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Power Virtuoso
August 2022

Instanced PvE
Dps

Armor

Illustrious Masque icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Berserker's HelmSuperior Rune of the Scholar
Illustrious Epaulets icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Berserker's ShouldersSuperior Rune of the Scholar
Illustrious Doublet icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Berserker's ChestSuperior Rune of the Scholar
Illustrious Wristguards icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Berserker's GlovesSuperior Rune of the Scholar
Illustrious Breeches icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Assassin's LegsSuperior Rune of the Scholar
Illustrious Footwear icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Berserker's BootsSuperior Rune of the Scholar

Weapons & Sigils

Dagger icon Superior Sigil of Force icon
Berserker's DaggerSuperior Sigil of Force
Sword icon Superior Sigil of Accuracy icon
Berserker's SwordSuperior Sigil of Accuracy
Greatsword icon Superior Sigil of Force icon Superior Sigil of Accuracy icon
Berserker's GreatswordSuperior Sigil of Force Superior Sigil of Accuracy

Trinkets

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

Food

Peppercorn-Crusted Sous-Vide Steak icon Potent Superior Sharpening Stone icon
Peppercorn-Crusted Sous-Vide Steak Potent Superior Sharpening Stone

Infusions

Mighty WvW Infusion icon
18xMighty Infusion

Utility Skills

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Power Virtuoso offers very strong burst damage peaking during the opener at twice the final DPS. While being very forgiving build for new players, it allows for some optimization during the encounter that will reward more skilled players.

While playing this build, you also bring ~50% Fury uptime for your subgroup, as well as a solid number of Vulnerability stacks on the target.

The greatsword variant currently offers higher DPS than sword/focus, but both versions are more than capable of handling end-game content with focus pull or sword evade sometimes outweighing your personal damage.

Build fundamentals

Your damage should be almost permanently increased with Deadly Blades and occasionally with Fencer's Finesse.

You should keep your Deadly Blades up as long as possible but most importantly, it should be triggered as you spawn your phantasms to allow both them and you to deal increased damage.

You’ll be stacking Fencer's Finesse passively with Phantasmal Swordsman in both variants, but since in greatsword you will be delaying going back to the Dagger/Sword set by 1-2 seconds for extra use of Greatsword skills, you will have lower uptime of this buff.

That means you should be more aware of triggering the  Fencer's Finesse buff with Phantasmal Swordsman while playing the greatsword variant, as you want to squeeze most skills under both Deadly Blades and high stacks of Fencer's Finesse.

Most noticeably, Mantra of Pain should be used off cooldown under the effect of both of those damage-increasing traits as it’s instant-cast and both charges can be spammed in a short window.

You always want to use your Bladesong Harmony with 5 blades, other bladesongs can be used with fewer blades only for keeping up Deadly Blades, but having more blades stocked for Bladesong Sorrow will increase your dps if it’s not at the cost of Deadly Blades upkeep.

Don’t use Bladeturn Requiem, as its cast is too long and damage too low to be valuable in your rotation, keep it as a defensive tool.

Try to be quick with your rotation to fit all the phantasm attacks as well as your own under trait buffs, try using Bladesong Harmony with Thousand Cuts practically together, and Mantra of Pain during the cast of other skills in the loop.

It’s worth practicing segments of rotation including Mind Stab and Signet of the Ether as they can easily interrupt your other skills and significantly lower your DPS.

If you know the CC phase is incoming, you might want to stock more blades for Bladesong Dissonance and sacrifice minor DPS for massive 5-blades Daze.

Crowd Control

Alternatives

Gear

For some encounters, you’ll want to use Superior Sigil of the Night, a good example of that is Harvest Temple Challenge Mode, here are few examples of swapping your gear to reach 100% Critical Hit Chance without Superior Sigil of Accuracy:

Armor

Illustrious Masque icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Berserker's HelmSuperior Rune of the Scholar
Illustrious Epaulets icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Berserker's ShouldersSuperior Rune of the Scholar
Illustrious Doublet icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Berserker's ChestSuperior Rune of the Scholar
Illustrious Wristguards icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Berserker's GlovesSuperior Rune of the Scholar
Illustrious Breeches icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Assassin's LegsSuperior Rune of the Scholar
Illustrious Footwear icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Berserker's BootsSuperior Rune of the Scholar

Weapons & Sigils

Dagger icon Superior Sigil of Force icon
Berserker's DaggerSuperior Sigil of Force
Sword icon Superior Sigil of Accuracy icon
Berserker's SwordSuperior Sigil of Accuracy
Sword icon Superior Sigil of Force icon
Berserker's SwordSuperior Sigil of Force
Focus icon Superior Sigil of Accuracy icon
Berserker's FocusSuperior Sigil of Accuracy

Trinkets

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

Food

Peppercorn-Crusted Sous-Vide Steak icon Potent Superior Sharpening Stone icon
Peppercorn-Crusted Sous-Vide Steak Potent Superior Sharpening Stone

Infusions

Mighty WvW Infusion icon
18xMighty Infusion

Utility Skills

copied

Power Virtuoso offers very strong burst damage peaking during the opener at twice the final DPS. While being very forgiving build for new players, it allows for some optimization during the encounter that will reward more skilled players.

While playing this build, you also bring ~50% Fury uptime for your subgroup, as well as a solid number of Vulnerability stacks on the target.

The greatsword variant currently offers higher DPS than sword/focus, but both versions are more than capable of handling end-game content with focus pull or sword evade sometimes outweighing your personal damage.

Build fundamentals

Your damage should be almost permanently increased with Deadly Blades and occasionally with Fencer's Finesse.

You should keep your Deadly Blades up as long as possible but most importantly, it should be triggered as you spawn your phantasms to allow both them and you to deal increased damage.

You’ll be stacking Fencer's Finesse passively with Phantasmal Swordsman in both variants, but since in greatsword you will be delaying going back to the Dagger/Sword set by 1-2 seconds for extra use of Greatsword skills, you will have lower uptime of this buff.

That means you should be more aware of triggering the  Fencer's Finesse buff with Phantasmal Swordsman while playing the greatsword variant, as you want to squeeze most skills under both Deadly Blades and high stacks of Fencer's Finesse.

Most noticeably, Mantra of Pain should be used off cooldown under the effect of both of those damage-increasing traits as it’s instant-cast and both charges can be spammed in a short window.

You always want to use your Bladesong Harmony with 5 blades, other bladesongs can be used with fewer blades only for keeping up Deadly Blades, but having more blades stocked for Bladesong Sorrow will increase your dps if it’s not at the cost of Deadly Blades upkeep.

Don’t use Bladeturn Requiem, as its cast is too long and damage too low to be valuable in your rotation, keep it as a defensive tool.

Try to be quick with your rotation to fit all the phantasm attacks as well as your own under trait buffs, try using Bladesong Harmony with Thousand Cuts practically together, and Mantra of Pain during the cast of other skills in the loop.

It’s worth practicing segments of rotation including Mind Stab and Signet of the Ether as they can easily interrupt your other skills and significantly lower your DPS.

If you know the CC phase is incoming, you might want to stock more blades for Bladesong Dissonance and sacrifice minor DPS for massive 5-blades Daze.

Crowd Control

Alternatives

Gear

For some encounters, you’ll want to use Superior Sigil of the Night, a good example of that is Harvest Temple Challenge Mode, here are few examples of swapping your gear to reach 100% Critical Hit Chance without Superior Sigil of Accuracy:

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