Herald - Fractal Healer

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Focused on: HealingSupport.

Designed for:

 

Expansions required:

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Overview

A Support Herald, which can be played as the main healer in dungeons and fractals. This build provides Might Might and permanent Fury Fury and some Protection Protection. It has excellent healing and CC, high Alacrity Alacrity uptime if the player chooses to, and the
buff.

Skill Bar

 
 
StaffHealingUtilityElite
Sword/ShieldHealingUtilityElite

Specializations

Variants

  • over
    If you're finding that you don't need the extra Energy in damage bursts.

Clarification

  • As a support Can't find such trait "Ferocious Strikes"! Please refer to our trait index
    doesn't help you much.
  • will get rid of potential avengers/vindicators, as well as give your party time to revive you. The CC effect from the trait will also deal quite a significant punch to a nearby bosses break bar.
  • will give you slight sustain, which is useful.

Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of the Monk
18x
Healing +5 Agony Infusion

Variants

  • For a budget or initial version you can also use the Cleric's stat. Although you're going to want Harrier's eventually. The
    coupled with the
    makes for some pretty ridiculous healing.

Consumables

Food:

Delicious Rice Ball Delicious Rice Ball
Delicious Rice Ball.pngDelicious Rice Ball
Nourishment (30m):
Food.png100 Healing Power+10% Healing Effectiveness (Outgoing)+25% Magic Find during Lunar New Year
Consumable

Utility:

Peppermint Oil Peppermint Oil or
Master Maintenance Oil Master Maintenance Oil
Master Maintenance Oil.pngMaster Maintenance Oil
Nourishment (30 m):
Potion.pngGain Concentration equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Concentration equal to 6% of your Healing Power+10% Experience from Kills
Consumable


Usage

Before the Fight

  • Ask your party to stack at the Mistlock Singularity with your Chronomancer if you have one. Be sure to have
    Facet of Nature Facet of Nature
    2Upkeep.png
    Facet of Nature
    Place the facet of nature on yourself to grant nearby allies naturalistic resonance every few seconds to increase outgoing boon duration.
    Facet of Nature.pngFacet of Nature: Pulse Naturalistic Resonance to nearby allies every few seconds.
    Facet of Nature.png Naturalistic Resonance (3s): Increase outgoing boon duration by 50%.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngInvetval: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    active and to be in
    Legendary Dragon Stance Legendary Dragon Stance
    10Recharge.png
    Legendary Dragon Stance
    Invoke the power of the legendary dragon Glint.
    . Once your entire party is here, Activate and Consume each of your facets and finally use True Nature True Nature. During this time your chrono should also be sure to boonstack. Once done activate the Mistlock and engage the boss.

During Damage Periods

  • Use the sword while trying to deal damage. It deals stronger damage than the staff and should you need to you can use
    Envoy of Exuberance Envoy of Exuberance
    ¾Activation.png
    10Energy.png
    15Recharge.png
    Envoy of Exuberance
    Send energy of Glint towards the target area granting protection to allies before releasing a burst of energy healing allies and returning to you. It also grants protection on the way back.
    Heal.pngHealing: 1,940
    Protection.pngProtection (2s): -33% Incoming Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Range.pngRange: 900
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    to heal your party.

Mainly you'll want to be in

Legendary Dragon Stance Legendary Dragon Stance
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Legendary Dragon Stance
Invoke the power of the legendary dragon Glint.

while your party is out of immediate danger. Keep active the facets :

  • Facet of Light Facet of Light
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    Facet of Light
    Legendary Dragon Stance. Place the facet of light on yourself to grant nearby allies regeneration every few seconds.
    Facet of Light.pngFacet of Light: Pulse regeneration to nearby allies every few seconds.
    Regeneration.pngRegeneration (3s): 390 Health
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngInterval: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
  • Facet of Nature Facet of Nature
    2Upkeep.png
    Facet of Nature
    Place the facet of nature on yourself to grant nearby allies naturalistic resonance every few seconds to increase outgoing boon duration.
    Facet of Nature.pngFacet of Nature: Pulse Naturalistic Resonance to nearby allies every few seconds.
    Facet of Nature.png Naturalistic Resonance (3s): Increase outgoing boon duration by 50%.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngInvetval: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 600

