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The Complete Guardian Fighter Guide

Guardian Fighter Guide
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Welcome to our Guardian Fighter Guide, updated for Ravenloft, mod 14. In this guide, we will give you tips and info on how to play the Guardian Fighter class.

The Guardian Fighter is the typical tank class in Neverwinter. The Guardian Fighter class is suited for players who want to be at the forefront of the battle, being able to absorb huge amounts of damage. Paired with a good cleric, the Guardian Fighter is near unbeatable. The Guardian Fighter is however also capable of dishing out some damage and can be played as DPS as well.

This Guardian Fighter Guide is meant as a general guideline. To get the most out of your character, tailor him or her to your playstyle. The Neverwinter Reddit is a good place to start if you want to learn more about your class. More builds and further info can also be found at MMOMinds.

Guardian Fighter Guide Index

  1. Basic Guardian Fighter Info
  2. Guardian Fighter Gear & Enchantments
  3. Guardian Fighter Companions & Mounts
  4. Guardian Fighter Boons
  5. Guardian Fighter Paragon Paths & Powers

 

Basic Guardian Fighter Info

 

Best Races as a Guardian Fighter :

  1. Dragonborn: +2 to any stats. Dragon Heritage (5% extra healing from spells and abilities). Dragonborn Fury (3% extra power and crit). Great race for DPS spec, good for Tank.
  2. Human: +2 to any stats. Versatile Defense (3% extra defense). Heroic Effort (3 extra heroic feats). Great race for Tanking.
  3. Dwarf : +2 Con, +2 Str. Stand your Ground (20% resistance to knock and push). Cast-Iron Stomach (20% resistance to DoTs) Great option for tanking.
  4. Half-Orc : +2 Dex, +2 Str / +2 Con. Furious Assault (5% more crit severity). Swift Charge (10% increased run speed when you enter combat). Good option for DPS.
  5. Halfing : +2 Dex, +2 Con. Nimble Reaction (3% extra deflection). Bold (10% control resistance). Decent choice for tanking.

 

Guardian Fighter Attribute Priority :

  • Tank :  Constitution > Dexterity > Strenght
  • DPS: Strenght > Charisma > Dexterity (The reason for choosing Cha over dex is to gain combat advantage damage. Dex will give you armor penetration, but at end-game that is easy to cap by other means)

 

Guardian Fighter Stat Priority :

For stats in Neverwinter, aim to hit the hard/soft cap of your primary stat, then secondary and so forth. Try not to waste stats by going over the caps, and instead start gearing towards another stat.

  • Tank : Defense (Caps Damage Resistance at 95%) > Deflection (Caps at 100%) > Hit Points > Armor Penetration (Cap Resistance Ignored at 100%) > Power > Recovery > Crit (Caps at 100%)
  • DPS : Armor Penetration (Cap Resistance Ignored at 100%) > Power > Crit (Caps at 100%) > Defense (Caps Damage Resistance at 95%) > Recovery > Deflection (Caps at 100%)

 

Guardian Fighter Gear & Enchantments

 

If you are new to Neverwinter and need to know how to get better gear and increase your item level, check out our Gearing Up Guide. If you want to plan out your character and see what items are available the Neverwinter Character Simulator is a great tool.

Head:

  • Tank: Shieldlord’s Raid / Ward Armet (Best in Slot) > Crown of the Undead
  • DPS: Shieldlord’s Raid / Ward Armet (Best in Slot) > The Seer’s Sallet > Crown of the Undead

Armor:

  • Tank: Shieldlord’s Raid / Ward Breastplate (Best in Slot) > Puppet’s Plate
  • DPS: Shieldlord’s Raid Breastplate (Best in Slot) > Knotted Garbs

Arms:

  • Tank: Shieldlord’s Raid / Ward Gauntlets (Best in Slot) > Lazaric’s Hide Gauntlets >The Darklord’s Gauntlets
  • DPS: Terrored Grips (Best in Slot) > Shieldlord’s Raid / Ward Gauntlets

Feet:

  • Tank: Rusted Rider Greaves (Best in Slot) > Lycan Boots of the Pack
  • DPS:  Heels of Fury (Best in Slot) >  Lycan Boots of the Pack

Primary & Secondary:

  • Tank: Primal Weapons
  • DPS: Primal Weapons

Neck & Waist:

  • Tank: Silverspruce Amulet or Greater Lathander’s Cloak with Silverspruce Sash or Greater Plated Band of Constitution > Valhalla Set > Craigmire Set
  • DPS: Orcus Set

