Soulbeast - Boon Beast

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Part of the current metagame.

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Focused on: Direct damageMobility.

Designed for:

Overview

This Soulbeast build for sPvP focuses on boon stacking, mobility, plus sustained damage and is currently considered to be one of the best duelists in the game. While it's primarily made for 1v1s, the build has several tools for buffing allies as well.

Skill Bar

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Sword/WarhornHealingUtilityElite
Axe/Axe

Slot Changes

Utility

  • - purely a defensive option, breaks stun, adds Vigor Vigor to the build, evades attacks and even cleanses conditions beyond just the
    trait synergy. Note that the evade frame's cancelled by weapon swapping in which case the trait won't go off.
  • - a more offensive choice which helps you burst better with auto attacks among other things, but also has a defensive side to it (breaks stun, cleanses conditions via WK, and the Superspeed Superspeed is great for disengaging).


Weapons

  • If you're willing to sacrifice some of the damage / CC for more sustain, then replace off hand Axe with a Dagger to gain
    which provides evasion.

Specializations

Equipment

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Superior Sigil of Cleansing
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Superior Sigil of Cleansing.pngSuperior Sigil of Cleansing
Remove 1 condition when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Energy
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Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
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Superior Sigil of Agility
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Superior Sigil of Agility.pngSuperior Sigil of Agility
Gain 5 seconds of swiftness and 1 second of quickness when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Annulment
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Superior Sigil of Annulment.pngSuperior Sigil of Annulment
Your next attack after swapping to this weapon while in combat will remove 2 boons from your target.
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Superior Rune of the Earth
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(1): +25 Toughness (2): +10% Protection Duration (3): +50 Toughness (4): +20% Protecion Duration (5): +100 Toughness (6): +10% Incoming Heal Effectiveness; gain Protection and magnetic aura when struck by a foe. (Cooldown: 60s)
Paladin's Amulet
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+1050 Power +1050 Precision +560 Toughness +560 Vitality

Equipment Changes

Rune

Usage

Elite specialization basics

  • Soulbeast allows Rangers to meld with their pet, becoming one. This is done through
    which has a 10s CD.
    • Try to strike a balance between staying in and out of
      . While melding with your pet has certain benefits such as higher stats, keep in mind that you have 2 pets - each with situational skills that could save your life. The 10 second CD of Beastmode starts after you've quit the form which means you will have no access to the Beastmode of the other pet for that time period.
  • Skills that affect your pet such as the unblockable attacks from
    have to be used after merging if you wish to benefit from them, already active skill effects will be lost just like when swapping pets.
  • In Beastmode you can stack Might Might for yourself through
    .
  • gives you all your pet's boons upon melding.
  • You can meld with dead pets and then exit the form to instantly revive them.


General

  • Playstyle: Spend most of your time in duels and smaller skirmishes. Keep spamming axe auto attacks for sustained damage whilst primarily focusing on survival, and use
    on CD for both burst damage and to maintain Weakness Weakness.
  • Stack Swiftness Swiftness for your team before the game starts! Use the following sequence:
    • (have Owl as your active pet)
    • This rotation is also excellent for stacking Might Might.
  • Items created by Siamoth's
    can be picked up by ANYONE including players of the opposing team, so try to pick them up as soon as possible.
  • and
    are your two main mobility skills. Make sure you do not have anyone targeted while using them. Make sure you do not have an enemy targeted when using these skills for general mobility or disengaging.
    • makes you leap backwards, while its chain skill will take you forward. To make better use of these, when you need to go in just one direction turn around before using
      , then turn back before using
      . Setting up a keybind for "about face" (Options Control Options Movement) makes turning around much smoother.
  • passively maintains a high uptime of healing reduction in duels via Poison Poison, which is very important when fighting other bunker specs.
  • Dodging applies Protection Protection, which also heals thanks to the trait
    .
    further reduces the condition damage you take by 33% while affected by this boon.
  • Survival skills each cure 2 conditions and grant Fury.
    can cleanse 4, because it triggers another Survival skill from
    . Troll Unguent also provides 2 seconds of Resistance Resistance thanks to the rune.
  • Both weapon sets have skills that evade attacks (which is especially useful if you're Immobilize Immobilized).
    and
    on Sword/Warhorn,
    on Axe/Dagger (if taken).
  • Each pet provides a different kind of immunity. Juvenile Siamoth Juvenile Siamoth has
    against direct damage, while Juvenile Owl Juvenile Owl offers Resistance Resistance against conditions via
    . The latter also heals for a huge amount and it's AoE, so try to share it with your team whenever possible!


