Glowing Guardian

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Glowing Guardian
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Initial worship
  • +5 Piety per level
  • Removes all glyphs and items from your inventory
Prep penalty
  • Greatly reduces per-level piety gain
  • Gain a level: 3 (+3) Piety (piety reward increases for each consecutive level-up without converting to another religion)
  • Convert a large item or glyph: +5 Piety
  • Convert a small item (including small glyphs): +2 Piety
  • Kill an XP-valuable undead monster: +1 Piety
  • Burnt Offering (kill a monster that has Trait: Burning Burning applied): +1 Piety
  • Inflict Trait: Poisoned Poisoned status on a monster: -10 Piety
  • Activate Glyph: BLUDTUPOWA BLUDTUPOWA: -20 Piety and activation of glyph fails
God boon: Humility Humility Single use
Cost: 15 Piety
Effect: Lowers current level by 1; has no effect on base attack, maximum hit points, or experience
God boon: Absolution Absolution Multiple use
Cost: 2 (+2) Piety
Effect: Removes one monster of your level or lower from the game (exception: Trait: Undead Undead, monsters on different dungeon levels, bosses), gain +4 Max HP and a Item: Prayer Bead Prayer Bead
God boon: Cleansing Cleansing Multiple use
Cost: 10 (+0) Piety
Effect: Removes Trait: Mana Burned Mana Burned and Trait: Poisoned Poisoned status, as well as 1 layer each of Trait: Weakened Weakened and Trait: Corrosion Corrosion status, and your next attack is a Trait: Consecrated Strike Consecrated Strike. Also receive a Item: Prayer Bead Prayer Bead
God boon: Protection Protection Multiple use
Cost: 10 (+5) Piety
Effect: Restores 35% of your maximum health and mana; has no effect on Trait: Mana Burned Mana Burned and Trait: Poisoned Poisoned status; Also receive a Item: Prayer Bead Prayer Bead
God boon: Enlightenment Enlightenment Single use
Cost: 100 Piety
Effect: Enchants all Item: Prayer Bead Prayer Beads in inventory, and gain +1 Max HP, +1% bonus damage, +1 XP and +10 Conversion Points per bead converted. Also removes all layers of Trait: Cursed Cursed and grants +5 Max MP

The Glowing Guardian is a deity of justice, heroism, and an inordinate number of rules. He is one of the most powerful deities in the game, but he also has significant limitations that require conversion to use him effectively. The Glowing Guardian has been the subject of frequent updates recently, and has seen overhauls to how his piety gain and loss mechanisms work.

The Glowing Guardian is unlocked in a subdungeon to the East that will put you through several trials.


The Glowing Guardian is at his finest in two circumstances: at the very beginning of a dungeon run when you're a fresh L1 character, and at the very end of the dungeon run when you've already spent all or your potions and need a last minute boost to pull off a win. Glowing Guardian is a significantly weaker option towards the middle of a dungeon run, where you will not be able to effectively leverage his long-term benefits but will still run into some of his late-game complications.

When joining the Glowing Guardian at early levels, you will want to maximize your long-term advantage from God boon: Humility Humility and God boon: Absolution Absolution.


God boon: Absolution Absolution

This boon allows you to convert weaker monsters into hit points. In the long run, this will only cost you a small amount of piety, but will grant you a considerable number of hit points. As a low-level character, this can easily give you a health total five to six times higher than what you'd normally have. Since you have to gain a Item: Prayer Bead Prayer Bead each time, the item slot efficiency for five God boon: Absolution Absolutions is twice as good as a Item: Pendant of Health Pendant of Health, and you gain 5% magic resistance in the process.

Because your health regeneration rate does not increase, you will need to level-up to refill your health bar. Exploration will be ineffective for healing until you've gained several levels, and with your high hit point totals you should be able to fight powerful monsters for large amounts of bonus XP.

God boon: Humility Humility

This boon is one of the most powerful in the game. Lowering your current level will reduce your health regeneration speed and the effectiveness of some glyphs that are based on character level such as Glyph: HALPMEH HALPMEH or Glyph: BURNDAYRAZ BURNDAYRAZ, but will not reduce any of your other abilities. When fighting monsters that are a higher level than yourself, this will increase the amount of bonus experience that you earn. In the long run, this extra bonus XP can be extremely beneficial. To look at it another way, when you have earned enough bonus experience to pay for your initial XP setback, you will have caught up with where you were before and essentially be sitting on top of one level's worth of bonus health and base damage - this is quite easily achieved if you manage to take God boon: Humility Humility at L2. For longer endurance challenges like Dungeon: Naga City Naga City or Dungeon: Tower of Gaan-Telet Tower of Gaan-Telet, the extra level's worth of bonus stats on a L10 character is invaluable.

God boon: Cleansing Cleansing

This boon is more niche, but can be invaluable for fighting physical-resist bosses or in situations where you are trying to get the specialist badge. Although it's an expensive method to clear status ailments, it's less painful than using a potion.

