Best Guild Wars 2 Class - Strongest Characters and Builds! (2022)

Best Guild Wars 2 Class - Strongest Characters and Builds! (1)

Contents

  • 1 Best Guild Wars 2 Class
  • 2 Fractals and Raids
    • 2.1 Supports
      • 2.1.1 Ranger - Druid
      • 2.1.2 Mesmer - Chronomancer
    • 2.2 Power DPS
      • 2.2.1 Thief - Daredevil
      • 2.2.2 Guardian - Dragonhunter
    • 2.3 Condi DPS
      • 2.3.1 Revenant - Renegade
      • 2.3.2 Engineer – Holosmith
  • 3 PvP builds
  • 4 World versus World
    • 4.1 Zerg
      • 4.1.1 Hammer Revenant
      • 4.1.2 Condition Scourge Necromancer
    • 4.2 Roamers
      • 4.2.1 Rifle Deadeye Thief
      • 4.2.2 Ranger Soulbeast Roamer
    • 4.3 Conquest
      • 4.3.1 Elementalist Tempest Auramancer
      • 4.3.2 Revenant Power Herald
  • 5 Guild Wars 2 Best Profession
  • 6 FAQ
    • 6.1 How many classes are there in Guild Wars 2?
    • 6.2 What’s the best GW2 class for solo PvE?
    • 6.3 Which GW2 class has the most Health?

Best Guild Wars 2 Class

Keeping the balance between different classes and characters is a problem that has plagued online games for decades now. It’s safe to say that some developers have handled this issue better than the others. In general, making sure that all the classes are unique and fun, while also not giving anyone unfair advantages is a tall task, especially in games that feature multiple different modes with each one requiring a different skillset and kit.

Fortunately, ArenaNet has been doing a pretty good job balancing professions in Guild Wars 2. You can play every class in every type of content and be successful at it. At the same time, there are specific builds that have the potential to outshine most of the competition in particular situations. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the most efficient builds for different roles and types of content.It will help us find the best Guild Wars 2 class for every scenario!

Fractals and Raids

The PvE group content in Guild Wars 2 consists of dungeons, fractals, and raids. The first category is relatively easy. Players clearing dungeons often won’t have the most efficient builds and the strongest equipment. Moreover, they might not even have a maximum level. You could say that almost anything goes in dungeons. That’s why we’re going to focus on the two remaining categories: Fractals and Raids. They’re only accessible to level 80 characters, and without a meta build as well as strong gear, you won’t be able to find a party. This challenging environment is the perfect place to see which Guild Wars 2 classes are the best at specific roles.

The endgame PvE content has been significantly expanded in the DLCs. The base game had no raids whatsoever – this feature has been added in the Heart of Thorns. Later, the Path of Fire introduced even more of them to the game. Besides providing great challenges, the expansions also offered the tools necessary to overcome them. Basically, every meta PvE build is based on one of the Elite Specializations. They can provide a lot of value, especially in a team environment, where each player has a particular role to play. The Elite specs are only available to lvl 80 characters.

Supports

To be an excellent support in Guild Wars 2, you have to provide your party with a lot of boons and healing. It’s essential to buff your whole team and provide as much utility as possible. Multiple builds can do that, but there are two that became the staples of this role in PvE.

Ranger - Druid

The Heart of Thorns expansion introduced the first Elite Specializations to each profession. Rangers received the Druid specialization. It gave them access to staves and a unique mechanic called Celestial Avatar. All these elements combined make Druids probably the best healers in the game. When you transform into the Celestial Avatar, your weapon skills and glyphs transform into a set of healing and condition-cleansing abilities.

The best healing Druid build also utilizes Nature Magic and multiple spirit summoning skills. Frost Spirit and Sun Spirit provide your allies with extra damage, and the trait called Grace of the Land makes sure that you’re assisting them even more, by applying Might with your celestial skills. However, you can’t remain transformed for the whole time – it requires a resource called Astral Force that you have to charge up by healing and dealing damage.

It’s an incredibly powerful build that works wonders as the main support in the party. The extra benefit of playing it is the fact that when everyone wants to play DPS, you will be able to find a party spot much more easily as support. If you’re cool with the healer’s role, you should definitely consider making a Ranger and playing as Druid.

