Herald - Sustain Shiro Roamer

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

Focused on: Direct damage with increased sustain.

Designed for:


A modification of Herald - Shiro Roamer for greater sustained capabilities, especially against conditions.

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 or Warriors.


Cleansing Channel.png Cleansing Channel

Incensed Response.png Incensed Response

Roiling Mists.png Roiling Mists


Rising Momentum.png Rising Momentum

Shining Aspects.png Shining Aspects

Draconic Echo.png Draconic Echo


Ascended Head (Heavy).png
Commander stat icon.png
Ascended Shoulders (Heavy).png
Commander stat icon.png
Ascended Chest (Heavy).png
Commander stat icon.png
Ascended Hands (Heavy).png
Commander stat icon.png
Ascended Legs (Heavy).png
Commander stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Heavy).png
Commander stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory1.png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory2.png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Amulet.png
Diviner stat icon.png
Ascended Ring1.png
Diviner stat icon.png
Ascended Ring2.png
Diviner stat icon.png
Ascended Sword.png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Sword.png
Marauder stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Agility.png
Superior Sigil of Hydromancy.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Staff.png
Marauder stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Energy.png
Superior Sigil of Cleansing.png
Superior Rune of Leadership.png6x
Superior Rune of Leadership
Mighty WvW Infusion.png18x
Mighty WvW Infusion
  • Any mix of commanders, diviners, and marauders gear should do fine. Remember that boon duration is important for increasing your sustain.



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




  • Superior Rune of Durability Superior Rune of Durability
    Superior Rune of Resistance.pngSuperior Rune of Durability
    (1): +25 Toughness (2): +5% Boon Duration (3): +50 Toughness (4): 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies protection and regeneration for 3 seconds and resistance for 1 second. (Cooldown: 20 seconds) (5): +100 Toughness (6): +15% Boon Duration; +125 Vitality
    - defensive option that is stronger against power based enemies.


Things to Know

  • Draconic Echo.png Draconic Echo will keep your facets running for 6 seconds after using their active skill. Most importantly this increases your protection uptime vastly upon using Chaotic Release.png Chaotic Release.
  • Facet of Darkness.png Facet of Darkness is one of the most versatile and strongest skills in the build:
    • Because 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 target. Use this against thieves or engineers and you'll more often than not catch them unaware.
    • 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.

General Tips

  • 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.
  • The
    Superior Sigil of Agility Superior Sigil of Agility
    Superior Sigil of Agility.pngSuperior Sigil of Agility
    Gain 5 seconds of swiftness and 1 second of quickness when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
    on your sword allows you to use Unrelenting Assault.png Unrelenting Assault almost instantly upon switching to your swords, evading and dealing damage.
  • 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.
  • Riposting Shadows.png Riposting Shadows is a very strong ability that evades, moves you backward, and refills some endurance. Use it to kite enemy attacks.

Dealing damage

Build rating - 5 stars
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1 Ratings
5 stars
Lople205 gave this build 5 stars March 2019

A build that mitigates the weaknesses of Revenant, condition and sustain, while sacrificing some of Revenant's burst capabilities. It is superior to the regular Shiro-Roamer against condition based classes, and almost as good when faced against power.

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