegis (20s): Block the next incoming attack.
Swiftness.pngSwiftness (20s): 33% Movement Speed
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Range.pngRange: 600
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Renewed Focus
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Renewed Focus
Meditation. Focus, making yourself invulnerable and recharging your virtues.
Duration.pngDuration: 3 seconds
Book.pngPrevents Capture-Point Contribution

Mobility Weapon Sets

Greatsword
Strike
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Strike
Chain. Strike your foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 195
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Range.pngRange: 130
Whirling Wrath
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Whirling Wrath
Spin in a place and swing your greatsword while hurling powerful projectiles.
Damage.png7Damage: 637
Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 7
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 130
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
Range.pngRange: 600
Leap of Faith
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Leap of Faith
Leap at your foe. On hit, blind nearby foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 268
Blind.pngBlindness (3s): Next outgoing attack misses.
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Leap
Range.pngRange: 600
Symbol of Wrath
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Symbol of Wrath
Symbol. Pierce the ground with a mystic symbol that damages foes while granting retaliation to allies.
Damage.png5Damage: 670
Retaliation.png5Retaliation (1s): Reflect incoming damage back to its source.
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Duration.pngSymbol Duration: 4 seconds
Radius.pngSymbol Radius: 180
Combo.pngCombo Field: Light
Binding Blade
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Binding Blade
Throw blades at your foe, causing damage over time. Bound foes can be pulled to you. The effect ends when a foe moves out of range.
Damage.pngDamage: 244
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Duration.pngMaximum Blade Duration: 10 seconds
Radius.pngMaximum Leash Range: 600
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
Sword/Focus
Sword of Wrath
Sword of Wrath
Chain. Slash your foe once.
Damage.pngDamage: 195
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Range.pngRange: 150
Flashing Blade
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Flashing Blade
Teleport to your target, striking them and blinding nearby foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 49
Blind.pngBlindness (3s): Next outgoing attack misses.
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Range.pngRange: 600
Zealot's Defense
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Zealot's Defense
Destroy ranged attacks while casting magical projectiles.
Damage.png8Damage: 640
Duration.pngBlock Duration: 3 seconds
Range.pngRange: 600
Ray of Judgment
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Ray of Judgment
Pass a ray over foes and allies. Foes are damaged and blinded. Allies gain regeneration and cure one condition.
Damage.pngDamage: 122
Regeneration.pngRegen (3s): 390 Heal
Blind.pngBlindness (3s): Next outgoing attack misses.
Book.pngNumber of Bounces: 4
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Shield of Wrath
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Shield of Wrath
Create a shield to block next three attacks. If the shield is not destroyed, it explodes and damages nearby foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 609
Shield of Wrath.png3Shield of Wrath (4s): Block attacks. Explodes when it ends.
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast

Ranged Single Target Weapon Set

Scepter/Torch
Orb of Wrath
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Orb of Wrath
Fire a slow-moving orb at your foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 162
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Smite
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Smite
Strike foes in the target area repeatedly.
Damage.pngDamage: 80
Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 16
Radius.pngRadius: 200
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Chains of Light
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Chains of Light
Immobilize and make your foe vulnerable with ethereal chains.
Damage.pngDamage: 61
Immobilize.pngImmobilize (2s): Unable to move.
Vulnerability.png3Vulnerability (6s): 3% Incoming Damage
Range.pngRange: 900
Zealot's Flame
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Zealot's Flame
Set yourself alight, periodically burning up to three nearby foes.
Zealot's Flame.pngZealot's Flame (3s): Burn nearby foes.
Burn.pngBurning (6s): 786 Damage
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Radius.pngRadius: 180
Unblockable.pngUnblockable
Cleansing Flame
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Cleansing Flame
Breathe magical flames that damage foes and cure conditions on allies.
Damage.png10Damage: 800
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Book.pngPulses: 9
Range.pngRange: 400

Slot Changes

Weapons GS3 and Sword 2 are used for gap closers; The distance closed and skill recharge is about the same, however sword requires an enemy target (the plus side being you can sometimes teleport up cliffs). You can also use Scepter 2 from range (it excels in ranged single target damage).

