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Beginner Team
Beginner Team – Build Page Beginner Basics
Player builds: WarriorWarrior RangerRanger MonkMonk NecromancerNecromancer MesmerMesmer ElementalistElementalist AssassinAssassin Ritualist Ritualist Paragon Paragon DervishDervish

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Intended for transitional use only.           

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This build is part of the current metagame.

This build has also received an overall rating in the range from 4.75 to 5.0 and thus qualifies for the highest category of working builds: Great.

This build has been designed for the following use:

This guide provides players using an entirely new account with a team build that is soon available and financed on the fly. It is meant to be played in the Nightfall campaign: It grows in power while progressing with the main quest and empowers the player to deal with more challenging PvE content. By design it evolves into an endgame teambuild, but can be used to work towards any other non-transitional Hero Teambuild.

If you're inexperienced with Guild Wars, read the Beginner Basics first.

Preparation for the Beginner Team Build

This setup requires you to play this far:

Prophecies Factions Nightfall Eye of the North
Character created in Factions
  • Consulate Docks
    first mission for foreigners; end of the tutorial for Nightfall characters. Do the mission.
Character created in Nightfall

You have to ascend in order to be able to change your secondary profession, which is required to purchase skills for heroes not matching your initial profession combination. With a character created in Factions fastest way to ascend is to do the Factions mission Nahpui Quarter, the second mission on the mainland. Characters which have been created in Nightfall ascend during the primary quest Hunted! right after consulate docks and don't have to do any quests in Factions.

Unlocking the Heroes

Nightfall Heroes

Eye of the North Heroes

  • Gwen: Unlocked upon entering the second outpost.

Purchasing the initial skill set

Buy 9 skills from skill trainers and get two more in exchange for hero skill points. The required skill trainers are:

Factions Nightfall EotN
Michiko (Kaineng Center
Monk Aegis Aegis
Monk Signet of Rejuvenation Signet of Rejuvenation
Mesmer Shatter Hex Shatter Hex
Mesmer Unnatural Signet Unnatural Signet
Shiloh (Sunspear Great Hall
Necromancer Animate Shambling Horror Animate Shambling Horror

Pikin (Kamadan

Necromancer Signet of Lost Souls Signet of Lost Souls

Tohn (Kamadan) 

Mesmer Mistrust Mistrust

Medando (Yohlon Haven

Mesmer Spiritual Pain Spiritual Pain
Micah Fergson (Eye of the North
Monk Patient Spirit Patient Spirit
Monk Cure Hex Cure Hex
Necromancer Masochism Masochism

Build Overview

Starting Skill Set    Final Skill Set  
Necromancer/Mesmer
Animate Bone Minions Animate Shambling Horror Unnatural Signet Death Nova Cry of Frustration Signet of Lost Souls Masochism Resurrection Signet
    Necromancer/Mesmer
Energy Surge Spiritual Pain Unnatural Signet Shatter Hex Cry of Frustration Masochism Animate Bone Minions Death Nova
Elementalist/Mesmer
Resurrection Signet Spiritual Pain Unnatural Signet Mistrust Cry of Frustration Power Drain Drain Enchantment Empathy
Mesmer
Energy Surge Spiritual Pain Unnatural Signet Mistrust Cry of Frustration Power Drain Drain Enchantment Empathy
Elementalist/Mesmer
Resurrection Signet Spiritual Pain Unnatural Signet Mistrust Cry of Frustration Power Drain Drain Enchantment Empathy
Mesmer
Energy Surge Spiritual Pain Unnatural Signet Mistrust Cry of Frustration Power Drain Drain Enchantment Empathy
Mesmer/Monk
Shatter Hex Spiritual Pain Unnatural Signet Mistrust Cry of Frustration Power Drain Drain Enchantment Resurrect
Mesmer/ Ritualist
Energy Surge Spiritual Pain Unnatural Signet Mistrust Cry of Frustration Power Drain Shatter Enchantment Flesh of My Flesh
Dervish/Mesmer
Shatter Hex Spiritual Pain Unnatural Signet Mistrust Cry of Frustration Power Drain Drain Enchantment Empathy
Necromancer/ Ritualist
Blood is Power Enfeebling Blood Signet of Lost Souls Mend Body and Soul Spirit Light Protective was Kaolai Life Flesh of My Flesh
Monk/Mesmer
Signet of Rejuvenation Patient Spirit Protective Spirit Aegis Shield of Absorption Cure Hex Mend Ailment Power Drain
Monk/Mesmer
Word of Healing Patient Spirit Protective Spirit Aegis Shield of Absorption Cure Hex Dismiss Condition Power Drain
Monk/Mesmer
Signet of Rejuvenation Patient Spirit Protective Spirit Aegis Shield of Absorption Cure Hex Orison of Healing Power Drain
Monk/Mesmer
Word of Healing Patient Spirit Protective Spirit Aegis Shield of Absorption Cure Hex Dismiss Condition Power Drain


