In this post we are going to give you a Ranger Leveling build that should help you out in GW2, we are working our way through all the professions and first up we will cover all leveling builds. We have already covered the Warrior and the Thief if you are looking for them.
The Ranger is most effective while at long distance and focusing on single targets so that is what this build is all about.
This build will work very well if you stick to single targets but try not to get bogged down with too many mobs.
You should have both the Long Bow and the Short Bow to give you a wide range of distance attacks to choose from. You should never be in range of your enemies so you wouldn’t be able to benefit from the melee weapons that the ranger has available to him.
Trait Progression Order
- 1. 10 Marksmanship
- 2. 10 Skirmishing
- 3. 10 Marksmanship
- 4. 10 Skirmishing
- 5. 5 Marksmanship
- 6. 5 Skirmishing
- 7. 10 Nature Magic
- 8. 10 Wilderness Survival
Marksmanship will work wonders for boosting your base damage which is important since this isn’t a high condition build or a high crit build. You shouldn’t need to dodge that often so you can get a nice damage boost by throwing Steady Focus in the adept slot. Grab Eagle Eye for the Master spot to boost your Longbow range because that is going to be your primary damage dealing weapon most of the time.
Although you aren’t going to crit often, going into Skirmishing is necessary to boost your crit damage when it happens and to boost your overall damage by reducing the cooldown on your weapon skills. Get Sharpened Edges for your first trait to boost your crit damage even further and give you a nice damage tick even when you are running for your life. Quick Draw in the Master section is the reason you are going into this tree and the skill refresh boost is going to seriously increase overall damage.
Since you aren’t going to be getting hit much focusing on this section for survival is not important. You are basically throwing 10 points into the tree to boost your pet’s damage so he will bring down foes faster.
Nature magic is good for two different reasons, the regeneration you get when your health drops down to 75 percent will help keep you topped off when you take minor damage. Get Strength of Spirit as your trait to boost your damage a little further.
Healing – Heal as One
This is useful as a pet heal because he will be taking heavy damage most of the time.
Utility 1 – Quickening Zephyr
Use this ability if you have enemies getting too close to you. It will give you the speed to make a gap.
Utility 2 – Lightning Reflexes
Use this to build a gap as well when enemies start getting too close to you.
Utility 3 – Signet of Renewal
Mostly useful for getting conditions off you, you can throw them on your pet if they build up too quickly.
Elite – Rampage as One
Throw on Rampage as One to get a nice damage boost or to build up space between you and the enemy, but only use it as a spacer as a last resort.
*Note on Pets
When you are choosing pets you want to go with the ones that have the maximum toughness levels because they are going to be taking most of the damage for you since you will be running away all the time during fights.
For a Complete set of builds and a complete leveling guide to the game check out the GW2 Domination Guide…