User:Ruine Eternelle/Game analysis
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Why play Guild Wars 2 ?
This is probably the most important question to ask, and there is no clear answer. What is the goal of this game ? All depends on what attracts the player, i.e. what attracts you. Is it Curiosity for the game ? Appetite for challenge ? Attraction to online community ? Thrill of completion ? The feeling of power that games bring ? A mix of all this ? Some jumping puzzles also offer interesting enigmas, though there are games more suited for that. All in all, be it personal story, discovery of lore, exploration, PvP competition, PvE cooperation, or collection (of miniatures, skins, etc.), the activities you will do actually depend on your own answer to this question, even if you haven't expressed it yet.
How to win in Guild Wars ?
Now most of the time, you'll encounter foes (or opposing players in PvP), which you must kill in order to get what you want. Killing foes is an unavoidable feature (unless you plan to only trade or chill around talking with people, in which case you don't really need a guide).
If we consider only PvE and dungeons, you will encounter different types of hostile creatures whose sole purpose is to kill you. Against them, you only have but two choices : escape them or block them so that they let you pass unhindered (faster and easier when exploring or doing jumping puzzles), or kill them - before they kill you. In this section I will focus on the second part, which is the most difficult one : "Kill before getting killed". The formula has two parts : "kill" and "not getting killed"="survive". Those two parts are not independent, but have a common feature which is "control", part of the first or second part depending on the situation.
- 1 General condition of winning : Kill before getting killed
- 1.1 Kill
- 1.2 Survive
- 1.3 Position control
- 2 Application in the game: Professions (and races)
- 2.1 General
- 2.2 Mesmer
- 2.3 Elementalist
- 2.4 Guardian
- 2.5 Necromancer
- 2.6 Thief
- 2.7 Warrior
- 2.8 Ranger
- 2.9 Revenant
- 2.10 Engineer
General condition of winning : Kill before getting killed
Damage done = (Critical hit factor)*(Weapon strength) * Power * (skill-specific coefficient) / (target's Armor)
The critical hit factor is meant to reflect 4% of hits (by default), which deal at least 150% of the normal damage. Precision governs the frequency of critical hits while Ferocity increase even further their damage. As a result :
Average damage done = (1+(4+DPrecision/21)*(250+Ferocity/15)/10000)*(Weapon strength) * Power * (skill-specific coefficient) / (target's Armor)
With DPrecision being the additional Precision of the character, i.e. substracting the 1000 base precision at level 80. To increase one's damage, we can play on those parameters : Weapon strength and skills (both depends on the weapon), Power, Ferocity, Precision and target's Armor.
Listed on the weapon's tooltip. The higher the quality (and level) of the weapon, the higher its Weapon Strength.
Weapon strength is determined with a random (uniform distribution) number in a range min - max of the weapon stats and depends on the weapon associated with the skill. Utility and Elite skills are not affected by weapon strength. The weapon strength is fixed for the duration of the skill, in particular pulsing aoes and channeled skills.
For a details of weapon strengths, see below (section User:Ruine_Eternelle/Game_analysis#Application in the game: Professions (and races)). Weapon strength is approximatively 1000, with as low as 900 and as high as 1150 on average.
For the same level requirement, strength improves with the grade of weapon rarity.
|Rarity|| Strength (level 80 sword
stats used for comparison)
| Increase (above
|Attributes (Berserker)|| Increase (above|
|Basic||551 – 609||n/a||54 Power, 52 Precision, 52 Ferocity||n/a|
|Fine||690 – 762||25%||91 Power, 65 Precision, 65 Ferocity||40%|
|Masterwork||745 – 823||8%||98 Power, 70 Precision, 70 Ferocity||7.7%|
|Rare||802 – 886||7.65%||106 Power, 75 Precision, 75 Ferocity||7.5%|
|Exotic||905 – 1000||12.85%||120 Power, 85 Precision, 85 Ferocity||13.3%|
|Ascended||950 – 1050||5% *||125 Power, 90 Precision, 90 Ferocity||5.2% *|
|Legendary||950 – 1050||0% *||125 Power, 90 Precision, 90 Ferocity||0% *|
(*) Before infusion.
