Hello all! This is Smidgett of Nimrodel. I’m here to write a guide on how to tank, dps, and pvp on a guardian. I will also go into good stats to stack, gear you should get and what not to do.
Your main role as a guardian is to tank. If you don’t like to tank ./delete and reroll your class. There are so many guardians that fail at tanking when really it’s quite easy. Here are some tips for being a successful tank, When pulling a group of mobs don’t go running in doing fray the edge. Run in and let out a big challenge. After that if you block use litany of defiance then shield taunt. You should then have your challenge back up. Use it and continue the rotation till mobs are dead. If you are tanking a single target like a boss use engage, vexing, blow, shield blow, shield swipe, bash, and whirling retaliation as much as possible while continuing to use challenge, litany of defiance, and shield taunt. If you do this you should be able to hold aggro on pretty much anything. There is one exeption. Blagh and Rung in Dar Nagabund. DO NOT USE ANY MELEE TAUNTING SKILLS ON THEM. That means no engage or vexing blow or any other skills where you physicly hit the mob. ONLY TAUNTS. Very many guardian’s trait lame. I have found a build for tanking that I keep most of the time. The virtues I equip are Valour, Justice, Fidelity, Innocence, and Loyalty. If your rolling a new guardian I would go with Hobbit or Man. Stay away from Elves and Dwarves. Yes dwarves do get more morale and more block rating but I found that I didn’t need the block rating on my guardian. I found that I could cap my block rating very easily. DO NOT EVER PLAY AN ELF GUARDIAN. Elves are the worst class you can choose to be as a guardian. They get less morale and no real usefull race traits. Ooooooh parry! Woopy flippin’ doo!!! Parry isn’t that neccesary as a guardian and it only last for 15 seconds. I chose race of man because they get man heal. It restores 2000-3000 morale and even more with incoming healing AND EVEN MORE WHEN IT CRITS! WOOOOOT! Hobbits don’t really get anything cool but hey haven’t you always wanted to tank a balrog on a 2 feet tall midget? It’s epic. Class traits are where Guardian’s really go wrong. They slot these useless +partial block and parry traits. THAT ISN’T TANKING TRAITS. Here is a list of traits I use to succesfully tank: Stoic, Grim Challenge, Controlled Breathing, Defensive Expertise, Litany of Challenge, Quick of Foot, and Shield of Fire. This gives you a short cooldown on Challenge, Stamp, and Block Rating as well as a few other goodies. The LEGENDARY TRAITS I use are To The King, Challenge the Darkness, and Litany Master. These give you many advantages. To the king makes you a burg essentially. When you crit on this skill which happends often you get a Fellowship Manouvre. I ran Urugarth 2 man with a burg and I got 34 FM’s when he got 21. See what I mean? My raid calls on me for FM’s instead of the burg half the time. Challenge the Darkness gives you and OH ****! skill. It is a 10 minute cooldown taunt that gives you a bunch of aggro and gives you the buff you get when you use guardian’s ward. Finally Litany Master makes it so that whenever you crit on your melee aggro skills it gives you the aggro over time like Litany of Defiance. Now that I’ve gone through tanking tips and traits lets go to my favorite ranting subject-Legendary LEGECIES!!!!!!! Sooo many guardian’s walk around with pathetic legecies. Here is a list of some good legecies for tanking on a belt and weapon: Belt- Challenge Targets, Skill Threat Up, Catch a Breath Cooldown, Catch a Breath Morale Heal, Warrior’s Heart/Fortitude Morale Heal, and if room left Power Restore on Reactions and Cry Resist Rating. If you have all those legecies I am jelous. I still don’t have them all. If going for a belt get a lvl 60 1st age. They get more points. On a weapon you should try and get these legecies: Stamp Cooldown, Guardian’s Pledge Cooldown, Turn the Tables Cooldown, Targeted Melee Skills Range, Guardian’s Bleed Damage, and Whirling Retaltiation Damage. These are the best legecies you can get for tanking. Lastly on my multi-part guide on how to be a good guardian is gear. There is some lame gear out there. Alot of it is worn by you. Now I understand many of you have computer’s that run on gasoline and coal so this all may not be accesible for you. For jewelry you should wear a Aurete Hoop of Combat and Certhloch from DN. For a necklace wear the Warrior’s Greenwood Necklace. For a pocket item I would get the Black Pearl (The Watcher) or The Minature Brass Anvil (Halls of Crafting) if you can’t the Charm of Defense from the barterer in Mirkwood is a cheapy. For armlets I would wear the bracelet with Block Rating from Dungeon’s of Dol Guldor (Don’t know the name) or the One from the moors. I would also use Lorechor from Flagit in DN. For rings go with Ril Mir and an Aurete Band of Morale unless you can get your hands on Faeringor from DN. For gear I would love to have the watcher set bonus but the gear isn’t as good as DN. You should wear the 10 radiance leggings from the moria instances and all the rest DN radiance. I hope this chapter of How to be a good guardian helps you in your quest to become an awsome tank. I’ll be writing part 2 (DPS) and part 3 (PVP) soon. Until then go and do something else!