Guardian is a melee class in BDO, introduced to NA on January 22, 2020. She is sometimes called a “female Berserker” because of her high defense and attack.

 

Guardian
Guardian Class Icon

Guardian Highlights:

  • high Crit potential: ability to obtain +11.5% Crit rate via ranks in one passive skill and +50% Crit rate via a 30 second buff
  • satisfying and large AOE skills
  • 1 Iframe (invulnerability to CC, grabs, and damage)
  • active Q block (Guardian hold’s her shield up and block isn’t released until canceled.)
  • some slow animations (certain skills, combos, and cancels can help)

 

 

Guardian IMHO

I am enjoying the Guardian more than I thought I would. I heard, “she’s slow” from some in Global Lab and Discord. Also, I don’t usually like melee characters very well. I had deleted my Berserker almost immediately.

Guardian is surprisingly fun, once you spend some time learning her moves. She does have a few speedy skills that help offset some of the slowness. Her skills are fun to discover. Many skills cause her to leap in the air, which makes her more enjoyable. Her animations include earthy eruptions and stone shatters. I love her kick stomping style as well.

Example Leaping AOE Guardian Skill

Guardian Pros & Cons

Guardian Attack

The Guardian’s greatest strength is her critical hit rate, coupled with heavy hitting attacks. She is allot of fun to play, if you don’t mind some of the slow animations. Some of her slowness can be circumvented with cancels and a few of her speedy skills.

Critical Hits give 200% Damage in both PVE and PVP and stack with the highest of any other Special Attack.

A few of her skills require charging, which can add to her heavy hitting, but slow feel.

She will excel in battles that allow her to make use of her Down Attacks + Crits. (Potentialy giving her attack skills an additional 250% Damage in PVE.)

Guardian Defense

Guardian has some extensive defensive capability.

Most notable is her shield block, much like the Warrior and Valk. Press Q and she quickly goes into a block state, which can only be penetrated by breaking her block meter, back attacks, or with a grab. Her block is a 180 degree protection against CC and damage. Guardian’s shield block can be held as long as needed and she can move slowly with it held.

Guardian has 4 pre-awakening skills with Foreward Guard. Many with Superarmor.

Tips to Help with Guardian Speed

My favorite speedy skills I consistently use: W+F (a long AOE dash), W+RMB and W+Q. (high-flying AOE jumps).

Guardian skill addons can help her attack speed, from +4% to +10%. See details below.

Fierce Disdain (A/D + RMB) adds +10% Attack Speed for 10 seconds.

BDO Guardian Tier List & Rankings

——— via Character Creation Stat Map ———

The Guardian is gender locked as a female class in BDO. (But with the freedom found in the Character Creator, you may be able to find a male Appearance template.)

Guardian ranks, visible during Character Creation, are shown below. For player opinion on the Guardian, please visit Guardian Discord or the Official BDO Guardian forums.

Character Creation Key: Class Tier Stats Explained:

  • Control: This is a measure of the difficulty in controlling the Guardian. The Guardian has 2/4 for Control difficulty by the developers. I agree with this assessment so far. She is fairly easy to play, but does take some mastering, with a few of the more tricky skills.
  • Defense: Defense measures the Guardian’s ability to take damage that hits her. This score is 3/4. Expect the Guardian to be tanky, and only slightly more squishy than a 4 star Valk. Guardian has many defensive blocking capabilities.
  • Combo: A Combo is a combination of key presses in a set order to perform a series of powerful moves. This ranking is a measure of the complexity of key combos available to the class. Guardian is one of the easier classes, with the same ranking as the Berserker for Combo complexity.
  • Evasion: Evasion measures the class ability to evade attacks. Evasion is the Guardian’s lowest stat. She will be easier to hit than many other classes, but with a high Defense rating, and blocking ability, you can counter this.
  • Attack: Attack measures how much damage this class can dish out. This is the Guardian’s highest stat with 4/4 ranks. She is a powerful, heavy hitter, although some skills feel slow.
Guardian
Guardian Class
● Control: ★★☆☆
● Defense: ★★★☆
● Combo: ★★☆☆
● Evasion: ★☆☆☆
● Attack: ★★★★

Guardian Class Rank

BDO Guardian Weapons

The Guardian uses a Battle Axe as her main weapon. Her Shield subweapon is the same as the Warrior and Valk. Her Awakening weapon is a poleaxe called Jordun.

