Firebrand - Burning Tome



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

Focused on: Condition damageActive defense.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

A Firebrand build for running around in open world. This build inflicts massive amounts of AoE Burning Burning and excels at tagging enemies in group events.

Skill Bar

Axe/TorchHealingUtilityElite
Scepter/Focus

Weapon Variants

  • Your second weapon set is fairly flexible. Scepter/Focus is suggested because it deals high damage and provides an emergency block in Shield of Wrath.png Shield of Wrath. Depending on what you need, you can run Hammer (crowd control), Greatsword (mobility and a pull), or Sword (mobility and projectile defense).

Skill Variants

Utility Skills
Elite Skills

Specializations

Zeal:


Zealous Scepter.png Zealous Scepter



Kindled Zeal.png Kindled Zeal



24px Eternal Armory



Radiance:


Inner Fire.png Inner Fire



Radiant Fire.png Radiant Fire



Amplified Wrath.png Amplified Wrath



Firebrand:


24px Unrelenting Criticism



Legendary Lore.png Legendary Lore



Loremaster.png Loremaster


Variants

Virtues Variant

You can take Virtues instead of Zeal for more sustained damage through burning procs from Permeating Wrath.png Permeating Wrath. This trait line is useful in group events where the Vulnerability Vulnerability from Zeal is likely to overcap.


Virtues:


Unscathed Contender.png Unscathed Contender



Absolute Resolution.png Absolute Resolution



Permeating Wrath.png Permeating Wrath


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 Firebrand - Condi DPS build 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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Ascended Axe.png
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Ascended Torch.png
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Superior Sigil of Smoldering.png
Superior Sigil of Bursting.png
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Ascended Focus.png
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Superior Sigil of Smoldering.png
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Superior Rune of the Renegade
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Malign +5 Agony Infusion
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Spiteful +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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Ascended Amulet.png
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Ascended Axe.png
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Ascended Torch.png
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Superior Sigil of Smoldering.png
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Ascended Focus.png
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Superior Sigil of Smoldering.png
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Malign +5 Agony Infusion

Carrion Variant

You can use Carrion stats as a cheaper alternative to Viper or Grieving, or if you prefer having more health. You lose some burst damage, but in exchange your health is almost doubled.
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Ascended Amulet.png
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Ascended Ring1.png
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Ascended Ring2.png
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Ascended Axe.png
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Ascended Torch.png
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Superior Sigil of Smoldering.png
Superior Sigil of Bursting.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Scepter.png
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Ascended Focus.png
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Superior Sigil of Smoldering.png
Superior Sigil of Corruption.png
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Superior Rune of Balthazar
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Malign +5 Agony Infusion

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
    ,
    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
    , or
    Steamed Red Dumpling Steamed Red Dumpling
    Steamed Red Dumpling.pngSteamed Red Dumpling
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+200 power for 30 seconds on kill+140 condition damage for 30 seconds on kill+25% Magic Find during Lunar New Year
    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

  • Tome of Justice.png Tome of Justice is the main source of your damage, and it resets whenever you kill an enemy thanks to Renewed Justice.png Renewed Justice. Camp in it spamming
    Chapter 4: Scorched Aftermath Chapter 4: Scorched Aftermath
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    10Recharge.png
    Chapter 4: Scorched Aftermath
    Detail the suffering in fire and blood inflicted during Vabbi's occupation.
    Damage.pngDamage: 1135 (3.2)
    Bleeding.pngBleeding (2s): 44 Damage
    Burning.pngBurning (2s): 262 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 5
    Book.pngDuration: 4 seconds
    Book.pngInterval: 1 second
    Radius.pngRadius: 360
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire
    ,
    Chapter 2: Igniting Burst Chapter 2: Igniting Burst
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    Chapter 2: Igniting Burst
    Ignite the air around you in an expanding burst.
    Damage.pngDamage: 195 (0.55)
    Burning.png2Burning (6s): 1572 Damage
    Weakness.pngWeakness (4s): -50% Endurance Regeneration, 50% Fumble (Unrestricted)
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    , and
    Chapter 1: Searing Spell Chapter 1: Searing Spell
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    Chapter 1: Searing Spell
    Fueled by tales of the desolation in Istan, incite a great swelling of heat before you.
    Damage.pngDamage: 391 (1.1)
    Burning.pngBurning (3s): 393 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Range.pngRange: 600
    .
    • Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke
      ¾Activation.png
      8Recharge.png
      Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke
      Ignite the air around you in an expanding burst.
      Damage.pngDamage: 160 (0.45)
      Radius.pngPull: 240
      Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
      Radius.pngRadius: 240
      Range.pngRange: 900
      can be used as an opener to pull enemies together.
    • If there are nearby allies you can use
      Epilogue: Ashes of the Just Epilogue: Ashes of the Just
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      Epilogue: Ashes of the Just
      Recall the memory of fallen heroes, granting allies the searing blades of justice.
      Epilogue Ashes of the Just.png3Ashes of the Just (10s): Your next strike burns with justice.
      Burning.pngBurning (3s): 393 Damage
      Radius.pngRadius: 600
      .
    • If there's nothing to kill to reset Tome of Justice.png Tome of Justice, you can use Renewed Focus.png Renewed Focus to reset it.
  • Before going into Tome of Justice.png Tome of Justice, you should always try to place Symbol of Punishment.png Symbol of Punishment. You should also throw out a Sword of Justice.png Sword of Justice as it provides Vulnerability Vulnerability to make your burst damage hit harder.
  • Use
    Zealot's Flame Zealot's Flame
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    Zealot's Flame
    Set yourself alight, periodically burning up to three nearby foes.
    Zealot's Flame.pngZealot's Flame (3s): Burn nearby foes.
    Burning.pngBurning (6s): 786 Damage
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Book.pngUnblockable
    Radius.pngRadius: 180
     Forward arrow blue.png 
    Zealot's Fire Zealot's Fire
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    Zealot's Fire
    Throw your Zealot's Flame to damage the targeted foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 681
    Burning.png3Burning (3s): 1,179 Damage
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    whenever available. Shield of Wrath.png Shield of Wrath is also worth using for damage.
  • Use Mantra of Flame.png Mantra of Flame off cooldown except for the last charge.
  • If everything you have is on cooldown, fill with axe skills.
    • Never interrupt your axe autoattack chain, as all the damage is loaded in the last hit.

Defense

  • Use Mantra of Solace.png Mantra of Solace and Shield of Wrath.png Shield of Wrath to block incoming attacks.
  • Wall of Reflection.png Wall of Reflection or
    Chapter 3: Valiant Bulwark Chapter 3: Valiant Bulwark
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    10Recharge.png
    Chapter 3: Valiant Bulwark
    Manifest the shimmering purity of the desert sun, reflecting enemy missiles.
    Duration.png5 seconds.
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Book.pngReflects Missiles
    Range.pngRange: 900
    can be used against projectiles.
  • 24px Unrelenting Criticism and Hammer of Wisdom.png Hammer of Wisdom can be used to chain CC groups of enemies.
  • Tome of Courage.png Tome of Courage has many good defensive skills. You can go into it and press a few skills (including
    Epilogue: Unbroken Lines Epilogue: Unbroken Lines
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    Epilogue: Unbroken Lines
    Recalling the memory of heroes past, enchant nearby allies with formidable defenses.
    Aegis.pngAegis (4s): Block the next incoming attack.
    Protection.pngProtection (5s): -33% Incoming Damage.
    Retaliation.pngRetaliation (3s): Reflect incoming damage back to its source.
    Stability.pngStability (5s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared or taunted.
    Unbroken Lines.pngUnbroken Lines (PvE, 5s): 300 Toughness
    Unbroken Lines.pngUnbroken Lines (PvP/WvW, 5s): 200 Toughness
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    if possible) to quickly stack defensive boons.
  • Remember to always dodge and sidestep attacks if possible. Don't get hit by anything you can move out of.

