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Herald - Hammer Herald

The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good

Focused on: Strike damageDps and Boon support

Designed for: WvW Zerg

Expansions required: Heart of Thorns buildsSecrets of the Obscure builds

Difficulty:
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This build was last updated on May 12, 2024 and is up to date for the June 25, 2024 patch.

Overview

A Power based Herald build for WvW. The utility of Glint, the durability of Jalis, and the damage of Coalescence of Ruin allow this build to deal strong damage with great sustain, while buffing allies.


Skill Bar

Hammer
Greatsword
Utility
Utility


Template Code

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Specializations

Variants
  • Brutality constant stability removal with quickness uptime but less DPS.
Variants
  • Core Value offers more group utility, but less movement speed.


Equipment

Head
Marauder
Shoulders
Marauder
Chest
Marauder
Hands
Marauder
Legs
Marauder
Feet
Marauder
Backpiece
Marauder
Accessory
Marauder
Accessory
Marauder
Amulet
Marauder
Ring
Berserker
Ring
Marauder
Hammer
Marauder
Sigil
Sigil
Greatsword
Marauder
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x17
Infusion
x1
Relic


Equipment Variants

Relics
  • Relic of Speed
  • Relic of Isgarren
Stats


Consumables

    • personal food option


Usage

Priorities

High
  • Ranged Spike
Moderate
  • Sustained damage
  • Boon support
Low
  • CC


Surviving

  • This build has moderate passive defense
  • This build has moderate mobility skill access
    • Phantom's Onslaught will lunge towards a target if they are within range, otherwise it moves you considerably less than 900 range
      • Neutral creatures can be used as targets
  • This build has high active defenses
    • Only use Phase Smash defensively if desperate, it will likely leave you more out of position than when you started
    • Toggle Vengeful Hammers on whenever you expect significant pressure, its upkeep is cheap
    • Rite of the Great Dwarf breaks stuns at the beginning of the cast, dodge or weapon stow to cancel the cast if you're in danger
    • Keep Facet of Light active as often as possible so that Infuse Light is available
    • Save Facet of Nature + One with Nature for use in Jalis stance
    • Don't waste Gaze of Darkness on trivial CC, the Fury Fury it provides is very valuable
Active defense priority
  • Gaze of Darkness - for stunbreaking
  • Rite of the Great Dwarf - for stunbreaking
  • Vengeful Hammers
  • Soothing Stone - for Immobilize Immobilize
  • Dodge
  • Imperial Guard
  • Facet of Light Infuse Light
  • Rite of the Great Dwarf - general use
  • Soothing Stone - general use
  • Phase Smash


Detailed Explanations

Ranged Spike

  • Casting Coalescence of Ruin immediately before Phase Smash will make both hits land at the same time
    • Phase Smash is the priority skill if you can't use both
  • Swap legends during Phase Smash at 3/4ths through the cast to activate Sigil of Superior Sigil of Hydromancy
  • Avoid casting Phase Smash as groups cross each other so you aren't left behind
  • Flip Vengeful Hammers on while casting Phase Smash in Jalis to proc Forceful Persistence


Sustained damage

  • You can Phase Smash through traps and marks to activate them without taking any damage.
    • Cast Gaze of Darkness near the end of the cast of Phase Smash to clear Blind Blind, if needed
  • Try to place Inspiring Reinforcement in the direction your group is pushing if possible, but prioritize hitting enemies
  • Toggle on Vengeful Hammers any time you're in range and in Jalis, but prioritize other skills when energy is limited
Skill priority
  • Burst of Strength
  • Elemental Blast
  • Inspiring Reinforcement
  • Vengeful Hammers
Greatsword
  • True Strike (Vindicator) - 5 charges
  • Eternity's Requiem
  • Phantom's Onslaught
  • Mist Unleashed
Hammer
  • Phase Smash
  • Coalescence of Ruin



Boon support

  • Always upkeep 3 facets for Forceful Persistence, but don't be afraid to consume then if the opportunity appears
    • Use Facet of Darkness + Facet of Strength + Facet of Light as your general setup to have instant access to Infuse Light
    • Use Facet of Darkness + Facet of Strength + Facet of Elements to allow energy regeneration
  • Facet of Nature + One with Nature can be used to cover Stability Stability for your group when your firebrand and scrapper's sources are on cooldown


CC

  • Save Chaotic Release to launch downed players out of Signet of Mercy/Illusion of Life
  • Use Drop the Hammer when all other skills are on cooldown and projectile block is stopping your Hammer Bolt


Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 1 votes.
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5 stars
Mike382 gave this build 5 stars • November 2023
Been running Herald zerg build (pre SoTo) for 2 years, although with Celestial stats as a personal preference; solid addition to any zerg, fun to play (hammertime!) and it's always nice to provide buffs to your team. Capable of running in the front of the pack to help push, middle or the back if you want to be more defensive. Vengeful hammers is great for tagging when pushing through enemy zergs. Plus the aura always looks cool.

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