and

  • Facet of Darkness Facet of Darkness
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    Facet of Darkness
    Legendary Dragon Stance. Place the facet of darkness on yourself to grant nearby allies fury every few seconds.
    Facet of Darkness.pngFacet of Darkness: Pulse fury to nearby allies every few seconds.
    Fury.pngFury (3s): 20% Critical Chance
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngInterval: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    until you need to use it for a stunbreak or to regain energy.
  • While in the stance you want to deal damage by spamming
    Facet of Elements Facet of Elements
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    Facet of Elements
    Legendary Dragon Stance. Place the facet of elements on yourself to grant nearby allies swiftness every few seconds.
    Facet of Elements.pngFacet of Elements: Pulse swiftness to nearby allies every few seconds.
    Swiftness.pngSwiftness (3s): 33% Movement Speed
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngInterval: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    into
    Elemental Blast Elemental Blast
    ¼Activation.png
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    Elemental Blast
    Legendary Dragon. Consume Facet of Elements to cover the target area in magical dragon breath.
    Damage.pngDamage: 266
    Burn.png3Pulse Three Burning (3s): 1179 Damage
    Chill.pngPulse Two Chilled (3s): -66% Skill Recharge Rate, -66% Movement Speed
    Weakness.pngPulse One Weakness (4s): -50% Endurance Regeneration, 50% Fumble (Unrestricted)
    Book.pngNumber of targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 3
    Radius.pngInterval: 1s
    Radius.pngRadius: 360
    Range.pngRange: 600
    as well as
    Facet of Strength Facet of Strength
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    Facet of Strength
    Legendary Dragon Stance. Place the facet of strength on yourself to grant nearby allies might every few seconds.
    Facet of Strength.pngFacet of Strength: Pulse might to nearby allies every few seconds.
    Might.pngMight (12s): +30 Power, +30 Condition Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngInterval: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    into Burst of Strength Burst of Strength
  • If your team is taking small amounts of damage, switch to
    Legendary Centaur Stance Legendary Centaur Stance
    10Recharge.png
    Legendary Centaur Stance
    Invoke the power of the legendary centaur Ventari.
    , your
    Facet of Nature Facet of Nature
    2Upkeep.png
    Facet of Nature
    Place the facet of nature on yourself to grant nearby allies naturalistic resonance every few seconds to increase outgoing boon duration.
    Facet of Nature.pngFacet of Nature: Pulse Naturalistic Resonance to nearby allies every few seconds.
    Facet of Nature.png Naturalistic Resonance (3s): Increase outgoing boon duration by 50%.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngInvetval: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    will heal them slightly. Use
    Unrelenting Assault Unrelenting Assault
    ½Activation.png
    12Recharge.png
    5Energy.png
    Unrelenting Assault
    Shadowstep and unleash a fierce attack on nearby foes. Gain might each time you damage a foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 202
    Might.pngMight (8s): +30 Power, +30 Condition Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Hits: 7
    Book.pngEvade: ½s
    Range.pngRange: 450
    and
    Precision Strike Precision Strike
    ½Activation.png
    4Recharge.png
    5Energy.png
    Precision Strike
    Strike nearby foes with precision, sending out blades which damage and chill them.
    Damage.pngDamage: 312
    Chill.pngChilled (2s): -66% Skill Recharge Rate, -66% Movement Speed
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
    Range.pngRange: 450
    .
    Envoy of Exuberance Envoy of Exuberance
    ¾Activation.png
    10Energy.png
    15Recharge.png
    Envoy of Exuberance
    Send energy of Glint towards the target area granting protection to allies before releasing a burst of energy healing allies and returning to you. It also grants protection on the way back.
    Heal.pngHealing: 1,940
    Protection.pngProtection (2s): -33% Incoming Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Range.pngRange: 900
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    when needed. Switch back to
    Legendary Dragon Stance Legendary Dragon Stance
    10Recharge.png
    Legendary Dragon Stance
    Invoke the power of the legendary dragon Glint.
    when possible.

During Healing Periods

If you're noticing your party is taking increased damage:

