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The Complete Mod 15 Guardian Fighter Guide

Guardian Fighter Guide



Welcome to our Guardian Fighter Guide, updated for the Heart of Fire, mod 15. 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 guide has a Tactician tank build as well as a Conqueror DPS build, using both in two loadouts is recommended for groupd / solo play.

The purpose of our class guides is not just to show you a build that you can copy and use on your character, but to show you a base build and teach you the mechanics and stats of the game, so you can understand and play your class to its fullest capabilities. Try different gear, feats and powers and learn to tailor your own build for your playstyle. See our guide to making your own build for more info.

Guardian Fighter Guide Index

  1. Basic Guardian Fighter Info
  2. Guardian Fighter Paths & Powers
  3. Guardian Fighter Boons
  4. Guardian Fighter Weapons & Gear
  5. Guardian Fighter Enchantments
  6. Guardian Fighter Consumables & Buffs
  7. Guardian Fighter Companions
  8. Guardian Fighter Mounts

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 / Ability Score 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 Rating / 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 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 Tactician 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

Swordmaster 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: Combat Superiority – Shield Warrior’s Wrath

Swordmaster Tank Feats:

Tactician Build:


Swordmaster Conqueror DPS Feats:

Conqueror Build:

Guardian Fighter Swordmaster Conqueror DPS Build

Iron Vanguard build

Iron Vanguard

We currently have no viable builds for Iron Vanguard

Guardian Fighter Boons

If you still haven’t gotten all your boons, check out our Campaign Completion Guide, with info on how to complete all of the campaigns as fast as possible for all the boons.


Power – Defense – Mount Speed

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


Tank: Dark Fey Wanderer – Fey Elusiveness – Elven Haste – Elven Tranquility – Elven Resolve

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

Dread Ring:

Tank:  Reliquary Keeper’s Strenght – Evoker’s Thirst – Illusion Shimmer – Enraged Regrowth – Endless Consumption

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


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’s Thirst x2 – Dragon’s Revival x1

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

The Maze Engine:

Tank: Abyssal Siphoning – Demonic Influence – Demonic Endurance – Displace Fate

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

Storm King’s Thunder:

Tank: Cold Hearted – Survival Instincts – Chill Determination – Glacial Strength – Frozen Reflection

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

The Cloaked Ascendancy:

Tank: Demoralize – Healing Heat – Fey Briars – Planar Vitality

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

Jungles of Chult:

Tank: Tyrant’s Terror x3 – Shamanic Grance x1 – Beasts Burden x1 – Overgrown x1 – Lingering Curse x2

DPS: Tyrant’s Terror x3 – Shamanic Grance x1 – Beasts Burden x1 – Overgrown x1 – Lingering Curse x2


Tank: Ageless – Righteous Sacrafice

DPS: Undying Death x3 – Blood Lust

Acquisitions Incorporated:

Tank: Employed Defense – Taking a Break / Life Draining Job

DPS: Critically Acclaimed / Confidence Boost – Severe Critisicm

Guardian Fighter Weapons & Gear

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.

The best way to gear up in Neverwinter is by making a lot of Astral Diamonds, check out our newly updated Astral Diamond Guide for mod 14 to learn all the secrets of AD farming.

If you want to plan out your character and see what items are available the Neverwinter Character Simulator is a great tool.


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


  • Tank: Fured Kiuno of the Bear (Best in Slot) > Shieldlord’s Raid / Ward Breastplate > Knotted Garbs
  • DPS: Fured Kiuno of the Bear (Best in Slot) > Shieldlord’s Raid / Ward Breastplate > Knotted Garbs


  • Tank: Survivors Wraps / Lycosa’s Barbed Gloves (Best in Slot) > Shieldlord’s Raid / Ward Gauntlets > Terrored Grips
  • DPS: Terrored Grips (Best in Slot) > Shieldlord’s Raid / Ward Gauntlets


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

Primary & Secondary:

