Herald - Hand Kiter

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The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

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Overview

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

Skillbar

 
 
Mace/ShieldHealingUtilityElite
StaffHealingUtilityElite

Weapon Variants

Sword/x
Healing
Utility
Elite
Preparation Thrust
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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
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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
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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.


Traits

Variants

Retribution can be replaced with Invocation as a matter of personal preference

Devastation can be taken in place of Retribution or Invocation to provide

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

to get in range of the main group to share

.

Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of the Defender
18x
Vital +5 Agony Infusion

Variants

Stats

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.

Sigils

  • 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.

Runes

There are numerous viable rune options and which option is selected makes little difference to the build's performance

Consumables

Food

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

Utility

Usage

  • Use
    to block every second set of hand spawns
  • Heal through the other set of hands using
    ,
    and either
    or
    .
  • Use
    to block Mind Crush
  • 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 (4s): 520 Heal
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngInterval: 3 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
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    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
    to prevent damage from any hands that spawn while channeling the block.

Video Example

Build rating: 100%
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3 Ratings
Gold Medal - Great
Troupe said this build was great 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

Gold Medal - Great
Nuru said this build was great April 2018

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

Gold Medal - Great
Chinkeeyong said this build was great April 2018

Still the best and most stress free build for hand kiting.

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