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Condition Firebrand
August 2022

Instanced PvE
Dps
Low intensity icon Low intensity

Armor

Illustrious Visor icon Superior Rune of Balthazar icon
Viper's HelmSuperior Rune of Balthazar
Illustrious Pauldrons icon Superior Rune of Balthazar icon
Viper's ShouldersSuperior Rune of Balthazar
Illustrious Breastplate icon Superior Rune of Balthazar icon
Viper's ChestSuperior Rune of Balthazar
Illustrious Warfists icon Superior Rune of Balthazar icon
Viper's GlovesSuperior Rune of Balthazar
Illustrious Tassets icon Superior Rune of Balthazar icon
Viper's LegsSuperior Rune of Balthazar
Illustrious Greaves icon Superior Rune of Balthazar icon
Viper's BootsSuperior Rune of Balthazar

Weapons & Sigils

Axe icon Superior Sigil of Torment icon
Viper's AxeSuperior Sigil of Torment
Torch icon Superior Sigil of Bursting icon
Viper's TorchSuperior Sigil of Bursting
Scepter icon Superior Sigil of Geomancy icon
Viper's ScepterSuperior Sigil of Geomancy

Trinkets

Quiver of a Thousand Arrows icon
Sinister Backpiece
Black Ice Earring icon
Sinister Accessory
Asgeir's Talisman icon
Sinister Accessory
Asgeir's Amulet icon
Sinister Amulet
Black Ice Band icon
Viper's Ring
Mistborn Band icon
Sinister Ring

Food

Cilantro and Cured Meat Flatbread icon Toxic Focusing Crystal icon
Cilantro and Cured Meat Flatbread Toxic Focusing Crystal

Infusions

Malign WvW Infusion icon
18xMalign Infusion

Utility Skills

copied

Condition Firebrand can provide solid DPS and a lot of group support by sharing Aegis, Stability and Epilogue:Eternal Oasis in Tome of Resolve. Rotation of the build is based on simple principles and loops well. The build has access to a lot of utility that can help you and your allies survive. The solid DPS output of the build combined with this fact makes Condition Firebrand a very common pick favored by many players.

Optimized variant of this build is built around Rune of Balthazar and will provide the highest DPS possible utilising both Viper and Sinister gear.

Universal variant uses Rune of the Renegade to use Viper gear sacrificing a small amount of DPS. The upside here is the ease of switching to other guardian builds like Condition Willbender (Universal) or Condition Quickness Firebrand.

Low intensity variant shares the same gear as universal variant and focuses on creating a more passive/slow rotation sacrificing considerable amounts of DPS. This is achieved mainly by swapping Loremaster with Stoic Demeanor which turns Sanctuary into a powerful DPS skill. Entering Tome of Justice is no longer a part of the rotation since one would lose the virtue passive effect. This results in a significantly easier rotation to follow.

Build Fundamentals

The cooldown on your Tome of Justice can get reduced by killing enemies due to Renewed Justice, if this happens you need to adjust your rotation accordingly. Try to place Symbol of Vengeance or Symbol of Punishment before entering Tome of Justice again.

All your mantras have no cast time so you can use them while casting other skills without interrupting them.

Important Notes

Use Mantra of Flame off cooldown.

Finishing your auto-attack chains is very important as Searing Slash deals very high damage compared to previous parts of the chain.

The trait Radiant Fire will proc every once in a while giving you the opportunity to use another proc of Zealot's Fire. Try to make sure you don’t waste this proc – by going into Tome of Justice as it procs as an example.

Another important tip on this matter is to try to never do the following sequence: Zealot's Fire (proc from Radiant Fire) Zealot's Flame Zealot's Fire. This skill sequence is not optimal as it will include an aftercast which will delay your rotation. To circumvent this problem, try to activate Zealot's Flame before the proc from Radiant Fire which when timed well will lead to the sequence Zealot's Fire Zealot's Fire without aftercasts. If this timing isn’t available, try to use another skill after Zealot's Fire (proc from Radiant Fire) before finishing the sequence with Zealot's Flame Zealot's Fire.

You can use Renewed Focus for 3-second invulnerability and reset all your tomes if you finish the cast. It can be used to enter Tome of Justice an additional time during the encounter or precast Epilogue:Ashes of the Just before starting encounters such as Dhuum or Xera. Renewed Focus will not reset the cooldown of the tome you currently have open so make sure to close it before or during the cast of Renewed Focus.

