March 2024

Support Vindicator

Support Vindicator is a very durable support build, with exceptional healing output, along with significant Might and Barrier thanks to the addition of scepter. This build is very tanky, you should not be afraid to be in the middle of the action. You should default to Scepter/shield, to have access to Otherworldly Bond, but swap to staff if Crystal Hibernation is on cooldown and you start getting focused. Use Dodge to support your allies. It heals, provides Barrier and cleanses a condition (which provides Protection). Use Ventari's Will to the target location you wish to cast a Legendary Centaur Stance at. In Legendary Alliance Stance, Use mostly the blue stance. It’s more defensive and provides team support. Swap to red stance only if you need to move around with Nomad's Advance, or you’re being focused and need Selfish Spirit or…

Power Scrapper

Power Scrapper is a powerful and durable DPS build that brings a lot of Crowd Control and ample Superspeed, giving you and your group great in-combat mobility. It can also revive downed allies from range with Function Gyro. The rotation of this build revolves around 2 combinations of skills that share cooldowns: Electro-whirl and Shrapnel Grenade Shredder Gyro with Thunderclap After that, follow the skill priority list to fill the time between those 2 combos. Every time you cast Shrapnel Grenade, check Freeze Grenade and Poison Grenade. If they are available, cast them. If one of them is 1-2 seconds from being off cooldown, you can use toolbelt skills or utilities while you wait for it to come back instead of switching off the kit. Make sure to use the “stow kit” key (Stow Grenade Kit or Stow Mortar Kit) when…

Support Chronomancer

Support Chronomancer is one of the newer additions to the support roster. It is very similar to Support Guardian. It has access to a lot of Stability and very good range support thanks to the Mesmer’s new weapon: rifle. Its unique side comes from the Alacrity it applies to its team. Such as every other mesmer build, this build relies on shatters a lot. Shatters will heal, cleanse, apply boons, and even apply Alacrity to close allies. The only shatter you need to be very careful of using is Distortion. On top of its invulnerability effect, it will apply Stability to you and allies around you. Signet of Illusions will reset the cooldown of every shatter beside Continuum Split. The build healing also relies a lot on rifle. You can simply autoattack your allies for healing from range but its…

Heal Boon Chronomancer

Heal Boon Chronomancer is a flexible defensive support with solid healing, condition cleanse, and Crowd Control (CC) while providing permanent Protection, Fury, Vigor, Regeneration, and 25 stacks of Might along with a good amount of Swiftness. Additionally, Chronomancer can provide Aegis and Stability on demand. Select the trait Stretched Time or Seize the Moment if your team needs Alacrity or Quickness. Summon Phantasms on both Rifle and Scepter/Shield and use Shatter skills to give Alacrity or Quickness. Use Mantras and Wells to heal, cleanse conditions, and provide other boons. Alacrity or Quickness is generated by summoning Phantasms and using your Shatters: Phantasmal Sharpshooter summons one phantasm per charge. Each charge has a 20-second cooldown. Echo of Memory summons one phantasm at the end of the cast. If you block an attack during the channel of this skill, you summon the…

Power Mirage

Power Mirage is a powerful roamer excelling at picking up a single target because of the insane amount of Daze you have access to. It also relies on burst windows with decent damage outside of them. Mirage gains access to Ambush Skills, transforming your auto-attack into a different skill for a short while after each dodge. On this build, you will have access to Mirage Thrust on Sword, which will be used primarily for mobility, and Split Surge while on Greatsword, used mainly for damage. Note: Split Surge is really good to use before a burst window as it applies Vulnerability and gives you Might. Use your Dodge carefully. Dodging for damage on Greatsword will expose you which is high risk but high reward, especially if you can hit a few targets with a single Split Surge. Keep in mind that…