Guardian WeaponGuardian SubweaponAwakening Weapon
Battle Axe
Shield
Jordun

Accept the quest “[Guardian Awakening] Storm of Oblivion” from the Black Spirit to complete her Awakening at level 56. This allows her to use her Awakening Weapon.

Guardian Skills

Guardian skills are heavy hitting and some can feel slow. Many of her skills come with +50% Crit rate. This coupled with passive skills and her 30 second +50% Crit rate buff, could make almost every hit a Critical hit for 200% Damage.

Here is a look at a few of the Guardian’s more noteworthy skills:

Fierce Disdain: (A/D + RMB)

Fierce Disdain is a skill that gives Invincibility, meaning it will protect you from everything, even from grabs.

The downside is that the duration of Invincibility is only 1 second long, with a 1 second long Superarmor. This means there is a two second window, where you can be grabbed. The good news is you have a 2 second window in which traditional CC will not work against you.

Guardian Skill Highlight:

  • 1 second Invincibility from grabs, CC, and damage
  • 1 second Superarmor from CC, but not damage or grabs
  • 3 second Cooldown
  • ending with Merciless Kick does 3x damage and also gives Superarmor

 

Avalanche Strike: (Shift + LMB)

Avalanche Strike is one of 4 pre-awakening skills with Forward Guard. This is a good example of a heavy hitting Guardian skill that has a charge.

This skill will crit every time, giving another 100% damage. If the skill grounds the target, you can add another 50% damage.

Guardian Skill Notes:

  • Critical Hit Rate +100% (x2 damage)
  • Down Attack (gives 50% extra damge)
  • 3 Different CC’s: Knockdown, Down Smash, Air Smash
  • long 9 second cooldown

Juggernaut: (W + F)

Juggernaut is one of my favorite skills and helps the Guardian feel less slow. But this skill has several draw backs. The main disadvantage is it’s a bit hard to control. She dashes forward and it feels like you have little control over which enemy you want to focus any damage on. She shoots past mobs you would have liked to keep running against and damaging.

Guardian Skill Highlight:

  • Foreward Guard throughout the length of the animation
  • Long Cooldown of 12 seconds 🙁
  • Damage can be powerful, if you manage all 25 hits
  • Tricky trying to focus damage on one mob.
  • Quickly replenishes WP

Guardian Skill Addons (Pre-Awakening)

Skill Add-ons can be learned at levels 50, 52, and 54. Visit a <Skill Instructor> NPC.

Notice that there is one skill (Mountain Slam) that will give +10% Attack Speed. Several others provide 4% or 7%. These would be good to try out, if you are struggling with Guardian’s slow skill animations.

