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    Condition Specter
    August 2023

    Group PvE


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

    Weapons & Sigils

    Scepter icon Superior Sigil of Torment icon
    Viper's ScepterSuperior Sigil of Torment
    Dagger icon Superior Sigil of Doom icon
    Viper's DaggerSuperior Sigil of Doom


    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
    Relic icon
    Relic of Akeem


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


    Malign WvW Infusion icon
    18xMalign Infusion

    Utility Skills


    Condition Specter is a DPS build that offers high survivability and solid DPS from mid-range via large amounts of Torment and Poisoned. It can provide a lot of barrier and crowd control without sacrificing anything from its base kit. The main idea while playing thief, is to never fill initiative, you will be using your strongest skill, Twilight Combo as much as possible to deplete initiative.

    Build Fundamentals

    Condition Specter does its damage in two ways: weapon skills while not in Shadow Shroud and non-initiative spending skills while in Shadow Shroud.

    While using your scepter/dagger weapon set, you will want to prioritize using Twilight Combo as your main source of damage. If you can’t cast it due to not having enough initiative, you can fill with your scepter Auto-attack chain/Shadowsquall and Siphon off-cooldown.

    Make sure to use Prepare Thousand Needles, Spider Venom, and Skale Venom off-cooldown as well. When you are ready to Enter Shadow Shroud, make sure your initiative is as low as possible. Remember that you trigger Superior Sigil of Doom and Quick Pockets when entering and exiting Shadow Shroud due to it being considered a Weapon Swap.

    If possible, place the trap on any boss during the beginning of an encounter, so you can get two uses in your opener.

    The amount of time spent inside Shadow Shroud can vary depending on the situation and your resources.

    In most cases, you will want to stay in Shadow Shroud until you have used Grasping Shadows (#2) three times. While waiting to cast Grasping Shadows, use Eternal Night (#4) and Mind Shock (#5) off-cooldown and fill the remaining rotation with your auto-attack.

    Do not use Siphon while in Shadow Shroud, as it will increase the chance initiative becomes full.

    Shadow Force generated by the skill will automatically be consumed when leaving Shadow Shroud via Consume Shadows.

    Offhand Pistol with a Superior Sigil of Paralyzation equipped to spam Head Shot will help with break bars.

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