At level 80, all professions have a base 1000 power. In almost all cases, raising power is the most efficient way to increase direct damage. Might increases power (at level 80, 30/stack, up to 25 stacks which is 750).
- Skills that increase power :
- Traits that increase power :
- Empower Allies (+150 power to nearby allies)
- Armored Attack (10% of toughness is given as a bonus to power)
- Deadly Strength (7% of toughness is given as a bonus to power, doubles while in shroud)
- Empowering Flame (+150 power while attuned to fire)
Utility skills that increases Ferocity are :
Traits that increase Ferocity are :
- Retributive Armor - Gain toughness for a period of time when blocking an attack. Gain ferocity based on your toughness. (7% of toughness is given as a bonus to ferocity)
- Axe Mastery - Gain ferocity. Gain additional ferocity for each axe you are wielding. Axe skills gain reduced recharge and grant adrenaline when critically striking.
- Honed Axes - Gain ferocity. Axe skills gain reduced recharge, and you gain additional ferocity while wielding an axe. Winter's Bite now impacts an area.
- Elemental Surge - Arcane skills gain reduced recharge, grant increased ferocity, and inflict a condition based on your attunement.
- Fencer's Finesse - Gain a stacking ferocity effect when you or one of your illusions strikes with a one-handed sword or a spear. Reduces recharge on sword and spear skills.
- Practiced Tolerance - Gain ferocity based on your precision.
- No Quarter - Landing a critical hit while under the effects of fury increases the duration of fury. Gain increased ferocity while under the effects of fury.
Precision increases the chance to land critical hits. At level 80, the formula relating Precision to Critical Chance is : Critical Chance = (Precision - 916) / 21
In other words, Critical Chance increases by 1% for every 21 Precision. Since the minimum value of Precision at level 80 is 1000, this means the minimum Critical Chance at level 80 is 4.0%. It also follows that 3016 precision is enough to reach the cap of 100% crit chance. This does not take into account flat critical chance effects such as fury and Sigil of Accuracy.
Utility skills that increase precision are :
- Banner of Discipline
- Signet of Fury
- Signet of Agility
- Conjure Lightning Hammer (while wielding Lightning Hammer)
- Signet of Fire
Traits that increase precision are :
- Signet Mastery (Stacking 1 minute +100 precision buff on signet use)
- Spotter (+150 to nearby allies)
- Aeromancer's Training (+190 while attuned to air)
Vulnerability increases direct damage on a target ( 1% for each stack, up to a maximum of 25 times ~ 25%).
Conditions deal fixed (armor-ignoring) damage over time. The damage is proportional to the number of times the condition has been applied (the damage stacks), is increased by a stat called Condition Damage, and lasts depending on the Condition Duration stat. Conditions are often inflicted on hit, meaning there is also pure damage involved.
Condition Damage is a secondary attribute that improves the damage dealt by conditions your character inflicts. Condition damage will update per tick according to the source character's stats. The boon might increases condition damage.
Skills that increase condition damage :
- Signet of Wrath
- Banner of Strength
- Conjure Flame Axe (while wielding Conjured Flame)
- Signet of Domination
- Conjure Fiery Greatsword (while wielding Fiery Greatsword)
Traits that increase condition damage :
- Kindled Zeal — Gain condition damage based on your power.
- Deep Strikes — Gain condition damage when you have fury.
- Pinpoint Distribution — Increases condition damage on nearby allies.
- Ambidexterity — Gain condition damage. Gain additional condition damage while wielding a torch or dagger. Torch and Dagger skills recharge faster.
- Power Overwhelming — While at or above the might threshold, gain increased power. Power bonuses are doubled while attuned to fire.
- Strength of Stone — Gain condition damage based on your toughness. Inflict bleeding when you immobilize a foe. Bleeding can only occur on the same target once per interval.
- Chaotic Transference — Gain condition damage based on your toughness. Gain expertise based on your concentration.
- Target the Weak — Increases critical-hit chance for each condition on your foe. Gain condition damage based on your precision.
- Lingering Curse — While wielding a scepter, your condition damage is increased. Conditions inflicted by scepter skills have increased durations, and Feast of Corruption becomes Devouring Darkness.
