Guardian Defense Basics Guide

Defense

The great protector among Jedi Knights, the Defense Guardian is able to withstand even the most brutal assaults, and can give as good as they take. Even while dealing powerful blows, the Defense Guardian can reduce the impact of any attacks that come their way, making them key participants at the front line of any battle.

  • Role: Tank
  • Weapon: Single Lightsaber
  • Distance: Melee Range
  • Mirror: Juggernaut – Immortal

Defense for New Players

  •  Defense is a tank style, which means it does less damage, but can stay alive more easily.
  •  Most players recommend to level as a damage style, then switch to tank when you are ready for group content.
  • In group content, tanks are expected to take a unique leadership role, not just do damage, which can be challenging for new players.
  • Defense is the most melee-focused tank which can be difficult for new players, but it is not the hardest tank to learn.
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How to play a Defense Guardian

You can start playing Defense at level 1. To start playing Defense, you will need to first create a Guardian character, which can be played by Jedi Knights and Jedi Consulars (or even the Sith Warrior and Sith Inquisitor if you unlock the dark-side Combat Styles.)

Once you are ingame, press K on your keyboard to open the Combat Style tab, and choose Defense from the three options. This choice is not permanent, you will be able to switch between all three options by finding a rest location like a cantina.

Below Level 80

Below Level 80

If you are below level 80, there are no true guides available to tell you what specific abilities you should be using, because the ideal rotation would change every level.

Instead, you can use this guide to figure out which of your abilities are attacks, which are defensive, and which are just useful.

Level 80

5 Ability Basic Rotation

Not quite ready to learn all your abilities yet? Use this quick 5-ability rotation for the Guardian Tank until you’re ready to read and learn from a true level 80 guide.  The goal for this rotation is to build up threat, which keeps the boss on you, and to reduce the damage you take.

  •  Warding Strike is your Focus generator and also gives a great defensive buff, use it whenever it’s available, but make sure your energy bar is less than half full, or you’ll waste some Focus.
  •  Guardian Slash is your heaviest hitting move, do it early and do it on cooldown to maintain threat! It also Debuffs your enemy to do less damage to you.
  •  Riposte is a nifty skill that can only be used when glowing. To trigger the glow you either have to successfully defend against an attack (random when this happens) or use Guardian Slash to trigger it manually. It’s “off the global cooldown” which means you can use it between other moves without slowing down. No reason not to hit it any time it glows! Gives a decent defensive buff.
  • Blade Storm is a great attack that also grants you a barrier that will absorb damage for a bit. Use on cooldown.
  • As a Guardian, if you really want only five abilities in your rotation, you’ll wind up smashing your basic attack Strike over and over which will do the trick, but isn’t very fun. Once you’re ready to expand, there’s a ton of your other abilities you can use as filler abilities. See below!

More than 3 Enemies

  •  Warding Strike / Guardian Slash is actually a great Area Damage Combo to keep threat on multiple targets, because Guardian Slash will hit 7 extra enemies if you are currently benefiting from the Warding Strike buff!
  •  Force Sweep is a burst damage ability that will hit everyone around you, and make them unsteady, which will reduce damage done to you. Use whenever it’s available against 3 targets or more.
  •  You can spam Cyclone Slash to hit many targets in front of you over and over! Use after the Warding Strike / Guardian Slash combo and when Force Sweep isn’t ready yet. Also makes enemies unsteady.

Extra Tips

  • Force Leap in and do Warding Strike > Guardian Slash > Riposte right away to get things rolling!
  •  Run out of Focus? Your yellow Threatening Focus lets you get a ton back.

More Abilities

Once you’re comfortable with your other abilities, you’ll work on adding more filler abilities in as you wait for Warding Strike to come back up, your rotation will look like this:

…Filler Abilities…

And then restart at Warding Strike!

  • Dispatch is your heaviest hitting ability, but it’s only available when your enemy is below 30% health.
  • Hilt Bash is a 4 second stun, but surprisingly it also does decent damage and most importantly: a ton of threat. Use this on cooldown to keep the enemies attention on you.
  • Force Stasis acts as both a stun and a huge threat generator, particularly at the beginning of the fight, you don’t really need it once you’ve gained enough threat.
  • Force Sweep is another filler, which will reduce damage towards you for 45 seconds.
  • Blade Barrage is another filler that gives you a little defensive boost for a very short time.
  • Slash is a good backup filler attack.
  •  Still out of energy? Use your free Strike! It does basically nothing but award some Focus, so don’t use it unless you’re really running low and Threatening Focus/Warding Strike aren’t ready.

Taunts

Your taunts cause your enemy to pay attention to only you for a short time, and help build threat.

  • Taunt is your single-enemy taunt ability. Never start a fight with a taunt! After a few seconds of doing your high threat attacks on a boss, it is good to make sure you’ll keep threat by using a taunt. You can continue to use your taunt through-out the fight to build up threat. If you notice you have lost the attention of the boss, this should be the first thing you use. Some Operation fights require a “tank swap” that will require you save your taunt for a specific time.
  • Challenging Call is your AoE Taunt ability. This has the same effect as Taunt, but it applies to every enemy in a large radius around you. This is great to use during Flashpoints or fights with many additional weaker enemies (adds). Make sure your character is in the center of the enemies you’d like to pick up, followed by your AoE attacks. In operations, be careful when using this ability if you are not the tank assigned to the boss, because if the boss is close enough to you, this will also taunt the boss.
  • Guard allows you to place a guard on an ally, reducing their threat and damage taken. Guard your team-mate who hits the hardest – they’ll be the one accidentally stealing the boss from you during the fight.

Defensives

As a tank, in addition to building threat, you also need to use your defensive abilities to keep yourself alive.

  • Enure is your primary “emergency cooldown” for staying alive. Enure will immediately give you a bunch of health to save you, but the health it gives is not permanent. Enure is also the Defensive Guardian’s self-cleanse ability, which will remove harmful debuffs from your character that would otherwise have to be cleansed by a healer.
  • Saber Reflect is an optional defensive you may learn at level 68 that is capable of reflecting RANGED damage back at the attacker for the next 5 seconds. Melee attacks will not be reflected. Basic Ranged attacks, Force attacks, and Tech attacks that are not AoEs will be able to be reflected, and Saber Reflect should be used to mitigate the strongest ranged abilities an encounter may have. If the fight does not have a dangerous ranged attack that you need to save reflect for, you may also use this frequently to simply deal extra damage back to regular ranged attackers. If you’re playing operations, ask your team leader if the fight has any reflect-able attacks, they may be able to point them out for you before trying.
  • Warding Call is a generic 40% reduction in the damage you take for a while. Warding Call lasts for a full 10 seconds, and unless the fight has specific attacks that you should have defensives ready for, you can use this on cooldown to increase your overall survivability, but it’s best used during sustained periods of intense attacks.
  • Saber Ward is essentially a 2 second guarantee that you won’t be struck by any attacks that can be dodged, followed by an even better version of Warding Call. The most important usage of Saber Ward is to completely negate the heaviest possible hits in a fight – just keep in mind it has a three minute cooldown, so you’ll only be able to use this incredibly strong defensive once or twice a fight, and remember that not all attacks in the game can be dodged.
  •  Focused Defense is only usable when you are below 70% health or are stunned, but if it’s available it will heal you every time you get hit for the next dozen hits. It doesn’t have a very long cooldown, so you may use this often to help your health be more stable for healers during periods of rapid but manageable damage.
Level 80 Gear Recommendations
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Level 80 In-Depth Community Guides

Ready to learn more about your class, and how to play at a higher skill level? These guides by other players break down your class's abilities and your full rotation!

