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Soulbeast - Sic 'Em Sniper

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

Focused on: Strike damage and Control

Designed for: PvP Conquest

This build was last updated on July 04, 2024 and is up to date for the June 25, 2024 patch.


A Soulbeast power build for PvP with exceptional burst damage, made to quickly take out targets. Primarily serves as a roamer/+1er.

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Slot Changes


For the optional slot:

  • "Protect Me!" - defensive skill and another stunbreak.
  • Signet of the Hunt - makes your burst unblockable.
  • Quickening Zephyr - mix of defense and offense, it's mostly used in burst combos for the Quickness Quickness but it can also serve as a stunbreak.
  • Griffon Stance - adds more evasion to the build, great at avoiding burst damage if you can time it right.


Boar Boar can be repalced by:

  • Polar Bear Polar Bear - strong defensive pet that still retains the most important CC on Boar while offering a skill that negates incoming strike damage.
  • Rock Gazelle Rock Gazelle - another CC focused pet. It's also a Ferocious pet just like Smokescale while Boar is Versatile, which means you'll gain better offensive stats in Beastmode than on Boar.

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  • Oppressive Superiority offers higher burst damage but limits your Beastmode options by removing the ability to easily swap between pets while merged.

Specialization Variants

Skirmishing Skirmishing can replace Marksmanship Marksmanship, both of these are damage focused specs. Marksmanship's speciality is delivering spike damage by boosting skills that only hit once (like Maul on Greatsword) while Skirmishing provides a smaller flat damage boost that goes better with multihit attacks such as Rapid Fire on Longbow or One Wolf Pack. It's up to you to decide which playstyle you prefer. Consider taking Sword/Warhorn instead of Greatsword if you go with Skirmishing:




Elite specialization basics

  • Soulbeast allows Rangers to meld/merge with their pet, becoming one. This is done through Beastmode which has a 10s CD.
  • Pet related traits and skills such as Pet's Prowess continue to function even while merged, but this time you'll be the one who benefits from them, not the pet (although sometimes the effects are lessened).
    • IMPORTANT: skills that affect your pet like "Sic 'Em!" have to be used after merging if you wish to benefit from them, already active skill effects will be lost just like when swapping pets.
  • You can also meld with dead pets and then exit Beastmode to instantly revive them.


  • Eternal Bond allows you to be more flexible with your Beastmode usage by letting you swap pets while merged. With this you can adapt to situations much better and stay in Beastmode longer.
  • Using CC skills grants you Fury Fury so you don't have to worry too much about setting up your bursts, since they tend to involve CC.
  • When playing with Boar Boar, its Beatmode ability Maul (soulbeast porcine) is one of your key skills. Hits hard, has a short cast time and a very subtle animation most people won't even notice.
    • Try to set this up with CC, which should be easy considering how both other Boar Beastmode skills are CC skill. The F3 is especially good for this as Prelude Lash grants you Quickness Quickness and Fury Fury via trait synergy.
  • Polar Bear and Krytan Drakehound also provide access to Prelude Lash.
  • Zephyr's Speed and Clarion Bond give you various offensive boons whenever you swap pets (once every 15 seconds). Pet swapping is a great way of instantly setting up burst combos.
    • These traits continue to work even if you swap pets in Beastmode with the help of Eternal Bond.
  • Smokescale Smokescale's F2 Smoke Cloud is a useful combo field:
    • Projectile finishers like Point Blank Shot and Rapid Fire could Blind Blind your target, increasing your sustain.
    • Swoop and Worldly Impact could be used to stack Stealth Stealth. While your kit isn't the best for stacking stealth, dropping this field before a fight for your team to execute combos in is generally a good idea.
  • Use Hunter's Shot in Beastmode while roaming between capture points if you lack Swiftness Swiftness.
  • Sometimes you might want to get greedy with Bear Stance. While this is your last resort option against condition bursts, it's also great at keeping things like Weakness Weakness, Chill Chill and Blind Blind off of you. If you're chasing a low HP target and you want to secure a kill, Bear Stance could ensure that you get to deal damage without any hinderance. You could even combine it with Dolyak Stance to make yourself immune to hard CC too.
    • Of course this is a bit of a gamble, if the target survives your burst you'll be left without your strongest defensive CDs so the plan might backfire.
  • "Sic 'Em!" should always be used in Beastmode. It's a really strong burst CD that also denies stealth access for enemies.
  • One Wolf Pack works best on Longbow, adding extra damage to every hit you score on a target. Smokescale's Smoke Assault (soulbeast) also has great synergy with this, or Warhorn's Hunter's Call if you're playing the Sword/Wahrorn variant.
  • Smokescale's Smoke Assault (soulbeast) could be used both offensively (delivering damage while making it impossible to kite you) and defensively (it's an instant cast evade frame).

