Guardian sPvP | Tournament Mace/Focus, Greatsword | Team fighter Who Needs Shelter?

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Summary

Couldn't think of a creative name for this build.

 

Anyways, with all the changes to meditations way back, meditations are currently by far the most powerful skills in the guardian arsenal. June 28th Path also increased damage across the board, making my prior hybrid damage support guardian build obsolete (staff, sword/focus).

 

This build now slides over towards the offensive side of the spectrum, replacing staff with GS. The mace is mostly because I like to use my Super Adventure box Mace skin, and the 3 skill on mace actually can hit for significant amounts of damage.

 

The objective of this build is basically to be a Support-Bruiser.


I. Weapons and Skills

PvP Mace
  • Weapon Strength: 895-1010
PvP Focus
  • Weapon Strength: 832-883
PvP Greatsword
  • Weapon Strength: 995-1100
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
  • Virtue of Justice21¼
    Virtue. Burn foes with every fifth attack.
    Activate: You and your allies inflict burning on the next attack.
    Burning: 2 s (328 damage) (passive)Burning: 5 s (1640 damage) (active)Might: 5 sRetaliation: 5 s
  • Virtue of Resolve42½
    Virtue. Regenerates health.
    Activate: Heal yourself and nearby allies.
    Passive Regeneration: 3 sHealing: 84Regeneration: 5 sRetaliation: 5 s
  • Virtue of Courage63¾
    Virtue. Grants aegis every 40 seconds.
    Activate: Grant aegis to yourself and nearby allies.
    Aegis: 5 sBreak Stun: 1 sStability: 4 sProtection: 5 sRetaliation: 5 s
  • True Strike½
    Smash your foe.
    Damage: 269Range: 130
    • Pure Strike½
      Bash your foe.
      Range: 130Damage: 336
    • Faithful Strike1
      Hit your foe with a final strike and heal nearby allies.
      Damage: 470Healing: 463Range: 130
  • Symbol of Faith8
    Symbol. Smash a mystic symbol onto the ground that damages foes and regenerates allies.
    Damage: 168x4Regeneration: 1 s (520 health)Radius: 180Duration: 4Combo Field: LightRange: 120
    • 0
      Fury: 4 sRetaliation: 5 s
    • 0
      Fury: 4 sRetaliation: 5 s
  • Protector's Strike15
    Surround yourself and nearby allies with a shield. Damage foes that strike protected allies. Grant protection to yourself and nearby allies if you are not struck.
    Damage: 470Protection: 3 sRange: 130
    • 0
      Fury: 4 sRetaliation: 5 s
    • 0
      Fury: 4 sRetaliation: 5 s
  • Ray of Judgment¾ 25
    Pass a ray over foes and allies. Foes are damaged and blinded. Allies gain regeneration and cure one condition.
    Damage: 151Blind: 3 sRegeneration: 3 s (390 Health)Number of Bounces: 4Range: 1,200
    • 0
      Fury: 4 sRetaliation: 5 s
    • 0
      Fury: 4 sRetaliation: 5 s
  • Shield of Wrath45
    Create a shield to block the next three attacks. If the shield is not destroyed, it explodes and damages nearby foes.
    Damage: 756Duration: 4Combo Finisher: Blast
    • 0
      Fury: 4 sRetaliation: 5 s
    • 0
      Fury: 4 sRetaliation: 5 s
  • Litany of Wrath¼ 24
    Meditation. Heal yourself. For a brief time, heal yourself based on a percentage of damage dealt to enemies.
    Healing: 1,640Litany of Wrath(6s): 20% of damage dealt is returned as healing.Fury: 4 s
    • 0
      Fury: 4 sRetaliation: 5 s
  • Smite Condition¼ 16
    Meditation. Cure a condition and damage nearby foes. More damage if a condition is cured.
    Damage with no conditions: 207Damage with condition: 463Fury: 4 s
    • 0
      Fury: 4 sRetaliation: 5 s
  • Judge's Intervention36
    Meditation. Teleport to your target and burn nearby foes.
    Burning: 3 s (984 damage)Damage: 122Breaks stunRange: 1,200Fury: 4 s
    • 0
      Fury: 4 sRetaliation: 5 s
  • Purging Flames¾ 32
    Consecration. Create a ring of fire that burns foes and cures conditions on allies.
    Burning: 5 s (1640 damage)Duration: 6Combo Field: Fire
    • 0
      Fury: 4 sRetaliation: 5 s
  • Renewed Focus2 90
    Focus, making yourself invulnerable and recharging your virtues.
    Duration: 3
    • 0
      Fury: 4 sRetaliation: 5 s

Weapon and Skill Details

Greatsword: Good Damage, Good Mobility.
Mace/Focus: Mace, because super adventure box mace skin is a flail. Focus: Blast finisher on 5, and can use to get stomps or objective caps.

