Herald - Quickness Support Power DPS

Part of the current metagame

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Focused on: Direct damageSupport and Utility

Designed for: Raids and Fractals

Expansions required: Heart of Thorns builds

Difficulty:
Easy
This build was last updated on December 15, 2023 and is up to date for the January 30, 2024 patch.

Overview

A power Herald build that provides permanent Quickness Quickness, Fury Fury, Swiftness Swiftness (optional), Regeneration Regeneration (optional), near-permanent Protection Protection, and around 22 Might Might to its subgroup. It also provides to its subgroup, increasing boon duration while channelling Glint, and giving life siphon while channelling Shiro.

It can also provide other utilities depending on the second Legend chosen, such as Stability Stability or damage reduction.


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Skill Bar

Sword/Sword
Staff
Utility
Utility
  • Your second Legend defaults to . Read the Legends section below to see other alternatives.
  • You can provide Aegis Aegis by bringing a Shield in your second set.
  • Players that own Secrets of the Obscure can replace Staff with Greatsword for maximum damage, but at a loss of CC.


Specializations

  • / - lower dps in exchange for sustain, might be worth on very few fights with extreme pressure like Boneskinner.


Equipment

Head
Berserker
Shoulders
Berserker
Chest
Berserker
Hands
Berserker
Legs
Berserker
Feet
Berserker
Backpiece
Dragon
Accessory
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Amulet
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Sword
Berserker
Sword
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Staff
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18
Relic
  • This setup has ~40% boon duration without the need to invest into any concentration.
  • is a tiny DPS loss.
  • The Dragon stats Dragon stats piece is entirely optional and could be replaced with Berserker stats Berserker stats.


Equipment Variants

Sigil Variants

is taken because it deals more damage than due to Herald's relatively low damage and abundance of power modifiers, but it can be swapped out in some situations:

  • On encounters where the target can be Stunned Stunned or Exposed Exposed (such as strikes, fractals, or Keep Construct) then you should use a instead.


Rune Variants

  • Many of the popular Alacrity Alacrity providers also provide Might Might, but in the event this is not the case, you could use to gain an extra ~5 stacks of might generation.


Consumables

Food

  • ,


Utility


Usage

Quickness

You apply Quickness Quickness through the trait . This pulses healing and Quickness Quickness whenever you are using upkeep energy of six or above. Fortunately, all of your non- legends have a skill that uses exactly six. Thus while in these legends you want to maintain the skill in question for almost the entire time. Glint is a little trickier as all the skills use upkeep, but and combined are six energy, so these two are maintained together.


Swiftness

By default, the rotations below only generate ~35% Swiftness Swiftness uptime. To provide more, you need to skip the first use of and maintain while on (you should still use before swapping legend). You may need to toggle off early to ensure you have enough energy for weapon skills.

Alternatively, as Swiftness Swiftness is not stripped at the start of encounters, you can make sure to channel before the fight starts. If you manage to start with 60s, you should be able to maintain it for a further two minutes without compromising your damage, or even longer if there are split phases in which to refresh it.


Legends

  • - absolutely key to the build, this is your source of almost all your non-Quickness Quickness boons. It's —Dragon increases the duration of boons your subgroup provides by 20%. Note this effect does not actually increase Concentration, it increases Boon Duration (and is not shown in the Hero Panel), so a build with this effect and 100% Boon Duration would provide boons lasting 120% longer.
  • provides the highest personal DPS through . It also offers personal mobility through , and CC through .
  • is a personal DPS loss of about ~1k. You can provide Stability Stability through , CC through , and reduce personal incoming strike and condition damage by 20% with . If needed, it can also reduce incoming strike damage to your subgroup by 50% with .
  • is an extremely niche option. It is a massive DPS loss that should only be taken if your group desperately needs projectile block through . It also offers condition cleanse through , CC through , and a very weak heal through —Centaur.
  • should never be played in bosses, but it offers a pull with which may be useful when fighting trash mobs if your group does not have pulls.
    • It can also be used in fractals to remove the boons from No Pain, No Gain if no-one else is able to.


Greatsword Rotation

Opener

  • Start on Glint with , and active:
  1. to get to 6 upkeep
  2. - we slightly delay using this to be sure that Quickness has pulsed at least once


Legendary Assassin Stance

When on , immediately activate and use , and off cooldown. The rest of the time is spent autoattacking (make sure to finish your auto chains). Swap back to as soon as possible.


Legendary Dragon Stance

You activate and consume and at the start and end of the Legendary Dragon Stance section, filling the remaining time with sword skills and activating and when they are available.

  1. Auto-attack and use , and off cooldown. Make sure to finish your auto chains.
  2. and when they comes off cooldown - be careful not to tap them twice and immediately consume
  3. Just before Facet of Strength and Facet of Elements come off cooldown, activate and


Video example


Sword Rotation

Opener

  • Start on Glint with , and active:
  1. to get to 6 upkeep
  2. - we slightly delay using this to be sure that Quickness has pulsed at least once


Legendary Assassin Stance

When on , immediately activate and use , and off cooldown. The rest of the time is spent autoattacking (make sure to finish your auto chains). Swap back to as soon as possible.


Legendary Dragon Stance

You activate and consume and at the start and end of the Legendary Dragon Stance section, filling the remaining time with sword skills and activating and when they are available.

  1. Auto-attack and use , and off cooldown. Make sure to finish your auto chains.
  2. and when they comes off cooldown - be careful not to tap them twice and immediately consume
  3. Just before Facet of Strength and Facet of Elements come off cooldown, activate and


Video example

Video example (sword & greatsword)


Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 votes.
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5 stars
OfficerAndyGentleman gave this build 5 stars • May 2023
Great boon coverage, respectable damage and groupwide support from the Nature passive. Really excels when you need access to huge amounts of stability or CC, and experienced groups can use it to run lower boon durations on their other supports.
5 stars
Warming Hearth gave this build 5 stars • May 2023
Even though its damage is not very high, power quickness herald is a great build thanks to all the boons it provides to its subgroup and the unique effects from Facet of Nature. It also has great CC by using staff.

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