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Dragonhunter - Power Dragonhunter

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

Focused on: Strike damage

Designed for: Open World and Open World General

Expansions required: Heart of Thorns builds

Difficulty:
Normal
This build was last updated on May 26, 2024 and is up to date for the March 19, 2024 patch.

Overview

A Power Dragonhunter Dragonhunter build for open world.

This build's strengths include:

  • High mobility
  • Very high AoE damage
  • Very high burst damage
  • Strong innate defense
  • Excellent tagging with Longbow Longbow or Staff Staff.


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Skill Bar

Standard

Greatsword
Longbow
Utility


Weapon Variants


Skill Variants

Heal Skills

  • Signet of Resolve - replaces Litany of Wrath; easier to use but at much lower effectiveness.

Utility Skills

Replace Procession of Blades first, then Bane Signet.

  • Test of Faith - defense + offense; replaces Procession of Blades against moving targets and grants Protection Protection.
  • "Hold the Line!" - defensive; grants area Protection Protection to yourself and nearby allies
  • Wall of Reflection - defensive; reflects projectiles
  • "Advance!" - comfort + defense; provides area Aegis Aegis and Swiftness Swiftness
  • "Stand Your Ground!" - comfort + defense; area Stability Stability and personal stunbreak.
  • Merciful Intervention - mobility

Elite Skills

  • Renewed Focus - defensive option
  • "Feel My Wrath!" - area Quickness Quickness and Fury Fury.


Specializations

  • Fiery Wrath - take this if allies are providing you Might Might.
  • Heavy Light - Comfort Option: Easier to use than Big Game Hunter and provides additional Stability Stability.


Equipment

Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.

Standard Equipment

This set uses gear that is generally applicable in all of PVE.

Head
Berserker
Shoulders
Berserker
Chest
Berserker
Hands
Berserker
Legs
Berserker
Feet
Berserker
Backpiece
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Amulet
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Greatsword
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Longbow
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6


Relic
  • Other relics include Relic of the Dragonhunter, Relic of Fireworks, Relic of Zakiros to trade a minor amount of damage for sustain, Relic of the Cavalier to start combat with boons, or Relic of Durability for a little extra defense.
  • For defense, equip the highest tier Jade Core you can afford. Use defensive food, traits, or skills if required. If necessary, use Knight Knight trinkets.


Consumables

Budget consumables are acceptable for use in open world.

DPS

  • Prioritize Steak Ascended food.
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Defense

Farming

  • Prioritize Steak Ascended food.
  • /
  • (and variants)


Usage

Basics

  • Turn off "Melee Attack Assist" in Options. This allows you to use skills like Whirling Wrath and Binding Blade inside an enemy's hitbox.
  • Use Greatsword Greatsword and Longbow Longbow for DPS. In farm trains, use Longbow Longbow to tag enemies.
  • When solo, focus on keeping high uptime on your Symbols for both defense and damage.

Damage

  • Maintain uptime on Inspiring Virtue with Spear of Justice, Wings of Resolve, and Shield of Courage.
  • Use Procession of Blades, Sword of Justice, and Spear of Justice off cooldown.
  • Use big skills off cooldown and do not interrupt your auto-attack chains.
  • Keep high uptime on Symbols for Vulnerability Vulnerability uptime.
Greatsword
  1. Symbol of Resolution
  2. Whirling Wrath
  3. Fill with Leap of Faith and auto-attacks.
Longbow
  1. Symbol of Energy
  2. Hunter's Ward
  3. True Shot
  4. Fill with auto-attacks.

Basic Opener

A basic opener to delete trash mobs. Open on Longbow Longbow. If using Heavy Light, do not use Spear of Justice, ever.

  1. Use Spear of Justice, Procession of Blades, and Sword of Justice off cooldown.
  2. Procession of Blades
  3. Spear of Justice
  4. Dragon's Maw
  5. Symbol of Energy
  6. Sword of Justice
  7. True Shot
  8. Hunter's Ward
  9. Sword of Justice
  10. Swap Weapons Greatsword Greatsword
  11. Symbol of Resolution
  12. Whirling Wrath
  13. Fill with auto-attacks or Leap of Faith
  14. Whirling Wrath
  15. Symbol of Resolution
  16. Swap Weapons Longbow Longbow

Defense

  • Chain Shield of Courage and Litany of Wrath to cover your opening rotation.
  • Use Wings of Resolve to heal and cleanse conditions.
  • Use Leap of Faith to Blind Blind enemies.
  • Review the defensive skill variants above for more defensive options.

Crowd Control

  • Pull
  • Dragon's Maw
  • Bane Signet (as a last resort)


Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 3 votes.
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5 stars
HossamA.Eldin gave this build 5 stars • August 2023
Best Dps build for Guardian with alot of traps , Easy build
5 stars
Frostbyte gave this build 5 stars • July 2023
This is an outstanding build: flexible, sustainable and capable of inflicting fearsome damage on one's foes. In my experience, even if you *don't* replace Radiance/Virtues with Honor, you can still hold your own and do some decent damage. This flexibility, coupled with various alternate options in gearing (Berserker's vs. Marauder's/Dragon's and Longbow vs. Sword/Focus) as well as individual traits that can (and should) be swapped depending on context make it a proper "hybrid" build reminiscent of the classic Tank/DPS builds in games like WoW, for instance, and allow for extreme survivability and damage output in almost any situation. My *one* complaint is not with the build itself but rather the fact that certain sections of it have yet to be updated (e.g., the rotation/usage section still sings the praises of Resolution despite it not being used very much since the switch to Honor from Radiance). Thanks to the author. Very solid build that I'd recommend to any Zealous (pardon the pun) Guardian fan.
5 stars
Tao1013 gave this build 5 stars • March 2022
This DH open world build is a lot of fun to play. It's fast-paced and effective and with weapon variants like longbow available, it's flexible too. With two build options, this set up can be played seat of your pants glass cannon style or with the Honour variant it's a bit more tanky, so you won't get caught out if you run into more trouble than you were expecting. It's my build of choice for exploring and engaging in the new E.O.D. open world content and storyline.

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