Guardians are devoted fighters who protect their allies and smite their enemies by drawing from the power of their virtues. True guardians are brilliant tacticians and selfless defenders who know when to sacrifice their own defenses to empower their allies to achieve victory.
The Guardians' unique abilities are Virtues. Virtues provide passive effects to the Guardian; when activated they provide various effects for nearby allies as well. Guardians have 3 distinct virtues which can be further augmented through traits for more powerful effects.
- Virtue of Justice - Burn foes every few attacks.
Activate: You and your allies inflict burning on the next attack.
- Virtue of Resolve - Regenerates health.
Activate: Heal yourself and nearby allies.
- Virtue of Courage - Grants aegis every few seconds.
Activate: Grant aegis to yourself and nearby allies.
The Guardian has a reputation for being the most durable profession in the game, due to their virtues and many utility and elite skills which focus on the use of boons, active defense, and protecting of allies in general.
Virtues have been said to help balance the guardian; for example, they have a lower base health than the warrior profession but compensate for this with their higher health regeneration granted by Virtue of Resolve.
Unique skill types
- Symbols — these ground-based skills inflict damage to enemies and deliver a benefit to allies. Symbols persist for a few seconds and then dissipate. All symbols provide Combo Field: Light.
- Wards — a temporary line or ring on the ground that only pushes enemies that attempt to cross it (negated by Stability).
- Spirit Weapons — summon weapons that follow the guardian and can fight or aid, while also being able to be commanded for an additional effect.
- Consecration — these abilities focus on providing condition removal, projectile defense and control for the guardian and its allies.
The guardian has five core specializations, and two elite specializations:
- Zeal — Focuses on increasing damage and applying vulnerability. Enhances greatsword, scepter, and spirit weapon skills.
- Radiance — Focuses on burning, critical hits, and retaliation. Enhances sword, torch, and signet skills.
- Valor — Focuses on blocking and toughness. Enhances focus, shield, and meditation skills.
- Honor — Focuses on dodging, healing, and protection. Enhances mace, staff, and symbol and shout skills.
- Virtues — Focuses on virtues and retaliation. Enhances hammer, consecration, and virtue skills.
- Dragonhunter — Gains access to longbows, a set of trap skills, and replaces the active virtues with ones that manifest in a physical form.
- Firebrand — Gains access to axes, a set of mantra skills, and replaces the active virtues with Tomes.
The guardian is a soldier profession and wears heavy armor.
There are twelve possible weapon sets for this profession and two weapon sets while underwater. The guardian can equip and alternate between two weapon sets during combat starting at level 10.
- Longbow — Offensive long-range weapon, used to enhance allies or burn and control enemies (Dragonhunter specialization only)
- Greatsword — Offensive melee weapon for dealing high area damage, pulling multiple foes and enhancing allies.
- Hammer — Defensive melee weapon capable of protecting allies with area damage, protection and enemy-warding.
- Staff — Supportive weapon that can be used to heal and enhance allies, or ward away enemies.
- Axe — Offensive melee weapon that can pull enemies and inflict conditions on foes. (Firebrand specialization only)
- Mace — Supportive melee weapon for healing allies and blocking attacks.
- Scepter — Offensive long-range weapon used to smite and immobilize foes.
- Sword — Balanced melee weapon with mobility and projectile defense options.
The following crafting disciplines can create items that are useful to the guardian:
- Weaponsmith — Greatswords, Hammers, Axes, Maces, Shields, Spears, Swords.
- Artificer — Foci, scepters, staves, tridents.
- Huntsman — Longbows, torches.
- Armorsmith — Heavy armor.
- Jeweler — Jewelry.
- Chef — Food.
|As a symbol of my dedication, I wear _____.|
|Conqueror's Pauldrons ("conqueror's pauldrons") — When I was young, a famed hero returning from battle stopped and gave me his pauldrons. Ever since, I've worn them as my own, and I make every attempt to live up to his legend. I too will be a conqueror.|
|Fanatic's Pauldrons ("fanatic's pauldrons") — Long ago, I determined my path, and nothing will sway me from it. I'm stalwart in my beliefs and immovable in my loyalties. The weight of my pauldrons reminds me of the burden I carry.|
|Visionary's Helm ("a visionary's helm") — Tyria is bigger than we know and filled with mystery. This helm is open, allowing me to see with clarity. With it, I will seek out the world's greater truths that others fear to explore.|
With the turmoil in Elona and the spread of the Order of Whispers into other lands, more Paragon teaching showed elsewhere in Tyria. These teachings melded with other traditions, and over time, the guardians and their abilities can be found throughout the world and among all the races. They are not tied to a particular race, philosophy, or group of gods but rather to a larger concept of proactive defense, of taking the fight to a foe and protecting those you fight alongside while appealing equally to humanity's defensive nature and the charr's desire to rule the battlefield.
It's a pile of Elonian protection magic, mixed with a little monk training, wrapped up in some crazy ritualist hoo-ha from Cantha. A real grab bag of "you can't hurt me". They're called guardians, and simply put, they mean trouble.
- The guardian was previewed under this image until its unveiling on the 27th January 2011.
- The guardian was widely known among fans as "Blue Mace Lady" (or simply "BML") prior to being revealed, due to this concept art.
- The guardian was the first profession unveiled that is not present in the original Guild Wars.
- It borrows themes from a couple of the Guild Wars professions. Many of their skills share names with those used by the monk profession in Guild Wars, such as the Healing Prayers, Protection Prayers, and Smiting Prayers skills. The paragon was a heavily armored profession which also focused on party-wide buffs.
- During early development the guardian had less magical ability and was called a "knight". As the other professions became more defined, the guardian received more magical type abilities, pulling in aspects of the Guild Wars monk and paragon professions.
- Guardian on the official website.
- ^ Forum post, Martin Kerstein, Guild Wars 2 Guru
- ^ a b Massively's interview with Jeff Grubb and Eric Flannum, Massively