Soulbeast - Power DPS

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Part of the current metagame.

Our curator decided this build is in the current metagame regardless of rating. The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Direct damage.

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Information

A power DPS Soulbeast build for fractals and raids. This build brings very high burst damage and good CC, making it strong in short fights or fights with burst phases. It also provides heavy Vulnerability Vulnerability and can drop to bring Ranger utility like spirits with little to no DPS loss.

Skill Bar

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GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Dagger/Axe


Pets

Your second pet usually won't matter, as unmerging is a significant DPS loss, but you should equip a strong CC pet in the slot (such as Juvenile Electric Wyvern Juvenile Electric Wyvern) to save your group if CC is really bad.

Spirits

Spirits are unique Ranger summons that buff 10 players in a large radius around them.
  • In raids: As spirits can affect an entire raid squad, they are extremely powerful in raids and almost all of them provide great benefits to a raid comp.
  • In fractals: Spirits are weaker in fractals due to only affecting 5 players, but remain strong buffs that should be taken if possible.
  • provides a 5% increase to your squad's power DPS.
  • provides a ~5% increase to your squad's condition DPS.
  • provides sustained healing to 10 people in a huge radius. This keeps them from dying and sustains their bonus.
  • provides an emergency resurrect that can affect up to 10 people, including yourself.
  • provides protection, which again keeps your squadmates from dying and sustains their bonus.
As your raid squad will usually have a Druid - Boon Support Healer to handle spirits, you normally won't be expected to slot them. Druids are also better suited to take spirits due to . However if you only have one Druid, or you're running an off-meta comp with no Druids, you can replace with a spirit to free up your Druid's utility slots and support your team. The party buff provided to your team will outweigh the personal DPS loss.
Due to the decreasing popularity of Druids in fractals, it's very possible that you will be the only Ranger in a fractal party. In this case you should definitely take over .

Other Skill Variants

Utility Skills

  • - better burst damage than in very short damage windows. This skill scales well with power buffs making it great on Keep Construct, Deimos, and Conjured Amalgamate.
  • Storm Spirit
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    Storm Spirit
    Spirit. Summon a storm spirit that grants nearby allies a chance to apply vulnerability when attacking.
    Storm Spirit.pngStorm Spirit (6s): 75% chance to apply vulnerability on hit.
    Vulnerability.png3Vulnerability (10s): 3% Incoming Damage, 3% Incoming Condition Damage
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngEffect recharge: 10 seconds
    Duration.pngDuration: 60 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 1,000
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    Call Lightning
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    Call Lightning
    Spirit. Your storm spirit sacrifices itself to generate a powerful blast of electricity.
    Damage.pngDamage: 353
    Daze.pngDaze: 3 seconds
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    - instant 25 Vulnerability Vulnerability and very strong hard CC.
  • - if soft CC is needed.
  • - AoE stunbreak.
  • - helps fill gaps in quickness.

Elite Skills

  • - more soft CC.

Specializations

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Variants
  • if you're not receiving adequate boon uptime.
  • is worth running if there are multiple power DPS in your party/subgroup. This is a personal DPS loss but a party DPS increase. Always take it regardless on Keep Construct, Deimos, and Qadim.

Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of the Thief
18x
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion

Variants

  • in fractals, due to Agony Resistance conversion into precision.
  • in fractals, Slothasor, or Samarog (run full Berserker's stats).
  • and Major Sigil of the Night on night time encounters.
  • Slaying sigils if applicable.
  • If you're lacking from your party in raids, you should use an Assassin's ring and backpiece.

Consumables

Food
  • Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Food.png+100 Power+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable


Utility
  • Furious Sharpening Stone Furious Sharpening Stone
    Furious Sharpening Stone.pngFurious Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Power equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Ferocity equal to 3% of your Precision+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    or slaying potions

Usage

The logic behind this rotation is to use your high burst damage skills , , , and as much as possible, while syncing the damage buffs and with your burst.

Written Rotation

Start in Greatsword, merged with your Rock Gazelle.
  1. and
  2. Weapon swap Weapon swap and go to loop rotation
  3. if available
  4. Charge (F2),
  5. Autoattack chain until is off cooldown
  6. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  7. Slash
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    Slash
    Slash your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 203
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 150
     Forward arrow.png 
    Slice
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    Slice
    Slice your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 203
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 150
     Forward arrow.png 
    Power Stab
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    Power Stab
    Stab your foe and evade attacks.
    Damage.pngDamage: 240
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Book.pngEvade: 1 second
    Range.pngRange: 150
    twice
  8. Charge (F2),
  9. Slash
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    Slash
    Slash your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 203
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 150
     Forward arrow.png 
    Slice
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    Slice
    Slice your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 203
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 150
     Forward arrow.png 
    Power Stab
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    Power Stab
    Stab your foe and evade attacks.
    Damage.pngDamage: 240
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Book.pngEvade: 1 second
    Range.pngRange: 150
  10. Repeat from step 1


Notes
  • Never interrupt your autoattack chain.
  • 's cooldown will desync very slightly over time, use it as soon as it comes off cooldown and try to time it with your Worldly Impact/axe rotation.
  • Use off cooldown.
  • gives an Attack of Opportunity on the next attack, try not to waste it. It has a 4 second cooldown, so with the above, if Sic Em is desynced and has a greater than 4s cooldown, do not hesitate to use it.
Video example

CC

  • Storm Spirit
    1Activation.png
    20Recharge.png
    Storm Spirit
    Spirit. Summon a storm spirit that grants nearby allies a chance to apply vulnerability when attacking.
    Storm Spirit.pngStorm Spirit (6s): 75% chance to apply vulnerability on hit.
    Vulnerability.png3Vulnerability (10s): 3% Incoming Damage, 3% Incoming Condition Damage
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngEffect recharge: 10 seconds
    Duration.pngDuration: 60 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 1,000
     Forward arrow blue.png 
    Call Lightning
    20Recharge.png
    Call Lightning
    Spirit. Your storm spirit sacrifices itself to generate a powerful blast of electricity.
    Damage.pngDamage: 353
    Daze.pngDaze: 3 seconds
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
  • Charge (F2)
Build rating - 5 stars
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2 Ratings
4 stars
Screaming gave this build 4 stars April 2019

Slowly falling behinds its competitors, kept alive by being able to bring Frost Spirit and One Wolf Pack with stance share. High burst damage, but low sustained damage makes it often inferior to just simply using Dragonhunters or a sustained DPS class like power thief builds, meaning that outside of high-end party compositions it is often far from ideal, especially with the lack of precision it suffers from and the aftercasts + rooting of many of its skills makes this build - which looks simple on paper - not ideal for many non-high end players.

When it shines, it shines, but keep in mind you need to be in very specific compositions to get the most out of One Wolf Pack, which is increasingly the sole reason to bring Soulbeast above another Weaver or Dragonhunter.

5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

An insanely strong burst DPS with the option of bringing raid utility and raid buffs.