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Scrapper - Power Explosives

The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good

Focused on: Strike damage and Utility

Designed for: WvW Zerg

Expansions required: Heart of Thorns buildsSecrets of the Obscure builds

This build was last updated on June 01, 2024 and is up to date for the June 25, 2024 patch.


An east to play power damage Scrapper WvW build retaining the utility of Scrapper while filling a DPS slot. Greatly profits from the large damage modifier of Object in Motion and the high damage of Flame Jet.



Skill Variants

  • Ideally a stunbreak would be unnecessary, but there are two possible options to swap Purge Gyro for if one is needed
    • Elixir S defensive stunbreak
    • Elixir U offensive stunbreak
  • Bomb Kit alternative to Flamethrower
  • Sneak Gyro
  • Supply Crate
  • Elite Mortar Kit

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  • Blast Shield higher defensive value if necessary





  • Relic of Speed
  • Relic of the Thief
  • Sigil of Superior Sigil of Force Sigil of Superior Sigil of Stamina - for activating Explosive Entrance


    • feast option with additional power and ferocity.



  • As soon as you get the 25 stacks of Sigil of Superior Sigil of Bloodlust and get out of combat, swap back to the Hammer without it

Overall Priorities

  • Damage
  • Condition clear
  • Poisoning downs


  • This build has moderate passive defense
  • This build has moderate mobility skill access
    • Rocket Charge will leap towards your target if you have one, make sure to drop your target when using it for mobility
    • An About Face keybind can be useful for quickly using Acid Bomb for mobility
  • This build has moderate active defenses
    • Sneak Gyro would ideally be saved for your group, but almost garuntees surviving if used
Active defense priority
  • Purge Gyro - for Immobilize Immobilize
  • Dodge
  • Shock Shield
  • Rocket Charge
  • Sneak Gyro

Detailed Explanations


  • A lot of your Superspeed Superspeed will be generated passively while using your skills for damage and cleansing, use the following when you have downtime or are lacking superspeed:
    • Reconstruction Field
    • Function Gyro
    • Medic Gyro


  • Use Thunderclap when:
    • Your group calls a spike:
      • Winds - Winds of Disenchantment
      • Wells - Well of Corruption+Well of Suffering
      • Shades - Desert Shroud
      • Traps - Procession of Blades+Test of Faith
    • On top of enemy downs (while alive players are on top of them)
    • Enemy groups moving defensively while your group is pushing


  • Electro-whirl has more damage than Flame Jet, so use it whenever the melee range is appropriate
  • The animation of Flame Jet can be decieving, it hits in a 425 range cone regardless of what the animation looks like
Skill priority
  • Incendiary Ammo - no cast time, free damage
  • Thunderclap
  • Shredder Gyro
  • Electro-whirl
  • Flame Blast - for Explosive Temper
  • Dodge - for Explosive Temper (Explosive Entrance)
  • Flame Jet

Condition clear

  • Try to save Purge Gyro for Immobilize Immobilize, but its a short cooldown and needed for Superspeed Superspeed, so use it on any clash if your Superspeed Superspeed uptime is in danger
    • Make sure to watch your party as well
  • When both would be independently useful at the same time, combo Purge Gyro and Shredder Gyro for extra cleanse from cleansing bolts

Poisoning downs

  • Use Chemical Field when you can safely approach melee range with downs


  • Under General Options / User Interface check Always show squad health bars and Always show party health bars. These will make it much easier to keep track of who needs your support.
  • Also under General Options / User Interface turn on Thick party health bars
    • Thick squad health bars can be used too as a matter of personal preference, but is not recommended for large numbers
  • Under Squad Options uncheck View as a grid. This will allow you to keep track of your allies' conditions enabling a better decision-making and skill management.


This build has a rating of 4 stars based on 5 votes.
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2 stars
Goon gave this build 2 stars • March 2023
I get that people find this build to be fun and while i sympathise with that it is quite a terrible build. All the damage it does is meter padding and you have zero spike making you essentially useless at creating downs. A berserker fulfills the same damage role while doing way more damage. While the utility it provides is nice you can get similar utility from running tactics banner on a berserker or using support scrappers.
5 stars
Tao1013 gave this build 5 stars • February 2023
A good solid zerg build for scapper. Decent mix of damage and utility. Best in small to mid-sized zergs, but still okay in a large one. Good fun to play (otherwise, what's the point). If you're having any issues staying alive, you could try running rocket boots, it's saved my life countless times, a great panic button. Final point just remember to make use of the damage modifiers via, Object in Motion, when you need to ram up your DPS.
5 stars
Moist von gave this build 5 stars • November 2022
Verry good and funny build for pugs. Sneak gyro is usseless Mortar Kit is better for long range. Riffle also good as alternative weapon.
2 stars
Azalea gave this build 2 stars • April 2022
The high damage of this build is a huge red herring. Your average damage hangs around 400 with 900 crits. Which sounds good at first but any subpar healer can easily negate the low damage output per hit that this build brings. For it to be effective in your average WvW squad, you wouldn't run this in the same subgroup as a Heal Scrapper, so you're forced to change your squad composition to fit in a Heal Tempest so this build has a place in the squad. If you decide to run the Quickness variant of this build by running Kinetic Accelerators, it's a double-sided sword because of the quickness you apply. The build has the potential to negatively affect your subgroup because the Quickness applied will be corrupted by Scourges and converted to Slow. Until the Slow condition is cleansed, your allies will have issues in their damage or support rotations. This build does not warrant swapping out a Power Guardian/Dragonhunter or even a Spellbreaker/Chrono in some guilds to run it because it has too many downsides that end up ruining squad cohesion. The damage looks good on meters due to damage padding, but the simple fact that this build has no real burst is what makes it a bad DPS pick. Also you must change your squad composition to fit this build in, which is another issue altogether because Heal Tempests are not considered meta by most commanders, and you lose out on the amazing constant heals that a Heal Scrapper brings.
4 stars
Arete gave this build 4 stars • February 2022
Very easy to play, high damage build with strong utility. Not ideal at large numbers but brings competitive damage at low and mid sized scales. Utility contributions are overshadowed by the overwhelming support scrapper and the lack of unique utility significantly reduces viability.


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