Scourge - Condi Scourge

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

Focused on: Condition damage

Designed for: Open World and Open World General

Expansions required: Path of Fire Builds

Difficulty:
Normal
This build was last updated on December 14, 2023 and is up to date for the November 28, 2023 patch.

Overview

Condition Scourge is a slow and steady build that deals damage through Torment Torment, Bleeding Bleeding, and Burning Burning.

Although it has low burst damage, condi scourge is a great build for open world due to its simplicity, tankiness, and amazing damage over time, making it great for solo or group play.

This build has access to barriers to absorb damage, passive defense from , can remove boons from enemies with and Punishment skills such as , and can remove conditions from allies and itself with .


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Skill Bar

Scourge-skillbar-bg.png
Scepter/Torch
Pistol/X
Utility


Weapon Variants

If you don't have access to Weaponmaster Training with Secrets of the Obscure, you will not be able to wield a pistol. Instead, use only scepter.

  • Your choice of second offhand weapon doesn't matter much. You can use warhorn warhorn for extra CC, focus focus if you need extra boon removal, or only use torch torch for easier access to its good damage skills.

Skill Variants

Heal skill

provides a good mix of healing and barrier. You can consider other options:

  • provides slightly higher raw healing.
  • is great vs. enemies that inflict conditions (though beware the self-inflicted Blind Blind from ).

Utility Skills

is taken for damage and boon generation and should never be replaced. is amazing for AoE damage by spreading the conditions on your enemy to other nearby enemies, but useless in single target fights. is a good stunbreak and provides Stability Stability. You can consider other alternatives:

  • - destroys projectiles.
  • - boonstrip and damage.
  • - amazing condi transfer but beware of its passive when playing in groups.
  • - single target damage.
  • provides good life force generation in long fights and can be used to revive an ally
  • - if you need Aegis Aegis to block a predictable but dangerous attack.
  • - can replace Trail of Anguish to give up the Stability for life force generation.
  • - great CC or pull to cleave trash mobs.

Elite Skills

deals massive damage if you can keep the enemy inside for its duration.

  • - tanky CC buddy.

Minions

Minions provide extra bodies for defense but will drastically lower DPS. Never use all minions, always keep .

This still provides 3 minions, one of which has extremely high health and is good for CC.


Specializations

  • - when you need more condition cleanse.
  • Don't use because it requires a lot of boon duration to be useful, which you do not have as a dps build.

Death Magic

Death Magic can be taken if using the minion variant to trade a large amount of damage for an increase to minion health and personal defense. Replaces Soul Reaping.

  • If you ever need a lot of defense, use Death Magic with + + for permanent Protection Protection and large increase to your toughness. This is normally not needed as scourge is already relatively tanky.

Blood Magic

Blood Magic can be used when playing in groups and doing very hard content. This massively lowers your damage, but makes you great at reviving downed players. Replaces Soul Reaping. Do not use this specialization when playing solo.

  • When doing this, change your healing skill to .


Equipment

Ascended gear is not required. Infusions are not required. You can use Exotic gear with the same stats.
This set uses gear that is similar to Build:Scourge - Condi DPS, which makes it a great option for general PVE

Head
Viper
Shoulders
Viper
Chest
Viper
Hands
Viper
Legs
Viper
Feet
Viper
Backpiece
Viper
Accessory
Viper
Accessory
Viper
Amulet
Viper
Ring
Viper
Ring
Viper
Scepter
Viper
Torch
Viper
Sigil
Sigil
Pistol
Viper
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18
Relic
  • If you don't have access to Weaponmaster Training with Secrets of the Obscure, you will not be able to wield a pistol. Instead, use only scepter.
  • is by far the best option. You can trigger it easily with , , or .