 

Heal: Shelter can be interrupted (via unblockable interrupts), causing you to burn your entire heal on nothing. Litany of Wrath, when traited can give a burst 7k+ heal, and is only 1/4 sec cast time.

 

Smite Condition: Lots of damage and condi cleanse. Short CD. Heals as well.
Judge's Intervention: Mobility, damage. Stun Break.
Purging Flames: Fire Field. Condi Cleanse.

 

Renewing Focus: Meditation, recharges your virtues.


Traits

Valor

  • Valorous Defense
    Gain aegis for 5 seconds when you are struck while below 50% health.
    • Strength of the Fallen
      Lose 1 condition every 10 seconds. Health degenerates 33% more slowly while downed.
    • Smiter’s Boon
      Smite conditions when you use a healing ability.
    • Focus Mastery
      Gain 4 seconds of protection when using a focus ability. Focus abilities have a 20% reduced recharge.
  • Courageous Return
    Virtue of courage is fully recharged when you revive an ally or when you rally. This effect has a 30 second internal cooldown.
    • Stalwart Defender
      Gain 180 additional toughness while wielding a shield. Shield abilities have 20% reduced recharge.
    • Strength in Numbers
      Nearby allies gain up to 150 bonus toughness, based on your effective level. 600 radius.
    • Communal Defenses
      Grant 5 seconds of aegis to allies when you block an attack.
  • Might of the Protector
    Gain 2 stacks of might for 15 seconds when you block an attack. This ability has a 1 second internal cooldown.
    • Altruistic Healing
      Applying a boon to allies also heals you.
    • Monk’s Focus
      Using a meditation skill heals you and grants 4 seconds of fury to allies in a radius. Meditation skills have 20% reduced recharge.
    • Retributive Armor
      Gain up to 250 bonus toughness (based on effective level) when blocking an attack. Gain ferocity based on 13% of your current toughness.

Virtues

  • Inspired Virtue
    Virtues apply the following boons to allies when activated: Justice: 3 stacks of might for 5 seconds. Resolve: 5 seconds of regeneration. Courage: 5 seconds of protection.
    • Unscathed Contender
      Deal 20% more damage while under the effects of aegis.
    • Retaliatory Subconscious
      Gain 3 seconds of retaliation and 4 seconds of aegis when stunned, dazed, knocked back, pulled, knocked down, sunk, floated, launched, taunted or inflicted with fear.
    • Master of Consecrations
      Consecrations last 20% longer and have 20% reduced recharge.
  • Virtue of Retribution
    Gain retaliation for 3 seconds when you activate a virtue. Retaliation you applies lasts 25% longer.
    • Supreme Justice
      Virtue of Justice causes burning with 3 strikes instead of 5. When activating virtue of justice, burning duration is increased by 1 second.
    • Absolute Resolution
      Activating virtue of resolve removes 3 conditions from nearby allies. Virtue of Resolve’s passive effect is stronger.
    • Glacial Heart
      Critical hits with hammer chill enemies for 3 seconds. Hammer abilities have 20% reduced recharge.
  • Power of the Virtuous
    Deal 1% extra damage for each boon you have. Virtues recharge 15% faster.
    • Permeating Wrath
      Virtue of Justice’s passive effect no longer only burns your target, but also burns the area around your target each time it activates.
    • Battle Presence
      Nearby allies gain virtue of resolve’s passive effect.
    • Indomitable Courage
      Activating virtue of courage breaks stun and grants 3 stacks of stability for 4 seconds to affected allies. Virtue of courage’s passive effect triggers every 30 seconds, down from 40.

