User:Dak393/Raid Guide

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Intro[edit]

Welcome to raiding. This is my personal raid info breakdown. Copied and entered here from my guild specific version. Let me know if anything needs to be updated or fixed. Also see my new player guide for more info and guides.

-Dak393

(Updated 2/27/20)

When to raid?[edit]

First off know that you shouldn't try to rush into raids, it's always better to get a feel for the game, your profession, and combat first. If you're just starting out focus on story and exploration. Otherwise here is what you will need to raid:

  • A level 80 character.
  • One or both expansions. Heart of Thorns is now included for free if you own Path of Fire so get PoF on sale if you're missing it. HoT unlocks wings 1-4 and Path of Fire unlocks wings 5-7.
  • In almost every case you will be expected to unlock an elite specialization by getting an additional 250 hero points (any that you got from a map count towards this number). The best places to get Hero points are the expansion maps, a single hero point there is worth 10 points instead of 1. Heart of Thorns has some hero points that are intended to be done with a group of 3-5, but Path of Fire is more forgiving aimed at 1-2. If you're having trouble, look for a "Hero Point Train"/"HP Train" or ask your guild for help.
  • A proper build
  • Proper gear (exotics to start out)

If you want a VERY detailed full guide on raids please see Tevatron's guide here.

Picking a class[edit]

The main roles can be broken up into DPS (power/condition damage), Boons, and Healing with many builds covering 2 of these roles. Many bosses also have aggro based on the highest toughness so those fights have a "tank" that draws the boss’s aggro. A standard setup for a normal raid group is to split the squad of 10 into 2 groups of 5 (most boons and buffs are limited to 5 targets). Groups will usually consist of 2-3 boon builds to cover quickness and alacrity on the group (2 chronos for quickness/alacrity, 2 Firebrands for quickness, 1-2 Renegades for 10 alacrity, or more commonly one of each). Chronos usually end up tanking but realistically just about anyone can tank, it's considered easier on chrono due to the amount of damage they can avoid. In addition, most groups will run 1 druid to provide might, healing, and spirits along with 0-1 off healers (these include things like heal tempest, heal scourge, heal renegade, heal firebrand, etc), and 1 banner slave (BS) warrior to give the banner buffs to the full group. On some bosses you can run a boon Thief/Daredevil build to replace all boons besides alacrity. All other slots are all filled by pure DPS.

When starting out I do suggest gearing a power DPS but with the gear selection changes it's much easier to get armor of any type. If you're missing the living story (mainly Season 3 episode 3, A Crack in the Ice, Season 4 Episode 6, War Eternal, or Episode 1 / 2 of The Icebrood Saga) you'll have a harder time getting trinkets that are not berserker so that may factor in to your choice as well.

Every elite specialization will require either HoT or PoF so make sure you have the expansion.

Suggested builds (also see full list below):

  • Warrior (Berserker tango icon 20px.png / Warrior tango icon 20px.png): Brings banners for the group as banner slave (BS) as Berserker or base warrior. Berserker is more damage and should be run over base warrior but is included as an alternative. Can also run as full DPS as power DPS berserker or condition DPS berserker. The banner builds are going to have an easier rotation but groups will only want one player running banners at a time so it may be worthwhile to learn both (though you can also split banners and take Outrage instead). The power builds have simple rotations especially for berserker where you use your F1 as much as possible. Power berserker would be my suggestion as it's very easy to play with the DPS version being slightly harder as another option, base warrior is ok but you really want to unlock berserker asap. Spellbreaker tango icon 20px.png isn't really worth mentioning here as it's very niche and basically only run on one boss sometimes.
  • Guardian (Dragonhunter tango icon 20px.png / Firebrand tango icon 20px.png): Power DPS Dragonhunter is a great build with a lot of damage. For short fights or bosses with phases it's one of the best options. Rotation is deceptively simple and revolves around timing your burst with your F1 skill. Also gets strong self healing with your heal skill (makes you basically unkillable for a few seconds) and your F2 for more mobility and healing. Firebrand can be played as a Power Quickness hybrid support but it's DPS is lower than the condition quickness firebrand build. Both quickness builds can be run with 0% boon duration if you have a boon chrono in the group which is why I don't suggest building the condition quickness firebrand and instead recommend condition DPS firebrand since you can just swap the skills and traits to cover quickness if needed. The firebrand rotation, like the dragonhunter, looks harder than it is and revolves around an in tome rotation of 2-4-5-1-2 and using skills off cooldown. The build works especially well on fights that have additional enemies to kill since you can reset your tome cooldown. Overall both DPS builds are excellent starting options that are top DPS on many fights and not too complex to play, the quickness options they give also require little to no gear swaps to cover sub squad quickness and still DPS reasonably well. Power DPS dragonhunter will still be my first pick but all the options are good. Check the Guardian section for more details on quickness firebrand and budget firebrand.
  • Elementalist (Weaver tango icon 20px.png / Tempest tango icon 20px.png): Power DPS weaver has a very fast paced rotation that needs you to keep track of attacks and damage buffs. Very high damage with a fluid looping rotation that can be fun to play once you have it down. Tempest is very similar to weaver with need of some fast switching of attunements and very specific rotation. Low health squishy character with a very high skill cap, not recommended unless you want a challenge.
  • Engineer (Holosmith tango icon 20px.png): Power DPS Holo is a decent choice for DPS. The rotation and build is easy to pick up but hard to master. Has some variations in build and rotation so there is room to grow and it's not too bad to start on.
  • Mesmer (Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png): Power DPS Chrono has a tricky rotation as it requires some knowledge of the class and fast inputs. One of the harder classes to perfect but hits very high DPS numbers. Not recommended for newer players. Another option would be to gear a Power Boon Chrono to provide group quickness (and alacrity with 2 chronos), typically you'll end up running this with a firebrand and renegade but sometimes with dual chrono. It's common for the boon chrono to end up as the tank and in general can be much more complicated to play than just a DPS as you need to balance boons, damage, and possibly tanking. See the mesmer section below for some more details and gearing help (It's not recommended to start with the snowcrows build). A very interesting build with a lot going on but that makes it a lot harder to start with, can have lots of gear swaps too (my suggestion to put legendary armor on) so not recommended to start on.
  • Thief (Daredevil tango icon 20px.png / Deadeye tango icon 20px.png):Daredevil has a very simple rotation with great damage. The difficulty mainly comes from knowing when you can stand still to attack, keeping your endurance used, and timing your damage buffs. Daredevil also gains some very strong stolen skills on certain bosses. Power DPS Deadeye has a very simple rotation for high DPS. The loops are very easy to pick up but if the rotation is interrupted or messed up (go down, miss a stealth hit) you lose a lot of damage. It also has a severe lack of cleave damage as almost everything is focused only on your target. Good, easy to pick up build, but gets punished heavily from mistakes and usually worse off compared to bringing a Daredevil. The Power DPS Rifle Deadeye build can be very strong but it's usage is limited to a few specific roles and bosses where you can get away with not moving. Overall the rotations are simple and the single target damage is huge, but sometimes needs knowledge of the fight to not be stuck in bad spots when jumping around, using charge, kneeling, or getting backstabs.
  • Necromancer (Reaper tango icon 20px.png / Scourge tango icon 20px.png): Power DPS Reaper is not the best DPS but it does bring a lot of cleave damage to fights and has a pretty simple rotation (especially below 50% health). Main difficulty comes from timing skills and shroud (counting auto attacks). Beginner friendly and has some of the best cleave available but requires timing and not taking damage (lifeforce) to play well.
  • Ranger (Soulbeast tango icon 20px.png / Druid tango icon 20px.png): Power DPS build provides good damage, CC, and group buffs (and possibly a spirit). Medium difficulty rotation that can be a little hard to master but is a nice loop once you get it down. Revolves around damage buffs and hard hitting skills. Some knowledge of the fight will help a lot as well since you have so much burst, some long animations you can interrupt, and a skill that lock you in place for a few seconds. Will take some practice to get good at but is not otherwise a difficult class and provides a ton of damage. Condition DPS Soulbeast is worth mentioning since it's a very easy build to play that can hit high DPS numbers while providing some group DPS or even covering a spirit (in place of your trap). Harder to gear but has a easy looping rotation and priority based skills. Finally, Heal Druid is also a decent starting choice though you'll only want a max of one per most fights so it's best to make after you already have a DPS option. Gear is harder to get again so see the gearing section next but the "rotation" is just about keeping up spirits and might on the group and topping people off when they get low on health. Overall easy to play, but may not always be needed and harder to gear.
  • Revenant (Renegade tango icon 20px.png): Hybrid alacrity, while not a full DPS the build does damage and gives out alacrity for the whole squad and is taken with firebrand or boon chrono + firebrand comps. Rotation is pretty forgiving and easy with the main difficulty being energy management (have to get below 10 before swapping). Good build to have access to and easy to pick up but pretty hard to master (not many can get close to its full damage output). Gear isn't terrible if you have access to [War Eternal|S4E6] since you can get a full diviner set there or you can farm for Bladed armor. Another option would be Heal Renegade which also covers full squad alacrity and has an even easier rotation. Not all groups want a second healer on top of the druid though so you might not be playing that much on most fights (more so with better groups), that said though boon thief/DD fights don't want a druid so it's a great pick there. Gearing is again a little harder than power DPS as you'll need to get Harrier stats but check the gearing section for more info on how to do that.

