Firebrand - Quickness Support Power DPS

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

Focused on: Boon support and Strike damage

Designed for: Fractals

Overview

This build provides 100% Quickness Quickness uptime on a closely stacked group while having strong personal DPS and burst. It pairs well with a Renegade - Boon Support Power DPS (Fractal) providing alacrity. Note that unless your group is consistently phasing bosses in under ~15 seconds then Firebrand - Quickness Support Condi DPS will perform better.


Skill Bar

Sword/Focus
Greatsword
Utility


Weapon Variants

  • Axe can be brought for the extra pull.
  • Scepter can be used if a ranged option is necessary. Note that Fury Fury uptime will suffer without Sword or Axe.


Skill Variants

  • over for group stability if the renegade is unable to provide any.


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Specializations


Equipment

Head
Berserker
Shoulders
Assassin
Chest
Diviner
Hands
Assassin
Legs
Diviner
Feet
Assassin
Backpiece
Diviner
Accessory
Assassin
Accessory
Assassin
Amulet
Diviner
Ring
Assassin
Ring
Assassin
Sword
Assassin
Focus
Assassin
Sigil
Sigil
Greatsword
Assassin
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18


Equipment Variants

The above gear assumes you have 162 Agony Resistance. If you have a different amount you will need to adjust your gear accordingly (the more AR you have, the fewer diviner and assassin pieces you need). Aim for ~42% boon duration and 2365 precision (assuming you will not have or ). As you gain more AR, you can start swapping some Assassin stats Assassin stats pieces to Berserker stats Berserker stats.

If you're struggling to maintain adequate quickness, you can run additional diviners gear at a very minor personal DPS loss. If you primarily play with disorganized groups it may be worth investing in as much Diviner gear to ensure good quickness uptime.


Eagle Rune Variant

At 162 AR, and deal practically the same damage, so this may be a good option if you are struggling to stay above 90% health. This version also allows you to reuse some gear pieces from a DPS Dragonhunter. As you gain additional AR however, it will start to fall behind .

Head
Assassin
Shoulders
Assassin
Chest
Diviner
Hands
Assassin
Legs
Diviner
Feet
Assassin
Backpiece
Diviner
Accessory
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Amulet
Diviner
Ring
Assassin
Ring
Berserker
Sword
Berserker
Focus
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Greatsword
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18


Consumables

Food

Utility


Usage

, , and are used to maintain quickness on your group. can be cast as soon as it is available, while you should cast your mantra charges every 10 seconds, being careful not to use the last charge of your mantras unless the fight is nearly over (or you desperately need to heal yourself/a party member with your heal).

Use on every defiance bar you can - the buff from will last the majority of the phase, and if it doesn't, you should be playing condi quickbrand instead.

The Aegis Aegis from can be used to let your party ignore some attacks that they would otherwise need to dodge.


Rotation

The rotation is generally the same as Build:Dragonhunter_-_Power_DPS, however minor changes are made to account for the difference in Elite Specializations and shorter phases in fractals.

Precast , Epilogue Ashes of the Just Epilogue Ashes of the Just, and Chapter 4 Scorched Aftermath Chapter 4 Scorched Aftermath and then start on Sword/Focus.

  1. (optional - use if the boss will take more than 5 seconds to phase)
  2. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  3. Autoattack until is available
  4. Autoattack until is available
  5. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  6. Autoattack until is available and repeat from step 1
  • Use your charges when you don't have enough time before the next key skill to complete a full autoattack chain.
  • Try to start phases with Chapter 4 Scorched Aftermath Chapter 4 Scorched Aftermath both for the damage and to provide a fire field for some Might Might blasting.
  • See Build:Dragonhunter_-_Power_DPS for more usage tips, including encounter-specific information.

Video Example (using scepter)


Ratings

This build has a rating of 2 stars based on 3 votes.
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2 stars
Cat gave this build 2 stars • May 2021
This build should never be used in longer encounters until FB receives a power mod trait. It is only good for short phase encounters like fractals and dungeons where you can phase/kill a boss in <10s.
2 stars
Walrus6390 gave this build 2 stars • June 2020
Power Firebrand is inferior DPS to Condi Firebrand. The Firebrand traitline completely lacks any power damage increases, while heavily focusing on condi damage. The only place Power might outperform Condi is Keep Construct due to low armor. Even with record-level phase times, Condi Firebrand outperforms Power Firebrand on bosses like Slothasor.
3 stars
Screaming gave this build 3 stars • April 2020
A decent alternative to Chronomancer should you need quickness and not want a Chronomancer, with a very simple rotation and your sources of quickness being easy to understand, coupled with the ability to grant an offensive buff if using Perfect Inscriptions with Bane Signet and some great panic buttons within Tome of Resolve and Tome of Justice. Sadly, it will fall short of the condition variant of this build on the vast majority of bosses: if the phases are not extremely quick and there are no breakbars, the condition variant will pull ahead by a very large margin; while also ironically having good burst despite its condition-based nature. For casual or relaxed groups - and probably every single pug group no matter the boss, the condition variant is better. For high end groups, stacking guardians with Feel My Wrath better. It is very much a fractal build, rather than a raid build. While it does have its place, I would not recommend it when the condition variant is so much stronger.

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