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Mesmer - Chronomancer

The Heart of Thorns expansion has provided another profession with a great new supportive build. Every Mesmer player received the opportunity to specialize in the Chronomancer. It enables them to use wells and apply unique boons like Quickness and Alacrity. They’re really hard to come by in other builds, and they can significantly increase your team’s DPS. Quickness grants extra action speed, making your allies attack and cast spell faster. Alacrity provides cooldown reduction. It doesn’t take a genius to see that these two go together really well.

The best Chronomancer builds utilize Inspiration and Dueling as the remaining specializations. Their main weapon set consists of a sword and shield to apply vulnerability to opponents and the aforementioned boons to allies. It’s crucial to use Well of Recall, Well of Action, and Signet of Inspiration as the utility skills. Besides providing boons, you will also deal damage and heal with your Phantasms and shatter skills. Most of the healing comes from the Inspiration tree, while wells and Chronomancer traits focus on providing Alacrity and Quickness.

It’s another great supportive build – this one is slightly more focused on increasing damage. You will need perfect gear with tons of bonus Concentration to get 100% uptime on your boons, so be mindful of that. Beyond that, you also have to be really smart about your well placement and the management of Phantasms. There’s a lot to care about, but the build is exceptionally satisfying due to high personal DPS in addition to the great supportive value. Moreover, a lot of Chronomancer players decide to invest into Toughness on their gear. It allows acting as a tank when the party needs it, without sacrificing the great utility that they can offer (giving up on some damage though).

Power DPS

The power DPS builds focus on dealing direct damage with their attacks and abilities. They often rely on Precision (crit chance) and Ferocity (crit damage) to multiply their DPS numbers. While the endgame instances can be full of heavily armored enemies, some power-based builds are still worthwhile.

Thief - Daredevil

Once again, we’re talking about a build that’s based on a HoT Elite Specialization. Thieves got the ability to use a staff as a melee weapon. The Thief profession already had a lot of damage thanks to the specialization like Critical Strikes and Deadly Arts (that this build uses).

It’s a relatively easy setup to play, as a lot of the damage comes from basic attacks, and it has some passive blocking. Besides the sheer DPS, it provides some utility by applying Weakness, Blind, and Vulnerability to the enemies. Furthermore, it uses Basilisk Venom in the Elite skill slot for even more crowd control. This build is especially useful in raids, because of the high mobility that enables the player to dodge boss attacks and outplay mechanics.

This Daredevil power build only uses a single weapon – staff. In this case, the Elite Specialization is responsible for most of the utility. Meanwhile, the traits from Deadly Arts and Critical Strikes provide a lot of the damage. In order to make use of the Twin Fangs trait, you should always try to position in a way to attack the enemies (especially bosses) from behind or from the side. It is probably the easiest DPS build that viable even in raids and high difficulty fractals.

Guardian - Dragonhunter

You might start to see a pattern here because this is yet another setup that uses an Elite Specialization from Heart of Thorns. Guardian used to be mostly supportive tank class that didn’t offer that much in terms of damage. It all changed with the introduction of the Dragonhunter specialization. It came up with some significant damage buffs and a new set of Virtue skills (they don’t take up the slots on your skill bar).

Besides the Elite, this setup utilizes Zeal and Radiance. It uses greatsword as the primary weapon and a sword/focus or sword/shield combo in the secondary weapon slot. This build excels in short fights, because it can deal a lot of burst damage, but has relatively high cooldowns.

Outside of the sheer damage, this Dragonhunter setup provides a significant amount of conditions: Burning, Blind and Vulnerability, while also buffing allies with Might. At the same time, you can deal even more damage if you’re the one that’s focused by the enemy due to Retaliation. Playing a Dragonhunter Guardian is an excellent idea if you like standing your ground in the frontline, while also punishing opponents with powerful abilities.

Condi DPS

The other option of dealing damage in Guild Wars 2 is based on applying conditions to your targets. The ones like Bleeding, Burning, and Torment deal considerable damage over time when you stack them up. They can’t strike critically, but at the same time, they surpass the enemy armor entirely. It makes the condition a great source of damage against targets with a strong defense. The most important stats for these setups are Condition Damage and Expertise (that affects the duration of conditions).

