Firebrand - Symbolbrand

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

Focused on: Direct damageSupport.

Designed for:


Overview

Not being a direct replacement for Mantra Bunker, it's usually played as the second Firebrand in double FB comps. Mixing damage with heavy healing/boon sharing, this PvP build's rather flexible when it comes to roles and can do anything from 1v1s to supporting the team in larger fights.

Skill Bar

Sword/FocusHealingUtilityElite
Axe/Shield

Slot Changes

Utility

For the optional slot you should take either of these stun breakers:

  • - a great panic button especially against heavy condition pressure.
  • - panic button and on demand stability for safe stomps and resurrects.
  • - mobility boost which makes it easier to rotate between capture points (or chase down targets).

Specializations




Equipment

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Superior Sigil of Annulment
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Superior Sigil of Annulment.pngSuperior Sigil of Annulment
Your next attack after swapping to this weapon while in combat will remove 2 boons from your target.
Superior Sigil of Energy
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Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
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Superior Sigil of Absorption
Superior Sigil of Absorption.pngSuperior Sigil of Absorption
Steal a boon when interrupting an enemy.
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)
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Superior Rune of the Traveler
Superior Rune of the Traveler.pngSuperior Rune of the Traveler
(1): +8 All Stats (2): +5% Boon Duration (3): +12 All Stats (4): +10% Condition Duration; +10% Boon Duration (5): +16 All Stats (6): +25% Movement Speed
Mender's Amulet
Mender's Amulet.pngMender's Amulet
+1050 Power +560 Precision +560 Vitality +1050 Healing power

Usage

General

  • Sustained healing (when not flipping through tomes) for the most part will come from dodge rolling and Aegis Aegis spamming (specifically through the traits and ).
  • recharges all your Tomes, try to exhaust them for your sustain before having to resort to this elite.
    • NOTE: the cooldown of a tome which is actively being used during a CD reset WILL NOT be reset! For instance if you still have 3 pages on but a target is just about to die, exit the tome so it can recharge.
    • CD resets are limited to the tomes themselves, skills within the tomes are excluded.


Symbols and damage

  • Most of the damage comes from symbols and auto attacks, with the occasional mantra or tome skill thrown into the mix.
  • Because of your symbols can cover an entire capture point on certain maps. They'll also heal allies, damage foes, and apply boons among other things. Stand in them for as long as possible!
  • There are 4 symbols in the build:
    • (Sword) is one of the few sources of Fury Fury in the build and also serves as a gap closer.
    • (Axe) which probably does more things than any other symbol. There are 2 important things to note about this skill - one, it's always placed in front of your character, not below you or the target and two, turn this skill into a CC which Daze Dazes upon being placed on the ground.
    • A lesser version of procs from your mantra heal via . This is a short duration one but fairly important because there's not a lot of Protection Protection in the build, not to mention that it can be activated instantly by blowing mantra charges even while CC'd. Being instant, it's also a good source of extra damage if you need some additional cleave.
    • A lesser version of procs when you go under 75% HP via . Its good for area denial and an extra source of damage.
  • If you want to do burst damage, overlap a bunch of symbols and keep targets inside them with CCs such as or whilst auto attacking.


Mantras

  • Given enough time Mantras will recover their charges as long as at least one charge is left, so think twice before using the final charge - that's the most powerful one, but will put the Mantra on full CD.
  • is your healing skill.
    • should be shared with as many allies as possible. They do not receive the initial healing, but they do gain Aegis Aegis with all its related trait benefits. Note that this skill can be used while CC'd.
    • The Aegis Aegis can be shared with downed players when you're reviving them in case you're being cleaved down.
  • is a mix of both damage and sustain.
    • Each charge inflicts damage and various conditions, most notably Weakness Weakness (mitigates incoming direct damage significantly) and Blind Blind (the skill's instant, and being able to make attack miss no matter what you're doing can be really strong when used right).
    • is the final charge which applies Immobilize Immobilize. While the immob doesn't last too long, it's still good for pinning targets down in a team fight or just rooting them into multiple overlapping symbols.


Tomes

  • Swapping out of a tome sends it on CD even if you didn't consume all the pages. Skills #4 and #5 are usually the strongest but with the longest recharge.
  • It's possible to switch directly from tome to tome.
  • Since the build doesn't trait for extra pages, your use of tomes is going to be a bit more limited, often prioritizing the use of only 2-3 skills.