Power Quickness Berserker

Power Quickness Berserker is a support DPS build that provides permanent Quickness and Fury. It has the option to bring a Banner for additional support or extra Crowd Control (CC) for a DPS loss. Power Quickness Berserker uses a combination of weapon skills to build adrenaline for Primal Burst skills and also uses Rage skills and Primal Burst skills to extend the duration of Berserk. The build utilizes Axe Mastery to gain fast and reliable adrenaline through critical hits. Heat the Soul shares Quickness and Fury in an area around you whenever you use a Burst skill. You have the ability to permanently be in Berserk. The goal of your rotation is to use as many Primal Burst skills as possible. On Axe you need to hit your target 3 times to generate enough Adrenaline for the next Decapitate. To…

Heal Alacrity Scourge

Heal Alacrity Scourge provides Alacrity, Regeneration, Might, Protection, Aegis, potential Stability, massive crowd control, very powerful revive utility, solid healing, and unmatched Barrier application for your squad! Boon application for Heal Alacrity Scourge is straightforward. You are likely to end up overcapping on key boons such as Alacrity and Protection, allowing you to be flexible with your Sand Cascade and Sandstorm Shroud usage to protect your team! Alacrity is generated by applying Barrier to your allies. Sources of Barrier include: Sand Cascade -> single very high application of Barrier. Sandstorm Shroud -> pulsing Barrier and Protection. Manifest Sand Shade -> Desert Empowerment causes summoning a shade to apply a strong Barrier to five nearby targets when summoned. Serpent Siphon -> strong utility skill that also applies Regeneration and Aegis. Other important boons are generated relatively passively: Barrier also applies Might thanks…

Condition Alacrity Scourge

Condition Alacrity Scourge has a similar rotation to Condition Scourge, but trades damage output for Alacrity generation alongside some Protection coverage. This build still has all of the high-value defensive utility of scourge and can be customized to fit encounters and your squad composition! The key interaction that powers Condition Alacrity Scourge is that Desert Empowerment causes Barrier you apply to also apply Alacrity while also causing Manifest Sand Shade to apply barrier. This, combined with the pulsing Barrier from Sandstorm Shroud generates very comfortable Alacrity uptime. Barrier is simply the mechanism that applies Alacrity to your squad and should not be relied upon for meaningful damage mitigation. Shade abilities affect up to three players. Since you also count as a shade, this means it’s important to have at least one Manifest Sand Shade up before applying Barrier or you won’t…

Power Alacrity Bladesworn

Power Alacrity Bladesworn is a support DPS build that provides permanent Alacrity and some supplementary Might. The build lacks in Crowd Control (CC) but offers extremely high burst DPS for a support role. Power Alacrity Bladesworn builds Flow by being in combat and using Flow Stabilizer, which is used to enter Dragon Trigger. DT then converts Flow into charges. Once you gain 10 charges, use Dragon Slash - Force. Using any Ammo skills increases damage for the next Dragon Trigger due to the trait Fierce as Fire. Daring Dragon shares Alacrity in an area around you whenever you use Dragon Slash - Force. The build gains a massive damage increase from Overcharged Cartridges, buffing the damage of Dragon Slash - Force, Dragon's Roar, and Gunsaber skills. Overcharged Cartridges should always be activated before using Dragon's Roar and entering Dragon Trigger. Use…

Condition Herald

Condition Herald is a tanky teamfight DPS that focuses on burst Burning and Torment damage. This build is sturdy, so don’t be afraid to follow the teamfight target and pressuring it as hard as you can as long as you’re not focused by damage dealers. Combo with Embrace the Darkness when sticking to targets to deal significant condition damage and utilize Legend Swapping trait procs to help your bursts. The damage this build does can be boiled down to a rotation more easily than most PvP builds. You want to try and execute this rotation or something close to it on the teamfight target. this is usually most effective against a support. There’s seveal things to understand about the rotation and how this build deals its damage: Legendary Demon Stance is where you can deal significantly more damage, but are…

