Soulbeast - Condi Trapper

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

Focused on: Condition damageSustainActive defense.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

A Soulbeast build for running around in open world. This build is very durable and deals high AoE condition damage.

Skill Bar

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Dagger/TorchHealingUtilityElite
Shortbow

Pets

  • You'll be spending most of your time merged with the Deadly pet of your choice. Here are some options:
  • Your second pet doesn't really matter, feel free to equip your favorite pet for Fashion Wars. If you're having trouble surviving you can bring a Supportive or Stout pet for extra survivability with skills like
    or
    :

Weapon Variants

  • Main hand Axe provides better cleave damage than dagger but deals worse damage overall.
  • For a simpler rotation, you can go without dagger/torch and just camp in shortbow. You lose a bit of damage but don't ever have to weapon swap.

Skill Variants

Utility Skills
  • - if you're getting stunned a lot.
  • - alternative damage option, useful if there are allies around.
Elite Skills
  • - high damage and soft crowd control.

Specializations

  • - more DPS when fighting single targets.
  • - if not running dagger/torch.

Equipment

This build uses similar gear to the Soulbeast - Condi DPS build for fractals and raids. The main difference is
, which you can use if you have a spare torch or you don't care about fractals and raids.
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6x
Superior Rune of the Nightmare
15x
Spiteful +5 Agony Infusion
3x
Malign +5 Agony Infusion
  • Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.
  • If running only shortbow, replace
    with
    .

Carrion Variant

You can run Carrion stats as a cheaper alternative while you're working your way up to Viper, or if you prefer having more health. You lose about 10% damage but your health is increased by 60%.
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6x
Superior Rune of the Nightmare

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food:
  • Koi Cake Koi Cake
    Koi Cake.pngKoi Cake
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+100 Expertise+70 Condition Damage+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    or
    Saffron Stuffed Mushroom Saffron Stuffed Mushroom
    Saffron Stuffed Mushroom.pngSaffron Stuffed Mushroom
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.pngGain +200 condition damage for 30 seconds when you kill a foe. (This effect does not stack)+70 Precision+10% Experience from kill[sic]
    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:
  • Tuning Icicle Tuning Icicle
    Tuning Icicle.pngTuning Icicle
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Condition Damage equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Condition Damage equal to 8% of your Expertise+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable

Usage

Damage

  • Your most damaging skills are
    ,
    ,
    , and
    . Use these skills whenever available.
    • Fill in the gaps with
      /
      ,
      , and autoattacks.
    • Never interrupt your autoattack chain.
  • Flanking enemies is important with this build, as your shortbow skills deal significantly more damage when hitting from the back or the side. Dodge through enemies before unloading your condition burst.
  • Use your traps and stances off cooldown.
  • If crowd control isn't important, you can use
    for a damage increase.

Survivability

  • Use the endurance regeneration from
    to dodge incoming attacks.
  • You have a good amount of passive healing from
    and
    .

Crowd Control

Build rating - 5 stars
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3 Ratings
4 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 4 stars September 2018

This build has good survivability and AoE damage, making it a solid and straightforward choice for soloing open world content.

5 stars
Screaming gave this build 5 stars July 2018

Excellent AoE damage with - it might not quite burst them down, but in extended fights it will more than likely pull ahead of other Ranger builds while having a lot of sustain via Predator's Cunning and Wilderness Survival minor traits, with the option of taking a supportive pet for even more sustain if the situation needs it.

5 stars
Ebinocracy gave this build 5 stars July 2018

This build is excellent for open world. The aoe damage basically kills most enemies immediately and you're survivable enough to last stronger enemies. I've used the budget version and it's also solid.

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