Damage boost and some CC

  • Chapter 1: Searing Spell Chapter 1: Searing Spell
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    Chapter 1: Searing Spell
    Fueled by tales of the desolation in Istan, incite a great swelling of heat before you.
    Damage.pngDamage: 391 (1.1)
    Burning.pngBurning (3s): 393 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Range.pngRange: 600
    spam after
    Chapter 4: Scorched Aftermath Chapter 4: Scorched Aftermath
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    Chapter 4: Scorched Aftermath
    Detail the suffering in fire and blood inflicted during Vabbi's occupation.
    Damage.pngDamage: 1135 (3.2)
    Bleeding.pngBleeding (2s): 44 Damage
    Burning.pngBurning (2s): 262 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 5
    Book.pngDuration: 4 seconds
    Book.pngInterval: 1 second
    Radius.pngRadius: 360
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire
    can be used for burst damage while standing in symbols. The rest of the tome is more situational.
  • Chapter 2: Igniting Burst Chapter 2: Igniting Burst
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    Chapter 2: Igniting Burst
    Ignite the air around you in an expanding burst.
    Damage.pngDamage: 195 (0.55)
    Burning.png2Burning (6s): 1572 Damage
    Weakness.pngWeakness (4s): -50% Endurance Regeneration, 50% Fumble (Unrestricted)
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    is useful for stacking Weakness Weakness, which means this is arguably the most defensive skill here.
  • Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke
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    Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke
    Ignite the air around you in an expanding burst.
    Damage.pngDamage: 160 (0.45)
    Radius.pngPull: 240
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Range.pngRange: 900
    is the only CC on this tome, and a rather good one at that. As usual, CCs are mostly situational.
  • Epilogue: Ashes of the Just Epilogue: Ashes of the Just
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    Epilogue: Ashes of the Just
    Recall the memory of fallen heroes, granting allies the searing blades of justice.
    Epilogue Ashes of the Just.png3Ashes of the Just (10s): Your next strike burns with justice.
    Burning.pngBurning (3s): 393 Damage
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    won't really be used, maybe aside from boosting the damage of allies if the enemy target is out of your reach (and the skill's value goes up with the number of nearby allies).


Healing, cleansing, boon stacking

  • Usually start with
    Epilogue: Eternal Oasis Epilogue: Eternal Oasis
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    Epilogue: Eternal Oasis
    Purify your allies with the waters of Amnoon and increase the healing they receive.
    Epilogue Eternal Oasis.png[PvE] Eternal Oasis (8s): 33% Heal Effectiveness
    Epilogue Eternal Oasis.png[PvP/WvW] Eternal Oasis (8s): 20% Heal Effectiveness
    Book.pngConditions Converted to Boons: 5.
    Book.pngNumber of Allied Targets: 5
    Range.pngRange: 600
    , then spam
    Chapter 1: Desert Bloom Chapter 1: Desert Bloom
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    Chapter 1: Desert Bloom
    Tales of desert blooms create a wave of healing for your allies.
    Heal.png[PvE] Healing: 730 (0.96)
    Heal.png[PvP/WvW] Healing: 564 (0.728)
    Book.pngNumber of Allied Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    (and
    Chapter 2: Radiant Recovery Chapter 2: Radiant Recovery
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    Chapter 2: Radiant Recovery
    Release a torrent of pages describing the water cycle of the Elon River. Heal allies and grant them swiftness.
    Heal.png[PvE] Healing: 457 (0.77)
    Heal.png[PvP/WvW] Healing: 388 (0.5)
    Book.png[PvE/WvW] Conditions Removed: 3
    Book.png[PvP] Conditions Removed: 2
    Book.pngNumber of Allied Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    if you need cleansing) to heal up.


