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

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.



Trait Variants

and provide comparable survivability to and , only through healing rather than damage reduction. Which traits work best will depend on your playstyle.

Devastation can be taken in place of Retribution 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 . This is likely unnecessary, as many groups will already have a renegade providing .


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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.


  • 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



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 to block every second set of hand spawns.
  • Heal through the other set of hands. Your skill priority is (in descending order): , , , , .
  • Dodge over hands to give yourself Vigor Vigor and activate .
  • Be sure to pick up the healing orbs that are dropped after dodging or using Ventari skills.
  • Use or to survive Mind Crush.
  • 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
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    Infuse Light
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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, or if you are not confident with the timing of Mind Crush.

While on Ventari

  • Spam on yourself (or your allies if they need it), leaving enough energy for or .

While on Glint

  • Activate and . Leave them active.
  • Activate and immediately consume your other facets (including , last) off cooldown to provide multiple boons.

Video Example

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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