Virtue

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the guardian's special abilities. For the guardian general specialization, see Virtues.

Virtues are the profession mechanic for the guardian profession. They occupy the F1-F3 slots of the mechanic bar. These abilities apply continuous passive benefits to the guardian as that character adventures, or they can be activated as something similar to shouts, granting an immediate benefit to all nearby allies. Activating one of these virtues will disable its passive effect until that ability recharges once again. Each virtue has its own recharge so may be used independently of the others. Functionality for these skills unlock as players level. Virtue of Courage unlocks at level 17.

List of virtues[edit]

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Guardian icon small.png Guardian

F1 Virtue of Justice.png Virtue of Justice 20 Virtue: Burn foes every few attacks.
Activate: You and your allies inflict burning on the next attack.
F2 Virtue of Resolve.png Virtue of Resolve 30 Virtue: Regenerates health.
Activate: Heal yourself and nearby allies.
F3 Virtue of Courage.png Virtue of Courage 45 Virtue: Gain aegis periodically.
Activate: Grant aegis to yourself and nearby allies.

Dragonhunter icon small.png Dragonhunter

F1 Spear of Justice.png Spear of Justice 0.75¾ 20 Virtue: Burn foes every few attacks.
Activate: Hurl a spear of light that passes through foes. Enemies struck become tethered and receive conditions periodically.
F1 ChainJudgment (skill).png Hunter's Verdict 0.5½ 40 Pull all enemies tethered by the Spear of Justice to you, breaking the link. This ability's recharge is separate from that of Spear of Justice.
F2 Wings of Resolve.png Wings of Resolve 1 30 Virtue: Regenerates health.
Activate: Leap to a target area, healing allies in the area.
F3 Shield of Courage.png Shield of Courage 60 Virtue: Grants aegis periodically.
Activate: Grant aegis to nearby allies and create a shield in front of you that blocks attacks. You are vulnerable from the sides and behind while this shield is active.

Firebrand icon small.png Firebrand

F1 Tome of Justice.png Tome of Justice Virtue: Burn foes every few attacks.
Activate: Pull forth a magical tome on the dangers of the blazing heat in Kourna.
F2 Tome of Resolve.png Tome of Resolve Virtue: Regenerate health.
Activate: Draw forth an enchanted tome that recounts the trials undergone by the people of Vabbi.
F3 Tome of Courage.png Tome of Courage Virtue: Gain aegis periodically.
Activate: Conjure a mystic tome containing stories about the heroes of Istan.

Willbender icon small.png Willbender

F1 Rushing Justice.png Rushing Justice 0.5½ 12 Virtue. Rush toward your target and gain Justice delivering a strike and emanating Willbender Flames.

Removes other active Virtue effects.
F2 Flowing Resolve.png Flowing Resolve 0.5½ 0 Virtue. Remove conditions and gain Flowing Resolve. Rush forward and evade attacks while leaving Willbender Flames in your wake.

Removes other active Virtue effects.
F3 Crashing Courage.png Crashing Courage 0.75¾ 30 Virtue. Shadowstep a short distance while gaining boons and emanating Willbender Flames from your location. Gain Courage.

Removes other active Virtue effects.

Related skills[edit]

Related traits[edit]

Zeal Zeal

Radiance Radiance

Valor Valor

Honor Honor

Virtues Virtues

Dragonhunter Dragonhunter

Firebrand Firebrand

Willbender Willbender

Related effects[edit]

The virtue skills grant the following passive effects while not being on cooldown and apply the active effects upon skill activation:

Specialization Virtue skill 1 Virtue skill 2 Virtue skill 3
Passive Active Passive Active Passive Active
Guardian icon small.png Guardian Virtue of Justice.png Virtue of Justice Virtue of Justice.png Justice Virtue of Resolve.png Virtue of Resolve or Virtue of Resolve.png Resolve (traited) Virtue of Courage.png Virtue of Courage
Dragonhunter icon small.png Dragonhunter Spear of Justice.png Virtue of Justice Spear of Light.png Justice Wings of Resolve.png Virtue of Resolve or Wings of Resolve.png Resolve (traited) Shield of Courage.png Virtue of Courage Shield of Courage.png Shield of Courage
Firebrand icon small.png Firebrand Tome of Justice.png Tome of Justice Tome of Resolve.png Tome of Resolve Tome of Courage.png Tome of Courage
Willbender icon small.png Willbender Rushing Justice.png Justice Flowing Resolve.png Flowing Resolve Crashing Courage.png Crashing Courage

Notes[edit]

  • Base guardian virtues appear in the first through third profession mechanic slot if no elite specialization is equipped, or if no minor adept for an elite specialization is trained.

Trivia[edit]

  • The guardian's virtue mechanic went through a long iteration process. At one point, it was a shield around the guardian that absorbed damage; at another, it was a mechanic similar to the thief's initiative and called resolve, and although scrapped it became the basis of the thief's said mechanic. Months later, a concept of sacrificing a passive effect for a greater power was introduced and became the virtue system.