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Onlywrin/open world test


Section revised on: September 04, 2020


General Builds[edit]

All available open world builds, uncategorized. Pay attention to the Focuses and Designed For sections.

Elementalist
FireEarthTempest
5
AirTempestArcane
5
ArcaneFireAir
5
TempestFireAir
5
AirArcaneTempest
4.3
AirArcaneWeaver
4
AirFireArcane
4
FireArcaneAir
4
Engineer
FirearmsAlchemyHolosmith
5
ExplosivesAlchemyTools
N/A
AlchemyFirearmsScrapper
4.9
FirearmsExplosivesAlchemy
4.5
ExplosivesFirearmsHolosmith
4
FirearmsScrapperAlchemy
4.5
Guardian
RadianceZealDragonhunter
4.5
ZealRadianceFirebrand
5
ZealRadianceFirebrand
5
RadianceVirtuesZeal
5
ZealRadianceVirtues
N/A
ZealRadianceVirtues
4.6
Mesmer
DuelingIllusionsMirage
5
DuelingMirageDomination
5
DuelingIllusionsChronomancer
5
IllusionsDuelingDomination
N/A
DuelingDominationIllusions
4
Necromancer
SpiteSoul ReapingReaper
4.9
CursesDeath MagicScourge
5
SpiteDeath MagicSoul Reaping
N/A
Blood MagicSoul ReapingScourge
5
SpiteDeath MagicSoul Reaping
4
Ranger
BeastmasterySkirmishingSoulbeast
4.9
MarksmanshipBeastmasterySoulbeast
5
Nature MagicBeastmasteryDruid
5
BeastmasterySkirmishingMarksmanship
N/A
MarksmanshipSkirmishingBeastmastery
4.9
Revenant
RenegadeInvocationDevastation
5
DevastationRenegade
5
HeraldCorruptionDevastation
5
InvocationDevastationHerald
4.8
InvocationDevastationRenegade
4
InvocationDevastationRetribution
N/A
InvocationDevastationRetribution
4
Thief
Critical StrikesDaredevilTrickery
4.8
Critical StrikesTrickeryDaredevil
4.7
AcrobaticsDaredevilCritical Strikes
5
Critical StrikesTrickeryDeadeye
4.6
Deadly ArtsCritical StrikesAcrobatics
N/A
TrickeryCritical StrikesDeadeye
4
AcrobaticsCritical StrikesTrickery
4
Warrior
ArmsDisciplineBerserker
4.5
TacticsSpellbreakerStrength
5
StrengthDisciplineBerserker
4.5
ArmsDisciplineStrength
5
StrengthDisciplineDefense
N/A
DisciplineStrengthDefense
4.7
Test
AlchemyFirearmsTools
N/A
Draft

Zerg Builds[edit]

Builds for farming in large groups; typically most useful for farming event chains or map metas like Drizzlewood Coast, Silverwastes, or Dragonfall.

Elementalist
TempestFireAir
5
AirArcaneTempest
4.3
FireArcaneAir
4
Engineer
ExplosivesFirearmsHolosmith
4
FirearmsScrapperAlchemy
4.5
Guardian
RadianceZealDragonhunter
4.5
ZealRadianceFirebrand
5
RadianceVirtuesZeal
5
ZealRadianceVirtues
4.6
Mesmer
DuelingIllusionsMirage
5
DuelingMirageDomination
5
DuelingIllusionsChronomancer
5
DuelingDominationIllusions
4
Necromancer
SpiteSoul ReapingReaper
4.9
Blood MagicSoul ReapingScourge
5
SpiteDeath MagicSoul Reaping
4
Ranger
BeastmasterySkirmishingSoulbeast
4.9
MarksmanshipBeastmasterySoulbeast
5
Nature MagicBeastmasteryDruid
5
MarksmanshipSkirmishingBeastmastery
4.9
Revenant
RenegadeInvocationDevastation
5
DevastationRenegade
5
InvocationDevastationHerald
4.8
InvocationDevastationRenegade
4
InvocationDevastationRetribution
4
Thief
Critical StrikesDaredevilTrickery
4.8
AcrobaticsDaredevilCritical Strikes
5
Warrior
ArmsDisciplineBerserker
4.5
StrengthDisciplineBerserker
4.5
Test
Draft

Tagging Builds[edit]

Extremely niche builds designed for maximizing the number of possible tags. Useful for LS4 Farm Trains, the Mad King's Labyrinth, or the Lake Doric Leather Farm.

