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Jedi Guardian PvP Video Guide!

Mirialol's Avatar

02.14.2012 , 11:23 PM | #1


SWTOR: Jedi Guardian (Focus) PvP Guide

Hey guys, I'll be quitting this game soon due to various reasons.
But before I go, I made this guide because I wanted to leave behind some sort of legacy.

I made this video to answer all (or hopefully most) of the questions any of you might have, so I tried to explain all the basics. If you are already an experienced guardian pvper some or most of the things stated may be obvious to you, depending on how advanced you are.

I tend to go over things very quickly, so you may have to pause the video frequently if needed.

EVERYTHING that I learned hard ways from practice, experience, and trial and error over the past 2 months I will try to explain concisely as possible in this guide. I want to share all my knowledge with the community and fellow guardians. Many of the things that allowed me to achieve extreme amount of damage have been nerfed - however, following this guide will still help you increase your damage output and become a better player.

I want many of you as possible to become great at PvP and carry on from where I left as this game evolves.

Part 1: PvP Guide

1. Talent (0:42)
-mostly basic stuff
-explains why i took some talents

2. Itemization (1:56)
-stat priority
-how to judge whether one item is better than the other
-how to optimize your gear
-at the end of this part, I show all my items slot by slot

3. Openers / Rotation (5:34)
-demonstration of different openers and rotations
-explain pros and cons of each
-maximizing damage and efficiency
-tips on basic play / how you should be setting up bursts

4. Improving your game (9:26)
-shows some useful techniques
-how to effectively use various skill
-how to play the class to its fullest potential

Part 2: state of end game PvP and its flaws (coming later)
Part 3: my idea on how to fix this game (coming later)

1 = strike (almost never use)
2 = sunder armor
3 = riposte (never use)
4 = dispatch
5 = saber ward
G = introspection
F = mount
T = ccbreak
R = interrupt
B = throw huttball
shift+G = enure
ctrl+1 = force leap
ctrl+2 = freezing force
ctrl+3 = force sweep
ctrl+4 = blade storm
ctrl+5 = awe
alt+1 = zealous leap
alt+2 = force exhaustion
alt+3 = force stasis
alt+4 = combat focus
alt+5 = master strike
alt+W = guardian leap
ctrl+W = target nearest ally
shift+1 = companion attack
shift+2 = companion passive
shift+Q = saber throw
shift+W = sprint
alt+Q = force push
ctrl+T = cyclone slash
ctrl+G = guard
F1 = relic
F2 = relic
F3 = relic
F4 = adrenal
shift+R = medpack
shift+5 = AOE taunt
ctrl+t = taunt
shift+mouse button 4 = tanking stim
mouse button 4 = DPS stim
mouse button 5 = class buff
middle mouse button = autorun
shift+scroll up = shii-cho form
shift+scroll down = soresu form
ctrl+R = shockfrozen water
ctrl+scroll up = swap to tanking offhand
shift+scroll up = swap to DPS offhand


Dragonexadon's Avatar

02.15.2012 , 12:06 AM | #2
Very nice build, very nice video, loved the tips. I am a defense spec guardian and tired of doing low DPS in PVP. I am going to start respecing back and forth for raids / pvp. These tips help a lot. Thank you for posting this

Sorry to hear you will be quitting the game. Losing a great jedi knight
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Sir-Coffee's Avatar

02.15.2012 , 12:07 AM | #3
Thanks for the vid.

therandeffect's Avatar

02.15.2012 , 01:12 AM | #4
Oh wow, that was really informative and has answered a lot of questions I've been meaning to ask. Thanks a lot! I'm currently leveling my guardian but I already have a 50 juggernaut that will definitely make use of this.

raccomedia's Avatar

02.15.2012 , 09:16 AM | #5
proud to say i use almost the same build, but i get defiance and cut insight and unwavering focus but i will try to use master strike as a finisher now, so maybe i will get unwavering focus in the future.
thanks for explaining why you use which mod, i was stacking surge until now but will try to focus more on power and strength now anyway since they fixed surge returns but always good to know where to find the best mods.

hopefully i can get even better results with your tips, thanks and sad to see a great guardian leave!

Foodaddy's Avatar

02.15.2012 , 11:19 AM | #6
Wow amazing guide! I'm a 49 guardian that has been doing well in pvp but I've been scared to take the plunge to 50. Now I have a good idea of how I will be fighting (still need the gear tho .

Question for you:

Did our (guardians) damage go down more significantly than other classes due to the surge nerf? Or did everyone's go down equally? Do you reccommend any modifications to this guide based on your first impressions of the surge nerf?


Kinsal's Avatar

02.15.2012 , 11:37 AM | #7
Nice...hitin fools with some hop back in that vid

Darkodium's Avatar

02.17.2012 , 12:11 PM | #8
Good vid. I'm new to Guardians but I noticed Focus tree is shared with Sentinel so what makes Guardian so good for Force Sweep crits? Is it just the set bonus?

Vasilli's Avatar

02.17.2012 , 02:38 PM | #9
I've just respecced to focus to see how it is compared to vigilance. Thanks for the guide, will help me get things set up more quickly.
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VragonBral's Avatar

02.17.2012 , 02:41 PM | #10
Wow. Thanks for the very indepth guide! +1
Always remember the first rule of power tactics; power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
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