Condition Reaper

Condition Reaper is a powerful DPS team fighter that has a lot of hard and soft crowd control and condition damage. The Blood Magic variant provides better means to survive, even without a support, giving up slight burst. It is especially recommended for solo play. Condition Reaper is a powerful DPS team fighter that relies on Chilled for both control and damage. This build combines Harbinger’s high damage with Core Necro’s survivability and control. While Condition Reaper is susceptible to CC, it shines when paired with a support. Apply as much Chilled as possible while kiting away. This will inhibit the enemies attack patterns after you dodge their initial burst. Chill also applies a lot of pressure on this build, because it will apply Bleeding due to Deathly Chill. Use Soul Spiral inside the field created by Executioner's Scythe. This…

Power Berserker

Power Berserker is a high DPS build with a fast paced but fairly simple rotation. It has a large amount of cleave damage and can also provide decent Crowd Control (CC) with the option to bring more, for a DPS loss. Power Berserker uses a combination of weapon skills to build adrenaline for Primal Burst skills and also uses Rage skills and Primal Burst skills to extend the duration of Berserk. The build utilizes Axe Mastery to gain fast and reliable adrenaline through critical hits. You have the ability to permanently be in Berserk. The goal of your rotation is to use as many Primal Burst skills as possible. On Axe you need to hit your target 3 times to generate enough Adrenaline for the next Decapitate. To achieve this you can use the following combinations: Cyclone Axe -> Throw Axe…

Defense Spellbreaker

Mobile and bursty build with decent team fight potential. However, the main value you get from this build is its 1v1 potential as well as its 1v2 potential. This build has good consistent damage, and excellent survivability. You have a variety of hard-hitting skills to keep throwing at your opponent in a 1v1 to eventually overwhelm them when they run out of defensives. Most notably, Path to Victory hits hard, applies Magebane Tether, and is hard to avoid. Good followups include Valiant Leap, Aura Slicer, Impale -> Rip and Breaching Strike. The counterattack on Riposte also hits very hard, so make sure to hit it as well. You should also use your various CCs and Magebane Tether to help setup the aforementioned skills. Your CCs mostly include Snap Pull, Full Counter, Disrupting Stab, Bull's Charge and Rampage. Your CCs also…

Static Discharge Holo

Static Discharge Holosmith is a high-skill build that brings excellent damage, crowd control, mobility, and condition cleanse in a neat package. While not as popular as other roamers, Holosmith also benefits from an ability to take 1v1s and act as a pseudo side noder. Sword/Shield is also a viable weapon choice. Use it if you don’t have Secrets of the Obscure. For a more aggressive version of the build, see the Mortar Kit Variant. Holosmith gives an engineer access to Engage Photon Forge, a transform ability that gives access to five new weapon skills. Engage Photon Forge is similar to a Necromancer Death Shroud, except instead of using an energy pool like Life Force, Photon Forge builds Heat, a mechanic unique to the Holosmith. Heat needs to be carefully managed since gaining too much causes you to Overheat. Overheat takes you…

Fresh Air Catalyst

Fresh Air Catalyst is a highly mobile dps roamer that provides excellent boon support to the team.  Catalyst is driven by Fresh Air in the Air traitline. Fresh Air not only buffs damage but allows you to constantly swap into Air Attunement to refresh the buff, gain very high Superspeed uptime, and access your Deploy Jade Sphere frequently. Tip: Air Attunement lacks native combo finishers, but you can swap to Air Attunement during the cast of skills like Phoenix to get a Shocking Aura from a combo field. Your ‘Hard CC’ comes from Gale and Comet and Arcane Wave. Gale is especially good in mirrors against other Catalysts since it is unblockable and ignores Fortified Earth and Final Shielding . Keep in mind that all your CC skills can be reset to extend lockdowns. This is especially useful with double Gale to secure…

