Renegade - Condi DPS

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Part of the current metagame.

Our curator decided this build is in the current metagame regardless of rating. The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Condition damage.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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The condition DPS Renegade build for raids. This build has a difficult rotation which requires lots of practice to perform well with. In exchange for the difficulty it brings very high sustained damage, very good CC, high Vulnerability Vulnerability, and multiple supportive auras including and .
Renegade has a long ramp up time which makes it better suited for long fights without phases. It excels against large stationary bosses where it can hit with every missile of .
This guide is focused on raids. For the fractal version see Renegade - Condi DPS (Fractal).

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Your second trait in Invocation is situational.
  • Use if you need Resistance Resistance or if you want to provide Retaliation Retaliation for your Dragonhunters.
    • Do not take this trait on Dhuum if you would like to avoid giving him Retaliation Retaliation and Resistance Resistance. Both boons will lower your team's DPS during Greater Death Mark.
  • should be your default trait as it increases survivability (and writ uptime if you are using one).
  • Use if you are not confident in your group's Might Might uptime.

Devastation Variant

  • Devastation offers a much simpler rotation (without , you can worry less about energy management) and higher survivability from .
  • In addition, this will provide higher DPS than Invocation if there are two or more power DPS players in your subgroup, as they will benefit greatly from .


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Superior Rune of the Nightmare
Malign Infusion



  • , , , or .


    • or for a cheaper alternative



  • Swap legends before you swap weapons. This allows you to proc both and every 9 seconds.
  • While in Mace/Axe, always try to let your Auto Attack chain finish, as the last hits are very strong.
  • On most fights, there are going to be moments when you can't hit the boss, but you'll still gain energy. During these phases, use and to help keep boons up.
  • Try to avoid canceling during its cast.
  • You should be swapping legends the moment they are available if the rotation is done correctly.


Start in and on Mace/Axe.


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  2. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  3. ,
  4. ,
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  7. until is available
  8. , ,


  1. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  2. ,
  3. Misery Swipe
    Misery Swipe
    Swing your mace at your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 89
    Torment.pngTorment (4s): 64 Damage, 127 Damage if Moving
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
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    Anguish Swipe
    Anguish Swipe
    Sweep your mace back for a second blow.
    Damage.pngDamage: 0
    Torment.pngTorment (4s): 64 Damage, 127 Damage if Moving
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
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    Manifest Toxin
    Manifest Toxin
    Deliver a crushing blow that sends toxic energy chaining to enemies behind each target.
    Damage.pngDamage: 0
    Damage.pngChaining Damage: 0
    Poison.pngPoison (6s): 201 Damage, -33% Healing Effectiveness
    Book.pngNumber of Bounces: 3
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 1
    Radius.pngRadius: 300
    Range.pngRange: 130
  4. ,
Repeat from Mallyx
  • If running , replace with .
  • As does not stack, you only want to have one Kalla renegade in each subgroup (unless one adjusts their rotation). Any additional renegades can take Shiro instead of Kalla.
    • If taking Shiro, activate during the cast of and otherwise keep the rotation the same (minus the Kalla skills, obviously).



Build rating - 5 stars
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7 Ratings
5 stars
Screaming gave this build 5 stars December 2018

An incredibly strong and versatile condition damage build that works on a wide variety of encounters unlike many other condition builds, with the option of buffing its allies and also being able to boon strip at little to no cost - as well as being extremely strong on large hitboxes.

5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

A very strong condition DPS that also boosts squad DPS and provides high utility through Kalla spirits. Best in slot on large hitboxes.

5 stars
Lord Daedhelor gave this build 5 stars June 2018

With the changes to Shortbow (which the build needs to be updated to reflect), Renegade can easily top charts on large hitboxes. The rotation is straightforward and makes sense, but takes some getting used to.

In terms of group utility:

- You bring a 10% Crit damage for everyone in your subgroup with Assassin's Presence, which is a bigger DPS increase than Empower Allies

- You bring a subgroup-wide pulsing heal for little cost

- You can help keep Might/Alacrity up

- You bring strong CC with Darkrazor's Daring (600), Axe 5 (150), and SB 5 (200)

- You bring boon strip for Dhuum

- If running Invocation, part of your rotation involves a subgroup-wide lifesteal with no ICD, which is a HUGE DPS increase

The main drawback is the performance on small hitboxes, which is kinda poor, similar to the plight of Staff Weaver and Condi Berserker, but you can swap back to the only Mace/Axe rotation on small hitboxes as the difference in DPS is minimal.

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5 stars
Fullyund gave this build 5 stars May 2018

Simple but definitely not meta as far as condi damage goes as it only reaches a mediocre 31k. It can get the job done but it will always be sub-par compared to a Mirage or DPS Berserker as far as cDPS goes although it has decent utility.

5 stars
Nuru gave this build 5 stars April 2018

Top realistic damage. Simple rota. Very effective agais some bosses. Boosts team.

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My Pa's Axe gave this build 5 stars January 2018

What would you recommend as the weapon swap? Just has mace/axe down.

Also the mixing of runes. As it is a Renegade not a Herald Travellr rune, 25% movment speed, all stat boosts and 10% condition duration.

5 stars
Troupe gave this build 5 stars December 2017

Strong single-target DPS with a simple rotation makes this an ideal choice for new players. Also has strong synergy with power classes thanks to the passive stat aura Assassin's Presence