Guild Wars 2 Guardian Unveiled

Now there's five down and three to go after the next Guild Wars 2 profession was revealed to be the "Guardian", a masterful fighter empowered by "virtues" to smite his foes while wielding his choice of melee and magical weapons. A heavily-armored fighter with a wide range of offensive and protective abilities, the Guardian mixes magic and melee to create a versatile profession that is equally effective solo or in a group. In his main hand he may equip a Mace, Scepter or Sword while his offhand holds a Focus, Shield or Torch. If choosing a two-handed weapon he can select from a Greatsword, Hammer or Staff.
Guardian profession in Guild Wars 2 Guardians have three "virtues" which empower them in combat... Courage, Justice and Resolve... that grant them passive benefits in battle. They can choose to activate a virtue, extending a powerful version of these benefits to their allies, but disabling their own passive ability until the activated virtue has finished recharging.

"Courage" allows the guardian to withstand the most powerful attack. Every 30 seconds you are granted Aegis, blocking the next attack. Use this skill to apply Aegis to all nearby allies. (This disables your Courage for 120 seconds.)

"Justice" imbues the Guardian's attacks with the ability to burn his enemies. Every fifth attack causes burning. Use this skill to make nearby allies' next attacks cause burning. (This disables your Justice for 30 seconds.)

"Resolve" gives the Guardian the ability to passively regenerate his health, allowing him to survive the most dangerous situations. Use this skill to remove conditions and apply Regeneration to all nearby allies. (This disables your Resolve for 120 seconds.)

Guardians also have a number of special skill types new to Guild Wars 2:

Symbols : The Guardian places symbols on the ground, where they inflict damage to enemies or deliver a benefit to allies. Symbols persist for a few seconds and then go away. "Symbol of Faith", for example, is a hammer attack that leaves a transient symbol on the ground, giving allies the Vigor boon.

Spirit Weapons : The Guardian can summon spirit weapons to fight at his side for a limited time. Spirit weapons cannot be attacked by enemies and can be commanded to inflict a powerful attack before disappearing. "Hammer of Wisdom", for instance, can be summoned to fight alongside a Guardian, then commanded to knock down an enemy and vanish.

Aegis : Guardians are adept in the use of "Aegis", a removable boon that blocks the next attack. Guardians have access to this boon through the virtue of Courage.

Wards : A ward is a marked area on the ground that stops enemies from passing through while allowing allies to move freely. For example, a staff-wielding Guardian can create a "Line of Warding" in front of him that keeps enemies from reaching the allies behind him.

Here's a look at the Guild Wars 2 Guardian in action using "Shield of Absorption" to repel his Centaur attackers!

The Guardian's passive benefits, which he can pass on to his allies, make the Guardian an invaluable party member regardless of whether they're leading an assault or defending the party's flanks.

More videos and detailed up-to-date information on the Guardian can be found here... The Guild Wars 2 Guardian.

With only three more professions to be released (one scholar and 2 adventurer classes), the Guild Wars 2 release date gets closer every day. Guild Wars 2 Guardian profession.

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