Utilities

  • Purging Flames Purging Flames
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    Purging Flames
    Consecration. Create a ring of fire that burns foes and cures conditions on allies.
    Burn.png3Burning (5s): 1,965 Damage
    Purging Flames.pngPurging Flames: Condition duration is reduced by 33%
    Book.pngConditions Removed: 3
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngDuration: 5 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire
    - for clearing conditions and a fire field.
  • Hallowed Ground Hallowed Ground
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    Hallowed Ground
    Consecration. Consecrate the ground around you, granting stability to allies inside.
    Stability.pngStability (2s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared, or taunted.
    Hallowed Ground.pngHallowed Ground (2s): Boon duration is increased by 20%
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 10
    Duration.pngDuration: 10 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire
    - for stability.
  • Wall of Reflection Wall of Reflection
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    Wall of Reflection
    Consecration. Protect the targeted area with a wall of mystic power that reflect projectiles.
    Duration.pngDuration: 10 seconds
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Light
    - for both extra damage against foes with projectiles and taking pressure off the zerg.
  • Judge's Intervention Judge's Intervention
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    Judge's Intervention
    Meditation. Teleport to your target and burn nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 133
    Burn.png3Burning (3s): 1,179 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Stun-Break.pngBreaks stun
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    - for some extra mobility / stunbreaker.
  • Merciful Intervention Merciful Intervention
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    Merciful Intervention
    Meditation. Shadowstep to an ally in the targeted area and heal around them. If no ally is present in the targeted area, this ability will not shadowstep.
    Heal.pngHealing: 1,960
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 180
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    - which will teleport you 1,200 units to an allied player and then heal in an area.
  • Bane Signet Bane Signet
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    Bane Signet
    Signet Passive: Improved Power.
    Signet Active: Knock down and damage your foe.
    Bane Signet.pngSignet Passive: 180 Power
    Damage.pngDamage: 244
    Knockdown.pngKnockdown: 3 seconds
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    - Extra DPS at the cost of utility.
  • "Save Yourselves!" "Save Yourselves!"
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    "Save Yourselves!"
    Shout. Draw conditions from nearby allies to yourself. Gain multiple boons for a shot duration.
    Fury.pngFury (10s): 20% Critical Chance
    Might.pngMight (10s): 30 Power, 30 Condition Damage
    Protection.pngProtection (10s): -33% Incoming Damage
    Regeneration.pngRegen (10s): 1,300 Heal
    Retaliation.pngRetaliation (10s): Reflect incoming damage back to its source.
    Swiftness.pngSwiftness (10s): 33% Movement Speed
    Vigor.pngVigor (10s): 100% Endurance Regeneration
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Stun-Break.pngBreaks stun
    Range.pngRange: 600
    - For permanent swiftness when combined with
    "Retreat!" "Retreat!"
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    "Retreat!"
    Shout. Grant aegis and swiftness to up to five nearby allies.
    Aegis.pngAegis (20s): Block the next incoming attack.
    Swiftness.pngSwiftness (20s): 33% Movement Speed
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Range.pngRange: 600
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    Symbol of Swiftness Symbol of Swiftness
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    Symbol of Swiftness
    Symbol. Sear a mystic symbol into the target area, damaging foes and granting swiftness to allies.
    Damage.png5Damage: 610
    Swiftness.pngSwiftness (4s): 33% Movement Speed
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngSymbol Duration: 4 seconds
    Radius.pngSymbol Radius: 180
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Light
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    , and
    Superior Aria Superior Aria
    Superior Aria
    Reduces recharge on shouts.
    Book.pngRecharge Reduced: 20%


Specializations

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Trait Variants

The Max DPS variant is superior only if you have aegis for over 50-60% of the time (see usage below). Otherwise you should run the Main Build.

