Build

Dragonhunter - GS Mace/Torch(Focus)

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Focused on: Direct damageUtility.

Designed for:

Overview

A basic Greatsword + Mace/Torch(Focus) build for any PvE Dungeon/Fractal. This build is still viable for higher Fractals but you might want to check out [[Build:Dragonhunter_-_DPS/Support|this Build] as well. On a side note: starting with Fractal level 80 foes will steal boons so you might want to pay attention as you apply Retaliation Retaliation(GS) and Protection Protection(Hammer) to your teammates.

Skill Bar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Mace/Focus
Scepter/x
Orb of Wrath
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Orb of Wrath
Fire a slow-moving orb at your foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 162
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Smite
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6Recharge.png
Smite
Strike foes in the target area repeatedly.
Damage.pngDamage: 80
Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 16
Radius.pngRadius: 200
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Chains of Light
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20Recharge.png
Chains of Light
Immobilize and make your foe vulnerable with ethereal chains.
Damage.pngDamage: 61
Immobilize.pngImmobilize (2s): Unable to move.
Vulnerability.png3Vulnerability (6s): 3% Incoming Damage
Range.pngRange: 900
x/Torch
Zealot's Flame
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Zealot's Flame
Set yourself alight, periodically burning up to three nearby foes.
Zealot's Flame.pngZealot's Flame (3s): Burn nearby foes.
Burn.pngBurning (6s): 786 Damage
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Radius.pngRadius: 180
Unblockable.pngUnblockable
Cleansing Flame
Activation.png
15Recharge.png
Cleansing Flame
Breathe magical flames that damage foes and cure conditions on allies.
Damage.png10Damage: 800
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Book.pngPulses: 9
Range.pngRange: 400

Slot Changes

Weapons

  • Scepter is for ranged or large hitboxes.
  • Torch is for max DPS variant.

Utilities

  • Swapping out
    is perfectly acceptable if needed, but keep in mind that you are giving up a significant personal DPS boost.
  • Use
    for fights where projectiles are an issue.
    • Additionally use
      for projectile heavy fights.
    • If you are still having trouble:
Replace
with
in Virtues.
  • Use
    and/or
    for crowd control heavy fights.
  • Use
    for condition heavy fights.
  • Use
    for blocks in hard boss fights or for swiftness and aegis during skips.
  • Use
    for cripple and damage (you even get protection).
  • Use
    for more damage from your utility slots, if you can get one free.

Elite Skill

  • Use
    for more survivability and utility.
  • Use
    for a dps increase.
  • Use
    for breakbar damage and an AoE pull.

Weapons

  • Having a Hammer is good for the short cooldown blast on
    or for the CC.
  • Having a Staff for additional swiftness when skipping with
    is the only thing a Staff is good for outside of niche uses of
    and
    .

Specializations

Variants

  • for better reflection uptime.
  • if you need the condition cleanse.
  • for more group support.
  • if you need the Stability or Stunbreak.

Variants

  • if you need that extra support from blocks.

Note:

  • Can't find such trait "Supreme Justice"! and
    don't really fit together with
    . This is the main reason why it's highly recommend to use
    , otherwise you rely on other team members to bring Cripple Cripple.

Scepter Build

Variants

  • When using it as a solo build use
    .

Variants

  • When using it as a solo build take
    .

Variants

  • When using it as a solo build, you won't use
    active to keep up the Cripple Cripple for
    .
    • This means, that you can drop
      for
      for example.

Equipment

Stats

  • 2x Assassin's Earrings or Assassin's Weapons.
    • Critchance: 1037(Stats) + 170(Banner) + 150(Spotter) = 1357/21 = 64,61% + 4%(Base) + 20%(Fury) = 88,61%
    • + 7%(Sigil) = 95,61%
  • All other armor, weapons, and trinkets are Berserker's.

Upgrades

Greatsword.png
I.png
Superior Sigil of Accuracy
Superior Sigil of Accuracy.pngSuperior Sigil of Accuracy
+7% Critical Chance
Superior Sigil of Force
Superior Sigil of Force.pngSuperior Sigil of Force
+5% Damage
I.png
Mace.png
Torch.png
II.png
Superior Sigil of Accuracy
Superior Sigil of Accuracy.pngSuperior Sigil of Accuracy
+7% Critical Chance
Superior Sigil of Force
Superior Sigil of Force.pngSuperior Sigil of Force
+5% Damage
II.png
6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
Superior Rune of the Scholar.pngSuperior Rune of the Scholar
(1): +25 Power (2): +35 Ferocity (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Ferocity (5): +100 Power (6): +10% damage while your health is above 90%.

Infusions

  • Versatile Precise Infusion Versatile Precise Infusion
    Versatile Precise Infusion.pngVersatile Precise Infusion
    +5 Precision +5 Agony Resistance
    for armor.
  • Precise Infusion Precise Infusion
    Precise Infusion.pngPrecise Infusion
    +5 Precision +5 Agony Resistance
    for weapons and trinkets.

Sigil Variants

If you're not in a night time dungeon swap
Superior Sigil of the Night Superior Sigil of the Night
Superior Sigil of the Night.pngSuperior Sigil of the Night
Outgoing damage is increased by 10% at night.
for:
Superior Sigil of Frailty Superior Sigil of Frailty
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Superior Sigil of Frailty.pngSuperior Sigil of Frailty
50% Chance on Hit: Inflict Vulnerability (10 seconds). (Cooldown: 2s)
for day time dungeons/fractals.
Superior Sigil of Undead Slaying Superior Sigil of Undead Slaying
Superior Sigil of Undead Slaying.pngSuperior Sigil of Undead Slaying
+10% Damage vs. Undead
for The Ruined City of Arah.
Superior Sigil of Justice Superior Sigil of Justice
Superior Sigil of Justice.pngSuperior Sigil of Justice
+10% Damage vs. Outlaws
for Caudecus's Manor and Cliffside.
Superior Sigil of Icebrood Slaying Superior Sigil of Icebrood Slaying
Superior Sigil of Icebrood Slaying.pngSuperior Sigil of Icebrood Slaying
+10% Damage vs. Icebrood
/
Superior Sigil of Wrath Superior Sigil of Wrath
Superior Sigil of Wrath.pngSuperior Sigil of Wrath
+10% Damage vs. Sons of Svanir
for Honor of the Waves.

