10 Player PVE Squad Composition Guide Guide - Hardstuck (2024)

So you want to lead and assemble a team for Strikes and Raids and don’t know what to look or ask for? This is the guide for you. If you know the basics of squad compositions already, head over to the Team Builder.

Anatomy of a Squad

Examples of viable subgroups:

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  • There is a 5-player target limit for most Boon effects, which is why you want to have 2 subgroups of 5 players each.
  • You want to have at least 1 source, 1 source, and 1 Healer per subgroup, and fill up the rest with DPS.
  • Look for a Healer that can provide either or .
  • All highlighted builds are at least viable, exclusion of a build doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not viable.

Example LFG message

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The format for LFG messages usually follow the rough format of [encounter type], [group experience], [missing roles]. You can find many more of these examples on the Abbreviations page on the Official GW2 Wiki.

Encounter type abbreviation examples

  • HT – Harvest Temple
  • ez 3 / easy 3 – the combination of Fraenir of Jormag, Shiverpeaks Pass, and Voice of the Fallen and Claw of the Fallen
  • CM – Challenge Mode

Group experience abbreviation examples

  • EXP – experienced, this means you are expected to have cleared the encounter at least once, or have enough familiarity with the mechanics of the fight to not be a detriment to the group’s success.
  • Semi / semi-exp – partially experienced, you are expected to know at least a subset of the mechanics, or know the mechanics enough to not cause wipes frequently.
  • Prog – progression groups geared towards progressing further in the fight towards a clear.
  • Training – Training groups geared towards players practicing a new build, new role, or new boss.

Missing roles abbreviation examples

  • qDPS / quick / q- The group is looking for a player to fill the Quickness DPS provider role.
  • aDPS / alacrity / alac – The group is looking for a player to fill the Alacrity DPS provider role.
  • heal alac / heal quick – The group is looking for a player to fill the Healer role, but it needs to be a specific Healer build that is able to provide the requested Boon.
  • heal – The group is looking for players to fill the Healer role, but are not picky about whether the healer is able to provide either or .
  • DPS – The group is looking for players to fill the Damage Dealer role.

Healers

Healers provide a variety of offensive and defensive Boons and are responsible for keeping the group alive through the usage of Boons, sometimes , and Healing. Look for someone that can provide 25 stacks of , , , , , or in addition to either or in this role.

Few examples of Healers, but other viable options exist as well:

100% Uptime Quickness Providers

A DPS-boon hybrid role responsible for maintaining 100% uptime for your subgroup of 5, and sometimes other Boons such as or to help the healer. You don’t need this if your healer already provides 100% for the subgroup.

Few examples of providers, but other viable options exist as well:

Power Quickness Scrapper Offensive Support Select difficulty Hammer

100% Uptime Alacrity Providers

A DPS-boon hybrid role responsible for maintaining 100% uptime for your subgroup of 5, and sometimes other Boons such as or to help the healer. You don’t need this if your healer already provides 100% for the subgroup.

Few examples of providers, but other viable options exist as well:

Power Alacrity MechanistRecommended Offensive Support Select difficulty Rifle

Damage Dealer (DPS)

The primary source of damage. Built to maximize damage output and bring some group utility in the form of boon strip, cleave, or , and are also responsible for using Crowd Control (CC) effects when required.

Many other DPS builds are viable and can be found in the build tab when you filter by Instanced PvE and DPS, here are a few examples:

Condition DaredevilRecommended Damage Select difficulty Dagger Dagger offhand

Ready to start assembling your own squad? Head over to the Team Builder

Using the Team Builder, you can pre-organize 10-player squads for Raids and Strike Missions.

Team Builder is a sandbox environment where you can see an overview of what many builds can bring to the table, and also what you’ll need to tackle PvE encounters. You can then play around with building a squad that will be able to handle anything and seeing how certain builds might synergize with each other or counter boss mechanics!

You can also select encounters and then just click the random button and Team Builder will create a composition with everything you need to beat it! If you want to lock certain builds in then click the lock icon in the bottom right corner of a squad slot, then when you randomize only unlocked slots will be randomized.

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