God boon: Enlightenment Enlightenment

Eventually, you will need to deal with the Glowing Guardian's one unavoidable hatred: drinking potions. At a punishment of 10 Piety per sip, this can be catastrophic for anyone who needs this resource in their end-game fight. The most obvious option is to convert out. Given the large amount of piety the Glowing Guardian can generate if you begin worship early, this is a fairly straightforward approach. Another option is to desecrate other altars, which will grant you indulgences to ignore piety loss. A third option is to convert your potions for piety and rely on the God boon: Protection Protection, but this is usually only sensible when pursuing the Badge: Feeling Parched Feeling Parched.

Keep the above paragraph in mind before you consider performing God boon: Enlightenment Enlightenment. If you only manage to buy the boon just before the boss fight, you will have 0 Piety and will hardly earn any more until your next level-up, if ever. In this moment, you can't use the God boon: Protection Protection, and you can't drink potions. Is it really worth it? What do you really want - Mana? Magic resist? Damage? Are other gods able to help with this more easily? Enlightenment scales, but just when it's starting to scale into something good, it ruins your day by denying you refills. Don't fall for the Enlightenment trap. Instead, either budget for an Enlightenment that works for you, or simply convert out.

If you can desecrate a relatively harmless altar like God: Binlor Ironshield Binlor Ironshield, then you will have some piety and three indulgences, which can go a long way. So using God boon: Enlightenment Enlightenment immediately before a desecration can be a good option, but sometimes this is not available.

When else can you use God boon: Enlightenment Enlightenment? You have some options for managing piety. One way is to be conservative on God boon: Absolution Absolutions, doing 2-3 of them instead of 4-5, taking Enlightenment a little earlier, and then continuing to level up for more piety. This takes a lot of planning, and you will likely end up having to convert potions you can't afford to drink.

The last option is to just farm that much piety - but only the longest dungeons make this feasible. The idea is to gain God boon: Enlightenment Enlightenment, gain 50+ Piety, spend the excess on God boon: Protection Protections, and convert out so you can drink potions at your leisure. This won't really be feasible without either a very long dungeon or the presence of God: The Pactmaker The Pactmaker for the God boon: Consensus Consensus (immediately after you use the protections.) Even then, your new god won't do much for you unless it's the kind of god who awards piety for killing popcorn or using blood pools in some way, but the important thing is that you can use potions.

The perfect storm, then, is a long dungeon with God: Binlor Ironshield Binlor Ironshield and God: The Pactmaker The Pactmaker for pure God boon: Enlightenment Enlightenment shenanigans. The most likely way to pull this off is to prepare God: Binlor Ironshield Binlor Ironshield, since preparing God: Glowing Guardian Glowing Guardian himself incurs a penalty that defeats the purpose of full-time worship. In otherwords, extreme Enlightenment is a cool random opportunity you may stumble upon, but not a feasible strategy in general.

Enlightenment is that it isn't always a strong option, and taking it at the wrong time can easily ruin your entire run. Converting out at 50-100 Piety is often for the best.

The exception to the rule is Class: Paladin Paladin. A Paladin can spam God boon: Absolution Absolutions, get God boon: Enlightenment Enlightenment on a discount, and then drink potions at her leisure, incurring no punishment for it. Aggressive use of Absolution and some God boon: Protection Protections, saving just enough piety for an Enlightenment near the end, is actually viable in this case.

Other deities

One of the best ways to use the Glowing Guardian is to convert into his religion after having expended all your potions in order to spend piety on God boon: Protection Protection. This can be an effective last-minute boost, especially if you have plenty of items in your inventory that you can convert for more piety.

The Glowing Guardian works well with several deities. The most straightforward ways to convert into his religion are from God: The Earthmother The Earthmother or God: Binlor Ironshield Binlor Ironshield. Both of these gods can generate large amounts of piety for 1st and 2nd level characters, allowing someone to arrive in the Guardian's religion with large amounts of piety (and perhaps a few boons already purchased) but still a low-level character. When converting out to other gods, there are two particularly powerful choices: God: Tikki Tooki Tikki Tooki and (perhaps surprisingly) God: Dracul Dracul.

Both Tikki and Dracul are powerful end-game gods that can empower a character who has been leverage the Glowing Guardian's long-term advantages. Both suffer somewhat from the use of God boon: Absolution Absolution, since it removes weaker monsters that can be killed (and in the case of Dracul, harvested for blood) for piety. However, both of these gods can provide benefits that are extremely well-suited to a typical Glowing Guardian follower.

The Glowing Guardian does not work well with God: Taurog Taurog, God: Mystera Annur Mystera Annur or God: Jehora Jeheyu Jehora Jeheyu. Due to inventory constraints, it is very difficult to use the boons of both Taurog and the Glowing Guardian. Mystera offers no particular synergy with the Guardian, but they will at very least not interfere with each other. Jehora Jeheyu is generally not a god that favours conversion between religions to begin with, and given the windows of opportunity for optimal conversion are quite narrow with the Guardian it's seldom an option to jump between these two gods.