Soulbeast - Frontline Soulbeast

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The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good.

Focused on: Direct damageUtility.

Designed for:

Overview

Soulbeast gives powerful single target damage in combination with stability, cleanse and CC.

Skill Bar

First Weapon Set

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Sword/Axe

Skill Variants

Longbow/

Use with the Marksmanship traitline for high single target spike damage at the cost of sustain DPS.

Pets

Heal

  • Gives the ability to re-apply all current boons at the cost of condition cleanse.

Utility

This allows you to give all conditions to your pet outside of Soulbeast mode, before re-enterring it and granting yourself Resistance Resistance.

  • is an extremely high damage boost in Soulbeast mode- however drop it situationally for other useful skills if required, such as
    • For boon support and a powerful buff to allies.
    • To pull allies from deadly bombs whilst downed.
    • For a Stunbreak and easy protection option.

Specializations

Variants

Swap Beastmastery to Marksmanship is using Longbow

Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of Strength
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Mighty WvW Infusion

Variants

Stats

  • Use as much Soldier's gear as you need to survive, take into account the extra 10% crit chance from Fury.


Sigils

  • Superior Sigil of Energy Superior Sigil of Energy
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    Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
    Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
  • Superior Sigil of Strength Superior Sigil of Strength
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    Superior Sigil of Strength.pngSuperior Sigil of Strength
    60% Chance on Critical: Gain Might (10 seconds). (Cooldown: 1s)
  • Superior Sigil of Hydromancy Superior Sigil of Hydromancy
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    Superior Sigil of Hydromancy.pngSuperior Sigil of Hydromancy
    Damage nearby foes and chill them for 2 seconds when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
  • Superior Sigil of Accuracy Superior Sigil of Accuracy
    Superior Sigil of Accuracy.pngSuperior Sigil of Accuracy
    +7% Critical Chance
    if using lots of Soldier's stats

Runes

  • Superior Rune of the Pack Superior Rune of the Pack
    Superior Rune of the Pack.pngSuperior Rune of the Pack
    (1): +25 Power (2): +10% Swiftness Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies might, fury, and swiftness for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 20s) (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Precision; +20% Swiftness Duration
    if you need help reaching 100% crit chance with Soldier's gear
  • Superior Rune of Durability Superior Rune of Durability
    Superior Rune of Resistance.pngSuperior Rune of Durability
    (1): +25 Toughness (2): +5% Boon Duration (3): +50 Toughness (4): 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies protection and regeneration for 3 seconds and resistance for 1 second. (Cooldown: 20 seconds) (5): +100 Toughness (6): +15% Boon Duration; +125 Vitality
    defensive option with group support.

Consumables

Food

  • Loaf of Saffron Bread Loaf of Saffron Bread
    Loaf of Saffron Bread.pngLoaf of Saffron Bread
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.pngIncoming damage reduced by 20% while stunned, knocked down, or knocked back.-20% condition duration+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    against condition pressure.
  • Fried Oyster Sandwich Fried Oyster Sandwich
    Fried Oyster Sandwich.pngFried Oyster Sandwich
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+10% Damage Reduction+70 Power+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
  • Bowl of Mussel Soup Bowl of Mussel Soup
    Bowl of Mussel Soup.pngBowl of Mussel Soup
    Nourishment (30 min):
    Food.png+10% Damage Reduction+70 Vitality+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Utility

  • Furious Sharpening Stone Furious Sharpening Stone
    Furious Sharpening Stone.pngFurious Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Power equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Ferocity equal to 3% of your Precision+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
  • Superior Sharpening Stone Superior Sharpening Stone
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    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    cheaper option.

Usage

General

  • Take into account the 360 radius of your stances before using them if possible
  • Use
    followed by
    to gain a 25% damage boost on the large AoE hit for a strong spike
  • Try to have
    active when using large burst combos to maximize damage output
  • Make good use of sword evades, as a large portion of the build's damage mitigation comes from evading and staying out of spikes
  • is reset by a succesful
    , letting you get off an easy combo of Maul-Hilt Bash-Maul-Worldly Impact for a 1shot on most classes.

Videos

Build rating - 4 stars
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8 Ratings
5 stars
Chokepoint gave this build 5 stars 4 weeks ago

Thoroughly under-rated. High damage and high group utility. GS + axe/axe and winter's bite adds the ranged AOE dmg this build is missing.

2 stars
Woops gave this build 2 stars October 2018

Good damage/concept, however frontline Ranger has survival issues, unlike thief that can stab and stealth, vs skilled holos/warrs/necros/mes this build can't seem to hold its ground. Perhaps "Longbow" is the way to go with some modifications? Consider using "Rapid Fire" + Beastmode with "Predator's cunning" trait, it uses base power numbers, this trait triggers life steal on each "poison" applied (no cool down limiter on the trait either), can focus on specs: Power/Precision + Condi while maintaining 1500 bow range, it's best to put the "Range" back into the "Ranger".

4 stars
Xivor gave this build 4 stars September 2018

Decent DPS, but does not really compare to other DPS slots in the current meta. Not optimal for a DPS slot now due to pirate ship meta. Stance-share is a nice concept, but is weak in execution. Though this build is viable, there is no reason to take this over something else, unless you are trying to convince a ranger-only player to play in a DPS slot. Not a bad build worth a low rating, but definitely not at great level yet. Maybe if Arenanet gave stance share more power.

5 More Ratings
2 stars
Freya gave this build 2 stars September 2018

It's a dmg build that frankly doesn't do any better than herald, ele necro,.... I mean, it has some potential in niche situations, but generaly not usable.

5 stars
Sareth gave this build 5 stars May 2018

Compared to most of the other classes Soulbeast DPS are somewhat refreshing to play. Overall ranger seems underrated and does most certainly not deserve all the hatred it gets from the community.

0 stars
Toomanyunknown gave this build 0 stars April 2018

Ranger as a class should never be used in WvW, small or large scale. This build particularly brings some damage but nowhere near enough to justify it, and nowhere near enough area damage. Its utility is lacking, stances such as Dolyak Stance or Bear Stance are redundant with a competent Firebrand. This is a small scale build at best, and not a large scale build. Compared to classes like Spellbreaker there is no reason to bring a class lacking so much.

5 stars
The Blue Rangerr gave this build 5 stars October 2017

In a smallscale fight up to and including 15s, this build is quite possibly the highest burst power damage available. combos dealing over 25,000 damage to full minstrels targets makes it an incredible single target focuser. Whilst open field it begins to suffer greatly, for its intended purpose the build combines huge damage with modest group support to be incredibly effective.

5 stars
Andwaritv gave this build 5 stars October 2017

Great build, good sustain and burst with a lot of evades

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