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Player Build Suggestions

Suggestions for transitional builds made of skills available when playing with this team:

Warrior Warrior             Elementalist Elementalist
Ranger Ranger             Assassin Assassin
Monk Monk             Ritualist Ritualist
Necromancer Necromancer             Paragon Paragon
Mesmer Mesmer             Dervish Dervish

Starting Heroes in Detail

Acolyte Sousuke

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Vekk

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Melonni

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Gwen

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Olias

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Tahlkora

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Dunkoro

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Consecutive Build Upgrades

At Kodonur Crossroads

Note: Permanently replace Vekk with Zhed Shadowhoof using the same build. Zhed is required for this and one future mission.

Upgrade your monk heroes:

At Rilohn Refuge

Permanently replace Melonni with Master of Whispers.

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At Kodash Bazaar

This build upgrade consists of two steps: The first is to implement the elite skill Energy Surge into the team. The second is to add Blood is Power, which results in a couple of additional build changes throughout the entire team and requires to buy a couple of skills. If you don't yet have the required platinum to execute the second step of this build upgrade, you can postpone it until later.

Asterisk.jpgStep 1: Energy Surge

  • Energy Surge Energy Surge can be captured from Yammiron, Ether Lord outside of the Kodash Bazaar.
    • Replace Resurrection Signet on Acolyte Sousuke and Zhed Shadowhoof.
    • Replace Empathy on Master of Whispers. Replace his Mistrust with Shatter Hex.
    • Replace Shatter Hex on Gwen.

Asterisk.jpgStep 2: Blood is Power – the skill changes should be performed in one go. The equipment changes can be performed at any point.

Skill acquisition
  • Blood is Power Blood is Power can be captured from Lieutenant Vanahk outside of Chantry of Secrets.
  • The new ritualist spells can be bought from Michiko in Kaineng Center.
    • Mend Body and Soul Mend Body and Soul
    • Spirit Light Spirit Light
    • Protective was Kaolai Protective Was Kaolai
    • Life Life
    • Flesh of My Flesh Flesh of My Flesh
Equipment upgrade
Build upgrade
  • Replace Drain Enchantment on Zhed Shadowhoof with Shatter Hex.
  • Replace Drain Enchantment on Gwen with Shatter Enchantment.
  • Replace Resurrect on Gwen with Flesh of My Flesh.
  • Replace Remove Hex on Dunkoro with Reversal of Fortune.
  • Replace Signet of Lost Souls on Master of Whispers with Masochism.
  • Replace Olias's entire bar with a Blood is Power Healer build:

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After Dzagonur Bastion

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After finishing Nightfall

Transition to an endgame build

  • The endgame build which is closest to the final version of this beginner team is Triple Energy Surge.
  • Keep improving your hero equipment: Buy better weaponry fitting their attributes, give them attribute and health runes alongside armor insignias. Follow Guide:PvE Equipment.
  • Play the Factions primary questline, siding with the Kurzick faction. Capture Soul Twisting outside of Unwaking Waters and unlock the ritualist hero Xandra in Gunnar's Hold during the norn fighting tournament. Taking her as ST Prot over Dunkoro will largely increase the team stability.
  • Continue the primary questline The Knowledgeable Asura. The mission quest Finding the Bloodstone will unlock Livia. You can use her as Prot Hero or Healer Hero over Tahlkora.
    • Alternatively, capture Ether Renewal in a crystal desert mission in prophecies and replace Tahlkora with an Elementalist Prot Hero.

Notes

  • If you play a healer build yourself, drop a monk hero for an E/Me or D/Me hero. However, it is not recommended to play any backline build in hero teams due to issues with their AI.
  • You can level heroes by having them in your party while accepting quest rewards.
    • If you level Melonni this way, you can replace her initially with M.O.X. to play with a level 20 hero sooner.
  • If you don't mind farming, do the quest The Team Trials or the mission Zaishen Challenge to gain Balthazar faction which you can turn into skills for your heroes at a Priest of Balthazar. This way you can gain access to elite skills early on and perform some of the build upgrades mentioned in the section transition to an endgame build during the campaign. The greatest improvement would be to get the Soul Twisting ritualist.