Weapon sets and damage

  • Most of the damage will come from spamming auto attacks.
  • Every axe skill hits hard.
    • is an excellent filler which stacks Might Might (double in
      ) and bounces off to other targets. This skill allows you to keep some distance from the target while constantly pressuring them. The bouncing axes can also clean up mesmer clones nicely.
    • is best used in melee range to make all attacks land on the target. The axes also pierce, hitting enemies behind your target as well.
    • is a powerful ranged attack which should be used on CD and in
      for more damage and to deliver all of the conditions in 1 hit instead of having to rely on the pet. In addition to doing great damage, the Weakness Weakness on it keeps Power based specs in check.
    • is rather hard to land at times. Its most reliable use is to chain-CC targets after
      .
    • is the best AoE / burst skill of the build, but needs some setup (CC).
  • Sword/Warhorn is the defensive/utility weapon set. It provides access to 2 skills with evasion, plenty of boons, unblockable attacks in beastmode through
    , and an auto attack with proper AoE cleave which you can use on downed targets or if an enemy uses projectile denial skills. Furthermore, Vulnerability Vulnerability stacking from
    can be used to set up burst.
  • Juvenile Siamoth Juvenile Siamoth is the more offensive pet in the build.
    makes it easier to land your damage and
    is one of the best burst skills you have. A nice burst combo involves chaining these two into Winter's Bite, or Path of Scars + Whirling Defense.


Stances

  • allows you to share your stances with allies, including your pet. Try to do this whenever possible.
  • is a high uptime stance which increases boon duration by 66%. Aim to sync it with your most important sources of boons such as
    ,
    , and
    (from Siamoth's
    ), just to mention a few.
  • is very straightforward, just use it against any kind of CC whenever necessary. Consider activating it before
    while under heavy condition pressure. Dolyak Stance can remove 3 conditions and make you immune to those for its duration, which means there's a higher chance for your heal to remove 4 damaging conditions (and of course having Stability Stability up while channeling your heal is a nice bonus).
  • is where your burst comes from. Always try to combo it with
    (as it strikes 16 times whilst stacking Vulnerability Vulnerability) and spam your auto attacks/skills while the stance is active, you need to land hits as often as possible.

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7 Ratings
5 stars
Hëkate gave this build 5 stars 2 weeks ago

Amazing build. Very forgiving on eventual mistakes and makes you feel like other people can barely do any damage to you. Great mobility, great sustain and great condi cleanse which basically lets you win any match up and hold/win 1v2 or even 1v3. Will probably get nerfed in the future unfortunately but atm it’s also really good for carrying even the worst teams :)

5 stars
Horza gave this build 5 stars last month

Amazing sustain and stupidly tough with divinity amulet. I prefer bear stance for healing especially when traited. Actually useful in team fights as stances are shared so take one wolf pack for extra pressure. Excellent bunker 1v1 and 2v2. Owl makes you a godly node decapper with mobilty as good as any. Not many weaknesses imo and will probably get a nerf. I use smokescale instead of siamoth (too clunky). The damage and mobility smokescale gives is too good to pass up. I have successfully held nodes 1v2 and 3 long enough to help carry wins plus you can out sustain anything 1v1 if you know how to stick and move.

4 stars
Hanz gave this build 4 stars September 2018

Strong duelist, but I feel it's a bit overhyped. I could see it becoming popular after a few balance patches but not just yet.

EDIT: yeah much better now

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5 stars
Bearpaws5 gave this build 5 stars August 2018

Frustrated with opponents who chase you around, stun-lock you, and make you feel like a goon? Dolyak, One Wolf Pack, Whirling Defense... SO much fun!

5 stars
Elr198 gave this build 5 stars July 2018

This build has very good sustain, damage, and mobility, along with what is probably the highest uptime of boons in PvP (provided youve good RNG...).

Basically, this is a build that was waiting to shine once all the boonhate specs were nerfed. And, well, since they all have been, here we are. Boonstrip can still be an oucho, but it's not as total a counter as it once was.

Definitely avoid team fights with this one though. You really shine as a duelist and 2v2'er.

5 stars
Donyajoon gave this build 5 stars July 2018

I had most success on ranger in ranked with this build. Very nice sustain, damage and mobility. I'd change some traits but the core of this build is GREAT.

5 stars
Leshy gave this build 5 stars June 2018

This is a fun build to play if you know how to rotate pets/beast mode. I'm using raven & smokescale (for the raven's F3 pull/root - owl's spiritual reprieve is on a 40 sec cd and you already have enough resistance/condi removal). Raven also grants you extra vitality & boon duration instead of outgoing healing.

Great mobility due to your bird/sword #2 and plenty of evades in 1vX situations. A good player can not only survive in 1v2 situations but even put pressure on the enemy player.

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