Honor

  • Vigorous Precision
    Gain 5 seconds of vigor when you deliver a critical hit. This effect has a 10 second internal cooldown.
    • Invigorated Bulwark
      Gain increased healing power, each worth up to 50 attribute points (based on effective level) for a period of time each time you block an attack while wielding a mace. Stacks up to 10 times. Mace abilities have 20% reduced recharge.
    • Protective Reviver
      Activate a shield of absorption when you begin reviving an ally (24 second internal cooldown). Upon successful revival, you and each ally gain aegis, protection , and regeneration for 10 seconds.
    • Protector’s Impact
      Create a symbol of protection when you take falling damage. You take 50% less damage when falling.
  • Selfless Daring
    he end of your dodge roll heals nearby allies.
    • Honorable Staff
      Boon duration is increased while wielding a staff. Staff abilities have 20% reduced recharge.
    • Pure of Heart
      Aegis heals when it blocks an attack.
    • Empowering Might
      You and nearby allies gain 5 seconds of might when you land a critical hit.
  • Purity of Body
    Your virtue of resolve passive effect also regenerates endurance by 15%.
    • Pure of Voice
      Allies affected by shouts have 1 condition converted into a boon. Shout abilities have their recharge reduced by 20%.
    • Writ of Persistence
      Symbol s last 2 seconds longer, are larger, and heal allies.
    • Force of Will
      Your vitality is increased by up to 300 points, based on effective level. Healing effectiveness to other allies is increased on a percentage of your vitality. You gain 1% per 100 points of vitality (including base vitality).

Trait Details

Valor
II: Additional Heal/CondiCleanse/Damage. REALLY GOOD.
VI: Communal Defenses, we have 2 sources of blocks + aegis. Synergy with Honor V. Can be substituted with V.
VIII: Makes the build work. Mandatory.

 

Virtues
III: Purging Flames.
V: Condi cleanse
IX: Stability access.

 

Honor Can be swapped for a damage line.
II: Good for reviving allies.
V: Could be swapped for VI.
IX: SO MUCH HEALTH. Maybe swap for VIII


III. Stat Specifics & Effects

Primary Stats

  • Health 20245 (+8600)
  • Vitality 1860 (+860)
  • Armor 2211 (+0)
  • Toughness 1000 (+0)
  • Attack 3172 (+1225)
  • Power 2225 (+1225)
  • Critical Hit 60% (+60%)
  • Precision 2175 (+1175)

Secondary Stats

  • Critical Damage 37% (+37%)
  • Damage 947 (+0%)
  • Defense 1211 (+0)
  • Endurance Regeneration 15% (+15%)
  • Ferocity 560 (+560)
  • Swiftness Duration 30% (+30%)

Boons

  • Aegis
    Block the next attack.
  • Distortion
    Allows mesmers to evade attacks for some time.
  • Frenzy
    Increases damage taken by 25%. It typically seen as a mechanic to offset a beneficial effect such as quickness.
  • Frosty Armor
    Chills foes that hit you.
  • Fury
    20% critical chance increase. Stacks in duration.
  • Haste
    Regenerate endurance at 50% effectiveness when under the effects of this skill. It's typically seen as a mechanic to offset a beneficial effect such as quickness.
  • Invulnerability
    Prevents the target from taking damage or receiving conditions. It is also placed on rallied players for one second.
  • Might
    X damage per attack increase. Stacks intensity.
  • Protection
    33% damage reduction. Stacks in duration.
  • Quickening Zephyr
    Prevents healing. It typically seen as a mechanic to offset a beneficial effect such as quickness.
  • Quickness
    Makes all skills and actions 50% faster.
  • Regeneration
    Regenerates X health per second. Stacks in duration.
  • Rejuvenation
    Regenerates health. This effect is exclusive to the guardian profession through the Virtue of Resolve.
  • Resistance
    Resistance temporarily negates the affected target of all effects caused by conditions.
  • Retaliation
    Does X damage to an opponent each time they hit you. Stacks in duration.
  • Smiting
    Causes every fifth attack to apply burning. This effect is exclusive to the guardian profession.
  • Stability
    Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, or feared.
  • Stealth
    Allows the user to be invisible to enemy players and avoid being spotted by enemy NPCs.
  • Swiftness
    33% movement speed increase. Stacks in duration.
  • Vigor
    Faster endurance regeneration. Stacks in duration.

