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
to get large damage and survivability buffs from Quickness Quickness and Protection Protection.

Skillbar

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Pets

  • You'll be spending most of your time merged with the Ferocious pet of your choice. Here are some options:
  • For your secondary pet you can bring a Supportive or Stout pet for extra survivability with skills like
    or
    :
  • When unable to mount, you can also merge with a bird like Juvenile Eagle Juvenile Eagle to use
    and
    to go faster.

Weapon Variants

  • Use a Longbow if you need to range something.

Skill Variants

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

Traits



Variants
  • - if you're having trouble staying alive.

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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Superior Rune of the Scholar
18x
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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6x
Superior Rune of the Water
18x
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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6x
Superior Rune of the Water
18x
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
, 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
and then grant them back to yourself by entering
. 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

  • Your main damaging skills are
    ,
    ,
    , and
    .
  • can be used to reset Maul.
  • Remember to maintain Quickness Quickness by using
    or
    .
  • If all your main damage skills are on cooldown, just swap between your weapons autoattacking and using the above skills whenever available.

Defense

  • You have a lot of Protection Protection and Regeneration Regeneration with this build which can help you survive enemy aggro.
  • 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.
  • blocks attacks. The retaliatory attack doesn't trigger if you are jumping or out of range, allowing you to block multiple attacks with one
    .
  • 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
    or running the Wilderness Survival traitline.

Crowd Control

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6 Ratings
5 stars
Jyan91 gave this build 5 stars April 2019

Running this at the moment and enjoying it, it's not too bad at open world boon support too.

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.

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5 stars
Wisplord gave this build 5 stars November 2018

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

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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