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Old Apr 14, 2012, 09:29 AM // 09:29   #1
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Default Sword Ranger?

One of the things I'm looking forward to most in GW2 is Rangers being able to use swords!

I was wondering what peoples thoughts are on creating an effective Sword ranger in GW1?

I was thinking that you could use the dagger spammer build and just swap in a sword, not sure on what to use in the offhand though. Perhaps a focus for energy? Or would a shield be better and put some points in Tactics?

My old build looked like this,

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Steelfang Slash
Dwarven Stability
Lightning Reflexes
"Save Yourselves!"
Throw Dirt
Feel No Pain

Although, looking at it now, it's a bit poor
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Old Apr 14, 2012, 11:17 AM // 11:17   #2
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I have been running a Sword Ranger in GW1.

I found it best to Use

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Dwarven Stability
Lightning Reflexes
Save Yourselves

And you can just chose what you want in the rest of the slots.
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Old Apr 14, 2012, 11:24 AM // 11:24   #3
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Thing is a focus wouldn't give you that much energy cause there is no way you could meet the reqs so I would have to say go with shield maybe 15 q7 tactics
and put some in. I also notice you dont have an elite and cause that build uses quite a bit of adrenaline why not dragon slash? seems like a good choice and keeps you from using more energy heavy skills, though I think you may look into using skills that require energy because as a ranger you should be able to more easily spam them. Oh as wotah says 100b is a good elite maybe instead of feel no pain you could choose ymlad or finish him. maybe even sin support.
Idk sounds fun though I am currently playing a dagger ranger but I use Experts dexterity as my Ias cause havent got dwarven stability yet.
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Old Apr 14, 2012, 04:30 PM // 16:30   #4
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I made my sword warrior primarily to spam SY on my heroes and be somewhat tanky.

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Soldier's Stance (elite)
"To the Limit!" - Quickly build some adrenaline
"For Great Justice!"
"Save Yourselves!"
"I Am the Strongest!" - Just so I can have some damage
"I Am Unstoppable!"
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Old Apr 14, 2012, 08:03 PM // 20:03   #5
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I find that you can use the deep wound RaO pet build, and switch out those for some sword skills. I use barbarious slice, gash, and sun and moon slash. its pretty good in pvp, both axe and swords can take monks out easy
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Old Apr 15, 2012, 05:31 AM // 05:31   #6
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As far as GW1 rangers go....if it isnt a spellcasting weapon, most likely your ranger can use it. I just recently made a ranger, been playing with more than a few saved, sword, axe, bow, dagger, name it. get ahold of me ingame ill ping you a few

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Old Apr 15, 2012, 06:37 AM // 06:37   #7
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I ran this for a bit. Can pretty much maintain a 75% IAS/Block indefinitely (via YMLAD! and OnYourKnees!).

12 Sword
9 Tactics
13 Expertise

Sup Expertise rune + headpiece
Major Vigor
Sentry Insignia and Vitae runes
16/8 Tactics Shield
+30hp shield and sword mod (I know, some prefer +5 Armor...)
96AR vs Phys (106 vs Slashing with a shield mod) and 126AR vs EL damage

536hp (forgot to switch to different armor piece in pic so less hp). With a Sup Vigor will give you a bit more.

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Old Apr 15, 2012, 08:21 AM // 08:21   #8
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I agree that YmlaD is great for the interrupt and knockdown. I do like Finish Him also, just for a quick kill.

I'll have a play with these ideas today and see what I come up with.
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