Specter - Condition Scepter

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

Focused on: MobilityCondition damage and Utility

Designed for: PvP Conquest

This build was last updated on March 31, 2023 and is up to date for the May 02, 2023 game patch.


A highly versatile Carrion Specter condition build for PvP.

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Skill Variants


  • Scepter/Dagger over Scepter/Pistol - swapping the offhand weapons around for a different Scepter dual skill is also viable. Don't forget to swap Sword/Dagger to Sword/Pistol.


  • - bit more mobility, Alacrity Alacrity and group utility in general.


can be replaced by:

  • - great AoE condition burst (and a chance to contribute to fights you're not even present in, due to its range).
  • - great area denial tool for securing kills and isolating enemy team members.

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Equipment Variants


  • - a viable source of Quickness Quickness from Well skills.
  • - better mobility when not running .


  • over - if you can afford to give up some cleansing more endurance.


Elite specialization basics

  • Specters gain access to their own version of called . Mechanically they are the same, replacing your skill bar while active. Damage taken while in Shroud drains Shadow Force instead of HP.
  • Using (Specter's version of ) and spending Initiative builds Shadow Force.


  • Most of your Specters skills double as support skills. While your role is to kill targets, a good Specter also keeps an eye on allies and helps them in critical moments by granting them Barrier.
  • Because of Shroud you can be a bit more reckless with spending Initiative as Shroud skills are free and by the time you've rotated through Shroud CDs your Initiative should be back to full.
  • removes boons when used on enemies and Daze Dazes them right after, allowing it to interrupt targets even through Stability Stability.
  • Most of the weapon damage comes from spamming skill #3 on Scepter: + .
    • Scepter is the main weapon set of the build, the other one fills more of a utility/situational purpose. Sword/Dagger has good defensive skills, chase potential and damage.
  • Every Well skills grants Alacrity Alacrity. Wells are also great mobility tools both in and out of combat, and simply using them to get around the map faster has the added benefit of speeding up your skill recharge from the Alacrity.
  • 's range can be extended by using in the middle of the cast, the Well will spawn on Shadowstep's target location.
  • The main sources of condition cleansing are , , your on-swap Sword sigils and (Sword #2's chain skill).
  • Offhand pistol's main purpose is to combo stealth with and to provide a quick interrupt via .
  • Stealth stacking rotation:
  1. (Shroud 2)
  2. (Shroud 3)

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This build has a rating of 4 stars based on 6 votes.
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3 stars
Ethan gave this build 3 stars • March 2023
Saw play in the MAT, its not bad but not as good as it once was. Still viable for ranked but if the enemy has a dp daredevil, you are screwed.
4 stars
Vex gave this build 4 stars • March 2023
My first love of the expansion but good things never last. Shroud nerf slapped it hard and we never got anything to compensate. I still play it sometimes and it CAN be useful, it's not unviable but there are so many more OP things to play rn. I absolutely hate shortbow on thief and I loved that we could finally play without it. The support angle was very refreshing and a welcome addition to thief, the damage is kinda of good but the whole thing feels sluggish without quickness. Maybe instead of alacrity wells should give quickness? Or buff chrono rune.
3 stars
Emforay gave this build 3 stars • November 2022
Definitely took a blow to its duel potential, still a decent support/roamer hybrid. Can no longer soak damage with shroud so shroud is effectively used to gain stealth and cleanse condis. In higher ratings you WILL be destroyed by d/p dd since it's just the superior roamer and you're like a softshelled turtle. Hopefully next patch its initiative will be unnerfed so it can use shortbow effectively to make it an on par roamer with other thief builds.
5 stars
Hanz gave this build 5 stars • August 2022
Seems to be the #1 thief build after the last balance patch. Great damage, mobility and group utility.
5 stars
Necro master gave this build 5 stars • July 2022
this is the real "necro" with high speed good support help team . only specter can win blade 1v1
5 stars
Barnacle Ed gave this build 5 stars • May 2022
My favorite build atm - highly mobile, good damage, and strong utility. Really starts to shine once you get the hang of which shadowstep to use in a given situation and when to target allies with 3. I currently prefer Panic Strike since a surprise immobilize is nice for securing kills, and there might be an argument for pistol offhand with scepter (though the 3 is somewhat harder to use).


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