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Firebrand - Power Firebrand

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

Focused on: Direct damageArea damageRanged damageMelee damageDpsSurvivalSupportSolo playGroup playRoaming.

Designed for:

  

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Overview

A fantastic general build for open world that brings high burst damage, decent DPS, and excellent self-support in the form of boons, stunbreaks, and defense. This build is a great generalist that can hold its own in all but the most challenging content.

Pros:

  • Self-boons like crazy
  • Very high burst damage (though not as high as DH)
  • Swiss Army Knife toolkit

Cons:

  • Really squishy, even with lots of protection uptime
  • Very immobile

Skill Bar

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Sword/Focus

Weapon Variants

  • Scepter/Focus - use when soloing difficult mobs.
  • Staff - use in zergs

Skill Variants

  • Do not replace .
  • - grants more retaliation uptime for boss fights.
  • - more crowd control.
  • - more condition cleanse.
  • - blinds enemies.
  • or - if projectiles are a problem.
  • if you need stability. NOTE: This is recommended when zerging, as getting CC'd is virtually the only way to actually die in farming zergs.

Specializations

Build Code

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Variants

  • - better with in mobile zergs since symbols won't stack much
  • - provides high uptime on protection, especially good with the Diviner stat icon.png Diviner variant below.

Roaming Variant: Honor

For extremely difficult content, it maybe worth taking Honor instead of Zeal. This is a significant damage loss but allows you to dodge much more often.



Equipment

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

Standard Equipment

This variant is the standard variant for open world. It does overcap crit while retaliation is active, but performs the best overall since retaliation uptime is so low.
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Berserker Variant

This variant hits just over 100% crit chance while Fury and Retaliation are active.
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  • With this variant, mix in a few pieces of Marauder stat icon.png Marauder or Knight stat icon.png Knight's gear for extra defense if needed.

Diviner Variant

This variant provides nearly 60% boon duration, which makes most of your boons permanent.
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  • With this variant specifically, you can mix in some pieces of Commander stat icon.png Commander's gear for extra defense if needed.

Variant Equipment

There are lots of options when it comes to other equipment that can help this build shine in specific situations.

Gear

The gear sets provided above are generally considered the best options. Follow their specific variants.

Runes

While are the highest DPS option for this build due to its very high crit chance, other options exist:

  • , , - all great defensive options
  • , , - budget option to

Sigils

  • - provides more evades; with good play, this sigil alone can turn most builds into Solo builds.
  • - hilarious sigil on this build with the Diviner variant when killing many mobs; mostly for meme's sake.
  • - helps with condi pressure, which this build is already very good at dealing with.

Consumables

Solo

This food assists with more difficult content, such as bosses or bounties.
Food
  • , - Defense/Damage
  • , - Damage
Utility
  • - Damage

Farming

This food is used to maximize profit when farming events.
Food
  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain (requires crit chance)
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
Utility
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma

Usage

Damage

  • Retaliation Retaliation is a massive damage boost so you should try to have it up as much as possible. Your main retaliation sources are , , and . Always make sure you have retaliation before using your high-damage skills (e.g. by casting before anything else).
  • is your strongest burst damage opener due to the high flat damage of its skills and the Quickness Quickness it generates. Use
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    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
    to pull enemies together if needed, followed by
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    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
    ,
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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 immediately closing the tome.
    • The cooldown of resets off every kill thanks to .
  • Once you've gone through your main damage skills are , , , , , and . Swap between your weapons using these skills whenever possible, and fill with autoattacks.
    • Never interrupt your autoattack chain as all the damage is loaded in the last hit.
  • This build has access to a lot of short bursts of Quickness Quickness from mantras and . Use them to speed up the cast time of your burst damage skills.
  • Fight enemies in your symbols to get the damage buff from .

Defense

  • Use and to block incoming attacks.
  • , , and blind enemies.
  • , , , or
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    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.
  • has many good defensive skills. You can go into it and press a few skills (including
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    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 .
    • Always press
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      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
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    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
    . You can also use in the light field from your symbols.
    • If having lots of trouble with conditions bring .

Crowd Control

  • Binding Blade
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    Binding Blade
    Throw blades at your foes, causing damage over time. Bound foes can be pulled to you. The effect ends when a foe moves out of range.
    Damage.pngDamage: 369
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngMaximum Blade Duration: 10 seconds
    Radius.pngMaximum Leash Range: 600
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
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    Pull
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    Pull your foes to you.
    Radius.pngLeash Range: 600
    Range.pngRange: 600
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    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
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    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
  • (as a last resort)
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Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars July 2020

A very capable build in open world that can complete all but the most extreme content. Firebrand as a class is extremely versatile and is a great option for any farming you could want to do.

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