You can view the benchmarks for all the builds here: Snowcrows Benchmarks

Note: The benchmark numbers are with perfect rotations, full ascended gear, stat infusions, food + utility, and permanent uptime of boons and conditions on a training golem. If you are trying out your rotations expect to only hit 80-90% of what they get and make sure you apply the correct boons/conditions. Check out the “Buffs” section on the benchmarks page for more details on what you should be using.

Builds[edit]

The boons shown are just some of the main ones, some builds also have multiple variants. Suggested builds are in bold. Build links marked with B after, may be out of date so be sure to consult the guide link first. Strikethrough represents builds removed from the main list, most links should still work though the pages won't be updated.

Profession Builds
Main role: Power Damage Condition Damage Healing
Sub role: Buffs Buffs
Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Elementalist Tempest tango icon 20px.png Power Tempest
Weaver tango icon 20px.png Power WeaverB
Tempest tango icon 20px.png Power Boon Tempest Might.pngFury.png Tempest tango icon 20px.png Condition TempestB
Weaver tango icon 20px.png Condi Weaver B
Tempest tango icon 20px.png Condi Boon Tempest Might.pngFury.png Tempest tango icon 20px.png Heal Tempest
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Power ChronoB Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Power Boon ChronoNote 1BQuickness.pngAlacrity.png Mirage tango icon 20px.png Condi MirageB
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Condi ChronoB
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Condi Boon ChronoB Quickness.pngAlacrity.png
Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer Reaper tango icon 20px.png Power ReaperB Scourge tango icon 20px.png Condi Scourge Scourge tango icon 20px.png Heal ScourgeB
Engineer tango icon 20px.png Engineer Holosmith tango icon 20px.png Power HoloB Engineer tango icon 20px.png Condi Engineer
Holosmith tango icon 20px.png Condi Holo
Scrapper tango icon 20px.png Heal Scrapper
Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger Soulbeast tango icon 20px.png Power SoulbeastB Soulbeast tango icon 20px.png Condi SoulbeastB Druid tango icon 20px.png Condi DruidB Might.pngFury.pngProtection.png Druid tango icon 20px.png Heal DruidB Might.pngFury.pngProtection.png
Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief Daredevil tango icon 20px.png Power DaredevilB
Deadeye tango icon 20px.png Power DeadeyeB
Deadeye tango icon 20px.png Rifle Deadeye
Thief tango icon 20px.png Boon ThiefBNote 2 Detonate Plasma.png
Daredevil tango icon 20px.png Boon DaredevilBNote 2 Detonate Plasma.png
Daredevil tango icon 20px.png Condi Daredevil Thief tango icon 20px.png Heal ThiefBNote 2 Detonate Plasma.png
Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian Dragonhunter tango icon 20px.png Power DragonhunterB
Guardian tango icon 20px.png Power GuardianB
Firebrand tango icon 20px.png Power Quickness Firebrand Quickness.png Firebrand tango icon 20px.png Condi FirebrandB Firebrand tango icon 20px.png Condi Quickness FirebrandBNote 3 Quickness.png Firebrand tango icon 20px.png Heal FirebrandB Quickness.pngFury.pngMight.png
Revenant tango icon 20px.png Revenant Renegade tango icon 20px.png Alacrity RenegadeB Alacrity.png
Herald tango icon 20px.png Boon Herald Might.pngFury.pngProtection.png
Renegade tango icon 20px.png Condi RenegadeB Renegade tango icon 20px.png Heal RenegadeB Alacrity.pngMight.pngProtection.png
Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior Berserker tango icon 20px.png Power Berserker Warrior tango icon 20px.png Power Banner WarriorB Banner of Discipline.pngBanner of Strength.png
Berserker tango icon 20px.png Power Banner BerserkerB Banner of Discipline.pngBanner of Strength.png
Berserker tango icon 20px.png Condi Berserker B Berserker tango icon 20px.png Condi Banner BerserkerB Banner of Discipline.pngBanner of Strength.png
Note 1: When starting out on boon chrono you'll want more boon duration see the Mesmer notes below
Note 2: Boon thief (or DD) is a meta choice on the fights you can run it (Detonate Plasma) but is useless on others, a good alternate choice later but not as a starting option. See the Team Compositions below for more info (WIP).
Note 3: Can run the Condi FB food/gear instead if running with a boon chronomancer (my recommendation since you can then play both builds) see the Guardian notes below.

