Herald - Hand Kiter

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A specialized variant of the Renegade - Boon Support Healer build designed to be self-sufficient while kiting the Soul Feast mechanic at Deimos. Should only be used in the Deimos encounter, for other encounters see Renegade - Boon Support Healer



Weapon Variants

Preparation Thrust
Preparation Thrust
Stab your foe with your sword inflicting vulnerability.
Damage.pngDamage: 293
Vulnerability.pngVulnerability (6s): 1% Incoming Damage, 1% Incoming Condition Damage
Range.pngRange: 130
Precision Strike
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
Unrelenting Assault
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

Your mainhand weapon on the x/shield set doesn't really matter as you don't need to use any of the skills from it.



24px Vital Blessing

24px Resilient Spirit

24px Generous Abundance


Close Quarters.png Close Quarters

Retaliatory Evasion.png Retaliatory Evasion

Steadfast Rejuvenation.png Steadfast Rejuvenation


24px Elder's Respite

Hardening Persistence.png Hardening Persistence

24px Elevated Compassion

Devastation can be taken in place of Retribution to provide Assassin's Presence.png Assassin's Presence to your team in return of significantly reduced survivability. If you use Devastation you should also take a hammer instead of a staff in order to use Phase Smash.png Phase Smash to get in range of the main group to share Assassin's Presence.png Assassin's Presence.


Ferocious Strikes (revenant).png Ferocious Strikes (revenant)

Assassin's Presence.png Assassin's Presence

Assassin's Annihilation.png Assassin's Annihilation


Ascended Head (Heavy).png
Magi stat icon.png
Ascended Shoulders (Heavy).png
Magi stat icon.png
Ascended Chest (Heavy).png
Magi stat icon.png
Ascended Hands (Heavy).png
Magi stat icon.png
Ascended Legs (Heavy).png
Magi stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Heavy).png
Magi stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
Magi stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory1.png
Magi stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory2.png
Magi stat icon.png
Ascended Amulet.png
Magi stat icon.png
Ascended Ring1.png
Magi stat icon.png
Ascended Ring2.png
Magi stat icon.png
Superior Rune of the Defender.png6x
Superior Rune of the Defender
Vital +5 Agony Infusion



If additional durability is required Clerics or Minstrels gear can replace some pieces of Magi gear, but you should never use a full set of Clerics or Minstrels stats due to the massive amount of toughness you will have. Be sure to communicate your toughness to the tank in your group if you are using pieces of Clerics or Minstrels gear.


  • The Major version of
    is the default option because Superior and Major sigils do not share an internal cooldown therefore this provides maximum self-healing.
There are numerous viable sigil options and which option is selected makes little difference to the build's performance
  • - Provides increased healing for the main group.
  • - Provides longer boons
  • - Useful if you find yourself using lots of dodges in your hand kiting.


There are numerous viable rune options and which option is selected makes little difference to the build's performance
  • {{Rune|Superior Rune of Sanctuary



Any food that gives 10% damage reduction can be used
  • is a common option
  • can be used at almost no cost in exchange for a minor loss of survivability compared to a damage reduction food



  • Use Warding Rift.png Warding Rift to block every second set of hand spawns
  • Heal through the other set of hands using Project Tranquility.png Project Tranquility, Natural Harmony.png Natural Harmony and either Renewing Wave.png Renewing Wave or Envoy of Exuberance.png Envoy of Exuberance.
  • Use Crystal Hibernation.png Crystal Hibernation to block Mind Crush
  • Facet of Light Facet of Light
    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 (4s): 520 Heal
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngInterval: 3 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
     Forward arrow blue.png 
    Infuse Light Infuse Light
    Not usable underwater.png
    Infuse Light
    Legendary Dragon. Consume facet of light to heal yourself and invert all incoming strikes to healing for a short duration.
    Healing.pngHealing: 1,853
    Infuse Light.pngInfuse Light (3s): Inverts all incoming damage to healing.
    can be activated prior to Crystal Hibernation.png Crystal Hibernation to prevent damage from any hands that spawn while channeling the block.

Video Example

Build rating - 5 stars
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3 Ratings
5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

The default hand kiter. Will be meta on Deimos until the end of time.

5 stars
Troupe gave this build 5 stars April 2018

The go-to build for handkiting. Has lots of room for error as well as the capacity to heal the main group with the tablet if something goes wrong.

@Nuru you can bring sword but there isn't any particular reason to - the block skill on sword 4 was removed in November 2017

5 stars
Nuru gave this build 5 stars April 2018

Ideal build for hk. Also you can bring sword as offhand

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