Power Vindicator

Power Vindicator is a bursty power build that excels at encounters with large hitboxes, as Eternity's Requiem scales with hitbox size. The rotation is forgiving and easy to pick up. This build only uses Greatsword, which allows for a Staff Weapon Swap in encounters that require a lot of CC. Alliance Tactics swaps your Legendary Alliance Stance from Archemorus (Red/Orange) to Saint Viktor (Blue). Always stay in Archemorus since Spear of Archemorus and Nomad's Advance are part of your rotation. Be aware that dodging during the channeling of any skill will cancel it. Use Dodge regularly to spend your endurance and apply buffs: Dodging grants Vigor to you and your allies via Song of Arboreum and upkeeps the strike damage buff from Forerunner of Death 100% of the time. Imperial Guard is a 2-second channel block to be used if…

Power Spellbreaker

Hammer Spellbreaker is a DPS build that provides constant Crowd Control (CC) and consistent damage, with good self-sustain thanks to the Defense trait line. Hammer Spellbreaker gains a massive damage increase from Attacker's Insight, as disabling foes or removing boons grants 50 Power, Precision, and Ferocity per stack. Using Crowd Control abilities on Hammer increases your damage for the period of time you will be on Dagger/Axe. To gain additional stacks of Attacker's Insight, daze your enemies by using Aura Slicer and Breaching Strike to leap through the lightning field created by Winds of Disenchantment, or by using Full Counter. Thanks to Attacker's Insight, hitting enemies with Full Counter resets your Earthshaker or Breaching Strike, granting you extra opportunities for CC or damage, respectively. Backbreaker Staggering Blow Earthshaker Bull's Charge Disrupting Stab Full Counter (counter-attack) Magebane Tether will pull targets…

Hammer Catalyst

Hammer Catalyst is a high damage duelist; its DPS on top of boon support from Depth of Elements allows it to be great even in larger fights where Elementalist typically suffers. Unlike typical Elementalist builds, hammer has a high focus on mitigating incoming damage rather than resustaining through it. Your best defensive skills are Fortified Earth, Conjure Earth Shield, and Immutable Stone. Upkeeping auras specifically Shocking Aura and Magnetic Aura significantly boost your sustain in most matchups, and frequently comboing into them can even win certain duels by themselves. Catalyst also has a stricter attunement rotation than typical Elementalist builds, the majority of the time you will follow the pattern: Earth Attunement, into Air Attunement, into Fire Attunement, into Water Attunement, into Earth Attunement and looping from there. This is because it will generate you the most Shocking Aura and…

Condition Quickness Berserker

Condition Quickness Berserker is a support DPS build that focuses on short bursts of Burning and long-lasting Bleeding, while providing permanent Quickness and Fury. It also brings a good amount of Crowd Control (CC) to the squad. At full Adrenaline, enter Berserk and burn your foes with Longbow skills. Then swap to Sword/Sword to enhance your burst with long-duration bleeds and the trait Blademaster. Use Rage utility skills off-cooldown to increase the duration of Berserk. Use Savage Leap and Sundering Leap in Fire Fields (for example, from Scorched Earth) to create a Fire Aura on yourself. Then detonate it with any Berserker skill to activate King of Fires for more Burning. Heat the Soul shares Quickness and Fury in an area around you whenever you use a Burst skill. After the last step in the written Rotation, use your Weapon…

Power Quickness Herald

Power Quickness Herald is an offensive support build that provides a group with Might, Fury, Quickness, Protection, and Swiftness. The wide range of essential boons provided makes this build excellent for filling gaps in groups. A simple rotation and excellent defensive abilities make Power Quickness Herald a good introductory choice for new players. This build also offers strong Crowd Control via Surge of the Mists and the option to provide Stability by using Legendary Dwarf Stance instead of Legendary Assassin Stance. While in Legendary Dragon Stance, activate Facet of Chaos and Facet of Darkness to pulse Quickness. While in Legendary Assassin Stance keep Impossible Odds active for damage and Quickness. Herald applies Quickness via Elevated Compassion whenever you channel an ability that drains 6 or more energy per second (upkeep). Whenever your energy is being drained, you pulse Quickness around you.…