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Handkite Soulbeast
August 2022

Instanced PvE
Kiter

Armor

Illustrious Visage icon Superior Rune of the Monk icon
Harrier's HelmSuperior Rune of the Monk
Illustrious Shoulderguard icon Superior Rune of the Monk icon
Harrier's ShouldersSuperior Rune of the Monk
Illustrious Guise icon Superior Rune of the Monk icon
Harrier's ChestSuperior Rune of the Monk
Illustrious Grips icon Superior Rune of the Monk icon
Harrier's GlovesSuperior Rune of the Monk
Illustrious Leggings icon Superior Rune of the Monk icon
Harrier's LegsSuperior Rune of the Monk
Illustrious Striders icon Superior Rune of the Monk icon
Harrier's BootsSuperior Rune of the Monk

Weapons & Sigils

Greatsword icon Superior Sigil of Concentration icon Superior Sigil of Renewal icon
Harrier's GreatswordSuperior Sigil of Concentration Superior Sigil of Renewal
Axe icon Superior Sigil of Concentration icon
Harrier's AxeSuperior Sigil of Concentration
Warhorn icon Superior Sigil of Transference icon
Harrier's WarhornSuperior Sigil of Transference

Trinkets

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

Food

Bowl of Spiced Fruit Salad icon Bountiful Maintenance Oil icon
Bowl of Spiced Fruit Salad Bountiful Maintenance Oil

Infusions

Healing WvW Infusion icon
18xHealing Infusion

Utility Skills

Pets

Juvenile Black Bear icon
Black Bear
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Handkite Soulbeast build was created specifically for the Wing 4 Deimos encounter and has no use outside of it.

Build Fundamentals

This build has 1200 toughness. Communicate this with your tank as you can’t tank Deimos and handkite at the same time. If your tank can’t go higher than 1200 toughness check the Alternatives section.

Every few seconds, the furthest player from Deimos will have five stacks of hands spawn under them at 1-second intervals. Controlling these hands is your responsibility. This means you must position yourself to be the furthest player from Deimos, and must be able to self sustain through damage from Hands, Tears, and Deimos’ Mind Crush mechanic.

Self Sustain And Dealing With Hands

You want to permanently upkeep Protection and Regeneration on yourself. Both boons will help you with damage reduction and sustain. To achieve this use Moa Stance and Call of the Wild off cooldown.

You have a lot of passive sustain through Regeneration, Rugged Growth, and Signet of Renewal. For immediate healing use "We Heal As One!".

Counterattack is your main way to handle Deimos’ Hands – you can block every other set of Hands with it. If Counterattack is on cooldown count the stacks of Hands as they spawn and dodge as the fifth Hand spawns. Be careful and don’t dodge off the platform. If you struggle to stack hands that way you can either not stack all 5 hands or use one of your defensive skills:

Your main method for handling Mind Crush is Unflinching Fortitude. This skill makes you take zero damage from all incoming strike damage for four seconds – use it as Deimos swings his hammers to mitigate his otherwise lethal attack. If things have gone wrong and Unflinching Fortitude is on cooldown you can also use Counterattack, Defy Pain, or go into the bubble to avoid Mind CrushWeak Minded is applied to you after mitigating Mind Crush which will deal an additional 70% of your total hp over 10 seconds. Dolyak Stance can help to mitigate it. Mind Crush and Unflinching Fortitude share the same cooldown which ensures that it up for every time Deimos uses it.

Tips

  • Try to stay in Saul’s Banner to get extra healing.
  • All Hands will travel to Deimos every the group comes back after a green. Be careful when that happens and don’t be in their path.
  • Every 60 seconds you can tank a lethal hit thanks to Eternal Bond. While this makes this build very forgiving, don’t rely on this trait – it’s best to remain in Beastmode for the entire fight.
  • Oils spawn under the closest non-tank player to Deimos. When the group is handling Sauls this can often be you.
  • You can use Entangle and Winter's Bite to slow down Prides.

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