Note: If you know the encounter well, you can also time the use of Renewed Focus to ignore some mechanics and increase your dps uptime.

Group support

Just because you are a DPS player, it doesn’t mean you should ignore your F2 and F3 tomes, especially since they will grant you access to multiple valuable utilities. You can help your group tremendously in some dangerous situations.

For example, using Epilogue:Eternal Oasis in Tome of Resolve will increase your party’s incoming healing by 33% and will convert conditions to boons, use it to counter high damage pressure, and cleanse conditions on your party members if necessary. You can follow with Chapter 2:Igniting Burst while in this time for even more condition cleansing.

Use Tome of Courage for Stability and damage reduction but be aware of using Epilogue:Unbroken Lines if the tank is in another subgroup and is using low toughness as you increase the Toughness of your party. Epilogue:Unbroken Lines will grant Stability, Aegis, Protection, making it the strongest skill in this tome, but you can provide additional Stability with Chapter 1:Unflinching Charge and if needed, reflects with Chapter 3:Valiant Bulwark.

Crowd Control

Alternatives

Utility Skills

You can replace Signet of Wrath or Mantra of Flame with:

You can replace Renewed Focus with "Feel My Wrath!" if your party lacks Quickness or Fury.

Traits

You can replace Archivist of Whispers for Liberator's Vow if your party needs more Quickness but you will need to follow same rotation as Condition Quickness Firebrand “5 page” as you will only have 5 pages in your tomes instead of 8.

If your party has very low Alacrity uptime or Renewed Justice resets the cooldown of your Tome of Justice often, you can swap Archivist of Whispers for Unrelenting Criticism. If you decide to use Unrelenting Criticism, you need to follow “5-page” rotation as well.

Armor

Illustrious Visor icon Superior Rune of the Renegade icon
Viper's HelmSuperior Rune of the Renegade
Illustrious Pauldrons icon Superior Rune of the Renegade icon
Viper's ShouldersSuperior Rune of the Renegade
Illustrious Breastplate icon Superior Rune of the Renegade icon
Viper's ChestSuperior Rune of the Renegade
Illustrious Warfists icon Superior Rune of the Renegade icon
Viper's GlovesSuperior Rune of the Renegade
Illustrious Tassets icon Superior Rune of the Renegade icon
Viper's LegsSuperior Rune of the Renegade
Illustrious Greaves icon Superior Rune of the Renegade icon
Viper's BootsSuperior Rune of the Renegade

Weapons & Sigils

Axe icon Superior Sigil of Smoldering icon
Viper's AxeSuperior Sigil of Smoldering
Torch icon Superior Sigil of Bursting icon
Viper's TorchSuperior Sigil of Bursting
Scepter icon Superior Sigil of Smoldering icon
Viper's ScepterSuperior Sigil of Smoldering

Trinkets

Quiver of a Thousand Arrows icon
Viper's Backpiece
Black Ice Earring icon
Viper's Accessory
Asgeir's Talisman icon
Viper's Accessory
Asgeir's Amulet icon
Viper's Amulet
Black Ice Band icon
Viper's Ring
Mistborn Band icon
Viper's Ring

Food

Fishy Rice Bowl icon Toxic Focusing Crystal icon
Fishy Rice Bowl Toxic Focusing Crystal

Infusions

Malign WvW Infusion icon Expertise WvW Infusion icon
10xMalign Infusion 8xExpertise Infusion

Utility Skills

copied

Condition Firebrand can provide solid DPS and a lot of group support by sharing Aegis, Stability, and Epilogue:Eternal Oasis in Tome of Resolve. Rotation of the build is based on simple principles and loops well. The build has access to a lot of utility that can help you and your allies survive. The solid DPS output of the build combined with this fact makes Condition Firebrand a very common pick favored by many players.

Optimized variant of this build is built around Rune of Balthazar and will provide the highest DPS possible utilising both Viper and Sinister gear.

Universal variant uses Rune of the Renegade to use Viper gear sacrificing a small amount of DPS. The upside here is the ease of switching to other guardian builds like Condition Willbender (Universal) or Condition Quickness Firebrand.

Low intensity variant shares the same gear as universal variant and focuses on creating a more passive/slow rotation sacrificing considerable amounts of DPS. This is achieved mainly by swapping Loremaster with Stoic Demeanor which turns Sanctuary into a powerful DPS skill. Entering Tome of Justice is no longer a part of the rotation since one would lose the virtue passive effect. This results in a significantly easier rotation to follow.

