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#1 Brodinski

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 04:56 PM

Hi there,

I would like to level my guardian with a greatsword because it does great cleave dmg. Besides that I would play with a scepter + focus as ranged setup.

Does anyone have a good greatsword leveling build? I want to do a lot of dmg with a little bit of survivability. So my guess is to mainly specc into Zeal and Valor and some points in Honor.

It would be cool if someone could link me a good build.

#2 REALMIGUEL

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 05:07 PM

http://www.gw2build....0.10.30.10.0.20

Not all traits are really necessary, you have some kind of flexibility there. But In my opinion Protection and Retaliation are key for Guardian's surivability but i like to do some real dmg. So i choose permanent Virtue of Justice, and a trait that gives me retaliation whenever i activate it, but i can activate it all the time! according to the traits, never tested it tho.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 06:18 PM

I think zeal and honor would work well for GS. Many of your traits will depend on which utilities you may want to rely on though. Radiance and/or virtue may be worth looking into as an alternative. Not necessarily better, but worth a look.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:09 PM

You can pretty much use any build for leveling as long as you don't make stupid trait decisions.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 06:17 AM

I've found that by stacking toughness and vitality that I can pretty much use whatever weapon I want, because the passive resolve basically heals through a lot of the damage. Even on veteran mobs I can melee them and just watch resolve heal enough of the damage where I can stay up through shouts and my heal.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 02:43 PM

View PostBrodinski, on 24 August 2012 - 04:56 PM, said:

It would be cool if someone could link me a good build.
http://www.gw2build....1.10.0.20.10.30
im using this with sword n shield for champions excellent survivability and you can dish out the damage fairly well using the shouts and the shield bash thing from the sword and shield you can keep protection on yourself almost all the time and you deal plenty of aoe so u can take down mobs 5 or 6 at a time im lvl 40 right now and still going strong

tho i have heard spirit weapons work well for pve i dont really like the idea of it

#7 Robinton

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 04:53 PM

Hey,

Does anyone else have issues with the gw2build.com builds?  They never come up correctly for me at work or home.  On the links above, no traits are spent.

I use the english (En) version of this site: http://gw2skills.net/editor/  - up to date, and links to a build actually link to a build.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:06 PM

View Postblargian, on 27 August 2012 - 02:43 PM, said:

http://www.gw2build....1.10.0.20.10.30
im using this with sword n shield for champions excellent survivability and you can dish out the damage fairly well using the shouts and the shield bash thing from the sword and shield you can keep protection on yourself almost all the time and you deal plenty of aoe so u can take down mobs 5 or 6 at a time im lvl 40 right now and still going strong

tho i have heard spirit weapons work well for pve i dont really like the idea of it

Seems like a nice build to me. Not sure how viable it is as I'm a real noob at that. :P Think I'm going for similiar traitpoints. Are you using Sword+Shield/Greatsword set? It's what I use common. Sometimes I also switch to Hammer/Greatsword.

#9 blargian

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:13 PM

View PostXiner, on 27 August 2012 - 05:06 PM, said:

Seems like a nice build to me. Not sure how viable it is as I'm a real noob at that. :P Think I'm going for similiar traitpoints. Are you using Sword+Shield/Greatsword set? It's what I use common. Sometimes I also switch to Hammer/Greatsword.
ya i pretty much just use the sword n shield for champions n greatsword for everything else

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:42 AM

http://gw2skills.net...DAs6R8un9wUgxMC

Really good for soloing, but the Grandmaster Trait for Zeal is debatable. Unless ArenaNet fixes it so that +Healing would make the healing effect increase, it's gonna be pretty garbage.

If you must know, Zealous Blade is a static +25 heal per hit, no matter what. might be good if you're taking on a mob and use AoE skills, but it's really pitiful how low it is.

To be honest, the level 30 Valor grandmaster trait, where you get healed per boon you use on any allied members (including yourself), is very good. Could pretty much spike heal yourself to full health with Empower from a staff. A Mace and Shield would go best with that though, and your DPS won't compare.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:51 AM

View PostBear Storm, on 28 August 2012 - 02:42 AM, said:

http://gw2skills.net...DAs6R8un9wUgxMC

Really good for soloing, but the Grandmaster Trait for Zeal is debatable. Unless ArenaNet fixes it so that +Healing would make the healing effect increase, it's gonna be pretty garbage.

If you must know, Zealous Blade is a static +25 heal per hit, no matter what. might be good if you're taking on a mob and use AoE skills, but it's really pitiful how low it is.

To be honest, the level 30 Valor grandmaster trait, where you get healed per boon you use on any allied members (including yourself), is very good. Could pretty much spike heal yourself to full health with Empower from a staff. A Mace and Shield would go best with that though, and your DPS won't compare.

What would you suggest as a good alternative to the Staff, Since I already have a 2h weapon equipped?
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#12 Bear Storm

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:57 AM

View PostDamnLag, on 28 August 2012 - 02:51 AM, said:

What would you suggest as a good alternative to the Staff, Since I already have a 2h weapon equipped?

