Scourge - Celestial Scourge

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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: Boon CorruptionHybrid damage.

Designed for:



Celestial Scourge brings a mix of AoE condition damage and power damage, boon corruption and team support but is vulnerable to being focused due to a lack of personal defenses.

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Skill Variants




Spiteful Talisman.png Spiteful Talisman

Chill of Death.png Chill of Death

Spiteful Spirit.png Spiteful Spirit


Plague Sending.png Plague Sending

Path of Corruption.png Path of Corruption

Lingering Curse.png Lingering Curse


  • Chilling Darkness.png Chilling Darkness - Extra condition spam when conversion on your side is covered well.


Abrasive Grit.png Abrasive Grit

Sadistic Searing.png Sadistic Searing

Sand Savant.png Sand Savant



Soul Reaping:

Unyielding Blast.png Unyielding Blast

Soul Barbs.png Soul Barbs

Death Perception.png Death Perception

Using Soul Reaping over Spite loses some boonrips but provides a significant DPS boost.

Blood Magic:

Ritual of Life.png Ritual of Life

Vampiric Presence.png Vampiric Presence

Transfusion.png Transfusion

Switch Spite to Blood Magic for a decent increase in group support. This is further utilized by Scourge - Blood Magic Support.


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Superior Rune of the Berserker
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Mighty WvW Infusion




  • Fill in Griever's gear pieces for more damage at the cost of lower survivability.


  • Extra boon rip
  • Excellent with Tormenting runes


  • Extremely high sustain boost
  • Effective with the Blood Magic variant

Food & Consumables


  • - Recommended offensive food for power-focused builds
  • - Recommended offensive food if kills are frequent
  • - Recommended defensive food for condi-focused builds


  • - Option for condition focused builds, especially with Grieving and Viper gear.
  • easier to obtain, minimal power loss(~3power) is better than magnanimous with some grieving pieces.



  • Use your shroud skills frequently, but remember that since they have no cast time you can also cast other skills while using them - avoid downtime.


  • Devouring Darkness.png Devouring Darkness is your most important boonrip skill, try to keep it on cooldown when you are in range.


  • Ghastly Claws.png Ghastly Claws a strong life force generator and high single target damage skill.
  • Unholy Feast.png Unholy Feast is one of your most powerful skills, try to use it as often as possible for AoE boon corruption.
  • Harrowing Wave.png Harrowing Wave Generates significant life force as well as being one of your single highest damage skills.


  • Your shade skills activate around you as well as all active shades.
  • All of your shade skills will proc the strike of Manifest Sand Shade.png Manifest Sand Shade
  • Shroud traits proc as if the shade skills counted as that shroud skill. For instance, Path of Corruption.png Path of Corruption is procced by 24px Nefarious Favor. Traits that proc on going in/out of shroud proc on Desert Shroud.png Desert Shroud.
  • Desert Shroud.png Desert Shroud will continue pulsing if a new shade is summoned at the location of the new shade so there should be no worry about repositioning shades when needed.
  • Spiteful Spirit.png Spiteful Spirit combined with Unholy Feast.png Unholy Feast is a large burst AoE boon corrupt. Excels when pushing through an enemy zerg. Use Herald of Sorrow.png Herald of Sorrow variant for a stronger AoE corrupt bomb. Most effectively used in a melee ball comp.

Blood Variant

  • Be extremely careful when casting Garish Pillar.png Garish Pillar since it procs Transfusion.png Transfusion. It will pull any allied downstates within 600 radius to the position you were in when you cast it for the entire duration.
    • In general only ever cast Garish Pillar.png Garish Pillar when trying to rez a downed ally, and even then only when you are in a safe position to do so.


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7 Ratings
5 stars
Threather gave this build 5 stars last month

Really great build and can solo stop most enemy groups from pushing through your melee. Run bloodlust sigil over bursting and don't forget to swap to soul reaping/blood magic over spite when necessary.

5 stars
Pope of Dope gave this build 5 stars February 2019

Still a good build. Use the soul reaping variant if you want to see big numbers. Don't touch blood magic.

5 stars
Freya gave this build 5 stars September 2018

It's a great build. I know that celestial has less damage burst and ussualy also overall, but it has better sustain (self and group) and even in 15 man guild groups damage from 5-6 scourges is enough to down all the people that are caught, also curse/scepter buffs recently.

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5 stars
RobynTheTiny gave this build 5 stars July 2018

This build is very fun to play, finally found my go-to for WvW! (zerg player here)

Was Trailblazer before and as other commenters said so far: this is far more satisfactory to play. It has both burst and condition damage with some nice survivability thrown in and has options for ranged and closer up play, which makes it very versatile.

Thanks for creating it!

5 stars
Demonpuppy gave this build 5 stars January 2018

Full Cele with Zerker runes is amazing! IMO the best choice for most comps. Due to condi duration being almost obsolete in WvW. The Extra power really closes the gap.

5 stars
Xivor gave this build 5 stars December 2017

Solid. Best damage/support hybrid in slot. Corrupts and condi clear are powerful, and barrier application can be a game-changer if used right in battle. Best evolution of the Scourge since PoF hit with more balanced DPS post-nerf.

5 stars
The Blue Rangerr gave this build 5 stars December 2017

The all-rounder for Scourge, providing consistent boon corrupts and DPS with optional, game changing utility in the blood Variant.

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