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Is running a Vanguard with a Gunslinger a good idea?

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Is running a Vanguard with a Gunslinger a good idea?

Giliathriel's Avatar

02.14.2013 , 11:12 PM | #1
My friend is going to be playing a Gunslinger. It's his first char, so I told him I'd play a character that would compliment his, and I'd like to start on Ord Mantell with him. Plus, a Vanguard tank build sounds fun. Are these two classes going to be ok to run together, or are we going to run into problems with us both being ranged? Would a melee tank, like a Shadow, be better, or is the difference negligible? Thanks for any insight and suggestions!

justinpiet's Avatar

02.14.2013 , 11:51 PM | #2
All tanks in this game are melee. Some are slightly better at AOE and a tiny bit of range though. But none of them are RANGED tanks.

Giliathriel's Avatar

02.15.2013 , 03:26 AM | #3
Ah, my mistake. I've never actually played one, I just assumed.

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02.17.2013 , 10:31 PM | #4
Me and my friend are playing gunslinger and vanguard and it runs well it would be better if the smuggler went as a scoundrel for heals but its personal preference its good to run from the start so yes it works well.

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02.17.2013 , 10:50 PM | #5
Honestly, this game is so easy any two classes would be fine. Gunslinger and Vanguard are a pretty damn good combination, though. They both have good aoe and do awesome single-target damage. Going tank spec on vanguard is fine, but you don't really need a tank for leveling, even for most pre-50 flashpoints. Going assault specialist would make leveling quicker, because you can still tank adds with your aoe damage and aoe taunts, but if you prefer to go tanking, it won't take that much longer. Like a poster below said, vanguards are melee. They have a few ranged abilities, but they will be in melee range at all times while tanking and vanguard dps will still be within 10m all of the time.
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02.17.2013 , 10:50 PM | #6
The vanguard, being a trooper, has some ranged attacks from the trooper class, though most of the vanguard-specific attacks are pretty short-ranged.

E.g. a Vanguard can use the mortar attack to start, weakening or killing a group of mobs, then close with whatever heavier opponents are there.
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02.18.2013 , 10:22 AM | #7
Vanguard would be ideal becuse he can tank and gets a healing companion fairly early on.

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02.18.2013 , 05:43 PM | #8
The Smuggler's first companion is a tank, so have your friend deactivate the tank stance and activate the DPS stance. Your first companion is a DPS, and you'll get a healer when you complete Taris. (Your friend's second companion comes along when he completes Nar Shaddaa, and that will also be a tank.) So you shouldn't have any problems with planetary heroics.
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