Engineer - Flamethrower Farmer

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

Focused on: FarmingCondition damageTanking.

Designed for:


An Engineer build specialized for farming loot from enemies in large group events. This build is highly mobile and able to tag a lot of enemies at once with Flamethrower.png Flamethrower.

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Skill Variants



24px Blasting Zone

Aim-Assisted Rocket.png Aim-Assisted Rocket

24px Orbital Command


Autodefense Bomb Dispenser.png Autodefense Bomb Dispenser

Mecha Legs.png Mecha Legs

Bunker Down.png Bunker Down


Static Discharge.png Static Discharge

Takedown Round.png Takedown Round

Gadgeteer.png Gadgeteer



Your gear realistically doesn't matter for farming. The suggested gear is a cheap gear set that maximizes your tagging, while also allowing you to deal decent damage if you find yourself separated from the zerg or if you take this build into actual fights.
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Superior Rune of Balthazar


Use Peppermint Omnomberry Bar and Lump of Crystallized Nougat for maximum farming efficiency.
If you're using this build for actual fights and having trouble you can use the following consumables:
  • Koi Cake Koi Cake
    Koi Cake.pngKoi Cake
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+100 Expertise+70 Condition Damage+10 Experience from kills
    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]
    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.
  • 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



I Got Separated And Now Have To Fight Mobs

  • Your highest damage skills are Blowtorch.png Blowtorch, Rocket Kick.png Rocket Kick, Throw Napalm.png Throw Napalm, Incendiary Ammo.png Incendiary Ammo, and all your flamethrower skills (other than Smoke Vent.png Smoke Vent). Use these skills whenever available and fill in the gaps with Flame Jet.png Flame Jet.
    • Use Detonate Flame Blast.png Detonate Flame Blast right after it rolls through your target so that you hit with both the ball and the explosion. Detonate it in the fire field from Napalm.png Napalm or Throw Napalm.png Throw Napalm to blast area might.
    • Blowtorch.png Blowtorch comes off cooldown after every second Flame Blast.png Flame Blast; use its cooldown as a reminder of when to swap back to pistol.
    • Note that Air Blast.png Air Blast knocks enemies away. Try not to knock them out of your own Napalm.png Napalm or Throw Napalm.png Throw Napalm, or out of the attacks of nearby players. Don't be that engineer.
  • Flame Turret.png Flame Turret doesn't do much damage but blinds enemies when placed, making it useful for avoiding damage. You can also use Static Shot.png Static Shot, Smoke Vent.png Smoke Vent, and Flash Shell.png Flash Shell 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 Healing Turret.png Healing Turret up for a cooldown reduction, or detonate it to blast the water field for more healing. Flame Blast.png Flame Blast and Detonate Flame Turret.png Detonate Flame Turret 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

Build rating - 5 stars
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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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