Great guide, awesome. I was disappointed with my War-steed and only used him for fast transportation or mining. Now it's a blast to mount up and go Orc killin'! Thanks a million for this.
I tweaked a few things for my build, here is how am running on my War-steed:
Exactly like Oaceen's
Riddermark - toggle, Discipline (always on)
Ride for Ruin - toggle, DPS (primary)
Pledge of Protection - toggle, protection to group (rarely used)
Spur On - training tool, (rarely used)
Dash - Run boost
Serrated Edge - DPS + bleed
Rohan's Edge - DPS
Staggering Slash - DPS
Trample - DPS AoE and knockback to foot mobs
Pledge to Rohan - Heal, + Agility, threat down
Goading Strike - DPS 235 + mitigation for group
Driving Slash - DPS 978 + CC force ride
By the Right Flank - CC force ride
Clash of Arms - CC force ride
Break Free - CC break mob force ride effects on you
Toggle Ride for Ruin when you mount up and keep it on. Once in a great while in a group I'll switch to Pledge of Protection but then I'm not really synergizing this build.
Spur On I used when learning to ride and fight, I rarely use it anymore except in a really big confused fight, it can help you get to your target.
Dash I use a lot, when I need to catch a Warg-rider usually or to speed away for a turn-around.
For attacking I like Serrated Edge first pass, get a bleed started, then Serrated Edge, Rohan's Edge, or Staggering Slash, whatever is up. These 'Big Three' are your primary DPS.
Trample is great on foot mobs, especially as an AoE and great fun.
Pledge to Rohan I use for a heal as needed.
Goading Strike I think of as a Guardian's Ward for me and the group. Plus it has some DPS if the 'Big Three' are down.
Driving Slash is another DPS skill I'll use if the 'Big Three' are down, Plus it has a CC component.
By The Right Flank and Clash of Arms I think of as the same skill, a CC that I use on Warg-riders to bring them close so I can beat the hell out of them. These are great skills and you'll want to learn how to use them effectively. Save your 'Big Three' and then use one of these to get that Warg-rider glued to your stirrup. Then DPS with everything you've got while he's there. It's important to position yourself, and even slow down so that the Warg-rider can catch up and get beside you. then point your War-steed in a safe direction, ride straight and whack that Warg-rider to bits.
Break Free gets you out of CC from mobs, I don't seem to need it very often.
(my tanking traits, I don't change them when I go from DPS to tanking, you could pick up some additional DPS output here)
(based on Oaceen's info, I use a different set when DPS on foot only)
To The Rescue
To The King
Challenge the Darkness
I'm probably like most Guardians and have a tanking set and a DPS set. We don't raid so my DPS set is all crafted. The Hytbold Keen Blade set is a really good choice too for DPS.
These are the three that I use, This is my DPS belt that I use on foot too, I don't have a mounted-specific belt (yet). I do have a mounted-specific LI weapon and I thought a spear was just right for mounted combat. And of course my bridle.
Reforged Heavy Bridle of the Second Age
DPS - rank 7
Major - 'Conservative Combatant' Skill Power Cost - tier 6 rank 9
Major - Rider Armour Value - tier 6 rank 3
Major - Rider Block Chance - tier 6 rank 2
Minor - Riddermark Skill Direct Damage - tier 6 rank 9
Minor - Riddermark Skill Healing - tier 6 rank 8
Minor - Riddermark Skill Power Cost - tier 6 rank 9
Setting - (85) Bridle Riddermark Setting of Agression
Gem - (85) Bridle Riddermark Gem of Acumen
Rune - (85) Bridle Insignia of the Fighting Edge
Crafted - (85) Bridle Emblem of Turning
Reforged Guardian's Belt of the Second Age
Shield Use - rank 5
Major - Catch a Breath Cooldown - tier 6 rank 9
Major - Catch a Breath Morale Heal - tier 6 rank 9
Major - Guardian's Ward Parry Rating - tier 6 rank 9
Major- Sting Damage - tier 6 rank 9
Minor - Power Restore on Reactions - tier 6 rank 9
Minor - Warrior's Heart / Fortitude Morale Heal - tier 6 rank 9
Setting - (TS) True Setting of the North
Gem - (TS) True Gem of the Rising Moon
Rune - (85) Wildermore Rune of Wisdom
Crafted - (85) Emblem of Battle
Reforged Guardian's Spear of the Second Age
DPS - rank 7
Major - Guardian's Ward Duration - tier 6 rank 6
Minor - Might- tier 6 rank 9
Minor - Agility- tier 6 rank 9
Minor - Vitality- tier 6 rank 9
Minor - Will- tier 6 rank 9
Minor - Fate- tier 6 rank 9
Setting - (85) Wildermore Setting of Endings
Gem - (T9) Red Agate Gem of Fortune
Rune - (85) Wildermore Rune of Power
Crafted - (85) Emblem of Insight
[COLOR=#ffff00][SIZE=3]Chazcon [/SIZE]- Guardian and Aluvian swordsman[/COLOR][COLOR=Orange][COLOR=Silver]
[/COLOR][/COLOR][COLOR=#ffd700]You say, "FOR THE VITAE!"
Ru tells you, "CHAZ!"
Simply Red tells you, "I am SO not recovering your body!"[/COLOR][COLOR=Orange][COLOR=Silver]