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#1 Casboof

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 04:16 PM

Hello everyone I recently got back into GW after a long hiatus. Unfortunately, in my absence my account was hacked and banned. I explained the situation to Anet and they gave me my account back. But whoever played on my Warrior decided to level him to 80 lol. So basically I have a level 80 Warrior I am not sure how to really play. I keep hearing people throw around the word “Zerker” but I don’t really know what it means.
I don’t really know what I should be doing on this character because I was just plopped back into the game with like 25g and 320k karma. I would like to properly spec my Warrior for endgame stuff but I am unfamiliar with how to go about this. Some fellow guild members just keep telling me to do CoF path 1 until I get the gear but I wanted more opinions so I came here. Any advice guys?

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#2 Fantasy Trope

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:05 PM

Actually, it might be worth leveling up a new warrior, both in terms of experiencing content and learning your class.  You can craft some levels fairly easily if you want to get back to where you left off or skip some of the generally dead mid-zones.

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:16 PM

Berserker gear is definitely gear you want, but you may not be ready for it just yet. I started with Knight's gear for my war at 80, as it provides decent defense with an emphasis on damage. In regards to getting that gear, it might help to do map completion or join "zergs" (huge groups of players farming events) so you can get a better feel for your War.

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:29 PM

I agree with Trope. I would reroll a new alt. It wouldn't have to be a warrior, but it would give you an idea of everything you have missed between low level and level 80. What you learn on another class will help you with your warrior.

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 12:14 AM

With your 25g, you can go on the trading post and buy all 6 peices of exotic(orange) berserker armor (head, shoulders, chest, gloves, legs, boots). Berserker armor has the stats 'Power', 'Precision' and 'Critical Damage'. Just make sure to put in buy orders(otherwise known as 'place custom offer') as they are a gold or so cheaper(each). Just click the beige writting on the left side that says "place a custom offer" and outbid what ever the highest offer is (just one copper higher is enough).
The armor on the trading post is called "Berserker's Draconic", make sure you get the heavy (plate) gear though :P
If you don't want to use your gold, you can instead buy masterwork (green) berserker armor for a few silver a piece. Point is, you need to gear yourself properly for a start.
Regardless, press 'O' to bring up the trading post screen, go to the third tab down (called 'Trading Post') and enter the word "berserker" in the search field and set the filter to 'Category: armor', 'Rarity: Exotic' (or masterwork), and 'Level Range: 80 to 80'.

Then buy masterwork (green) weapons and jewerly from the trading post. Get either Knight's (Toughness, power, precision), or soldiers (power, toughness, vitality) for all of that, depending on how much tankiness you want. As someone new, the extra defensive stats will help keep you alive. For weapons, I would suggest getting all of the following: longbow (or rifle), Greatsword, Axe (or sword) and shield. These will off you a nice variety of thing that will cover every situation you might run into. Alternatively, you can just grab what ever you find fun.

Then you can do dungeons, which will get you both gold (to buy new jewelery) and tokens (to buy weapons), and start replacing your masterwork(greens) with exotics(oranges). By the time you start replacing your gear, you'll probably feel more comfortable with the class and can replace the greens with berserker gear. You might want to spend some time playing in the open world doing w.e before going into a dungeon though.
There are other ways to get gear, such as crafting it yourself, WvW tokens, random drops, etc, but this is probably most straight forwards.


The others bring up a good point as well, keeping the warrior but starting a new character might be a good idea to get used to the game. Otherwise, if you just want to play your 80 warrior and are relatively comfortable, then you can of course just do that. Try to do map completion or join zergs to get a bit of extra currency(don't forget to gather!) and playtime experience before jumping into dungeons though.

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 04:48 AM

You can only do CoF P1 once a day. Not only that, Cof is about learning CoF, not the warrior: when you'll play it you need to know where to run, where to hide, ... For a new guy, that can be overwhelming without having to learn the class also.

Now, if you feel comfortable with the visuals of your warrior (I am guessing it is a manly charr, because otherwise, delete the freaking waste of everyone's time :P), I would suggest you go to Queensdale and join the champion train: basically you'll portal around the map, killing champions and you'll be doing that with a bunch of other guys. While you wait for the next champ to pop, fight the foes around you. That should bring in some decent gold and teach you some basics about the class. Plus, gearing up isn't that important in these zergs so you can probably just use the gear you have now.