Revenant - Renegade

To play this build, you’re going to need access to both of the first GW2 expansions. Revenant is the ninth profession in the game and the only one introduced in the Heart of Thorns. Meanwhile, the Renegade specialization has been added in the second expansion – Path of Fire. The combination of Renegade and Corruption provides a ton of Condi DPS. This build will apply a lot of Torment, Bleeding, and Burning onto your targets. It’s important to have two weapon sets ready at all times and swap between them to optimize your damage. The first one is melee (usually mace/axe), and the second one is a short bow.

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It’s a complicated build that has an incredibly complex rotation. We definitely don’t recommend it if you’re still learning the game. On the other hand, the high skill ceiling gives this setup incredible potential when in good hands. A player that’s able to perform flawlessly is almost guaranteed to top the DPS charts. You can make an argument that Revenant is the best class in terms of condition damage in Guild Wars 2.

There are a few reasons why this build is considered so difficult to play. Besides swapping weapons, you also have to swap Legendary Stances. It’s a mechanic that’s unique to the Revenant profession, and it requires good management of a unique resource – Energy. You need to generate as much Fury as possible since it increases your condition damage with Kalla’s Fervor. When fighting multiple enemies at once, make sure to position in a way that utilizes your Heartpiercer trait. It allows your short bow skills to pierce through opponents. Beyond that, you should focus on applying conditions and dealing direct damage with skills and basic attacks.

Engineer – Holosmith

The second great condi DPS build is relatively challenging to pilot, as well. Engineers have access to multiple tool kits – instead of swapping weapons, they change between the kits, which gives them access to different weapon skills. The build in question uses a double pistol setup and the Flamethrower to apply Burning, Poison, and Bleeding to its targets. Moreover, it offers a significant amount of crowd control.

The majority of your condition damage comes from the Holosmith and Firearms specializations. Traits like Chemical Rounds, Thermal Vision, and Solar Focusing Lens go together really well and make your targets’ Health bars disappear. The Elite skill – Prime Light Beam provides extra AoE burst.

Rotating between different kits and your base pistols skills is quite tricky to deal with. Besides the Flamethrower, you can also use the Bomb Kit and Grenade Kit. At the same time, the Holosmith specialization requires the players to manage a new resource – Heat.

PvP builds

The meta in GW2 PvP modes is completely separate from the PvE. Instead of optimizing for the highest DPS, PvP players have to make sure that they have access to mobility and other tools that provide outplay potential. Moreover, the meta builds will significantly differ, based on the exact mode or role that you want to play.

World versus World

There are two major WvW roles that you can play. Either you’re following your Commander as a part of the zerg, or you’re roaming trying to pick off stragglers and cause disruption in the enemy lines. As should be expected, the optimal builds for each of these roles are very different.

Zerg

All the players who form an army that follows their commander are a part of the zerg. Their main task is to brute force their way through the enemy lines, push away the opposing side, and capture objectives. Of course, the real fun begins when two zergs get to face each other in battle. Many players would agree that these mass PvP encounters are the essence of World versus World. An environment like this encourages using a lot of AoE skills, providing support to your allies, and playing a tanky build that can’t get killed quickly. Of course, you can also decide on a damage-focused build that aims to one-shot your opponents. This playstyle is much riskier, though.

Hammer Revenant

It’s relatively easy to play build, based on the Herald and Invocation as key specializations. It utilizes the Legendary Dragon Stance to provide boons to surrounding allies. The last specialization should be Devastation (to get a lot of extra damage output) or Retribution (for more survivability). In terms of damage profile, you will deal almost exclusively direct damage, so any Power DPS gear will work well with this setup.

The traits like Rising Momentum and Shared Empowerment provide some extra mobility and boons that further complement the dragon stance. You should be wielding a hammer for the majority of the time. Coalescence of Ruin is your main damage skill – use it whenever it’s available. Drop the Hammer can provide valuable AoE crowd control, but it has a long cooldown and casting time, so use this ability wisely.

