Guild Wars 2 The Hero We Need

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.
Guild Wars 2 Guardian Profession Guide -- The Hero We Need
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.

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.

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