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Harbinger - Power DPS

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Focused on: Strike damage

Designed for: Raids and Fractals

Expansions required: End of Dragons buildsSecrets of the Obscure builds

Difficulty:
Normal
This build was last updated on June 16, 2024 and is up to date for the June 25, 2024 patch.

Overview

A power DPS build for ReaperHarbinger.


Compared to Reaper, Harbinger has lower burst, but higher sustained damage.

Unlike other necro specialisations, Harbinger's shroud does not act as a second health bar. This, in combination with its Blight mechanic, make it squishier than normal, but does come with the advantage that excess damage cannot eject you from shroud and ruin your rotation.

This build is somewhat dependent on Torment Torment uptime to get the maximum benefit from Wicked Corruption. All shroud abilities generate a little, but if your group doesn't have other sources then some effectiveness will be lost.


Skill Bar

Greatsword
Dagger/Sword
Utility


Skill Variants

Signet of Spite can be swapped out if extra utility is needed:

  • Any Elixir can be used for better personal boon uptimes or condi cleanse.
  • Spectral Grasp - AoE pull for easier cleaving.
  • Corrosive Poison Cloud - destroys projectiles.
  • Summon Flesh Wurm - 1200 range teleport. Can also bodyblock certain projectiles (e.g. Old Tom's poison whirl).


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Specializations


Equipment

Head
Assassin
Shoulders
Berserker
Chest
Berserker
Hands
Berserker
Legs
Berserker
Feet
Berserker
Backpiece
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Amulet
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Greatsword
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Dagger
Berserker
Sword
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x12
Infusion
x6
Relic

Equipment Variants

  • You want to aim for ~2005-2010 precision (with Sigil of Superior Sigil of Accuracy).
  • Rune of Superior Rune of the Scholar would be a tiny DPS loss.
  • Sigil of Superior Sigil of the Night or slaying sigils if you can benefit from the bonus (replacing Sigil of Superior Sigil of Force).
  • If you don't have stat infusions, use Assassin stats Assassin stats legs.


Impact Sigil Variant

If you want to benefit from Sigil of Superior Sigil of Impact, you will need to slot in more assassins pieces:

Head
Assassin
Shoulders
Berserker
Chest
Berserker
Hands
Berserker
Legs
Berserker
Feet
Berserker
Backpiece
Assassin
Accessory
Assassin
Accessory
Assassin
Amulet
Berserker
Ring
Assassin
Ring
Assassin
Greatsword
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Dagger
Berserker
Sword
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18
Relic
  • You want to aim for ~2155 precision.


Consumables

Food:

  • or ascended versions


Utility:


Usage

Rotation

If possible, precast Elixir of Promise just before the fight starts.


Opener

  1. Nightfall - this triggers Relic of Fireworks on each pulse, making the buff last for 12 seconds
  2. Elixir of Ambition to build up blight stacks
  3. Well of Darkness
  4. Well of Suffering
  5. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap
  6. Life Siphon - almost everything can cancel this skill, so make sure it actually hits
  7. Harbinger Shroud


Harbinger Shroud

  1. Dark Barrage
  2. Devouring Cut
  3. Tainted Bolts until Dark Barrage is off cooldown
  4. Dark Barrage
  5. Voracious Arc
  6. Vital Draw
  7. Devouring Cut before you hit 25 blight stacks
  8. Tainted Bolts until Dark Barrage is off cooldown
  9. Dark Barrage
  10. Exit Harbinger Shroud

You should aim to use Dark Barrage off cooldown, opening and closing your shroud section with it. The other skills have some flexibility, with the following considerations:

  • It is optimal to use skills at high Blight stacks
  • Ensure you don't sit at 25 Blight (Devouring Cut and Voracious Arc consume 5 stacks each)
  • Get two uses of Devouring Cut in without delaying your shroud exit
  • Vital Draw triggers Relic of Fireworks, so make sure to use it before the buff runs out


Dagger-to-Greatsword

  1. Hungering Maelstrom
  2. Dark Pact
  3. Devouring Visage (if available)
  4. Gormandize
  5. Consume (if available)
  6. Life Siphon - almost everything can cancel this skill, so make sure it actually hits
  7. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  8. Gravedigger
  9. Death Spiral
  10. Elixir of Promise - this is a priority skill, so don't cast it too quickly
  11. Nightfall
  12. Well of Darkness
  13. Well of Suffering
  14. Grasping Darkness
  15. Harbinger Shroud
  16. Repeat Harbinger Shroud Rotation


Greatsword-to-Dagger

  1. Gravedigger
  2. Death Spiral
  3. Dusk Strike - a single auto is optimal if you're fast enough
  4. Nightfall
  5. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  6. Hungering Maelstrom
  7. Dark Pact
  8. Elixir of Promise - this is a priority skill, so don't cast it too quickly
  9. Devouring Visage (if available)
  10. Gormandize
  11. Consume (if available)
  12. Well of Darkness
  13. Well of Suffering
  14. Life Siphon - almost everything can cancel this skill, so make sure it actually hits
  15. Harbinger Shroud
  16. Repeat Harbinger Shroud Rotation


The full loop cycles between Harbinger Shroud Dagger-to-Greatsword Harbinger Shroud Greatsword-to-Dagger Repeat.

Below 50% health, the rotation changes slightly (see below for details).


Video example

Video example (mainhand sword)


Rotation Explanation

Above 50% health, the rotation boils down to the following:

  • Every time you swap to Greatsword (or exit shroud to it), use each available skill once.
  • Every time you swap to Dagger/Sword (or exit shroud to it) use all available skills once, separating the sword abilities and their flip skill with another skill use.
    • Grasping Darkness and Devouring Visage Consume have long cooldowns and so are only used once each loop.
  • Use elixirs off cooldown.


Below 50% Health

When the boss is below 50% health, your rotation changes due to Gravedigger having no cooldown. As Devouring Visage Consume deals lower damage than Gravedigger, you omit these skills from your loop and do two or three extra Gravediggers while on Greatsword (how many depends on how fast you are).

  • Even though Devouring Visage isn't used for damage below 50%, it triggers Relic of Fireworks, so should be used if this buff drops.


Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 1 votes.
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5 stars
OfficerAndyGentleman gave this build 5 stars • April 2024
Deals great consistent damage without the drawbacks of Reaper (though it also lacks some of the benefits). The stronger class in raids, though probably slightly weaker in fractals.

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