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#1 Feb 27 2011 at 6:15 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm level 41 elf warden with 1200 power and 1500 morale. I don't know what it is, but i can't really solo or tank that well, i can't even solo sambrog lvl 24, when i tank i can normally take a lot of damage, but i spend all my time trying to get and maintain threat so i can't keep myself alive.

When i solo, i normally use fierce resolve and then keep spamming heals, which i don't think is the best way
#2 Mar 01 2011 at 12:05 PM Rating: Excellent
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Gambits are where your class shines. Rely 90% on them.

Run in Conservation (power) mode but do not hesitate to switch to Determination (morale) if your power bar is full and morale is dropping too fast. Switch back when you need more power.

First order of business: Stack Bleeds. Solo you do not need to use aggro skills.

For multiple mobs it helps to stack your morale drain line. The more mobs (up to 5?) the more morale/power expended you gain.

Intersperse with morale building but stack them (pure healing gambits) when you do.

You are not built for speed kills, sometimes you have to turtle heals and drains.
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#3 Apr 10 2011 at 8:39 PM Rating: Excellent
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I know this is a bit late, but...

OK, 1200 Power is OK at level 41, but 1500 morale is a bit low. Try to find some jewelry, weapons and armor to improve your vitality. Next, work on your deeds! As a warden, you really want Innocence and Zeal to boost your melee defense (lowers the amount of damage you take from melee attacks) and Empathy to boost your armor value. There is also a virtue that increases your vitality, who's name I cannot remember.

Next, remember your gambits! You have threat builders, defense boosts, damage (direct and over time) and you have self heals.

For threat, remember Precise Blow: [Fist][Spear] This gives the most single target threat, as well as threat over time. It is your bread and butter as a warden on single targets.

Use War Cry on multiple mobs [Fist][Shield] to get their attention, then go ahead and give each a precise blow if they start to leave.

Once you have their attention, go ahead and use Goad [fist][fist] to help generate more threat over time. By this time, you should have the trait that gives you an additional three Goad targets for a total of 6.

Around this level, you get Dance of War: [Shield][Fist][Shield][Fist]. This gambit steals threat from the rest of the group, plus gives you a 30 second evade buff.

As far as survival goes, the first 10-15 seconds of a pull are the scariest part of warden tanking. (It becomes easier when you get Masteries, though) You want to lock down threat and get your defensive buffs up ASAP, then you want to start your self-heals. After that, keep an eye on the little icons below your character icon in the upper left corner of the screen. When the buffs wear off, put them back on.

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#4 May 01 2011 at 7:34 AM Rating: Decent
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Pretty much what Dot and Zuriche said. Build for any ICPR (In-Combat Power Regen) that you can get, as well as as much block, parry, and evade as is possible. Wardens aren't mitigation tanks, we can't take the hits that Guardians or even tank-slotted Champions can, but we have a LARGE advantage over them in that we can self-heal and, well, our large amounts of evasion help us with everything but tactical damage.

As for not being able to tank or solo well, honestly, tanking gets to be easymode once you get Conviction and get the capstone trait for the Blue line. LOTS of self-heals stacked at the same time = almost impossible to kill Warden.

And one more thing, you may want to learn how to do the "DBD" Dance. That's when you let yourself go below 50% health so you can use Dark Before Dawn to restore power, then use that power to heal yourself. It works best if you can get some HoTs on you that won't quite push you over 50% before you finish executing DBD, then you pop it and they heal you back up right away.
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#5 May 10 2011 at 1:35 AM Rating: Default
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this game is confussing
#6 May 27 2011 at 8:31 PM Rating: Default
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I'm playing a minstrel so I can't really help you with how to play a Warden better but there are lots of guides on the official forums.
Maybe you should try and find one there...
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