Archive:Mo/any Glimmer Monk

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This build has been archived as of 22:48, 4 January 2009 (EST), for the following reasons:

  • Meta Shift
  • New buffed monk elites

This build had been designed for the following use:

This build was in the category Good before being archived.

A Monk that utilizes Glimmer of Light to create a versatile, if not always the most efficient, build.

Attributes and Skills Edit

<pvxbig> [build prof=Monk/any Healing=11+1+1 prot=10+1 Divine=10+1][Glimmer of Light][Spirit Bond][Dismiss Condition][Guardian][Shield of Absorption][Optional][Optional][Holy Veil][/build] </pvxbig>

Equipment Edit

  • Armor: Survivor's insignia on all pieces, you won't need the extra energy if you stay on your toes. On the last open armor piece, either put a vitae or a recovery rune. The dazed reduction is nice, but is a bit of a trade-off in my opinion.
  • Weapons:
    • 40/40 PROTECTION wand/offhand set
    • Hale 20/20 Prot rod of enchanting/fortitude (I prefer enchanting.)
    • Crippling Spear of Fortitude/Shield of fortitude set. (Keep both a +5 energy and a -5 energy spear in your inventory. Standard shield defensive sets, including reducing dazed and crippled shields.)
    • High energy set. (Remember to not camp in this set, only switch to this set to cast.)

Usage Edit

  • Spirit Bond: Use this when you see a spike about to hit someone.
  • Guardian: Use this to hinder physical opponents.
  • SoA: Use this on people that are being trained by multiple sources of damage.
  • Holy Veil: Remove hexes and remember to Pre-veil whenever possible.
  • Dismiss Condition: This also heals if the target is enchanted; can be used as a general heal if you get diversioned on Glimmer.
  • Glimmer of Light: Your after/during-a-spike heal. This skill replaces RoF and GoH, allowing for much more room on your bar. Use for cleanup after attempted spikes.

Counters Edit

  • Lots of wide-spread pressure. Glimmer isn't as efficient as Word of Healing.
  • Those mesmer anti-elite skills, to a small extent. If your teammates have a self-heal, they can tune-up themselves.
  • Daze, to a smaller extent than some Monks.
  • Diversion.
  • Being caught unawares. Remember to always watch the field.
  • BAD PROTTING. Practice identifying what type of prot you need, otherwise it's three times as much wasted energy.

Notes Edit

  • Remember to not spam glimmer like crazy, that's not the point of this build (unless you're under the effect of Divine Spirit). The point is to be able to counter a wide variety of threats, with Glimmer being the cleanup and general spike response.

Variants Edit


  • Shielding Hands - often weaker than Shield of Absorption, but the quick cast can be useful, especially against certain Assassins because of how it allows you to quickly re-act to to a tele-spike
  • Draw Conditions - for when your team needs you to have a sure-fire ability to keep them clean
  • Mending Touch - allows you to remove covered conditions from yourself; necessary with Draw conditions
  • Mend Condition - a faster recharging condi removal than Dismiss
  • Signet of Rejuvenation - a free, but conditional, heal
  • Divine Spirit - energy management
  • Deny Hexes - in combination with Divine Spirit to help against hex stacks
  • Remove Hex - a faster-recharging hex removal than Veil...can be good in situations where Holy Veil will almost always be removed if used as pre-prot
  • Cure Hex - can be decent against hex pressure
  • Reverse Hex - a fast hex removal, giving you a high chance to avoid an interrupt and/or remove a nasty hex before a cover can be applied
  • Purge Signet - all purpose complete sure to cast on your lowest energy set
  • Protective Spirit - instead of Spirit Bond
  • Vigorous Spirit - for the correct team build
  • Spotless Soul / Spotless Mind - for constant removal-over-time
  • Heal Party - if this is a flag-runner for GvG
  • Aegis - for a standard back-line GvG Monk



  • Return - Cast this on a set with a "Crippling" mod (usually your defensive set) whenever possible
  • Dark Escape - Allows you to live through a sticky situation or run some place a bit quicker
  • Dash - Helps you kite and/or get across the map quicker


  • Disciplined Stance - A good anti-spike skill; also helps you remove Daze from yourself
  • Balanced Stance - To counter knockdowns than can ruin the day; additionally prevents damage from physical characters by ignoring critical hits
  • Shield Bash - Can be difficult to use, but rewarding when it pays off
  • Sprint - For a Monk that wants a speed boost (such as for a GvG team that is constantly splitting) while still having access to a defensive Warrior ability


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