Garuda’s first ability is less a mirror than a shield of absorption. When cast, Garuda leaps towards her foe, damaging them with her talons and stripping them of some of their life force. At the time she reaches her opponent, she releases an 8m area of effect stagger around the target. This is then used as a shield that protects from incoming damage – from the front only. Not only does it stop incoming damage, but it actually absorbs it, storing the damage in a blood orb at the top of the shield.
Once the shield is depleted the orb can be charged and fired at enemies, discharging a bunch of energy within an area of effect (10m base range at max rank). When charged in the air, Garuda can also hover for a few seconds!
So, all things considered, here are some builds you may want to try on your Garuda: