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Open World/Summarized


Section revised on: March 21, 2021

About

This is a summarized version of the Open World page that includes a more general layout. It's a bit easier to read but isn't separated by class.

Roaming

Builds for general open world play.

Roaming Builds
ArmsDisciplineBerserker
4.3
StrengthDisciplineBerserker
4.3
DuelingIllusionsChronomancer
5
Critical StrikesDaredevilTrickery
4.8
Critical StrikesTrickeryDaredevil
4.7
Critical StrikesTrickeryDeadeye
5
DragonhunterZealRadiance
5
VirtuesRadianceFirebrand
4
FirebrandZealRadiance
5
ZealRadianceFirebrand
5
RadianceVirtuesZeal
4.6
ZealRadianceVirtues
5
RadianceVirtuesZeal
5
DevastationHeraldInvocation
5
HeraldCorruptionDevastation
5
InvocationDevastationHerald
4.8
FirearmsHolosmithExplosives
5
DuelingIllusionsMirage
5
MarksmanshipSkirmishingBeastmastery
5
CursesSoul ReapingReaper
5
SpiteSoul ReapingReaper
4.9
InvocationDevastationRenegade
5
RenegadeInvocationDevastation
5
DevastationRenegade
5
CursesDeath MagicScourge
5
FirearmsScrapperExplosives
4.9
BeastmasterySkirmishingSoulbeast
4.9
BeastmasteryMarksmanshipSoulbeast
5
TacticsSpellbreakerStrength
5
FireTempest
5
FireEarthTempest
5
AirTempestArcane
5
TempestFireAir
5
StrengthArmsDiscipline
5
AirArcaneWeaver
4
FireWeaver
5
WeaverFireEarth
5
TrickeryCritical StrikesDeadeye
4
FireAirArcane
4
FirearmsExplosivesAlchemy
4.5
ExplosivesFirearmsHolosmith
4
DominationDuelingIllusions
4
SpiteDeath MagicSoul Reaping
4
InvocationDevastationRetribution
4
Critical StrikesTrickeryDeadly Arts
4

Solo

Builds for soloing bosses or hard group events.

Solo Builds
DuelingIllusionsChronomancer
5
VirtuesRadianceFirebrand
4
ZealRadianceFirebrand
5
DevastationHeraldInvocation
5
HeraldCorruptionDevastation
5
DuelingIllusionsMirage
5
InvocationDevastationRenegade
5
DevastationRenegade
5
CursesDeath MagicScourge
5
FirearmsScrapperExplosives
4.9
BeastmasterySkirmishingSoulbeast
4.9
TacticsSpellbreakerStrength
5
FireTempest
5
FireEarthTempest
5
FireWeaver
5
WeaverFireEarth
5

Zerging

Builds for farming in a Zerg.

Zerg Builds
ArmsDisciplineBerserker
4.3
StrengthDisciplineBerserker
4.3
DuelingIllusionsChronomancer
5
Critical StrikesDaredevilTrickery
4.8
AcrobaticsDaredevilCritical Strikes
5
Critical StrikesTrickeryDeadeye
5
DragonhunterZealRadiance
5
Nature MagicDruidBeastmastery
5
FirebrandZealRadiance
5
RadianceVirtuesZeal
4.6
ZealRadianceVirtues
5
RadianceVirtuesZeal
5
InvocationDevastationHerald
4.8
DuelingIllusionsMirage
5
DuelingDominationMirage
5
MarksmanshipSkirmishingBeastmastery
5
CursesSoul ReapingReaper
5
SpiteSoul ReapingReaper
4.9
InvocationDevastationRenegade
5
RenegadeInvocationDevastation
5
DevastationRenegade
5
InvocationDevastationRenegade
4
Blood MagicSoul ReapingScourge
5
FirearmsScrapperAlchemy
4.6
BeastmasterySkirmishingSoulbeast
4.9
BeastmasteryMarksmanshipSoulbeast
5
TempestFireAir
5
ExplosivesFirearmsHolosmith
4
DominationDuelingIllusions
4
SpiteDeath MagicSoul Reaping
4
InvocationDevastationRetribution
4
AirArcaneTempest
4.3
Critical StrikesTrickeryDeadly Arts
4

Tagging

Specialized builds for fast-paced zergs like Mad King's Labyrinth and Lake Doric Leather Farm