Condition Duration is a secondary attribute that improves the duration of all conditions inflicted by the character, including self-inflicted conditions. Every 15 points of Expertise seems to add 1% to condition duration.
Skills that increase condition duration are :
- Conjure Frost Bow - (while wielding Ice Bow)
- Signet of Midnight - Signet Passive: Improves expertise. Signet Active: Blind nearby foes and stealth yourself.
Traits that increase condition duration are (To see the traits which relate to a specific condition, refer to the page on that condition. The following is a list of traits related to non-specific conditions) :
- Lingering Curse - While wielding a scepter, your condition damage is increased. Conditions inflicted by scepter skills have increased durations, and Feast of Corruption becomes Devouring Darkness.
- Trapper's Expertise - Boons and conditions caused by traps last longer. Traps recharge faster and offensive ones cause cripple.
- Chaotic Persistence - Outgoing boon and condition duration increase for every boon on you.
- Chemical Rounds - Your pistol skills have increased condition duration.
Conditions and their damage per second at level 80:
|Bleeding||22 + 0,06 * Condition Damage|
|Poison||33.5 + 0.06 * Condition Damage|
|Burning||131,5 + 0,155 * Condition Damage|
|Confusion||10 + 0.035 * Condition Damage (also deals 49,5+0.0625 * Condition Damage per skill the target uses)|
|Fear||296+0,27 * Condition Damage (+148+0,13*Condition Damage if target is suffering from another condition)|
|Torment||15.9+ 0.045 * Condition Damage (x2 if target is moving)|
|Chilled||194 + 0,16 * Condition Damage (+ 96 + 0,08 * Condition Damage if target's health is below 50%)|
Bleeding is very frequent.
Poison is frequent. It reduces healing's effectiveness by 33%.
Burning is frequent.
Torment is rare. Synergy with Fear and movement-control to cause the foe to move.
A cure skill will remove all stacks of any damage-dealing condition + some foes are immune to certain conditions, making builds relying on one specific condition sometimes inefficient.
Reducing incoming damage
Other effects which reduce damage
- Protection decreases the damage received by 33%.
- Glancing blows, as caused by either level difference or weakness, only do 50% of regular damage.
- blind causes miss.
- blocking, dodgeing or evading.
- Being out of range of the attack (some attacks have greater reach than their skill tooltip indicates, e.g. projectiles with high arc).
- Being obstructed by terrain, structures or objects.
- Being invulnerable.
Healing incoming damage
Every character has a healing skill, which is (according to the Healing page) "the most important source of healing". The Healing Power attribute directly increases linearly the effectiveness of most outgoing and self-healing. The regeneration boon, while not counting as "healing" in terms of other effects (e.g. Sigil of Benevolence), replenishes health over time. Each point of Healing Power adds 0.125 healing for Regeneration and 0.06 healing for Rejuvenation. The Poison and Agony conditions causes healing to be respectively 33% and ~50% less effective (the poison note can go to the Kill section), as well as the Mistlock Instability: Social Awkwardness.
Total healing done = (mechanic-specific base healing) + (Healing Power) * (mechanic-specific coefficient)
It seems like the most appropriate professions for party-wide healing are guardian (with Virtue of Resolve primarly, but also honor and to a lesser extent valor and zeal), Water Magic elementalist, Med Kit engineer. Ranger has some skills and Spirit of Nature, the Druid specialization probably will be more focused around healing. Professions with a good self-healing seems to be necromancers (due to lifesteal) and thieves.
- Refer to the Healing page for more
Life stealing skills
- Again, refer to the appropriate page. Life stealing is mainly a necromancer mechanism, and rather an undevelopped one since less than 10 skills and traits are concerned
See Condition#Related skills for a complete list of condition removal skills. Each profession has access to traits and skills to remove conditions.
Those effects do not deal damage on their own nor do they heal or cure, but allow one to either attack a fleeing foe or escape a threat. Not all are effective against all opponents, since some foes carry Defiant. Most can be used during jumping puzzles or panorama reaching. Please note that hit and run strategies are useless : foes recover all their health extremely quickly (+100pips of health regeneration or so) if their attacker leaves the area.
