Daredevil - Condi DPS (Fractal)

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The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good.

Focused on: Condition damage.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

The standard condition DPS build for Daredevil. This build spams venoms and
on bosses to inflict heavy Bleeding Bleeding and Poison Poison. Due to evading for most of its rotation, it can easily avoid enemy attacks. It also provides high utility to its party with
and party wide Stealth Stealth.
Due to this build's high ramp-up time it's best used on long fights without any phases or adds. It performs poorly on any boss with invuln phases, or deadly attacks that it has a chance to accidentally move into while using
.
This guide is focused on fractals. For the raid version see Daredevil - Condi DPS.

Skill Bar

 
 
Dagger/DaggerHealingUtilityElite

Utility Skills

Always keep
as it is a significant portion of your damage. If you need to replace skills, replace
first, and then if still needed, replace
second.
  • against mobile enemies.
  • against groups of enemies.
  • for a block and stun break.
  • for extra mobility and stun break.

Elite Skills

  • Use
    for faster breakbar damage, on fights with multiple adds that may diminish the effectiveness of your venom.
  • Use
    for fights that do not have breakbars.

Specializations

Variants

  • against mobile enemies.

Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of the Krait
18x
Malign +5 Agony Infusion
Equip your main hand dagger in your first weapon set and your second dagger in your second weapon set. This lets you weapon swap for
without having to obtain 4 daggers.

Consumables

Food:

  • Koi Cake Koi Cake
    Koi Cake.pngKoi Cake
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+100 Expertise+70 Condition Damage+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    ,
    Rare Veggie Pizza Rare Veggie Pizza
    Rare Veggie Pizza.pngRare Veggie Pizza
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+100 Expertise+70 Condition Damage+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    or Red-Lentil Saobosa Red-Lentil Saobosa

Utility:

  • Toxic Focusing Crystal Toxic Focusing Crystal
    Toxic Focusing Crystal.pngToxic Focusing Crystal
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Condition Damage equal to 3% of your PowerGain Condition Damage equal to 3% of your Precision+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    • Tuning Icicle Tuning Icicle
      Tuning Icicle.pngTuning Icicle
      Nourishment (30 m):
      Potion.pngGain Condition Damage equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Condition Damage equal to 8% of your Expertise+10% Experience from Kills
      Consumable
      or Potent Master Tuning Crystal Potent Master Tuning Crystal for a cheaper alternative

Usage

Your goal is to maintain
and 15 stacks of
while using your high-damage utility skills.

Opening Rotation

  1. Precast all your venoms
  2. Caltrops Caltrops
    1Activation.png
    30Recharge.png
    Caltrops
    Trick. Scatter caltrops that bleed and cripple foes.
    Bleed.png2Bleeding (3s): 255 Damage
    Cripple.pngCripple (10s): -50% Movement Speed
    Duration.pngCaltrops Duration: 10 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
  3. Steal Steal
    30Recharge.png
    Steal
    Shadowstep to your foe and steal from them.
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
  4. Impaling Lotus Impaling Lotus
    Impaling Lotus
    Evade attacks and hurl damaging daggers, dealing multiple conditions to enemies.
    Damage.pngDamage: 50
    Bleed.pngBleeding (10s): 220 Damage
    Torment.pngTorment (6s): 95 Damage, 191 Damage if Moving
    Cripple.pngCrippled (3s): -50% Movement Speed
    Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 3
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Radius.pngMissile Radius: 600
    Book.pngDistance Traveled: 300
    Book.pngCombat Only
    Book.pngEvade: ¾ seconds
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
  5. Death Blossom Death Blossom
    4Initiative.png
    ½Activation.png
    Death Blossom
    Dual Wield. Do an evasive attack over your target, striking nearby foes three times. Each hit causes bleeding.
    Damage.png3Damage: 147
    Bleed.png3Bleeding (10s): 1,275 Damage
    Book.pngEvade: 0.25 seconds
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
    Range.pngRange: 130
  6. Death Blossom Death Blossom
    4Initiative.png
    ½Activation.png
    Death Blossom
    Dual Wield. Do an evasive attack over your target, striking nearby foes three times. Each hit causes bleeding.
    Damage.png3Damage: 147
    Bleed.png3Bleeding (10s): 1,275 Damage
    Book.pngEvade: 0.25 seconds
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
    Range.pngRange: 130
  7. Death Blossom Death Blossom
    4Initiative.png
    ½Activation.png
    Death Blossom
    Dual Wield. Do an evasive attack over your target, striking nearby foes three times. Each hit causes bleeding.
    Damage.png3Damage: 147
    Bleed.png3Bleeding (10s): 1,275 Damage
    Book.pngEvade: 0.25 seconds
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
    Range.pngRange: 130
  8. Weapon swap Weapon swap