#7 Casboof

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 05:37 PM

Actually I played 1-65 as a Warrior but whoever played on my account during my absence did the last 15 levels for me as well as discovering all the waypoints in the game. So I have an idea of how to play a Warrior but being dropped off as a level 80 is just confusing. Everyone seems to know how to make money and what all the terms mean whereas I had no trouble casually playing to 65. I have masterwork armor but somehow I got karma legs from Orr so I guess I should probably buy the armor of the TP and play around before I jump into dungeons

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:34 PM

Not sure if I got this right.. let me paraphrase. You had a level 65 warrior on your account that you lost to someone. You got the account back and found that your lvl 65 warrior is now lvl 80. Your masterwork armor cladded warrior has all the waypoints unlocked and has 25g and 320k karma? lol not bad. Looks like a gold seller gave up on the business and went to some other game.

I'd just use that 320k karma and buy Power, Vita, Toughness Armor from the Orr temples. And level weaponsmithing to 400 to get some greatsword and axes. You can do the Scarlet invasion events and make a lot of money and mats to craft yourself some armor if you level up armorsmithing to 400.

You will be fine running COF P1 w/ Power/Vita/Toughness Armor. Just go with a group that does not look for gear and stuff. You will be fine and won't die. Just learn as you go.

For grouping check out gw2lfg.com
For tips and guide check out dulfy.net

And you will be all set. GL.

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:48 PM

Not sure why you would need to make an alt to "learn" to play.

Just take your level 80 warrior into low levels of the game.... much easier than playing a low level character.

Keep going into higher level areas as you get more comfortable.  That's what I would do anyway...

Mostly, have fun!

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 07:16 PM

Lots of good suggestions here.
The zerker armor is all about damage and may be the gear you strive for once you master the warrior.
As you get accustom to playing again, learn the dungeons some and familiarize yourself with a few builds, the AC armor or the karma armor with Vit, Tuff and Power may be the best 1st set exotic gear you get.

I would never make another warrior just to learn that one as the game down-levels you to the zone's level.
In fact, my past 3 level 80 toons I leveled from 10-80 with all crafting. Then geared them, then played with them, I loved it.
Good luck and Have Fun!

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 07:38 PM

View PostMordakai, on 29 August 2013 - 06:48 PM, said:

Not sure why you would need to make an alt to "learn" to play.

Just take your level 80 warrior into low levels of the game.... much easier than playing a low level character.

Keep going into higher level areas as you get more comfortable.  That's what I would do anyway...

Mostly, have fun!

This is the best suggestion if you need to "learn how to play" again.  It is what I did when I came back a couple months ago after a long hiatus and needed to get the hang of skills and play around a bit.  Hit up the starter zones and just run around doing events.  You still get some reward for doing it, can complete daily achievements, and all that jazz while getting your wind once more!

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#12 Casboof

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 01:48 AM

Hey I just wanted to say thanks guys! I bought some Berserker armor off the trading post and did a couple of dungeons runs both Story and Explorable. I decided to save my karma for my Guardian who is leveling up pretty quick. Joined a guild that is pretty friendly to noobies lol and started leveling up my weaponsmithing. Thanks again all :D

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 06:35 AM

View Posttakarazuka, on 29 August 2013 - 07:38 PM, said:


This is the best suggestion if you need to "learn how to play" again.  It is what I did when I came back a couple months ago after a long hiatus and needed to get the hang of skills and play around a bit.  Hit up the starter zones and just run around doing events.  You still get some reward for doing it, can complete daily achievements, and all that jazz while getting your wind once more!

Agreed.
I did the same after almost a year break on a lvl 80 elementalist. Still feel a bit clunky with it though.
And massively intimidated by all the new dungeons, activities and other stuff that has been added to the game while I was gone.
Btw. what is concidered "daily activity" these days? I've tried to complete daily achivements but it seems that events (like "escort XXX to YYY", or "defend something against someone") are not counted as a "daily activity"?