Guides

Attacks

  • Strike - Basic AttackLevel 1
  • Slash - AttackLevel 1
  • Force Sweep - Area AttackLevel 4
  • Riposte - AttackLevel 4
  • Blade Storm - AttackLevel 7
  • Sundering Strike - AttackLevel 7
  • Blade Barrage - AttackLevel 10
  • Warding Strike - AttackLevel 15 REPLACES Sundering Strike at Level 15+
  • Cyclone Slash - Optional Area Attack Level 27 Option 2/3Level 27
  • Guardian Slash - AttackLevel 35
  • Dispatch - AttackLevel 43
  • Saber Throw - AttackLevel 47

Multiple Enemy Attack Abilities

These Defense attacks are useful for attacking groups of enemies.

  • Force Sweep - Area AttackLevel 4
  • Cyclone Slash - Optional Area Attack Level 27 Option 2/3Level 27
  • Challenging Call - Area TauntLevel 31

Taunts

Taunts help the Defense Guardian generate threat and keep the attention of the enemy on them.

  • Taunt - TauntLevel 10
  • Challenging Call - Area TauntLevel 31

Buffs

You can combine your Defense buffs with your attacks to create powerful combinations.

  • Force Might - Passive Class BuffLevel 1
  • Threatening Focus - BuffLevel 15

Defensive & Healing Abilities

Use these abilities to help yourself stay alive. The Guardian has these defensive and healing abilities and you'll want to know where they are in a difficult fight.

  • Saber Ward - DefensiveLevel 15
  • Focused Defense - DefensiveLevel 56
  • Warding Call - DefensiveLevel 60
  • Saber Reflect - Optional Defensive Level 68 Option 2/3Level 68

Useful Abilities

These abilities may not be directly for attacking, but they are used heavily by skilled Guardians in combat to turn the tide of a fight.

  • Force Leap - Leap - Jump to a faraway enemy.Level 1
  • Introspection - Regeneration - Regain health out of battle.Level 1
  • Guard - Guard - Protect another player / companionLevel 1
  • Resolute - Stun Break - If you are stunned and can’t move, you can use this ability to unstun yourself.Level 10
  • Force Kick - Interrupt - Every class has an interrupt ability that allows them to interrupt an enemy while they are casting. Enemy castbars that fill up from left to right are called casts and can be interrupted and the ability will be stopped, but castbars that go from right to left deal damage the entire time they are channeling. Using your interrupt in combat is very useful as it can prevent the enemy from damaging you, or sometimes even prevent them from stunning you or knocking you back!Level 19
  • Force Stasis - Stun - You can use your short stun on weaker enemies to stop them from running around, from casting abilities, to stop them from damaging you, or just to keep them out of the fight in general.Level 27
  • Guardian Leap - Friendly Leap - Jump to a friendly target (not an enemy).Level 39
  • Force Push - Knockback - Pushes enemies back.Level 43
  • Hilt Bash - Stun - You can use your short stun on weaker enemies to stop them from running around, from casting abilities, to stop them from damaging you, or just to keep them out of the fight in general.Level 47
  • Awe - Optional Stun Level 68 Option 1/3 - Stuns allow you to knock enemies out of the fight temporarily. Some stuns break on damage - so if you attack the enemy while they are stunned with any type of attack, they will no longer be stunned.Level 68
  • Blade Blitz - Optional Movement Level 68 Option 3/3 - Quickly rush forward 20 meters, dealing weapon damage to enemies in your path and increasing your defense chance by 100% while blitzing. Can be used while immobilized and purges movement-impairing effects when activated.Level 68

Tree Choices

As you level up, you will be able to make choices about how you play your Defense Guardian with the Ability Tree, which can be opened with the K key on your keyboard. If you do not choose one, a default option will be chosen for you.

You will have eight choices to make as you level up, at levels 23, 27, 39, 43, 51, 64, 68 and 73. All of these Ability Tree choices are not permanent choices and can be changed later. If you are following a Level 80 guide on how to play your Defense Guardian, you will need to make sure to choose the same options as they have. You may not have the same choices chosen as a friend who is also playing a Defense Guardian.

Solo Suggestions
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68
64
51
43
39
27
23
Flashpoint Suggestions
73
68
64
51
43
39
27
23
Operation Suggestions
73
68
64
51
43
39
27
23

Level 23 Choice: Warding Strike Change

Choose from one of three ways that you want Warding Strike to change at level 23. Your options are Marked Assault, Antagonizing Assault, and Defensive Assault.

Warding Strike

Increases damage reduction and shield absorption by 3% for 20 seconds, generates 6 focus, and deals weapon damage to the target with a series of quick melee attacks. Replaces Sundering Strike.

Marked Assault

Warding Strike deals 50% more damage to taunted targets.

Warding Strike deals 50% more damage to taunted targets.

Antagonizing Assault

Increases the damage, critical hit chance, and threat of Warding Strike by 20%.

Increases the damage, critical hit chance, and threat of Warding Strike by 20%.

Defensive Assault

Warding Strike increases your damage reduction by an additional 2% when it deals damage.

Warding Strike increases your damage reduction by an additional 2% when it deals damage.

Solo Suggestion: Marked Assault - For a solo tank, you can do a lot more damage with this choice, just remember to keep taunting!

Flashpoint Suggestion: Defensive Assault - In group content you should leave the damage-increasing choices for the DPS players and favor the ones with more reduction. This is the only defensive choice in the tier, so go ahead and grab it.

Operation Suggestion: Defensive Assault - In group content you should leave the damage-increasing choices for the DPS players and favor the ones with more reduction. This is the only defensive choice in the tier, so go ahead and grab it.

Level 27 Choice

Choose from one of three Guardian abilities at Level 27, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Defense Guardian for the Level 27 choice are Debilitating Slashes, Cyclone Slash, and Blade Burst.