Teleport (and Shadow step)
Mesmers and Assassins have an edge over other classes due to their ability to instantly cover distances without getting hindered. Mesmers also have the ability to create portals (if working with a team or to shorten fails).
Speed Boosts and Snares
Speed boost can allow to catch a fleeing opponent (such as those affected by fear) or escape foes. As said above, Warhorns always have a speed boost skill, which make them one of the most interesting weapons for that purpose.
Snares such as Slow, Immobile, Crippled, Chill, Stun can likewise be used for offense or defense.
Knock downs, daze and gravity
Knockback, Launch can be used to hinder a foe on a rampage (useful for defense mainly, but also if your weapon deals more damage at high range), while Pull and Taunt can prevent a foe from moving away and/or closening the distance between a foe and you (useful for offense). Float and Sink depends on your position and are underwater anyway.
Daze and Knockdown can prevent a foe from using any skill, be it for defense or offense.
Application in the game: Professions (and races)
Racial skills seems not to be used.
No skill is common to two professions. Professions each have their own way of being played and their own weapon skills sets. This includes the profession mechanic (actually additional skills that can be used with the 10 skills already available), the specializations (one of which is kind of a primary specialization since it boosts profession mechanic skills) roughly like the primary attribute and primary skills in Guild Wars). An elite specialization is also available for those having HoT, powering up the game mechanism and allowing to use a new weapon if one invests in it.
About defensive/offensive strategies in Guild Wars 2 : most skills are meant for offense. A few skills provide healing, and even fewer provide AoE healing, while few skills provide damage reduction, all the while being not enough to outheal most damage. This means that most of the time one must focus on damage and use blind/block/dodge/evade/stun/daze to negate damage.
Maximum armor and health
|Armor at level 80||Ascended armor|
|Heavy : Guardian, Warrior, Revenant||1271|
|Medium : Thief,Engineer, Ranger,||1118|
|Light : Elementalist, Necromancer, Mesmer,||967|
|Health at level 80||Level 80 + Vitality|
|Engineer, Ranger, Mesmer, Revenant||15,922|
|Guardian, Thief, Elementalist||11,645|
|Weapon|| Weapon Strength
(Armor if shield)
|Main hand only||Scepter|| 1000
|Off-hand only||Focus|| 900
|Short bow|| 1000
|Aquatic||Harpoon gun|| 1000
|Number of usable weapons||None||None||11||7||11||4||10||6||5||9||8|
|Number of weapon skills 1||None||None||40||25||49||17(47)||39||37||80(105)||34||30(35)|
- 11 The profession can use this one-handed weapon in either hand or both hands simultaneously.
- 10 The profession can only use this one-handed weapon in the main hand.
- 01 The profession can only use this one-handed weapon in the off hand.
- 1 The profession can use this main hand only, off-hand only, two-handed, or aquatic weapon.
- 0 and 00 The profession cannot use this weapon.
- 1 An elite specialization must be equipped to use this weapon.
- 1 Chains and sequence skills are counted as one skill. The number in () includes Conjure, Death Shroud, Device kit and Weapon kit skills respectively. The number in  includes dual wield skills with no off-hand equipped.
- 2 Range depends on the skill.
|Conjure Earth Shield||4||¾||60||Conjure. Manifest a magnetic shield in your hands and at the target location. Wielders of the weapon gain increased toughness and vitality.|
|Conjure Flame Axe||2||¼||60||Conjure. Manifest a lava axe in your hands and at the target location. Wielders of the weapon gain increased power and condition damage.|
|Conjure Frost Bow||4||¼||60||Conjure. Manifest a frost bow in your hands and at the target location. Wielders of the weapon gain increased condition duration and healing power.|
|Conjure Lightning Hammer||3||¾||60||Conjure. Manifest a lightning hammer in your hands and at the target location. Wielders of the weapon gain increased precision and ferocity.|
|Conjure Fiery Greatsword||9||1||180||Conjure. Manifest a fiery greatsword in your hands and at the target location. When it lands, it damages and burns foes. Wielders of this weapon gain increased power and condition damage and cast Lesser Fiery Eruption at regular intervals on random enemies.|
There are a total of ~120 weapon skill sets : 98 weapon skill sets + 9 specialization weapon skill set (+1 with reaper's shroud)+ 5 conjured weapon skills sets (elementalist mainly, but can be picked up by another ally) + 7 weapon/device kits (engineer only). Transforms are not viable due to their recharge.
