Scourge - Power Curses

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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 CorruptionDirect damage.

Designed for:



Power Curses Scourge brings high spike damage without sacrificing the boon removal brought by Devouring Darkness. This build focuses on spiking down opponents and consistent boon corruption.

Skill Bar


Weapon Variants


Swap Axe/x to Staff for an 1200-range powerful ground game. Shines on 'pirate ship' scenarios.

Skill Variants



Soul Reaping:

Unyielding Blast.png Unyielding Blast

Soul Barbs.png Soul Barbs

Death Perception.png Death Perception


Plague Sending.png Plague Sending

Path of Corruption.png Path of Corruption

Lingering Curse.png Lingering Curse


Abrasive Grit.png Abrasive Grit

Sadistic Searing.png Sadistic Searing

Sand Savant.png Sand Savant


Use Spite over Soul Reaping for higher damage over long periods and spike boonrip at the cost of spike damage and lower cooldowns.


Spiteful Talisman.png Spiteful Talisman

Awaken the Pain.png Awaken the Pain

Spiteful Spirit.png Spiteful Spirit


Ascended Head (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Shoulders (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Chest (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Hands (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Legs (Light).png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
Cavalier stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory1.png
Cavalier stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory2.png
Cavalier stat icon.png
Ascended Amulet.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Ring1.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Ring2.png
Cavalier stat icon.png
Ascended Scepter.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Dagger.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Energy.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Axe.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Focus.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Energy.png
Superior Rune of the Scholar.png6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
Mighty WvW Infusion.png18x
Mighty WvW Infusion




  • Replace "Berserker's" pieces with "Marauder's" for higher self sustain at the cost of damage. Bear in mind crit cap, using more "Cavalier's" to stay below 100% during Desert Shroud.


  • Extra crit/damage
  • Extra boon rip


  • High damage and better might uptime, strong if not using Dumplings.
  • If fury and boons are an issue.


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


  • easier to obtain, minimal damage loss during Desert Shroud.



  • 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.
  • Enfeebling Blood.png Enfeebling Blood use this off cooldown for AoE weakness and boon corrupts.


  • 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.
  • Spinal Shivers.png Spinal Shivers A long range high damage burst skill, great for opening on targets.


  • 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 in the Spite variant combined with Unholy Feast.png Unholy Feast is a large burst AoE boon corrupt. Excels when pushing through an enemy zerg.


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    Spite Variant
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    Strip/Corrupt Guide
Build rating - 5 stars
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4 Ratings
5 stars
Threather gave this build 5 stars last month

Great, better DPS, scourge build when your team has enough sustain and you don't need celestial. Id run variant of the build by swapping out 1 force sigil for bloodlust and making it more reliable in harder fights by not using scholar runes. Don't run dumBlings.

5 stars
Kurnian gave this build 5 stars March 2019

Great build. Still being able to spike hard while maintaining the corrupts from Curses traitline. It is better than hybrid scourge at the moment due to much more access to condition cleanse/convert on the meta, which makes spike and direct damage way more valuable.

5 stars
Slander gave this build 5 stars March 2019

I run this with Spite variant and focus on purely boonstripping as i feel it generates more downed than maximizing dps

1 More Rating
5 stars
The Blue Rangerr gave this build 5 stars March 2019

A Scourge Build focused on power damage as well as extremely high spike damage. This build can generate downed enemies extremely effectively, and in an organized group using cool downs together can wipe dozens of enemies instantly.

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