Build

Druid - Shoutbow

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The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Direct damageSupportControl.

Designed for:

Overview

A PvP druid build which seeks to find balance between ranged pressure and support.

Skill Bar

Juvenile Electric Wyvern.png
Juvenile Smokescale.png
StaffHealingUtilityElite
Longbow

Slot Changes

Pet options:

  • The Wyvern can be replaced by Juvenile Tiger Juvenile Tiger. The tiger has great damage and provides a decent Fury Fury uptime for the team thanks to
    (the radius of the Fury application is rather small so be sure to hug your pet).

Specializations

Equipment

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Superior Sigil of Courage
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Superior Sigil of Courage.pngSuperior Sigil of Courage
On hit gain might for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 2s)
Superior Sigil of Cleansing
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Superior Sigil of Cleansing.pngSuperior Sigil of Cleansing
Remove 1 condition when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
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Superior Sigil of Exposure
Superior Sigil of Exposure.pngSuperior Sigil of Exposure
Your next attack after you swap to this weapon while in combat inflicts 5 stacks of vulnerability for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Separation
Superior Sigil of Separation.pngSuperior Sigil of Separation
Deal 5% extra damage to targets more than 500 distance away.
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Superior Rune of the Pack
Superior Rune of the Pack.pngSuperior Rune of the Pack
(1): +25 Power (2): +10% Swiftness Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies might, fury, and swiftness for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 20s) (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Precision; +20% Swiftness Duration
Mender's Amulet
Mender's Amulet.pngMender's Amulet
+1050 Power +560 Precision +560 Vitality +1050 Healing power

Equipment Variants

Runes

  • Superior Rune of Leadership Superior Rune of Leadership
    Superior Rune of Leadership.pngSuperior Rune of Leadership
    (1): +8 to All Stats (2): +5% Boon Duration (3): +12 to All Stats (4): +10% Boon Duration (5): +16 to All Stats (6): +15% Boon Duration; when you use an elite skill, convert up to 2 conditions into boons of all nearby allies. (Cooldown: 45 seconds)
  • Superior Rune of Vampirism Superior Rune of Vampirism
    Superior Rune of Vampirism.pngSuperior Rune of Vampirism
    (1): +25 Power (2): 15% chance when struck to cause your next attack to steal life. (Cooldown: 25s) (3): +50 Power (4): After using a healing skill, your next attack steals health. (Cooldown: 10s) (5): +100 Power (6): When struck below 25% health, you steal health from nearby foes. (Cooldown: 40s)

Usage

General

  • Cast
    just before the match begins in oder to grant Swiftness to allies via
    .
  • Keep distance in teamfights whenever possible, but in smaller fights (1v1 and 2v2) you should be able to stay on point.
  • Use Survival skills to cleanse condition, each of them removes 2 conditions. Use the avatar and Signet of Renewal for mass cleansing.
  • Entering
    removes all conditions and breaks stun. Leaving the transform grants stealth and superspeed, making it easier to disengage. The stealth is AoE, you can cloak downed allies with it.
  • Move in to heal up allies in Celeastial Avatar form when necessary or cleave foes with skill #5, then disengage.
  • can also be used defensively, the stability combined with
    form is great for getting heals off even while being focused.
  • can't transform unblockable projectiles.

Pet Swapping

  • Swapping between pets grants, Fury, Quickness, and superspeed while also cleansing conditions.
  • Swapping cancels
    on your pet.
Build rating: 96%
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22 Ratings
Gold Medal - Great
United Chi said this build was great June 2017

Build got me legendary three times and platinum twice. (Other season I did not compete)

Gold Medal - Great
Maxxam10 said this build was great January 2017

This build kinda makes you unstoppable

Gold Medal - Great
Alemfi said this build was great January 2017

Great Build Not much else to say. Not sure if Signet of the Wild will be good enough after the bugwith it being unblockable for the duration of the signet active is fixed.

19 More Ratings
Gold Medal - Great
Tomizec said this build was great November 2016

If you're not playing this, then you should...

Gold Medal - Great
Ulkhan said this build was great November 2016

Super build with good offense and defense power- pet dmg u run and shot with bow and of ocurse bow better than melee: CC, invis shot, rapid fire, AOE all it talk what bow better

Gold Medal - Great
Zyke said this build was great August 2016

Good sustain, damage, and support.

Gold Medal - Great
Tiitz said this build was great August 2016

Played this build alongside the power hammer engi build and had a great time with both of them.

This build has really awesome survivability with all the heals.

Had no problem rezzing my teammates.

Holding Point was no problem even against 3 people.

You still do decent dmg with this build.I had some great 1v1 against other rangers or mesmers.

I took signet of Stone and Lighting reflexes so i have more survivability and a second stunbreaker.

With this build you can really heal your buddys from 10% up to 100% in seconds.

Never lost a Teamfight or a Point if we had a fair fight.