Rings:

  • DPS: +5 Rings > Beaded Assault Ring – Bronzewood Raid Ring
  • Tank: +5 Rings > Primal Rings

Shirt & Pants:

  • Upper Primal Paints + Lower Primal Paints

Artifacts:

Tank :

  • Primary Artifact: Forgehammer of Gond > Sigil of the Guardian > Sigil of the Devoted.
  • Secondary Artifacts: Horn of Valhalla / Waters of Elah’zad (if using the sets) – Oghma’s Token of Free Movement – Sigil of the Nine – Tome of Ascendence

DPS :

  • Primary Artifact: Wheel of the Elements / Eye of the Giant
  • Secondary Artifact: Shard of Orcus’ Wand (For set bonus) – Fragmented Key of Stars – Sigil of the Great Weapon – Thayan Book of the Dead

 

Guardian Fighter Enchantments :

When getting enchantments, always get the ones with the stats you are lacking in with your gear, boons, etc in mind. For example, if you’ve capped Crit with your gear and boons, don’t get azure enchantments for your offense slots.

Armor Enchantments :

  • Tank: Negation Enchantment
  • DPS: Nagation / Soulforged Enchantment

Weapon Enchantments :

  • Tank: Frost / Lightning Enchantment
  • DPS: Vorpal / Feytouched Enchantment

Offense Enchantments :

  • Tank: Cruel Enchantments
  • DPS: Brutal Enchantments

Defense Enchantments :

  • Tank: Wicked / Cruel Enchantments
  • DPS: Draconic / Black Ice / Wicked Enchantments

Utility Enchantments: Dragon’s Hoard x2 + QuartmasterX2 + 1 Fey Blessing / Dark Enchantments.

Overload Enchantments :

  • Tank : Purified Black Ice / Tempered > Frosted Protection Glyph > Blue Dragon Glyph > Green Dragon Glyph
  • DPS : Various Marks from Stronghold Vendor > Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing > Black / Red Dragon Glyph

Armor Reinforcement Kits :

Generally, pick the armor kits for the stats you are lacking in.

  • Tank: Defense Armor Kit > Deflection Armor Kit > Recovery Armor Kit > Power Armor Kit
  • DPS: Power Armor Kit > Armor Penetration Armor Kit > Critical Strike Armor Kit

Jewelry Reinforcement Kits: Action Point Gain or Stamina Regeneration depending on what you need. This is the case for most classes and builds.

 

Guardian Fighter Companions & Mounts

 

The Best Companion for Guardian Fighter :

  • Tank: Summoned Companion: Dancing Shield. Active Companions: Bulette Pup, Rust Monster, Energon, Phase Spider
  • DPS: Summoned Companion: Con Artist / Sellsword Active Companions: Air Archon, Earth Archon, Siege Master, Erinyes of Belial / Tamed Velociraptor

Companion Gear :

For the companion gear from Illusionist’s Gambit, the +4 rings are actually better than the +5 as they have two offensive/defensive enchantment slots and the +5 has an overload slot.

  • Tank: Sturdy Belt/Ring/Neck/Sword Knot of the Companion
  • DPS: Heroic Belt/Ring/Neck/Sword Knot of the Companion

Companion Runestones: Bonding Runestones

 

The Best Guardian Fighter Mounts :

When choosing a Legendary Mount for the Mount Powers, look for a mount that has both a useful equip and combat power. The best choices for a first legendary mount as a Guardian Fighter are Tenser’s Floating Disk > Legendary Carpet of Flying.

What other mounts you use is not that important. What is important is to get the right insignia bonuses, and many different mounts can offer the various bonuses. To find out what mount has the bonus you want, check out our Insignia Bonus Guide.

All classes and specs should consider using Wanderer’s Fortune before you have refined all your gear and enchantments, for extra refinement every day.

The Best Guardian Fighter Insignia Bonuses :

  • Tank: Survivor’s Blessing – Protector’s Camaraderie –  Champion’s Return – Cavalry’s Warning – Shepard’s Devotion – Slayer’s Redemption – Oppressor’s Reprieve – Barbarian’s Revelry
  • DPS: Protector’s Camaraderie – Assassin’s Covenant – Calvary’s Warning – Gladiator’s Guile  – Artificer’s Persuasion

Insignia Type :

  • Tank: Courage > Evasion > Mastery > Other, depending on what stats you are lacking
  • DPS: Dominance > Aggression > Skill > Mastery, depending on what stats you are lacking

Guardian Fighter Mount Powers :

When choosing a mount power it is also smart to choose the stats you are lacking in from other gear.

  • Tank: Mount Equip Power: Indestructible (4000 defense) – Untouchable (4000 deflection) – Rapid Recovery (4000 recovery) Mount Combat Power: Aureal Armament (Swift Golden Lion) – Piercing Screech (Armored Griffon) – Tenser’s Transformation (Tenser’s Floating Disk)- Vortex (Carpet of Flying)
  • DPS : Mount Equip Power : Dominant Force (4000 power) Armor Breaker (4000 armor penetration) Fierce Predator (2000 power 2000 armor penetration) Ruthless Efficiency (4000 crit) Mount Combat Power : Aureal Armament (Swift Golden Lion) – Tenser’s Transformation (Tenser’s Floating Disk)- Warpainted Tyrannosaurus Rex’em (Warpainted Tyrannosaur)

 

Guardian Fighter Boons

 

Guild:

Power, Defense

Elemental Evil :

Tank: Unassailable Tide, Earth’s Renewal, Blazing Resilience, Wall of Wind

DPS: Wave of Force, Earth’s Renewal, Searing Aggression, Gale of Retribution

Sharandar :

Tank: Dark Fey Wanderer, Fey Elusiveness, Feywilds Fortitude, Elven Tranquility, Elven Resolve

DPS: Dark Fey Hunter, Fey Precision, Elven Haste, Elven Ferocity, Fey Thistle

Dread Ring :

Tank: Conjurer’s Gambit / Reliquary Keeper’s Strenght, Illusory Regeneration, Illusion Shimmer, Enraged Regrowth, Augmented Thayan Bastion

DPS: Conjurer’s Gambit / Reliquary Keeper’s Strenght, Illusory Regeneration, Forbidden Piercing, Shadowtouch, Rampaging Madness

Icewind Dale :

Tank: Weathering The Storm, Refreshing Chill, Rapid Thaw, Cold Shoulder, Avalanche

DPS: Encroaching Tactics, Refreshing Chill, Sleet Skills, Cool Resolve, Winter’s Bounty

Underdark :

Tank: Primordial Vitality, Primordial Regenesis, Drow Ambush Tactics, Dwarven Stamina, Abyssal Tenacity

DPS: Primordial Might, Primordial Focus, Drow Ambush Tactics, Dwarven Stamina, Abyssal Strikes

Tyranny of Dragons :

Tank: Dragonheart, Dragon’s Shadow, Dragonscale Defense, Dragon’s Greed, Dragon Revival

DPS: Dragon’s Claws, Dragon’s Gaze, Draconic Armorbreaker, Dragon’s Greed, Dragon’s Fury

The Maze Engine :

Tank: Abyssal Regeneration,  Demonic Influence, Demonic Endurance, Displace Fate

DPS: Abyssal Siphoning, Demonic Influence, Demonic Swiftness, Baphomet’s Might

Storm King’s Thunder :

Tank: Frosty Demeanor, Hardy Constitution, Chill Determination, Glacial Strength, Frozen Reflection

DPS: Cold Hearted, Hardy Constitution, Icy Wrath, Vengeful Heat, Chill of Winter

The Cloaked Ascendancy :

Tank: Aura of Hope, Healing Heat, Soothing Zephyr, Planar Vitality

DPS: Aura of Hope, Fiery Frenzy, Soothing Zephyr, Aberrant Power

Jungles of Chult :

Tank: x3 Overgrown, x1 Tyrant’s Terror, x1 Shamanic Grance, 1x Beasts Burden Death’s Blessing

DPS: 3x Tyrant’s Terror, x1 Shamanic Grance, 1x Beasts Burden, 1x Overgrown, 2x Lingering Curse

Ravenloft :

Tank: Hardened Bones, Righteous Sacrafice

DPS: Hardened Bones, Blood Lust

 

Guardian Fighter Paragon Paths & Powers

 

The current best paragon path for Guardian Fighters is Swordmaster, both for tanking and DPS. This is mainly due to the ability Weapon Master’s Strike.

swordmaster build

 

Swordmaster:

Tank Combat Powers :

At-Wills: Weapon Master Strike & Tide of Iron

Encounter Powers: Into The Fray,  Enforced Threat, Knight’s Valor

Daily Powers: Fighters Recovery, Villains Menace

Class Features: Enhanced Mark & Guarded Assault

 

DPS Combat Powers :

At-Wills: Weapon Master Strike & Crushing Surge

Encounter Powers: Into The Fray, Knights Challenge (Single Target) / Enforced Threat (AoE), Griffon’s Wrath (Single Target) / Line Breaker Assault (AoE)

Daily Powers: Fighters Recovery, Villains Menace

Class Features: Enhanced Mark & Guarded Assault

 

Swordmaster Tank Feats:

Protector Build :

Guardian Fighter Swordmaster Protector Build

Swordmaster DPS Feats :

Conqueror Build :

Guardian Fighter Swordmaster Conqueror DPS Build

 

Iron Vanguard build

 

Iron Vanguard:

We currently have no viable builds for Iron Vanguard

If you have any questions or suggestions about our Guardian Fighter Guide, please leave a comment below!


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  • Reply
    nwotactician
    Jan 05, 2018

    My biggest criticism is that this “guide” is actually a list, and the author doesn’t even bother to put any thought or actual research into its suggestions.

    For example, the guide suggests to use Loyal Gear or IG gear… but WHICH companion gear? Should I use the Obedient Gear, whose HP doesn’t even pass through Bonding stones? (hint, they don’t).
    What if some newbie on Xbox or PS4 looks for “Loyal gear”… only to learn that Loyal (x) gear is a PC exclusive legacy item?

    Another example are the armor pieces. The author suggests Primal as top priority, followed by Titan steel, and everything else. This is how item level is gauged, but some of the best pieces of GF armor are not Primal Armor. For example

    There is nothing which explains why you should pick a certain item over another and is also a huge weakness of the guide as a whole: the guide has conflicting priorities and makes little sense.

    It seems as if the author wanted to suggest a jack of all trades, but the build is actually better described as a master of none, being incompetent in all of its fields.

    Here are some notable examples:

    The build opens up with saying the GF is a tank class, which leads me to believe that you’re going to suggest a tank build. So it opens up with “prioritize CON, DEX, then STR”, which, even if it’s a bad roll, makes sense from a tank build perspective. Then, the very next suggestion is to stack Crit and Power after getting as much ArmPen needed. This sounds like the makings of a DPS build rather than a tank build. Later, the author does a 180 and suggests a PROTECTOR build, which, being awful aside, is a pure defensive spec.

    The biggest farce is that the author suggests all the correct DPS powers (KC, Anvil, Griffons, ET)… but doesn’t mention Into the Fray. Into the Fray is THE GF ability, useful on ALL GF setups; how the author missed this is beyond me. Additionally, for suggesting a tank build, the build neglected to mention the GF’s best team protection tool: Knight’s Valor.

    Another example are the mounts. The author suggests some defensive mounts (Polar Bear, Lion), while also suggesting a bunch of offensive mounts (Rage Drake, Howler, Tenser’s). Which ones do I pick? Which ones are better than another?

    The author suggests many defensive insignia bonuses (Survivor’s Blessing, Champion’s Return, Shepherd’s Devotion), but then turns around and suggests many offensive artifacts (Shard of Orcus’ Wand, Thayan Book, Lantern). Even more confusingly is that the author slips in some actual defensive artifacts. Which build do you want me to pursue?

    In conclusion, if this is a MMO website’s dabble into Neverwinter, then the author needs to step up their game.

    This guide is, at best, nonsensical and misleading, and at worst, poorly researched. If some poor newbie stumbles upon this via Google, or follows the author’s self promotion on the official forums, then this “guide” will lead to many poor decisions from GFs.

    While GF is not an easy class to figure out, there is an apparent lack of understanding of Neverwinter from the author, and a lack of explanation skills in general. Seeing as the other class guides are written by the same author, I shudder to think about the quality of the other class guides on this website.

    • Hi, and thank you for your feedback! The guides were not originally meant to be builds, but suggestions, and it worked pretty well when it was written many modules ago. We are however aware that the the format of the guides is outdated as of the current state of the game. The other guides are not written by the same author, but are in the same format and posted on the same user as it’s the only user on the site. Some are written by our writers and some are outsourced. We will begin to update the guides at once with your suggestions in mind, thank you!

    • The guide has now been updated! 😀

  • This guide has been updated as of January 2018 for Neverwinter mod 12b, Swords of Chult

  • Reply
    Joel Vance
    Apr 15, 2018

    Is there anyway you could post as to where you put you points into the Powers tab

    • Reply
      Joel Vance
      Apr 15, 2018

      Oh sorry.Forgot to mention,for Tank section.

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