We've put together this Guild Wars 2 Guardian guide to get you up to speed on the holy Profession of the defender in ArenaNet's massively multiplayer role playing game. This handy guide gives you all the most important info about the Guardian from Guild Wars 2 at a glance.
You Should Play A Guardian If: The Guardian is the Paladin archetype for Guild Wars 2. Although, they can be self-sufficient fighters and deal out plenty of damage while soaking up plenty themselves thanks to their heavy armor. With their passive buffs and substantial number of hit points, they have good survivability, making them a nice choice for anyone new to Guild Wars 2. If you like to be the hero of a group, supporting your allies in the thick of battle (whether that's PvE or PvP), the Guardian can't be beat.
Read on for the rest of our in-depth Guild Wars 2 Guardian guide.
How You Play A Guardian:
While the MMO holy trinity of tank, healer, DPS is all but gone in Guild Wars 2, the Guardian is still primarily designed for support. That doesn't mean you can't deal out damage or there's no point to playing a Guardian solo, or even that they're necessary to completing some of Guild Wars 2's tougher challenges, but just know that they support better than pretty much any other Profession, so people may want you to fulfill that role.
The reason a Guardian works so well as support is largely due to their unique Profession mechanic, Virtues. A Virtue grants a passive bonus to the Guardian, though it can also be activated to give a bonus to the Guardian and her allies. The Virtues are Justice, Resolve, and Courage.
Virtue of Justice
- Burn foes with every fifth attack.
- Activation (30 second cooldown): Grants burning on the next attack for the guardian and its allies.
Virtue of Resolve
- Grants Aegis (blocks next attack) every 40 seconds.
- Activation (90 second cooldown): Grants Aegis to the guardian and its allies
Virtue of Courage
- Regenerates health.
- Activation (60 second cooldown) heals the guardian and its allies
Guardian Equipment: Guardians wear heavy armor and can use quite a few weapons. It's not as much as Guild Wars 2's other Soldier Profession, the Warrior, but it's still plenty. In their main hand, Guardians can use a scepter, shield, or sword, while in their off-hand they can equip a shield, focus, or torch. They can also use two-handed weapons, those of the staff, hammer, and great sword variety.
Two-handed weapons focus more on offense, while one-handed sets (with or without an off-hand) tend to be more about support. The flavor text for Guardians make them out to be defenders above all else, but don't think you can't deal out some damage. As with most of Guild Wars 2, there's something to be said for experimentation. Try out different combos and see what fits your play style.
Guardian Traits: At level 11, and every level after, each character earns a Trait Point that can be spent to enhance their attributes. Each point that you spend will increase two primary or secondary attributes, and every 5 points unlocks either a Minor or Major trait. A Guardian's traits are divided into Zeal, Radiance, Valor, Honor, and Virtues.
- +10 Power per point
- +1 Expertise per point
- Improves symbols, spirit weapons, and conditions.
- +10 Percision per point
- +10 Malice per point
- Improves signets, blind, and various conditions.
- +10 Toughness per point
- +1 Prowess per point
- Improves blocking and meditations.
- +10 Vitality per point
- +10 Compassion per point
- Improves symbols, support, shouts, and dodges.
- +1 Concentration per point
- +1 Willpower per point
- Improves virtues, elite skills, and consecrations.
What do you think of the Guardian in Guild Wars 2 so far? I chose the Sylvari race when I made my Guardian, and I love swinging my greatsword with righteous fury against all who threaten the prosperity of life on Tyria. For the tree!
Let us know in the comments below how you've set up your Guardian's weapons, skills, and traits. Also, be sure to check out our other Guild Wars 2 guides, including our Guild Wars 2 Warrior guide, the Guild Wars 2 Mesmer Guide, the Guild Wars 2 Elementalist Guide, the Guild Wars 2 Necromancer Guide, the Guild Wars 2 Engineer Guide, the Guild Wars 2 Ranger Guide, the Guild Wars 2 Thief Guide, our Guild Wars 2 Beginners Guide and our Guild Wars 2 Beginners Tips, and stay tuned for more Guild Wars 2 guides.