For the specialization in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening, see Guardian (Origins).
For Andraste's disciple, see Guardian (character).

Guardian is Aveline's specialization in Dragon Age II.

Many warriors foolishly believe that they can control the tide of a battle on their own, but a guardian realizes that an ally's survival is as important as an enemy's death. Guardians prefer to protect party members directly, but if necessary, they are prepared to make personal sacrifices to ensure that their companions live.

Talents Edit

Guardian Tree

Friendship ability Serve and Protect
Requires: Aveline Friendship
Aveline's dedication to Hawke verges on overbearing.

Damage transfer: 10% from Hawke to Aveline

Damage resistance: +5%

Rivalry ability Watchful Eye
Requires: Aveline Rivalry
Recent events have put Aveline on her guard.

Damage resistance: +10%
Retaliation Retaliation
Duration: 10s
Cooldown: 30s
Requires: Level 9
For a short time, melee strikes against Aveline are met with an instant counterattack.

Physical damage: 0.5x
Retaliation Retribution
Requires: Level 13
Requires: 2 points in Guardian
Retaliation now lasts longer and inflicts more damage with each counterattack.

Physical damage: +0.5x

Duration: +5s

Bodyguard Bodyguard
Requires: Level 8
Requires: Retaliation
Requires: Immovable
While this mode is active, Aveline shields a targeted party member, taking damage on his or her behalf.

Damage transfer: 25% from target to Aveline

Reserved: 15% of stamina
Cooldown: 5s

Bodyguard Elite Bodyguard
Requires: Level 12
Requires: Bodyguard
Requires: 2 points in Guardian
Aveline increases her aid to a party member, suffering even more damage on the party member's behalf.

Damage transfer: +25% from target to Aveline

Immovable Immovable
Requires: Level 7
While this mode is active, Aveline sacrifices movement and attack speed for resilience to incoming blows. Every hit she suffers increases her hardiness even further, but also slows her more and more.

Damage resistance: Stacking +8% per hit

Attack speed: Stacking -5% per hit
Movement speed: Stacking -5% per hit
Duration: 5s per hit
Upkeep: 20% of stamina
Cooldown: 10s

Immovable Unstoppable
Requires: Level 11
Requires: Immovable
Requires: 2 points in Guardian
Aveline is slowed less while Immovable is active.

Attack speed: Stacking -3% per hit

Movement speed: Stacking -3% per hit

Indomitable DA2 Indomitable
Requires: Level 13
Requires: Immovable
Through sheer force of will, Aveline refuses to be knocked off her feet or stunned. Attacks that would normally send her flying, or distract her with lengthy elemental effects like major immolation, are instead converted to smaller reactions. The Resilience talent from the Defender school allows her to ignore those smaller reactions as well.

Knockdown resistance: 100%

Stun resistance: 100%

Thick Skin Thick Skin
Requires: Level 11
Requires: Immovable
Long years on the front lines have made Aveline unusually... durable.

Damage resistance: +15%
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