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Core Revenant
August 2022

Open World
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Armor

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

Weapons & Sigils

Sword icon Superior Sigil of Force icon
Berserker's SwordSuperior Sigil of Force
Sword icon Superior Sigil of Accuracy icon
Berserker's SwordSuperior Sigil of Accuracy
Staff icon Superior Sigil of Force icon Superior Sigil of Accuracy icon
Berserker's StaffSuperior Sigil of Force Superior Sigil of Accuracy

Trinkets

Quiver of a Thousand Arrows icon
Berserker'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
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Revenant is only unlocked with Heart of Thorns expansion, it also comes with Elite Specialization, which will always be superior to Core build. But since you only onlock last (elite) trait line at level 71, this build was designed to help you during your first playthrough and leveling.

Become a speedy assassin when invoking the legend of Shiro (Legendary Assassin Stance), or a tough brawler after calling Jalis for help (Legendary Dwarf Stance).

This Revenant build provides very solid damage, vast amounts of Crowd Control, great self-sustain from Battle Scarred, and access to very decent Might, permanent Fury, and on-demand Stability. It leads perfectly into playing the end-game build Power Quickness Herald.

Build Fundamentals

Legendary Assassin Stance gives you an incredible amount of damage and mobility via Impossible Odds and Phase Traversal.

Legendary Dwarf Stance turns you into a tanky brawler, dealing consistent damage with bonus damage reduction with Vengeful Hammers, crowd controlling enemies with Forced Engagement, supporting allies with Inspiring Reinforcement, and finally offering team-wide damage reduction with Rite of the Great Dwarf.

Weapon Skills

In this build, your primary weapon set will be a Sword/Sword, melee weapons that are focused around blinking to and assassinating targets with incredible burst damage. The Staff is an incredibly useful utility weapon offering some healing, evades, blocks, and most importantly an immense amount of Crowd Control with one of the most powerful CC skills in the game: Surge of the Mists.

On Swords, your biggest damage skills are Chilling Isolation, Shackling Wave, and Deathstrike.

Chilling Isolation is an Area of Effect skill that does increase damage if used against an isolated foe, and  Shackling Wave causes your character to slice in a large arc in front of you dealing incredible damage, especially when used against a single enemy in close proximity.

Both those skills offer defensive components in form of Chilled and Immobilize that can be used when you need to disengage the enemy.

Deathstrike shadowsteps you to your target dealing damage and giving yourself Fury.

Each Fury application will give you Might via Incensed Response that’s on a 1-second cooldown, so try to spread out the usage of Deathstrike, Deathstrike, and legend swapping (due to Invoker's Rage synergy), to provide yourself with as much Might as possible.

Unrelenting Assault is a very acrobatic ability and you might be tempted to prioritize it over other weapon skills, but the damage it provides is rather subpar. It should either be used as an evade or damage increase in form of  Might if you think evade won’t be needed.

Your Staff skills deal less damage however offer immense utility. Mender's Rebuke deals damage, inflicts enemies hit with Weakness causing them to deal less damage, and also gives you and your team a small heal after a delay. Warding Rift blocks all incoming attacks for 2 seconds whilst dealing a small amount of damage, and Renewing Wave cleanses conditions and heals your party members.

If that wasn’t enough, we saved the best utility for last. Surge of the Mists is incredible, it deals damage, is an evade, grants yourself Vigor, Fury, and Might, and knocks down foes dealing immense breakbar damage.

Utility Skills

Legendary Assassin Stance (Shiro) is your bread and butter for dealing damage with this build. Simply activate Impossible Odds and enjoy slicing your opponents to pieces at extreme speed.

Legendary Assassin Stance also has a great stun-break that cleanses movement impairing conditions with Riposting Shadows. Great sustain via the healing skill Enchanted Daggers and finally in a crutch Jade Winds can be used to turn nearby enemies to jade for 3 seconds allowing you to disengage or resustain.

Legendary Dwarf Stance (Jalis) is absolutely not a worse legend than Shiro, it offers great damage reduction and consistent damage from Vengeful Hammers, a skill in which hammers circle your character dealing damage and healing you when they hit targets and reducing incoming damage by -20%.

Inspiring Reinforcement lays down a road in the targeted direction dealing damage, inflicting enemies with Weakness, and supplying you and your allies copious amounts of Stability perfect for when you’re facing foes that have Crowd Controlling abilities.

Forced Engagement inflicts enemies with Taunt and Slow and buffs yourself with Fury (and Might via Incensed Response) while reducing damage you tak. While it can be used defensively, it’s also great engage ability, not only reducing initial pressure, but increasing your damage.

In a sticky situation, you can use Rite of the Great Dwarf to stun-break and reduce incoming damage by 50% for you and your team.

Alternatives

If you need ranged option, swap Staff for Hammer, while its skills hit hard, they don’t synergize well with any of your current legends and traits.

Crowd Control

Gearing tips

Since this build is designed to be your entry point to Guild Wars 2 world, let’s start with the basics, if you haven’t checked the guides below, give them a read to make yourself familiar with game basics.

Don’t try to invest in Runes and Sigils before you acquire proper level-80 Exotic gear with Berserker’s stats as transferring upgrades is not possible without destroying the item, and retrieving them during the process has a small chance with most salvage kits.

From drops, crafting and level-up rewards pick items with Power, and on later levels supplemented by Precision and Ferocity.

Unlocking skills

If you’re looking up this build as you’re leveling through the wide world of Tyria we recommend quickly unlocking Vengeful Hammers and then building your way to Impossible Odds.

The first specialization you unlock at level 21 should be Invocation as it offers the most useful traits in early levels. At level 45 get Devastation and finally at level 71 unlock Retribution.

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