Loop Rotation

  1. Double Strike Double Strike
    Double Strike
    Chain. Strike your foe twice.
    Damage.png2Damage: 138
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 2
    Range.pngRange: 130
    Wild Strike Wild Strike
    Wild Strike
    Chain. Strike your foe again. Gain endurance with a sucessful strike.
    Damage.pngDamage: 209
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 2
    Book.pngEndurance Gain: 10
    Range.pngRange: 130
    Lotus Strike Lotus Strike
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    Lotus Strike
    Strike your foe and inflict poison.
    Damage.pngDamage: 302
    Poison.pngPoison (6s): 201 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 2
    Range.pngRange: 130
  2. Impaling Lotus Impaling Lotus
    Impaling Lotus
    Evade attacks and hurl damaging daggers, dealing multiple conditions to enemies.
    Damage.pngDamage: 50
    Bleed.pngBleeding (10s): 220 Damage
    Torment.pngTorment (6s): 95 Damage, 191 Damage if Moving
    Cripple.pngCrippled (3s): -50% Movement Speed
    Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 3
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Radius.pngMissile Radius: 600
    Book.pngDistance Traveled: 300
    Book.pngCombat Only
    Book.pngEvade: ¾ seconds
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
  3. Death Blossom Death Blossom
    4Initiative.png
    ½Activation.png
    Death Blossom
    Dual Wield. Do an evasive attack over your target, striking nearby foes three times. Each hit causes bleeding.
    Damage.png3Damage: 147
    Bleed.png3Bleeding (10s): 1,275 Damage
    Book.pngEvade: 0.25 seconds
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
    Range.pngRange: 130
  4. Repeat.


  • Use Weapon swap Weapon swap,
    Steal Steal
    30Recharge.png
    Steal
    Shadowstep to your foe and steal from them.
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    ,
    Spider Venom Spider Venom
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    Spider Venom
    Venom. Poison foes with your next few attacks.
    Spider Venom.png6Spider Venom (30s): Your attacks poison foes.
    Poison.pngPoison (6s): 201 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
    Book.pngNumber of Attacks: 6
    Duration.pngVenom Duration: 30 seconds
    ,
    Devourer Venom Devourer Venom
    40Recharge.png
    Devourer Venom
    Venom. Your next few attacks immobilize.
    Devourer Venom.png3Devourer Venom (30s): Next two attacks inflict immobilize.
    Immobilize.pngImmobilize (1s): Unable to move.
    Book.pngNumber of Attacks: 3
    Duration.pngVenom Duration: 30 seconds
    when they are off cooldown.
  • Use
    Caltrops Caltrops
    1Activation.png
    30Recharge.png
    Caltrops
    Trick. Scatter caltrops that bleed and cripple foes.
    Bleed.png2Bleeding (3s): 255 Damage
    Cripple.pngCripple (10s): -50% Movement Speed
    Duration.pngCaltrops Duration: 10 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    before or after any auto-attack chain when it is off cooldown.
  • Use
    Channeled Vigor Channeled Vigor
    ¾Activation.png
    20Recharge.png
    Channeled Vigor
    Physical. Channel your energy to gain endurance and health per pulse. Heal for more if your endurance is full.
    Heal.pngHeal if Endurance is Full: 7,320
    Heal.pngHealing: 5,520
    Book.pngEndurance Gained: 25
    Book.pngPulses: 3
    before or after any auto-attack chain when you are out of endurance.


