Soulbeast - Condition Skirmisher

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A strong build which can swap from DPS to defensive variants. This build can do well in almost all areas of open world and can even solo group events or strong bosses.

  • Very versatile
  • High DPS even with defensive gear
  • Mobile
  • Ping sensitive
  • High-input

Skill Bar

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Weapon Variants

  • Main hand Axe provides better cleave damage than dagger but is less effective against single targets.
  • Off-hand Torch provides much better cleave at the cost of a small amount of sustain.

Skill Variants

Heal Skills
  • - Condi clear
  • - extends boons; extremely effective with Concentration
Utility Skills
  • - More sustain
  • - Very high damage buff against single targets
  • - alternative damage option, useful if there are allies around.
  • - Powerful stun break
  • - Invulnerability
Elite Skills
  • - high damage and soft crowd control.


Build Code


  • - strong if you find yourself only taking 1-2 stancs.

Trait Variants

Soulbeast is extremely versatile and part of its gameplay is setting up the right traits for each situation.

Axe Variant

Take in Beastmastery if running axe main hand.

Survialist Variant

Wilderness Survival can replace either Beastmastery or Skimishing depending on the need and offers higher defenses and more poison damage.

  • - useful in high pressure situations where 75%+ hp is hard to maintain.


Viper Equipment

For the vast majority of open world content, use this variant.

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Trailblazer Equipment

For harder content, it may be worth using this variant

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Variant Equipment


  • Sinister stat icon.png Sinister's , Grieving stat icon.png Grieving - Budget replacement for Viper stat icon.png Viper's ; run with these
  • Rabid stat icon.png Rabid's - Budget replacement for Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's ; run with this


  • - Less bleed-focused condition duration
  • - budget defense option
  • - budget option for Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's
  • , - higher burst option; not generally recommended


  • - Possibly superior to for the Viper stat icon.png Viper's variant (untested)
  • - strong ranged option
  • - more dodges


Event Farming


  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.


  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma

Solo Play

  • , - DPS
  • - Budget DPS
  • , - Dodges + Might
  • , - Gives sustain for the Viper stat icon.png Viper's , Sinister stat icon.png Sinister's , and Grieving stat icon.png Grieving variants
  • - +Dmg, +Karma



  • This build's damage relies heavily on your Bleeding Bleeding application.
  • Try not to 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.


  • This build has an enormous amount of endurance regeneration, use it to your advantage.
  • You have a good amount of passive healing from and .

Crowd Control

Video Examples

  • Dire Variant vs Chak Lobber
    • This is a good example of just how effective the build can be even with very cheap gear. While the kill wasn't fast by any means, the Dire variant of the build had plenty of damage and sustain to take on one of the stronger champion mobs.
Build rating - 5 stars
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11 Ratings
5 stars
Froukt gave this build 5 stars November 2020

Dynamic build with solid survivability. The gameplay is not as easy as with a power dps build - however, dodging around, flanking, and watching conditions tick down the enemy's health faster and faster is way more fun than mauling with a greatsword over and over. Really makes you *feel* that you are playing a medium-armor skirmisher class.

5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars November 2020

A great solo build that's perfectly capable of switching between high-burst, high DPS kits and slow-burn attrition for dealing with harder stuff. Really appreciate the simplicity of stances and the considerable sustain the build offers.

5 stars
Jack Armstrong gave this build 5 stars July 2020

I didn't like how this build plays so much at first--to me, greatsword feels better than dagger/torch, and the traps took a little getting used to--but it's so capable and flexible that it has really won me over.

Capable: it's not as bursty as a power Soulbeast, but it's much tougher. Once you get your conditions ticking it does quite nice sustained damage, while with a mix of farmed ascended Trailblazer trinkets, cheap exotic Dire armor, and cheap Runes of the Lich, I have 25k health and 3k armor. In addition, you get free healing from applying poison or dodge rolling, which you can do often due to increased endurance recovery. There are also multiple ways that good play boosts both damage and defense.

Flexible: like any Ranger. You can pick your pet to fit your needs, switch between good melee and ranged weapons mid-fight, and switch between having your pet tank for you (not often necessary with this build) or not mid-fight as well.

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5 stars
Ether gave this build 5 stars May 2020

My very first ranger build in open world roaming, and imo it's a lot better than the boring longbow-press-the-same-skill over and over. This build just does pretty much everything better than the longbow/gs counterpart: more survival, AOE, and sustain if u choose to run dolyak stance along w/ bear stance. one of the most fun ranger builds out there that i kept coming back even though I am nowhere near being a ranger main. 10/10 on fun factor

5 stars
Tora-ryu gave this build 5 stars October 2019

I really like this build, never wanna use another on my soulbeast. :)

I do not have any difficulties staying alive while walking around in the open world, even if huge mobs attacks. I enjoy working with all the different conditions. Also the possibility to change between ranged or melee with just a weapon swap is so helpful in some situations (e.g. events).

5 stars
Kaihan gave this build 5 stars August 2019

Don't overlook Condi Trapper! This build surpasses Longbow Power Ranger in one important area--AOE! You'll hardly break a sweat with pocket raptors. You have tools to deal with most enemies in almost any situation. Reflect projectiles? Use your dagger and torch. AOEs against you? Skirmish from range with your shortbow. Need stability? Use the Dolyak stance. I use the warthog for CC and DPS and the Jacaranda for extra heals and Condi cleanse. It's unlike any other Ranger class I've ever played, it's fun, tanky (especially with Carrion gear) and puts out incredible DPS. Can't recommend this enough.

5 stars
Zov gave this build 5 stars June 2019

As a Ranger Main for 3 years now i can tell you that Condi Ranger is much more Fun and better than the regular Power build with a GS and Bow in Open World. There are some tweaks you can do here and there depending on your playstyle but other than that Great Build 10/10 - IGN :)

5 stars
Emforay gave this build 5 stars February 2019

Excellent damage potential that, despite requiring a little spool up, is sure to pack a wallop in most cases while being able to dip in and out by laying devastating AoEs down and falling back to safety with your shortbow. Is a breath of fresh air to anyone tired of playing power ranger builds and, like those power ranger builds, can solo the toughest of foes in the open world for the most part if you manage your pets well enough. I personally prefer to use brown bear instead of boar because of the utility it gives, and I rarely swap off of Lynx if damage is what I need. This adds decent condition clear and survivability to the build, on top of the tankiness you get from Carrion gear.

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.