Renegade - Shortbow Shiro
The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good
Designed for: PvP Conquest
A versatile Renegade PvP build that deals high power burst damage, potent group CC and can provide utility to the team. Suitable for fights of any size.
- shrinks your energy pool a little but adds a useful and versatile proc based on your Legends. Swapping to Shiro will grant you Quickness making your bursts stronger, while swapping to Jalis applies AoE Weakness to enemies and barrier to you for extra sustain.
Salvation over Retribution. Makes the build more tanky but trades some Weakness uptime and damage modifiers for it:
- - slightly less tanky option that offers more damage.
- Invoking a legend resets energy to 50 (ideally 60, more on that later) and removes 1 condition. Swapping legends is basically the main resource management tool in the build - swap whenever you're out of CDs, low on energy, or need to cleanse.
- Because of you should always aim to deplete your energy before switching legends in order to start at 60 energy instead of 50.
- Renegade comes with its 3 own specialization skills:
- will hardly ever be used, but it's okay for pushing your energy below 10 before switching legends.
- could be a strong burst skill if you need to cleave and the targets are either stunned or immobile (for example when they are rezing a downed).
- is decent, but not necessarily in combat (except for energy depleting before legend swap). Instead you should be using this between fights for the Alacrity to speed up the CD recovery of your team.
- allows for permanent Swiftness uptime. The easiest way to trigger this is to turn either (if you chose Shiro) or (if you chose Jalis) on/off every 5 seconds.
- is a skill with life steal, which means the damage it deals bypasses any damage mitigation including Protection or even . That being said it still can't go through evasion or invulnerabilities such as .
- can augment any skill and increase your damage output significantly while active. It's quite expensive though, so don't maintain it for more than a few seconds at a time, use it only for bursts. Note that it's only single target damage, doesn't cleave.
- Always stop maintaining this skill if you're about to hit 0 energy - turning it off sends it on a 1 second CD while running out of energy results in a 4 second CD.
- With this skill could also boost your sustain, making it that much more of a versatile tool.
- is great for initiating fights from range and immediately starting off with Quickness coupled with unblockable attacks. Quickness can be used to do burst damage or cleave downed targets better through auto attacking, while the unblockable attacks could seal the fate of enemies relying on blocking as their last resource option for sustain. Either follow up with hard hitting attacks or a / if you wish to interrupt them (and to cancel their blocking skill).
- won't be used often because it exhausts most of your energy pool, leaving you defenseless and with barely anything to capitalize on the CC. This should only be used to set up kills for your teammates, or to interrupt very important channels like a rez or a stomp.
- Most of the damage comes from a combination of Shiro and Shortbow skills.
- and are your primary burst CDs. Use them as often as possible.
- and work really well with these skills as multiple hits can mean multiple procs, and stacking several sources of damage at the same time is a big part of Revenant bursts in general.
- The dome created by is a combo field. Using after has a chance to proc leeching bolts for additional life steal.
- is an excellent AoE that could easily cover a capture point on most maps. Using it before unleashing your other bow skills adds to your burst damage.
- is a strong ranged CC, use it to root enemies into your burst combos.
- If you're out of CDs, spam with Impossible Odds can still do a lot of damage.
- While Shortbow attacks pierce and hit multiple targets thanks to , you should still consider using Staff auto attacks over Shortbow's for things such as downed cleave.
- is great for mitigating damage for both yourself and your team.
- provides excellent defense vs CC for every ally affected, whilst also mitigating direct damage through the Weakness.
- is yet another form of damage mitigation, and it's instant. adds to the base healing of this upkeep.
- is one of the strongest skills you've got in the build, and also the only stunbreak on this legend. It's rather costly though, keep it for saving your allies or breaking out of stuns that could result in your death.
- Being a stun break with a cast time, that means if you get interrupted while channeling it you'll lose the entire energy cost of this skill without getting anything other than a stun break out of it. Consider using it while standing on whenever possible.
- also deserves a mention. You've guessed, another skill for mitigating damage but this is a bit more situational as it doesn't work on targets that are immune to CC. It's also just in general a great AoE CC that could either set up kills for your team, or take pressure off of them.
- Staff is the defensive weapon in the build.
- The 3 main defensive skills include a block, a condition cleanse, and an evade frame. These skills are not only strong but also cheaper than Jalis skills in case you need to survive but you're running low on energy.
- other than being a much needed condition cleanse is also a Blast Finisher - your combo fields are not that great, but you could combo this with whatever fields your allies are using for stronger benefits like Stealth.
- is an instant evade frame which already makes it valuable. Perhaps the best thing about this skill though is the fact that it CC's multiple times in a row, which makes it great at burning through Stability stacks of your opponent and interrupting casts they thought were safe.
- Shortbow Shiro Roamer - WvW roaming version.
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