Doing damage

  • Maul grants Attack of Opportunity to you while melded, improving the damage of your next attack skill (but only the next strike, doesn't cover multihit abilities).

Longbow burst combo example:

  1. Use One Wolf Pack before the burst.
  2. Get Quickness either from Zephyr's Speed or Quickening Zephyr. You should preferably be on Smokescale for improved Beastmode damage.
  3. Beastmode for some extra stats.
  4. "Sic 'Em!" which boosts the Soulbeast's own damage if used in Beastmode.
  5. Point Blank Shot to increase the chance of landing your burst and to proc Twice as Vicious.
  6. Rapid Fire for damage.

Greatsword burst combo example:

  1. Beastmode on Boar.
  2. Prelude Lash for Quickness, Fury, Marksmanship synergy and to make it easier to land Maul.
  3. Optional -Swap pets with Eternal Bond (F4) while in Beastmode, this will give you even more Quickness and better offensive stats from the Smokescale.
  4. Maul
  5. Hilt Bash your target for CC and to refresh Maul.
  6. Maul again.
  7. Swoop to make the most of Maul's Attack of Opportunity buff which in Beastmode applies to the Soulbeast and not the pet.

Using both pets

  1. Start on Boar.
  2. Prelude Lash
  3. Maul
  4. Swap pets with Eternal Bond (F4) for Quickness and to make your next attack a guaranteed crit that also does more damage through trait synergy.
  5. Worldly Impact