Sustain

  • You have a lot of small heals in Mantra of Solace.png Mantra of Solace and Tome of Resolve.png Tome of Resolve.
    • Always press
      Epilogue: Eternal Oasis Epilogue: Eternal Oasis
      ¾Activation.png
      12Recharge.png
      Epilogue: Eternal Oasis
      Purify your allies with the waters of Amnoon and increase the healing they receive.
      Epilogue Eternal Oasis.png[PvE] Eternal Oasis (8s): 33% Heal Effectiveness
      Epilogue Eternal Oasis.png[PvP/WvW] Eternal Oasis (8s): 20% Heal Effectiveness
      Book.pngConditions Converted to Boons: 5.
      Book.pngNumber of Allied Targets: 5
      Range.pngRange: 600
      first as it increases the healing from all your other skills.
  • To cleanse conditions, you can use Purging Flames.png Purging Flames or
    Chapter 2: Radiant Recovery Chapter 2: Radiant Recovery
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    4Recharge.png
    Chapter 2: Radiant Recovery
    Release a torrent of pages describing the water cycle of the Elon River. Heal allies and grant them swiftness.
    Heal.png[PvE] Healing: 457 (0.77)
    Heal.png[PvP/WvW] Healing: 388 (0.5)
    Book.png[PvE/WvW] Conditions Removed: 3
    Book.png[PvP] Conditions Removed: 2
    Book.pngNumber of Allied Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    . If having lots of trouble with conditions bring Mantra of Lore.png Mantra of Lore.

Crowd Control

  • Blazing Edge.png Blazing Edge
  • Symbol of Vengeance.png Symbol of Vengeance (traited with 24px Unrelenting Criticism)
  • Chains of Light.png Chains of Light
  • Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke
    ¾Activation.png
    8Recharge.png
    Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke
    Ignite the air around you in an expanding burst.
    Damage.pngDamage: 160 (0.45)
    Radius.pngPull: 240
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Range.pngRange: 900
  • Chapter 2: Daring Challenge Chapter 2: Daring Challenge
    ¼Activation.png
    4Recharge.png
    Chapter 2: Daring Challenge
    As the tales recount of Turai, taunt your enemies by issuing an insightfully inciting challenge.
    Damage.pngDamage: 497 (1.4)
    Taunt.pngTaunt (1s): Involuntarily attack foes.
    Aegis.pngAegis (3s): Block the next incoming attack.
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
  • Hammer of Wisdom.png Hammer of Wisdom or Bane Signet.png Bane Signet
Build rating - 5 stars
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3 Ratings
5 stars
Brofenix gave this build 5 stars March 2019

A very very good build in my opinion when combined with the skills listed on the Firebrand - Condi DPS Fractal build, here on Metabattle, and using the rotation listed there. I have so much fun destroying open world mobs, veterans, and meta-event enemies by refreshing F1 Tome of Justice. Once you become skilled at timing when to press F1 to get out of Tome of Justice, in order for the skill to refresh when an enemy dies, you become incredibly powerful. I feel this build is very sturdy as well, able to cleanse conditions using Purging Flames as well as dipping in and out of F2 Tome of Resolve. F3 Tome of Courage gives good Aegis and projectile reflection fairly quickly. And it's INSANE that the Tome's passive effects still work after using any of the Tomes, thanks to using the "Loremaster" trait in the Firebrand trait line. Overall, a great build, the most powerful I have played with tons of damage, as well as damage mitigation and lots of boons to share with allies such as Might, Aegis, Protection, and mild healing. Play this build, once you get Viper's gear you will destroy anything in the open world.

5 stars
Pleasebean gave this build 5 stars September 2018

A very simple bursty condi build for open world content, been running this since the day Firebrand released.

4 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 4 stars September 2018

This build has very bursty damage for a condition build and can apply it liberally in a huge AoE, making it the best farming build for Guardian. It also has tons of utility and defensive cooldowns which can make up for its low defenses.

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