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#1 CheeseTime


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:21 PM

So I have my elementalist character. I've taken him up to level 25 and I'm starting to have troubles with even small things like killing stuff! I've found that every fight is becoming a fight to the death, and sometimes I die from about two blows from one monster. I'm lucky if I manage to take down two or three at a time. This may be because I'm terrible at dodging, or usually end up standing in one place for a fight (and my trouble is probably just because I'm bad at playing such a fragile class). I have been told by my friends that their Warrior characters are able to take on mobs much more easily, and I think that I want to switch.
Thief so far looks most appealing to me, I hear that it does a lot of damage in a short time, and I love the look of stealth to always be able to get away.
On the other hand, I hear that a necromancer is hard to kill. That's pretty much what I want out of a class.
So I humbly ask you, who are knowledgable in the ways of guild wars 2, what solo class should I pick that is relatively easy to play, or at least will not die without a good fight!!
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#2 SesimieStreetFighter


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:33 PM

I'm a LvL 25 Ranger.....and i'm taking down 4 mobs( at my Level) at a time with my polar bear and raven.....

I went Toughness and Condiition removal Traits (Wilderness Survival) and Pet survival (Beastmastery)

so long as i stay mobile I'm very tough to kill...
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#3 LifeScarcity


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:48 PM

First of all, you must practice your dodging.EVERY class needs it no matter what.Some have blocking but anyways ^_^
Secondly,range classes always have a advantage when comes to PvE.If you take your distance you are safe,if not because you are rather squishy you end up dead.By the way ,have you tried different variations of utility skills/triats/weapons?
For instance,I use dagger as main weapon for damage and pistol as secondary for blind/daze.Others might go dual dagger for extra venom/stealth etc.The combinations that suits to your playstyle,those are the most powerful for you.I have tried many different builds from sites but nothing suits me best than my own.So before drawing a final conclusion,take your time and expirement with your character.In my opinion,rerolling due to difficulties in PvE is kinda silly :P
If you don't like your character then go ahead but first mess around with him.That's GW2 :messing & guessing :D
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#4 Alemoot


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:03 PM

Necromancers are very durable but that durability takes work. You need to manage your death shroud and take advantage of your control options in order to really make the most of your survivability. I would male sure you get the hang of dodging before making the jump to necromancer. Warrior and guardian are both very survivable as well and might be a little easier to pick up. All in all though, the best advice anyone can give you is to get in the habit of moving and dodging. Mobility or death.
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#5 IsThisNameTaken


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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:43 AM

As other have said, I would practice dodging attacsks; especially those that look like they might hurt :P

Here's a guide on YouTube on strafe circling. My survivability increased dramatically after doing that while combat. While I used to have trouble taking out two mobs at a time, I could now take out a Vetran plus adds as an Elementalist :)

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#6 ninja_sloth


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Posted 02 September 2012 - 06:18 PM

Here's a guide on YouTube on strafe circling. My survivability increased dramatically after doing that while combat. While I used to have trouble taking out two mobs at a time, I could now take out a Vetran plus adds as an Elementalist :)

This is fantastic. I was having the exact same problem as OP, and thinking of switching to a Warrior for increased survivability. This has helped a lot. I'm still having difficulties (mainly since I'm not a native PC gamer), but this has dragged me off the road to frustration and given me hope that I can get the hang of this. Eventually...
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#7 Broadhead


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Posted 02 September 2012 - 06:22 PM

all of those are nice suggestions but if you want easy mode solo pve just roll ranger...get a bear till you can get some points into beastmaster and then grab a cat or wolf or something that can put out some dmg and then never look back...Ranger is by far the best solo pve class in game right now...it really is not even close, no but or what ifs...ranger is the best...dungeons and pvp could be a different story...
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