Ranger - Power Survival

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The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good.

Focused on: Direct damage.

Designed for:


A PvP Power Ranger burst build. Can be used by F2P players as well, albeit with somewhat weaker pets.

Skill Bar

Juvenile Smokescale.png
Juvenile Rock Gazelle.png

Slot Changes

Healing skill:

  • - if more cleansing is needed as it has synergy with

Pet options:

  • Juvenile Tiger Juvenile Tiger can replace Juvenile Rock Gazelle Juvenile Rock Gazelle, especially if you own Heart of Thorns but not Path of Fire. If you have both of these expansions, then it's just a matter of personal preference.

If you do not have any of the expansions take the following pets:



  • Take
    if you want to focus more on Longbow bursts, or just don't want to bother with


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)
Superior Sigil of Separation
Superior Sigil of Separation.pngSuperior Sigil of Separation
Deal 5% extra damage to targets more than 500 distance away.
Superior Sigil of Cleansing
Superior Sigil of Cleansing.pngSuperior Sigil of Cleansing
Remove 1 condition when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Energy
Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
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)
Demolisher's Amulet
Demolisher's Amulet.pngDemolisher's Amulet
+1050 Power +1050 Precision +560 Toughness +560 Ferocity



Superior Sigil of Separation Superior Sigil of Separation
Superior Sigil of Separation.pngSuperior Sigil of Separation
Deal 5% extra damage to targets more than 500 distance away.

can be replaced by:

  • Superior Sigil of Exposure Superior Sigil of Exposure
    Superior Sigil of Exposure.pngSuperior Sigil of Exposure
    Your next attack after you swap to this weapon while in combat inflicts 5 stacks of vulnerability for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 9s)
    - a different damage modifier.
  • Superior Sigil of Annulment Superior Sigil of Annulment
    Superior Sigil of Annulment.pngSuperior Sigil of Annulment
    Your next attack after swapping to this weapon while in combat will remove 2 boons from your target.
    - double boonstrip to get rid of some defensive boons like Protection while bursting.
  • Superior Sigil of Revocation Superior Sigil of Revocation
    Superior Sigil of Revocation.pngSuperior Sigil of Revocation
    On hit, remove a boon. (Cooldown: 10s)
    - single boonstrip, but unlike Annulment this one cannot be avoided through evasion and other such means.


  • Marauder Amulet Marauder Amulet
    Marauder Amulet.pngMarauder Amulet
    +1050 Power +1050 Precision +560 Vitality +560 Ferocity
    - equally viable alternative to Demolisher, especially when condition is expected to be a problem.



  • should be used just before leaving spawn to grant AoE Swiftness Swiftness to the team via
    . In combat, to get the most out of the fact that it can grant you extra boons, try to use it if your pet has Protection and Quickness Quickness. Swapping pets in the middle of channeling your healing skill is something you should aim for.
  • Dodging applies Protection, which also heals thanks to the trait
  • Survival skills cure 2 conditions and grant Fury.
    (if taken) can cleanse 4, because it triggers another Survival skill from
  • Use
    for mobility.
  • , the last skill of the Greatsword auto attack chain grants evasion. Under heavy pressure you can stow your weapon just before the skill ends, and use it again 2 more times the same way for more evasion. After a total of 3 uses the chain will restart.
  • has many uses.
    • It can be used offensively for the Quickness, most notably to boost
      , or Greatsword autos for downed cleave.
    • Defensively by keeping your pet swap ready in case you need to cleanse 2 conditions.
    • Alternatively the Superspeed Superspeed can help you escape damage or chase down targets while on Greatsword.
  • Pet swapping also acts as a Blast Finisher thanks to
    . Being instant, you can have Smokescale place a
    under you (even while you're stunned), and swap pets for AoE stealth.
  • is the easiest way to gain stealth in this build, but if the projectile misses then it won't be applied. To reduce the chance of that happening (and considering how the damage of this skill is horrible) you should fire it at pets, mesmer clones, and other AI whenever possible. Alternatively, use it to quickly get rid of Blind Blind or Aegis Aegis because it's the fastest projectile on this weapon.
  • is extremely useful against direct damage spikes, but you have to use it proactively and sometimes even predict when the burst is coming. Use it too late and it's wasted, too soon and your opponent can just delay its plan until the signet runs out.

Doing damage

  • The Longbow burst combo is rather simple, just CC people with
    while you have Fury Fury and preferably some Quickness Quickness.
  • Greatsword (GS) can get a bit more complicated. Optimal burst combo:
  1. Already in combat, Pet swap to Rock Gazelle or Tiger (depending on which one you took), this is going to trigger
    which grants Fury Fury and Quickness Quickness. Fury has synergy with Marksmanship and makes you have
    for increased damage.
  2. Use
    and your pet F2 attack about the same time. Maul will give your pet
    for its next hit. Your pet should hit a split second after you've landed Maul.
  3. your target for CC, hopefully a
    proc, and to refresh Maul.
  4. again.