Debilitating Slashes

Blade Barrage immobilizes the target for 3 seconds and generates 1 focus.

Blade Barrage immobilizes the target for 3 seconds and generates 1 focus.

Cyclone Slash

Slashes up to 8 enemies within 5 meters in front of you for weapon damage and inflicts the targets with Trauma, which reduces the healing received from all sources by 20% for 6 seconds.

Slashes up to 8 enemies within 5 meters in front of you for weapon damage and inflicts the targets with Trauma, which reduces the healing received from all sources by 20% for 6 seconds.

Blade Burst

Blade Storm does damage to additional enemies in a cone in front and slows them by 50% for 6 seconds.

Blade Storm does damage to additional enemies in a cone in front and slows them by 50% for 6 seconds.

General Suggestion: Cyclone Slash - This aoe attack is great for maintaining threat on multiple targets and as a good filler when your main AoEs are on cooldown. Always take this!

Level 39 Choice: Guardian Slash Change

Choose from one of three ways that you want Guardian Slash to change at level 39. Your options are Crushing Mark, Guardian Focus, and Critical Slash.

Guardian Slash

Slashes the target with a powerful stroke, dealing weapon damage, enabling Riposte, and impairing the target for 45 seconds. Impaired targets deal 5% less damage with Force and tech attacks. If you are protected by your Warding Strike, Guardian Slash damages up to 7 additional nearby enemies for the same amount. Does not damage sleeping, lifted, or incapacitated enemies. This attack knocks down all affected standard and weak enemies. Generates a high amount of threat.

Crushing Mark

Guardian Slash deals 50% more damage to taunted targets.

Guardian Slash deals 50% more damage to taunted targets.

Guardian Focus

Dealing damage with Guardian Slash while Warding Strike is active grants a barrier of protection to up to 8 allies within 10 meters for 6 seconds.

Dealing damage with Guardian Slash while Warding Strike is active grants a barrier of protection to up to 8 allies within 10 meters for 6 seconds.

Critical Slash

Guardian Slash critical chance and threat generated is increased by 20% and its cooldown is reduced by one second each time it critically hits.

Guardian Slash critical chance and threat generated is increased by 20% and its cooldown is reduced by one second each time it critically hits.

Flashpoint Suggestion: Guardian Focus - Best to ignore the offensive choices in this tier and go for group-wide damage reduction. Super helpful to your healers!

Operation Suggestion: Guardian Focus - Best to ignore the offensive choices in this tier and go for group-wide damage reduction. Super helpful to your healers!

Solo Suggestion: Critical Slash - For tough solo fights this will end up doing more damage than crushing mark over a longer period of time. For burst/easier solo content, you can switch choices.

Level 43 Choice

Choose from one of three Guardian abilities at Level 43, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Defense Guardian for the Level 43 choice are Marked Focus, Thwart, and Critical Defense.

Marked Focus

Dealing direct damage to taunted targets generates 1 focus and heals you for 1% of your maximum health. This effect can occur once every second.

Dealing direct damage to taunted targets generates 1 focus and heals you for 1% of your maximum health. This effect can occur once every second.

Thwart

Guardian Leap grants Thwart, increasing the damage dealt by your next melee ability by 20%. This effect lasts for 10 seconds. Additionally, reduces the cooldown of Guardian Leap by 5 seconds and reduces the threat and damage taken by an additional 10% each for the friendly target of Guardian Leap.

Guardian Leap grants Thwart, increasing the damage dealt by your next melee ability by 20%. This effect lasts for 10 seconds. Additionally, reduces the cooldown of Guardian Leap by 5 seconds and reduces the threat and damage taken by an additional 10% each for the friendly target of Guardian Leap.

Critical Defense

Critically hitting with a direct attack reduces the cooldown of your Threatening Focus by 1 second. Threatening Focus purges movement impairing effects and increases your melee and ranged defense chance by 10% for 10 seconds.

Critically hitting with a direct attack reduces the cooldown of your Threatening Focus by 1 second. Threatening Focus purges movement impairing effects and increases your melee and ranged defense chance by 10% for 10 seconds.

General Suggestion: Critical Defense - Reducing the cooldown on your main focus-generating buff and giving it a defensive component is extremely strong. Most worthwhile choice in the tier.

Level 51 Choice

Choose from one of three Guardian abilities at Level 51, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Defense Guardian for the Level 51 choice are Unyielding Justice, Defiance, and Battlefield Command.

Unyielding Justice

Increases the range of Blade Storm to 30 meters, but Blade Storm deals reduced beyond 10 meters. Additionally, Force Push deals 20% more damage and grants Unyielding Justice, allowing your next Blade Storm to deal full damage regardless of the distance from the target.

Increases the range of Blade Storm to 30 meters, but Blade Storm deals reduced beyond 10 meters. Additionally, Force Push deals 20% more damage and grants Unyielding Justice, allowing your next Blade Storm to deal full damage regardless of the distance from the target.

Defiance

You generate 4 focus when stunned, immobilized, put to sleep, or knocked around.

You generate 4 focus when stunned, immobilized, put to sleep, or knocked around.

Battlefield Command

Getting attacked reduces the active cooldown of Force Leap by 1 second. This effect cannot occur more than once every 1.5 seconds.

Getting attacked reduces the active cooldown of Force Leap by 1 second. This effect cannot occur more than once every 1.5 seconds.

General Suggestion: Battlefield Command - As a tank you'll hopefully always be getting attacked. This choice allows you to be much more mobile than standard, which is often very important in any type of content.

Level 64 Choice

Choose from one of three Guardian abilities at Level 64, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Defense Guardian for the Level 64 choice are Stalwart Defense, War Master, and Second Wind.

Stalwart Defense

For Vigilance and Focus, all area effect damage is reduced by 60% for 15 seconds after Challenging Call is activated. For Defense, all damage is reduced by 30% while stunned.

For Vigilance and Focus, all area effect damage is reduced by 60% for 15 seconds after Challenging Call is activated. For Defense, all damage is reduced by 30% while stunned.

War Master

Force Leap grants Unremitting, granting immunity to movement-impairing effects and effects that push or pull you around for 4 seconds. In addition, Force Leap enables your next Dispatch or Whirling Blade to be used against a target with any percentage of health.

Force Leap grants Unremitting, granting immunity to movement-impairing effects and effects that push or pull you around for 4 seconds. In addition, Force Leap enables your next Dispatch or Whirling Blade to be used against a target with any percentage of health.

Second Wind

Reduces the cooldown of Resolute by 30 seconds and causes Resolute to heal you for 10% of your maximum health when used.

Reduces the cooldown of Resolute by 30 seconds and causes Resolute to heal you for 10% of your maximum health when used.

