Zeff’s “What shield?” MOD 15 ready DPS guide

by Zeff on December 5, 2018
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Zeff's GF DPS buildguide

Hello everyone, and thanks if you stopped by to read my thoughts and understanding on Guardian Fighter as a DPS class.

First of all, this is my first time attempting to write a guide on anything in general, second, english is not my native language so sorry for any mistakes and typos since I had no one to proofread this guide before I published it… Now… back to the real things, my goal is to be invited as a main DPS to top tier dungeons ( mSP, FBI, T9G ) AND fullfill secondary DPS spot if needed. That I can promise you and that is what this guide is about. With our Into The Fray buff we already are desired at least as buffers, so there’s no need to be depressed if you aren’t main damage dealer in a certain dungeon. You are doing your part and you are being versatile at that point and making the run faster already by not just buffing but helping as a DPS. Also I would like to mention that this guide is for people who are aware what DPSing as a GF is and that I am not going to start explaining the basics like how to use your shield neither what your marking does and things like that, for that you may want to read now Dairyzeus’ guide to GF. I am basically going to explain you tricks, my understanding and view about the dps GF and show that we aren’t just dps wannabes.

What is a DPS Guardian Fighter?

Basically, it is a class with highest burst damage in the game that does insane amount of it on single target if done right. Well, and an okay damage on trash with your AoE abilities aswell ( note that AoE won’t be our main goal ). It has huge potential if you manage to get tons buff/debuff with your party, I would like to mention that we are buff dependant deeps slaves and we simply won’t work neither as tank neither as DPS without tons of buffs/debuffs. If you don’t get enough heals or a player that goes with tank role in your party can’t/won’t take the aggro, you will die. A lot. Until you learn to dodge stuff and be a hot feet. On a single target boss fights no one will be able to take aggro of you due to the amount of damage you make and aggro it generates anyways, not to mention the Knight’s Challenge encounter which will be your essential damage booster.

… So let’s get started

Half-Orc (5% crit severity) or Dragonborn (3% Power and Critical strike),

for stats, go for as much STR and CHA as possible for Combat Advantage.
when choosing between CON  and DEX, go for CON

Feats and Paragorn, Boons
*honestly for boons you go whatever that makes you balance off your crit, armor penetration and power. Your priorities should be armor penetration to 85 % ~, crit strike to 90% before hard capping and then the rest goes to power since it has no cap. Im pretty sure you guys are able to figure these yourself, they’re pretty much individual choice.




Encounters, Dailies, Class feats, At-Wills

Encounters for AoE: 

Enforced Threat, Into The Fray, Lunging Strike, Line Breaker Assault

Encounters for Single Target:

Knee Breaker, Griffon’s Wrath, Anvil Of Doom, Into The Fray, Knight’s Challenge and Commander’s Strike if you have a GF in your party already AND you are secondary DPS. ( instead of ITF )


Fighter’s Recovery for rough situations, practically makes you immortal when played right

Villain’s Menance for DPS increase

Class feats:

Combat superiority ( keep that 24/7 )

Shield Warrior’s Wrath ( ahhhh, sweet sweet dmg % increase, use that 24/7 end game )

Steel Blitz works nicely with Lightning enchant.

Steel Grace wooot speed + crit ( use it till you reach around 90 % crit before hard cap without Relentess Attacker feat )


Weapon Master’s Strike for AoE and debuff

Tide of Iron can be used as a debuff aswell, I prefer WMS more.

Crushing Surge for single target + HP lifesteal



Crown of the Undead w/ crit armor pen armor kit

Fured Kuno of the Bear w/ crit strike armor kit

Survivor Wraps or Fearbringers w/  armor pen kit

Heels of Fury w/ armor pen kit

*I personally switch to Fearbringers at Orcus cause with the Bloody death ( red buff ) lets you pre – stack SWW anyways so you can ditch the Wraps.



Bamphomet’s Infernal Talisman w/ AP kit

Legendary Ring of Shadowstalker +5 w/ AP kit

Ring of Offensive Action / Ring of Shadowstalker +4 w/ Stamina kit

Demogorgon’s Girdle of Might w/ Stamina kit



Exalted Primal Macuahuitl + Exalted Primal Mahuizzochimalli 2/2 Weapon Master Strike and Steel Grace artifact powers.