Tagging Builds
AcrobaticsDaredevilCritical Strikes
5
Nature MagicDruidBeastmastery
5
DuelingDominationMirage
5
InvocationDevastationRenegade
4
FirearmsScrapperAlchemy
4.6
AirArcaneTempest
4.3

Core

Builds that use Core specs and are (generally) F2P-Friendly

Leveling Builds
FireAirArcane
4
AirFireArcane
4
FireArcaneAir
4
FirearmsExplosivesAlchemy
4.5
RadianceVirtuesZeal
4.6
ZealRadianceVirtues
5
RadianceVirtuesZeal
5
DominationDuelingIllusions
4
SpiteDeath MagicSoul Reaping
4
MarksmanshipSkirmishingBeastmastery
5
InvocationDevastationRetribution
4
StrengthArmsDiscipline
5

Leveling

Short build guides for leveling up a character by hand

Leveling Builds
ArcaneFireAir
5
ExplosivesAlchemyTools
N/A
ZealRadianceVirtues
N/A
IllusionsDuelingDomination
N/A
Death MagicSoul ReapingSpite
N/A
BeastmasterySkirmishingMarksmanship
N/A
InvocationDevastationRetribution
N/A
Deadly ArtsCritical StrikesAcrobatics
N/A
StrengthDisciplineDefense
N/A

Important Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Guild Wars 2 Wiki

Event Timers

World Boss Schedule

How to Gear a Character

What are CC and Breakbars?

Peu Research Center

Thanks to the hard work of Peureki, an open world commander, we now have access to the Peu Research Center Benchmarks, which can give you a good idea on where you might look to start farming.

You can find the Peu Research Center here!

GW2Efficiency

Guild Wars 2 Efficiency is an extremely useful tool for any Guild Wars 2 player and is recommended for everyone. All you need to start is your API key!

Check out GW2Efficiency

Partner Communities

We have several partner communities which help us shape some of the builds found here. They provide critical feedback and are a great place to learn how to farm, especially in open world.

Metabattle Discord Server

Is advertising our own server here cheating? Well, yes, but you should still join our Discord.

No seriously join the server here.

Overflow Trading Company

The Overflow Trading Company is a massive, independantly-run trading discord aimed at faciliating trading outside of the in-game trading post. They also teach people how to make money and have many different tools and informative resources to help you on your way. If you're interested in trading or how to make gold in GW2, check them out!

Join the OTC Discord

Shiny Mayhem

Our Open World Curator's guild of choice, Shiney Mayhem is a farming community that hosts frequent trains. You do not have to be a guild member to participate, though they're awesome enough that you should be one ;)

Join the Shiny Mayhem Discord!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I play these builds in dungeons, fractals, and/or raids?

A: No, these builds are for open world. When joining a dungeon, fractal, or raid group, you should play a Fractal or Raid build.

Q: I don't have the right stats/runes/sigils/unlocked traits for this build. Can I still play it?

A: Yes, but your effectiveness will be limited. Having the right gear and traits is important for maximizing a build's potential. You can still run a build that's close to the recommended build, but you should work your way up to the right gear/traits eventually. Some builds will not function without certain traits, so its worth looking into.


Q: I haven't reached level 80 and don't have these skills/traits unlocked. What should I do?

A: Under level 80 you shouldn't worry about running the absolute best build. Instead, you should try out different weapons, skills, and traits to learn how they work. If you start finding story missions/normal enemies difficult, make sure you're wearing gear appropriate to your level. If you aren't, you can always visit an Armorsmith or Weaponsmith which always offer basic gear within your level range.


Q: The build suggests (X weapon/skill/trait) but I find (Y weapon/skill/trait) more fun to use. Can I use that instead?

A: The short answer is "sure!". The long answer is that you should study the class and learn why those traits are being taken. From there you can make decisions about other traits or weapons based off your current knowledge of the game and optimize for your own fun while maintaining a decent build :)


Q: I would like to contribute suggestions/gameplay tips/new builds. Where do I start?

A: MetaBattle is a community wiki where anyone can contribute! Feel free to edit the build pages or create your own build page. More information can be found at Tutorial and Style Manual.

Other Resources

What Profession Should I Play?

What are Combo Fields?

Ways to Earn Gold

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