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Scourge - Condi 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: Condition damageArea damageRanged damageDpsDefenseSolo playRoaming.

Designed for:

  

Expansions required:

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Overview

A standard condition scourge build which is capable of soloing almost all Open World Content and even some dungeons and fractals. This build focuses on very high sustain and condition removal and typically has a more attrition-based playstyle.

Due to this builds low burst it can sometimes be sub-par for zergs but will generally function well. It is primarily geared towards a solo playstyle.

Skill Bar

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X/Dagger

Weapon Variants

  • Staff - Helps when tagging mobs in zergs.
  • Offhand Warhorn - Can increase sustain at the cost of condition removal.

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • - sustained healing.
  • - strong group support if running Blood Magic.
Utility Skills
  • - for area damage
  • - dps
  • - destroys projectiles.
Elite Skills
  • - more damage.

Specializations

Build Code

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Soul Reaping Variant

For a moderate boost to damage at the cost of defense, you can opt to take Soul Reaping in place of Death Magic.



Equipment

Standard Equipment

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Superior Rune of the Nightmare
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Malign +5 Agony Infusion
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Spiteful +5 Agony Infusion

Variant Equipment

Some situations may call for you to alter the equipment above. Keep in mind that this equipment is recommended as a guide and is not set in stone; feel free to experiment with other equipment that may suit your needs better. It is also perfectly acceptable to mix and match different stats in your gear in many situations. For this build, full Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's is generally the strongest option.

Gear

  • Viper stat icon.png Viper's - offers much higher burst, and thus better zerging capability, at a massive cost to defense.
  • Dire stat icon.png Dire , Rabid stat icon.png Rabid's - decent budget options
  • Plaguedoctor stat icon.png Plaguedoctor's - a very powerful alternative to Trailblazer which will reduce your damage but massively boost your sustain.
    • See the Plaguedoctor Variant below for more information.
  • Avoid Sinister stat icon.png Sinister's and Grieving stat icon.png Grieving as the sets listed above are stronger.

Runes

  • - extremely powerful defensive option; use only with Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's , Rabid stat icon.png Rabid's , or Dire stat icon.png Dire gear.
  • - condition duration rune, strong alternative to and easier to obtain.
  • - powerful defensive rune against conditions
  • - drastically increase sustain at the cost of damage.

Sigils

You can afford to get creative with the sigils in this build. In general you want to focus on sigils which provide offense, like the ones listed in the Standard Variant, or sigils which provide high defense.

  • - more dodges, less dying.
  • - even more condition removal

Plaguedoctor Variant

Thanks to the extremely high barrier barrier capabilities that scourge possesses, the Plaguedoctor stat icon.png Plaguedoctor's set allows us to run an extremely high sustain healing build. This sacrifices a considerable amount of damage, however, which is worth considering when deciding to craft an expensive gear set.

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  • , , , - all valid alternative runes
Editor's Note - The Plaguedoctor scourge variant has not been fully vetted yet and should be considered experimental for now.

Minion Scourge

While Minion Scourge is a popular build, it primarily exists to provide a more laid back playstyle and cannot generally contend with harder content such as Path of Fire Bounties. That said, it does provide an excellent alternative to those who like to autopilot through farming and deserves a mention in this guide.

To play Minion Scourge, make the simple changes below:

Skillbar

Fill your bar with minion summons, avoiding unless it is used for teleports. If you opt to drop one of your summons for a skill such as , it is advise to remove .

Specializations

The minion variant's traits are much the same as above. Make the swaps in Death Magic listed below.



Consumables

Event Farming

Food:

  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.

Utility:

  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma

Solo Play

Food:

  • , , or

Utility:


Usage

Damage

  • Scourge is very straightforward to deal damage with, just maintain your shades at all times and press your skills off cooldown. You don't have to weapon swap unless you need skills from Dagger.
  • Use either or to transfer the self-inflicted conditions from to your enemies.
  • Use after stacking conditions on your target to spread them to nearby targets.

Sustain

  • , , and can be used to cleanse conditions.
  • If you have trouble surviving, you can trait .
  • If you go down just use to get back up.

Crowd Control

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Build rating - 5 stars
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5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars June 2020

An extremely powerful build in both solo and group play; offers a wide array of tools for various situations and has relatively high damage. The minion variant is practically unkillable when using Parasitic Contagion.

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