Druid - Condi Trapper



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

Focused on: Condition damageSustainActive defense.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

A Druid build for running around in open world. This build deals good AoE condition damage and has access to amazing utility and self-sustain.

Skill Bar

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ShortbowHealingUtilityElite
Staff

Pets

A good Ranger swaps pets depending on the situation. Here are some pets worth having:

Weapon Variants

  • If you don't need the defensive utility of Staff, you can run Axe/Torch for more damage.

Skill Variants

Utility Skills

Specializations

Skirmishing:


Trapper's Expertise.png Trapper's Expertise



Hidden Barbs.png Hidden Barbs



Light on your Feet.png Light on your Feet



Wilderness Survival:


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Refined Toxins.png Refined Toxins



Poison Master.png Poison Master



Druid:


Druidic Clarity.png Druidic Clarity



Verdant Etching.png Verdant Etching



Ancient Seeds.png Ancient Seeds


Equipment

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

Standard Equipment

The Standard Variant uses similar gear to the Soulbeast - Condi DPS and Druid - Boon Support Healer builds for fractals and raids. This makes it a good general-purpose gear set and is the gear that most players should aim for.
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Spiteful +5 Agony Infusion
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Malign +5 Agony Infusion

Optimal Equipment

The Optimal Variant is the best possible gear for this build. It's overkill in most cases, and you should only get it if you have spare gold or you don’t care about fractals and raids.
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Carrion Variant

You can run Carrion stats as a cheaper alternative while you're working your way up to Viper, or if you prefer having more health. You lose about 10% damage but your health is increased by 60%.
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Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food:
  • Koi Cake Koi Cake
    Koi Cake.pngKoi Cake
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+100 Expertise+70 Condition Damage+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    or
    Saffron Stuffed Mushroom Saffron Stuffed Mushroom
    Saffron Stuffed Mushroom.pngSaffron Stuffed Mushroom
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.pngGain +200 condition damage for 30 seconds when you kill a foe. (This effect does not stack)+70 Precision+10% Experience from kill[sic]
    Consumable
    for more damage.
  • Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew.pngBowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png100% chance to gain might when you dodge.+40% to your Endurance refill rate.+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    for more dodges.
  • Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream for more healing.
Utility:
  • Tuning Icicle Tuning Icicle
    Tuning Icicle.pngTuning Icicle
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Condition Damage equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Condition Damage equal to 8% of your Expertise+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable

Usage

Damage

  • Shortbow is your main weapon. Use Poison Volley.png Poison Volley and Crippling Shot.png Crippling Shot whenever available and fill with autoattacks.
  • Flanking enemies is important with this build, as your short bow skills deal significantly more damage when hitting from the back or the side. Dodge through enemies before unloading your condition burst.
  • Use your traps off cooldown. Entangle.png Entangle is also worth using for damage.
  • Ancient Seeds.png Ancient Seeds is a potent damage increase. Set up enemies with Concussion Shot.png Concussion Shot, Glyph of Equality.png Glyph of Equality, or Lunar Impact.png Lunar Impact, then hit all of them at the same time with a skill such as Flame Trap.png Flame Trap to proc Ancient Seeds.png Ancient Seeds on all of them.

Defense

  • Use the endurance regeneration from Natural Vigor.png Natural Vigor to dodge incoming attacks.
  • This build has a lot of crowd control that you can use to interrupt or lock down enemies. Entangle.png Entangle both immobilizes enemies and deals good damage. Vine Surge.png Vine Surge, Lunar Impact.png Lunar Impact, and Glyph of Equality.png Glyph of Equality provide heavy crowd control.
  • Sublime Conversion.png Sublime Conversion not only nullifies projectiles but converts them to healing.
  • Ancestral Grace.png Ancestral Grace can be used to evade attacks and reposition.
  • One tactic for dealing with dangerous enemies is to bring Juvenile Murellow Juvenile Murellow or another tanky pet. This lets you deal damage from a safe distance while enemies are focused on your pet.
  • Remember to always dodge and sidestep attacks if possible. Don't get hit by anything you can move out of.

Sustain

  • This build gets an insane amount of sustain from Celestial Avatar.png Celestial Avatar. This skill is a stun break that removes all conditions from you and replaces your entire skill bar with healing skills.
    • Lunar Impact.png Lunar Impact is by far the most useful skill: a burst heal, blast finisher, and CC rolled into one. You should use this every time you go into Celestial Avatar.png Celestial Avatar.
    • Seed of Life.png Seed of Life blinds enemies, cleanses a condition, and heals you for a small amount. Notably, if you cast it and then exit Celestial Avatar.png Celestial Avatar, the healing will give you astral force.
    • Cosmic Ray.png Cosmic Ray is a spammable heal that you can use if you're still low on health.
    • You don't have to stay in Celestial Avatar.png Celestial Avatar for the whole duration. If you use only the skills you need, then immediately exit, you can save astral force for the next time you go into Celestial Avatar.png Celestial Avatar.
  • Staff is a strong defensive weapon with another heal and blast finisher on Ancestral Grace.png Ancestral Grace. If using the Optimal gear setup, swapping to Staff refills your endurance and grants lifesteal on your next attack.
  • In addition to excellent healing, Healing Spring.png Healing Spring provides a water field that you can blast with Lunar Impact.png Lunar Impact or Ancestral Grace.png Ancestral Grace for even more healing. Sublime Conversion.png Sublime Conversion is another water field you can use.
  • Between Healing Spring.png Healing Spring and Celestial Avatar.png Celestial Avatar, you should never have trouble with conditions.

Crowd Control

Build rating - 4 stars
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1 Ratings
4 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 4 stars September 2018

This build has great utility and good sustained ranged damage, which makes it a good choice for soloing difficult bosses. It's less practical for regular open world but still has enough AoE damage for farming trash mobs without trouble.

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