Toughness vs. Vitality

#1meltor13Posted 9/14/2012 9:02:14 AM
I would like this topic to be an overall discussion between the pros and cons of toughness and vitality, and how they can help - both alone and in combination - mitigate damage and increase survivability for your character.

In GW1 (and feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, GW vets), I was of the understanding that while you couldn't neglect your health, armor provided (overall) a better bang for your buck.

How do we feel it is in GW2?

Please discuss.
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#2CrocadocPosted 9/14/2012 9:04:54 AM
There is a very in depth discussion on the main forums about this. Last time I checked there really was no obvious answer but most peoplpe seem unsatisfied with toughness and are going vitality.
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#3lambchipsPosted 9/14/2012 9:10:50 AM(edited)
^ got a link to the topic?

i would always choose toughness over vit (as a mesmer)
this is because the heal doesnt scale with health afaik

im interested to hear why other people prefer it the other way around
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#4ryokoalwaysPosted 9/14/2012 9:13:33 AM
toughness doesn't reduce condition damage. That's the most likely reason.

But toughness does make each point of health worth much more, which is important because vitality increase isn't optimized unless you also somewhat invest in healing power and sport a heal that scales well with healing power.

It really comes down to the situation that you are in and personal preference.
#5Eeshaan1685Posted 9/14/2012 9:15:38 AM
I've opted to go for both toughness AND vitality.

The rest of the points can be added to anything else, I dont care. I love survivability.

AND I WANT TO TANK IN GW2 EVEN IF THERE IS NO TANK IN THE GAME LOLOLOLOL
#6iLIFTnudePosted 9/14/2012 9:16:36 AM
Idk for other classes. But for mesmer gotta do toughness, mostly because the chaos skill tree is much more powerful than the vitality one. Also our heals are garbage so toughness just flows better.
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#7AeciooPosted 9/14/2012 9:17:19 AM
Vitality is possibly better overall because it helps against condition and normal attacks, while toughness doesn't effect condition damage...

But if you're a class that has a large amount of vitality to begin with and/or great survivability, a lot of people are leaning towards toughness.
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#8Nu Gundam FanaticPosted 9/14/2012 9:19:01 AM
Depends on the character. Some make better use of toughness and some vitality thanks to the way their traits and skills are set up. Neglecting both though is a pretty bad idea in this game.
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#9meltor13(Topic Creator)Posted 9/14/2012 9:25:58 AM
Crocadoc posted...
There is a very in depth discussion on the main forums about this. Last time I checked there really was no obvious answer but most peoplpe seem unsatisfied with toughness and are going vitality.


This is the trend that I've seen as well.

It's very early, so we don't have as good of a grasp on damage calculations and damage mitigation calculations as we did late in GW1, but it seems like vitality is currently favored over toughness.
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#10NicoGrimmPosted 9/14/2012 9:27:48 AM
There's also this topic:
http://www.guildwars2guru.com/topic/60838-math-damage-reduction-toughness-and-vitality/

No idea how accurate any of it is, but, yeah.
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