Get your biros and graph paper out: it’s time to plan your new build with the Warden’s full array of new abilities, split up over three brand new skill trees Green balance
Winter’s Embrace best for... Taking the hits
Skill 1 Polar Wind Use this to blast friends with soothing healing over time or to strike at foes with nasty frost damage. Skill 2 Ice Fortress Get an icy shell over your torso with this skill and you’ll get a meaty buff to your armour rating. Skill 3 Impaling shards Need to move enemies around? This activates a snare so that you can yank to your heart’s content. Skill 4 Crystallised Shield Summons exactly what you think it would, buffing your armour and making you even harder to kill. Skill 5 Frozen Device Drop this rune onto the ground and any enemies that step on it will be teleported to you. Ideal for keeping monsters off your group’s healer. l tim ate skill Sleet Storm This spell covers a large area and buffs any party members caught in the blast with protection, perfect for opening a boss encounter. It also deals spikes of damage on enemies in the blast zone, so can be used to clear mobs of enemies or to draw threat to yourself and away from squishier friends. best for... Healing your buddies Skill 1 Fungal Growth Not nearly as awful as it sounds, this skill lets you heal friends in a cone in front of you. Skill 2 Healing Seed Pop these into the ground and the flora that grows will steadily heal nearby buds over time. Skill 3 Living Vines This seeks out the team member with the lowest health for a dose of life juice. Skill 4 Green Lotus A lovely blooming flower visual effect, yes, but also a powerful damage buff. Skill 5 Nature’s Grasp Distant friend in deep doo-doo? This skill pulls you directly to them for timely life saving when needed fast. ultimate skill Secluded Grove This billowing ability sees trees slowly grow in a circle around you for huge health rejuvenating heals for any friends milling about inside.
Animal Companion best for... Dealing out tons of damage
Skill 1 Screaming Cliff Racer Once upon a time these haranguing beasties were the scourge of our existence. Now they are our spike damage dealing beasties. Skill 2 Subterranean Assault Summon an underground turtle beast (a Haj Mota if you need to know) and it’ll arc forward in a stunning line of hurt. Skill 3 Growing Swarm Bees? Bees. Well, actually they are Fletcher Flies, but they hurt whoever you send them after so just picture bees and you’re on the right track. Skill 4 Bull Netch Activate this and a floating Bull Netch will hover by your side recovering your stamina for you. Cheers, you disgusting ball of flesh, you. Skill 5 Bird Of Prey Gotta go fast? This skill increases movement speed, though whether that’s for running away or for barraging into a fight is up to you. ultimate skill Wild Guardian Unlike the timed spirit creatures that you summon with your other skills, this wild bear will stick with you until death. We’re told to expect a streamlined control system which allows us to command it to attack things on our behalf. We wish we had one for the OXM office.