Max DPS variant: You can try moving 2 points from Radiance/Virtues to Valor for

Meditation Mastery Meditation Mastery
Meditation Mastery
Reduces recharge on meditations.
Book.pngRecharge Reduced: 20%

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Max DPS variant: If you're using a scepter, then you could swap

Right-Hand Strength Right-Hand Strength
Right-Hand Strength
Critical-hit chance with one-handed weapons is increased.
Stat-Icon-Precision.pngCritical Chance Increase: 15%

over

Perfect Inscriptions Perfect Inscriptions
Perfect Inscriptions
Signet passive effects are improved.
Book.pngEffectiveness Increased: 20%

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Max DPS variant: Using

Bane Signet Bane Signet
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Bane Signet
Signet Passive: Improved Power.
Signet Active: Knock down and damage your foe.
Bane Signet.pngSignet Passive: 180 Power
Damage.pngDamage: 244
Knockdown.pngKnockdown: 3 seconds
Range.pngRange: 1,200

will allow you to squeeze out some extra DPS when combined with

Perfect Inscriptions Perfect Inscriptions
Perfect Inscriptions
Signet passive effects are improved.
Book.pngEffectiveness Increased: 20%

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Consider taking

Master of Consecrations Master of Consecrations
Master of Consecrations
Reduces recharge on consecration skills and increases their duration.
Book.pngRecharge Reduced: 20%
Radius.pngDuration Increase: 20%

in the Virtues line if you have any of the following skills:

Hallowed Ground Hallowed Ground
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Hallowed Ground
Consecration. Consecrate the ground around you, granting stability to allies inside.
Stability.pngStability (2s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared, or taunted.
Hallowed Ground.pngHallowed Ground (2s): Boon duration is increased by 20%
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Book.pngPulses: 10
Duration.pngDuration: 10 seconds
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire

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Wall of Reflection Wall of Reflection
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Wall of Reflection
Consecration. Protect the targeted area with a wall of mystic power that reflect projectiles.
Duration.pngDuration: 10 seconds
Combo.pngCombo Field: Light

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Purging Flames Purging Flames
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Purging Flames
Consecration. Create a ring of fire that burns foes and cures conditions on allies.
Burn.png3Burning (5s): 1,965 Damage
Purging Flames.pngPurging Flames: Condition duration is reduced by 33%
Book.pngConditions Removed: 3
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Duration.pngDuration: 5 seconds
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire

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Weapons

First Weapon Set
  • Main Hand
Staff
Stats: Berserker
Superior Sigil of Fire Superior Sigil of Fire
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Superior Sigil of Fire.pngSuperior Sigil of Fire
50% Chance on Critical: Trigger a Flame Blast for area of effect damage (240 radius). (Cooldown: 5s)
Superior Sigil of Bloodlust Superior Sigil of Bloodlust
Superior Sigil of Bloodlust.pngSuperior Sigil of Bloodlust
Gain a charge of +10 power each time you kill a foe, five if you kill an enemy player.

Sigil Variants

The fire sigil is the main thing. If you have a bloodlust sigil on your swap weapon set, then you can trade out this staff for another staff with Sigil of Fire and:

  • Superior Sigil of Luck Superior Sigil of Luck
    Superior Sigil of Luck.pngSuperior Sigil of Luck
    75% chance to gain a random boon on killing an enemy.
    for mass kills/hour or laziness/ease of use.
  • Superior Sigil of Speed Superior Sigil of Speed
    Superior Sigil of Speed.pngSuperior Sigil of Speed
    Gain Swiftness (20 seconds) on Killing a Foe.
    for perma swiftness.
  • Superior Sigil of Force Superior Sigil of Force
    Superior Sigil of Force.pngSuperior Sigil of Force
    +5% Damage
    for squeezing out that extra DPS.
  • Superior Sigil of the Night Superior Sigil of the Night
    Superior Sigil of the Night.pngSuperior Sigil of the Night
    Outgoing damage is increased by 10% at night.
    for really squeezing out that extra DPS during the night time.