Gearing up[edit]

Now that you have an idea of what class you want look up the appropriate raid build here (you may need to select a different build in the top right once you select your profession): https://snowcrows.com/raids/ and see what exact gear and weapons you need.

Note: Please ignore stat infusions entirely (they are <2% DPS and are very hard to get), don't worry about food (we'll go over that next), and don't get focused on getting all ascended gear (priority should be accessories then weapons, then MAYBE armor since it's also a super minor DPS increase).

Please use this guide to get gear and if you do end up buying armor please get the cheaper named sets and not the crafted armor!

User:Tanetris/So You Want To Gear a Character

Food / Utility[edit]

You will be expected to bring and use food on every boss fight when you are going for the kill. If you are doing training the trainer/commander will let you know once they want you to start using food, but you should always use it once you have a handle on the fight and want to make progress. There are two buffs that you'll want, a food buff that gives you stats (or sometimes special bonuses) and a utility item that converts stats. I'll break down what to get based on the type of build, but you do NOT need the top tier expensive food. You are only expected to bring close to it and I'll list some examples and alternatives below. The listed prices are from trading post value so you may be able to get them cheaper by crafting/buying different parts, please check GW2 Efficiency for detailed costs.

Below is the list of all the Meta PvE Food and utility options. All ascended food places a feast for 5 minutes that when used gives you a 1hr buff, all other food lasts 30 min unless otherwise stated.

Food

Power Food
Ascended
Effect Food Bonus Effect Crafting
+100 Power
+70 Ferocity
Cilantro Lime Sous-Vide Steak.png Cilantro Lime Sous-Vide Steak Steal Life on Crit
...
Peppercorn-Crusted Sous-Vide Steak.png Peppercorn-Crusted Sous-Vide Steak -10% Incoming Damage
...
+100 Power
+70 Precision
Plate of Coq Au Vin with Salsa.png Plate of Coq Au Vin with Salsa Steal Life on Crit
...
Plate of Peppercorn-Spiced Coq Au Vin.png Plate of Peppercorn-Spiced Coq Au Vin -10% Incoming Damage
...
Meta
Effect Food Crafting/Vendor TP
+100 Power
+70 Ferocity
Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.png Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash
...
Plate of Spicy Moa Wings.png Plate of Spicy Moa Wings
...
+ Hatched Chili.png
+100 Power
+70 Precision
Plate of Truffle Steak.png Plate of Truffle Steak
...
Steak with Winterberry Sauce.png Steak with Winterberry Sauce
...
+ Fresh Winterberry.png
N/A
+100 Precision
+70 Ferocity
Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup.png Curry Butternut Squash
...
Budget
Effect Food Crafting/Vendor TP
+80 Power
+60 Ferocity
Avocado Smoothie.png Avocado Smoothie
...
+ 252Karma.png + Difluorite Crystal.png
N/A
+80 Power
+60 Precision
Plate of Steak and Asparagus.png Plate of Steak and Asparagus
...
Can of Steak and Asparagus.png Can of Steak and Asparagus Badge of Honor.png N/A
Condition Food
Ascended
Effect Food Bonus Effect Crafting
+100 Expertise
+70 Condi Damage
Salsa-Topped Veggie Flatbread.png Salsa-Topped Veggie Flatbread Steal Life on Crit
...
Peppercorn and Veggie Flatbread.png Peppercorn and Veggie Flatbread -10% Incoming Damage
...
+100 Condi Damage
+70 Expertise
Cilantro and Cured Meat Flatbread.png Cilantro and Cured Meat Flatbread Steal Life on Crit
...
Peppered Cured Meat Flatbread.png Peppered Cured Meat Flatbread -10% Incoming Damage
...
Meta
Effect Food Crafting/Vendor TP
+100 Expertise
+70 Condi Damage
Red-Lentil Saobosa.png Red-Lentil Saobosa
...
Rare Veggie Pizza.png Rare Veggie Pizza
...
Koi Cake.png Koi Cake Piece of Zhaitaffy.png (
...
)
+100 Condi Damage
+70 Expertise
Plate of Beef Rendang.png Beef Rendang
...
+ 273Karma.png + Difluorite Crystal.png
N/A
+15% Burn Duration
+70 Precision
Bowl of Fire Meat Chili.png Fire Meat Chili
...
Budget
Effect Food Crafting/Vendor TP
+80 Expertise
+60 Condi Damage
Super Veggie Pizza.png Super Veggie Pizza
...
Boxed Super Veggie Pizza.png Boxed Super Veggie Pizza Badge of Honor.png N/A
Boon Food
Ascended
Effect Food Bonus Effect Crafting
+100 Concentration
+70 Power
Plate of Beef Carpaccio with Salsa Garnish.png Plate of Beef Carpaccio with Salsa Garnish Steal Life on Crit
...
Plate of Peppercorn-Spiced Beef Carpaccio.png Plate of Peppercorn-Spiced Beef Carpaccio -10% Incoming Damage
...
+100 Concentration
+70 Expertise
Salsa Eggs Benedict.png Salsa Eggs Benedict Steal Life on Crit
...
Peppercorn-Spiced Eggs Benedict.png Peppercorn-Spiced Eggs Benedict -10% Incoming Damage
...
Meta
Effect Food Crafting/Vendor TP
+100 Concentration
+70 Power
Soul Pastry.png Soul Pastry* (45 min) N/A
+100 Concentration
+70 Expertise
Plate of Eggs Benedict.png Plate of Eggs Benedict
...
Bowl of Green Chile Ice Cream.png Bowl of Green Chile Ice Cream
...
+ 25 Hatched Chili.png
N/A
Bowl of Carne Khan Chili.png Bowl of Carne Khan Chili
...
+ 25 Hatched Chili.png
N/A
Bowl of Firebreather Chili.png Bowl of Firebreather Chili
...
+ 35 Hatched Chili.png
+45 All Attributes Dragon's Revelry Starcake.png Dragon's Revelry Starcake
...
Budget
Effect Food Crafting/Vendor TP
+100 Concentration
33% Might on Crit
Fried Golden Dumpling.png Fried Golden Dumpling N/A
Tank/Kite Food
Ascended
Effect Food Bonus Effect Crafting
+100 Healing Power
+70 Concentration
Bowl of Spiced Fruit Salad.png Bowl of Spiced Fruit Salad -10% Incoming Damage
...
+100 Concentration
+70 Healing Power
Spiced Pepper Creme Brulee.png Spiced Pepper Creme Brulee -10% Incoming Damage
...
+45 to All Attributes Spherified Peppercorn-Spiced Oyster Soup.png Spherified Peppercorn-Spiced Oyster Soup -10% Incoming Damage
...
Meta
Effect Food Crafting/Vendor TP
-10% Incoming Damage
+70 Concentration
Plate of Mussels Gnashblade.png Mussels Gnashblade
...
N/A
Budget
Effect Food Crafting/Vendor TP
-10% Incoming Damage
+70 Toughness
Bowl of Lemongrass Mussel Pasta.png Lemongrass Mussel Pasta
...
N/A
-10% Incoming Damage
+70 Healing Power
Oysters with Pesto Sauce.png Oysters with Pesto Sauce
...
N/A
-10% Incoming Damage
+70 Ferocity
Oysters with Zesty Sauce.png Oysters with Zesty Sauce
...
N/A
-10% Incoming Damage
+70 Precision
Oysters with Cocktail Sauce.png Oysters with Cocktail Sauce
...
N/A
-10% Incoming Damage Fried Oysters.png Fried Oysters
...
N/A
Healing Food
Ascended
Effect Food Bonus Effect Crafting
+100 Healing Power
+70 Concentration
Bowl of Fruit Salad with Mint Garnish.png Bowl of Fruit Salad with Mint Garnish +10% Outgoing Healing
...
+100 Concentration
+70 Healing Power
Mint Creme Brulee.png Mint Creme Brulee +10% Outgoing Healing
...
Meta
Effect Food Crafting/Vendor TP
+100 Healing Power
+10% Outgoing Healing
Delicious Rice Ball.png Delicious Rice Ball N/A
Budget
Effect Food Crafting/Vendor TP
+80 Healing Power
+8% Outgoing Healing
Canned Rice Ball with "Lucky" Filling.png Canned Rice Ball with "Lucky" Filling N/A N/A