If you’re playing the Devastation variant, you can easily finish off vulnerable targets. Just swap to the assassin stance and use Phase Traversal and Impossible Odds to close the gap and empower your damage. Then burst them down with your hammer skills and basic attacks. If you went with Retribution, try to stay in the frontline and make room for other players to deal damage.

Condition Scourge Necromancer

Once again, a strong meta build based on an Elite Specialization, this time from the Path of Fire expansion. Necromancers can use Scourge to provide a lot of utility to their teammates with the Desert Shrouds skills. However, it’s not an entirely supportive build – it also deals a significant amount of damage thanks to Death Magic and Curses. It can corrupt enemy boons into conditions and apply even more Bleeding, Burning, and Torment.

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In terms of gear, you can go with a standard Condi DPS setup, but some more defensive stats wouldn’t hurt. Skills like Trails of Anguish and Well of Corruption provide a lot of zone control, softening up the enemies that go through them. Your main weapon set is scepter/torch. In the secondary, you can go the safe and supportive route and pick a staff or go for more damage with a melee set that uses an axe in the main hand.

This build works best in long, large scale fights when you can stack your conditions on multiple targets. Stripping boons from multiple opponents can also significantly decrease their combat potential. Moreover, this build is relatively easy to play, especially if you go for the double ranged setup. Just stand behind your frontline and use your great AoE skills to tip the scales in your favor.

Roamers

Unlike the zerg players, roamers have to play well on their lonesome or in small groups. Their build requires a lot of movement speed and other forms of mobility. They may sometimes find themselves in numbers disadvantage – that’s when the ability to run away quickly comes in handy. As a roamer, you should take small objectives (camps and sentries), scout for your zerg, kill enemy dolyaks to cut off supply, and attack single enemies. Getting access to the WvW mount – Warclaw is an important element that makes roaming easier on every profession.

Rifle Deadeye Thief

An interesting roaming build that utilizes large amounts of stealth and mobility as well as strong ranged damage with a rifle. Deadeye is the only specialization that’s focused purely on damage here. The remaining ones – Shadow Arts and Trickery, provide a lot of utility and sustain. The Trickery traits focus on the unique Thief mechanic – stealing. Meanwhile, Shadow Arts helps you hide from your enemies and provides some self-healing.

If you’re a PvP Thief player, you have to be aware of the fact that you’re going to deal significantly less damage than you’re used to. The roaming builds have no room to include Deadly Arts and Critical Strikes that are responsible for a lot of your DPS in PvE. Moreover, you’re going to use Shadow Meld instead of a damage-focused Elite skill.

When playing this build, it’s imperative to notice your opponents before they notice you. If you’re the one who’s starting the fight, you’ll be able to use a long-range to stack up Malice with the Deadeye’s Mark and deal a significant amount of damage. Remember to use Shadowstep for repositioning and utilize Shadow Meld to disappear and retreat. The easy access to stealth allows you to play with fire and be a real nuisance to your enemies.

Ranger Soulbeast Roamer

While the first Elite Specialization made Rangers really great at healing and supporting their party in PvE, the second one excels at something entirely different. Soulbeast allows the Ranger player to merge with their animal companion and get access to additional skills. It also provides a lot of boons, damage, and mobility. When you’re under the effect of Beastmode, all traits, and skills that normally apply to your pet, affect you instead.

The pet choice is incredibly important here, as it will determine the skills that you’ll receive. We recommend Gazelle since it provides great burst damage and mobility, but we encourage you to read about all the different pets and choose your favorite one. The two best weapons for a direct damage setup are longbow (when you need range) and greatsword (for the highest DPS output). It’s an excellent build for skirmishing against other roamers, thanks to the “Sic ‘Em!” skill that reveals enemies in stealth.

Besides great mobility, Soulbeast is also incredibly strong in duels. You should be able to win most 1v1s if you play them correctly. It might be slightly worse at scouting and getting away from larger groups of enemies, but it’s fantastic at solo capturing objectives.

Conquest

While WvW is really fun to play, and even the inexperienced players can provide value for their side, the 5v5 mode called Conquest is by far the more competitive side of PvP. The regular team sizes, smaller maps, and structured matches make Conquest the perfect place for players who want to really test their skills in PvP. The exact roles of each player can differ depending on team comps, but we’re not going to go that far in detail, as it could be material for a separate guide.