Build Fundamentals

The cooldown on your Tome of Justice can get reduced by killing enemies due to Renewed Justice, if this happens you need to adjust your rotation accordingly. Try to place Symbol of Vengeance or Symbol of Punishment before entering Tome of Justice again.

All your mantras have no cast time so you can use them while casting other skills without interrupting them.

Important Notes

Use Mantra of Flame off cooldown.

Finishing your auto-attack chains is very important as Searing Slash deals very high damage compared to previous parts of the chain.

The trait Radiant Fire will proc every once in a while giving you the opportunity to use another proc of Zealot's Fire. Try to make sure you don’t waste this proc – by going into Tome of Justice as it procs as an example.

Another important tip on this matter is to try to never do the following sequence: Zealot's Fire (proc from Radiant Fire) Zealot's Flame Zealot's Fire. This skill sequence is not optimal as it will include an aftercast which will delay your rotation. To circumvent this problem, try to activate Zealot's Flame before the proc from Radiant Fire which when timed well will lead to the sequence Zealot's Fire Zealot's Fire without aftercasts. If this timing isn’t available, try to use another skill after Zealot's Fire (proc from Radiant Fire) before finishing the sequence with Zealot's Flame Zealot's Fire.

You can use Renewed Focus for 3-second invulnerability and reset all your tomes if you finish the cast. It can be used to enter Tome of Justice an additional time during the encounter or precast Epilogue:Ashes of the Just before starting encounters such as Dhuum or Xera. Renewed Focus will not reset the cooldown of the tome you currently have open so make sure to close it before or during the cast of Renewed Focus.

Note: If you know the encounter well, you can also time the use of Renewed Focus to ignore some mechanics and increase your dps uptime.

Group support

Just because you are a DPS player, it doesn’t mean you should ignore your F2 and F3 tomes, especially since they will grant you access to multiple valuable utilities. You can help your group tremendously in some dangerous situations.

For example, using Epilogue:Eternal Oasis in Tome of Resolve will increase your party’s incoming healing by 33% and will convert conditions to boons, use it to counter high damage pressure, and cleanse conditions on your party members if necessary. You can follow with Chapter 2:Igniting Burst while in this time for even more condition cleansing.

Use Tome of Courage for Stability and damage reduction but be aware of using Epilogue:Unbroken Lines if the tank is in another subgroup and is using low toughness as you increase the Toughness of your party. Epilogue:Unbroken Lines will grant Stability Aegis Protection, making it the strongest skill in this tome, but you can provide additional Stability with Chapter 1:Unflinching Charge and if needed, reflects with Chapter 3:Valiant Bulwark.

Crowd Control

Alternatives

Utility Skills

You can replace Signet of Wrath or Mantra of Flame with:

You can replace Renewed Focus with "Feel My Wrath!" if your party lacks Quickness or Fury.

Traits

You can replace Archivist of Whispers for Liberator's Vow if your party needs more Quickness but you will need to follow same rotation as Condition Quickness Firebrand “5-page” as you will only have 5 pages in your tomes instead of 8.

If your party has very low Alacrity uptime or Renewed Justice resets the cooldown of your Tome of Justice often, you can swap Archivist of Whispers for Unrelenting Criticism. If you decide to use Unrelenting Criticism, you need to follow “5-page” rotation as well.

Armor

Illustrious Visor icon Superior Rune of the Renegade icon
Viper's HelmSuperior Rune of the Renegade
Illustrious Pauldrons icon Superior Rune of the Renegade icon
Viper's ShouldersSuperior Rune of the Renegade
Illustrious Breastplate icon Superior Rune of the Renegade icon
Viper's ChestSuperior Rune of the Renegade
Illustrious Warfists icon Superior Rune of the Renegade icon
Viper's GlovesSuperior Rune of the Renegade
Illustrious Tassets icon Superior Rune of the Renegade icon
Viper's LegsSuperior Rune of the Renegade
Illustrious Greaves icon Superior Rune of the Renegade icon
Viper's BootsSuperior Rune of the Renegade

Weapons & Sigils

Axe icon Superior Sigil of Smoldering icon
Viper's AxeSuperior Sigil of Smoldering
Torch icon Superior Sigil of Bursting icon
Viper's TorchSuperior Sigil of Bursting
Scepter icon Superior Sigil of Smoldering icon
Viper's ScepterSuperior Sigil of Smoldering