General Suggestion: War Master - Some bosses like to use their abilities at the start of combat. Some of them also have knockbacks. Getting knocked back as soon as you use your leap is VERY annoying and can make it hard to keep threat at the beginning. Take this for convenience let alone the free Dispatch attack. In a fight with heavy stuns on the tank, Stalwart Defense achieves the same goal, so switch when you can.

Level 68 Choice

Choose from one of three Guardian abilities at Level 68, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Defense Guardian for the Level 68 choice are Awe, Saber Reflect, and Blade Blitz.

Awe

Confounds up to 8 nearby enemies, preventing all action for up to 6 seconds. Damage ends the effect prematurely. In addition, targets affected by Awe deal 15% less melee and ranged damage for 10 seconds after the confounding effect ends. Targets immune to the confounding effect will immediately suffer from this damage reducing effect.

Stuns allow you to knock enemies out of the fight temporarily. Some stuns break on damage - so if you attack the enemy while they are stunned with any type of attack, they will no longer be stunned.

Saber Reflect

Reflects all direct single target ranged, Force, and tech attacks back to the attacker for 5 seconds. The damage done by each reflect is capped. In addition, Saber Reflect generates a high amount of threat on all engaged enemies within 30 meters when activated.

Reflects all direct single target ranged, Force, and tech attacks back to the attacker for 5 seconds. The damage done by each reflect is capped. In addition, Saber Reflect generates a high amount of threat on all engaged enemies within 30 meters when activated.

Blade Blitz

Quickly rush forward 20 meters, dealing weapon damage to enemies in your path and increasing your defense chance by 100% while blitzing. Can be used while immobilized and purges movement-impairing effects when activated.

Quickly rush forward 20 meters, dealing weapon damage to enemies in your path and increasing your defense chance by 100% while blitzing. Can be used while immobilized and purges movement-impairing effects when activated.

General Suggestion: Saber Reflect - One of the most popular abilities of the Guardian, this reflect allows you to deal pretty great damage back to a boss/high damaging enemy while saving yourself. What it ends up being able to reflect can really differ from fight to fight, so if you're struggling with something specific try looking up a guide on the fight - most will mention what can be reflected. If nothing's reflectable or you'd prefer some mobility, Blade Blitz is another super fun and easy to use movement attack you can choose

Level 73 Choice

Choose from one of three Guardian abilities at Level 73, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Defense Guardian for the Level 73 choice are Purifying Sweep, Gather Strength, and Through Peace.

Purifying Sweep

For the Defense discipline, Force Sweep slows the targets it damages by 60% for 10 seconds. For the Vigilance and Focus disciplines, Force Sweep and Vigilant Thrust sunder the targets they damage for 45 seconds. Sundered targets have their armor rating decreased by 20%.

For the Defense discipline, Force Sweep slows the targets it damages by 60% for 10 seconds. For the Vigilance and Focus disciplines, Force Sweep and Vigilant Thrust sunder the targets they damage for 45 seconds. Sundered targets have their armor rating decreased by 20%.

Gather Strength

Whenever your movement speed is impaired, you gain a 10% damage bonus to your next ability that consumes focus. This effect can stack up to 5 times and lasts 15 seconds.

Whenever your movement speed is impaired, you gain a 10% damage bonus to your next ability that consumes focus. This effect can stack up to 5 times and lasts 15 seconds.

Through Peace

Reduces the cooldown of Focused Defense by 30 seconds.

Reduces the cooldown of Focused Defense by 30 seconds.

General Suggestion: Through Peace - Focused Defense is one of the strongest defensive abilities in the game, and being able to use it so often will make your survivability skyrocket. No contest in this tier, take it every time.

All Abilities

All your abilities for the Defense Guardian.

LvlIconAbility
LvL1
Force LeapLeap 10-30m

Jumps to a distant target, dealing damage with the main-hand weapon, immobilizing the target for 2 seconds and interrupting the target's current action. Builds 3 focus. Cannot be used against targets in cover.

Jump to a faraway enemy.

LvL1
IntrospectionRegeneration

Allows you to pause and reflect to restore your health. Cannot be used during combat.

Regain health out of battle.

LvL1
StrikeBasic Attack 4m (melee range)

Inflicts weapon damage with a series of quick melee attacks. Generates 2 focus. Strikes with both weapons if dual wielding.

Inflicts weapon damage with a series of quick melee attacks. Generates 2 focus. Strikes with both weapons if dual wielding.

LvL1
SlashAttack 4m (melee range)

Slashes the target for weapon damage. Attacks with both weapons in dual wielding.

Slashes the target for weapon damage. Attacks with both weapons in dual wielding.

LvL1
Force MightPassive Class Buff

Increases melee, ranged, Force and tech bonus damage and healing by 5%.

Increases melee, ranged, Force and tech bonus damage and healing by 5%.

LvL1
Shii-Cho FormPassive

Utilize a balanced lightsaber form, increasing all damage dealt and reducing all damage received by 3%.

Utilize a balanced lightsaber form, increasing all damage dealt and reducing all damage received by 3%.

LvL1
GuardGuard 30m (long range)

While active, the guarded player takes 5% less damage and generates 25% less threat. In addition, so long as you remain within 15 meters of the guarded player, 50% of all incoming damage from enemy players is transferred back to you.

Protect another player / companion

LvL1
Beacon of MightHidden Passive

Reduces the cooldown of Warding Call by 30 seconds and increases the damage dealt by Hilt Bash, Blade Barrage, and Guardian Slash by 15%.

Reduces the cooldown of Warding Call by 30 seconds and increases the damage dealt by Hilt Bash, Blade Barrage, and Guardian Slash by 15%.

LvL1
Cyclonic SweepsHidden Passive

Reduces the rate limit by which Visionary can generate focus by 3 seconds, and reduces the focus consumed by Blade Storm, Slash, Cyclone Slash, and Guardian Slash by 1. In addition, Slash and Cyclone Slash inflict their targets with Trauma, which reduces the healing received from all sources by 20% for 6 seconds.

Reduces the rate limit by which Visionary can generate focus by 3 seconds, and reduces the focus consumed by Blade Storm, Slash, Cyclone Slash, and Guardian Slash by 1. In addition, Slash and Cyclone Slash inflict their targets with Trauma, which reduces the healing received from all sources by 20% for 6 seconds.

LvL1
PacificationPassive

Force Sweep deals 75% more damage and consumes 2 less focus. Additionally, the critical chance of Cyclone Slash and Blade Barrage is increased by 30%.

Force Sweep deals 75% more damage and consumes 2 less focus. Additionally, the critical chance of Cyclone Slash and Blade Barrage is increased by 30%.

LvL1
Stasis MasteryHidden Passive

Force Stasis deals 100% more damage, generates 100% more threat, and activates instantly.

Force Stasis deals 100% more damage, generates 100% more threat, and activates instantly.

LvL1
Warding PowerPassive

Increases the critical chance of Force Sweep and Guardian Slash by 20%. Additionally, Warding Strike deals an additional 30% damage and increases shield absorption by 3%.

Increases the critical chance of Force Sweep and Guardian Slash by 20%. Additionally, Warding Strike deals an additional 30% damage and increases shield absorption by 3%.

LvL4
Force SweepArea Attack

Strikes the target and up to 8 enemies within 5 meters with the Force, dealing kinetic damage. Also stuns weak and standard enemies for 2 seconds.

Strikes the target and up to 8 enemies within 5 meters with the Force, dealing kinetic damage. Also stuns weak and standard enemies for 2 seconds.

LvL4
RiposteAttack 4m (melee range)

Ripostes the target for weapon damage. Cannot be parried, dodged, or miss. Riposte can only be used after successfully defending against a melee or ranged attack or after one of your melee attacks is parried, dodged, or misses.

Ripostes the target for weapon damage. Cannot be parried, dodged, or miss. Riposte can only be used after successfully defending against a melee or ranged attack or after one of your melee attacks is parried, dodged, or misses.

LvL7
Blade StormAttack 10m (short range)

Uses the Force to project a wave of energy toward the target, dealing kinetic damage. In addition, standard and weak enemies are knocked senseless, stunned for 4 seconds.

Uses the Force to project a wave of energy toward the target, dealing kinetic damage. In addition, standard and weak enemies are knocked senseless, stunned for 4 seconds.

LvL7
Sundering StrikeAttack 4m (melee range)

Generate 5 Focus and strike the target for weapon damage causing the target to become sundered. Sundered targets have their armor reduced by 20% for 45 seconds.

Generate 5 Focus and strike the target for weapon damage causing the target to become sundered. Sundered targets have their armor reduced by 20% for 45 seconds.

LvL10
Blade BarrageAttack 4m (melee range)

Performs a series of lightsaber attacks that deal weapon damage. Strikes with both weapons if dual wielding.

Performs a series of lightsaber attacks that deal weapon damage. Strikes with both weapons if dual wielding.

LvL10
ResoluteStun Break

Purges all incapacitating and movement-impairing effects.

If you are stunned and can’t move, you can use this ability to unstun yourself.

LvL10
TauntTaunt 30m (long range)

Taunts the target, forcing it to attack you for 6 seconds. Player targets deal 30% less damage when attacking anyone other than you for 6 seconds.

Taunts the target, forcing it to attack you for 6 seconds. Player targets deal 30% less damage when attacking anyone other than you for 6 seconds.

LvL10
VisionaryPassive

Generates 1 focus when attacked. This effect cannot occur more than once every 6 seconds.

Generates 1 focus when attacked. This effect cannot occur more than once every 6 seconds.

LvL15
Threatening FocusBuff

Instantly generates 6 focus, reduces the cooldown of Taunt and Challenging Call by 5 seconds and damages all taunted targets around you.

Instantly generates 6 focus, reduces the cooldown of Taunt and Challenging Call by 5 seconds and damages all taunted targets around you.

LvL15
Saber WardDefensive

Raises a lightsaber ward, increasing melee and ranged defenses by 50% and absorbing 25% of the damage taken from Force and tech attacks. Lasts 12 seconds.

Raises a lightsaber ward, increasing melee and ranged defenses by 50% and absorbing 25% of the damage taken from Force and tech attacks. Lasts 12 seconds.

LvL15
Warding StrikeAttack 4m (melee range)

Increases damage reduction and shield absorption by 3% for 20 seconds, generates 6 focus, and deals weapon damage to the target with a series of quick melee attacks. Replaces Sundering Strike.

Increases damage reduction and shield absorption by 3% for 20 seconds, generates 6 focus, and deals weapon damage to the target with a series of quick melee attacks. Replaces Sundering Strike.

LvL15
Soresu FormPassive

Utilize a defensive lightsaber form, increasing armor rating by 61.5%, damage reduction by 6%, shield chance by 15%, threat generation by 150%, and accuracy by 10%. While utilizing Soresu Form, all damage dealt is reduced by 10%, and all Strike abilities generate 1 less focus. Replaces Shii-Cho Form.

Utilize a defensive lightsaber form, increasing armor rating by 61.5%, damage reduction by 6%, shield chance by 15%, threat generation by 150%, and accuracy by 10%. While utilizing Soresu Form, all damage dealt is reduced by 10%, and all Strike abilities generate 1 less focus. Replaces Shii-Cho Form.

LvL15
Threatening Focus (passive)Hidden Passive

Activating Combat Focus generates focus, reduces the cooldown of all your taunts by 5 seconds and damages all taunted targets around you.

Activating Combat Focus generates focus, reduces the cooldown of all your taunts by 5 seconds and damages all taunted targets around you.

LvL19
Force KickInterrupt 4m (melee range)

Kicks the target and interrupts its current action, preventing that ability from being used for the next 4 seconds.

Every class has an interrupt ability that allows them to interrupt an enemy while they are casting. Enemy castbars that fill up from left to right are called casts and can be interrupted and the ability will be stopped, but castbars that go from right to left deal damage the entire time they are channeling. Using your interrupt in combat is very useful as it can prevent the enemy from damaging you, or sometimes even prevent them from stunning you or knocking you back!

LvL23
Blade TurningPassive

The first 2 seconds of Saber Ward grants 100% melee and ranged defense.

The first 2 seconds of Saber Ward grants 100% melee and ranged defense.

LvL23
Dust StormPassive

Targets damaged by your Force Sweep and Cyclone Slash become unsteady. Unsteady targets have their melee and ranged accuracy decreased by 5% for 45 seconds. In addition, damage dealt by Blade Storm is increased by 40%.

Targets damaged by your Force Sweep and Cyclone Slash become unsteady. Unsteady targets have their melee and ranged accuracy decreased by 5% for 45 seconds. In addition, damage dealt by Blade Storm is increased by 40%.

LvL23
Marked AssaultOptional Passive Level 23 Option 1/3

Warding Strike deals 50% more damage to taunted targets.

Warding Strike deals 50% more damage to taunted targets.

Solo Suggestion: For a solo tank, you can do a lot more damage with this choice, just remember to keep taunting!

LvL23
Antagonizing AssaultOptional Passive Level 23 Option 2/3

Increases the damage, critical hit chance, and threat of Warding Strike by 20%.

Increases the damage, critical hit chance, and threat of Warding Strike by 20%.

LvL23
Defensive AssaultOptional Passive Level 23 Option 3/3

Warding Strike increases your damage reduction by an additional 2% when it deals damage.

