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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:

Overview

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.

Skill Bar

 
 
HammerHealingUtilityElite
StaffHealingUtilityElite

Legend Variants

Hammer
Healing
Utility
Elite
Hammer Bolt
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Hammer Bolt
Hurl your weapon at enemies, striking foes in its path.
Damage.pngDamage: 209
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
Book.pngPierces
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Coalescence of Ruin
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Coalescence of Ruin
Slam the ground with your hammer, creating a cascading eruption of energy.
Damage.pngFirst Impact: 246
Damage.pngSecond Impact: 369
Damage.pngFinal Impact: 492
Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 3
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Phase Smash
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Phase Smash
Leap through the Mists to the target area. When you land, damage and chill foes in an area, then teleport back to your previous location.
Damage.pngDamage: 246
Chilled.pngChilled (2s): -66% Skill Recharge Rate, -66% Movement Speed
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Book.pngEvade: ½ seconds
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Field of the Mists
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Field of the Mists
Create a field from the Mists that blocks incoming projectiles in front of you.
Duration.pngDuration: 6 seconds
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Field: Dark
Drop the Hammer
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Drop the Hammer
Summon a massive hammer from the Mists to strike the ground.
Damage.pngDamage: 308
Knockdown.pngKnockdown: 2 seconds
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Soothing Stone
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Soothing Stone
Legendary Dwarf Stance. Heal yourself and remove conditions. Gain retaliation for each condition removed.
Healing.pngHealing: 5,501
Retaliation.pngRetaliation (2s): Reflect incoming damage back to its source.
Book.pngConditions Removed: 3
Inspiring Reinforcement
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Inspiring Reinforcement
Legendary Dwarf Stance. Create a stone road that damages and weakens foes as it's created. Once it's created it will pulse, granting stability to allies.
Damage.pngDamage: 266
Stability.pngStability (1½s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared or taunted.
Weakness.pngWeakness (6s): -50% Endurance Regeneration, 50% Fumble (Unrestricted)
Book.pngCascading Attacks: 6
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Book.pngPulses: 5
Duration.pngDuration: 5 seconds
Combo.pngCombo Field: Lightning
Range.pngRange: 600
Forced Engagement
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Forced Engagement
Legendary Dwarf Stance. Launch a chain at your target. When the chain connects with a foe, it slows and taunts them.
Damage.pngDamage: 133
Taunt.pngTaunt (2s): Involuntarily attack foes.
Slow.pngSlow (2s): Skills and actions are slower.
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Vengeful Hammers
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Vengeful Hammers
Legendary Dwarf Stance. Invoke hammers to circle around you, damaging foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 40
Healing.pngHealing: 56
Vengeful Hammers.pngVengeful Hammers: -20% Incoming Damage, -20% Incoming Condition Damage
Book.pngNumber of Hammers: 2
Radius.pngRadius: 120
Book.pngUnblockable
Rite of the Great Dwarf
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Rite of the Great Dwarf
Legendary Dwarf Stance. Channel the power of the Rite of the Great Dwarf to turn yourself and nearby allies into stone to reduce incoming damage.
Rite of the Great Dwarf.pngRite of the Great Dwarf (5s): Gain damage reduction. You are still susceptible to conditions and control effects.
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 600
Breaks Stun.pngBreaks Stun

Swap Shiro (Assassin) out for Jalis (Dwarf) to trade damage and mobility for AoE and personal damage reduction.

Specializations

Variants

  • constant stability removal with quickness uptime but less DPS.

Variants

  • if might isn't an issue

Variants

  • Powerful if using Dwarf stance for damage mitigation, but a large hit to personal damage.

Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
18x
Mighty WvW Infusion

Variants

Stats

  • A setup for 100% crit with fury in hammer can be built with Marauder accessories and back piece.
  • 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.

Sigil

Staff only

Rune

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

Consumables

Food

  • 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
    Consumable
    Alternate offensive 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
    Consumable
    Offensive option.
  • 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
    Consumable
    Alternate damage option.

Utility

  • 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
    Consumable
    Offensive option.

Usage

Hammer

  • is your bread and butter damage skill, try to land it as often as possible.
    • 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.
  • 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
      through traps and marks to activate them without taking any damage.
  • 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.

Staff

  • is a blast finisher and also cleanses conditions.
  • Avoid damage with
    .
  • Use
    to disrupt players trying to finish/revive downs.

Glint (Legendary Dragon Stance)

  • Maintaining
    should typically be your highest priority.
  • up time is very important, try to maintain your group's fury.
  • is a stun break.
  • 's chain effect converts all damage you take into healing for 3 seconds. This is a strong tool against condition pressure.
  • can be used to move downed opponents out of banner range and interrupt rezes.
  • When running to/from objectives, speed up your zerg with
    .

General

  • Both
    and
    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.

Weaknesses

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

Videos

  • YouTube:
    Reji
  • YouTube:
    Julian Xxx
Build rating: 100%
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3 Ratings
Gold Medal - Great
Irrevenant said this build was great January 2018

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

Gold Medal - Great
Nailuj said this build was great December 2017

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

Gold Medal - Great
Xivor said this build was great 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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