  • Tank: Exalted Primal Weapons
  • DPS: Exalted Primal Weapons

Weapon Artifact Powers

    • Tank Primary: Weapon Master’s Strike
    • Tank Secondary: Enhanced Mark
    • DPS Primary: Weapon Master’s Strike
  • DPS Secondary: Shield Warrior’s Wrath

Neck & Waist:

  • Tank: Lichstone > Valhalla
  • DPS: Orcus Set


  • Tank: Beaded Restoration Rings
  • DPS: Ring of the Shadowstalker +4/+5 (Best in Slot) > Ring of Offensive Action > Masterwork Rings

Shirt & Pants:

Tank: Shirt of the Chultan Merchant + Adamantine Chausses +1

  • DPS: Upper Primal Paints + Adamantine Chausses +1



  • Primary Artifact: Heart of the Black Dragon / Sigil of the Devoted / Token of Chromatic Storm
  • Secondary Artifacts: Horn of Valhalla (For Set) – Symbol of Fire – Empowered Illusionist’s Mask – Sigil of the Devoted / Heart of the Black Dragon – Sigil of the Hunter


    • Primary Artifact: Wheel of the Elements / Soul Sight Crystal
  • Secondary Artifact: Shard of Orcus Wand (For Set) – Eye of the Giant – Fragmented Key of Stars – Lantern of Revelation

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. If you still need to refine your enchantments, see our Refinement Guide for tips on how to farm refinement.

Armor Enchantments:

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

Weapon Enchantments:

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

Offense Enchantments:

  • Tank: Silvery Enchantments
  • DPS: Brutal Enchantments

Defense Enchantments:

  • Tank: Radiant Enchantments
  • DPS: Radiant Enchantments

Utility Enchantments: Dragon’s Hoard x2 + QuartmasterX2 + 1 Fey Blessing or 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:  Recovery Armor Kit > Defense Armor Kit > Deflection 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 Consumables & Buffs

Consider to get VIP for the Power of VIP HP buff if you aren’t already. Also always stand in campfires to get the +1 ability campfire buff.

Get one from each of the rows below:

  • Empowered Chain of Scales (Best in Slot) > Adorable Pocket Pet > Tymora’s Lucky Coin
  • Wild Storm Elixir
  • Squash Soup

Guardian Fighter Companions

The best companions for Guardian Fighters are:

  • Tank Summoned Companion: Dancing Shield
  • Tank Active Companions: Rust Monster, Bulette Pup, Energon, Razorwood
    • DPS Summoned Companion: Chultan Tiger
  • DPS Active Companions: Air Archon, Earth Archon, Siege Master, Razorwood

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.

  • Gear of the Companion
  • Masterwork Rings
  • +4/+5 Rings

Companion Runestones: Bonding Runestones

Tank Companion Enchantments: Silvery Enchantments

DPS Companion Enchantments: Brutal Enchantments

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 Swift Golden Lion or Swarm.

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: Protector’s Camaraderie – Shepard’s Devotion – Gladiator’s Guile – Artificer’s Persuasion – Artificer’s influence
  • DPS: Protector’s Camaraderie –  Calvary’s Warning – Gladiator’s Guile  – Artificer’s Persuasion – Combatant’s Maneuver

Insignia Type:

  • Tank: Courage > Leeching > 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: Dominant Force (4000 power) – Rapid Recovery (4000 recovery)
  • Tank Mount Combat Power: Aureal Armament (Swift Golden Lion) – Bat Swarm (Swarm)
    • DPS: Mount Equip Power : Dominant Force (4000 power) Armor Breaker (4000 armor penetration) Fierce Predator (2000 power 2000 armor penetration) Ruthless Efficiency (4000 crit)
  • DPS: Mount Combat Power : Bat Swarm (Swarm)

If you have any questions or suggestions about our Guardian Fighter guide please leave a comment below! More info about the GF class can be found at The Neverwinter Reddit. More builds and further info can also be found at MMOMinds.