Elementalist Tempest Auramancer

This supportive build utilizes Water, Earth, and the HoT Elite Specialization – Tempest. It enables you to provide a lot of defense to yourself and your allies, with Frost Aura and Magnetic Aura. Despite the low base Health and Armor, an Elementalist with this build is tanky, because of the ability to reflect projectiles and ignore critical damage. Powerful Aura is the key trait for this build since it allows you to share every aura you receive with your teammates.

This build exceeds in group combat, so you should always stick with some allies while playing it. Tempest grants access to Shout skills, and you should use it to the limit. Abilities like “Feel the Burn!”, “Flash-Freeze!” and the Elite “Rebound!” are a vital part of this setup.

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In terms of the gear, you should invest in some defensive runes and sigils. The weapon set that you should use is dagger/focus, so you’ll have to stand your ground in melee combat. This build is extremely efficient in straight-up fights. It can help your team push the opponents away from the contested point.

Revenant Power Herald

We covered strong support - now, let’s talk about a build that can provide the DPS necessary to threaten the opposing team. It uses Herald as the Elite Specialization, but the extra damage provided by Devastation and Invocation are much more important here. It’s somewhat similar to the WvW build we discussed, but it uses dual swords as the main weapon and is generally more focused on individual damage output.

It’s a really powerful setup that can really excel alongside support with some damage mitigation and condition cleansing. You can also use this build as a duelist, but it lacks sustain for longer fights. In general, it’s a great option as one of the main damage sources in team fights.

However, similarly to every other Revenant build, it’s not that easy to play. You have to manage your Energy and make sure that you have access to the main Legendary Stance (in this case, it’s Assassin) at the most important times. Of course, you can also use the utility and boons provided by the Legendary Dragon Stance to support your team. With strong support and good coordination, you’ll be able to win a lot of the fights.

Guild Wars 2 Best Profession

As you can see, every Guild Wars 2 class has some amazing and efficient builds. Of course, we only provided some examples – there are plenty of other great setups that can work wonders in PvE or PvP. Banner Warrior and Firebrand Guardian can support their allies by increasing their damage output. Besides, every profession has viable builds for DPS and zerg.

It’s impossible to pinpoint a single best Guild Wars 2 class, but there are some meta-defining builds. It’s really apparent in the PvE support role. Druid and Chronomancer have pretty much defined the support role in GW2, making Mesmer and Ranger the best support classes. When it comes to DPS or PvP, the situation is much less clear, because of the higher number of meta builds and numerous balance changes that have mixed things up to a bigger extent.

Overall, you should simply play the profession that you like the most. As long as you play well and think about the build that you’re using, you will do fine. If you want to optimize your character for a single type of Guild Wars 2 content, feel free to take one of the options that we discussed in this guide.


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FAQ

How many classes are there in Guild Wars 2?

Guild Wars 2 features nine classes. They’re called professions in the game.

What’s the best GW2 class for solo PvE?

In Guild Wars 2, every profession can successfully deal with the non-group PvE content. However, a Necromancer with a Minion Master build will have an easier time than most other characters in a lot of the hunting zones.

Which GW2 class has the most Health?

Warrior and – surprisingly – Necromancer are the two professions with highest base Health pools.


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What's the best class in Guild Wars 2? ›

The Engineer is the Guild Wars 2 best class for the tech-inclined. It uses a mixture of gadgets, turrets, and tool kits to cause mayhem. It is a brilliant utility class thanks to its ingenuity. It can become a Scrapper a class, which focuses on gyros to do its bidding.

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Here are the best classes to create that powerful DPS.
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  • 2/5 Revenant.
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The easiest classes to learn in the game would probably be Warrior, Ranger and Necromancer. All of these classes are fairly simple in their class mechanics and are built with naturally high HP and tankiness meaning they can withstand a beating.

Do races matter in GW2? ›

Your character's race will determine how that character looks in the game world, as well as where you begin the game and the varieties of quests available to you early on. Your race will also determine how some NPCs react to you; as in most fantasy worlds, the various races of Tyria don't always get along.

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