Trinkets

Quiver of a Thousand Arrows icon
Viper's Backpiece
Black Ice Earring icon
Viper's Accessory
Asgeir's Talisman icon
Viper's Accessory
Asgeir's Amulet icon
Viper's Amulet
Black Ice Band icon
Viper's Ring
Mistborn Band icon
Viper's Ring

Food

Fishy Rice Bowl icon Toxic Focusing Crystal icon
Fishy Rice Bowl Toxic Focusing Crystal

Infusions

Malign WvW Infusion icon Expertise WvW Infusion icon
10xMalign Infusion 8xExpertise Infusion

Utility Skills

copied

Rotation

Rotation

  1. Always try to complete auto-attack chains since Searing Slash is a significant DPS increase compared to Core Cleave and Bleeding Edge.
  2. Try to not waste Zealot's Fire procs from Radiant Fire.
  3. Sanctuary, Purging Flames and Symbol of Vengeance should be used near off-cooldown without disturbing auto-attack chains too much.
  4. Blazing Edge is much lower in the priority list due to its lower damage output.

Condition Firebrand can provide solid DPS and a lot of group support by sharing Aegis, Stability, and Epilogue:Eternal Oasis in Tome of Resolve. Rotation of the build is based on simple principles and loops well. The build has access to a lot of utility that can help you and your allies survive. The solid DPS output of the build combined with this fact makes Condition Firebrand a very common pick favored by many players.

Optimized variant of this build is built around Rune of Balthazar and will provide the highest DPS possible utilising both Viper and Sinister gear.

Universal variant uses Rune of the Renegade to use Viper gear sacrificing a small amount of DPS. The upside here is the ease of switching to other guardian builds like Condition Willbender (Universal) or Condition Quickness Firebrand.

Low intensity variant shares the same gear as universal variant and focuses on creating a more passive/slow rotation sacrificing considerable amounts of DPS. This is achieved mainly by swapping Loremaster with Stoic Demeanor which turns Sanctuary into a powerful DPS skill. Entering Tome of Justice is no longer a part of the rotation since one would lose the virtue passive effect. This results in a significantly easier rotation to follow.

Build Fundamentals

You should fill the gap between your skills with cooldown utilising auto-attack chains in your Axe/Torch weaponset. Finishing your auto-attack chains is very important as Searing Slash deals very high damage compared to previous parts of the chain. Only switch to your Scepter/Torch weaponset if you know you will need ranged DPS capabilities at least for the next 5-6 seconds as Scepter autoattacks will deal significantly less damage.

The trait Radiant Fire will proc every once in a while giving you the opportunity to use another proc of Zealot's Fire.

Another important tip on this matter is to try to never do the following sequence: Zealot's Fire (proc from Radiant Fire) Zealot's Flame Zealot's Fire. This skill sequence is not optimal as it will include an aftercast which will delay your rotation. To circumvent this problem, try to activate Zealot's Flame before the proc from Radiant Fire which when timed well will lead to the sequence Zealot's Fire Zealot's Fire without aftercasts. If this timing isn’t available, try to use another skill after Zealot's Fire (proc from Radiant Fire) before finishing the sequence with Zealot's Flame Zealot's Fire.

Purging Flames and Sanctuary should be used off-cooldown for maximum DPS output. However, if you know a breakbar is coming, delaying Sanctuary can be a good option for your group.

Litany of Wrath is an extremely strong self-heal which will heal you for a portion of your damage output for 6s in total. It can be used to rapidly heal yourself back to full HP or sustain through certain damaging abilities in encounters.

Group support

Just because you are a DPS player, it doesn’t mean you should ignore your F2 and F3 tomes, especially since they will grant you access to multiple valuable utilities. Once your are comfortable with the basics of this build, you can utilise tomes to help your group tremendously in some dangerous situations.

For example, using Epilogue:Eternal Oasis in Tome of Resolve will increase your party’s incoming healing by 33% and will convert conditions to boons, use it to counter high damage pressure, and cleanse conditions on your party members if necessary. You can follow with Chapter 2:Igniting Burst while in this time for even more condition cleansing.

Use Tome of Courage for Stability and damage reduction but be aware of using Epilogue:Unbroken Lines if the tank is in another subgroup and is using low toughness as you increase the Toughness of your party. Epilogue:Unbroken Lines will grant Stability Aegis Protection, making it the strongest skill in this tome, but you can provide additional Stability with Chapter 1:Unflinching Charge and if needed, reflects with Chapter 3:Valiant Bulwark.

Crowd Control

Alternatives

Utility Skills

You can replace Signet of Wrath with:

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