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Willbender Open World Build

GW2. Best Open World Build. Willbender. Guardian PvE.


Last Update: December 2023


Overview

This Willbender build fits many multi-hitting attacks into the Rushing Justice buff which gives burning the more you hit. Even as a hybrid build, it does great burst damage through burning and power damage.

The main sustain comes from boons and blocks due to the Defender Relic. If you want even more sustain you can take the Focus off hand instead of a Sword.

You want to use multi-hit attacks right after landing a virtue to keep getting the bonus effects, especially F1 for burning application.

Opener Combo: Sword 5 > Sword 2 > F1 > Whirling Light > Sword 3 > Weapon Swap > Torch 4 x2 > Torch 5


Difficulty
25%

Equipment

ItemStatRune / Sigil
Helm
Celestial
Shoulders
Celestial
Coat
Celestial
Gloves
Celestial
Leggings
Celestial
Boots
Celestial

Primary Weapon Set

Sword
Celestial
Sword
Celestial

Secondary Weapon Set

Axe
Celestial
Torch
Celestial
ItemStat
Amulet
Celestial
Ring
Celestial
Ring
Celestial
Accessory
Celestial
Accessory
Celestial
Backpiece
Celestial

Relic

Consumables

Infusions

Optional
x18

Alternatives

  • Jade Bot Core: for extra vitality
  • Weapon: Scepter instead of Axe
  • Sigil: instead of Doom

Skills

Sword / SwordHeal / Utility / Elite
Axe / Torch

Alternatives

  • Heal: for higher healing when able to hit many targets
  • Utility: for AoE damage instead Save Yourselves
  • Elite: for quickness

Traits


Alternatives

  • Virtues: if taking Purging Flames
  • Willbender: for more Protection

Build Template

Chat Code: (copy/paste into in-game chat)

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Gameplay

Full Video Guide:

Credit to Vallun for the video.

Updated Gameplay:


22 Comments

  1. Nice build, what alternative runes do you recommend and can this armor set be used with a different Elite Specializations? Thanks! Also do you have a specific video explaining this build in youtube?

    • The runes are important for the sustain, but yea will work fine with firebrand and dh as well

  2. Dolyak Runes are great sustain as well, and they’re cheap on the TP; however I run similar build to this with Scholar runes and still feel like I have an abundance of built in sustain.

  3. Hello there!

    Such an amazing build! The problem I found is that it’s too tanky even for solo purposes. I use balthazar runes for even better burning damage and I run GS + sword/torch or scepter/torch for solo boss fights to break the defiance bar a bit faster.

    In WB’s trait line I took searing pact, since the heal is a bit too excessive for me. Pretty much can fight any HoT HP or champ solo. For me this is the best solo build atm after Renegade was nerfed to death.

      • sure, my man!
        I am just cosplaying Grey Knights and burn heretics xD
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          • npnp! Share your thought after giving this build a shot pls =)
            It’s almost identical, but I use full Balthazar runes + sigil of force and sigil of bursting on both weapons. Full Cele gear.

            I find additional healing traits and runes of defender a bit too much, this build Is already capable of face tanking shit.

            Killing brood mother within 54 seconds lol

    • Do you play your build only open world, or do you use in other parts of games? fractals, pvp, wvw?

  4. Amazing build, this is THE build for me! However, I have one small question. Would Roiling Light be a valid alternative for Stand Your Ground in regard to stun break?

    Thank you for your time.

  5. What exaclty does Holy Reckonigs and why not to use Restorative Virtues? is it alac better? However, this build is so AWESOME!! I dont have to even use heal skill 🙂 I can do almost all content in open world. I just did Soo won meta and it was awesome! ill test some hp and other solo stuff. Great job! And whats the most important its fun to play 🙂

    • Any alt to Celestial stats? I know crafting full set of ascended armor is rather time consuming and wondering what would be a good fill in for while I’m working on getting celestial gear. Thanks in advance for any suggestions 😊

  6. With the update to account for relics/weaponmaster, is this still “one build”-able for WvW?

  7. Am I missing something?

    It has Axe as the second weapon for willbender but I thought axe cannot be used unless firebrand?

    • You need the newest expansion Secrets of the Obscure, doing the story will unlock Weapon Master for your account and you will be able to equip weapons from other specializations. You can take Scepter instead Axe if you don’t have it.

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