Soul Sight Crystal [single target]

Wheel Of Elements [trash clean]

Shard of Orcus’ Wand

Kessell’s Spheres of Annihilation

Lantern of Revelations

*Could change Lantern or Kessell’s for Fragmented Key of Stars



Weapon: Trans. Vorpal [Single Target]Trans. or Unpa. Feytouched [AoE] / [Single Target]Unpa. Dread [Single Target] (when you have group that can buff/debuff tons, imagine that Dread is BiS with groups that can buff enough for you to 1 rotation / 1phase the boss. (example: 3 shot orcus) )

Armor: Honestly, anything works, but for MOD 13 new trial I’d go T. Eclipse + or T. Elven + 

*Overall Fey is best round up for everything. I, personally enjoy it the most.

Defense slots: Radiants 14s for more HP to maximize damage gained from Paladins’ Aura of Courage.

Offense slots: Brutals r14s for power and crit balance.

Utility slots: Darks r14 for mobility.



Sellsword / Rebel Mercenary / Chultan Tiger [Current summon] (10% debuff + 5% damage and speed increase at the start of combat)

Siege master [Active] (4% increased dmg)

War Boar [Active] (5% increased dmg against marked enemies)

Air Archon [Active] (5% increased dmg against targets that aren’t at full HP, means 99,9% uptime)

Razorwood [Active] (25% increased Combat Advantage + 2.5% increased Critical Severity)

Companion gear

Crit and armor penetration based stats to balance
100%~ crit. ( 98% constant and up ) and 95-100%+ resistance ignored.

Ring of Gravestriker +4 2x Radiant r14

Beaded Assault Ring 2x Brutal r14

Electrum Excecutioner Necklace +1 1x Radiant r14

Bondings r14 3x

Combat Power: Either Legendary Dino for debuff or Tenser’s for its self buff combat power, not to mention it scales with your stats or Swarm, basically you get 10 % tensers buff + 5 % debuff from Trex, ALSO it has almost INSTANT animation, so much better than tensers. I’m enjoying it a lot lately.

Equip power: either 4k crit, 2k+2k power/arpen, 4k power, 4k recovery. All depending if you need additional crit/arpen to cap on those stats, and what is available to you.

2k equip powers work just fine, 4k is just to min max your damage, so go for mount that has better combat power rather than 4k mount since 2k stat is great aswell.

Insignia bonus:

Cavalry’s Warning (legendary mount only)
Protector’s Camaraderie

Gladiator’s Guile
Artificer’s Persuasion
Combatant’s Maneuver

*Swap to Combatant’s Maneuver instead of Protector’s Friendship for boss fights, you’ll maintain the bonus for whole fight with your control powers (knight’s challenge, griffon’s wrath, knee breaker etc)
If you do not have a legendary mount, use Combatant’s Maneuver instead of Cavalry’s Warning.

The stats you want on your insignia are arpen, as these come with combat advantage bonus too. If you cannot get arpen, go with either hp, or crit if you need more.

Do not use assassin’s covenant, it isn’t useful since the power gain is negligible, compared to the damage gain from stacking HP instead of defensive stats. Everything else is kind of standard DPS bonus insignias, I could maximize the power gain with tweaked insignias, but I have what I have at the moment since I am f2p player.

P.s. Still want to go assassin’s covenant? Well… WickedDuck covered it:
r14 azures in all defense slots will grant u 4k defense which is only 400 additional power which is nothing compared to the damage increase gained from Aura of Courasge by stacking HP.

Rotations and Encounters:

Single target rotation: ( Knee breaker/Griffon’s Wrath/Anvil Of Doom, Into The Fray, Knight’s Challenge )

Stack up SWW > mark > daily > debuff with WMS > artifact power > mount combat power > KC > ITF > GW x3 ( Anvil of Doom when boss goes below 50 % HP )

AoE rotation: ( Lunging Strike, Into The Fray, Enforced Threat )

Stack up SWW  > ITF > daily > Line Breaker Assault ( also you can use LBA as an escape encounter from harsh situations ) > WMS debuff > ITF > ET

*Watch for the exaltation, longstrider shot if theres HR, OP bane x3 on you, boss, DCs BTS, Track it, find the perfect moment… strike it. The party must time it and adapt. Not you. Since its easier for 4 people to adjust timing for one person instead of you trying to catch everyone’s. So work with your groups. Communicate. Overcome. Dominate.

