A build is a collection of 8 skills, an attribute point distribution and equipment to be used. The term "build" is synonymously used for general-purpose single player builds and team builds consisting of multiple specialized single player builds meant to be used together.
Since level differences are absent in high-end PvE and almost all forms of PvP, builds play an important role in Guild Wars. The outcome of any battle is decided by player skill and the builds used (not to mention a bit of luck). Builds for various tasks exist, the most important of which are prominent enough to be recognized by name by many players in game. A build will usually be named after the elite skill that it uses, a specific skill combo that it takes advantage of or what the build was meant to farm in PvE. Sometimes it will be named after an unusual characteristic that makes it unique.
Builds are often created and discussed on various fan pages. Successful PvE-Meta builds develop and spread slowly, and tend stay around for years before being rendered obsolete. Due to the nature of competitive gameplay, successful PvP-Meta builds rapidly evolve and adapt in response to builds countering other evolving builds, thus spread quickly; this may lead to a Flavor of the Month syndrome, where a huge proportion of builds run in one particular setting are identical. Such dominance by one family of builds often led to nerfs by ArenaNet.
- PvX wiki is a wiki collection of specific Guild Wars builds for many kinds of purposes.
|Type||General team roles||Example builds||Hero team builds|
|Damage||Spiker • Nuker||Bloodspike • Bomber • Dagger spammer • Touch ranger • Starburster • Trapper||Discordway|
|Pressure||Lineback||Barrager • Beast master • Cripshot Ranger • Pressure Ranger||—|
|Support||Healer • Protection||Battery • Bonder • Flag runner • Hybrid monk • Imbagon • Infuser • Orders||Sabway|
|Control||Shutdown • Tank||Hexway • Minion master • Perma • Spirit spammer||Mesmer Midline|
|Utility||Caller • Toolbox||Gimmick • Balanced • -Way||—|
|Guide to making a build • Category|