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Combat Readiness Gunlancer Build Guide for PvE

Build

required skill points: 312

This is the tankiest build in the game. You will shrug off attacks and do respectable damage all while taunting enemies and supporting your allies!

The build encourages you to take all your blue skills that scale with specialization, hence the popular nick name "Blue Build". Your focus is to keep a healthy shield gauge so you can stay in Defensive Stance, and hit the boss with your full rotation following BashBash.

Dash Upper Fire

4

Dash Upper Fire

Quick Prep
Why?Overwhelm
Bash

7

Bash

Armor DestructionReady Attack
Why?Bleed
Shield Bash

10

Shield Bash

Nimble MovementWeak Point DetectionAdditional Hit
Why?Rage
Leap Attack

10

Leap Attack

Direct HitElectric FieldLow Shock
Why?Galewind
Guardian's Thunderbolt

10

Guardian's Thunderbolt

Damage LuckTough StrikeLightning Stalk
Why?Galewind
Shield Charge

10

Shield Charge

Enhanced StrikeShieldDestruction Charger
Why?Galewind
Shout of Hatred

10

Shout of Hatred

Quick PrepShieldOpen Weakness
Why?Focus
Nellasia's Energy

10

Nellasia's Energy

Quick PrepEffectivenessSurvive
Why?Focus
Guardian's Protection

Guardian's Protection

Why?

Skill priority

Guardian's Thunderbolt
Leap Attack
Shield Charge
Shield Bash
Shout of Hatred
Nellasia's Energy
Bash
Dash Upper Fire

Your goal is to max out your 4 main damage skills and have BashBash at level 7 for the Ready AttackReady Attack tripod. That means that once you hit 55 and 60, make sure those 4 skills are leveled past 10. You should have both your utility skills at 10 to ensure maximum effectiveness, and your counter can stay unleveled.

How to play

Overall this is a very easy build to play. There are two important things about playing this build well: Manage your shield guage well and maximizing uptime by executing your rotation perfectly.

Shield Management

You have to turn off Defensive Stance to use Shout of HatredShout of Hatred and build Shield meter, but a good player can also identify when to turn it off in other situations. Outside of wipe attacks and one-shots, you should be able to tank anything, but knowing how much you can tank before your next taunt is key. If your shield disappears, so does your uptime and damage.

Rotation

The most important thing is to use your strongest skills in the BashBash window. When you are new to the class, you will BashBash and just fit in whatever you can in those 5 seconds. Ideally you want to split your 4 hard hitting skills across 2 windows:

  1. BashBash
  2. Guardian's ThunderboltGuardian's Thunderbolt
  3. Leap AttackLeap Attack

And then when BashBash recharges:

  1. BashBash
  2. Shield BashShield Bash
  3. Shield ChargeShield Charge

You can also use a Shield BashShield Bash in the first rotation if your character has enough attack speed through party and self buffs. It has a short cooldown so it will be up again after you use Shield ChargeShield Charge in the second rotation.

As your character gains more swiftness through gear and engravings, and you gain more experience as a player, you will play around to get a feel for things and what you can fit into each rotation.

Alternatives

If you don't need Nellasia's EnergyNellasia's Energy, you can add in Surge CannonSurge Cannon for more damage. You can also use Shield ShockShield Shock instead of Dash Upper FireDash Upper Fire if a counter is not needed. It will also improve your damage significantly.

engravings

Combat Readiness

1

Combat Readiness

Barricade

3

Barricade

Stabilized Status

3

Stabilized Status

Grudge

3

Grudge

Cursed Doll

3

Cursed Doll

Adrenaline

2

Adrenaline

You only need Combat ReadinessCombat Readiness lvl 1 to be effective. BarricadeBarricade and are free with the way Gunlancer always has a shield up and takes no damage. After that you want to layer in the advanced engravings like GrudgeGrudge and Cursed DollCursed Doll, which are easier to play with on a Gunlancer than most other classes.

Alternative engravings
Combat Readiness

1

Combat Readiness

Barricade

3

Barricade

Stabilized Status

3

Stabilized Status

Grudge

3

Grudge

Cursed Doll

3

Cursed Doll

Spirit Absorption

2

Spirit Absorption

Alternately, if you want a smoother rotation, you can go with Spirit AbsorptionSpirit Absorption instead of AdrenalineAdrenaline. Both of these choices only apply in late game gearing situations when you can afford to have that many engravings. Feel free to use either of the above two instead of Cursed DollCursed Doll until then as well.

combat stats

Crit

500

Swiftness

0

Specialization

1500

Endurance

0

Domination

0

Expertise

0

You want as much Specialization as possible in this build. It increases the amount of shield you gain from Shout of HatredShout of Hatred as well as the damage from all your blue skills. At the highest level of Specialization, you can gain more than half your bar from one Taunt.

Crit is your secondary stat that you get from your necklace and is more of a damage increase than Swiftness.

Attack Gems

Guardian's Thunderbolt

Guardian's Thunderbolt

Leap Attack

Leap Attack

Shield Bash

Shield Bash

Shield Charge

Shield Charge

You want damage gems only on the four hardest hitting skills.

Cooldown Gems

Guardian's Thunderbolt

Guardian's Thunderbolt

Leap Attack

Leap Attack

Shield Bash

Shield Bash

Shield Charge

Shield Charge

Bash

Bash

Shout of Hatred

Shout of Hatred

Nellasia's Energy

Nellasia's Energy

You want cooldown on every skill except your counter. This adds up to a nice clean 11 gems.

gear tripods

Guardian's Thunderbolt
Damage LuckDamage Luck
Tough StrikeTough Strike
Lightning StalkLightning Stalk
Leap Attack
Direct HitDirect Hit
Electric FieldElectric Field
Low ShockLow Shock
Shield Charge
Enhanced StrikeEnhanced Strike
Destruction ChargerDestruction Charger
Shield Bash
Nimble MovementNimble Movement
Weak Point DetectionWeak Point Detection
Additional HitAdditional Hit
Shout of Hatred
Quick PrepQuick Prep
Bash
Ready AttackReady Attack
Nellasia's Energy
Quick PrepQuick Prep

Prioritize damage tripods for your best skills as well as Ready AttackReady Attack. Then you want tripods that reduce the cooldown on your utility skills. You will have some slots left after that, so you can choose to use them on things that help you (more cooldown on counter or more shield on utility skills).

Gear Set

You will use the Pre-ordained Diligence set from Argos until you hit 1445. After that, you want to use the 6 piece Nightmare Flower set. It bolsters your damage consistently and makes sure you never run out of mana.