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Disambig icon.png This article is about the Guardian specialization. For the Icebrood Saga mastery mechanic, see Essence manipulation.
Specialization background.

"My conviction shields me."

Valor focuses heavily on blocking and meditation-based abilities, relying on aegis and various boon enhancements. Block attacks and protect your allies, enduring any onslaught that your foes may present.

— In-game description


Valor is a core specialization for the guardian that focuses primarily on improving blocking and damage mitigation.

Valor may enhance meditation, shield and focus skills.

Tier Trait Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Adept Valorous Defense.png Valorous Defense 30 Gain aegis when you are struck while below the health threshold.
Major Adept Strength of the Fallen.png Strength of the Fallen Lose conditions every interval. Health degenerates more slowly while downed.
Major Adept Smiter's Boon.png Smiter's Boon 16 Cast Lesser Smite Condition when you use a healing skill.
Major Adept Focus Mastery.png Focus Mastery Focus skills grant you protection and gain reduced recharge.
Minor Master Steadfast Courage.png Steadfast Courage Gain protection when you block an incoming attack with aegis.
Major Master Stalwart Defender.png Stalwart Defender Gain toughness when wielding a shield, and shield skills gain reduced recharge.
Major Master Redemption.png Redemption 10 Cast Lesser Litany of Wrath when you activate Virtue skill 3.
Major Master Communal Defenses.png Communal Defenses 15 Blocking an attack grants aegis to nearby allies.
Minor Grandmaster Might of the Protector.png Might of the Protector 1 Gain might when you block attacks.
Major Grandmaster Altruistic Healing.png Altruistic Healing Heal yourself when you grant a boon to an ally.
Major Grandmaster Monk's Focus.png Monk's Focus Meditation skills heal you and grant fury to nearby allies.
Major Grandmaster Retributive Armor.png Tenacious Defense Aegis you grant reduces the recharge time of Virtue skill 3 when it blocks an attack.
See also: List of guardian traits

Version history[edit]

For a detailed specialization history, see here.