Can recommend this build to every ranger. And to someone who likes to heal and tank at the same time.

Gold Medal - Great
Cocoloulou123 said this build was great July 2016

Very nice build with LB.

Gold Medal - Great
Eragorn9 said this build was great June 2016

Best Ranger build atm. contains great sustain and fine damage.

Gold Medal - Great
Imda said this build was great March 2016

Definitely my favorite build for this meta, get up to legend playing this almost exclusively. You do have a great 1v1 and pointbunker potential, decent mobility thanks to Swiftness on shouts/staff and strong impact in teamfights because of S&R.

I assume Glyph of Equality is a smart choice too as 3rd slot, to add more CC pressure to the build.

Gold Medal - Great
Daisy Inferno said this build was great March 2016

This build works so well in both small fights and big fights, and it's easy to sustain yourself as well as your team. I honestly had never really used Druid before now, and this build is also a really first-time use friendly build. I find myself able to survive longer and more often, especially with my team. The use of "Search and Rescue!" is one of the best options for this build, especially with the teleport to your location. Hiding behind something then using that is a great way to make sure you don't lose any teammates if you can keep from it. Having more than one druid running shoutbow is even better, or at least more than one druid running "Search and Rescue!" because then they become cancerous.

Gold Medal - Great
Aij55 said this build was great March 2016

My favorite build atm. Search and rescue is amazing, and combined with stealth from longbow etc. its easier to set up well. The stealth from longbow along with staff 3 gives pretty decent kiting options if u get focused. Pretty easy to achive decaps with this build due to knockback and roots, the downside to longbow is the amount of reflects from engis and eles. Still it got some good teamsupport with celestial avatar along with the shouts, and can help turn fights around to your favor.

Gold Medal - Great
Olkowaty said this build was great February 2016

This is one of my favorite builds right now. The search and rescue is amazing for turing around a teamfight, especially if you have high ground or are behind a wall so that your rezzing does not get interrupted. Protect me and Strength of the Pack are great against lots of stun, longbow lets you deal high amounts of ranged dmg and staff gives you ways to move around/be defensive. Celestial Avatar removes all conditions from you, and disengage is very easy with staff 3 and stealth from avatar. The shouts give lots of regen during teamfights, which really does charge you avatar, and all your heals help too!

Gold Medal - Great
ChrisG592 said this build was great February 2016

The reworked search and rescue alone but the build has so much utility to offer as well as some decent damage. The cleansing you provide your team with does great against any condition based opponents. Having both an Auramancer as well as a Shoutbow Druid is great as long as your team isn't lacking in damage. Its toolkit allows it to fit fairly well into the current meta game. The new search and rescue is a game changer. A welcome addition to most team compositions.

Gold Medal - Great
Fglor001 said this build was great February 2016

Incredible build with a mix of offense and support. Search and rescue is a game changer it's enough to push it just under Auramancer level support despite the latter's far superior team utility.

Silver Medal - Good
Dojo said this build was good February 2016

I am not 100% sold on the amulet but overall those weapons with shouts do a good job. Druid and Beastmastery are just must have traitlines too. Only thing I am not 100% sure yet is if Marauder for more damage might not be the better choice since you want to stay on range with those weapons anyway (and to utilize search and rescue). I also think using Marksmanship instead of Nature Magic to trait stone signet is a valid choice.

Gold Medal - Great
Manumotate said this build was great February 2016

- You are able to do massive amount of healing to the team.

- Its amazing at ressing team members.

- Provide substantial damage.

- Pretty descent on 1v1 scenarios.

Gold Medal - Great
RainyDreamer said this build was great February 2016

Great build so far in my experience. The smokescale gives you decent melee/scrapping potential vs. melee threats and is surprisingly decent when combined with Staffs utility. Has a lot of issues with chain CC/DH's. Have to play a bit cautiously when your celestial avatar form is down as it's your best condi-cleanse by far. I took guard as opposed to SoS, it's up 3x more often and is still a decent skill in smaller skirmishes.

Silver Medal - Good
Serdoc said this build was good February 2016

Its a good build that has solid damage and healing output.

Silver Medal - Good
Sina said this build was good February 2016

It's an alright build. I just cannot help but feel that shouts & ranged playstyle don't synergize well with what is expected of a druid in the current meta. That said I'm practicing this right now with mixed results, it's possible that I'll learn to like it more & then I'll change my rating.

Silver Medal - Good
Hanz said this build was good January 2016

A more viable version of the pew pew ranger. While it takes some time for your damage to ramp up (might stacks), the pets still carry the dps and the recently buffed shouts provide amazing party utility. Decent damage/support from an even better range, with easy disengage.

Gold Medal - Great
Mithmoth said this build was great January 2016

Excellent Team support build with great 1v1 potential. Its a jack of all trades with ranged damage, healing, mobility, CC and burst potential.