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14 Ratings
3 stars
Hanz gave this build 3 stars September 2018

One of the stronger core builds around, has excellent damage and okay sustain. It does lack cleave though and many elite spec builds outperform it, plus it's only good if you actually have the pets, so for F2P players this loses quite a bit of its effectiveness.

4/5 if you have the pets, 3/5 if you're truly core

5 stars
SmithWesson gave this build 5 stars February 2018

First of all don't use SIGNET OF STONE. this build has so much survive already. and use "We Heal As One!" for heal. it gives you extra regen and swift based on your trait MEGA HEAL AND SURVIVE.

I think this build is one of the bests. But still not carry or something for ranger cause of meta. it's really effective in 1v1 if you know how to use it. and you can survive in 1v3 situations or something like that. it's stronger than any druid about to survive and you have effective power. I played many solo match with this. You can kill elementalist,thief,warrior easily with this. survive against necro and you can kill. against mesmer still so hard. and you cant kill any guardian with this dps and engineer is neck and neck.

Also i use Mender amulet sometimes..you can revive your mates so fast with amulet and auto search and rescue skill that is depends on your trait.

5 stars
EDDIE WRECKER gave this build 5 stars December 2017

Good fun build for taking out necros and other cancer builds. After the latest patch giving some improvements to damage output with GS makes this build a little stronger. Made it to Plat 1 using this only solo. Lay down lots of dps to push em off points, 1v1, +1 fights and out rotate free cap when the heat is high. Once you get your skill rotations down it can be a build with a lot of survival.

11 More Ratings
5 stars
SirKevalier gave this build 5 stars August 2017

This is a very fun build. Amazing condi clear, mobility, burst, and survivability if you kite and manage utilities. With smart kiting and range management you can 1v1 most builds. Good at pressuring tankier people off the point with your LB #4 and burst.

I take 3-3-1 Marksmanship over Nature Magic. I run it with 4 survivals: Unguent, Lightning Reflex, Quickening Zephyr (good for burst AND escape), and root elite. With Survival, 4 skills on your bar are condi clear and disengages, which are usually your biggest threat. Signet of stone, HEAVY cc and interrupts from dogs, GS, and LB make most power builds not a problem. Just make sure you retarget the thief in and out of stealth when on LB. Don't waste a single CD.

Beastmastery is nice for the taunt to pull thieves out of stealth for you to then LB 4, Quicken, LB 2 to make them panic. Then GS out, block or dodge, hilt bash and maul them to finish them off. If you're smart, it will win most 1v1s.

Bare in mind though, a ranger needs a foundation to support. Without tanks or condi control people sitting on point for you to back up, you're not providing much for your team unless you're decapping and winning 1v1s or kiting 1v2s wasting enemy time. You'll probably get shit for "not fighting on the point" But keep the point neutral and kite around to survive. Not dying is more important.

Do not neglect your pet. Their cc can initiate, disengage, or even interrupt stomps. Your pet contro

5 stars
FormerBearbowUser gave this build 5 stars March 2017

A very strong build, only real counters are reflects, it's pretty good in a 1v1, I switched to this build instead of Condi engi.

5 stars
Etakon gave this build 5 stars February 2017

A very good and simple to use f2p build. Recommended for beginners learning the game. Damage mostly comes from rapid fire and long ranged normal attacks. Downside is that you can only support from far and is susceptible to sneak bursts from thieves, but thats what the escape skills are for.

5 stars
QxxxQ gave this build 5 stars February 2017

The burst is nice, it's a bit weak vs reflects but that's why you have greatsword

5 stars
Elarionus gave this build 5 stars July 2016

I found to like this build substantially better than the current meta! Quite excellent, long range, and lots of burst to compliment it. Change out the pets for some of the HoT ones if you so choose, and then change it up a little with utility skills to make it more your own, and you're set! Incredible! I recommend Marksmanship over Nature Magic though, since the damage is what you're really after.

5 stars
TaigaShinyouju gave this build 5 stars May 2016

Only "real" counters are reflects. This build is solid and strong for non-HoT users.

5 stars
Eragorn9 gave this build 5 stars April 2016

- Still nice damage

-Best option for players who don't own HoT

5 stars
Ghostichida gave this build 5 stars February 2016

Real Good Build with good survaivability and Nice DPS. I preferred Marksmanship instead of Nature Magic to get 10% more attack speed and more Damage on Bow, Also Choose Wolf and Smokescale pets for Terrifying Howl With wolf and smoke Cloud with Smokescale, on Utility I use Signet of Stone, Protect Me and Quickening Zephyr and Elite Stangle.

5 stars
Manumotate gave this build 5 stars February 2016

- Nice damage.

- A bit weak against all the reflects out there.

5 stars
Bal.E.N. gave this build 5 stars February 2016

Cool DPS and burst. I like it =)

0 stars
Sina gave this build 0 stars January 2016

This build is horrible. It was already pretty damn bad between HoT & the specialization patch..

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