Tricks that aren’t written in the books:

Stacking up Shield Warrior Wrath:

You’ll need Survivor Wraps + full action points to cast Daily and stamina to raise and hold your shield.

Daily -> Raise up the shield -> Turn around while shielding -> Stack 5x Relentless Attacker + SWW before fights

P.s. they removed the canceling trick from the book, so now you gotta use full daily before you shield up, I REPEAT : CANCELING DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE.

Getting rid of Soul Sight Crystal acid trip effect:

Settings -> Turn of post processing -> Enjoy.

Hence that the game wont look as beautiful.. but perfomance > graphics. So its totally up to you what younwant, besides some may not find it annoying or gameplay harder while on effect. I do unfortunately.

Temp. HP:

Always use ITF before major strikes, so you get Temp. HP which will grant you 15% more damage.

Reviving summoned companion when Ras Ni gives you hard time:

Companion selection -> Idle companions -> Move any idle companion from one place to another -> Enjoy you summoned companion again.

Helping the ones in need:

When building up to the boss and killing the trash use KV at all times so OP can stay in combat and have their running speed increased as they are slow and the sources for running speed are limited.

Always try to wait for everyone to be in your ITF range before you cast it so everyone can enjoy the sweet buff.

Filling you action points:

Just use your shield, raise it up and while shielding attack “air” or “nothing” with your at-will. Sounds stupid, works flawlessly.








with 100%~ crit and 100%+ resistance ignored.

*for consumables drink wild storm elixir, squash soup and effervescent potion of accuracy to min max these stats and get the right balance ( you will get critical strike and critical severity )

Ending credits

Special thanks to..

LILITH for bashing me and making me learn from my mistakes

Orko Dorogas for helping me at the very beggining and helping me understand the GF itself

Bethel, Ryu for inspiring me to start DPS orientated GF

Martian/Sam for all the support in both material and moral aspects in game, love ya bro

Shen for being there for me all the time since the beginning

Harold for proofreading and formatting.

Integrity for being awesome and sharing thoughts with me, helping each other grow and get stronger and broaden our minds.


My youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Flajukas

Integrity’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxqO_uANPKo2ifdCSXjxOiA

Ryu’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_G5_kUOK2Xfkplmsg1-MMg



..and everyone else who helped me ! Peace.


For any questions contact me on PC: [email protected]

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  • February 16, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Great guide from a great dude. Nice work! 🙂

  • Contractions of Fate
    February 17, 2018 at 6:47 am

    I like the look of this. Are you on PC or console?

  • CowboyJoe817
    March 9, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Is there no itf in single target rotation? Or was that forgotten when u renamed shield warriors wrath sww. Itf after kc right?

  • Bover
    March 14, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    How the HP is converted to Power? And if I don’t have mount power it’s still decent to use assasin’s covenant?

  • Catinga
    April 2, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Did u solve the deal with the armor?

  • Gracie
    April 6, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    hello friend, the war boar is trully necessary? the only way to get it is through the GF package.

    • April 24, 2018 at 8:41 am

      Hello there, it is great to have it but not a must, However, the war boar is really great due to its active bonus. On the other hand, this is an end game build. Soo, to maximize the damage output it’s a thing you want to have.

  • Jetta
    April 9, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Out of curiosity can I ask why you are not running Shepherd’s Devotion as an insignia bonus? I thought that was a staple for DPS jobs

    • y tho
      April 27, 2018 at 12:22 am

      ’cause it only matters (or rather, matters more) with single-charge abilities such as Lashing blade, IBS, disintegrate etc. A power that can remove 100% of a boss’ health doesn’t exactly need recovery.

      • Barbanera
        July 4, 2018 at 10:59 am

        Zeff its very good ty but just one problem the build with all campain gift its possible you link?ty

  • Barbanera
    July 1, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Zeff its very good ty but just one problem the build with all campain gift its possible you link?ty

  • Barbanera
    July 1, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Zeff is all good very ty but i have just one problem if is possible you link the campain gift please?

  • July 9, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    This GF DPS build has a near-perfect rating from 234 users.

    Enchantments section says:
    “Defense slots: Radiants 13s for Aura of Courage powershare”
    (The palladin’s class feature)

    God knows what else has been copy/pasted from god knows where!!!