Notes

  • If you are inside the boss's hitbox and there are other enemies nearby,
    Impaling Lotus Impaling Lotus
    Impaling Lotus
    Evade attacks and hurl damaging daggers, dealing multiple conditions to enemies.
    Damage.pngDamage: 50
    Bleed.pngBleeding (10s): 220 Damage
    Torment.pngTorment (6s): 95 Damage, 191 Damage if Moving
    Cripple.pngCrippled (3s): -50% Movement Speed
    Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 3
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Radius.pngMissile Radius: 600
    Book.pngDistance Traveled: 300
    Book.pngCombat Only
    Book.pngEvade: ¾ seconds
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
    will deal up to triple damage to the boss.
  • Be careful not to cancel the auto attack chain as
    Lotus Strike Lotus Strike
    ¼Activation.png
    Lotus Strike
    Strike your foe and inflict poison.
    Damage.pngDamage: 302
    Poison.pngPoison (6s): 201 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 2
    Range.pngRange: 130
    deals more damage than
    Double Strike Double Strike
    Double Strike
    Chain. Strike your foe twice.
    Damage.png2Damage: 138
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 2
    Range.pngRange: 130
    and
    Wild Strike Wild Strike
    Wild Strike
    Chain. Strike your foe again. Gain endurance with a sucessful strike.
    Damage.pngDamage: 209
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 2
    Book.pngEndurance Gain: 10
    Range.pngRange: 130
    combined.
  • You should try to use
    Steal Steal
    30Recharge.png
    Steal
    Shadowstep to your foe and steal from them.
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    while you do not have full initiative in order to benefit from
    and
    .
  • You should try to use
    Channeled Vigor Channeled Vigor
    ¾Activation.png
    20Recharge.png
    Channeled Vigor
    Physical. Channel your energy to gain endurance and health per pulse. Heal for more if your endurance is full.
    Heal.pngHeal if Endurance is Full: 7,320
    Heal.pngHealing: 5,520
    Book.pngEndurance Gained: 25
    Book.pngPulses: 3
    while you do not have full endurance.
  • You should only use
    Spider Venom Spider Venom
    40Recharge.png
    Spider Venom
    Venom. Poison foes with your next few attacks.
    Spider Venom.png6Spider Venom (30s): Your attacks poison foes.
    Poison.pngPoison (6s): 201 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
    Book.pngNumber of Attacks: 6
    Duration.pngVenom Duration: 30 seconds
    and
    Devourer Venom Devourer Venom
    40Recharge.png
    Devourer Venom
    Venom. Your next few attacks immobilize.
    Devourer Venom.png3Devourer Venom (30s): Next two attacks inflict immobilize.
    Immobilize.pngImmobilize (1s): Unable to move.
    Book.pngNumber of Attacks: 3
    Duration.pngVenom Duration: 30 seconds
    while four other players are within range.
  • You should only use
    Spider Venom Spider Venom
    40Recharge.png
    Spider Venom
    Venom. Poison foes with your next few attacks.
    Spider Venom.png6Spider Venom (30s): Your attacks poison foes.
    Poison.pngPoison (6s): 201 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
    Book.pngNumber of Attacks: 6
    Duration.pngVenom Duration: 30 seconds
    and
    Devourer Venom Devourer Venom
    40Recharge.png
    Devourer Venom
    Venom. Your next few attacks immobilize.
    Devourer Venom.png3Devourer Venom (30s): Next two attacks inflict immobilize.
    Immobilize.pngImmobilize (1s): Unable to move.
    Book.pngNumber of Attacks: 3
    Duration.pngVenom Duration: 30 seconds
    while four other allies are in range. This includes Mesmer clones, Necromancer minions, and Ranger pets.


Breakbar

  • Basilisk Venom Basilisk Venom
    1Activation.png
    40Recharge.png
    Basilisk Venom
    Venom. Your attacks turn foes to stone.
    Basilisk Venom.png2Basilisk Venom (30s): Your attacks turn foes to stone.
    Stun.pngStone Duration: 1 second
    Duration.pngVenom Duration: 30 seconds
  • Steal Steal
    30Recharge.png
    Steal
    Shadowstep to your foe and steal from them.
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    to trigger
Build rating - 3 stars
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3 Ratings
3 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 3 stars September 2018

Usually not worth bringing over Power Daredevil, but this build is viable enough in long boss fights and retains the strong CC and stealth Daredevil is known for.

0 stars
Dibbelocher gave this build 0 stars February 2018

This build has its origins in raids where there are some "golem bosses" with very little mechanics and ample ramp up time. In this situation it deals a lot of damage.

Unfortunately in fractals encounters are usually of short duration and have a lot of phases. And usually you have to deal with cleaving multiple foes, at which this build is quite bad.

On top of that there are a lot of mechanics, meaning that you will often find yourself dodging into mechanics since the dodge button is used for damage in this build and basically has you "stuck" in your dodge animation a lot.

Overall wouldn't recommend this build at all for fractals even though it has good damage potential on some bosses like the end boss of the Chaos fractal.

My recommendation would be to stick to power builds with good cleave for fractals like Dragonhunter, Holosmith, Spellbreaker or Weaver. OR at least condi builds with decent cleave and the capibility of dealing with mechanics while doing damage like Scourge, Firebrand, Renegade or Berserker.

5 stars
Troupe gave this build 5 stars January 2018

Strong potential DPS, but rarely has the chance to fully ramp it up due to the short, bursty nature of most fractal encounters. Provides enough breaks to almost instantly break most defiance bars through Basilisk Venom.

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