Specter - Condition Specter

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

Focused on: Condition damage

Designed for: Open World and Open World General

Expansions required: End of Dragons builds

This build was last updated on May 01, 2023 and is up to date for the February 14, 2023 game patch.


Overview

Condition Specter is an extremely versatile and powerful specialization for OW gameplay. Due to the easy access to , strong self-healing and mobile ranged gameplay, it alleviates the survivability concerns of other Thief specializations. It does not have the strongest burst and also somewhat lacks in terms of cleave damage, but it compensates that through strong single-target damage and a large amounts of native CC damage, even when alone. It also shares its gear with the condition dps variant for group content, making it a very convenient option for general PvE gameplay. Specter's damage also gets ramped up with allies around you due to , and , so it is great for all kinds of group gameplay as well.


Skill Bar

Scepter/Dagger
Utility


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Specializations

  • The choice between and is a matter of preference; if you don't benefit from additional vigor uptime, the latter is better for a little additional damage. provides boonstrip, which can also be handy in some cases.
  • can be used for a large area heal upon exiting shroud, at the cost of the remaining shadow force.


Equipment

Viper

This setup uses Viper equipment for high raw DPS.

Head
Viper
Shoulders
Sinister
Chest
Viper
Hands
Sinister
Legs
Viper
Feet
Sinister
Backpiece
Viper
Accessory
Sinister
Accessory
Sinister
Amulet
Viper
Ring
Viper
Ring
Viper
Scepter
Viper
Sigil
Dagger
Viper
Sigil
Rune
x6


Ritualist

This setup provides much higher HP and boon duration while maintaining very similar (within 15%) damage output. This allows for easier Alacrity Alacrity upkeep and additional Shadow Force via . This build is the Editor's Choice for playing Specter, as while it will have somewhat lower burst it is a more generally-useful setup for Open World and provides incredible party support to farm zergs while also being very strong for solo play. To keep up Alacrity Alacrity you need at least three Wells. , and are the best options and make sure to use them in that order as well! Due to dropping you should take instead of

Head
Ritualist
Shoulders
Ritualist
Chest
Ritualist
Hands
Ritualist
Legs
Ritualist
Feet
Ritualist
Backpiece
Ritualist
Accessory
Ritualist
Accessory
Ritualist
Amulet
Ritualist
Ring
Ritualist
Ring
Ritualist
Scepter
Ritualist
Dagger
Ritualist
Sigil
Sigil
Pistol
Ritualist
Sigil
Rune
x6



Variant Equipment

  • The Ritualist setup is optimised about a tier-10 jade bot power core, if you only have a low-tier (or no) power core, replace one accessory with Viper stats Viper stats. That is due to converting Vitality to Expertise.
  • Ascended is not required for open world, exotic equipment is sufficient (you may wish to add more Viper stats Viper stats gear as required to reach condition duration cap).
  • For the Ritualist Setup having a Shortbow with and can help with tagging, while offering some additional damage and utility.


Consumables

Food:

  • Always use to maximize the additional condition duration on both Torment Torment and Poison Poison since they are your main sources of damage. With the 50% added by , you need around 52% overall condition duration since and add 48% to poison duration.
  • For the Ritualist setup using makes it easier to keep up ALacrity. is a very cheap alternative for a small DPS loss.

Utility:

    • , budget option
    • (and variants) - farming
  • For the Ritualist setup using makes it easier to keep up Alacrity. Also useful if allies have to spread a lot.


Usage

Damage/CC

  • Outside of , spam as it grants by far the highest amount of damage per cast/initiative spent. That is also why it is not recommended to change any of the two weapons.
  • Also use , , and on cooldown to condi-bomb enemies and to generate additional shadow force.
  • In situations where you are not alone, you can use instead of for higher damage.
  • In , use on cooldown and spam auto attacks. (Eternal Night) also applies poison, so it is worth casting as well.
  • You have lots of CC sources, both for soft and hard CC. , , , and all apply hard CC, making it very easy to break defiance bars, espeically since you have a high uptime on Chilled Chilled, Weakness Weakness, Slow Slow and Cripple Cripple as well.

Survivability

  • is your main source of healing, so make use of it as often as required. It also heals allies over time.
  • In , also provides some healing upon hitting enemies with it.
  • makes you immune to damage while it is active (you will take damage to shadow force instead), so it is your main source of damage mitigation.
  • All your well skills also allow you to quickly resposition yourself since they are shadowsteps


Detailed explanations on the general usage and rotation are given in the video down below:


Guide Video (as of May 2022)


Ratings

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5 stars
Stx gave this build 5 stars • April 2022
Giving condition spectre a 5 star rating because it is clearly the best thief build in the game for soloing champion mobs, bounties, or other challenging boss types. The build has range, and lots of survival due to heal on exiting shadowform. Plenty of breakbar damage as well. I personally prefer scepter/pistol for kiting and the 7 hits on the beam, but scepter Dagger works great too.

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