Fierce Disdain (Shift + RMB)
PVP Attack +5 for 5 sec. for self
All Defense +10 for 10 sec. for self
All Evasion +3% for 10 sec. for self
Movement Speed +7% for 10 sec. for self
Movement Speed -10% for 7 sec. for target
Instantly Reduce 20 MP/WP/SP for target
Fervor (Q + RMB)
All Defense +15 for 10 sec. for self
Attack Speed +7% for 5 sec. for self
Movement Speed +7% for 10 sec. for self
Attack Speed -7% for 7 sec. for target
Movement Speed -7% for 7 sec. for target
Instantly Recovers 10 MP/WP/SP per hit
 Avalanche Strike (Shift + LMB)
All Defense +10 for 10 sec. for self
All Evasion +4% for 10 sec. for self
All Accuracy +4% for 12 sec. for self
Inflicts 50 Bleeding Damage per 3 sec. for 15 sec. for target
Instantly Recovers 10 HP per hit
Instantly Recovers 20 MP/WP/SP per hit
Torso Ripper (S + RMB)
Attack against monsters +30 for 8 sec. for self
PVP Attack +15 for 5 sec. for self
All Defense +15 for 10 sec. for self
All Evasion +5% for 10 sec. for self
Movement Speed +10% for 10 sec. for self
Attack Speed -10% for 7 sec. for target
 Beast Demolisher (RMB)
Attack against monsters +20 for 8 sec. for self
PVP Attack +5 for 5 sec. for self
All Accuracy +3% for 12 sec. for self
Attack Speed +4% for 5 sec. for self
Instantly Recovers 10 HP per hit
Instantly Recovers 10 MP/WP/SP per hit
 Mutilation (Shift + RMB)
Attack against monsters +25 for 8 sec. for self
All Defense +15 for 10 sec. for self
All Evasion +4% for 10 sec. for self
Critical Hit Rate +10% for 9 sec. for self
Movement Speed -10% for 7 sec. for target
Instantly Recovers 30 HP per hit
 Axe Throw (S + E)
Attack against monsters +20 for 8 sec. for self
PVP Attack +5 for 5 sec. for self
Inflicts 50 Burn Damage per 3 sec. for 9 sec. for target
Inflicts 42 Bleeding Damage per 3 sec. for 15 sec. for target
Cuts 15 MP/WP/SP per 3 sec. for 15 sec. off target
10% chance of Down Smash for target
 Omua’s Objurgation (W + RMB)
Attack against monsters +25 for 8 sec. for self
PVP Attack +5 for 5 sec. for self
All Accuracy +5% for 12 sec. for self
Attack Speed -7% for 7 sec. for target
Movement Speed -7% for 7 sec. for target
6% chance to Knockdown for target
 Claw Reveal (LMB + Space)
Attack against monsters +20 for 8 sec. for self
PVP Attack +5 for 5 sec. for self
Critical Hit Rate +10% for 9 sec. for self
Inflicts 42 Bleeding Damage per 3 sec. for 15 sec. for target
6% chance to Knockback for target
10% chance of Down Smash for target
 Mountain Slam (Shift + F)
Attack against monsters +30 for 8 sec. for self
All Defense +15 for 10 sec. for self
All Accuracy +5% for 12 sec. for self
Critical Hit Rate +20% for 9 sec. for self
Attack Speed +10% for 5 sec. for self
Instantly Recovers 10 HP per hit
 Black Blood Circle (Shift + Q)
Attack against monsters +25 for 8 sec. for self
PVP Attack +10 for 5 sec. for self
All Accuracy +5% for 12 sec. for self
Inflicts 59 Bleeding Damage per 3 sec. for 15 sec. for target
Instantly Recovers 20 HP per hit
Instantly Recovers 20 MP/WP/SP per hit
 Strike Down (S + F)
All Defense +10 for 10 sec. for self
All Evasion +3% for 10 sec. for self
All Accuracy +3% for 12 sec. for self
Attack Speed +4% for 5 sec. for self
Instantly Recovers 6 HP per hit
Instantly Recovers 6 MP/WP/SP per hit
 Savage Hack ( S + LMB + RMB)
Attack against monsters +20 for 8 sec. for self
PVP Attack +5 for 5 sec. for self
Inflicts 50 Burn Damage per 3 sec. for 9 sec. for target
Inflicts 54 Pain Damage per 3 sec. for 12 sec. for target
Inflicts 50 Bleeding Damage per 3 sec. for 15 sec. for target
Instantly Recovers 20 HP per hit
 Boulder Crush (S + LMB)
PVP Attack +5 for 5 sec. for self
All Defense +10 for 10 sec. for self
Critical Hit Rate +10% for 9 sec. for self
Attack Speed +7% for 5 sec. for self
Casting Speed -7% for 7 sec. for target
Movement Speed -7% for 7 sec. for target

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