Scourge - Utility Condi DPS

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

Focused on: Condition damageUtility.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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A condition DPS and utility build for Scourge. While not the highest DPS build, this build provides decent sustained DPS and ridiculously strong AoE cleave with Epidemic.png Epidemic. It also provides strong incidental support for its subgroup by generating Might Might, cleansing conditions, and overhealing allies with barriers.
Scourge is mainly a utility class and excels in encounters where it can play to its strengths, namely Epidemic.png Epidemic and defensive support. It also deals relatively high ranged damage and isn't reliant on Might Might or healing, which makes it good for roles such as flak kiting at Sabetha.
This guide is focused on raids. For the fractal version see Scourge - Utility Condi DPS (Fractal).

Skill Bar


Skill Variants

Utility Skills

Elite Skills



Plague Sending.png Plague Sending

Master of Corruption.png Master of Corruption

Lingering Curse.png Lingering Curse

Soul Reaping:

Unyielding Blast.png Unyielding Blast

Soul Barbs.png Soul Barbs

Dhuumfire.png Dhuumfire


24px Fell Beacon

Sadistic Searing.png Sadistic Searing

Demonic Lore.png Demonic Lore


Blood Magic Variant

Taking Blood Magic instead of Soul Reaping is a loss of ~1000 DPS, but provides more support through minor healing and Transfusion.png Transfusion. Usually not worth running, but can be helpful in training runs or struggling groups.

Blood Magic:

Blood Bond.png Blood Bond

Vampiric Presence.png Vampiric Presence

Transfusion.png Transfusion



Ascended Head (Light).png
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Ascended Shoulders (Light).png
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Ascended Chest (Light).png
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Ascended Hands (Light).png
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Ascended Legs (Light).png
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Ascended Feet (Light).png
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Ascended Back.png
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Ascended Accessory1.png
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Ascended Amulet.png
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Ascended Ring1.png
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Ascended Ring2.png
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Ascended Scepter.png
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Ascended Torch.png
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Superior Sigil of Bursting.png
Superior Sigil of Earth.png
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Ascended Warhorn.png
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Superior Sigil of Earth.png
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Superior Rune of the Lich
Spiteful +5 Agony Infusion
Malign +5 Agony Infusion




  • Tuning Icicle Tuning Icicle
    Tuning Icicle.pngTuning Icicle
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Condition Damage equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Condition Damage equal to 8% of your Expertise+10% Experience from Kills
    or Potent Master Tuning Crystal Potent Master Tuning Crystal


DPS Priority

  1. Manifest Sand Shade.png Manifest Sand Shade if you have less than 2 shades.
    1. Cast Trail of Anguish.png Trail of Anguish or Sand Flare.png Sand Flare before every shade to proc Sadistic Searing.png Sadistic Searing.
  2. Desert Shroud.png Desert Shroud Blood Is Power.png Blood Is Power
  3. Feast of Corruption.png Feast of Corruption
  4. Harrowing Wave.png Harrowing Wave
  5. Grasping Dead.png Grasping Dead
  6. 24px Oppressive Collapse
  7. Scepter autoattack chain

General Tips


Encounter-specific Tips

Spirit Vale

Dark-icon-raid.png Vale Guardian
Dark-icon-raid.png Ghost events
  • Abuse the Adrenaline Mushrooms as much as possible.
  • You can use Sand Swell.png Sand Swell to allow fast traveling for you and your group.
Dark-icon-raid.png Gorseval the Multifarious
  • Use Epidemic.png Epidemic for the adds.
    • You can use Epidemic.png Epidemic to clear orbs during the split phase as well.
  • Use Summon Flesh Golem.png Summon Flesh Golem if cc is needed.
  • Use your barrier abilities in the cc phase to support the healers.
Dark-icon-raid.png Bandit event
Dark-icon-raid.png Sabetha the Saboteur
  • If you're jumping use Summon Flesh Wurm.png Summon Flesh Wurm at the next cannon position you jump up.
  • Epidemic.png Epidemic is extremely useful against the turrets and adds

Salvation Pass

Dark-icon-raid.png Slothasor
  • 24px Nefarious Favor converts conditions to boons on an extremely low cd.
  • Take advantage of Epidemic.png Epidemic to kill the Slublings. Pay attention to not kill your teammate who is clearing the mushrooms!
  • You can place Corrosive Poison Cloud.png Corrosive Poison Cloud slightly on the boss and to the center of the room.
Dark-icon-raid.png Matthias Gabrel

Stronghold of the Faithful

Dark-icon-raid.png Siege the Stronghold (Escort)
  • Your shades are perfect or terrible for the limited area on the towers.
  • Your barrier can support the healers.
Dark-icon-raid.png Xera

Bastion of the Peninent

Dark-icon-raid.png Cairn the Indomitable
  • You can use Sand Swell.png Sand Swell to get into greens, especially on challenge mote.
Dark-icon-raid.png Mursaat Overseer
Dark-icon-raid.png Samarog
  • Your old Sand Shades can break spears.
  • Use Epidemic.png Epidemic to break additional spears.
Build rating - 5 stars
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6 Ratings
5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

A great condition DPS build. In disorganized groups the utility brought by this build is often life-saving and worth more than other, higher DPS classes. Meanwhile, Scourge brings enough unique utility with barriers and Epidemic that it can even be of use to highly experienced groups.

5 stars
The Shade Reaver gave this build 5 stars October 2017

I've been using this build for quite some time now. I find that the DPS and survivability while using this build have been really good. I mainly use this for fractals and I tend to be one of the harder hitters as well as one who can stay alive longer than others on my team. Even if I do get downed, because of the good and sustained condition damage, I can bounce back up a couple times. This build also works well for dungeons.

Underwater does not work as well with this build since your utility skills are limited. Instead, you may want to use a reaper build for more difficult underwater content.

The necromancer is my favorite class now, influenced by the Scrouge specialization itself as well as this build

5 stars
Ashcraven gave this build 5 stars October 2017

Survivability and dps are both great with this build

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5 stars
Serana gave this build 5 stars October 2017

One of the top builds for DPS out of any class. Much better than power reaper for DPS especially for high level fractals and raids where the better sustained DPS condition damage gives is more important.

Currently my favourite build :)

5 stars
Capta1nk gave this build 5 stars October 2017

I've done a little comparison to other scourge builds and found out that this build is the most effective overall, it's even effective with world bosses, I'm always on top of the DPS list

Awesome Build

5 stars
GreenyNeko gave this build 5 stars September 2017

Now with my gear set and some comparison run through on-paper damage calculation I'm really enjoying this build and dealing amazing damage with it. It really works well in raid and fractals even with several scourges in the group. The condition conversion is helpful in many cases open world, fractals (especially afflicted ones) or several raid bosses like slothasor or xera.

The ability to choose healing makes it easier if you have no druid in group or for harder or solo (open world) content.

A down side is underwater fighting, reaper makes much more sense there, though there's only one underwater boss and hardly any underwater content.

Overall great build :)

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