Engineer - Flamethrower Farmer

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

Focused on: EventsTaggingAoECondition DamageSurvivabilty.

Designed for:

This build is up to date as of October 5, 2019.


This engineer build is an excellent entry in the arena of Open World Farming for those without the Heart of Thorns or Path of Fire expansions, or those who just want to play engineer. It primarily focuses on dealing high area damage with Burning Burning. This build does well at farming in a zerg and Tagging enemies.

Skill Bar


Skill Variants

  • can be used if standing still for a while.
  • - can replace to tag more mobs.
  • - trades long-range tagging for more local tagging.


Scrapper and Holosmith Variants

You can replace Tools with either Scrapper or Holosmith. Use the traitlines below:


  • Run instead of



Ascended gear is not required; exotics will work fine.


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Superior Rune of Balthazar
  • You can change your trinkets to Dire/Rabid mix for a massive boost to survivability without a large hit to your damage.
  • You can run full Sinister or Grieving gear if you have access to it.


  • Bowl of Fire Meat Chili Bowl of Fire Meat Chili
    Bowl of Fire Meat Chili.pngBowl of Fire Meat Chili
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+15% burn duration+70 precision+10 Experience from kills
    or Bowl of Spiced Meat Chili 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
    for more dodges.
  • Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream for more healing.
  • is a fantastic food for farming open world. It's cheap, provides a moderate boost to both damage and survivability, and increases magic find significantly.
  • is a great option when you do not need any extra damage or sustain.

  • is a cheap and efficient option.


Event Farming

  • Spam or to tag mobs for loot (ง ͠° ͟ل͜ ͡°)ง
  • Place and to passively tag more enemies and get more loot.
  • 's attacks will count as tags resulting in more loot.
  • Use to get around quickly.

Solo Content

  • Your highest damage skills are , , , , and all your flamethrower skills (other than ). Use these skills whenever available and fill in the gaps with .
    • comes off cooldown after every second ; use its cooldown as a reminder of when to swap back to pistol.
    • Note that knocks enemies away. Try not to knock them out of your own or , or out of the attacks of nearby players. Don't be that engineer.
  • doesn't do much damage but blinds enemies when placed, making it useful for avoiding damage. You can also use , , and to blind enemies.
  • Remember to always dodge and sidestep attacks if possible. Don't get hit by anything you can move out of.
  • You can pick up for a cooldown reduction, or detonate it to blast the water field for more healing. and are additional blast finishers you can use.
    • Never leave your Healing Turret out: the healing you get from the passive regeneration is worse than if you pick it up and put it down again.

Crowd Control

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4 Ratings
5 stars
Apodyopsist gave this build 5 stars January 2019

What's nice about the flamethrower is that it usually works through walls, too. Hide behind a pillar and keep tagging!

5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

Do you like tagging enemies? Do you like setting things on fire? Do you like running in circles around Istan and the Silverwastes? This build is for you.

5 stars
Kazerniel gave this build 5 stars September 2018

I run a variant of this build in open world, and it's simply amazing. It has great cc (especially with Personal Battering Ram) and trash mob tagging ability. I run it with Wanderer gear (which gives Concentration for permanent 16-17 stacks of might and 1-2 stacks of stability!), so the DPS is not so great, but in groups it's not a problem, and I can out-live and out-heal pretty much anything. (The other day I killed Champion Chak Lobber with one other player, and the build worked really well in the recent Crown Pavilion Boss Blitz too.)

1 More Rating
5 stars
JayTheDaniels gave this build 5 stars July 2018

Running a similar build, perfect for Istan or anything where tagging many mobs is important. Flame + scrapper has a synergy that'll keep you alive long enough to loot just about anything in open world content.

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