  • First, if you have time, use
    Facet of Chaos Facet of Chaos
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    Facet of Chaos
    Legendary Dragon Stance. Place the facet of chaoson yourself to grant nearby allies protection every few seconds.
    Facet of Chaos.pngFacet of Chaos: Pulse protection to nearby allies every few seconds.
    Protection.pngProtection (3s): -33% Incoming Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngInterval: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 600

into Chaotic Release Chaotic Release

  • switch to
    Legendary Centaur Stance Legendary Centaur Stance
    10Recharge.png
    Legendary Centaur Stance
    Invoke the power of the legendary centaur Ventari.
  • Then use
    Natural Harmony Natural Harmony
    20Energy.png
    2Recharge.png
    Natural Harmony
    Legendary Centaur Stance. Collect energy, pulling it into the tablet to build up its power. After a short delay the energy will be released, healing nearby allies.
    Heal.pngHealing: 1,620
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngDelay Time: 2s
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    You can use it 2 times directly from the switch. Which should keep your party members alive as long as they've not ran off to places they shouldn't be.
  • True Nature True Nature If your party is still taking damage and need further healing. Your energy regeneration should be high enough that you can spam Natural Harmony to keep your party alive. During this time spam
    Facet of Nature Facet of Nature
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    Facet of Nature
    Place the facet of nature on yourself to grant nearby allies naturalistic resonance every few seconds to increase outgoing boon duration.
    Facet of Nature.pngFacet of Nature: Pulse Naturalistic Resonance to nearby allies every few seconds.
    Facet of Nature.png Naturalistic Resonance (3s): Increase outgoing boon duration by 50%.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngInvetval: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    into True Nature True Nature to clear conditions and trigger
  • footnote : this is also the way you give permanent Alacrity Alacrity to your party for the duration. (Useful in fractals such as Thaumanova Reactor Thaumanova Reactor and Deepstone Deepstone
  • Renewing Wave Renewing Wave
    1Activation.png
    15Energy.png
    15Recharge.png
    Renewing Wave
    Send out a wave of mist energy that heals and removes conditions from allies.
    Heal.pngHealing: 1,295
    Book.pngConditions Removed: 2
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    Range.pngRange: 300
    If your party is receiving a lot of conditions that you're not clearing using True Nature True Nature

Slight Explanation on Facets

  • The trait
    will mean that when you consume either your Facets in
    Legendary Dragon Stance Legendary Dragon Stance
    10Recharge.png
    Legendary Dragon Stance
    Invoke the power of the legendary dragon Glint.
    or the
    Facet of Nature Facet of Nature
    2Upkeep.png
    Facet of Nature
    Place the facet of nature on yourself to grant nearby allies naturalistic resonance every few seconds to increase outgoing boon duration.
    Facet of Nature.pngFacet of Nature: Pulse Naturalistic Resonance to nearby allies every few seconds.
    Facet of Nature.png Naturalistic Resonance (3s): Increase outgoing boon duration by 50%.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngInvetval: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    the effect will persist for a few seconds. This will allow you to gain short bursts of the effect which will let you use your energy for other things, and still have the effect without having the energy degradation. This is especially useful with the
    Facet of Chaos Facet of Chaos
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    Facet of Chaos
    Legendary Dragon Stance. Place the facet of chaoson yourself to grant nearby allies protection every few seconds.
    Facet of Chaos.pngFacet of Chaos: Pulse protection to nearby allies every few seconds.
    Protection.pngProtection (3s): -33% Incoming Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngInterval: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    as the upkeep cost is quite large.

The difference between the weapon use

  • Staff is better at CC and healing than the Sword. The
    Renewing Wave Renewing Wave
    1Activation.png
    15Energy.png
    15Recharge.png
    Renewing Wave
    Send out a wave of mist energy that heals and removes conditions from allies.
    Heal.pngHealing: 1,295
    Book.pngConditions Removed: 2
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    Range.pngRange: 300
    is a quite strong heal and cleanses conditions. Due to
    the staff will also heal nearby allies slightly. Most of your idle time will be spent autoattacking with the staff.
  • The sword deals stronger damage than the staff. You'll still be able to heal a slight hit using
    Envoy of Exuberance Envoy of Exuberance
    ¾Activation.png
    10Energy.png
    15Recharge.png
    Envoy of Exuberance
    Send energy of Glint towards the target area granting protection to allies before releasing a burst of energy healing allies and returning to you. It also grants protection on the way back.
    Heal.pngHealing: 1,940
    Protection.pngProtection (2s): -33% Incoming Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Range.pngRange: 900
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    but that won't heal for long.
  • Unrelenting Assault Unrelenting Assault
    ½Activation.png
    12Recharge.png
    5Energy.png
    Unrelenting Assault
    Shadowstep and unleash a fierce attack on nearby foes. Gain might each time you damage a foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 202
    Might.pngMight (8s): +30 Power, +30 Condition Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Hits: 7
    Book.pngEvade: ½s
    Range.pngRange: 450
    is your main source of damage, and will also allow you to dodge some larger attacks.
  • Don't forget
    Precision Strike Precision Strike
    ½Activation.png
    4Recharge.png
    5Energy.png
    Precision Strike
    Strike nearby foes with precision, sending out blades which damage and chill them.
    Damage.pngDamage: 312
    Chill.pngChilled (2s): -66% Skill Recharge Rate, -66% Movement Speed
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
    Range.pngRange: 450
    though. It also deals okay damage.

