Soulbeast - Condi DPS

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

Focused on: Condition damage

Designed for: Raids and Fractals

Expansions required: Path of Fire Builds

This build was last updated on September 08, 2022 and is up to date for the August 23, 2022 game patch.

Overview

A condition DPS Soulbeast build for raids and fractals. The build is very straightforward to play and presses its skills off cooldown to deal high Bleeding Bleeding and Poison Poison damage. It is rather bursty for a condition build, so can work well even on bosses with short phases.

For an even simpler version without reliance on melee, see Soulbeast - Condi Shortbow DPS.


Skill Bar

Lynx
Warthog
Dagger/Dagger
Shortbow
Utility


Pet Variants

  • Use Warthog Warthog instead of Lynx Lynx for Brutal Charge Brutal Charge for more CC at a small DPS loss.
  • Fanged Iboga Fanged Iboga can be taken instead of Lynx Lynx on bosses that attack frequently. See Gear Variants for the changes needed for this.
  • If you have enough time to precast, you can use Bristleback Bristleback and precast Sharpen Spines Sharpen Spines before the fight, then switch back to Lynx Lynx for a small DPS increase.


Weapon Variants

Condi soulbeast has a lot of viable weapon options, but you want to keep the shortbow regardless.

  • Mainhand Axe could be used if you need to be at range for long periods, or if you struggle with counting auto chains.
  • Torch is a more notable dps loss, but isn't too significant if you really dislike the animation lock from .


Skill Variants

Healing

  • over in condition-heavy fights to clear conditions from yourself and your allies.


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Specializations


Equipment

Head
Viper
Shoulders
Viper
Chest
Viper
Hands
Viper
Legs
Viper
Feet
Viper
Backpiece
Viper
Accessory
Viper
Accessory
Viper
Amulet
Viper
Ring
Viper
Ring
Viper
Dagger
Viper
Dagger
Viper
Sigil
Sigil
Shortbow
Viper
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x4
  • This setup assumes you have a tier-10 Jade Bot core. If you don't have one, you would want to switch in an extra 4 Spiteful infusions, but the core is cheaper so this isn't recommended.


Gear Variants

If you find to be prohibitively difficult to acquire, you can instead use the following:

  • and


On bosses that attack frequently, Iboga may be higher damage than Lynx. In this case use:

  • and
  • (or alternatives)


Consumables

Food

    • (or similar ascended food) if you want to benefit from ascended buffs.


Utility

    • or for a cheaper alternative


Usage

Rotation

If you can, precast , and dodge twice and use to stack up some .


Opener

  1. and during the cast of Viper's Nest
  2. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap


Dagger/Dagger section

The Dagger section should be opened with in order to get three uses without delaying your rotation.

  1. Autoattack and use , and as they come off cooldown
  2. - the third time you use this, weapon swap should be available
  3. if available - this will only be the case if you started the Dagger section at two charges
  4. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap


Shortbow section

You want to open and close each Shortbow section with

  1. Autoattack and use and when they come off cooldown
  2. just before the third use of Poison Volley
  3. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap
  4. Return to start of Dagger section


  • Try to finish your auto chains on Dagger, but if another skill comes off cooldown before you use the second skill in the chain, you should interrupt it
  • and off cooldown - both are instant cast
  • Fill in gaps between weapon skills with , and
  • If will come off cooldown while on Dagger, you can delay so that you can combo it with the poison field


Video example


Axe rotation

If using mainhand Axe, the rotation is structurally very similar to Dagger:

  1. Open with
  2. Autoattack and use all weapon skills as they come off cooldown
  3. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap after the third
  • is a priority skill, and will interrupt the cast of other skills if you use it too soon


Torch rotation

If using offhand torch, use in place of . Use as you reach the end of the Dagger, as and the autoattacks on Shortbow have a chance to combo with it.


General Tips

  • Dodging or using gives you for four seconds. It isn't worth dodging solely for the buff, but if you have to dodge anyway then it mitigates the DPS loss.
    • is slightly more efficient than dodging, if you can get used to it.


Ratings

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4 stars
Daikyu gave this build 4 stars • November 2019
I do much better with the double short bow build: http://gw2skills.net/editor/?POhAUVlZwsYfMJmJWaP7P3Ug8RpiF-zRJYmRVfZEXFUZK4zFIc9wbh3ZL-e it is much easier to use.
4 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 4 stars • September 2018
A simple, solid condition DPS, good on any boss that favors condition damage.
5 stars
Jaspermyriad gave this build 5 stars • July 2018
I pretty much always use the bristleback now since i can use both of its unique skills at range rather than only in melee which the lynx abilities are limited by. As Takazi commented on the damage difference is so negligible that you cant even tell really which does more so might as well use the one with abilities that can be used at greater range.
5 stars
Takazi gave this build 5 stars • December 2017
smashing around 38k to 42k each run on the 10 mil golem with all food and buffs, but i seem to consistently get 1k higher each time i use bristleback beast mode over lynx beast mode (for the entire rotation, no precasts) just wondering if anyone else has tested this? either way this is a brilliant build, consistent damage, fun/easy rotation and viable in many different situations. love it
5 stars
Troupe gave this build 5 stars • December 2017
Very strong DPS output on a simple rotation and is usable across almost all encounter which makes it a good choice for a beginner.

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