Warding Strike increases your damage reduction by an additional 2% when it deals damage.

Flashpoint Suggestion: In group content you should leave the damage-increasing choices for the DPS players and favor the ones with more reduction. This is the only defensive choice in the tier, so go ahead and grab it.

Operation Suggestion: In group content you should leave the damage-increasing choices for the DPS players and favor the ones with more reduction. This is the only defensive choice in the tier, so go ahead and grab it.

LvL27
Debilitating SlashesOptional Passive Level 27 Option 1/3

Blade Barrage immobilizes the target for 3 seconds and generates 1 focus.

Blade Barrage immobilizes the target for 3 seconds and generates 1 focus.

LvL27
Cyclone SlashOptional Area Attack Level 27 Option 2/3

Slashes up to 8 enemies within 5 meters in front of you for weapon damage and inflicts the targets with Trauma, which reduces the healing received from all sources by 20% for 6 seconds.

Slashes up to 8 enemies within 5 meters in front of you for weapon damage and inflicts the targets with Trauma, which reduces the healing received from all sources by 20% for 6 seconds.

General Suggestion: This aoe attack is great for maintaining threat on multiple targets and as a good filler when your main AoEs are on cooldown. Always take this!

LvL27
Blade BurstOptional Passive Level 27 Option 3/3

Blade Storm does damage to additional enemies in a cone in front and slows them by 50% for 6 seconds.

Blade Storm does damage to additional enemies in a cone in front and slows them by 50% for 6 seconds.

LvL27
Force StasisStun 10m (short range)

Subdues the target, stunning it for 4 seconds. Deals kinetic damage and builds 3 focus over the duration. This ability can be channeled while moving.

You can use your short stun on weaker enemies to stop them from running around, from casting abilities, to stop them from damaging you, or just to keep them out of the fight in general.

LvL31
Challenging CallArea Taunt

Taunts all enemies within 15 meters, forcing them to attack you for 6 seconds. Player targets deal 30% less damage for 6 seconds when attacking anyone other than you.

Taunts all enemies within 15 meters, forcing them to attack you for 6 seconds. Player targets deal 30% less damage for 6 seconds when attacking anyone other than you.

LvL31
Focused StrikingPassive

Reduces the cooldowns of Sundering Strike and Warding Strike by 3 seconds each and increases the focus they generate by 2.

Reduces the cooldowns of Sundering Strike and Warding Strike by 3 seconds each and increases the focus they generate by 2.

LvL35
PreparationPassive

When you exit combat, the active cooldowns of Force Leap, Combat Focus, and Saber Throw are reduced by 100%.

When you exit combat, the active cooldowns of Force Leap, Combat Focus, and Saber Throw are reduced by 100%.

LvL35
Guardian SlashAttack 4m (melee range)

Slashes the target with a powerful stroke, dealing weapon damage, enabling Riposte, and impairing the target for 45 seconds. Impaired targets deal 5% less damage with Force and tech attacks. If you are protected by your Warding Strike, Guardian Slash damages up to 7 additional nearby enemies for the same amount. Does not damage sleeping, lifted, or incapacitated enemies. This attack knocks down all affected standard and weak enemies. Generates a high amount of threat.

Slashes the target with a powerful stroke, dealing weapon damage, enabling Riposte, and impairing the target for 45 seconds. Impaired targets deal 5% less damage with Force and tech attacks. If you are protected by your Warding Strike, Guardian Slash damages up to 7 additional nearby enemies for the same amount. Does not damage sleeping, lifted, or incapacitated enemies. This attack knocks down all affected standard and weak enemies. Generates a high amount of threat.

LvL35
LungePassive

Riposte consumes 1 less focus and no longer causes a global cooldown. In addition, melee and ranged defense is increased by 3%.

Riposte consumes 1 less focus and no longer causes a global cooldown. In addition, melee and ranged defense is increased by 3%.

LvL39
Guardian LeapFriendly Leap 30m (long range)

Leaps to a friendly target, reducing their threat by a moderate amount and reducing damage taken by 20% for 6 seconds.

Jump to a friendly target (not an enemy).

LvL39
Single Saber MasteryPassive

Increases the damage dealt by your weapon by 20%.

Increases the damage dealt by your weapon by 20%.

LvL39
Crushing MarkOptional Passive Level 39 Option 1/3

Guardian Slash deals 50% more damage to taunted targets.

Guardian Slash deals 50% more damage to taunted targets.

LvL39
Guardian FocusOptional Passive Level 39 Option 2/3

Dealing damage with Guardian Slash while Warding Strike is active grants a barrier of protection to up to 8 allies within 10 meters for 6 seconds.

Dealing damage with Guardian Slash while Warding Strike is active grants a barrier of protection to up to 8 allies within 10 meters for 6 seconds.

Flashpoint Suggestion: Best to ignore the offensive choices in this tier and go for group-wide damage reduction. Super helpful to your healers!

Operation Suggestion: Best to ignore the offensive choices in this tier and go for group-wide damage reduction. Super helpful to your healers!

LvL39
Critical SlashOptional Passive Level 39 Option 3/3

Guardian Slash critical chance and threat generated is increased by 20% and its cooldown is reduced by one second each time it critically hits.

Guardian Slash critical chance and threat generated is increased by 20% and its cooldown is reduced by one second each time it critically hits.

Solo Suggestion: For tough solo fights this will end up doing more damage than crushing mark over a longer period of time. For burst/easier solo content, you can switch choices.

LvL43
DispatchAttack 10m (short range)

Throws the main-hand lightsaber at a target, dealing energy damage. Only usable on targets at or below 30% max health.

Throws the main-hand lightsaber at a target, dealing energy damage. Only usable on targets at or below 30% max health.

LvL43
EnureHeal

Temporarily increases your maximum health by 30% for 20 seconds and removes all cleansable effects. When the effect ends, the health is lost.

Temporarily increases your maximum health by 30% for 20 seconds and removes all cleansable effects. When the effect ends, the health is lost.

LvL43
Force PushKnockback 10m (short range)

Deals kinetic damage, knocks the target back several meters and knocks the target down for 2 seconds. Force Push immediately finishes the cooldown of Force Leap.

Pushes enemies back.

LvL43
Expeditious ProtectorPassive

Increases armor rating by 15%, and when your guarded target is attacked, your movement speed is increased by 30% for 6 seconds.

Increases armor rating by 15%, and when your guarded target is attacked, your movement speed is increased by 30% for 6 seconds.

LvL43
Marked FocusOptional Passive Level 43 Option 1/3

Dealing direct damage to taunted targets generates 1 focus and heals you for 1% of your maximum health. This effect can occur once every second.

Dealing direct damage to taunted targets generates 1 focus and heals you for 1% of your maximum health. This effect can occur once every second.