Utility

Power Utility
Utility Effect Crafting/Vendor TP Duration
Superior Sharpening Stone.png Potent Superior Sharpening Stone Gain Power Equal to 3% of Your Precision
Gain Power Equal to 6% of Your Ferocity
...
60 min
Superior Sharpening Stone.png Superior Sharpening Stone Gain Power Equal to 3% of Your Precision
Gain Power Equal to 6% of Your Ferocity
...
30 min
Tin of Fruitcake.png Tin of Fruitcake Gain Power Equal to 3% of Your Precision
Gain Power Equal to 6% of Your Ferocity
...
30 min
Superior Sharpening Stone.png Furious Sharpening Stone Gain Power Equal to 3% of Your Precision
Gain Ferocity Equal to 3% of Your Precision
...
N/A 30 min
Writ of Masterful Strength.png Writ of Masterful Strength Gain 200 Power When Health above 90%
...
30 min
Condition Utility
Utility Effect Crafting/Vendor TP Duration
Master Tuning Crystal.png Potent Master Tuning Crystal Gain Condition Damage Equal to 3% of Your Precision
Gain Condition Damage Equal to 8% of Your Expertise
...
60 min
Master Tuning Crystal.png Master Tuning Crystal Gain Condition Damage Equal to 3% of Your Precision
Gain Condition Damage Equal to 8% of Your Expertise
...
30 min
Tuning Icicle.png Tuning Icicle Gain Condition Damage Equal to 3% of Your Precision
Gain Condition Damage Equal to 8% of Your Expertise
...
30 min
Toxic Focusing Crystal.png Toxic Focusing Crystal Gain Condition Damage Equal to 3% of Your Power
Gain Condition Damage Equal to 3% of Your Precision
...
30 min
Writ of Masterful Malice.png Writ of Masterful Malice Gain 200 Condition Damage When Health Is above 90%
...
30 min
Support Utility
Utility Effect Crafting/Vendor TP Duration
Master Maintenance Oil.png Bountiful Maintenance Oil .6% Outgoing Healing per 100 Healing Power
.8% Outgoing Healing per 100 Concentration
...
N/A 30 min
Potent Lucent Oil.png Potent Lucent Oil Gain Concentration Equal to 3% of Your Power
Gain Concentration Equal to 3% of Your Precision
...
30 min
Toxic Maintenance Oil.png Toxic Maintenance Oil Gain Concentration Equal to 3% of Your Power
Gain Concentration Equal to 6% of Your Condition Damage
...
30 min
Peppermint Oil.png Peppermint Oil Gain Concentration Equal to 3% of Your Precision
Gain Concentration Equal to 6% of Your Healing Power
...
30 min
Holographic Super Cheese.png Holographic Super Cheese Gain Power Equal to 8% of Your Concentration
Gain Concentration Equal to 3% of Your Precision
...
+ Bauble Bubble.png
30 min

DPS and logs[edit]

The only approved DPS meter is ArcDPS. It is recommended that you install it so that you can see your progress and how well you are doing. Just ask if you have issues installing (cut and dry programmer description is not that great). The meter also has the ability to save logs (in the options you tick the box once it is running). Do note that you will need to update the meter after most patches otherwise it can crash your game.

Logs can be uploaded to sites like Raidar or DPS report. It is also suggested that you make an account on raidar so that you can see the logs others upload that you were in.

Get some training[edit]

Now that you have the basics down you'll want to learn the bosses. Snowcrows has a list of training discords to pick from based on your region (servers are split between NA and EU, make sure you pick the one that you're on).

Ask for help[edit]

Finally feel free to ask me about any questions you may have on raids, gearing, or the guide itself.

or check out /r/Guildwars2/ (They have a weekly question section pinned to the top), their discord, or ask on the training discords listed above.

Resources[edit]

Team Compositions[edit]

In general your raid group is always trying to cover the major damage boons of Might.png Might (25 stacks), Fury.png Fury, Quickness.png Quickness, and Alacrity.png Alacrity while also covering Regeneration.png Regeneration and Protection.png Protection for defense. When making groups you'll want to separate your boon givers and healers, some builds want the Spotter.png buff from power Soulbeast tango icon 20px.png and Druid tango icon 20px.png so try to put them together. Power DPS Dragonhunter tango icon 20px.png, Power DPS Holosmith tango icon 20px.png and Power DPS Reaper tango icon 20px.png don't need Spotter.png normally, all other power builds expect it or need to use different food/gear. Dragonhunter tango icon 20px.png want to be stacked with other Dragonhunter tango icon 20px.png to share retaliation. Most of the time you won't need to worry a ton about Fury.png Fury uptime as many builds supply a lot of their own but if you can you'll want a Druid tango icon 20px.png/Firebrand tango icon 20px.png/boon Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png in each group to try to make sure it's covered. If you have multiple Renegade tango icon 20px.pngs or Soulbeast tango icon 20px.pngs you'll want to spread them out too (though this isn't higher priority than spotter and depends a lot on team comp).