Conditions

  • Agony
    Agony is an effect unique to Fractals of the Mists that removes a percentage of the player's health every second and reduces received healing by ~50%.
  • Bleeding
    Bleeding is a stackable condition that deals damage over time.
  • Blind
    Causes the target's next hit to miss instead.
  • Burning
    Inflicts X damage per second. Stacks in duration.
  • Chilled
    Reduces movement speed and skill recharge by 66%. Stacks in duration.
  • Confusion
    Inflicts X damage each time a foe uses skill. Stacks in intensity.
  • Crippled
    Crippled is a condition which decreases movement speed by 50%. Stacks in duration.
  • Fear
    Causes the target to run directly away from the caster.
  • Immobilized
    Immobilized is a condition which prevents movement and dodging. Victims also can't turn. Stacks in duration.
  • Poison
    Inflicts X damage per second. Reduces outgoing heals by 33%. Stacks in duration.
  • Slow
    Slow is a condition that reduces the activation time of skills and abilities.
  • Taunt
    Taunt is a control effect that forces the affected target to run towards the source of taunt with all skills except stun breakers disabled while using their auto-attack skill.
  • Torment
    Deals damage every second; deals additional damage if moving; stacks intensity.
  • Vulnerability
    Increases damage the target takes by 1%. Stacks in intensity.
  • Weakness
    Causes 50% of attacks to be glancing and reduces endurance regeneration by 50%. Stacks in duration.

Control

  • Break Stun
    Stun break is an effect which can break control effects on a character.
  • Daze
    Interrupts and prevents the target from using skills for a period of time.
  • Float
    Forces the affected target(s) to move towards the surface.
  • Knockdown
    Interrupts and causes the foe to be unable to move or use skills for a short duration. Knocked down foes fall to the ground.
  • Launch
    Interrupts and tosses a character into the air.
  • Pull
    Shortens the distance between the user and the foe by drawing one of them to another. If a foe is pulled, this can result in an interrupt.
  • Push
    Physically pushes foes away from the player and interrupts them.
  • Sink
    Forces the affected target(s) to move away from the surface.
  • Stun
    Interrupts, immobilizes, and incapacitates foes for a short duration.
  • Teleport
    Teleport to target location.
  • Teleport
    Teleport (alternatively, flash) is a mechanic that causes the user or target(s) to instantly move from one location to another.

Fields & Finishers

  • Dark Field
    Dark Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Blindness
    Leap Finisher: Blindness
    Projectile Finisher: Life stealing
    Whirl Finsher: Leeching Bolts
  • Ethereal Field
    Ethereal Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Chaos Armor
    Leap Finisher: Chaos Armor
    Projectile Finisher: Confusion
    Whirl Finsher: Confounding Bolts
  • Fire Field
    Fire Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Might
    Leap Finisher: Fire Shield
    Projectile Finisher: Burning
    Whirl Finsher: Burning Bolts
  • Ice Field
    Ice Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Frost Aura
    Leap Finisher: Frost Aura
    Projectile Finisher: Chilled
    Whirl Finsher: Chilling Bolts
  • Light Field
    Light Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Retaliation
    Leap Finisher: Retaliation
    Projectile Finisher: Remove Condition
    Whirl Finsher: Cleansing Bolts
  • Lightning Field
    Lightning Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Swiftness
    Leap Finisher: Dazing Strike
    Projectile Finisher: Vulnerability
    Whirl Finsher: Brutal Bolts
  • Poison Field
    Poison Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Weakness
    Leap Finisher: Weakness
    Projectile Finisher: Poison
    Whirl Finsher: Poison Bolts
  • Revealed
    Revealed is an effect applied when stealth is broken, for example by entering combat or exiting a Shadow Refuge circle prematurely.
  • Smoke Field
    Smoke Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Stealth
    Leap Finisher: Stealth
    Projectile Finisher: Blindness
    Whirl Finsher: Blinding Bolts
  • Super Speed
    Activate your slick shoes, enabling you to move at superior speeds.
  • Water Field
    Water Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Healing
    Leap Finisher: Healing
    Projectile Finisher: Regeneration
    Whirl Finsher: Healing Bolts
Combo
  • Blast Finisher
    Blast Combo Effects

    Dark: Area Blindness
    Ethereal: Area Chaos Armor
    Fire: Area Might
    Ice: Area Frost Aura
    Light: Area Retaliation
    Lightning: Area Swiftness
    Poison: Area Weakness
    Smoke: Area Stealth
    Water: Area Healing
  • Leap Finisher
    Leap Combo Effects

