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Soulbeast - DPS Soulbeast

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

Focused on: Direct damage and Crowd control

Designed for: WvW Zerg

Expansions required: Heart of Thorns buildsPath of Fire BuildsEnd of Dragons buildsSecrets of the Obscure builds

Difficulty:
Normal
This build was last updated on June 06, 2024 and is up to date for the June 25, 2024 patch.

Overview

A high burst damage melee build with optional party support.


Skill Bar

Sky-Chak Striker
smokescale
Hammer
Mace/Mace
Utility


Important!

Make sure to swap your hammer skills by right clicking on them while out of combat
  • Use Unleashed Wild Swing, Unleashed Overbearing Smash, Savage Shock Wave and Unleashed Thump
    • Unleashed Savage Shock Wave is slightly more damage, but not generally worth the loss in utility


Variants

Weapons
  • Sword/Axe - Sword/Axe is much easier to play than Hammer but with less utility. The damage output is very similar, especially in short fights.
  • Hammer Longbow Longbow is generally worse than other options, but very helpful for clearing siege
Utilities
  • Muddy Terrain
  • Signet of the Wild
  • Frost Trap
Elite
  • Entangle
  • Spirit of Nature


Specializations

Variants
  • Leader of the Pack - excellent group utility at the cost of damage


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Equipment

Head
Marauder
Shoulders
Marauder
Chest
Marauder
Hands
Marauder
Legs
Marauder
Feet
Marauder
Backpiece
Marauder
Accessory
Dragon
Accessory
Marauder
Amulet
Marauder
Ring
Dragon
Ring
Marauder
Hammer
Marauder
Sigil
Sigil
Mace
Marauder
Mace
Marauder
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18
Relic


Consumables

    • personal option


Usage

Priorities

High

Damage


Surviving

  • This build has moderate passive defense
  • This build has moderate mobility skill access
  • This build has low active defenses
Active defense priority Toggle


Detailed Explanations

Damage

  • Start fights on Hammer so you can use Unleashed Thump to engage
    • Swap to Mace/Mace immediately if you're going to be in melee for an extended time
  • When at range, use Spit Goop Electrocute (soulbeast) to spike damage
    • With this cast order, both hits will land at almost the same time at 900 range, increasing burst
Mace
  • In mace prioritize Flourish first, both to increase burst via its second hit and to ensure the lowest CD skill will be up faster if any hits are missed and Nature's Strength Nature's Strength isn't procced through the first rotation.
  • Make sure all of your mace skills land for Nature's Strength Nature's Strength stacks
    • Your mace cooldowns reset on reaching 5 stacks, so don't leave mace before hitting the threshold
    • While Oaken Cudgel deals no damage, hitting it is still important get the stack of Nature's Strength Nature's Strength
    • If you can't hit Oaken Cudgel or missed a skill, Cultivate, your final auto chain also gives a stack of Nature's Strength Nature's Strength
  • Storm Spirit should be cast as your group reaches melee, before you can hit with melee skills
Hammer
  • In hammer prioritize Savage Shock Wave for the Immobilize Immobilize to help CC the enemy
  • Make sure not to cancel the follow-up swing of Unleashed Overbearing Smash, it has the majority of its damage and rips boons
  • Unleashed Thump hits hard, but is very hard to use due to forced movement. It is not worth casting if you'll miss more than 2 autos while getting back in position afterwards
  • Worldly Impact is a higher priority than any skills other than Flourish, Savage Shock Wave, and Unleashed Overbearing Smash if you're in position to use them
  • Be careful with the forced movement from Oaken Cudgel and Unleashed Thump
    • Don't aim directly into the enemy group and make sure to drop your target before casting these skills
      • A Lock Autotarget keybind can be used to quickly drop your target
Sword/Axe Toggle
  • Prioritize Whirling Defense whenever it is possible to do so
  • Be careful with the forced movement from Serpent's Strike and Pounce, only use them for damage when the enemy group is moving defensively
Damage priority Toggle
  • Flourish/Savage Shock Wave
  • Unleashed Overbearing Smash
  • Worldly Impact
  • Wild Strikes/Unleashed Wild Swing
  • Spit Goop
  • Electrocute (soulbeast)
  • Thistleguard
  • Oaken Cudgel/Unleashed Thump
  • Storm Spirit


Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 3 votes.
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5 stars
Soldier198 gave this build 5 stars • June 2024
This is an outstanding build with as much damage output and downs generating ability as the current meta damage dealers (berserker, holosmith, pVindi, reaper). Additionally, the release of the Juvenile Sky-Chak Striker in addition to the rework of spirits finally solves the problem of the Ranger having no viable ranged damage options with three excellent high damage abilities, two of them with a low cooldown and all of which can combine well for a spike. The ability to also bring team support in the form of shared stances is valuable with group stab + immunities from Dolyaks stance and group cleansing from bear stance.
5 stars
Leif gave this build 5 stars • June 2024
Great build, but should be running Leader of the Pack if using OWP.
5 stars
Ramsey25 gave this build 5 stars • May 2024
A strong Non Meta DPS. I love playing around this build. Recommended to play Leader of the Pack for Stance sharing. Can also play Eternal Bond with Sky Chak and Reef Drake for more utilities and dps.

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