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Warden of the North 2.0 (Vanguard)

Author: boonfoxx

Class: WARDEN

Race: Nord

Main Role: Tank

Health, Magicka, Stamina

HEALTH MAGICKA STAMINA
38k - 45k 18k - 20k 22k - 24k

 

Skills

 

Bar 1

Weapon 1: Destruction Staff

Winters Revenge

Warden Skill

Winters Revenge

Impaling Shards

 

Elemental Blockade

Destruction Staff Skill

Elemental Blockade

Wall of Elements

 

Arctic Blast

Warden Skill

Arctic Blast

Arctic Wind

 

Ice Fortress

Warden Skill

Ice Fortress

Frost Cloak

 

Bull Netch

Warden Skill

Bull Netch

Betty Netch

 

Permafrost

Warden Skill

Permafrost

Sleet Storm

 

Bar 2

Weapon 2: One Handed And Shield

Heroic Slash

One Hand And Shield Skill

Heroic Slash

Low Slash

 

Pierce Armor

One Hand And Shield Skill

Pierce Armor

Puncture

 

Power Slam

One Hand And Shield Skill

Power Slam

Power Bash

 

Shimmering Shield

Warden Skill

Shimmering Shield

Crystallized Shield

 

Deceptive Predator

Warden Skill

Deceptive Predator

Falcons Swiftness

 

Enchanted Forest

Warden Skill

Enchanted Forest

Secluded Grove

 

Armor Types

Light Armor Medium Armor Heavy Armor
1 1 5

 

Gear and Item Set Info

 

5 Piece Crafted

Jewelry, Sword and Shield

2 Piece Monster

Staff

 

Provisions

 

General Info

 

After testing the build, I've changed a few things for the base skill set. The build can practically run a normal group dungeon solo. Swapped front bar to back bar and visa-versa.

Long buffs and AoEs on front bar, direct attacks and short framed buffs on back bar. Keep your short buffs (Shimmering Shield and Deceptive Predator) always up. Timing and rythym.

The combination of Heroic Slash and Shimmering Shield (it works against arrows too and gets pinged constantly in group dungeons, well worth it) are purposefully placed to get your extremely devastating ultimate, Permafrost, up as soon as possible. The Enchanted Forest ultimate is there for emergency use but also gives ult back to help get it up again.

Super balanced! Overland solo, dungeon tank, pvp survivability and kills.

Take time to review passives. You get major boosts to your health and damage mitigation from both Warden and Nord passives and abilities. Use at least one weapon damage and one spell damage glyph on your jewelry. Destructive staff passives allow you to use the ice staff to taunt at range with a heavy attack and also allows you to block with magicka if your stamina is low, but with Bull Netch and the provisions you should be good on stam. I'd suggest reduce cost of spells enchantment for the amulet.

The Lady or The Steed boon depending on your situation. Run at least 5 divines traits, 2 impen, one sturdy on shield.

 

PvP

This build is best played as a vanguard when taking keeps and close quarter combat. Since there isn't any gap closer, open field skirmshes could get boring. I chose Power Slam instead of Reverb for the extra damage and swap out Arctic Blast with Corrupting Pollen for the enemy healing debuff. It has a wide area and distance, hard for enemy players to get away from. Try to focus on closed in enemies within structures to drop your AoEs. Stay with a group. As the Vanguard you have to be the first to rush in, but make sure they've got your back.

Play around with it, substitute in Frozen Device for gags in PvP. Also, look further into the Warden class passives, such as Flourish, to understand the balance of this build! Good stuff!

 

Champion Point Tips

 

75 points into Shadow Ward. All other points destributed evenly across damage mitigation and output (consider frost damage).

 

 

 

Build Rating

Rating: 4.3. From 6 votes.
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9 Comments

  • Matthew rowe
    Dec 19, 2017

    Could you use this build whilst levelling or is it a end game build only? Thank in advance

    Reply
    • Boonfoxx
      Dec 19, 2017

      Hey Matt, yes I leveled this build up from 1 when I first conceived it. However you obviously won’t have all the skills unlocked at first.

      You will need to use at least two other animal companions abilities on each bar initially to level up that skill tree quick enough to get the Netch and Predator skills unlocked sooner than later. Use fungal growth until you have healing seed. Focus on leveling up sword and shield first then destro staff once you have your second bar unlocked. Use training gear and do lots of random group dungeons in the activity finder. It gives you loads of content. A more efficient and fun way to grind. You won’t have any trouble being matched up as a tank. You have to choose random though for the bonus xp.

      If you don’t have enough traits unlocked yet to craft shacklebreaker, either find a friend who can or use drops from the dungeons until you do. Warrior poet is pretty easy to find in Vvardenfell.

      Reply
      • Matthew rowe
        Dec 19, 2017

        Thanks for your help

        Reply
  • Matthew rowe
    Dec 23, 2017

    With regards to skill points, is it magic or stamina or a balance of all? Thanks in advance

    Reply
    • boonfoxx
      Dec 23, 2017

      24 H / 20 M / 20 S

      Reply
      • Matthew rowe
        Dec 24, 2017

        Thank you so much. Having fun with this but have adapted it to duel weild. Only going for steel tornado instead of elemental blockade.

        Reply
  • hellion
    Dec 28, 2017

    Is this build good for raids?

    Reply
  • sam
    Dec 31, 2017

    what traits on armour sets?

    Reply
  • Josh
    Jan 2, 2018

    Just starting with this build. Any chance you could tell me how to spend my points at the start?

    Reply

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