Dragonhunter - Meditrapper Roamer

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Focused on: Strike damage and Control

Designed for: WvW Roaming



A Power Dragonhunter build for WvW roaming that mixes Meditations and Traps.

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  • Contemplation of Purity over Smite Condition - if mass cleansing or more stun breakers are needed.
  • Contemplation of Purity over Judge's Intervention - if you want to have 2 cleanses on your bar.


  • Axe over Sword - Blazing Edge adds another CC to the build that could be used in the Test of Faith push/pull combos, but Axe has long CDs and less damage/mobility than Sword. It's also less defensive than Sword, but the CC could compensate for that in some cases.

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  • If you don't want to bother with Bloodlust stacks or need more sustain, take Sigil of Superior Sigil of Cleansing.


  • Rune of Superior Rune of the Scholar or Rune of Superior Rune of the Dragonhunter - better burst damage.


  • Relic of the Dragonhunter - while this relic could potentially give you higher uptime of 10% extra damage than Brawler, you need to be in melee to proc this rune which makes Brawler more ideal for ranged bursts. Dragonhunter relic works really well with the Test of Faith + pull/knockback combos while Brawler is perfect for Spear of Justice + Longbow bursts as SoJ gives Resolution Resolution via Virtue of Resolution.



  • - considered to be the optimal food by man, strong mix of sustain and damage.
  • - non-ascended defensive option.
  • - non-ascended offensive option.
  • - cheap extra precision with an armor ignoring damage proc that also heals you.


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  • The ring created by a triggered Test of Faith deals more damage than the initial trigger, and a significant portion of your burst damage comes from pulling/pushing foes through it.
  1. Drop the trap preferably at your target's feet so that they spring it immediately and not after you already blew a CC. Consider jumping in with Judge's Intervention if they were far away.
  2. Push them outside the ring with either Deflecting Shot or Shield of Absorption.
  3. Pull them back in with Hunter's Verdict (secondary skill of Spear of Justice).
  4. If possible, swap weapons and use the other knockback skill too that you didn't 2 steps before.
  • Test of Faith can also be used defensively as it's an instant cast skill that's also usable while stunned and grants Protection.
  • Deflecting Shot is unblockable and can be used to interrupt blocking skills.
  • Wings of Resolve removes a total of 5 conditions and gives a substantial heal to you and your teammates, use it often. It's also an excellent mobility tool in combat.
  • Shield of Courage breaks stun and blocks all attacks in front of you, use it to relive pressure from you and your team - for example, you can stand facing foes attempting to cleave downed teammates while you or your team is reviving them. If you are not getting focused hard you should try to keep it for situations where your team need to rez or stomp.
  • Try to burn through all of your virtues before resorting to Renewed Focus. RF is a great skill to use if you're being focused by the enemy team and you don't have any CDs left. Just keep in mind that this skill makes you lose capture point contribution for its duration.


  • This is the defensive set of the build, but still has some hard hitting skills.
  • The main source of burst damage here comes from Zealot's Defense. Note that the projectiles can be very unreliable in anything but melee range.
  • Symbol of Blades has many uses: vertical mobility via teleportation, symbol for cleaving, or a combo field which can be used for AoE cleansing by executing a blast finisher in it.
  • Use Shield of Judgment when you or an ally is about to be focused by the enemy, or if you're already pressured. It also applies boons in a cone, try to aim it at as many allies as possible.
  • As mentioned above, Shield of Absorption is mainly a combo tool, but you can also use it for general CC (even neutralizing enemy points) or to defend against some ranged attacks. It forms a dome around you for a couple of seconds, blocking projectiles. You can choose to detonate the dome with its chain skill, which will cause a bit of AoE healing.

Related Builds

Stealth Trapper DH - a more trap focused roaming build with lower sustain but higher burst damage.


This build has a rating of 4 stars based on 8 votes.
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4 stars
Hanz gave this build 4 stars • August 2021
Still an alright roamer, has the same strengths and weaknesses it always had. Great at killing squishies like mesmers and thieves, terrible vs tanky specs. Basically if you can burst something down, you win. If you can't, you don't have the sustain to outlast them.
4 stars
Elthari gave this build 4 stars • June 2020
Good roaming spec. Performs well against either squishy classes, has a nice engagement envelope. Yoinking people off walls and safe ledges is a plus, trueshot deals surprisingly much damage. On the other hand bunkers cause stalemates and good bunker players will exhaust and kill you.
4 stars
Staub gave this build 4 stars • April 2019
Still a great build for roaming (thanks to Fireworks runes) and Zergs. LB crits for 8-9k from 1.500 /1.200 range which is a great way to dismount those pesky enemies who try to run away. Overall, still a strong tier-2 build.
2 stars
Top Cat gave this build 2 stars • March 2019
I've spent a lot of time with this build and used to love it. Meditrapper is a pretty solid jack-of-all-trades, which made it good for extended small fights. Unfortunately this build does not excel at any one thing in particular, and the addition of mounts negates a lot of Dragonhunter's unique toolkit. Spear of Justice, Shield of Absorption, Deflecting Shot, Hunter's Ward, and Test of Faith were very effective at slowing down or interrupting foes. Mounts however cannot be CC'd and DH does not have the quick damage burst to dismount opponents. Right now DH does not stack up well compared to other specs that run with far more survivability or a much greater damage burst.
4 stars
Arcaedus gave this build 4 stars • February 2019
Been running this build (and very similar variations) ever since HoTcame out. It's my favorite build to play. This build is a decent roamer with strong (but gimmicky) burst, average sustained damage, above average sustain and average mobility. It's around middle of the totem pole currently. Just wanted to leave a quick comment here about gearing: Both Firework Runes (if you prefer more offence) and Defender runes are superior to Durability runes for this build. The difference is not phenomenal but after extensively playing around with all three I can say I noticed a positive difference when playing either Defender or Firework runes.
4 stars
Tyroxin gave this build 4 stars • January 2019
Not at the top anymore, but still a solid build to run combining power damage with respectable defense. Recent power builds, especially those with stability, are better however.
5 stars
Grxrg gave this build 5 stars • August 2018
The stat combination is wrong and nonsense, Soldier pieces on armor is a big no. Play the standard Full marauder armor, marauder weapons and full berserker trinkets and backpiece. You end up with 16k hp without buffs, feel free to change one or two trinkets to marauder as well for extra crit chance and hp. -Durability Runes are the way to go, no question. -Full might infusions. -Omnoberry ghost is a good food to use for sustain and precision (Dh relies a lot on crits to win). -Sigil of energy in both weapon set. Blood sigil on longbow for extra sustain and doom sigil on sword to deal with high regen professions helps a lot. Those two can be swapped for air/fire, intelligence, agility, anything that you feel good. With this set up you are extremely deadly and can take pretty much any 1vs1, rangers and good spellbreakers with megabane are tough. Mirages too, but they have no real counter. Use Judges Intervention less as possible, unless you are sure to get the kill on a running target or for an emergency stunbreak, this is your only instant way to get immediately away from a fight tagging a random enemy in the map, rabbits and chickens works too to teleport.
5 stars
Th3Destroyah gave this build 5 stars • March 2017
A very solid build for roaming in small groups or alone. Though I have some dificulties fighting engineers and condi mesmers with this build, I still enjoy it a lot. Best thing about this build is, you just need to adjust 2 or 3 traits and 2 skills and you become viable in zerg fights and not only in 1v1 or smaller group fights.


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