Dragonhunter - Radiant Trapper Roamer

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

Focused on: Strike damageMobility and Control

Designed for: WvW Roaming

Difficulty:
Normal
This build was last updated on January 15, 2024 and is up to date for the January 30, 2024 patch.

Overview

A high damage glass-cannon Power Dragonhunter build for WvW roaming.


Skill Bar

Longbow
Sword/Shield
Utility


Skill Variants

Heal

  • - better defense against conditions. The signet can also be more convenient in some matchups (especially against ranged targets) because it doesn't rely on enemies triggering a trap for you to get healed.


Elite

  • - it's a CC that could secure kills for you especially when combined with . Most builds however have an answer to this skill and lets you stay in the fight longer which makes Dragon's Maw the less popular option. On the other hand time doesn't favor you when facing tanky Cele builds, so sometimes your best option is to go all in with the traps and hope for a quick kill.


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Specializations


Equipment

Head
Marauder
Shoulders
Marauder
Chest
Marauder
Hands
Marauder
Legs
Marauder
Feet
Marauder
Backpiece
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Amulet
Dragon
Ring
Dragon
Ring
Dragon
Longbow
Marauder
Sigil
Sigil
Sword
Marauder
Shield
Marauder
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18
Relic


Relics

  • - could be useful in longer fights, providing plenty of extra healing thanks to the many Aegis Aegis sources in the build.


Runes

If you don't care about the mobility provided by Surging, other viable options include:

  • - better burst damage.
  • - it's very close to Scholar in terms of damage, use whichever is cheaper if you're trying to save gold.
  • - defensive and beginner-friendly option but lowers your damage.


Sigils

  • on Longbow - this is good for delivering quick bursts right after swapping to Longbow. Could replace either sigils depending on the tradeoff you want: replacing Vision makes your burst combo less consistent when you don't have both Resolution Resolution and Fury Fury, while replacing Air gives up a strong damage proc.
  • over Cleansing - further increases your damage if you don't mind putting some extra effort into building stacks and giving up some defense against conditions.


Consumables

Food

  • - considered to be the optimal food, strong mix of sustain and damage but requires a cooking skill of 500 to craft.
  • or - extra precision with an armor ignoring damage proc that also heals you.
  • - defensive option.
  • - offensive option.


Utility


Usage

General

  • Try to stay in range, keep your distance whenever possible.
  • is an excellent defensive skill because it's an instant source of Protection Protection that can also be used while CC'd.
  • is unblockable and may even be used to interrupt blocking skills.
  • removes conditions and provides a substantial amount of healing for you and your teammates. It's also an excellent mobility tool in combat and a good way of repositioning yourself.
  • breaks stun and blocks all attacks in front of you, use it to relieve pressure from yourself and your team - for example, you can stand facing foes attempting to cleave downed teammates while you or your team is reviving them.
  • Try to burn through all of your virtues before resorting to . RF is a great panic button when you're being focused by the enemy team and you don't have any CDs left, but Dragonhunter virtues have cast times so any virtues you didn't use before RF will go to waste.


Damage

  • The ring created by 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 if they are far away.
  2. Push them out of the ring with either or .
  3. Pull them back in with (chain skill of ).
  4. If possible, swap weapons and use the remaining knockback skill too that you didn't use 2 steps before.
  • You deal extra damage to enemies affected by , so consider using it before hard hitting skills like .
  • There's a delay on , the final strike doesn't go off immediately after you finish channeling the skill. You could even pull targets in with to make sure they get it and can't dodge or move out right before rings appear. The final strike of this skill does heavy damage.


Sword/Shield

  • This is the defensive set of the build, but still has some hard hitting skills.
  • The main source of burst damage here comes from . Note that the projectiles can be very unreliable in anything but melee range.
  • 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 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, is mainly a combo tool, but you can also use it for general CC 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.


Ratings

This build has a rating of 4 stars based on 1 votes.
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4 stars
Hanz gave this build 4 stars • October 2023
Took a hit with the removal of stealth (trapper rune's 6th bonus was a victim of the relic patch). It can still destroy squishier builds but tanky Cele ones are a problem, you don't have the sustain to beat most of them unless you pull off a surprise burst and they have no answer. Still works but it's not as good as Willbender.

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