This Guild Wars 2 Guardian build takes advantage of burning conditions and spirit weapons to do damage. You are going to hear a lot about burning Guardian builds and this is one way to go about making one. We increase condition duration and condition damage as much as we can by focusing on the Zeal and Radiance trait lines. Burning conditions are applied when we use our weapon set, Scepter and Torch, and any of our utilities. Normally spirit weapons do not apply burning conditions but that’s what makes this build so special.
As we mentioned in the intro we are going to be using the Scepter and Torch for our weapon set. These will apply the burning conditions we are focused on using for this build. Along with the burning conditions this weapon set gives us an Immobilize condition which is crucial in PvP.
For your heal skill I would pick up shelter since it also serves a dual purpose of blocking incoming attacks while the others don’t. There is no specific heal that will benefit this build so you can choose whichever you prefer for this one.
The first utiliy skill you should pick up is Purging Flames which applies burning conditons to everyone around you. This serves a dual purpose of also removing conditions from your allies. Next pick up Hammer of Wisdom and Sword of Justice, these are both spirit weapons and will apply burning conditions after we choose our traits.
Finally for your elite skill pick up the offensive ability Tome of Wrath. This is your most powerful spell so use it when you need that extra boost to take someone out.
Like we mentioned in the intro the trait lines that will benefit this build the most are the Zeal and Radiance trait lines. For that reason we will max both of these out to 30 giving us the maximum bonus to condition duration and damage. Let’s start with Zeal which will boost power, condition duration and our spirit weapons greatly. First pick up Spirit Weapon Mastery which reduces the spirit weapons recharge by 20%. Next pick up Eternal Spirit which stops the spirit weapons from being destroyed when you command them to attack a specific location. Last pick up Wrathful Spirits which increases spirit weapon damage by 10%.
In the Radiance trait line pick up Inner Fire which grants you fury every time you are lit on fire. Next pick up a Fire Inside which makes your spirit weapons cause burning. Last in this line pick up Right Handed Strength which increases your critical hit chance with one handed weapons by 15%.
The last 10 points are going to be spent in the Virtues trait line, specifically to pick up Improved Spirit Weapon Duration which makes your spirit weapons last 20% longer. And that’s a great way to finish off the traits I think.
When you are playing this Burning Guardian build you are going to have to keep the burning conditions on your enemy at all times. That will come pretty naturally as you play but your real advantage comes with your utility skills, specifically the spirit weapons. After choosing our traits they now last longer, will not be destroyed when we command them and best of all they apply burning conditions. So when you call out your spirit weapons keep on using them just like any other ability on a cool down. Every time its up command it to attack that area again. Also don’t neglect your basic mechanics that should be used with all builds. Enjoy this build and leave our questions or comments below!