Best Class for Solo PVE Play

Guild Wars 2 Ranger concept art

Not every MMO player is into raids, guilds, or joining squads. Many players want to know, “What class is best for solo/PVE play in GW2?”

The true answer is, you can use any class for solo and PVE play. However, some classes are naturally a bit better suited to this type of play style.


Ranger is one of the most popular classes in Guild Wars 2, and it’s easy to see why. The combination of longbow damage and your pet’s abilities makes it easy to customize your attacks. Plus, your pet serves as a built-in companion to attack and distract mobs.

The down side to Ranger is that it’s a bit of a glass cannon. Learn how to pull mobs, keep your distance, and let your longbow do the talking. Rangers range, after all!

For more information on Ranger, including the best Ranger pets, see our highly opinionated class guide.


Guardian is our favorite class. It combines durability with the ability to spec for a wide range of play styles, including healing (for meta events), stability boons (for WVW), and Firebrand if you want a more straightforward damange-dealing class. Burn all the things!

Guardian’s flexibility and well-rounded nature make it an excellent choice for new players, solo players, and PVE activities. See our Guardian guide for more information.


Necro’s health pool is essentially unlimited. This means if you play your cards right, you will never die as a necro. What more could you want for solo/PVE play? Additionally, Necro minions aren’t the strongest mechanic in the game, but they can provide fun company for the solo player.

For more on Necro, see our Necro guide.

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