    Dark: Blindness
    Ethereal: Chaos Armor
    Fire: Fire Shield
    Ice: Frost Aura
    Light: Retaliation
    Lightning: Dazing Strike
    Poison: Weakness
    Smoke: Stealth
    Water: Healing
  • Projectile Finisher
    Projectile Combo Effects

    Dark: Life stealing
    Ethereal: Confusion
    Fire: Burning
    Ice: Chilled
    Light: Remove Condition
    Lightning: Vulnerability
    Poison: Poison
    Smoke: Blindness
    Water: Regeneration
  • Whirl Finisher
    Whirl Combo Effects

    Dark: Leeching Bolts
    Ethereal: Confounding Bolts
    Fire: Burning Bolts
    Ice: Chilling Bolts
    Light: Cleansing Bolts
    Lightning: Brutal Bolts
    Poison: Poison Bolts
    Smoke: Blinding Bolts
    Water: Healing Bolts

IV. Runes, Sigils, Accessories & Jewels

Armor & Runes

PvP Rune of the Pack
  1. Power: 25
  2. Swiftness Duration: 10%
  3. Power: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies might, fury, and swiftness for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 20 seconds)
  5. Power: 100
  6. +20% Swiftness Duration; +125 Precision
PvP Rune of the Pack
  1. Power: 25
  2. Swiftness Duration: 10%
  3. Power: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies might, fury, and swiftness for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 20 seconds)
  5. Power: 100
  6. +20% Swiftness Duration; +125 Precision
PvP Rune of the Pack
  1. Power: 25
  2. Swiftness Duration: 10%
  3. Power: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies might, fury, and swiftness for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 20 seconds)
  5. Power: 100
  6. +20% Swiftness Duration; +125 Precision
PvP Rune of the Pack
  1. Power: 25
  2. Swiftness Duration: 10%
  3. Power: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies might, fury, and swiftness for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 20 seconds)
  5. Power: 100
  6. +20% Swiftness Duration; +125 Precision
PvP Rune of the Pack
  1. Power: 25
  2. Swiftness Duration: 10%
  3. Power: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies might, fury, and swiftness for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 20 seconds)
  5. Power: 100
  6. +20% Swiftness Duration; +125 Precision
PvP Rune of the Pack
  1. Power: 25
  2. Swiftness Duration: 10%
  3. Power: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies might, fury, and swiftness for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 20 seconds)
  5. Power: 100
  6. +20% Swiftness Duration; +125 Precision

Rune Stat Totals

  • Power 175
  • Swiftness Duration 30%
  • Precision 125

Rune Bonuses

PvP Rune of the Pack
  1. Power: 25
  2. Swiftness Duration: 10%
  3. Power: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies might, fury, and swiftness for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 20 seconds)
  5. Power: 100
  6. +20% Swiftness Duration; +125 Precision

Accessories & Jewels

Marauder's Amulet
  • Power: 1050
  • Precision: 1050
  • Vitality: 560
  • Ferocity: 560

Accessory Totals

  • Power:1050
  • Precision:1050
  • Vitality:560
  • Ferocity:560

Weapon Set Sigils

PvP Mace
  • Weapon Strength: 895-1010
PvP Focus
  • Weapon Strength: 832-883
Sigil of Superior Energy
You gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (This effect cannot trigger more than once every 9s)
Sigil of Superior Leeching
Your next attack after swapping to this weapon while in combat steals some health.

Weapon Set I

Sigil of Superior Energy

You gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (This effect cannot trigger more than once every 9s)

Sigil of Superior Leeching

Your next attack after swapping to this weapon while in combat steals some health.

PvP Greatsword
  • Weapon Strength: 995-1100
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
Sigil of Superior Energy
You gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (This effect cannot trigger more than once every 9s)
Sigil of Superior Leeching
Your next attack after swapping to this weapon while in combat steals some health.

Weapon Set II

Sigil of Superior Energy

You gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (This effect cannot trigger more than once every 9s)

PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -

Water Weapon I

Water Weapon II

Upgrade Item Details

Rune: Pack is good team support.
Sigils: Good sustain.
Amulet: For the damages.


V. Basic Gameplay

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