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Herald - Condi Herald

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

Focused on: Condition damageMelee damageDpsSurvivalSolo playRoaming.

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Expansions required:

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Overview

Condi Herald is a strikingly powerful option for open world, capable of soloing champions and extremely difficult content.

Playstyle

Condition Herald is a slow-paced attrition build which has a considerable amount of self-healing and DPS, even in buffer sets like Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's . The build plays a lot like a bunker build, whittling down an opponent while ensuring that you remain topped-off throughout the fight. Its rotation is very simple, though you should get used to counting your autos, as interrupting its auto attack chain can be a massive DPS loss.

Purpose

This build is meant for solo or roaming play. It will not serve you well in a zerg and is not recommended for group play.

Skill Bar

 
 
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Specializations

Build Code

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  • - more condition cleanse

Invocation Variant

Invocation offers a smoother playstyle at the cost of most of your sustain. Run this when you're facing weak mobs.


  • + if running the Viper stat icon.png Viper's Equipment below.

Equipment

Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.

Standard Equipment

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Viper Equipment

This variant offers moderately higher DPS but at a significant cost to your defense.

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Variant Equipment

Other equipment can work decently with this build.

Gear

  • Dire stat icon.png Dire , Rabid stat icon.png Rabid's - replacement for Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's ; not recommended as the loss of condition duration is a massive loss of damage

Runes

Tormenting Runes are virtually required for this build to function. In the event that you simply cannot obtain them, you can run:

  • - For the trailblazer variant
  • , - for the viper variant

Your sustain will be massively reduced without

Consumables

Solo Play

Food
  • , - DPS
  • - Budget DPS
  • , - Dodges + Might
  • , - Gives sustain for the Viper stat icon.png Viper's , Sinister stat icon.png Sinister's , and Grieving stat icon.png Grieving variants
Utility
  • - +Dmg, +Karma

Event Farming

Use these for roaming and completing events.
Food
  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain (requires crit chance)
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
Utility
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma

Usage

General

  • Swap legends often.
  • Try not to interrupt your auto-attack chain if possible.
  • In Mallyx, keep up as much as possible.
    • This skill keeps going during your
  • In Glint, keep and up.
    • Consume both of them before changing to Mallyx
  • Use off cooldown.
  • isn't useful in solo situations; do not bother with it.

Damage

  • The build is very easy to play. Use as often as possible, mixing in auto attacks and when they are on cooldown.
    • Do not interrupt your auto attack chain if you can help it.
  • While in Mallyx, ensure you're close enough to enemies to apply the torment from .
  • While in Glint, spam off cooldown.

Defense

  • Shield skills remove a condition on use.
  • and are your heal skills.
  • is great for anti-condition pressure.
  • is a very powerful heal.
  • Can't find such skill "Hardening Persistence"! Please refer to our skill index. grants damage reduction based on current upkeep.

Crowd Control

  • if running staff offhand.
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Build rating - 5 stars
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4 Ratings
5 stars
BeastNHisHarlot gave this build 5 stars 6 days ago

This is the build for open world content. It doesn't burst damage, but with the sheer sustain, condition damage, and the use of trailblazers equipment, nearly every piece of content can easily be soloed. The only negative is the fact that it may get boring to play, but if you want a build that can do everything, this is the one.

5 stars
Linera gave this build 5 stars last month

For when Shortbow Renegade just doesn't cut it, its tankier cousin, Condi Herald arrives. If you thought Shortbow Renegade could get away with some stupid stuff, wait till you try Condi Herald. Can survive some downright ludicrous situations, situations that could down even a Shortbow Renegade. It suffers on more mobile enemies thanks to lack of ranged option, deals slightly less damage compared to SBR, but if the enemy stays mostly within melee range, you will find that there is no foe that you cannot eventually whittle down. 5/5

5 stars
Hyra Lenn gave this build 5 stars December 2020

Let's be honest here: This is a DAMN fine build. And actually, if you simply run Trailblazer Shortbow Renegade and switch out to Herald and use a staff for cleansing, blocking and CC, you'll be hard pressed to not enjoy it. Sure, the lack of a ranged option makes it suffer a bit, but using a Hammer can help, even though there's no real condi advantage to it. Still a decent filler weapon. Nightmare runes with this build and you can tear things apart with condi and just watch them die. Champs? No problem. A good amount of legendaries? Go for it. It's really difficult to die with this build as long as you dodge and sidestep properly. Even with messy movement, you can survive quite well. Do yourself a favor and use these two builds and mix and match. It'll be great.

1 More Rating
5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars August 2020

Updating my vote. While I still give this build 5 stars, I hesitate to compare it to it's Shortbow Renegade sibling. Condi Herald is one of the most powerful solo melee builds due to its extremely high sustain and naturally high damage. It is capable of completing all but the most difficult content, and brings the innate versatility of the Revenant class. The one thing holding this build back is its lack of any acceptable ranged option, which can often be necessary when soloing certain content. Outside of that, it has no real weaknesses.

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