GW2 – Don’t Forget Runes

Asura Engineer
Asura Engineer

As as Engineer or a Guardian you will find that you are one of the two races with no speed boost skill built in. So you need to find a way to move faster. Runes are the answer.

There are two types of runes that boost your speed if you use all 6 of them. That is, if you use an identical rune in all your armor pieces.

Superior Rune of the Traveler and Superior Rune of Speed both provide a 25% boost in movement speed, but the Traveler Rune costs almost 3 times as much.

How Runes Work

Runes are applied to Armor pieces. And most runes do more, the more of the same type of rune you have installed in your armor. If you have all 6 armor pieces with SRoT then you get the full body of stats listed. You will need to be level 60 to use the runes we are talking about.

 

Using Super Rune of Traveler
Using Super Rune of Traveler

Notice the last line has a +25% movement speed. This may not seem like much, but it’s like riding a mount in this game, since there are no mounts. But this rune costs a bundle. You are going to pay about 8G each for these runes.

But if you aren’t that rich, and I no longer am, then you can use the Super Rune of Speed to get the same movement benefit.

Using Super Rune of Speed
Using Super Rune of Speed

This rune only costs about 3G each on the Trading Post.

Super Rune of Speed
Super Rune of Speed

Or you can make it as a Leatherworker:

Making Super Rune of Speed
Making Super Rune of Speed

But the Charged Lodestones are going to cost you about 3G so there is not a lot to save unless you can farm these.

Charged Loadstone Prices
Charged Loadstone Prices

As a Guardian, before you get your speed runes, you may want to use some other ways to move faster: Keep your staff as a second weapon and drop skill 3 frequently in front of you to run. Also there is a Retreat skill, but it has a long cool down and you may not want to tie up a skill slot with that.

Runes for More Power to do More Damage

But there are some other runes that may be useful for Guardians, as well as others, and they are very cheap. Who doesn’t want +100 power? I’m a believer in Power Power Power. I’ve tried the other stats and I believe in Power all the way. The other stats just don’t seem to let me survive as long as having more power to kill the bad guys quicker. Notice the prices in the top right of each picture. I was surprised at how cheap these are. I was ignoring Runes, except for ones I happened upon, until I got to level 80. But with these very powerful and affordable runes, we should use them from level 60 onwards.

Super Rune of Citadel
Super Rune of Citadel

Or for more money there is the Super Rune of the Flame Legion. I don’t see the big benefit unless you are an Elemental who likes Fire Attunement.

Sup Rune of Flame Legion
Sup Rune of Flame Legion

But 6 of these, or just 5 of these, won’t cost that much. Again you need to be level 60 to use Superior Runes.

Using Super Rune of Citadel

Using Super Rune of Citadel

This should help me get to level 80 in no time.

Sigils for your Weapons

Also, you’ll want to consider this Sigil for your Weapons.

Major Sigal of Speed
Major Sigil of Speed

You can begin using this pretty early in your career.

Black Lion Salvage Kits – Don’t Lose those Upgrades

But the important thing to remember is to recover  your runes before you salvage your old gear. You don’t want to waste all that money down the drain when you are done with that old gear. So be sure and use this to recover those runes / Sigils if they are costly. You’ll get a few Black Lion Salvage kits from leveling up or story quests, but you can buy more at the Gem store. They will probably cost less to use than those precious items in your gear.

Black Lion Salvage Kit
Black Lion Salvage Kit

Enjoy,
– ww