Firebrand - Power Firebrand

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

Focused on: Strike damageSupportDps.

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Overview

A strong generalist that brings support for allies while maintaining decent burst damage.

Pros:

  • Strong boon support
  • Versatile toolkit

Cons:

  • Relies heavily on active defense
  • Relatively immobile.

Skill Bar

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Sword/Focus

Weapon Variants

  • Scepter - lower DPS than sword, but 900 range
  • Axe - moderate DPS mainhand that has a strong pull
  • Shield - pair with Valor for huge toughness and a good block
  • Staff - excellent ranged weapon while zerging

Skill Variants

  • - grants more resolution and stability uptime for boss fights.
  • - more crowd control.
  • - more condition cleanse.
  • - blinds enemies.
  • or - if projectiles are a problem.
  • - strong stability source
  • - strong stunbreak
  • - teleport with a long cooldown
  • - teleport to allies with a long cooldown

Specializations

Build Code

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  • - better in mobile zergs

Honor

Honor can be taken for more defense at the cost of damage.


  • - extreme condition cleanse
  • - extra might uptime

Valor

Valor can be taken for more defense at the cost of damage.


  • - high sustain if taking multiple meditations
  • , - good if keeping focus over shield

Virtues

Virtues can be taken for more Resolution Resolution uptime and ally support at the cost of damage.


  • - if taking consecrations
  • - if cc is an issue

Equipment

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

Berserker

This set uses gear similar to Dragonhunter - Power DPS, making it excellent for general PVE.

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Marauder Variant

This set trades a small amount of damage for a 60% boost to health.

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Diviner Variant

This set offers higher boon support in general without sacrificing much damage.

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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

  • - if below 95% crit chance with fury, use these to crit cap
  • - budget DPS
  • - good DPS, high burst, and boon duration
  • , , - general defense

Sigils

  • - budget DPS
  • - provides more evades; with good play, this sigil alone can turn most builds into Solo builds.
  • - use on the Diviner set For the Meme
  • - helps with condi pressure, which this build is already very good at dealing with.

Consumables

Farming

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
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
Utility
  • , , - general farming

Solo

This food assists with more difficult content, such as bosses or bounties. Ascended versions of these are available and should be used when possible.
Food
  • - permanent Fury Fury when farming trash or with a zerg
  • - extreme sustain when farming trash or with a zerg
  • - a huge boost to damage whenf arming trash or in a zerg
  • , - DPS food
  • , - Defense and Might Might
  • - Lifesteal
  • , , - Damage Reduction Food
Utility
  • , - Damage


Usage

Damage

Resolution & Radiance

If running Radiance, your damage becomes highly reliant on your Resolution Resolution uptime. Fortunately, you have several ways of generating this:

  • , which conveniently lines up with your quite well
  • , which also doubles as an extremely powerful stunbreak
  • , which provides resolution for several seconds
  • , which has a long cooldown and might kill you if used in a large group
  • if running Virtues, which grants you resolution any time you use a Virtue.

Virtue Spam

When running Radiance, and especially if running Virtue, you can spam your Virtue 1 to gain permanent resolution and quickness any time you're zerging in a large group, on top of a 10% damage modifier from . This is becaues resets its cooldown any time a mob is killed.

Priority

For Greatsword, you want to time your with your .

  1. - spread out the usage of this through your rotation to ensure high vuln uptime
  2. , , , - if you don't currently have quickness, use these
  3. - it is worth delying your for a moment in order to line it up with the symbol
  4. autos

For Sword, Focus the priority is quite similar, but we replace with :

  1. - spread out the usage of this through your rotation to ensure high vuln uptime
  2. , , , - if you don't currently have quickness, use these
  3. autos

Note that for both of these weapon sets it is important to avoid interrupting your attack chains.

Opener

For a general-use opener, see the following:

  • Open on Sword/Focus
  1. Weapon Swap
  2. + + - (note, it is better to delay the mantras until after whirling wrath if using the Diviner setup)
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    Chapter 4: Scorched Aftermath
    Detail the suffering in fire and blood inflicted during Vabbi's occupation.
    Damage.pngDamage: 710 (2.0)
    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
    + Close Tome
  4. Fill with autos until Symbol is back up
  5. + + - (note, it is better to delay the mantras until after whirling wrath if using the Diviner setup)
  6. Weapon Swap
  7. + +

If mobs are spread out, it may be more beneficial to start your opener with greatsword for and simply skip the opener.

Defense

  • Use and to block incoming attacks.
  • , , and blind enemies.
  • , , , or
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    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.
  • 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.
    Stability.pngStability (5s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared or taunted.
    Unbroken Lines.pngUnbroken Lines (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.pngEternal Oasis (8s): 20% Heal Effectiveness
      Book.pngConditions Converted to Boons: 2
      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.pngHealing: 388 (0.5)
    Book.pngConditions Removed: 1
    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
  • Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke Chapter 3: Heated Rebuke
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    Ignite the air around you in an expanding burst.
    Damage.pngDamage: 4 (0.01)
    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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    Chapter 2: Daring Challenge
    As the tales recount of Turai, taunt your enemies by issuing an insightfully inciting challenge.
    Damage.pngDamage: 4 (0.01)
    Taunt.pngTaunt (1s): Involuntarily attack foes.
    Resolution.pngResolution (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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