Guild Wars 2 Guardian Builds and leveling Guide

In most games the Guardian is seen as a support class, in this game the Guardian can be a real hard hitter. This guild wars 2 guardian builds and leveling guide will show you the ropes.

If you are looking for more in depth help and a full guide to all builds and missions in the game check out Guild Wars 2 Domination.

Guardians are empowered by three virtues that grant them passive buffs and benefits in battle. Each virtue has two stages – a passive stage where it only benefits the Guardian, and an active stage (when the virtue is activated) that spreads the effect of that virtue to all other allies, but is disabled for the Guardian for 30 seconds. The virtues of the Guardian are:

Justice – Every fifth attack causes burning damage. When activated, all allies’ attacks cause burning, but the effect is disabled for the Guardian for 30 seconds.

Courage – After every 30 seconds your character is granted Aegis. Aegis is a boon that blocks the next incoming attack. When activated, all allies get Aegis immediately, but the effect is disabled for the Guardian for 30 seconds

Resolve – You regenerate health at a fast rate. When activated, all allies start to regenerate health, but the effect is disabled for the Guardian for 30 seconds.

For a detailed guide on virtues, read our Guardian Virtues Guide.

Skill Types:
The Guardian has a number of skill types, which are given below:

Spirit Weapons – The Guardian has the ability to summon spirit weapons to fight by his side for a short duration. While the spirit weapon is fighting, it can be commanded to unleash a devastating blow before dissipating.

Symbols – The Guardian places symbols on the ground which can have a variety of different effects, depending on the type of symbol you have placed. Some symbols may inflict small AoE damage to enemies, while others may heal your allies. Some symbols can even do both.

Wards – A Ward is a marked portion of the ground that stops enemies from passing through it, while allies walk freely.

Aegis – Guardians are exceptional when it comes to Boons, and Aegis is a powerful one. Aegis blocks the next incoming attack on whoever has it activated.
Playing as the Guardian

The Guardian is by no means a support-only profession, which makes it extremely fun to play with, and more importantly very beneficial to allies. This profession is suitable for both veterans and newcomers, as its difficulty is easy, but its importance is also sky-high in a team-based game.

Like the rest of the professions, the weapon the Guardian equips determines your active ability set. The weapons that a Guardian can equip are:

Main Hand - Mace, Scepter, Sword

Off Hand - Focus, Shield, Torch

Two-Handed - Greatsword, Hammer, Staff

Swords allow a Guardian to teleport to a target to deal damage and blindness, and also to block projectiles.

Greatswords can be tossed at enemies and allow the Guardian to perform a jump attack, and also spin around and fire bolts in 360 degrees.

Simiarly, other weapons also give different types of abilities to the Guardian.

Most players who play the Guardian class will look for a defensive and selfless approach. This is, generally, the correct method for the profession, but it is utmost important not to overlook the damage-aspect of the Guardian.

Guardians are supposed to be alongside the Warrior profession in the battle – in the front-lines and first to engage the enemy. They are, along with the Warrior, meant to take the bulk of the damage. Therefore, the best thing for a Guardian is to have high defenses through heavy armor, and relatively fast attacking.

I highly recommend using a single-handed weapon for the guardian along with a shield. Not only does this make him/her look like a Paladin, but also gives the necessary weapon-based skills and speed that is required to be in the front-line.

What guarantees a supportive-offensive role of the Guardian is that fact that the attacking abilities are woven together with support ones. This also means that the Guardian should be the most active character in PvE and PvP games.

Because the Guardian requires so much attention, it is a fantastic profession for both newcomers to learn with and veterans to aid their team with.

If you are looking for more in depth help and a full guide to all builds and missions in the game check out Guild Wars 2 Domination.
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