Name Example team compositions
Mirror Group 1:
Group 2:
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.pngDual Boon
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.pngDual Boon
Druid tango icon 20px.pngHeal
Power.pngDPS
Berserker tango icon 20px.pngBS
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS
Hybrid Group 1:
Group 2:
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.pngMimic Boon
Firebrand tango icon 20px.pngQuickness
Druid tango icon 20px.pngHeal
Renegade tango icon 20px.pngAlacrity
Berserker tango icon 20px.pngBS
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS
Firebrigade Group 1:
Group 2:
Firebrand tango icon 20px.pngQuickness
Firebrand tango icon 20px.pngQuickness
Druid tango icon 20px.pngHeal
Renegade tango icon 20px.pngAlacrity
Berserker tango icon 20px.pngBS
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS
Boon Thief Group 1:
Group 2:
Daredevil tango icon 20px.pngBoon
Soulbeast tango icon 20px.pngDPS (Spirit)
Berserker tango icon 20px.pngBS
Renegade tango icon 20px.pngHeal
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS
Power.pngDPS

Table below shows what builds can give permanent duration of full stacks of these boons to their sub-squad (1Yes) or full squad of 10 (1Yes). Boon duration is minimum suggested and (theoretical minimum). Never go below the theoretical minimum as that's the lowest possible even under perfect (see impossible) conditions, you should always aim for the suggested amount unless you know what you're doing or don't need full uptime (short phases).

Team comp options
Builds Might.png Might Quickness.png Quickness Alacrity.png Alacrity Fury.png Fury Healing.png Healing Minimum Boon Duration Benchmark DPS Notes
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Dual Boon Chrono 0No 1Yes 1Yes 0No 0No 50-80% (29%) 18k
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Mimic Boon Chrono 0No 1Yes 0No 0No 0No 50-80% (31%) (?) close to Dual Played with another source of 10 target alacrity, only has to keep up quickness for 5 targets and help extend full group boons with Mimic and Signet of Inspiration
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Condi Boon Chrono 0No 1Yes 1Yes 0No 0No 38%+ (20%) 6k (28+ confusion) Uses Seize the Moment for quickness and Mimic on Well of Recall to keep up alacrity
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png StM Boon Chrono 0No 1Yes
1Yes*
0No 0No 0No 0%
100%
29.5k
(?)
Uses Seize the Moment to provide quickness. The trait only applies to 4 others so you'll need to be all in one group or be moved to your own group to try and hit all 10 players. Will only apply to the 4 closest other players so being stacked and moving is a must.
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Power Chronos 0No 1Yes 0No 0No 0No 0% 39.5k (no grav well) Will not see this comp in pugs, need to stack 7+ Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png running Time Warp to cover full squad
Guardian tango icon 20px.png Stacking Guardians 0No 1Yes 0No 0No 0No 0% 33-38k 3-4 Guardian tango icon 20px.png running "Feel My Wrath!" with a Mimic Boon Chrono
Firebrand tango icon 20px.png Condi Quickbrand 0No 1Yes 0No 0No 0No 60% (55%) with Legendary Lore
20% (17%) with Stalwart Speed
0% with Mimic Boon Chrono
(?)
31.7k
35k(?)
Can do very high DPS still, especially if run with a chrono and full DPS gear.
Firebrand tango icon 20px.png Heal Firebrand 0No 1Yes 0No 1Yes 1Yes 95%
Renegade tango icon 20px.png Alacrigade 0No 0No 1Yes 0No 0No 85% (78%)
30% (25%) with mimic SoI chrono
45% (39%) with SoI Chrono
24k
27k(?)
(?)
Renegade tango icon 20px.png Heal Renegade 0No 0No 1Yes 0No 1Yes 100% (78%)
Renegade tango icon 20px.png Condi RR Renegade 0No 0No 1Yes* 0No 0No 0% 34.8k Needs to run Righteous Rebel trait and have another RR renegade in the group
Daredevil tango icon 20px.png Boon Daredevil 1Yes 1Yes 0No 1Yes 0No 100% (?) Gives all boons besides alacrity through Detonate Plasma. Can only be used on fights where that stolen skill is available.
Thief tango icon 20px.png Boon Thief 1Yes 1Yes 0No 1Yes 0No 100% (?) Gives all boons besides alacrity through Detonate Plasma. Can only be used on fights where that stolen skill is available.
Druid tango icon 20px.png Heal Druid 1Yes 0No 0No 1Yes 1Yes 100%
Build might quick alac fury 0No dura bench notes

Required Mastery[edit]

(WIP)

BOLD = required

# Raid / Wing Encounters Mastery Notes
HoT Texture Centered Trans.png Heart of Thorns
1 Forsaken Thicket: Spirit Vale Vale Guardian Vale Guardian
Spirit Woods Spirit Woods
Gorseval the Multifarious Gorseval the Multifarious
Sabetha the Saboteur Sabetha the Saboteur
-
-
-
Explosive Launch.png Explosive Launch*
-
-
-
Only if doing cannons
2 Forsaken Thicket: Salvation Pass Slothasor Slothasor
BergZaneNarella Prison Camp
Matthias Gabrel Matthias Gabrel
-
Explosive Launch.png Explosive Launch* / Nuhoch Stealth Detection.png Nuhoch Stealth Detection*
Forsaken Thicket Waters (mastery).png Forsaken Thicket Waters
-
Only if doing mortars / Only if doing saboteurs, can wait till they appear but is much harder
-
3 Forsaken Thicket: Stronghold of the Faithful McLeod the Silent Siege the Stronghold
Keep Construct Keep Construct
Twisted Castle Twisted Castle
Xera Xera
Ley Line Gliding.png Ley Line Gliding*/Forsaken Thicket Waters (mastery).png Forsaken Thicket Waters*/ Forsaken Magic.png Forsaken Magic*
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Forsaken Magic.png Forsaken Magic
Ley Line Gliding.png Ley Line Gliding/ Forsaken Magic.png Forsaken Magic
All 3 are only for towers, it is possible without water but much harder or needs a skip, magic needed to use the turrets
-
Lets you remove or stop the debuff stacks
- Ley gliding needed. / Magic lets you remove more debuff stacks
4 Bastion of the Penitent Mini Cairn the Indomitable Cairn the Indomitable
Mini Mursaat Overseer Mursaat Overseer
Mini Samarog Samarog
Mini Ragged White Mantle Figurehead Deimos
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
PoF Texture Trans.png Path of Fire
5 Hall of Chains Mini Desmina Soulless Horror
River of Souls Token River of Souls
Mini Broken King Statues of Grenth
Mini Dhuum Voice in the Void
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
6 Mythwright Gambit Gold Conjured Amalgamate Trophy Conjured Amalgamate
Mini NikareMini Kenut Twin Largos: Nikare and Kenut
Mini Qadim Qadim
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Shifting Sands.png Shifting Sands
-
-
Needed for the pre-phase (otherwise need *many* portals or to just wait till it is done)
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7 The Key of Ahdashim Mini Air Djinn Cardinal Sabir
Mini Earth Djinn Cardinal Adina
Mini Qadim the Peerless Qadim the Peerless
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-
-
-
-
-

