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Tank FirebrandMay 2022

Instanced PvE
Tank

Armor

Illustrious Visor icon Superior Rune of Durability icon
Giver's HelmSuperior Rune of Durability
Illustrious Pauldrons icon Superior Rune of Durability icon
Giver's ShouldersSuperior Rune of Durability
Illustrious Breastplate icon Superior Rune of Durability icon
Giver's ChestSuperior Rune of Durability
Illustrious Warfists icon Superior Rune of Durability icon
Giver's GlovesSuperior Rune of Durability
Illustrious Tassets icon Superior Rune of Durability icon
Giver's LegsSuperior Rune of Durability
Illustrious Greaves icon Superior Rune of Durability icon
Giver's BootsSuperior Rune of Durability

Weapons & Sigils

Mace icon Superior Sigil of Transference icon
Minstrel's MaceSuperior Sigil of Transference
Shield icon Superior Sigil of Concentration icon
Minstrel's ShieldSuperior Sigil of Concentration
Staff icon Superior Sigil of Transference icon Superior Sigil of Concentration icon
Minstrel's StaffSuperior Sigil of Transference Superior Sigil of Concentration

Trinkets

Quiver of a Thousand Arrows icon
Minstrel's Backpiece
Black Ice Earring icon
Minstrel's Accessory
Asgeir's Talisman icon
Minstrel's Accessory
Asgeir's Amulet icon
Minstrel's Amulet
Black Ice Band icon
Minstrel's Ring
Mistborn Band icon
Minstrel's Ring

Food

Mint Creme Brulee icon Bountiful Maintenance Oil icon
Mint Creme Brulee Bountiful Maintenance Oil

Infusions

Concentration WvW Infusion icon
18xConcentration Infusion

Utility Skills

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Rotation

Burst healing

  1. Tome of Resolve
  2. Epilogue:Eternal Oasis first to increase your healing
  3. Chapter 4:Shining River for big aoe heal
  4. Chapter 2:Igniting Burst if affected by conditions
  5. Chapter 1:Desert Bloom is spammable
  6. Additionally:
    1. Holy Strike
    2. Empower
    3. Bow of Truth
    4. Shield of Absorption

Using your Dodge heals allies around you as well.

Condition cleansing

  1. Mantra of Lore
  2. Holy Strike in the Light field from Line of Warding/Symbol of Vengeance
  3. Chapter 2:Igniting Burst in Tome of Resolve is strong, party-wide cleanse with additional healing
  4. Epilogue:Eternal Oasis will convert conditions to boons

Tank Firebrand can be seen as a variant of Heal Firebrand which focuses more on self-sustain and tanking capabilities by swapping the Virtues traitline with Valor. Other than tanking the build can provide permanent Quickness, Swiftness, high uptime on Fury, and <25 stacks of Might to the party. It has access to lots of Stability and Aegis.

Build Fundamentals

Stand behind and face your allies when using your Mantra of Solace, Mantra of Potence, and Shield of Judgment as those skills affect targets in the cone where you are facing. All your Mantra skills are instant cast so you can use them during the casting of other skills like Empower or Shield of Absorption.

For Quickness use Mantra of Solace, Mantra of Potence and "Feel My Wrath!" . There is no need to spam your Mantra of Solace as it only applies Quickness once every 7 seconds.

To provide boons and healing to your party use Empower, Symbol of Faith, and Symbol of Swiftness together with Bow of Truth.

Staying alive

Staying alive and tanking encounters can be achieved through combining Aegis uptime with the self-sustain from the trait Altruistic Healing.

To ensure blocking relevant attacks with Aegis utilize your skills Shield of Judgment and "Advance!" first. Another option is to use Protector's Strike which can block an attack while providing Aegis and Protection to the party. Entering Tome of Courage gives access to Epilogue:Unbroken Lines, a powerful ability that can also provide Aegis  and Stability  to the party along with 300 Toughness for 5 seconds.

The trait Altruistic Healing will heal the player for a small amount every time a boon is given to an ally. While this may not seem like much, this trait is not subject to an internal cooldown and when the boon output is scaled to 5 players it quickly becomes a powerful way of self-sustaining. Always try to make sure you are in the range of your allies to be able to provide boons to them through symbols, mantras, and other skills such as Shield of Judgment and "Advance!".

Crowd Control

Alternatives

Utility Skills

You can replace Bow of Truth with:

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