LvL43
ThwartOptional Passive Level 43 Option 2/3

Guardian Leap grants Thwart, increasing the damage dealt by your next melee ability by 20%. This effect lasts for 10 seconds. Additionally, reduces the cooldown of Guardian Leap by 5 seconds and reduces the threat and damage taken by an additional 10% each for the friendly target of Guardian Leap.

Guardian Leap grants Thwart, increasing the damage dealt by your next melee ability by 20%. This effect lasts for 10 seconds. Additionally, reduces the cooldown of Guardian Leap by 5 seconds and reduces the threat and damage taken by an additional 10% each for the friendly target of Guardian Leap.

LvL43
Critical DefenseOptional Passive Level 43 Option 3/3

Critically hitting with a direct attack reduces the cooldown of your Threatening Focus by 1 second. Threatening Focus purges movement impairing effects and increases your melee and ranged defense chance by 10% for 10 seconds.

Critically hitting with a direct attack reduces the cooldown of your Threatening Focus by 1 second. Threatening Focus purges movement impairing effects and increases your melee and ranged defense chance by 10% for 10 seconds.

General Suggestion: Reducing the cooldown on your main focus-generating buff and giving it a defensive component is extremely strong. Most worthwhile choice in the tier.

LvL47
Saber ThrowAttack 30m (long range)

Throws the main-hand lightsaber at a distant target, inflicting damage and granting 3 focus.

Throws the main-hand lightsaber at a distant target, inflicting damage and granting 3 focus.

LvL47
Hilt BashStun 4m (melee range)

Smacks the target for kinetic damage, stunning it for 4 seconds. This ability generates a high amount of threat.

You can use your short stun on weaker enemies to stop them from running around, from casting abilities, to stop them from damaging you, or just to keep them out of the fight in general.

LvL51
Unyielding JusticeOptional Passive Level 51 Option 1/3

Increases the range of Blade Storm to 30 meters, but Blade Storm deals reduced beyond 10 meters. Additionally, Force Push deals 20% more damage and grants Unyielding Justice, allowing your next Blade Storm to deal full damage regardless of the distance from the target.

Increases the range of Blade Storm to 30 meters, but Blade Storm deals reduced beyond 10 meters. Additionally, Force Push deals 20% more damage and grants Unyielding Justice, allowing your next Blade Storm to deal full damage regardless of the distance from the target.

LvL51
DefianceOptional Passive Level 51 Option 2/3

You generate 4 focus when stunned, immobilized, put to sleep, or knocked around.

You generate 4 focus when stunned, immobilized, put to sleep, or knocked around.

LvL51
Battlefield CommandOptional Passive Level 51 Option 3/3

Getting attacked reduces the active cooldown of Force Leap by 1 second. This effect cannot occur more than once every 1.5 seconds.

Getting attacked reduces the active cooldown of Force Leap by 1 second. This effect cannot occur more than once every 1.5 seconds.

General Suggestion: As a tank you'll hopefully always be getting attacked. This choice allows you to be much more mobile than standard, which is often very important in any type of content.

LvL51
Blade BarrierPassive

Activating Blade Storm grants Blade Barrier, which absorbs damage. Lasts up to 10 seconds. Riposte raises Blade Barricade, increasing your defense chance by 5% for 10 seconds.

Activating Blade Storm grants Blade Barrier, which absorbs damage. Lasts up to 10 seconds. Riposte raises Blade Barricade, increasing your defense chance by 5% for 10 seconds.

LvL56
Focused DefenseDefensive

Empowers you with 12 charges of Focused Defense, lasting up to 15 seconds. Whenever you take damage a charge of Focused Defense is consumed to heal you. This ability can be used while stunned or otherwise controlled but cannot be used while above 70% health.

Empowers you with 12 charges of Focused Defense, lasting up to 15 seconds. Whenever you take damage a charge of Focused Defense is consumed to heal you. This ability can be used while stunned or otherwise controlled but cannot be used while above 70% health.

LvL60
Warding CallDefensive

Reduces all damage taken by 40% for 10 seconds.

Reduces all damage taken by 40% for 10 seconds.

LvL60
Abating DefensePassive

Increasing shield chance by 4% and reduces the cooldown of Saber Ward by 30 seconds.

Increasing shield chance by 4% and reduces the cooldown of Saber Ward by 30 seconds.

LvL64
Stalwart DefenseOptional Passive Level 64 Option 1/3

For Vigilance and Focus, all area effect damage is reduced by 60% for 15 seconds after Challenging Call is activated. For Defense, all damage is reduced by 30% while stunned.

For Vigilance and Focus, all area effect damage is reduced by 60% for 15 seconds after Challenging Call is activated. For Defense, all damage is reduced by 30% while stunned.

LvL64
War MasterOptional Passive Level 64 Option 2/3

Force Leap grants Unremitting, granting immunity to movement-impairing effects and effects that push or pull you around for 4 seconds. In addition, Force Leap enables your next Dispatch or Whirling Blade to be used against a target with any percentage of health.

Force Leap grants Unremitting, granting immunity to movement-impairing effects and effects that push or pull you around for 4 seconds. In addition, Force Leap enables your next Dispatch or Whirling Blade to be used against a target with any percentage of health.

General Suggestion: Some bosses like to use their abilities at the start of combat. Some of them also have knockbacks. Getting knocked back as soon as you use your leap is VERY annoying and can make it hard to keep threat at the beginning. Take this for convenience let alone the free Dispatch attack. In a fight with heavy stuns on the tank, Stalwart Defense achieves the same goal, so switch when you can.

LvL64
Second WindOptional Passive Level 64 Option 3/3

Reduces the cooldown of Resolute by 30 seconds and causes Resolute to heal you for 10% of your maximum health when used.

Reduces the cooldown of Resolute by 30 seconds and causes Resolute to heal you for 10% of your maximum health when used.

LvL68
AweOptional Stun Level 68 Option 1/3

Confounds up to 8 nearby enemies, preventing all action for up to 6 seconds. Damage ends the effect prematurely. In addition, targets affected by Awe deal 15% less melee and ranged damage for 10 seconds after the confounding effect ends. Targets immune to the confounding effect will immediately suffer from this damage reducing effect.

Stuns allow you to knock enemies out of the fight temporarily. Some stuns break on damage - so if you attack the enemy while they are stunned with any type of attack, they will no longer be stunned.

LvL68
Saber ReflectOptional Defensive Level 68 Option 2/3

Reflects all direct single target ranged, Force, and tech attacks back to the attacker for 5 seconds. The damage done by each reflect is capped. In addition, Saber Reflect generates a high amount of threat on all engaged enemies within 30 meters when activated.