Lingo[edit]

  • LI -  Legendary Insight.png Legendary Insights, rewarded for completing HoT raid encounters
  • LD -  Legendary Divination.png Legendary Divinations, rewarded for completing PoF raid encounters
  • Holo - Holosmith Holosmith tango icon 20px.png
  • Chrono - Chronomancer Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png
  • Ele - Elementalist Elementalist tango icon 20px.png
  • SB - Soulbeast Soulbeast tango icon 20px.png
  • Ren - Renegade Renegade tango icon 20px.png
  • FB - Firebrand Firebrand tango icon 20px.png
  • QB - Quickbrand, Firebrand that provides quickness
  • HB - Healbrand, Firebrand that provides healing (and quickness)
  • Alacren - Renegade focused on 10 man alacrity
  • BS - Banner slave, a warrior that brings banners for the group, specifically strength and discipline.
  • c* - Condi, as in condition damage, used as a small 'c' in front of other abbreviations like cFB
  • p* - Power, as in power damage, used as a small 'p' in front of other abbreviations like pBS
  • q* - Quickness, build is focused on giving quickness, used as a small 'q' in front of other abbreviations like qFB
  • Greens - Usually refers to the 3 players tasked with getting in the green circles on Dhuum.
  • Kite - Depends on the boss but indicates the player tasked with keeping a mechanic or aggro off the group. Examples include hand kiter on deimos, messenger kiter on dhuum, flak kiter on Sabetha, etc
  • HK - Hand kiter, see above

Boon Sources[edit]

Tables show boon application from meta raid builds only and does not include all sources. Skills are grouped based on meta builds, sources that only show up on an elite spec will be shown there even if it is a base skill, shared skills and traits will be listed in the base spec. Does not include boons applied to self only.

Boons
Might.png Might Fury.png Fury Quickness.png Quickness Alacrity.png Alacrity Protection.png Protection Regeneration.png Regeneration
Elementalist tango icon 20px.png
Tempest tango icon 20px.png Heat SyncMight.png (copied)
Overload FireMight.png (16s) 10x
Heat SyncFury.png (copied)
"Rebound!"Fury.png (5s)
Sand SquallProtection.png (2s)
Hardy ConduitProtection.png (3s)
Invigorating TorrentsRegeneration.png (5s)
Overload WaterRegeneration.png (8s)
Tidal SurgeRegeneration.png (8s)
Weaver tango icon 20px.png Transmute FireMight.png5 (6s)
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Superior Rune of the PackMight.png5 (8s) Superior Rune of the PackFury.png (8s) Tides of TimeQuickness.png (2s)
Well of ActionQuickness.png (5s)
Time WarpQuickness.png (2s) 6x
Tides of TimeAlacrity.png (2s)
Well of RecallAlacrity.png (5s)
Echo of Memory + Deja VuProtection.png (2½s)
Mirage tango icon 20px.png
Necromancer tango icon 20px.png
Reaper tango icon 20px.png
Scourge tango icon 20px.png Blood Is PowerMight.png5 (20s)
Abrasive GritMight.png2 (6s)
Mark of EvasionRegeneration.png (6s)
Engineer tango icon 20px.png
Scrapper tango icon 20px.png Over ShieldProtection.png (3s)
Reconstruction EnclosureProtection.png (2½s)
Bandage BlastRegeneration.png (3s)
Infusion BombRegeneration.png (10s)
Healing MistRegeneration.png (10s)
Comeback CureRegeneration.png (4s)
Holosmith tango icon 20px.png
Ranger tango icon 20px.png Stone SpiritProtection.png (3s) Healing SpringRegeneration.png (3s) 6x
Druid tango icon 20px.png Call of the WildMight.png6 (10s)
Grace of the LandMight.png2 (12s)
Nature's VengeanceMight.png3 (8s)
Call of the WildFury.png (6s)
Nature's VengeanceFury.png (5s)
Nature's VengeanceProtection.png (3s) Sublime ConversionRegeneration.png (5s)
Windborne NotesRegeneration.png (6s)
Nature's VengeanceRegeneration.png (5s)
Soulbeast tango icon 20px.png Vulture StanceMight.png (4s) Resounding TimbreRegeneration.png (10s)
Thief tango icon 20px.png Detonate PlasmaMight.png10 (10s) Detonate PlasmaFury.png (10s) Detonate PlasmaQuickness.png (4s) Detonate PlasmaProtection.png (10s) Detonate PlasmaRegeneration.png (10s)
Daredevil tango icon 20px.png
Deadeye tango icon 20px.png
Guardian tango icon 20px.png Symbol of PunishmentMight.png (5s) 5x "Feel My Wrath!"Fury.png (10s)
Symbol of BladesFury.png (1½s) 5x
"Feel My Wrath!"Quickness.png (5s)
Dragonhunter tango icon 20px.png
Firebrand tango icon 20px.png EmpowerMight.png4 (18s) 3x
Potent HasteMight.png5 (6s)
Inspired VirtueMight.png3 (5s)
Symbol of VengeanceFury.png (1½s) 5x+ Potent HasteQuickness.png (2½s)
Liberator's VowQuickness.png (2s)
Stalwart SpeedQuickness.png (2s)
Protector's StrikeProtection.png (3s)
Shield of JudgmentProtection.png (4s)
Epilogue: Unbroken LinesProtection.png (5s)
Inspired VirtueProtection.png (5s)
Opening PassageRegeneration.png (5s)
Symbol of FaithRegeneration.png (1s) 5x
Chapter 3: Azure SunRegeneration.png (6s)
Inspired VirtueRegeneration.png (5s)
Revenant tango icon 20px.png
Herald tango icon 20px.png Facet of StrengthMight.png (12s) Facet of DarknessFury.png (3s) Facet of ChaosProtection.png (3s)
Envoy of ExuberanceProtection.png (2s)
Facet of LightRegeneration.png (4s)
Renegade tango icon 20px.png Heroic CommandMight.png2 (8s)
Lasting LegacyMight.png (12s)
Orders from AboveAlacrity.png (1½s) 4x
Serene RejuvenationAlacrity.png (2s)
All for OneProtection.png (4s) Wrought-Iron WillRegeneration.png (2s)
Warrior tango icon 20px.png "For Great Justice!"Might.png6 (25s) 2x "For Great Justice!"Fury.png (8s) 2x
Berserker tango icon 20px.png
Spellbreaker tango icon 20px.png

Condition Sources[edit]

(WIP)

Tables show condition application from meta raid builds only and do not include all sources. Skills are grouped based on meta builds as well so sources that only show up on an elite spec will be shown there even if it is a base spec skill, shared skills and traits will be listed in the base spec.