Elementalist
AirArcaneTempest
4.3
Engineer
FirearmsScrapperAlchemy
4.5
Guardian
Mesmer
DuelingMirageDomination
5
Necromancer
Ranger
Nature MagicBeastmasteryDruid
5
Revenant
InvocationDevastationRenegade
4
Thief
AcrobaticsDaredevilCritical Strikes
5
Warrior
Test
Draft

Roaming Builds[edit]

Builds meant for general open world. Useful for Map Completion, solo farming, or completing events without much assistance from allies.

Elementalist
FireEarthTempest
5
AirTempestArcane
5
TempestFireAir
5
AirArcaneWeaver
4
AirFireArcane
4
FireArcaneAir
4
Engineer
FirearmsAlchemyHolosmith
5
AlchemyFirearmsScrapper
4.9
FirearmsExplosivesAlchemy
4.5
ExplosivesFirearmsHolosmith
4
Guardian
RadianceZealDragonhunter
4.5
ZealRadianceFirebrand
5
ZealRadianceFirebrand
5
RadianceVirtuesZeal
5
ZealRadianceVirtues
4.6
Mesmer
DuelingIllusionsMirage
5
DuelingIllusionsChronomancer
5
DuelingDominationIllusions
4
Necromancer
SpiteSoul ReapingReaper
4.9
CursesDeath MagicScourge
5
SpiteDeath MagicSoul Reaping
4
Ranger
BeastmasterySkirmishingSoulbeast
4.9
MarksmanshipBeastmasterySoulbeast
5
MarksmanshipSkirmishingBeastmastery
4.9
Revenant
RenegadeInvocationDevastation
5
DevastationRenegade
5
HeraldCorruptionDevastation
5
InvocationDevastationHerald
4.8
InvocationDevastationRetribution
4
Thief
Critical StrikesDaredevilTrickery
4.8
Critical StrikesTrickeryDaredevil
4.7
Critical StrikesTrickeryDeadeye
4.6
TrickeryCritical StrikesDeadeye
4
AcrobaticsCritical StrikesTrickery
4
Warrior
ArmsDisciplineBerserker
4.5
TacticsSpellbreakerStrength
5
StrengthDisciplineBerserker
4.5
ArmsDisciplineStrength
5
DisciplineStrengthDefense
4.7
Test
AlchemyFirearmsTools
N/A
Draft


Solo Builds[edit]

Niche builds designed to be able to complete extremely difficult content without assistance from allies. Useful for soloing hero points, champion bounties, group events, or even some bounties. These builds typically require at least some class knowledge to play effectively.

Elementalist
FireEarthTempest
5
Engineer
AlchemyFirearmsScrapper
4.9
Guardian
ZealRadianceFirebrand
5
Mesmer
DuelingIllusionsMirage
5
DuelingIllusionsChronomancer
5
Necromancer
CursesDeath MagicScourge
5
Ranger
BeastmasterySkirmishingSoulbeast
4.9
Revenant
DevastationRenegade
5
HeraldCorruptionDevastation
5
Thief
Critical StrikesTrickeryDaredevil
4.7
Warrior
ArmsDisciplineBerserker
4.5
TacticsSpellbreakerStrength
5
Test
Draft


Leveling Builds[edit]

Short build guides for leveling up a character by hand

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


About This Section[edit]

This section is dedicated to providing players with fun and effective builds for open world content, ranging from simple farming, to map completion, to hardcore bounty solos. While an experienced player might be able to make almost any build work in most of open world, other players prefer to run builds that are geared directly towards the type of content they enjoy.

These builds are divided into three sections: Zerg, Roaming, and Leveling. Each section also has subtypes and build focuses, which you will find at the top of each build page.

To all you farmers, map completionists, and story afficionados, we hope you find these builds fun and useful!


A note on Meta builds - There is no "meta" in open world. Instead, meta builds on this page are those which are especially popular or especially effective within their intended role.

Important Resources[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Overflow is a community that focuses on trading and farming. They're full of helpful individuals and provide a very active and well-managed trading forum. Overflow and their affiliates frequently host farming trains and have many resources for players looking to break into gold farming.

Join the OTC Discord

Shiny Mayhem[edit]

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!

FAQ[edit]

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[edit]

What Profession Should I Play?

What are Combo Fields?

Ways to Earn Gold

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