Herald - Shiro Roamer

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

Focused on: Direct damage.

Designed for:


WvW port of Herald - Power Shiro.

Skill Bar




Vicious Lacerations.png Vicious Lacerations

Notoriety.png Notoriety

Assassin's Annihilation.png Assassin's Annihilation


  • Malicious Reprisal.png Malicious Reprisal is a situational choice which can be useful against enemies who rely a lot on blocking for sustain, like Guardians.


Cleansing Channel.png Cleansing Channel

Incensed Response.png Incensed Response

24px Song of the Mists


Rising Momentum.png Rising Momentum

Shared Empowerment.png Shared Empowerment

Forceful Persistence.png Forceful Persistence


Ascended Head (Heavy).png
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Ascended Shoulders (Heavy).png
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Ascended Chest (Heavy).png
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Ascended Hands (Heavy).png
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Ascended Legs (Heavy).png
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Ascended Feet (Heavy).png
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Ascended Back.png
Berserker stat icon.png
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Ascended Amulet.png
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Ascended Ring1.png
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Ascended Ring2.png
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Ascended Sword.png
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Ascended Sword.png
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Superior Sigil of Air.png
Superior Sigil of Hydromancy.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Staff.png
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Superior Sigil of Energy.png
Superior Sigil of Cleansing.png
Superior Rune of Durability.png6x
Superior Rune of Durability
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Mighty WvW Infusion



  • - more sustain through dodges.
    • Budget version:
  • - precision bump and armor ignoring damage procs that also heals you.




  • Superior Rune of Leadership Superior Rune of Leadership
    Superior Rune of Leadership.pngSuperior Rune of Leadership
    (1): +8 to All Stats (2): +5% Boon Duration (3): +12 to All Stats (4): +10% Boon Duration (5): +16 to All Stats (6): +10% Boon Duration; when you use an elite skill, convert up to 3 conditions into boons of all nearby allies. (Cooldown: 45 seconds)
    - less defensive option for better boon uptime and active condition managment.
  • Superior Rune of Surging Superior Rune of Surging
    Superior Rune of Surging.pngSuperior Rune of Surging
    (1): +25 Power (2): +5% Boon Duration (3): +50 Power (4): +10% Boon Duration (5): +100 Power (6): When you use an elite skill, you gain shocking aura for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 45 seconds)
    - good stats and a useful proc.
  • Superior Rune of Strength Superior Rune of Strength
    Superior Rune of Strength.pngSuperior Rune of Strength
    (1): +25 Power (2): +10% Might Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 20% Might Duration (5): +100 Power (6): +20% Might Duration; +5% damage while under the effects of might.
    - offers the most damage but lowest sustain.


  • In combat don't try to maintain your Glint upkeeps for too long, in most cases they shouldn't stay up for more than 3 seconds. Activating Facet of Elements and Strength only to immediately follow up with using Elemental Blast.png Elemental Blast and Burst of Strength.png Burst of Strength is a perfectly fine thing to do - these are also some of your best AoE skills.
  • Both elite skills have obvious tells and are easy to dodge, stow weapons to cancel casting if they're about to be evaded/blinded - this will save all the energy cost and only send the skill on a cd of 5 seconds. The same qualities make these skills perfect for fake casting by stowing weapons immediately after beginning the cast, baiting enemy dodges/blocks.
  • Facet of Darkness.png Facet of Darkness is one of the most versatile and strongest skills in the build:
    • Beause of Incensed Response.png Incensed Response its passive is the best source of Might Might in the build.
    • Gaze of Darkness.png Gaze of Darkness is a cheap stun breaker and one of the few skills in the game that can reveal stealthed targets.
    • The Blind Blind from Gaze can be used to avoid powerful attacks without wasting dodges, and can help you stomp warriors/revenants/engineers/rangers by blinding their downed CC. Even mesmers can be stomped with a little luck because of the AoE reveal.

Dealing damage

Build rating - 5 stars
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3 Ratings
5 stars
Idolin gave this build 5 stars November 2018

A solid build that can deal with almost all power builds due to very strong (arguably almost broken) burst damage, strong engage, good disengage (in WvW where you have ambient creatures, NPCs or walls to teleport to), good evade and okay-ish sustain, and even boon stripping in Shiro to remove dangerous boons like Quickness, Stability or Protection. The key is to kite, bait dodges and hit your burst at the right time - a well-timed Shackling Wave alone can be really devastating.

I'd recommend Leadership over Durability and maybe add Cavaliers/Soldier trinkets to make up for the loss of Vitality and Toughness to better deal with condi classes, as a loss in precision doesn't really hurt thanks to Rolling Mists.

It however has both high skill floor and skill ceiling and requires quite a bit of practice and knowledge about the build as well as other classes, but undoubtedly very strong in the right hand.

5 stars
Hanz gave this build 5 stars June 2018

Very strong burst damage with matching mobility. Sustain can be a bit low, but shouldn't be a problem most of the time and the pressure will compensate for it.

5 stars
Dekong gave this build 5 stars June 2018

Suffers from the same problem it always has, Condi Pressure. But played well, it's a very strong roamer with evades/Teleports/High Damage burst/ clutch heal. High skill ceiling, it requires alot of practice and knowledge about the class and its traits.

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