Reflects all direct single target ranged, Force, and tech attacks back to the attacker for 5 seconds. The damage done by each reflect is capped. In addition, Saber Reflect generates a high amount of threat on all engaged enemies within 30 meters when activated.

General Suggestion: One of the most popular abilities of the Guardian, this reflect allows you to deal pretty great damage back to a boss/high damaging enemy while saving yourself. What it ends up being able to reflect can really differ from fight to fight, so if you're struggling with something specific try looking up a guide on the fight - most will mention what can be reflected. If nothing's reflectable or you'd prefer some mobility, Blade Blitz is another super fun and easy to use movement attack you can choose

LvL68
Blade BlitzOptional Movement Level 68 Option 3/3

Quickly rush forward 20 meters, dealing weapon damage to enemies in your path and increasing your defense chance by 100% while blitzing. Can be used while immobilized and purges movement-impairing effects when activated.

Quickly rush forward 20 meters, dealing weapon damage to enemies in your path and increasing your defense chance by 100% while blitzing. Can be used while immobilized and purges movement-impairing effects when activated.

LvL68
CouragePassive

Parrying, deflecting, shielding, or resisting an attack has a 50% chance to grant Courage, reducing the focus consumed by your next Blade Storm or Dispatch by 1. Lasts up to 12 seconds and stacks up to 3 times.

Parrying, deflecting, shielding, or resisting an attack has a 50% chance to grant Courage, reducing the focus consumed by your next Blade Storm or Dispatch by 1. Lasts up to 12 seconds and stacks up to 3 times.

LvL73
Purifying SweepOptional Passive Level 73 Option 1/3

For the Defense discipline, Force Sweep slows the targets it damages by 60% for 10 seconds. For the Vigilance and Focus disciplines, Force Sweep and Vigilant Thrust sunder the targets they damage for 45 seconds. Sundered targets have their armor rating decreased by 20%.

For the Defense discipline, Force Sweep slows the targets it damages by 60% for 10 seconds. For the Vigilance and Focus disciplines, Force Sweep and Vigilant Thrust sunder the targets they damage for 45 seconds. Sundered targets have their armor rating decreased by 20%.

LvL73
Gather StrengthOptional Passive Level 73 Option 2/3

Whenever your movement speed is impaired, you gain a 10% damage bonus to your next ability that consumes focus. This effect can stack up to 5 times and lasts 15 seconds.

Whenever your movement speed is impaired, you gain a 10% damage bonus to your next ability that consumes focus. This effect can stack up to 5 times and lasts 15 seconds.

LvL73
Through PeaceOptional Passive Level 73 Option 3/3

Reduces the cooldown of Focused Defense by 30 seconds.

Reduces the cooldown of Focused Defense by 30 seconds.

General Suggestion: Focused Defense is one of the strongest defensive abilities in the game, and being able to use it so often will make your survivability skyrocket. No contest in this tier, take it every time.

LvL73
Inner PeacePassive

Increases the duration of Enure by 10 seconds. Increases the elemental and internal damage reduction by 5%.

Increases the duration of Enure by 10 seconds. Increases the elemental and internal damage reduction by 5%.

LvL78
Defensive SwingsPassive

Dealing damage with Blade Barrage increases your defense chance by 2%. Stacks up to 3 times and lasts for 6 seconds.

Dealing damage with Blade Barrage increases your defense chance by 2%. Stacks up to 3 times and lasts for 6 seconds.

Milestones

  • At Level 15 you will get your first exclusive ability only the Defense Guardian has, it will be called Warding Strike.
  • At Level 23 you will get to choose a way to change how Warding Strike works from three different options. This is your first Ability Tree choice, and you can make it by pressing K on your keyboard and selecting an option from the Defense Ability Tree on the right.
  • At Level 27 you will get your second choice between three options in your Ability Tree. These options may be useable abilities you can click, or they can be passive abilities which give you a boost to your existing abilities.
  • At Level 47 you will get your second exclusive ability only the Defense Guardian gets, it will be called Guardian Slash.
  • At Level 39 you will get to choose a way to change how Guardian Slash works from three different options in your Ability Tree.
  • At Level 47 and 60 you will get your last two exclusive abilities only the Defense Guardian has, Hilt Bash and Warding Call.
  • At Level 73, you will get to make an important choice between three major abilities. This is a big choice all players need to make for their character.
  • At Level 43, 51, 64, 68 you will get to make additional choices for your Guardian.
  • All of these Ability Tree choices are not permanent. You can change them any time you are not in combat and are not in a queue for Flashpoints, Operations or PvP.
Learn Your Class
Combat StyleDisciplineRoleDisciplineCombat Style
SentinelWatchman DOT DamageAnnihilationMarauder
Combat Burst DamageCarnage
Concentration Burst DamageFury
GuardianDefenseTankImmortalJuggernaut
Vigilance DOT (AOE) DamageVengeance
Focus Burst DamageRage
ShadowKinetic CombatTankDarkness
Assassin
Infiltration Burst DamageDeception
Serenity DOT DamageHatred
SageSeer HealerCorruptionSorcerer
Telekinetics Burst DamageLightning
Balance DOT DamageMadness
VanguardShield SpecialistTankShield
Tech
Powertech
Plasmatech DOT DamagePyrotech
Tactics
Burst DamageAdvanced Prototype
CommandoCombat Medic HealerBodyguardMercenary
Gunnery Burst DamageArsenal
Assault Specialist DOT DamageInnovative Ordnance
ScoundrelSawbones HealerMedicineOperative
Scrapper Burst DamageConcealment
Ruffian DOT DamageLethality
GunslingerSharpshooter Burst DamageMarksmanshipSniper
Saboteur DOT DamageEngineering
Dirty Fighting DOT DamageVirulence
Learn Your Mirror
Combat StyleDisciplineRoleDisciplineCombat Style
VanguardShield SpecialistTankShield
Tech
Powertech
Plasmatech DamagePyrotech
Tactics
DamageAdvanced Prototype
CommandoCombat Medic HealerBodyguardMercenary
Gunnery DamageArsenal
Assault Specialist DamageInnovative Ordnance
ScoundrelSawbones HealerMedicineOperative
Scrapper DamageConcealment
Ruffian DamageLethality
GunslingerSharpshooter DamageMarksmanshipSniper
Saboteur DamageEngineering
Dirty Fighting DamageVirulence
SentinelWatchman DamageAnnihilationMarauder
Combat DamageCarnage
Concentration DamageFury
GuardianDefenseTankImmortalJuggernaut
Vigilance DamageVengeance
Focus DamageRage
ShadowKinetic CombatTankDarkness
Assassin
Infiltration DamageDeception
Serenity DamageHatred
SageSeer HealerCorruptionSorcerer
Telekinetics DamageLightning
Balance DamageMadness

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