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 08:28 AM

Good advise in this thread. If I may add, in terms of weapon choices, consider using an axe mainhand (superior auto-attack damage), mace offhand (for control using the knockdown on Tremor), with greatsword on a swap (swap for a Hundred Blades and an attack or two before going back to your axe/mace setup, assuming you trait at least 15 points into Discipline to get Fast Hands). In your inventory, keep a rifle or a longbow for the times you need to go ranged. All exotic Berserker's stats of course. Check up the PvE warrior forums on build suggestions where you can also read up about the allocation of trait points.

Ascended weapons and armor are on the way in but they may take an excessive period of time to craft, during which time you need a set for the moment, and exotic gear is definitely not too difficult to buy or craft.

Edited by Bloggi, 30 August 2013 - 08:28 AM.


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Posted 30 August 2013 - 01:51 PM

View PostNuratar, on 30 August 2013 - 06:35 AM, said:

Btw. what is concidered "daily activity" these days? I've tried to complete daily achivements but it seems that events (like "escort XXX to YYY", or "defend something against someone") are not counted as a "daily activity"?

Go to Lion's Arch and you will see NPCs on the map marked with crossed flags. Every day it's a different event like Crab Toss, Belcher's Bluff, etc.  You can see the activities in your achievements panel.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 02:04 PM

View Posttakarazuka, on 30 August 2013 - 01:51 PM, said:

Go to Lion's Arch and you will see NPCs on the map marked with crossed flags. Every day it's a different event like Crab Toss, Belcher's Bluff, etc.  You can see the activities in your achievements panel.

Thank you.So it did change. Strange thing is, non of the local events count towards any daily achivement (before I left it did so) - or at least they did not for me.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 02:22 PM

Not sure what you mean by "local events". Sometimes there are no daily achievements for doing zone events (rare but I have seen it) so you have to go through your daily achievement list and see what all it has available.  Also, make sure you are in the right region for them.

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 09:20 PM

View PostCasboof, on 28 August 2013 - 04:16 PM, said:

Hello everyone I recently got back into GW after a long hiatus. Unfortunately, in my absence my account was hacked and banned. I explained the situation to Anet and they gave me my account back. But whoever played on my Warrior decided to level him to 80 lol. So basically I have a level 80 Warrior I am not sure how to really play. I keep hearing people throw around the word “Zerker” but I don’t really know what it means.
I don’t really know what I should be doing on this character because I was just plopped back into the game with like 25g and 320k karma. I would like to properly spec my Warrior for endgame stuff but I am unfamiliar with how to go about this. Some fellow guild members just keep telling me to do CoF path 1 until I get the gear but I wanted more opinions so I came here. Any advice guys?


Don't worry too much about not knowing your class. You can go back as a level 80 and do a lot of the zones you missed and you will be downleveled enough that many of them will still be challenging. As you do these zones you will learn the class. Orr is a good place to work on your skills which is still pretty challenging for the uninitiated. If you get full Berzerker gear, that is great for damage but weak on defense, so you may die a lot more learning your class than otherwise. A good compromise with Berzerker gear is Runes of the soldier, which give you a lot of vitality and toughness that you otherwise missed with getting Berzerker gear and allow your shouts to remove one condition (the Shout called "Shake it off" which removes one condition normally will remove two conditions when you have these runes on, and will do so for your immediate allies as well).

The problem with "Zerker" gear is in WvW if you plan on playing as a front line fighter you tend to get vaporized pretty quick in Zerker gear. You may have to play more towards the rear and use your bow or rifle and then use greatsword against individual players who penetrate the line until you learn your class better. Some people prefer Berzerker gear in dungeons and for some groups wont take you in CoF runs if you don't have it. The advice to use Knights may be preferable nonetheless until you get good at the class.

As a side note, read up about "champ farming" or ask people in your guild about it. This is a tedious but good way of making money in the game right now and after a few hours of this you may find you have a few rares and exotics you can use for gear as well as the money to buy more. You just run around in Frostgorge Sound (a zone you should do if your previous owner hasn't done it yet) and kill champions for good loot and money.




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