Gear variants

  • Trailblazer Trailblazer can be used in open world to trade 10-15% DPS for a massive increase to health and defense. But this set is not useful for most content outisde of open world.
  • Celestial Celestial provides lower damage than Viper's and Trailblazer's, less defense than Trailblazer's, but in exchange the healing power makes your barriers bigger. Generally not recommended as the points into ferocity are completely wasted, and the points into boon duration won't be doing much either since this build has very little access to boons, only a bit of fury and might. This set is also not useful for most content outside of open world.
  • + budget options while you work on acquiring the very expensive but very strong Superior Sigil of Torment and Superior Sigil of Bursting.
  • If you haven't yet unlocked , you can use while you work on acquiring Akeem.
    • If you don't have access to expansion relics, you will have to resort to much weaker options such as , , or .


Consumables

Budget consumables are acceptable for use in open world.

DPS

  • Prioritize , but Ascended Flatbread food is also good for open world.
  • /

Defense

Farming

  • Prioritize Flatbread Ascended food.
  • /
  • (and variants)


Usage

Damage

This build is extremely easy to deal damage with. Simply follow this priority list.

  1. Always have at least one Sand Shade manifested. This is extremely important because you gain concentration and expertise from and defense from , and inflict damage from . Using any Shade skill causes existing Sand Shades and yourself to strike nearby enemies with Manifest Sand Shade for free. Manifest Sand Shade doesn't reset your auto attack chain.
  2. Trigger (10 seconds internal cooldown).
  3. Use which deals great damage thanks to .
  4. Use anytime you can transfer the self-inflicted conditions. The easiest way to do this is to cast Blood is Power and at the same time to trigger , but any condi transfer will work.
  5. Use and off cooldown; try to use them together as they have the same cooldown. Interrupt your auto attack chain to cast them. The same applies to and .
  6. Cast and any time they're off CD. Preferably, use Harrowing Wave when not at full life force for more value. If you're near your target, Oppressive Collapse will also give you Might Might.
  • Cast off-cooldown. This is your highest damage skill, so position it carefully.
  • Note that requires to enemy to aready be suffering from conditions to inflict Torment Torment. If that is not the case, this skill does nothing and should be delayed.
Opener
  1. +
  2. +
  3. weapon swap weapon swap
  4. +
  5. +
  • will cleanse the self-inflicted Poison Poison of (comes from ), while the Bleeding Bleeding remains and gets added to . Then, triggers to transfer the self-inflicted 3Bleeding Bleeding and the 2Torment Torment.
  • In this opener, is the skill that activates .


Sustain and defense

  • You're a fully ranged build, so always stay on the move while attacking. Run or dodge away from attacks.
  • converts your conditions into boons, and can be used to transfer them in emergencies.
  • If you have trouble surviving, you can trait .
  • If you are downed, don't give up. might keep you alive while your conditions finish the enemy. is also quite strong.


Crowd Control

  • - 1 second of stun.
  • - 1 second of fear
  • - 2 seconds of knockdown
  • - 1 second of knockdown, but hits multiple times against big enemies. (if using


Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 3 votes.
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5 stars
Kirzan gave this build 5 stars • September 2023
Very, very strong currently (SotO release patch). For OW, I particularly enjoy going full Viper's, Parasitic Contagion and 2-3 minions. The DPS loss, while visible, isn't too bad, but the survivability is real good. You'll still instantly obliterate packs in the blink of an eye. Then you can fine tune defensive options for rougher champs. The barriers from the spec work real well with pets since they, by nature, hug your target, which is your shade. Of course, all subject to change when it gets nerfed :)
5 stars
Warming Hearth gave this build 5 stars • August 2023
Stronger than ever. The ability to wield a pistol thanks to Secrets of the Obscure provides even more damage. Together with its really good survivability, condi scourge is one of the best classes in the game right now.
5 stars
Starlitjupiter gave this build 5 stars • July 2023
The 7/18 update patch fixed the mistakes of the 6/27 patch and now scourge is in a better state than it has ever been in. This is probably one of the strongest condition options in the game right now.

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