Herald - Hammer Backline

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Part of the current metagame.

Our curator decided this build is in the current metagame regardless of rating. The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Direct damageUtility.

Designed for:



A Power based Herald build for WvW. The utility of Glint, the mobility of Shiro and the damage of Hammer 2 allow this build to deal massive damage with great sustain.

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Legend Variants

Legendary Assassin Stance.png Legendary Assassin Stance


Swap Mallyx(Demon) out for Shiro (Assassin) for easy escapes and mobility at the cost of the DPS increase from [Skill|Embrace the Darkness].

Legendary Dwarf Stance.png Legendary Dwarf Stance


Swap Mallyx(Demon) out for Jalis (Dwarf) to trade damage and resistance for AoE and group damage reduction.



Vicious Lacerations.png Vicious Lacerations

Assassin's Presence.png Assassin's Presence

Swift Termination.png Swift Termination


  • Brutality.png Brutality constant stability removal with quickness uptime but less DPS.


Rising Tide.png Rising Tide

Incensed Response.png Incensed Response

Roiling Mists.png Roiling Mists



Rising Momentum.png Rising Momentum

Shared Empowerment.png Shared Empowerment

Forceful Persistence.png Forceful Persistence


Retribution brings powerful incoming damage reduction, at the cost of outgoing damage.


Close Quarters.png Close Quarters

Eye for an Eye.png Eye for an Eye

Vicious Reprisal.png Vicious Reprisal


Ascended Head (Heavy).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Shoulders (Heavy).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Chest (Heavy).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Hands (Heavy).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Legs (Heavy).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Heavy).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory1.png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory2.png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Amulet.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Ring1.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Ring2.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Hammer.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Accuracy.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Staff.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Bloodlust.png
Superior Sigil of Energy.png
Superior Rune of the Scholar.png6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
Mighty WvW Infusion.png18x
Mighty WvW Infusion


  • Carrot Soufflé Carrot Soufflé
    Carrot Soufflé.pngCarrot Soufflé
    Nourishment (60 m):
    Food.png+200 power for 30s after killing an enemy+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from kills
  • Furious Sharpening Stone Furious Sharpening Stone
    Furious Sharpening Stone.pngFurious Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Power equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Ferocity equal to 3% of your Precision+10% Experience from Kills



  • Assassin's can be used over Berserker's to manipulate crit chance as can precision infusions.
  • Use Marauder's if you find you need extra defensive stats.


Staff only


  • If 25 Might Might can't be maintained without it, or for party support.


  • Fried Oyster Sandwich Fried Oyster Sandwich
    Fried Oyster Sandwich.pngFried Oyster Sandwich
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+10% Damage Reduction+70 Power+10 Experience from kills
    defensive option.
  • Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Food.png+100 Power+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    offensive option.



  • Coalescence of Ruin.png Coalescence of Ruin is your bread and butter damage skill, try to land it as often as possible.
    • Coalescence of Ruin.png Coalescence of Ruin will only hit a maximum of 5 targets across all three pulses and increases in damage the further the pulse is from you. Try to hit with the second or third pulse rather than the first when possible.
  • Phase Smash.png Phase Smash gives a 1.25s Evade frame and a Blast Finisher, be careful not to get caught behind your group while casting this skill.
    • You can Phase Smash.png Phase Smash through traps and marks to activate them without taking any damage.
  • Drop the Hammer.png Drop the Hammer has a long cast time, so try to predict where the enemies will go or use it on stationary targets like downed players that the enemy will move on to.


Glint (Legendary Dragon Stance)

Shiro (Legendary Assassin Stance)

Mallyx(Legendary Demon Stance) Variant

  • Embrace the Darkness.png Embrace the Darkness is a huge personal damage and general stat increase, and should be maintained as much as possible.
  • Not only is Pain Absorption.png Pain Absorption a personal stunbreak, but it also gives AoE resistance to allies. Great against condition pressure.


  • Both Chaotic Release.png Chaotic Release and Jade Winds.png Jade Winds have obvious tells and are easy to dodge, stow weapons to cancel casting if they're about to be evaded/blinded - this will save all the energy cost and only send the skill on a cd of 4 seconds. The same qualities make these skills perfect for fake casting them by stowing weapon immediately after beginning to cast, baiting enemy dodges/blocks.
  • Jade Winds.png Jade Winds might help removing siege from otherwise blocked positions (eg. arrowcards on walls)


  • Skill usage is reliant on energy management
  • Potential to be locked into the wrong stance at the wrong time
  • Heavy condition pressure


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Build rating - 5 stars
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8 Ratings
4 stars
Threather gave this build 4 stars last month

Best backline open field/defending build there is. Dwarf herald is slightly more necessary rev spec but this is still very strong. Very weak build inside enemy keeps and towers, dies easily as people can cloud it down thus 4 stars as you're better off in the more survivable retribution version or staff weaver often times.

This however deserves 5 stars when there is no commander, enemy is much stronger than you or it is only open field fights.

5 stars
Pleasebean gave this build 5 stars March 2019

Best and easiest build for poor man in WvW so far, monstrous damage, easy to get away from pressure thanks to Impossible Odds and Riposting Shadows. A build truly meant for pirate ship.

5 stars
Pope of Dope gave this build 5 stars February 2019

Best herald build for pirateship or if you play like an ele. Most heralds use the frontline build esp if you don't pirateship 24/7. So for the situation described it deserves 5 stars. But you should prob just play frontline and push like a man.

5 More Ratings
5 stars
Hanz gave this build 5 stars January 2019

For pugging it doesn't get much better than this. A+ aoe damage from a safe distance with a very versatile kit. Plenty of evasion for sustain, glint heal as the panic button, bit of group utility, etc. As fun as it is effective.

4 stars
Berg gave this build 4 stars September 2018

not gvg meta anymore. Since winter 17/18 and nerfs of the warrior bubble ("wind of disenchantment"), "coalescence of ruin" and sourge shades in spring, guilds tend to play rather melee focussed and rev is played with dragon and dwarf (or demon) legends and corresponding trait lines. sometimes there is even NO revenant in a comp. however this build is great for a pirateship comp

5 stars
Irrevenant gave this build 5 stars January 2018

Use malicious reprisal in devastation tree if want to be top dps in your squad. Play like a pro not a casual. :****

5 stars
Nailuj gave this build 5 stars December 2017

A staple build in any pirateship comp. This build is offers the highest consistent damage in the game.

5 stars
Xivor gave this build 5 stars October 2017

Excellent build and coming back to meta with the current pirate ship meta forming post-PoF. This build has replaced Condi Rev at this time as the defacto go-to rev build. Gear in they current meta may have some alterations, but functionally, the build is the same.

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