Equipment

Gear: Berserker's.

Runes:

Superior Rune of the Scholar Superior Rune of the Scholar
Superior Rune of the Scholar.pngSuperior Rune of the Scholar
(1): +25 Power (2): +35 Ferocity (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Ferocity (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Ferocity, +5% damage while your health is above 90%.

or

Superior Rune of the Flame Legion Superior Rune of the Flame Legion
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(1): +25 Power (2): +10% Burning Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 25% chance to cause burning for 1 sec when hit. (Cooldown: 10s) (5): +100 Power (6): +20% Burning Duration; +7% damage against burning foes.

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Food/Potions

Basically we're trying to maximize dps or magic find. See Magic Find for other ideas. (N.B. Flask of Pumpkin Oil, Lump of Crystallized Nougat, and Sharpening Skulls are considered utility potions.)

Utility Potion

  • Superior Sharpening Stone Superior Sharpening Stone
    Superior Sharpening Stone.pngSuperior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
  • Cheaper:
    Hardened Sharpening Stone Hardened Sharpening Stone
    Hardened Sharpening Stone.pngHardened Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 2% of your precisionGain power equal to 4% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Food

  • Omnomberry Bar Omnomberry Bar
    Omnomberry Bar.pngOmnomberry Bar
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png30% Magic Find40% Gold from monsters+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    or
    Chocolate Omnomberry Cream Chocolate Omnomberry Cream
    Chocolate Omnomberry Cream.pngChocolate Omnomberry Cream
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+40% magic find while under the effect of a boon+100 Concentration+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
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  • Cheaper:
    Raspberry Peach Bar Raspberry Peach Bar
    Raspberry Peach Bar.pngRaspberry Peach Bar
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png26% Magic Find30% Gold from monsters+10% Experience from kills
    Consumable
    or
    Chocolate Raspberry Cream Chocolate Raspberry Cream
    Chocolate Raspberry Cream.pngChocolate Raspberry Cream
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png32% magic find while under effect of a boon14% Boon duration+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    .

Usage

  • Ideally keep aegis up by staying at range/avoiding AoE. Otherwise you get one from activating
    "Retreat!" "Retreat!"
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    "Retreat!"
    Shout. Grant aegis and swiftness to up to five nearby allies.
    Aegis.pngAegis (20s): Block the next incoming attack.
    Swiftness.pngSwiftness (20s): 33% Movement Speed
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Range.pngRange: 600
    , three from using F3 Renewed Focus F3, and randomly from proccing
    Superior Sigil of Luck Superior Sigil of Luck
    Superior Sigil of Luck.pngSuperior Sigil of Luck
    75% chance to gain a random boon on killing an enemy.
    . If you cannot keep aegis up for whatever reason, then switch to the main DPS build and add F1 to your spam keys.
  • Dodging increases your damage.
  • Staff Rotation: 2, 1, 1, 1 (don't detonate orb)
  • Use
    Symbol of Swiftness Symbol of Swiftness
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    Symbol of Swiftness
    Symbol. Sear a mystic symbol into the target area, damaging foes and granting swiftness to allies.
    Damage.png5Damage: 610
    Swiftness.pngSwiftness (4s): 33% Movement Speed
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngSymbol Duration: 4 seconds
    Radius.pngSymbol Radius: 180
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Light
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    on clumped up enemies. A good example would be on the mobs that come pouring out of the door to Mad King's Realm in the labyrinth during Halloween.
  • Virtue of Justice Virtue of Justice
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    Virtue of Justice
    Virtue: Burn foes every few attack.
    Activate: You and your allies inflict burning on the next attack.
    Burn.pngBurning (passive effect) (2s): 264 Damage
    Burn.pngBurning (active effect) (4s): 524 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngNumber of Attacks to Trigger: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    recharges whenever you kill a foe. Be sure to spam this skill after each kill to stack might for allies and AoE Blind.
  • Enjoy your lootstick.
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