    • July 10, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      What do you mean? That’s exactly why I didnt do, I wrote stuff myself, then let proofread some of my friends, when i wrote the guide I wasnt even that experienced, I try to polish this guide and ect. ect. I’ve copied 0 stuff, I’ve gathered info from many friends in general and tried to put it all in one guide, also, literally dozens of people PMed me in game saying how their DPS increased by margin amount when they read my guide. Jelly much? Instead of scolding – advice. I mentioned at the very first that english isn’t my native language, that said I am ending my comment here, cause besides my bad grammar style the fact that radiants = more benefit from pallys powershare = true. Cheers.

  • Holden
    July 11, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Nice! Just one problem – bonus from Kuno and Heels of Fury doesn’t stack, no point using them both.

    • July 14, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      Is how you look at it, yes. Maybe they will make them stack in the future, who knows. But I am replacing Kuno with Barovian raid armor for now, great stats, 10k more hp, lotsa crit, fun Fun FUN !

  • nEVER
    July 11, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Hello,Good, from the build how did you get 10k + penetration armor?

  • July 19, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    CW conq build , .. zeff why you deleting my 7 star cw build link ? -_-

  • Leinard Esteves
    August 2, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    I was wondering what I can use to replace the War Boar since it is no longer available in the Zen market

  • Pleafe
    August 6, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Awesome build all over . Thanks for heads up.. MW gears are BIS if you can afford.

  • Isaac
    August 17, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Newly founded gf player. What is sww? Do you disagree with the rest of the players saying kiuno doesn’t work with heels of fury? Sorry if you’ve answered before. Couldn’t see it if so

    • August 18, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      Hey, literally 5 comments above theres answer about kiuno 🙂 also, I explained what sww, but i see no problem to say it again: its shield warrior wrath class feature that increases your damage by margin amount of %, its our main ability, our strenght source and a must have class ( yellow ability ) feature.

  • Calamity
    September 4, 2018 at 3:50 am

    what arms do you normally use survivors or fearbringers

  • September 28, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Nice Build Bro Cheers!

    Here Scorpion:D

  • Krona
    December 8, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    One phasing Orcus with a gf is easy when sww is providing 120% bonus and not 20%. Devs made gf way op in mod 15. A fix should be coming. Your video simply shows how broken gf are n and nothing else.

    Once the fix is in, gf damage will be much better and more reasonable. Until that time all this gf talk n face rolling content is due to broken sww.

    • December 10, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      Nice try to bite, but I was doing that way before the power creep everyone has now. I did 1 phase when it was actually pretty hard just when the Tomb of The Nine Gods hit the PC, I just updated my guide equipment and boons wise to be up to date for our current MOD 15 because people were asking to do so, i’ve been away for 6 months because of so called power creep so yeah. Why the negativity ? First get your facts straight and then start spitting fire. Cheers.
      P.s. I started theorycrafting with my GF on MOD 12 just in case you’ll want to talk more rubbish.

      • Krona
        December 10, 2018 at 10:10 pm

        Power creep existed since bonding were introduced not a mod 15 thing. Also, in mod 12 a true end game group with R12 enchantments shared more power and more power was passed to the character via R12 bondings; mod 15 has less power creep than mod 12. Mod 12 also had it so players got both the DO and AC power, its been fixed since mod 12b or was it mod 13.

        Other things to note…

        SWW has been broken for quite a while. Maybe not 120% but it has been sitting around 40% and should be 20% buff. Damage buffs are multiples so even at 40% it really adds quite a bit to a GF damage.

        The group I run with that has a GF, we been face rolling end game content since mod 10 with a GF DPS because of power creep and SWW being broken.

        The so called current new meta has been a thing for my team since mod 11.

        GF DPS, Devo OP, 2 DCs, and a hybrid DPS that buff/debuffs.

        I was making a simple fact that mod 15 GF are broken due to SWW over buffing beyond the intended 20%. Plain and simple.

        Once the devs fix GF, they will be in a better place and not face rolling like it has been since mod 10.

  • Diego
    December 10, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Hello zeff! Congratulations for the explanarions, i am very thankful for all tips . I would like just to know what trasmutated sword u used tô chance the apearence in the vídeo above “whats shiled”. And how can i get it? Sorry for noob question ✌

  • George Philip Gabriel
    January 27, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    just wondering if could get a update on the chult’s boons plz great work by the way )

  • Zaeranim
    March 29, 2019 at 5:03 am

    What helmet did you use for your transmog? Havent seen a hood like that for gf

  • Elefseria
    April 7, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    What shirt and pants are the best for this set up?

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