Soulbeast - Boon Berserker


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

Focused on: Direct damageSustain.

Designed for:

Overview

A Soulbeast build for running around in open world. This build revolves around self-buffing with Moa Stance.png Moa Stance to get large damage and survivability buffs from Quickness Quickness and Protection Protection.

Skillbar

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Dagger/WarhornHealingUtilityElite
Greatsword

Pets

Weapon Variants

  • Use a Longbow if you need to range something.

Skill Variants

Elite Skills
  • One Wolf Pack.png One Wolf Pack - for more burst damage, or if other players are providing you with might.

Traits

Variants

Wilderness Survival Variant

Use Wilderness Survival instead of Beastmastery if you really need help surviving. This is a significant DPS loss.

Equipment

Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.

Standard Equipment

The Standard Variant uses similar gear to the Soulbeast - Power DPS and Druid - Boon Support Healer builds for fractals and raids. This makes it a good general-purpose gear set and is the gear that most players should aim for.
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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 Dagger.png
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Ascended Warhorn.png
Harrier stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Accuracy.png
Superior Sigil of Concentration.png
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Ascended Greatsword.png
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Superior Sigil of Force.png
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Superior Rune of the Scholar
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Mighty +5 Agony Infusion

Optimal Equipment

The Optimal Variant is the best possible gear for this build. It's overkill in most cases, and you should only get it if you have spare gold or you don’t care about fractals and raids.
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Ascended Ring1.png
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Ascended Ring2.png
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Ascended Dagger.png
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Ascended Warhorn.png
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Superior Sigil of Agility.png
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Superior Sigil of Agility.png
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Mighty +5 Agony Infusion
  • You can also use Minor Sigil of Agility for a much cheaper option that provides the same amount of quickness.

Marauder Variant

For an even tankier option you can run full Marauder stats. You lose about 15% damage but your health is increased by over 50%.
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Ascended Legs (Medium).png
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Ascended Ring2.png
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Ascended Dagger.png
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Ascended Warhorn.png
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Superior Sigil of Agility.png
Superior Sigil of Accuracy.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Greatsword.png
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Superior Sigil of Agility.png
Superior Sigil of Bloodlust.png
Superior Rune of the Water.png6x
Superior Rune of the Water
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Mighty +5 Agony Infusion

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food
  • Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Food.png+100 Power+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    ,
    Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+100 Precision+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    ,
    Plate of Truffle Steak Plate of Truffle Steak
    Plate of Truffle Steak.pngPlate of Truffle Steak
    Nourishment (30m):
    Food.png+100 power+70 precision+10% Experience from kills
    Consumable
    , or
    Dragon's Breath Bun Dragon's Breath Bun
    Dragon's Breath Bun.pngDragon's Breath Bun
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+200 power for 30s after killing an enemy+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    for more damage.
  • Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew.pngBowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png100% chance to gain might when you dodge.+40% to your Endurance refill rate.+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    for more dodges.
  • Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream for more healing.
Utility
  • Potent Superior Sharpening Stone Potent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Potent Superior Sharpening Stone.pngPotent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Usage

Boons

This build is built around maintaining as many boons on yourself as possible. The key skill is Moa Stance.png Moa Stance, which makes your boon-generating skills much more effective. Once in Moa Stance you can do any combination of the following:
Once you have stacked Might Might, Fury Fury, Protection Protection, Regeneration Regeneration, and Quickness Quickness to your heart's desire, you can share those boons to your pet with "We Heal As One!".png "We Heal As One!" and then grant them back to yourself by entering 24px Beastmode. This provides you with an absurd amount of damage and survivability for the next ~20 seconds.
  • In long fights, just keep refreshing your boons on cooldown.
  • Your boon sharing will also benefit nearby allies (although they won't get Quickness Quickness).

Damage

Defense

  • You have a lot of Protection Protection and Regeneration Regeneration with this build which can help you survive enemy aggro.
  • 24px Smoke Assault can be used to evade attacks.
    • Note that this skill is not instant cast like a normal dodge and will only queue after your current animation. To instantly evade something, stow your weapon and then press the skill.
  • Counterattack.png Counterattack blocks attacks. The retaliatory attack doesn't trigger if you are jumping or out of range, allowing you to block multiple attacks with one Counterattack.png Counterattack.
  • The third hit of your greatsword autoattack is an evade, but this can be difficult to time properly.
  • Remember to always dodge and sidestep attacks if possible. Don't get hit by anything you can move out of.
  • If you're dying a lot consider traiting 24px Eternal Bond or running the Wilderness Survival traitline.

Crowd Control

Build rating - 5 stars
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5 Ratings
5 stars
Ninjamonkey gave this build 5 stars January 2019

I had to create an account just to say how amazing I've found this build to be. The survivability is insane. And I honestly dont see that big a drop in damage from other builds. Absolutely loving it. It has rekindled my love for Ranger.

3 stars
Screaming gave this build 3 stars January 2019

Sure it can stay alive a long time, but damage is extremely poor compared to other Ranger builds, proving that traits are just as important as gear for doing damage.

5 stars
Wisplord gave this build 5 stars November 2018

Just started using this build. It's ridiculous, i can pretty much solo everything.

2 More Ratings
5 stars
Fluidi gave this build 5 stars October 2018

Have been playing with this for a while now both in PvE and WvW, works great! Phenomenal might ramp, perpetual swiftness, regen and fury, among others, all attesting to incredible survivability and good damage output. Really enjoyable to play. Some occasions even feels too good to be true. The rotation in it's simplicity still continues to make the build interesting and fun.

5 stars
Qaz12 gave this build 5 stars September 2018

This build feels broken when compared to the Longbow Beastmastery build. Near perma protection, 25 stacks of might, retaliation, regen, a ton of quickness and stability up time. You're practically unstoppable. I used Water Rune for that extra sustain and its very worth it with healing something like 600 hp per second permanently. 10% less boon time with scholars was an easy trade.. For the most part, you don't "need" 10 more percent boon time. Love the build!

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