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Condition Harbinger
November 2022

Instanced PvE
Dps

Armor

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

Weapons & Sigils

Pistol icon Superior Sigil of Torment icon
Viper's PistolSuperior Sigil of Torment
Dagger icon Superior Sigil of Bursting icon
Viper's DaggerSuperior Sigil of Bursting
Scepter icon Superior Sigil of Geomancy icon
Viper's ScepterSuperior Sigil of Geomancy
Warhorn icon Superior Sigil of Bursting icon
Viper's WarhornSuperior Sigil of Bursting

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

Meaty Asparagus Skewer icon Toxic Focusing Crystal icon
Meaty Asparagus Skewer Toxic Focusing Crystal

Infusions

Malign WvW Infusion icon
18xMalign Infusion

Utility Skills

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Condition Harbinger is a powerful DPS build that focuses on applying lots of condition damage. It gains access to Harbinger Shroud which is tied to your life-force pool. Unlike similar effects, such as Death Shroud, it doesn’t protect your health pool while active. Harbinger’s unique effect is  Blight which will reduce your maximum health by 1.5% per stack while also boosting your damage output via Septic Corruption. You also gain access to powerful Elixir skills which will help you maintain Blight stacks, inflict damaging conditions or buff your allies with boons such as Regeneration, Fury and some Might.

This build focuses on profiting on self-inflicted Blight stacks by utilizing shroud skills. While not in Harbinger Shroud, the build will make use of weapon skills and utility skill such as Blood Is Power to maintain the damage output.

Universal build drops Superior Sigil of Geomancy on your Scepter sacrificing a very small amount of DPS. The upside is that you can switch to Condition Scourge and Condition Quickness Harbinger (Universal) easier as all builds use the same Scepter.

Build fundamentals

Blight increases your condition damage because of Septic Corruption. Use Elixir of Anguish, Elixir of Risk and Elixir of Promise to stack up Blight on yourself.

To utilize your Blight stacks, you will be using Voracious Arc and Devouring Cut in Harbinger Shroud. Remember to use these skills once their Blight thresholds of 5 and 10 are met in order to inflict extra Torment. Other than that, you want to be spamming Tainted Bolts while waiting for cooldowns as well as utilizing Dark Barrage whenever possible.

Use Weeping Shots twice every time you’re out of Harbinger Shroud before re-entering.

If you enter Harbinger Shroud while using your Scepter weaponset, you will come out on Scepter weaponset. To continue your rotation, use Grasping Dead and Feast of Corruption before swapping to your Pistol weaponset. Use Weeping Shots twice before re-entering Harbinger Shroud.

If you are on your Pistol weaponset after leaving Harbinger Shroud, you will want to use Weeping Shots twice before swapping to your Scepter weaponset. Use Grasping Dead and Feast of Corruption before re-entering Harbinger Shroud.

To transfer the self-inflicted conditions of Blood Is Power, use either Plague Sending or Deathly Swarm. The condition transfer on Plague Sending will trigger almost immediately upon entering Harbinger Shroud. Make sure to quickly use one of the options before your teammates manage to cleanse the conditions off of you.

Crowd Control

Alternatives

Utility Skills

Use Spectral Grasp instead of Elixir of Risk if CC is lacking or a boss requires a lot of CC, like Samarog or Slothasor. You will have to stop using Voracious Arc or Devouring Cut if you are using Spectral Grasp because you won’t have enough Blight.

Armor

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

Weapons & Sigils

Pistol icon Superior Sigil of Torment icon
Viper's PistolSuperior Sigil of Torment
Dagger icon Superior Sigil of Bursting icon
Viper's DaggerSuperior Sigil of Bursting
Scepter icon Superior Sigil of Torment icon
Viper's ScepterSuperior Sigil of Torment
Warhorn icon Superior Sigil of Bursting icon
Viper's WarhornSuperior Sigil of Bursting

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

Meaty Asparagus Skewer icon Toxic Focusing Crystal icon
Meaty Asparagus Skewer Toxic Focusing Crystal

Infusions

Malign WvW Infusion icon
18xMalign Infusion

Utility Skills

copied

Condition Harbinger is a powerful DPS build that focuses on applying lots of condition damage. It gains access to Harbinger Shroud which is tied to your life-force pool. Unlike similar effects, such as Death Shroud, it doesn’t protect your health pool while active. Harbinger’s unique effect is  Blight which will reduce your maximum health by 1.5% per stack while also boosting your damage output via Septic Corruption. You also gain access to powerful Elixir skills which will help you maintain Blight stacks, inflict damaging conditions or buff your allies with boons such as Regeneration, Fury and some Might.

This build focuses on profiting on self-inflicted Blight stacks by utilizing shroud skills. While not in Harbinger Shroud, the build will make use of weapon skills and utility skill such as Blood Is Power to maintain the damage output.

Universal build drops Superior Sigil of Geomancy on your Scepter sacrificing a very small amount of DPS. The upside is that you can switch to Condition Scourge and Condition Quickness Harbinger (Universal) easier as all builds use the same Scepter.

Build fundamentals

Blight increases your condition damage because of Septic Corruption. Use Elixir of Anguish, Elixir of Risk and Elixir of Promise to stack up Blight on yourself.

To utilize your Blight stacks, you will be using Voracious Arc and Devouring Cut in Harbinger Shroud. Remember to use these skills once their Blight thresholds of 5 and 10 are met in order to inflict extra Torment. Other than that, you want to be spamming Tainted Bolts while waiting for cooldowns as well as utilizing Dark Barrage whenever possible.

Use Weeping Shots twice every time you’re out of Harbinger Shroud before re-entering.

If you enter Harbinger Shroud while using your Scepter weaponset, you will come out on Scepter weaponset. To continue your rotation, use Grasping Dead and Feast of Corruption before swapping to your Pistol weaponset. Use Weeping Shots twice before re-entering Harbinger Shroud.

If you are on your Pistol weaponset after leaving Harbinger Shroud, you will want to use Weeping Shots twice before swapping to your Scepter weaponset. Use Grasping Dead and Feast of Corruption before re-entering Harbinger Shroud.

To transfer the self-inflicted conditions of Blood Is Power, use either Plague Sending or Deathly Swarm. The condition transfer on Plague Sending will trigger almost immediately upon entering Harbinger Shroud. Make sure to quickly use one of the options before your teammates manage to cleanse the conditions off of you.

Crowd Control

Alternatives

Utility Skills

Use Spectral Grasp instead of Elixir of Risk if CC is lacking or a boss requires a lot of CC, like Samarog or Slothasor. You will have to stop using Voracious Arc or Devouring Cut if you are using Spectral Grasp because you won’t have enough Blight.

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