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Guild Wars Guide to Runes - Part 2

by: Sheri Newton ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

This is the second part of the player's guide to runes that are in Guild Wars, which continues to show other runes, their buffs, and what they can do for you. Read this before buying and using runes for your character.

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    Guild Wars Runes

    In Guild Wars, you can upgrade your character’s armor with runes. Only one rune per piece of armor is able to be used. Runes are almost always non-stacking. This means that if you have on one piece of armor with a specific rune, it will only be effective once, even if you have that same rune on another piece of armor. Runes can be used by playable characters as well as heroes.

    Runes can be purchased from the Rune Trader in a town or traded with other players. You can also find runes on salvageable armor that drops from foes. To salvage a rune, you’ll need to use the expert or superior salvage kit. So, if you find the Guild Wars - +2 rune of Major Scythe, and want to use it on your Dervish, you’ll need to use one of those salvage kits to extract it from the armor it was on.

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    Dervish Runes

    Runes for the Guild Wars Dervish are powerful armor upgrades for this profession. For instance, when the Guild Wars - +2 rune of Major Scythe is used, it will deal more damage in attacks because it gives a bonus of 2 to the character’s Scythe skill. Upgrading a Dervish’s armor smartly can make this a very strong player in the game.

    Guild Wars Dervish in Action  

    • Earth Prayers – The minor rune gives +1 to earth prayers. The major rune gives+2 to earth prayers and -35 health. The superior rune gives +3 to earth prayers and -75 health.
    • Mysticism – The minor rune has +1 mysticism. The major rune has +2 mysticism and -35 health. The superior rune has +3 mysticism and -75 health.
    • Scythe Mastery – The minor rune has +1 scythe mastery. The major rune has +2 scythe mastery and -35 to health. The superior rune has +3 scythe mastery and -75 to health.
    • Wind Prayers – The minor rune has +1 to wind prayers. The major rune has +2 to wind prayers and -35 to health. The superior rune has +3 to wind prayers and -75 to health.

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    Mesmer Runes

    The Mesmer prides itself on being able to cast faster than other professions, so this is usually one of the runes that is always used in each armor set. Depending on which type of spells you like to cast, the others will also be used, generally as superior runes on the headpiece.

    Guild Wars Gwen Hero  

    • Domination Magic – This minor rune gives +1 to domination magic, the major rune gives +2 to domination magic and -35 health, and the superior rune gives +3 to domination magic and -75 to health.
    • Fast Casting – The minor rune grants +1 to fast casting, the major rune has +2 to fast casting and health -35, and the superior rune grants +3 to fast casting and health -75.
    • Illusion Magic – The minor rune has +1 to illusion magic, the major rune has +2 to illusion magic and -35 to health, and the superior rune has +3 to illusion magic and -75 to health.
    • Inspiration Magic – The minor rune has +1 to inspiration magic, the major rune has +2 to inspiration magic, and the superior rune grants +3 to fast casting and health -75.

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    Monk Runes

    Monks are versatile characters, and can be used to do many things in the game besides just healing. Depending on what the Guild Wars Monk is doing, different runes need to be used.

    Guild Wars Monk FoW Armor  

    • Divine Favor – The minor rune has +1 to divine favor, the major rune has +2 to divine favor and -35 to health, and superior rune has +3 to divine favor and -75 to health.
    • Healing Prayers – This minor rune grants +1 to healing prayers, the major rune grants +2 to healing prayers and -35 to health, and superior rune grants +3 to healing prayers and -75 to health.
    • Protection Prayers – This minor rune grants +1 to protection prayers, the major rune grants +2 to protection prayers and -35 to health, and superior rune grants +3 to protection prayers and -75 to health.
    • Smiting Prayers – The minor rune has +1 to smiting prayers, the major rune has +2 to smiting prayers and -35 to health, and superior rune has +3 to smiting prayers and -75 to health.

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    Paragon Runes

    The Paragon also uses most of these runes. Depending on what they are going into battle against, they will use different types of runes on their armor. It is always good to have a headpiece with each type of rune on it so you’ll always be able to find armor that is runed for what you are up against.

    Guild Wars Paragon in Battle  

    • Command – The minor rune has +1 to command, the major rune has +2 to command and -35 to health, and superior rune has +3 to command and -75 to health.
    • Leadership – This minor rune grants +1 to leadership, the major rune grants +2 to leadership and -35 to health, and superior rune grants +3 to leadership and -75 to health.
    • Motivation – The minor rune has +1 to motivation, the major rune has +2 to motivation and -35 to health, and superior rune has +3 to motivation and -75 to health.
    • Spear Mastery – This minor rune grants +1 to spear mastery, the major rune grants +2 to spear mastery and -35 to health, and superior rune grants +3 to spear mastery and -75 to health.

    The remaining runes that are not covered in part 1 or part 2 of this guide are in the final part of this series. Be sure to check out part 3 of this guide.

References

  • Screenshots and references from Guild Wars.

Guide to Runes in Guild Wars

This three-part series will give players a great in-depth guide that will tell about all of the different runes, their stat buffs, special abilities, and more that each rune offers players in the game.
  1. Guild Wars Guide to Runes - Part 2
  2. Guild Wars Guide to Runes - Part 1
  3. Guild Wars Guide to Runes - Part 3

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