CC

  • Surge of the Mists Surge of the Mists
    1Activation.png
    15Energy.png
    20Recharge.png
    Surge of the Mists
    Charge forward, knocking back enemies that cross your path.
    Damage.png9Damage: 2,745
    Knockback.pngKnockback: 120
    Book.pngEvade: ½s
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 600
  • Facet of Chaos Facet of Chaos
    -5Upkeep.png
    Facet of Chaos
    Legendary Dragon Stance. Place the facet of chaoson yourself to grant nearby allies protection every few seconds.
    Facet of Chaos.pngFacet of Chaos: Pulse protection to nearby allies every few seconds.
    Protection.pngProtection (3s): -33% Incoming Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngInterval: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    into Chaotic Release Chaotic Release
  • Energy Expulsion Energy Expulsion
    1Activation.png
    35Energy.png
    Energy Expulsion
    Legendary Centaur Stance. Force energy to erupt from the tablet, knocking back foes and leaving behind energy fragments that heal allies.
    Heal.pngHealing Fragment: 1,265
    Knockback.pngKnockback: 450
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngNumber of Fragments: 5
    Duration.pngFragment Duration: 5s
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    Radius.pngRadius: 450
    is also a strong CC, but keep in mind that your tablet will be destroyed and your energy will be drained to 0.

These are your sources of CC

  • If you know the boss is about to regain their break bar. Swtich to
    Legendary Centaur Stance Legendary Centaur Stance
    10Recharge.png
    Legendary Centaur Stance
    Invoke the power of the legendary centaur Ventari.
    , when the bar appears use
    Surge of the Mists Surge of the Mists
    1Activation.png
    15Energy.png
    20Recharge.png
    Surge of the Mists
    Charge forward, knocking back enemies that cross your path.
    Damage.png9Damage: 2,745
    Knockback.pngKnockback: 120
    Book.pngEvade: ½s
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 600
    into
    Energy Expulsion Energy Expulsion
    1Activation.png
    35Energy.png
    Energy Expulsion
    Legendary Centaur Stance. Force energy to erupt from the tablet, knocking back foes and leaving behind energy fragments that heal allies.
    Heal.pngHealing Fragment: 1,265
    Knockback.pngKnockback: 450
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngNumber of Fragments: 5
    Duration.pngFragment Duration: 5s
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    Radius.pngRadius: 450
    , then
    Legendary Dragon Stance Legendary Dragon Stance
    10Recharge.png
    Legendary Dragon Stance
    Invoke the power of the legendary dragon Glint.
    into
    Facet of Chaos Facet of Chaos
    -5Upkeep.png
    Facet of Chaos
    Legendary Dragon Stance. Place the facet of chaoson yourself to grant nearby allies protection every few seconds.
    Facet of Chaos.pngFacet of Chaos: Pulse protection to nearby allies every few seconds.
    Protection.pngProtection (3s): -33% Incoming Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngInterval: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    into Chaotic Release Chaotic Release

Good Party Members

  • As one would expect; A Boon oriented Chronomancer helps out greatly.
  • Shroud oriented Power Reapers benefit greatly from the
    buff as they gain a lot of critical hit chance from their traits.
Build rating - 4 stars
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2 Ratings
3 stars
Staub gave this build 3 stars 2 weeks ago

I am no fan of druid myself and it's great to see more people trying out other support classes. For raids, this is a viable 2nd healer, but sadly, in fractals, Healing Herald performs much worse than other non-meta healers.Yes, you provide might, alacrity, fury and protection, but in 5-pax environment, these boons are easily covered by other either renegade, who also brings more party DPS through Kala + more consistent alacrity, or Firebrand - that allows you to ignore many mechanics thanks to aegis spam/stability etc. Speaking about the build --- if I were to play HH, I would swap shield for sword.

4 stars
Elzonite gave this build 4 stars 3 weeks ago

I've been personally using this for a while. It works great and is able to keep my party alive effectively. It's far more fun to play than the conventional druid and still has the offensive boons that they're generally picked for, plus alacrity. The Healing is great and the utility is great too.

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