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Condition Specter
February 2023

Instanced PvE


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

Weapons & Sigils

Scepter icon Superior Sigil of Bursting icon
Viper's ScepterSuperior Sigil of Bursting
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


Cilantro and Cured Meat Flatbread icon Tuning Icicle icon
Cilantro and Cured Meat Flatbread Tuning Icicle


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.

Crowd Control


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