Introduction – What are Raids?
Raids in Guild Wars 2 refer to 10-man instanced content that require extreme coordination to complete. They contain variety of encounters with special mechanics that groups need to navigate in order to avoid failure.
Currently, raids in Guild Wars 2 are spread out over four raid wings: Spirit Vale, Salvation Pass, Stronghold of the Faithful and Bastion of the Penitent. There is an overarching story that spans the journey of the first three raid wings, and a separate story for raid wing four. However, progression in these raid wings are not locked linearly. You don’t need to complete Stronghold of the Faithful in order to “unlock” Bastion of the Penitent content – you can engage any encounter in any raid wing at any point, provided you have the instance for it.
Raid Meta – What is it and why is it important?
What are the roles in the current raid meta?
Each strong build will contain a link to www.qtfy.eu or www.snowcrows.com, where they host detailed build guides, optimised skill rotations and boss specific tips. Please utilise these resources extensively if looking to learn raid roles and classes.Support Roles:
Might Stacker – A person who is capable of stacking Might reliably for their party.
Meta Might Stacker: Condition Phalanx Strength Warrior
Healer – A person who is responsible for the majority of healing in a party.
Meta Healer: Healer Druid, Condition Druid
Boonshare – A person who is responsible for sharing vital boons to the party (quickness, etc).
Meta Boonsharer: Power Chronomancer
Tank – A person designated to hold the aggro of a raid boss where applicable.
Meta Tank: Power Chronomancer, Minstrel Chronomancer
The role of Tank and Boonshare is rolled into one due to how well suited Chronomancer is for them. One Chronotank holds aggro and boonshares, Then one off-tank focuses on boonshare.
All DPS roles are oriented around killing bosses, so each class will have a DPS role. Some have multiple, and the stronger DPS builds often come down to composition or encounter rather than raw number benchmarks.
Warrior – Condition DPS
Elementalist – Staff Weaver, Condition Weaver, Staff Tempest
Mesmer – Condition Mirage
Ranger – Condition Soulbeast
Engineer – Condition Engineer, Power Holosmith
Guardian – Condition Firebrand, Power Dragonhunter
Revenant – Condition Renegade
Necromancer – Condition Scourge
Thief – Condition Daredevil, Staff Daredevil
“I have a build for X, it doesn’t have the same weapons or stats but it’s fine,
“What is a rotation? I’ve never heard of that term when playing before.”
So how do I get ready for raids if I have the build and gear?
The best way to practice skill rotations is to utilise the Raid Test Golem, found in the Lion’s Arch Aerodrome. You need to be in a raid squad (you can create one from the top left hand menu) and you can find the entrance to the Special Forces Training Area next to the personal bank. Once there, you can create a golem to your specifications and practice hitting it to your content. For the purposes of learning rotations, and comparing benchmark scores, golems will need to be of a certain type to ensure consistency between your results and results used as benchmarks by the community.
For most classes, this will be:
– Four million HP
– Small Hitbox (Large Hitbox if DH or Elementalist)
– All Conditions including 25 Vulnerability Stacks (10 different Conditions maximum if Power Holosmith)
You will also need to apply boons and buffs to yourself that are considered realistic to have in a raid environment (5 boons):
– 25 stacks of Might
– Sun Spirit
– Frost Spirit
– 5 stacks of Grace of the Land
– Pinpoint Distribution (if Condition based DPS)
– Banner of Strength
– Banner of Discipline
– Empower Allies
Practice your role’s skill rotation until you feel like you understand it, and can do it in your sleep. Then, use it everywhere! Dungeons, Meta Events, Fractals. One of the best ways to become good at raid builds is practice. You’ll become accustomed to the ins and outs of your build, it’s strengths and weaknesses. So just keep playing and you’ll put yourself in a good position to learn raid encounters, since you already do other PvE content with the build!
Best of luck, and happy raiding!