This meant to be a list of short, generalized tips to help almost any build, no matter what class it's based on. It is (as the title states) targeted to new players or players having trouble with a new character build. These are not rules, just suggestions and some of them are vague on purpose. This is because there is no substitute for your own personal experience.
Some of these come from my experiences, but some I found in other threads on this forum during the last few stress tests of the beta. I just condensed them down. If you wish to contribute to this list please follow the guide lines at the end and post your tip(s) in a comment to this thread. When I have time I will update this post with your new tip(s) and credit you. I will ask the forum mods to delete all off topic posts. Please feel free to link to this thread as you see fit.
The List For Living
In no particular order
1.) Watch out for over charged stats on your character sheet. Do what you can to avoid them in order to minimize your weak points.
2.) Provisioning is a great way to get small but long term buffs. At low level you don't even need to put points into it.
3.) Just 2 pieces of heavy and/or medium armor make a huge difference at low level.
4.) Don't ignore your passive skills. They may seem like small effects, but they can help a lot.
5.) Anybody can sneak.
6.) Keep all of your items as close to your level as you can and keep them in good repair.
7.) A lot of the time it's cheaper to craft a new piece of armor than it is to repair a heavily damaged one.
8.) If you help a random player they will usually help you if they can. Even if you like to play solo, you can use the crowds during peak hours to your advantage. Credit: @zaria
9.) Use your Ultimate skills.
10.) Morph a skill as soon as you can to keep it's level progressing.
11.) Don't save skill points for later. If it turns out you don't like the build you have made that knowledge is worth the price of a respec.
12.) Learn how to improve the items you find and craft.
13.) Just because an item has a (insert color here) name doesn't mean it fits your build.
14.) Snares love DoT (Damage over Time), and DoT loves Snares.
15.) Blocking, interrupting, and stunning can be way better than dodging.
16.) Sometimes it's cheaper, faster, and more effective to sprint than dodge.
17.) Bosses often have henchman/flunkies/summons. It is usually best to kill them first, even if you have to stop attacking the boss for a bit. Credit: @LadyChaos
18.) When people say AoE they mean "Area of Effect" but it can also mean "Agro on Effect." Use these skills wisely.
19.) Learn how to use the local terrain to your best advantage. Trees, rocks, rivers, lava, tables, stairs, hills, etc. all have their good and bad points. Credit: @Sarenia
20.) When crafting, choose what each of your toons researches carefully. The time it takes gets very long, very fast! Credit: @Lalai
21.) Every class has at least one skill that they can use to heal themselves.
22.) Even if a group has a healer you should heal yourself too.
23.) Red is dead, plain and simple. If you do not interrupt or dodge an enemies attack that has a red marker on the ground or red sparkles on the mob you will most likely pay for it.
24.) Read all the books you find. They each have a reward but you might not know what it is right away. Credit: @Elirienne
Guide Lines for getting your tip on the list:
Keep it short. Do not include tips that only apply to a specific class, skill, or location. No spoilers. I may paraphrase or alter your tip to make it fit in with the rest of the list.
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