I only use the staff for Swiftness to increase my speed, Empower and Warding for team battles. Empower and Virtue of Justice with level 5 in Virtues more than doubles the damage of the people around you.

Alternatives are probably Sword and Shield, and you could put a little more points in Radiance to get some good Sword buffs.You'll probably want a secondary that gives you better sustainability against veterans and champions.

Edited by Bear Storm, 28 August 2012 - 02:59 AM.


#13 Trungalung

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 08:58 AM

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I use an AoE build for leveling and farming.
This is basic trait distribution using greatsword:  http://gw2skills.net...Ef4ERuA7DAsqQ8A
You want to aim for Renewed Justice (Radiance tree) right away.  That is the key of the build:  refreshing justice on every kill (even on kills that you tap only once).  It has really great synergy with Justice is Blind (AoE blind on justice activation) and Blind Exposure (vulnerability on blind).   As a side bonus, you will have a decent crit rate for spending points in Radiance tree.

Next is getting Inspired Virtue (Virtues tree), it gives you 3 mights on every Justice usage.  The regeneration and protection boons on demand are just bonus.

Finally, it's Fiery  Wrath (Zeal tree).  10% damage against burning target is perfect for this build since your targets should be on fire all the time.

After you finish the basic build, you can then spend other points on however you want them.  I recommend to spend deep into Zeal or Radiance for more upfront damage since you need to kill the targets quick to refresh your justice.  I also recommend Scepter/Torch because greatsword alone is not enough AoE damage to refresh your virtues fast enough.  So pretty much my rotation is Symbol of Wrath > Whirling Wrath > Switch Weapon > Zealot's Fire + Smite > Cleansing Flame > Smite > Switch Weapon > Symbol of Wrath > Whirling Wrath (while spamming Virtues on every kill).  Since you will take on a lot of targets, picking up Hold the Line and Save Yourselves utilities are necessary.  Smite Condition is a really good choice to add in even more AoE damage.

Since this build utilizes Virtue of Justice, I kinda refer this to my guild and friends as the Justicar build :D

This is just a repost of my build from another thread.  Recommended for leveling.

Edit:  Link fixed.

Edited by Trungalung, 28 August 2012 - 07:14 PM.


#14 Zorpen

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:08 PM

View PostTrungalung, on 28 August 2012 - 08:58 AM, said:

This is just a repost of my build from another thread.  Recommended for leveling.

What about stat distribution?

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 03:23 PM

View PostTrungalung, on 28 August 2012 - 08:58 AM, said:

This is just a repost of my build from another thread.  Recommended for leveling.
Maybe it is me, but your link shows a staff as secondary. You need a torch in your OH to get zealot's fire and cleansing flame, used with a scepter to get smite. But can you explain the combo of the two?

The main concern I have is durability with this setup, I'm seriously considering giving this build a run for general PVE and leveling. But before I reset my traits from honor/valor I'm worried about being too fragile for running around solo. I've a mix of blue and green armor and green (drop) weapons so I'm far from elite, currently level 28.

View PostZorpen, on 28 August 2012 - 01:08 PM, said:

What about stat distribution?

He's showing:
30 Zeal ( VI, X, XI)
20 Radiance (V, VIII)
5 Valor
5 Honor
10 Virtue (V)
you have to click on the hexagon when using gw2skills.net to see them :-)

Edited by Edbert, 28 August 2012 - 03:29 PM.


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 06:25 PM

View PostZorpen, on 28 August 2012 - 01:08 PM, said:

What about stat distribution?
I'd go for power and vitality while leveling. Precision is less important because you won't be using on-crit sigils and you're going to have an abysmally low crit chance until much higher level, anyway, so it's better to build power for more base damage.

Honestly, I think this holds true for almost every build for every profession at lower levels.

Edited by Itharius, 28 August 2012 - 06:26 PM.


#17 Trungalung

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 07:22 PM

View PostZorpen, on 28 August 2012 - 01:08 PM, said:

What about stat distribution?
I fixed the link.

View PostEdbert, on 28 August 2012 - 03:23 PM, said:

Maybe it is me, but your link shows a staff as secondary. You need a torch in your OH to get zealot's fire and cleansing flame, used with a scepter to get smite. But can you explain the combo of the two?

The main concern I have is durability with this setup, I'm seriously considering giving this build a run for general PVE and leveling. But before I reset my traits from honor/valor I'm worried about being too fragile for running around solo. I've a mix of blue and green armor and green (drop) weapons so I'm far from elite, currently level 28.

Link fixed :) The good part about this build is after you spend your points on the must-have traits.  You can spend others anyway you want.  If you want more survivability, you can spend points in honor/valor.  If you want to be support, get Empowering Might so you can be a boon machine.  For on-switch weapon, I recommend scepter/torch to be safe on the damage.  However, I only need that extra damage when fighting 5+ mobs.  Because my survivability is low,  that's why I took  up Save Yourselves and Hold the Line.

Edit:  On DE that's there a bunch of mobs rushing, this build is extremely fun.  You're pretty much switch to scepter and tap every single one and spam justice for your team.

Edited by Trungalung, 28 August 2012 - 07:26 PM.





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