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This build has a rating of 4 stars based on 14 votes.
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3 stars
Hanz gave this build 3 stars • June 2024
Longbow is outclassed by several other weapons right now but that isn't stopping people from playing this and doing relatively well even in 2024. All it takes is 1 burst to 100-0 someone with the right setup, but at higher ratings people won't fall for that twice. Kind of a one trick, the melee focused version of Soulbeast proves to be more consistent, but if you're playing Ranger for the bows this is certainly a good pick for you.
4 stars
Vex gave this build 4 stars • May 2023
For wvw it's a 5 but in pvp the lack of open terrain is a problem. This build can still destroy anyone it catches offguard at least but the burst is all it has going for it. Sic em counters thieves but if they +1 you and know what they're doing they can destroy you too. Could use a sustain buff or two, or go the other direction and add back unblockable attacks to SLB traits.
4 stars
Baescons gave this build 4 stars • June 2021
nice build for average ranger who wants to have fun, but is only really relevant for higher teir players that can take advantage of the whole kit. in the ideal meta its like a thief but with a bigger kit and hence insanely powerful, but in this one it really is not that highly functional. Might be great teir among the 'best' players, who are the ones recommending it but the average players actually struggle and maybe do themselves harm on this compared to ezier builds like power survival
4 stars
Fespan gave this build 4 stars • March 2021
Nice and Fun build, but is too weak against conditions and bunker builds if u are protecting a node, its like a thief with lower mov but more survival for 1v1, 100% recomended for g+, not recomended for p1-p2 (Atleast ur team has a bunker comp without movility)
5 stars
Tao101 gave this build 5 stars • March 2020
Having a lot of fun with this build right now. I replaced the berserker amulet with Marauder, more survivability and more interesting fights as a result, normally still ending in a win. Also I took the runes of speed which is a good move with Marauder. Simply put this build ticks all the boxes right now, I'm struggling to find a down side. It does everything I need it to, 5 stars.
3 stars
Apoo gave this build 3 stars • January 2020
Viable max to gold after that I falls rapidly down. Made my version of SB and it's much better especially plat+. I am casual player and got last 2 with this 1600+ http://en.gw2skills.net/editor/?POwAceFlFw6YesHGKeSX+P7Sk+DA-z5gfIZKFiWB0xIQDDA
3 stars
Tyroxin gave this build 3 stars • October 2019
Damage is still enough for low ranks - and thats about it. After the nerfs it hits the ceiling rather harshly in more competitive play.
5 stars
Zero5498 gave this build 5 stars • April 2019
By far one of the most enjoyable ranger builds for solo/duoQ ranked. High amount of stunbreaks, works great in the current CC heavy meta, unparalleled range and single target burst dps with longbow, above average sustain with heals,resistance and superior condition cleanse, absolutely amazing mobility which enables decapping/capping around the map rather quickly, little bit of team support with spiritual reprieve, melee combat feels fluid and GS overall has insane utility and the burst dps from maul is nothing to joke about. The only shortcoming I see is the build's inability to cope with outnumbers, but given the amount of disengage potential that can be mitigated rather well.Rather low skill floor, but appropriately high skill ceiling that potentially prevents the class from being abused. Overall, a build that is a veritable jack of all trades in the sense it can teamfight, 1v1 and create decap pressure.
5 stars
DigiQWill gave this build 5 stars • April 2019
This build is probably the Soulbeast build that has the highest skill ceiling. The great combination of both defensive and offensive utilities carries into a game with when played well, the same capacities to bunker a point as a Boonbeast, while having more damage output and higher burst damage at the expense of some durability. Can 2v1, excels in 1v1s, decent pressure in team fights (paired with Barrage and Smokescale merge each tick can hit for up to 1.5k rather easily), you can kite very well, have decent condition management and a great heal to pair it with. I would suggest Siamoth instead of Owl, but that's really out for personal preference. "Protect Me!" can also save you a lot more than you think, you can take that instead of Dolyak Stance or Lightning Reflexes to counter-chain your opponent! In this power crept meta (while I'm writing this review), this build is a solid pick if you want to invest your time in learning a class and have results for the efforts you put into it!
5 stars
Donyajoon gave this build 5 stars • August 2018
Great for roaming around the map looking to snipe down enemies. Best ranged damage, strong melee combos and has great mobility as well.
5 stars
Jm23 gave this build 5 stars • April 2018
I have been playing Holosmith since PoF released back in September, and recently got bored of it. Additionally, I really started to feel the nerfs once the March balance patch released. Now, I'm not bashing Holosmith or anything, because it's still great, but I wanted something fresh for a change. I don't like playing support builds so I decided to see what options I had as a DPS'er. Thief is not my style. Spellbreaker is too easy. Mesmer? Too fotm. Weaver? Lol. Ranger? Never played it before and it seemed interesting. I have no idea why Soulbeast gets such a bad rap in the PvP community. This build is quite possibly the highest single target DPS build I have yet played in PvP, with superb range to boot. And the squishiness that I have seen critiqued often while browsing the forums is just not there. Troll Unguent heals well. Protection uptime is fine and heals you. Signet of Stone negates counter burst. You have great mobility and kiting potential with permanent swiftness, Gazelle pet, and the Greatsword. And to top it off, unblockables and plenty of condition clearing. I think this build is just a great all-arounder with excellent, unblockable burst, and I'm having way more fun with it than I ever did with Holosmith, and my win rate is mostly the same. The only con I've really come to dislike is the lack of AoE damage compared to Holosmith, but again, that single target damage is just nasty. Cheers to whoever posted the build.
5 stars
Nathanel gave this build 5 stars • December 2017
I was wrong about biks build, i definately believe unblockables are incredibly good alternative in combatting tons of blocks the current meta has and should still deserve more love, However beastmastery is so much more versertaile then markmanship, this build is clearly taking the cake for best soulbeast build available in a more balanced manner. there is so much u can do even without sic em.
5 stars
Mirage182 gave this build 5 stars • December 2017
This is a great build that i like to use with either Druid or Soulbeast due to power and mobility. Since GS buff on dec 12, this build has been really great against many opponents and also you can easily get 10k damage with this build. Personally i like using Berserker with soldier runes for more damage and condi clense. I also recommend that instead of quickening zephir and sicem, this build can be much more than a sniper if you add toughness and more condi clense to it. For heal skill, troll is the middle ground option for good heals and condi clense If you need more condi clense, go with bear stance, more heals go with "we heal as one." Signet of stone for me is a must to avoid heavy bursts. And depending on the team composition, i go with either protect me, signet of renewal, or dolyak stance to emphasize on movement. Also it is better to have a defensive pet with you. preferably bear because if you need quick condi clear, you swap to bear (2 condi clear, quickness and stunbreaker) then you activates its ability (2 condi clear) after that merge (stun breaker) then us its endure pain or healing skill. It is a very good burst heal in dire situations and it is a good defense against condi. For the attack pet thats up to you. Either smokescale (more burst) or gazelle (more mobility) as they can do alot of damage and can land you a good 10-15k burst. With that set up IMO, the build is a versetile build that can focus on anything it wants to do.
5 stars
Blitz Berlin gave this build 5 stars • November 2017
Tested this today for several ranked matches and the build turned out to be surprisingly effective at sniping down important targets from great range. This was especially true for hunting down Necros trying to capture points. The range from the longbow is also great for helping out team mates in close 1-vs-1s happening not on points, thus being very good at gaining important points from killing opponents throughout a match. Although I do love my Jacaranda, Gazelle is needed here for the roaming speed as you definitely want a lot of mobility to keep your range and for optimizing shooting angles.


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