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Condition Specter



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


Peppered Cured Meat Flatbread icon Toxic Focusing Crystal icon
Peppered Cured Meat Flatbread Toxic Focusing Crystal


Malign WvW Infusion icon
18xMalign Infusion

Utility Skills


Shadow Shroud Priority

  1. Grasping Shadows (#2)
  2. Eternal Night (#4)
  3. Mind Shock (#5)
  4. Auto-attack chain

High survivability, mid-range DPS build that not only provides massive damage via large amounts of Torment and Poisoned but also provides decent CC and barrier.

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.

The amount of time spent inside Shadow Shroud can vary depending on the situation. In most cases, you will want to stay in shadow shroud until you have used Grasping Shadows (#2) 3 times. While waiting to cast Grasping Shadows (#2), you will want to use Eternal Night (#4) and Mind Shock (#5) off-cooldown and fill with your auto-attack. Do not use Siphon while in Shadow Shroud, as it will give you the initiative increasing the chance of over-capping and the Shadow Force generated by the skill will automatically be consumed when leaving Shadow Shroud via Consume Shadows.

CC (Crowd Control)


Utility Skills

  • Thieves Guild if CC is not needed at all in the encounter.
  • Well of Gloom if you need to help your healers sustain the group and/or need more mobility.

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