Note: It may benefit you to keep a separate weapon for each variant in your inventory as swapping sigils over time can become expensive.

Equipment Variant

  • Use
    Superior Rune of the Flame Legion Superior Rune of the Flame Legion
    Superior Rune of the Flame Legion.pngSuperior Rune of the Flame Legion
    (1): +25 Power (2): +10% Burning Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 25% chance to cause burning for 1 sec when hit. (Cooldown: 10s) (5): +100 Power (6): +20% Burning Duration; +7% damage against burning foes.
    if you find yourself dipping below 90% health.

Consumables

Food

  • Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+100 Precision+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    • Plate of Truffle Steak Plate of Truffle Steak
      Plate of Truffle Steak.pngPlate of Truffle Steak
      Nourishment (30m):
      Food.png+100 power+70 precision+10% Experience from kills
      Consumable
      can be used as well.

Utility

  • Superior Sharpening Stone Superior Sharpening Stone
    Superior Sharpening Stone.pngSuperior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    • Bountiful Sharpening Stone Bountiful Sharpening Stone
      Bountiful Sharpening Stone.pngBountiful Sharpening Stone
      Nourishment (30 m):
      Potion.pngGain Power equal to 6% of your Healing PowerGain Power equal to 8% of your Concentration+10% Experience from Kills
      Consumable
      can be used for a higher boon uptime but is not needed.

Usage

GS Mace/Focus

  • The skill rotation is rather simple:
  • Start with Mace/Focus
  1. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  2. until
    is nearly off cooldown.
  3. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  4. until
    is off cooldown.
  5. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  6. Repeat from step 6.


GS Mace/Torch

  • Practically the same as GS Mace/Focus rotation, but has an added intricacy:
  • Start with Mace/Focus
  1. and
    while running towards the boss, swap to Torch offhand before getting in combat.
  2. ->
  3. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  4. until
    is nearly off cooldown.
  5. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  6. ->
  7. until
    is off cooldown.
  8. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  9. Repeat from step 6.


Scepter/Torch Scepter/Focus

  • The simplest rotation out of the three, the general idea is to use
    Smite Smite
    ¼Activation.png
    6Recharge.png
    Smite
    Strike foes in the target area repeatedly.
    Damage.pngDamage: 80
    Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 16
    Radius.pngRadius: 200
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    off cooldown:
  1. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  2. Can't find such skill "Smite"! Please refer to our skill index.
  3. Repeat step 4 and 5 when ready.


Other tips

  • Try not to interrupt the auto attack chain of both weapons unless necessary. Interrupting the auto attack chain will result in a dps loss.
  • can do more damage than stated in the tooltip. Click on the skill link for details.
  • When pulling a mob/group of mobs as a guardian, use
    . If you feel what you are pulling may hit you with crowd control conditions or a hard hitting skill, apply
    as you pull.
  • is a blast finisher, and can be used to blast combo fields, but it might unveil you if it is used to stack stealth.
  • is a blast finisher that should be taken advantage of when blasting fields as you can swap it in and out when out of combat.
  • Do not use
    active when running the Scepter Solo Build.
    gives you might on the passive effect.
  • Spear of Justice Spear of Justice
    ¾Activation.png
    20Recharge.png
    Spear of Justice
    Virtue: Burn foes every few attacks.
    Activate: Hurl a spear of light that passes through foes. Enemies struck become tethered and receive conditions periodically.
    Damage.pngDamage: 224
    Spear of Justice.pngJustice (6s): Periodically applies burning as long as you are within range of the caster.
    Burning.pngBurning (passive effect) (2s): 262 Damage
    Burning.pngBurning (active effect) (2s): 262 Damage
    Crippled.pngCrippled (1½s): -50% Movement Speed
    Book.pngNumbers of Attack to Trigger: 5
    Radius.pngInterval: 1 second
    Book.pngPierces
    Book.pngUnblockable
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
     Forward arrow blue.png 
    Hunter's Verdict Hunter's Verdict
    ½Activation.png
    40Recharge.png
    Hunter's Verdict
    Pull all enemies tethered by the Spear of Justice to you, breaking the link. This ability's recharge is separate from that of Spear of Justice.
    Radius.pngPull: 1,200
    has a 1200 range pull when tethered to target which can be really useful if used at the right place and time.
  • Always try to bring
    if you have a free utility slot.
  • deals damage when traited with
    and can be used in the damage rotation. Be cautious: it can get you in combat when using the skill while skipping.

Video Guides

  • YouTube:
    Focus/Torch Rotation
  • YouTube:
    The "Mysteries" about Whirling Wrath and Binding Blades
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Gold Medal - Great
Thor said this build was great April 2016

Thanks to Anet for balancing across all game modes instead of having different skillpools, we are back to the roots just with the difference, that we run DH now.

20% dmg nerf to True Shot can't be compensated by the small buffs to Deflecting Shot and Symbol of Energy. And for the fact, that Mace+Focus/Torch only was slightly less dps than Longbow, tables have turned and now Mace is ahead.

And yeah, as usual. Guardian burst is really good. Have fun testing it out in the new testing area.