Damage Conditions
Vulnerability.png Vulnerability Bleeding.png Bleeding Burning.png Burning Confusion.png Confusion Poisoned.png Poisoned Torment.png Torment
Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Electric DischargeVulnerability.png (8s)
Tempest tango icon 20px.png Overload AirVulnerability.png (10s) x14
ShatterstoneVulnerability.png5 (15s)
Lightning OrbVulnerability.png (10s) x14+
Lightning StormVulnerability.png2 (8s) x36
Dust StormBleeding.png2 (10s) x5 Dragon's ToothBurning.png (10s)
PhoenixBurning.png (6s)
WildfireBurning.png (3s) x8
Weaver tango icon 20px.png Quantum StrikeVulnerability.png9 (8s)
Gale StrikeVulnerability.png5 (5s)
Natural FrenzyVulnerability.png (6s) x8
Natural FrenzyBleeding.png (6s) x8
Gale StrikeBleeding.png5 (5s)
Earthen Vortex Bleeding.png2 (8s)
Rust FrenzyBleeding.png8 (4s)
Crystal Slash + Crystalline StrikeBleeding.png (4s)
Crystalline SunderBleeding.png (8s)
Burning PrecisionBurning.png (3s) 33%
Burning RageBurning.png2 (4s)
Signet of FireBurning.png4 (6s)
Flame UprisingBurning.png (4s)
Twin StrikeBurning.png (8s)
Searing SlashBurning.png (6s)
Pyro VortexBurning.png (2s) x8
Cauterizing StrikeBurning.png (8s)
FlamewallBurning.png (3s)
Lava SkinBurning.png (1s) x5
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Mind Gash + Mind SlashVulnerability.png2 (5s)
Mirror BladeVulnerability.png3 (3s) 4x
Mirage tango icon 20px.png Phantasmal MageBurning.png (9s)
The PrestigeBurning.png (9s)
Phantasmal MageConfusion.png3 (3s)
JauntConfusion.png3 (6s)
Magic BulletConfusion.png3 (5s)
Axes of SymmetryConfusion.png3 (6s)
Cry of FrustrationConfusion.png (3s)
Imaginary AxesTorment.png3 (4s)
Lingering ThoughtsTorment.png3 (4s)
Maim the DisillusionedTorment.png (6s)
Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Unyielding BlastVulnerability.png2 (10s)
Reaper tango icon 20px.png Well of SufferingVulnerability.png2 (5s) x6
Death's EmbraceVulnerability.png5 (8s)
Scourge tango icon 20px.png Blood Curse+ Rending Curse Bleeding.png (4.5s)
Putrid CurseBleeding.png (4.5s)
Grasping DeadBleeding.png3 (10s)
Barbed PrecisionBleeding.png (2s) 33%
Harrowing WaveBurning.png (8s)
Demonic LoreBurning.png (3s)
DhuumfireBurning.png (3s)
Putrid CursePoisoned.png (6s) Feast of CorruptionTorment.png (4s)
Harrowing WaveTorment.png2 (6s)
Oppressive CollapseTorment.png2 (9s)
Manifest Sand ShadeTorment.png (2s)
Engineer tango icon 20px.png Steel-Packed PowderVulnerability.png (5s)
Scrapper tango icon 20px.png
Holosmith tango icon 20px.png Sun Edge + Sun RipperVulnerability.png2 (10s)
Automatic FireVulnerability.png
Corona BurstVulnerability.png8 (8s)
Laser DiskBleeding.png (2s) x12
Shrapnel GrenadeBleeding.png (10s) x3
Photon BlitzBurning.png8 (1s)
Prime Light BeamBurning.png (3s) x10
Fire BombBurning.png1 (4s) x4
Poison GrenadePoisoned.png3 (8s)
Ranger tango icon 20px.png CrossfireBleeding.png (1½ - 3s)
Crippling ShotBleeding.png (12s) 3x
EntangleBleeding.png (8s) 5x
Poison VolleyPoisoned.png5 (4-6s)
Druid tango icon 20px.png Hunter's CallVulnerability.png (5s) 16x
Storm SpiritVulnerability.png3 (6s)
SplitbladeBleeding.png5 (6s)
Winter's BiteBleeding.png2 (8s)
Soulbeast tango icon 20px.png Groundwork Gouge + Deadly DeliveryVulnerability.png (4s)
Whirling DefenseVulnerability.png (10s) 12x
MaulVulnerability.png5 (8s)
Opening Strike Vulnerability.png5 (5s)
Leading Swipe + Deadly DeliveryBleeding.png (4s)
Double ArcBleeding.png6 (6s)
Sharpening StoneBleeding.png (8s) 10x
Sharpened EdgesBleeding.png(3s) 33%
Serpent StabPoisoned.png (4s)
Deadly DeliveryPoisoned.png (4s)
Double ArcPoisoned.png (6s)
Thief tango icon 20px.png
Daredevil tango icon 20px.png Punishing StrikesVulnerability.png4 (8s)
Deadeye tango icon 20px.png Cloak and DaggerVulnerability.png5 (5s)
Brutal AimVulnerability.png2 (6s)
Deadly AimVulnerability.png3 (6s)
Guardian tango icon 20px.png Chains of LightVulnerability.png3 (6s)
Sword of JusticeVulnerability.png3 (8s) 4x
Symbolic ExposureVulnerability.png2 (5s)
Dragonhunter tango icon 20px.png Big Game HunterVulnerability.png (10s)
Firebrand tango icon 20px.png Core Cleave + Bleeding EdgeBleeding.png2 (1s)
Symbol of VengeanceBleeding.png5 (3s)
Chapter 4: Scorched AftermathBleeding.png2 (2s)
Searing SlashBurning.png2 (2s)
Chapter 2: Igniting BurstBurning.png2 (6s)
Chapter 4: Scorched AftermathBurning.png2 (2s)
Epilogue: Ashes of the JustBurning.png (3s)
Tome of JusticeBurning.png (2s)
Radiant FireBurning.png4 (3s)
Revenant tango icon 20px.png Preparation Thrust + Brutal BladeVulnerability.png3 (6s)
Shackling WaveVulnerability.png8 (5s)
Expose DefensesVulnerability.png5 (5s)
Icerazor's IreVulnerability.png2 (3s) x20
Razorclaw's RageBleeding.png (2s) x10+
Herald tango icon 20px.png
Renegade tango icon 20px.png Icerazor's IreVulnerability.png2 (3s) x20 Bloodbane PathBleeding.png3 (8s)
Razorclaw's RageBleeding.png (2s) x10
Searing FissureBurning.png3 (3s)
SpiritcrushBurning.png4 (3s)
Citadel BombardmentBurning.png (1.5s) x10
