Guardian - Radiant Greatsword (PvP)

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The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good.

Focused on: Direct damage.

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A PvP greatsword Guardian build which takes advantage of the crit chance buffs of the Radiance specialization to deliver massive bursts.

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Superior Sigil of Exposure
Superior Sigil of Exposure.pngSuperior Sigil of Exposure
Your next attack after you swap to this weapon while in combat inflicts 5 stacks of vulnerability for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Energy
Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Cleansing
Superior Sigil of Cleansing.pngSuperior Sigil of Cleansing
Remove 1 condition when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Energy
Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Rune of the Lynx
Superior Rune of the Lynx.pngSuperior Rune of the Lynx
(1): +25 Power (2): +35 Condition Damage (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Condition Damage (5): +100 Power (6): +25% Movement Speed
Berserker Amulet
Berserker Amulet.pngBerserker Amulet
+1200 Power +900 Precision +900 Ferocity



  • Try to aid allies with as traited with it can break stun and apply stability among other things.
  • is refreshed after each kill so make sure you always have it on cooldown right before a kill. Using it also applies AoE Blind Blind which can be useful for stomping or making high priority skills miss.
  • Try to burn through all of your virtues before resorting to . RF is a great skill to use if you're being focues by the enemy team and you don't have any CDs left. Just keep in mind that this skill makes you lose capture point contribution for its duration.
    • Your virtues that aren't on CD can be (and should be) activated while channeling this elite.
    • Don't blow until the last moment of the channel. Let it heal you as much as possible.
  • Every utility skill is a meditation, therefore can be used both defensively and offensively thanks to the Fury Fury and healing from .


  • This is the defensive set of the build, but still has some hard hitting skills.
  • The main source of burst damage here comes from . Note that the projectiles can be very unreliable in anything but melee range. If you have Sigil of Agility on this set, always try to use it after swapping weapons to get the most out of it (except if you need to cleave a downed body, then use the quickness to auto attack).
  • has many uses: vertical mobility via teleportation, symbol for cleaving,Blind Blind to make an important skill miss, or a combo field which can be used for AoE cleansing by executing a blast finisher in it.
  • is a ranged skill with great damage over time.
  • is both an excellent defensive and offensive skill (more about that below). As far as defense goes, this can be used to block important attacks even while stunned. Always try to use it in a symbol (a Light field) for AoE condition cleansing.


  • is the main burst skill in the build, make sure it lands - do an unexpected ranged burst with , or use it after pulling targets in with .
  • When in combat, always try to combo in a Light field such as for Light Aura Light Aura. Few things to note when using this for mobility:
    • If you're OOC (out of combat), swap weapons just before the leap finishes in order to cancel the final part of the skill which would otherwise bring you to a halt.
    • In combat this can be used for jumping away from the fight to avoid damage. To do that simply just detarget (click anywhere on your screen that's not an enemy player) before using the skill, and make sure that auto-targetting is disabled.
  • is useful even when the target has Stability Stability and thus cannot be pulled. The damage over time part of this skill is decent, and you could time it in a way that the target's stability runs out before binding blade does, allowing you to pull them in later. Note: the skill itself can be dodged, but once the blades are attached, you can pull targets out of any kind of evade frame! Last but not least, the blades seek out enemies even if they are Stealth Stealthed.

Main burst combo (preferably executed from a safe distance):

  1. If possible, have an active Aegis Aegis to gain the damage bonus from.
  2. should be activated before the combo. Try not to get hit because you'll need it to explode for damage. Wait until only ~1 second remains of its duration then quickly proceed with the rest of the combo.
  3. Weapon Swap (in combat this also triggers your sigils).
  4. - start casting it from range.
  5. to teleport to the target right before WW starts doing damage.
  6. the moment you get into melee range in order to gain Retaliation from Can't find such trait "Virtue of Retribution"! Please refer to our trait index.
  7. Optional: to get rid of conditions like Weakness or just to squeeze in a tiny bit of extra damage.


  • Boon removal (as it takes away much of the build's damage)

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Build rating - 4 stars
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8 Ratings
5 stars
Nyac gave this build 5 stars last month

Underrated. Surprisingly high skill cap.

3 stars
Hanz gave this build 3 stars August 2021

Shadow of its former self, but it's still a playable F2P build that does well in lower ratings and remains playable in lower platinum as well.

5 stars
Yonguy gave this build 5 stars July 2020

Great build, has a lot of damage with the combo with skill 2 of the Greatsword, and also has resistance with the virtues, and utility skills that clean up conditions and leave you invuneravel. I loved the build, I highly recommend it.

5 More Ratings
5 stars
X Zeyrox X gave this build 5 stars April 2020

Excellent Build For F2P Players

4 stars
Shockywawe gave this build 4 stars May 2019

Been enjoying this build for a long time, actually the first build i played as a guardian and it feels easy to use and powerful if in the right hands.

4 stars
Xenex gave this build 4 stars April 2019

it's a very solid and fluid build that compensates the lack of mobility of the Radiant hammer. but it has its drawbacks: whirling wrath is a very slow skill and this prevents it from performing an unexpected burst, this is a very serious disadvantage especially in the high ranks (from plat2, plat 3) however it is an almost equal build of the hammer variant and if you know how to use it it can become even more effective than the Radiant hammer. for it's burst and it's mobility, 4 star rating.

5 stars
Soller gave this build 5 stars February 2019

Top tier soloq build, I see them in every game. Has the burst needed to carry.

4 stars
Stromyisbad gave this build 4 stars January 2019

Take sigil of energy on both sets rather than exposure on GS, since it really helps with survivability, and those extra 5 stacks of vuln don't do enough to be worth it imo. Retribution rather than Lesser Signet of Wrath 100% of the time; just time your burst for when they can't dodge it all ;) Also rune of the Scholar over lynx on smaller maps, since you have enough mobility with sword 2, GS 3, and judge's intervention. Otherwise, top tier build that outshines most in the current meta due to high burst, decent sustain, and ridiculous amounts of condi removal.