The tome of emergencies

  • Chapter 2: Daring Challenge Chapter 2: Daring Challenge
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    Chapter 2: Daring Challenge
    As the tales recount of Turai, taunt your enemies by issuing an insightfully inciting challenge.
    Damage.pngDamage: 497 (1.4)
    Taunt.pngTaunt (1s): Involuntarily attack foes.
    Aegis.pngAegis (3s): Block the next incoming attack.
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    should be used as often as possible on this tome, both as an offensive and defensive skill.
  • Chapter 3: Valiant Bulwark Chapter 3: Valiant Bulwark
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    Chapter 3: Valiant Bulwark
    Manifest the shimmering purity of the desert sun, reflecting enemy missiles.
    Duration.png5 seconds.
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Book.pngReflects Missiles
    Range.pngRange: 900
    is a reflect which makes it very situational. A life saver in some matchups, borderline useless in others. The CD almost matches its duration which allows for nearly permanent upkeep.
  • Chapter 4: Stalwart Stand Chapter 4: Stalwart Stand
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    Chapter 4: Stalwart Stand
    Recount the stand of Elonian loyalists against Palawa Joko, granting resistance to your allies.
    Resistance.pngResistance (1s): Conditions currently on you are ineffective; stacks duration.
    Book.pngNumber of Pulses (PvE): 4
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Interval.pngInterval: 1 second
    Radius.pngRadius: 360
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Light
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    Stun-Break.pngBreaks stun
    should usually be the first skill you use after entering this tome, and this is your single best tool against conditions. Under heavy condition pressure you may not have enough time to cleanse with , in which case the low cast time and the Resistance Resistance provided by this skill are going to be quite useful. This is also the only tome skill which breaks stun. Try to use it twice before leaving the tome, if possible.
  • Epilogue: Unbroken Lines Epilogue: Unbroken Lines
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    Epilogue: Unbroken Lines
    Recalling the memory of heroes past, enchant nearby allies with formidable defenses.
    Aegis.pngAegis (4s): Block the next incoming attack.
    Protection.pngProtection (5s): -33% Incoming Damage.
    Retaliation.pngRetaliation (3s): Reflect incoming damage back to its source.
    Stability.pngStability (5s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared or taunted.
    Unbroken Lines.pngUnbroken Lines (PvE, 5s): 300 Toughness
    Unbroken Lines.pngUnbroken Lines (PvP/WvW, 5s): 200 Toughness
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    is the best tool you have against direct damage. Don't leave the tome without using it at least once.

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12 Ratings
5 stars
Volking gave this build 5 stars 4 weeks ago

Great damage AND sustain, much fun!

4 stars
Staub gave this build 4 stars October 2019

Update Oct 1 patch - Sagebrand simply performs better in the current meta so downgrading power symbolbrand 1to 4 stars. Also, absolutely don't agree with the new choice of Stoic Demeanour over Loremaster. I understand the synergy you are going for here with a slow proc from disable and Binding Jeopardy. But taking Binding Jeopardy is also questionable since the Zeal trait line gives you tons of vulnerability already.

Update: This build got even better after the July 16 patch. Zeal is now a much better and reliable trait-line for sustained pressure.

Old Comment: This is the best FB build for Solo queue. For duo and tournament bunker is the best. Some utility slots can be changed according to personal preference or the enemy comp. However, you should absolutely take Archivist of Whispers. If you decide to not take Legendary Lore, then Weighty Terms is a much better choice than Stalwart Speed. Contrary to some comments, this build dishes out quite decent damage AND healing. You will end up with top healing stats 90% of match ups.

5 stars
JasherTV gave this build 5 stars October 2019

Naru has been rocking this build recently. It looks very strong and it's very fun to watch. Based on what I've seen, I'm super surprised it isn't in the meta section.

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5 stars
HiddenMark gave this build 5 stars July 2019

This build is a blast! It has sustain, it has a decent amount of damage, it can be really helpful in teamfights or be sort of a roamer... just incredibly fun! Feels great playing it.

5 stars
Spectre gave this build 5 stars July 2019

Best Guardian build for Damage and sustain in short self dependent.

5 stars
Kurnian gave this build 5 stars May 2019

Great build for solo q. Brings sustained damage, ground control and performs greatly at 1v1 while still having tome skills available for TFs if needed

5 stars
Artazkaran gave this build 5 stars March 2019

Most funny and best Solo que FB I've ever seen.

5 stars
XXJoshXx gave this build 5 stars January 2019

A fun build with a few tweaks of my own but other than that it's a really good build

2 stars
Horza gave this build 2 stars January 2019

I dont see the point.. Jack of all trades master of none. Lacks the damage to beat damage oriented builds and lacks the healing or utility to be truly supportive. I'd take core or bunker over this all day long.

5 stars
Wolfsrox1 gave this build 5 stars January 2019

Solid build, though I still prefer to run it with 5 mantras and a couple different traits :)

5 stars
Baescons gave this build 5 stars December 2018

dps fb is really something in ranked. im not sure about best traits rn just that menders is the way to go at this point. travelers? good enough. I think we've all seen just how good a power fb is at this point(top teir in ranked for awhile)

5 stars
Hanz gave this build 5 stars December 2018

A ranked carry machine because of the combination of damage/sustain/support, even some CC. Very flexible build.