Druid - Condition Survival

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Maybe it never coalesced into something brilliant. Maybe it never made it off the ground floor. Maybe we based our better ideas off of it. Basic builds are anywhere from downright bad to just shy of being good enough to showcase. These builds share the widest ratings and can lead to wildly differing levels of success.

Focused on: Condition damage.

Designed for:

Overview

A PvP Druid build made for Condition pressure.

Skill Bar

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Axe/DaggerHealingUtilityElite
Short bow

Specializations




Equipment

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Superior Sigil of Geomancy
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Superior Sigil of Geomancy.pngSuperior Sigil of Geomancy
Inflict bleeding on nearby foes for 10 seconds when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Energy
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Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
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Axe.png
Dagger.png
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Superior Sigil of Geomancy
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Superior Sigil of Geomancy.pngSuperior Sigil of Geomancy
Inflict bleeding on nearby foes for 10 seconds when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Doom
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Superior Sigil of Doom.pngSuperior Sigil of Doom
Your next attack after you swap to this weapon while in combat inflicts poison (6 seconds). (Cooldown: 9s)
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Superior Rune of the Krait
Superior Rune of the Krait.pngSuperior Rune of the Krait
(1): +25 Condition Damage (2): +10% Bleeding Duration (3): +50 Condition Damage (4): +15% Bleeding Duration; 25% chance when struck to cause bleeding for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 15s) (5): +100 Condition Damage (6): +20% Bleeding Duration; When you use an elite skill, you inflict bleeding, torment, and poison for 8 seconds to nearby foes. (Cooldown: 30s)
Carrion Amulet
Carrion Amulet.pngCarrion Amulet
+900 Power +900 Vitality +1200 Condition Damage

Variants

To help cover bleed stacks consider replacing

Superior Sigil of Doom Superior Sigil of Doom
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Your next attack after you swap to this weapon while in combat inflicts poison (6 seconds). (Cooldown: 9s)

with the 'On Critical'

Superior Sigil of Torment Superior Sigil of Torment
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Superior Sigil of Torment.pngSuperior Sigil of Torment
50% Chance on critical: Apply AoE torment (5 seconds, 180 radius). (Cooldown: 5s)

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  • Although your Survival skills proc Fury Fury, you might replace
    Carrion Amulet Carrion Amulet
    Carrion Amulet.pngCarrion Amulet
    +900 Power +900 Vitality +1200 Condition Damage
    with
    Rabid Amulet Rabid Amulet
    Rabid Amulet.pngRabid Amulet
    +900 Precision +900 Toughness +1200 Condition Damage
    to help apply Torment Torment.

Usage

General

  • Celestial Form is a great panic button. You can remove all condition on you and you can also use it as a secondary heal.
  • Ancient Seeds Ancient Seeds has both a root and a bleed. This build has three sources to trigger it: both pets have knockdowns and your
    Concussion Shot Concussion Shot
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    Concussion Shot
    Daze your foe with an arrow. Stun them if you hit from behind or from the side.
    Damage.pngDamage: 97
    Daze.pngDaze (2s): Unable to use skills.
    Stun.pngStun (2s): Unable to use skills or move.
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
    Range.pngRange: 900
    .
  • Your goal will be to stack as many Bleed Bleeds on your opponent as possible. Main sources of damage:
  • Poison Volley + Splitblade is one of your strongest condi burst. Use it when you are in melee.
  • To maximize the damage of
    Splitblade Splitblade
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    Splitblade
    Throw a spread pattern of five whirling axes that bleeds foes.
    Damage.png5Damage: 120
    Bleed.png5Bleeding (6s): 1,275 Damage
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
    Range.pngRange: 900
    you must stand as close to your target as possible - you throw multiple axes in a cone, each of them applies bleeding, not to mention the Bleeds from Sharpened Edge procs. You can do the same with
    Poison Volley Poison Volley
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    Poison Volley
    Fire a spread of five poison arrows.
    Damage.png5Damage: 180
    Poison.png5Poison (4s): 640 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
    Book.pngTargets per arrow: 5
    Book.pngPierces
    Range.pngRange: 900
    .
  • Shortbow autoattack,
    Crossfire Crossfire
    Crossfire
    Fire an arrow. Bleed your target if you hit them from behind or from the side.
    Damage.pngDamage: 97
    Bleed.pngBleeding (3s): 128 Damage
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
    Range.pngRange: 900
    only inflicts bleeding if you hit an enemy from behind or the side - but even if you can't pull it off,
    Sharpened Edges Sharpened Edges
    Sharpened Edges
    Chance to cause bleeding on critical hits.
    Book.pngChance on Critical Hit: 66%
    Bleed.pngBleeding (2s): 85 Damage
    will ensure that you will still do decent damage.
  • Crippling Talon Crippling Talon
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    Crippling Talon
    Throw a dagger to bleed and cripple your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 183
    Bleed.png3Bleeding (8s): 1,020 Damage
    Cripple.pngCripple (6s): -50% Movement Speed
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    applies 3 long duration Bleed stacks.
  • Superior Sigil of Geomancy Superior Sigil of Geomancy
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    Superior Sigil of Geomancy.pngSuperior Sigil of Geomancy
    Inflict bleeding on nearby foes for 10 seconds when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
    - you have this on both weapon sets, if possible try to swap weapons near your enemies to utilize this sigil.
  • Your Survival skills remove 2 conditions from you and also grant Fury Fury - try to use these skills in a defensive manner when facing condition heavy specs.
  • Keep in mind that even though you can't dodge while being Immobilize Immobilized you can still use skills with evasion such as
    Quick Shot Quick Shot
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    Quick Shot
    Fire a quick shot in an evasive retreat. Gain swiftness if the shot hits. This can be used while retreating.
    Damage.pngDamage: 97
    Swiftness.pngSwiftness (3s): 33% Movement Speed
    Book.pngEvade: 0.5 seconds
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
    Range.pngRange: 900
    and
    Stalker's Strike Stalker's Strike
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    Stalker's Strike
    Stab and poison your foe while evading attacks.
    Damage.pngDamage: 71
    Poison.png3Poison (8s): 804 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
    Book.pngEvade: 1¼ seconds
    Range.pngRange: 250
    in order to avoid damage.
  • Your general burst is to keep your shortbow out and then charge in onto the enemy with it. When you get into melee range, use Poison Volley and then switch to axe/dagger to use Sharpening Stone + Splitblade. Because of Quickdraw, your splitblade will recharge 2 seconds faster. This is enough time for the enemy to panic dodge to eat your second splitblade bleed stacks. This will allow you to stack a lot of bleeds and poison damage onto the enemy. .

Tips & Tricks

  • You can use Wolf's
    Terrifying Howl Terrifying Howl
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    Terrifying Howl
    Howl at foes to send them running in fear.
    Damage.pngDamage: 438
    Fear.pngFear (2s): Flee
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    even if you are downed - so you can interrupt your opponent one more time even after you've used your downed skill #2. This can give you enough time to force your enemy into downed state and then res yourself with your pet.
  • While stomping Engineers and Warriors, you can hide behind your pet so he can bodyblock their downed skill #2.

Counters

  • Making a mistake of attacking an enemy with reflect can punish you with all the bleeds you were going to use.
  • Plague signet can turn your bleeds against you.
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