  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    Nov 18, 2018

    mod 15 is now out, a few things to ask.

    a) Survivor’s wraps- Why are you suggesting these to tank without SWW?
    b) Tactician- Crushing Pin can be triggered with Lycosa’s gloves (Ravenloft hunt)
    c) Tactician tanks are the future i’ll let you check out this tank build on another loadout.

    – Strength Focus 2/3 (10% extra effectiveness from STR, great for a little bit of DPS)
    -Toughness 3/3 (9% extra HP, this should be self explanatory)
    -Armour Specialisation- 3/3 (15% extra effectiveness of Armour Class and Defence)
    :- Either Shield of Resurgence or Distracting 2/3- Shield gives 3% hp when controlled whilst distracting gives enemies a 3% debuff for damage when you successfully block an attack.

    Dont bother with Potent challenge for threat- You should be earning enough threat from rotations. Use 5/5 on Powerful attack instead (10% more damage from encounters, you can gain threat from the rotation below from just having enemies marked and attacking them)
    :- Weapon Mastery 3/3 and Ubiquitous Shield 2/3 or vice versa.

    Paragon- Swordmaster (Well, duh)

    Paragon Feats- Tactician, the master of all.

    Crushing Pin 5/5- This power is insane. Control powers cause enemies to take 10% bonus damage for 3 seconds. If you have the barbed gloves of lycosa (Ravenloft hunt T1) you can proc this without needing to slot a stun in.

    Fight On 5/5- Encounter powers cooldown to maximise the usage of Into The Fray and Commander’s Strike.

    Daunting Challenge 5/5- Marked targets do 10% less damage to allies, keep your buddies alive!

    Rousing Speech 5/5- Passive AP for allies within 30′ of yourself (5% extra)

    United 5/5- Allies within 30′ take 5% less damage, more aid to allies.

    Inspiring Leader 5/5- ITF gives 5% damage to party members

    Surging Tide 5/5- Tide of Iron is useful as a DR from an enemy as well as increasing the damage the enemy takes from you.

    Martial Mastery- This capstone can help you proc Fighter’s Recovery like mad. You also gain a bonus to this based on your damage resistance as a bonus.

    You should then have 5 points left to spend, either use them in Improved vigor (conqueror) for a massive boost to AP gain or Armour of Bahamut (Protector) which will make you take 10% less damage when below 30% stamina.

    At Wills:
    Weapon Master’s Strike (This is seriously a great at-will, deal one attack from the front and one from combat advantage)
    Tide of Iron (Debuff enemy resistances whilst mitigating your own damage from them)


    Into the fray- AP/Damage/Run Speed from this affects party members and procs Inspiring Leader (Feat)

    Enforced Threat- Taunt everything and watch it get marked up with lesser marks nicely

    Commander’s Strike- Encounter powers in a party proc a 10% damage bonus on marked targets which if you play it correctly should be everything within the range of ET.

    Class Features- Enhanced Mark is love. Enhanced Mark is life.
    For the other, I personally use Steel Grace for run speed, critical strike and deflect chance. Though feel free to slot Combat Superiority, Steel Blitz or Shield Warrior’s Wrath if you do use the Survivor Wraps as we don’t use Reckless Attacker.

    Dailies- Villian’s menace (this is excellent for the 20% increased resist, it also buffs your AP gain anyway)
    Fighter’s Recovery- This will keep you alive most of the time

    Boons are pretty much up to whatever you need. HP and defence are always great.
    For guild boons I prioritise Armour Pen over Power as you can get closer to 100% defences ignored (i’m at 101.4% as of typing this)

    Dragon Server (PC)

  • Reply
    Common Sense user
    Mar 25, 2019

    No wonder the tank’s are getting one shotted in Castle Ravenloft. You’re having them use DPS gear.

    News Flash: a tank functions on the exact opposite stats as a DPS. For Bonafide Tanking, focus primarily on increasing Max HP, Defense, and Deflection.

    To that end, run Gigantic Enchantments in your Defense Slots.

    For enhanced Damage output, use a Briartwine Armor Enchantment.

    You’re a tank, you’re supposed to take damage.

  • What would the dancing shield have equipped as it only holds belts

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