Manifest ToxinPoisoned.png (12s) Misery SwipeTorment.png (5s)
Anguish SwipeTorment.png (5s)
Echoing EruptionTorment.png4 (8s)
Embrace the DarknessTorment.png (6s)
SevenshotTorment.png7 (7s)
Warrior tango icon 20px.png Cyclone AxeVulnerability.png3 (8s)
BashVulnerability.png5 (5s)
Berserker tango icon 20px.png Sundering LeapVulnerability.png10 (8s) Sever Artery+GashBleeding.png (6s)
HamstringBleeding.png (6s)
Shattering BlowBleeding.png4 (10s)
Pin DownBleeding.png6 (12s)
BloodlustBleeding.png (3s) 33%
Fan of FireBurning.png3 (5s)
Flaming FlurryBurning.png8 (2s)
Blaze BreakerBurning.png (6s)
Scorched EarthBurning.png3 (4s)
Flames of WarBurning.png2 (6s)
Crack ShotBurning.png (2s)
Spellbreaker tango icon 20px.png
CC Conditions
Blinded.png Blinded Chilled.png Chilled Crippled.png Crippled Fear.png Fear Immobile.png Immobile Slow.png Slow Taunt.png Taunt Weakness.png Weakness
Elementalist tango icon 20px.png ThunderclapBlinded.png (3s)
Tempest tango icon 20px.png Blinding FlashBlinded.png (6s)
Dust DevilBlinded.png (10s)
Dust StormBlinded.png (2s) 1-6x
SandstormBlinded.png (3s) 11x
Overload EarthCrippled.png (3s) Earthen RushImmobile.png (2s)
"Aftershock!"Immobile.png (2s)
Overload EarthImmobile.png (4s)
Weaver tango icon 20px.png Twin StrikeChilled.png (3s) Crystalline SunderCrippled.png (3s)
Earthen VortexCrippled.png (3s)
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Magic BulletBlinded.png (5s) (3rd hit)
Signet of MidnightBlinded.png (5s)
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png CounterspellBlinded.png (5s)
The PrestigeBlinded.png (5s)
Illusionary Leap Crippled.png (1s) SwapImmobile.png (2s) Echo of Memory + Deja VuSlow.png (2s)
Well of ActionSlow.png (1s) 3x
Time WarpSlow.png (2s) 6x
Delayed ReactionsSlow.png (3s)
Mirage tango icon 20px.png Lingering ThoughtsCrippled.png3 (1s)
Necromancer tango icon 20px.png HauntBlinded.png (5s)
Reaper tango icon 20px.png NightfallBlinded.png (2s) 4x
Death's ChargeBlinded.png (3s)
Signet of SpiteBlinded.png (5s)
Chilling ScytheChilled.png (2s)
Grasping DarknessChilled.png (4s)
TerrifyFear.png (1s)
Scourge tango icon 20px.png PlaguelandsBlinded.png (3s) 3x Grasping DeadCrippled.png (7s) Garish PillarFear.png (1s) Dark PactImmobile.png (3s)
Engineer tango icon 20px.png Static ShotBlinded.png (3s)
Smoke BombBlinded.png (3s) 3x
Flash ShellBlinded.png (5s) 5x
Smoke VentBlinded.png (5s)
Flash GrenadeBlinded.png (5s) 3x
Freeze GrenadeChilled.png (5s) Glue BombCrippled.png (1s) Glue ShotImmobile.png (1½s)
Glue BombImmobile.png (2s)
Scrapper tango icon 20px.png
Holosmith tango icon 20px.png Radiant ArcCrippled.png (4s)
Ranger tango icon 20px.png Solar FlareBlinded.png (5s) Crippling ShotImmobile.png (1½s)
EntangleImmobile.png (9s)
Druid tango icon 20px.png Seed of LifeBlinded.png (4s)
Verdant EtchingBlinded.png (4s)
Vine SurgeImmobile.png (1s)
Natural ConvergenceImmobile.png (8s)
QuicksandImmobile.png (2s)
Jacaranda's EmbraceImmobile.png (9s)
Fang GrappleImmobile.png (1s)
Natural ConvergenceSlow.png (1s) 3x
Soulbeast tango icon 20px.png
Thief tango icon 20px.png Black PowderBlinded.png (2s) 3x
Tactical StrikeBlinded.png (5s)
Smoke ScreenBlinded.png (1s) 7x
Infiltrator's StrikeImmobile.png (2s)
Panic StrikeImmobile.png (2½s)
Daredevil tango icon 20px.png Dust StrikeBlinded.png (5s)
Deadeye tango icon 20px.png Steal PrecisionBlinded.png (6s) Spotter's ShotImmobile.png (1s)
Guardian tango icon 20px.png Leap of FaithBlinded.png (3s)
Symbol of BladesBlinded.png (3s)
Sword of JusticeCrippled.png (3s) Chains of LightImmobile.png (2s)
Dragonhunter tango icon 20px.png Spear of JusticeCrippled.png (1.5s)
Dulled SensesCrippled.png (4s)
Zealot's AggressionCrippled.png (1.5s)
Dragon's MawSlow.png (4s)
Piercing LightSlow.png (1½s)
Firebrand tango icon 20px.png Symbol of VengeanceCrippled.png (3s) Signet of WrathImmobile.png (3s)
Weighty TermsImmobile.png (1½s)
Chapter 2: Daring ChallengeTaunt.png (1s)
Revenant tango icon 20px.png Warding RiftBlinded.png (4s) Chilling IsolationChilled.png (2s) Shackling WaveImmobile.png (1-3s) Mender's RebukeWeakness.png (2s)
Herald tango icon 20px.png Gaze of DarknessBlinded.png (5s)
Renegade tango icon 20px.png Icerazor's IreCrippled.png (1s) x20 Frigid BlitzSlow.png (2s)
SpiritcrushSlow.png (1½s) 4x
Warrior tango icon 20px.png Throw AxeCrippled.png (4s) Throw BolasImmobile.png (4s)
Leg SpecialistImmobile.png (1s)
PulverizeWeakness.png (5s)
Berserker tango icon 20px.png Smoldering ArrowBlinded.png (5s)
Skull GrinderBlinded.png (5s)
HamstringCrippled.png (1s)
Savage LeapCrippled.png (3s)
Blaze BreakerCrippled.png (3s)
Pin DownImmobile.png (3s)
Spellbreaker tango icon 20px.png

Build Specific Extras[edit]

Sections for additional builds and video guides on specific rotations or roles.

Mesmer icon.png Mesmer Section

Ranger icon.png Ranger Section

Guardian icon.png Guardian Section

Thief

Revenant

Necromancer

Warrior

Acknowledgments[edit]

This guide would not be possible without the help of many players including: