Dragonhunter - Power DPS
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- 1 Overview
- 2 Skill Bar
- 3 Specializations
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Consumables
- 6 Usage
- 7 Encounter-Specific Tips
- Dragonhunter is a heavy burst damage power DPS that excels in short fights (such as fractals) and raid encounters with short damage windows. It has strong CC and good mobility, and provides Vulnerability. In addition, it brings very high defensive support for a DPS class, with a party wide block in , a strong burst heal in , and the ability to bring Guardian utilities such as and .
- Dragonhunter is somewhat reliant on Support Chronomancers or other Guardians to help it maintain Retaliation.
- Scepter provides ranged damage, which can be useful and is recommended on bosses where sword might be too risky, e.g. Deimos with the Rapid Decay mechanic, or where mechanics might force you out of melee range, e.g. Xera (clearing shards), Dhuum (Death Marks), and Cardinal Adina (pillars).
- Shield provides a knockback, which can be useful for helping with pushing (e.g. seekers on VG), at the cost of damage.
- can be used to blind mobs that can knockback (Sabetha and Gorseval) or deal a lot of damage (Xera).
- can be used to help nullify niche mechanics, such as Slothasor's shake attack.
- provides more Retaliation as well as a stun break and Stability.
- can be used for more Retaliation and Stability.
- can be used to Aegis big hits for your group like the knockback from Gorseval, the timed bombs from Matthias or the shockwave from Deimos.
- provides additional CC if needed.
- or if projectile defense is needed.
- Use to help slacking Mesmers keep up Quickness. It can also be nice at bosses where the group is split, such as Sabetha when doing cannons or Matthias in general.
- can be used for great passive healing for your team.
- Bring Healer's Retribution and scepter if your Retaliation uptime is low.
- Bring Perfect Inscriptions in fractals if you have stat conversion from potions.
- Bring Virtues instead of Radiance if you are confident Aegis can be maintained for . This requires a different set of equipment.
- Swap for slaying sigils or where applicable in fractals
- While the rotation may seem complicated, it can be boiled down to short windows where you have damage buffs from and , which you try to fill with your highest damage skills such as , and .
- The Virtues Variant will skip the Greatsword burst section and immediately move on to the Sword to Greatsword Burst due to the increased cooldown on since it lacks . Also make sure to use while on greatsword when your buff runs out, unless you need to save for Aegis.
- The Scepter variant plays nearly identically to sword, except it starts on Greatsword, therefore skipping the Opening Burst section. While on scepter, make be your first and last skill cast, similar to , but also casting it as filler in between. It should be cast 3 times per weapon swap.
- , ,
- Weapon swap
- Fit in between casts during your opening burst to frontload your damage.
- Fill with , , and until your next burst.
Greatsword to Sword Burst
- Weapon swap
- , ,
- Fill with and until your next burst.
- Always immediately Weapon swap after casting .
- Use additional casts on sword while the enemy is tethered by .
- Fill with another .
- If your Weapon swap is available immediately after finishing your second , swap to sword. If not, go back to the Greatsword to Sword Burst.
- Always immediately cast and when swapping to sword.
Sword to Greatsword Burst
- if available
- Weapon swap
- Fill with , , and until your next burst.
- Start again with Greatsword to Sword Burst.
- Never interrupt your greatsword autoattack chain.
- and can both be cancelled by walking or stowing your weapon. This dramatically speeds up the aftercast of the skill.
- Use and (especially if the boss has adds) inside the boss's hitbox.
- When swapping to sword, will always be your first and last skill cast.
- Use with so it benefits from the damage multiplier. If all charges are full and you don't have Spear of Justice up one charge can be used.
- will recharge your . This allows you to have a higher uptime when there are adds around. Always try to keep up as much as possible.
- is your strongest hard CC, but it should only be used in emergencies since it's a considerable DPS loss, unless you are running which will offset the DPS loss via the sharing of the passive.
- The pulls from and can be used for CC if needed. However, you will lose the uptime on .
- adds Slow to all your traps, dealing 100 more breakbar damage with each second. This is both soft CC and hard CC.
- pulls and applies Slow on your target.
- deals 150 breakbar damage and knocks back enemies.
- can be used inside of Vale Guardian's hitbox while seekers are nearby for bonus damage.
- can block all the blue AoEs.
- is a good gap closer as well as a strong heal, use it wisely.
- Consider playing the virtues variant here because it is possible to maintain 100% aegis uptime when dodging his knockbacks and pulling in the adds quickly.
- You can use Shield of Courage to share aegis for his knockback attack.
- can hit you quite hard due to Retaliation from Gorseval. To negate that you can use , which allows you to output DPS in the CC phase without losing health.
- Use your to jump on the launchpads fast if you want to go up to a cannon.
- Try to use Aegis for cannon shots or kicks from adds that people might not be able to dodge.
- Time your burst for when Knuckles is stunned.
- If you use your burst for it you can one-shot Karde's turrets in the last phase. However, this is not advised unless turrets are overrunning the platform. Simply dropping your on turrets should make a significant impact without ruining your positioning.
- can be used inside of Slothasor's hitbox while slublings are nearby for bonus damage.
- can block everything at Slothasor which is especially useful when he does his shake attack, as many have trouble dodging it. It can also block the fear that Slothasor applies after the CC phase which is valuable, especially for the last CC phase at 10%.
- If needed, you can pull slublings with your . Keep in mind that it pierces, so multiple slublings can be pulled with it if used optimally.
- potentially stronger and cheaper thanas killing slublings occurs frequently.
- Run for this fight to mitigate all the annoying CC.
- Since you are somewhat tanky and have a lot of useful CC in the form of , , , and traps, it is a good choice for you to deal with the mortars, as you are able to solo the snipers on the bridge that respawn between mortar #2 and #3 really quickly and reliably.
- You can take the role of the main reflect in this fight; however, you have to keep in mind that the cooldown of is 30 seconds-the same as Matthias' invulnerability bubble. Thus, you need decent Alacrity uptime and must cleanse chill as fast as possible if it is applied to you.
- A way to always have up in time without having to rely on Alacrity is replacing Radiance with Virtues and using . You will lose quite a bit of DPS in doing so though.
- On a sidenote, all of Matthias' attacks in abomination phase have longer cooldowns. Accordingly, you don't have to worry about not having up in time.
- In the phase from 40% until the end blocks become very valuable. A well-timed Aegis can block the undodgeable timed bombs. The same principle applies to the damage from the ghosts, which is blockable but not dodgeable.
- can be brought for 10 player stability, which can help greatly during abomination and rain phases.
Stronghold of the Faithful
- Since almost all the mobs have some kind of annoying CC it is definitely recommended to bring .
- If you need help with capturing the towers, a Shield is useful for knocking mobs out of the capture circle or away from each other.
- Use your immobilizes and cripples to slow down the wargs engaging from the front.
- You can assist in pushing the orb into the rifts by pulling them with . Be careful with it though, as the impact of the spear hitting the orb will push it away from you a tiny bit before you can pull it in.
- You can use everything you have including for CC without any drawback since after each CC phase,there will be some DPS downtime.
- You can share aegis with to help your team when the room is filled with small AoEs before the last burn phase.
- You can deal with Xera's adds extremely effectively by pulling them in and/or bursting them down with the Greatsword.
- Try to perform your rotation in a rhythm that allows you to be on Greatsword when Xera is spawning adds and on Scepter when she is the only target.
- Your pretty decent ranged damage with Scepter allows you to assist with clearing shards and standing on the buttons surrounding the big shards that you have to destroy both before the fight and when you get teleported to the other platform.
Bastion of the Penitent
- can be used for mobility.
- Bring for 10 player stability.
- Consider playing the virtues variant here as keeping up aegis on this fight is very easy.
- You can use to block the explosions from adds.
- Consider playing the virtues variant here as you can easily keep up aegis by dodging Samarog's attacks and jumping the shockwaves.
- You can bring for more CC. You can also consider .
- Consider bringing for 10 player stability.
- You can share aegis to block Deimos's pizza attack or Mind Crush.