Mesmers are the pride of arenanet, their own and special profession. Mesmers have always been blessed with extremely interesting features.
The mesmer mechanic skills allow them to destroy its illusions (clones or phantasms, created by skills) to damage, confuse (condition damage), daze or get Distortion (i.e. Invulnerability), or in the case of Chronomancers, to revert back health, endurance and cooldown to that of a previous state.
- Domination improves daze, interrupts, vulnerability, shatter, signets and illusions. Greatsword
- Dueling improves critical hits, illusions (especically phantasms), interrupt, dodge, mantras, shatter. Pistol and sword.
- Chaos improves conditions and boons, especially regeneration and stealth, manipulation, shatter, interrupt (,illusions). Staff
- Inspiration improves healing, illusion, shatter, distortion, block, evade, mantra, phantasm, revive. Focus
- Illusions improves shatter ALOT, illusions (especially phantasms), confusion, blind, block and evade. Torch, Scepter
- Chronomancer improves shatter ALOT, slow, alacrity, critical hits, wells and interrupts
Chronomancer sounds very powerful, especially with heavy damage-dealing profession that can benefit from alacrity.
Weapons skill sets
- (main hand) Sword (vulnerability, boon ripping, clone, cripple, immobilize), Scepter (clone, block, torment, blind, confusion)
- (two-hand) Greatsword (high range, might, clone, phantasm, cripple, push) , Staff (random boons and conditions, teleport away, clone, phantasm)
Illusion is unavoidable for the Mesmer mechanic. Chronomancer also further boosts shatters and allows access to alacrity.
- Conditions(+boons) : Staff+Chaos revolve around applying a lot of random boons then conditions. Duration of boons and conditions is increased by Chaotic Persistence, which scale with the number of boons on oneself. Cry of Frustration (confusion) is to be preferred though diversion (daze) can be used for the effects of Dazzling and Confounding Suggestions (with Domination investment). Illusionary Inspiration (in Inspiration) can also be used to transfer all the boons you accumulated to your allies whenever you summon a phantasm.
- Vulnerability : Domination+Sword main-hand revolve around applying vulnerability to increase damage and benefit from Domination Fragility minor trait. Daze and interrupts also causes vulnerability, meaning using second sword, Diversion is interesting.
- Confusion (and blind+evade+block) : Illusions(+Dueling) already has everything, and scepter+torch is also good to bring confusion. Ineptitude links blocks and evade to blind, and blind to confusion in turn. Then Dueling can be used to cause blind through the trait Blinding Dissipation. Since both are conditions, this may synergize with condition stacking above.
- Phantasms spam : Illusions+Dueling+Domination(+Chronomancer) Phantasmal Haste increase their attack speed, Phantasmal Fury and Sharper Images (dueling) give them fury and bleeding on critical hit, Empowered Illusions (domination) increase their damage, while Illusionist's Celerity (illusion) reduces the recharge of the skills (stacks with weapon-realted skill recharge). Chronophantasma (chronomancer) may be used to shatter the phantasm at any time, but one must relinquish to Empowered Illusions and this reduces their damage output due to daze.
- Clone spam : Dueling+Illusions+Chronomancer. Illusionist's Celerity and Master of Misdirection allow for reduction of recharge foe clone creation skills and shatter skills. Non-combo between Master of Fragmentation and Malicious Sorcery (scepter can create lot of clones). Deceptive Evasion, Desperate Decoy cause further clones to spawn.
Elementalists can switch between attunements using the attunement skills. Switching between attunements is very important as an elementalist since there is no weapon swap.
- Fire improves fire attunement, burning, fire aura (which cause burning), conjured weapons.
- Air improves air attunement, critical hit, glyph, knockdown, stun and other disables. Minor speed boosts.
- Water improves water attunement ALOT^2, cantrips, regeneration, vulnerability. Lot of healing and cures.
- Earth improves bleeding, earth attunement, signets and general durability.
All elements (except fire, which only improves fire aura) improves auras.
- Arcane improves attunements ALOT^2, boons (quite a lot too), critical hits, arcane skills, revive speed.
- Tempest improves overload, vigor, water attunement, aura, protection, shouts, boons if wielding a warhorn.
Tempest is a weak specialization, only empowering water. Getting healed and cured by an elementalist is a bad idea to begin with because they have little armor and health...
Weapons skill sets
- (main hand) Dagger (Fire, Earth, Water, Air), Scepter (Fire, Earth, Water, Air),
- (offhand) Focus (Fire, Earth, Water, Air), Warhorn (requires tempest, Fire, Earth, Water, Air)
- (two-hand) Staff (Fire, Earth, Water, Air)
Guardians relies on their virtues for a passive burning, healing or block. Virtues skills can be actively used to relinquish the passive effect for a while and get a powerful one-time effect, making them the equal of signets.
- Radiance is best used against foes suffering from burning and recharges vertue of justice on kill.
- Zeal improves Symbols and also has synergies with burning (especially), aegis, Spirit weapons. Greatsword and scepter
- Valor provides might on block and can recharge Virtue of Courage (albeit under certain conditions), meditation. Focus and shield
- Honor improves dodging and works well with Virtue of Resolve to restore endurance to trigger more dodge. Major Grandmaster traits can boost either shouts or symbols. Mace and staff
- Virtues improves virtues ALOT, boons, consecration. Hammer
- Dragonhunter improves knock back, cripple, virtues, traps. Longbow primarly, but to a lesser extent staff/scepter too since their range is >600.
Dragonhunter seems like an extremely powerful specialization, making the guardian (good profession with a very high resilience already !), able to knockback melee opponents and deal heavy damage from high range to everything else.
Weapons skill sets
- (main hand) Mace, Sword, Scepter
- & (offhand) Focus, Torch, Shield
- (two-hand) Greatsword, Staff, Hammer, Longbow (requires Dragonhunter)
- Spite improves shroud ALOT, downed, chill, signet, boon removal, vulnerability if wielding an axe. Axe, Focus
- Blood Magic improves bleeding, minions, shroud, wells, health, revive. Dagger, Warhorn
- Death Magic improves shroud ALOT, minions, toughness, poison, conditions, kill.
- Curses improves bleeding, critical hits, shroud, conditions, blind, corruption, fear. Scepter
- Soul Reaping improves shroud ALOT, damage, marks, fear, downed, spectral skills.
- Reaper improves chill ALOT OMG DEGEN, shroud, fear, shouts, vulnerability, boons, kill. Greatsword
Reaper sounds like good damage and crowd control through the newly boosted chill.
Weapons skill sets
- (main hand) Axe, Dagger, Scepter
- (offhand) Focus, Dagger, Warhorn
- (two-hand) Greatsword (requires Reaper), Staff
- Deadly Arts improves stealing, poison, conditions, downed, healing, trap, reveal, damage. Dagger
- Critical Strikes improves critical hits (Oh RLY ?), flanking, signets, stealth, fury, precision. Pistol
- Shadow Arts improves stealth ALOT, revive, venom, downed, deception, steal.
- Acrobatics improves dodge, evade, vigor, healing, initiative, stealth. Sword
- Trickery improves steal, initiative, flanking, dodge, interrupts, tricks, weapon swap,
- Daredevil improves steal, evade, dodge, interrupt, critical hits, physical hits, range<360. Staff
Daredevil...is melee. However staff has high weapon strength and the class allow for more dodge : the profession will be very powerful as spiker.
Weapons skill sets
- (main hand) Pistol (bleeding, vulnerability, shadowstep if dagger), Dagger (endurance, poison, flanking, leap, blind&shadowstep if pistol, evade&bleeding if dagger) , Sword (cripple, blind, daze, flanking, evade&boon stealing if dagger, stun if pistol)
- (two-hand) Staff (requires Daredevil, knockdown, weakness, evade, blind, leap), Shortbow (immobilize, bleeding, )
Stolen items are random and environmental weapons are bad, making stealing a bad profession mechanic overall.
- Stealth abuse :
- Dodge abuse : Daredevil+Acrobatics(+Trickery)
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