Specter - Support Healer

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Focused on: Healing and Support

Designed for: Raids and Fractals

Difficulty:
TBD

Overview

A boon support healer build for Specter. Provides permanent Alacrity Alacrity, Fury Fury, Swiftness Swiftness and Vigor Vigor. This build has a lot of overlap with the healing variant of the Condi Boon Support, so you can mix and match options between these to suit your group.


Skill Bar

Scepter/Dagger
Sword/Pistol
Utility
  • The stealth from Shadow Refuge can cause issues for the group as it interrupts autoattacks and can disrupt tanking and other thieves' rotation. It may be easier to swap it out for another well or other utility.


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Specializations

  • Shadow's Rejuvenation paired with the Scepter/Dagger rotation means you'll never run out of initiative.
  • Quick Pockets is a good option too for more initiative.
  • For more frequent breakbars, you may find Basilisk Venom valuable.


Equipment

Head
Harrier
Shoulders
Harrier
Chest
Harrier
Hands
Harrier
Legs
Harrier
Feet
Harrier
Backpiece
Harrier
Accessory
Harrier
Accessory
Harrier
Amulet
Harrier
Ring
Harrier
Ring
Harrier
Scepter
Harrier
Dagger
Harrier
Sigil
Sigil
Sword
Harrier
Pistol
Harrier
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18
  • The Sigil of Superior Sigil of Concentration can be replaced with a Sigil of Superior Sigil of Paralyzation if you want to provide more CC.


Condi Variant

You can swap in Plaguedoctor stats Plaguedoctor stats for a massive damage boost and almost no loss of healing, but the boon duration is significantly lower - you want to make sure it's at least 60% or you might as well be running the healing variant of the DPS alacrity build.

Head
Plaguedoctor
Shoulders
Plaguedoctor
Chest
Plaguedoctor
Hands
Plaguedoctor
Legs
Plaguedoctor
Feet
Plaguedoctor
Backpiece
Plaguedoctor
Accessory
Plaguedoctor
Accessory
Plaguedoctor
Amulet
Plaguedoctor
Ring
Plaguedoctor
Ring
Plaguedoctor
Scepter
Plaguedoctor
Dagger
Plaguedoctor
Sigil
Sigil
Pistol
Plaguedoctor
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18


Usage

The two weapon sets have different playstyles:

Scepter/Dagger

This set is used for DPS, and the rotation revolves around stealthing yourself and using Shadowsquall to build up barrier via Panaku's Ambition. This barrier is then shared to allies with every well usage thanks to Shadestep. This rotation offers less support, and relies upon the barrier remaining on you, making it worse in high-pressure encounters.


Sword/Pistol

Sword/Pistol can be swapped too as needed for the CC from Head Shot, or burst healing. On this set you provide heals by spamming Infiltrator's Strike and Infiltrator's Return to repeatedly trigger Shadow Savior. This is higher healing, but significantly lower DPS than Scepter/Dagger.


Scepter/Dagger

Opener

  1. Siphon
  2. Enter Shadow Shroud
  3. Grasping Shadows
  4. Mind Shock - this step can be skipped or moved if the CC will be needed shortly, and it won't be off cooldown every loop
  5. Eternal Night
  6. Haunt Shot until Grasping Shadows is off cooldown
  7. Grasping Shadows
  8. Exit Shadow Shroud - we stay in shroud just long enough to gain five stacks of Consume Shadows
  9. Cloak and Dagger
  10. Shadowsquall
  11. Well of Bounty


Loop

  1. Cloak and Dagger
  2. Shadowsquall
  3. Use one well that is available. Priority order is: Well of Bounty, Well of Gloom, Well of Sorrow, Well of Silence, Shadowfall
  4. Repeat
  • You should never run out of Initiative with the loop as by the time you're low you should be ready to go back to the opener, giving you time to regenerate initiative to go back to your loop
  • Repeat Opener after Siphon and Enter Shadow Shroud are off cooldown
  • Rotate your wells to keep alacrity up and always keep Well of Bounty on cooldown.
  • Save Well of Silence and Shadowfall if possible for break bar damage
  • Switch to Pistol if you need an interrupt or blind
  • For extra break bar damage you can use Mind Shock after Enter Shadow Shroud


Sword/Pistol

Sword/Pistol doesn't have a fixed rotation. As you don't need to be concerned with barrier management, you can just use Siphon, wells, and Enter Shadow Shroud as they come off cooldown while spending your initative on spamming and Infiltrator's Strike and Infiltrator's Return.


Consumables

Food

  • or ascended versions


Utility


Ratings

This build has a rating of 4 stars based on 12 votes.
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1 star
Lucinellia gave this build 1 star • October 2023
There is now a proper Heal Specter build that works better for boons and alacrity output. This build is outdated and, while it performed poorly in the past, now no longer works due to changes to the trait Shadestep. Don't play this and look elsewhere for a useful Heal Specter build.
1 star
Tug mug moons of plun dar gave this build 1 star • July 2023
This is not recommended for a few reasons. First and foremost, healing coefficients do not scale well with thief. (Recommended gear for this build variation would be minstrel givers or plague doctor) Because consuming shadows is a vital instrument to this build, it's recommended to bring as much vitality as possible. If given the options of tanking, you can bring durability, ruins and minstrel gear or givers to provide a additional toughness while in shroud to mitigate damage. Harold runes is another good option for protection up time/on demand. Even before the June 27th 2023 patch, the build prescribed above is not sustainable for most content because of its lack of mitigation of its own received damage (vitality and or toughness) while in shroud or provide enough barrier uptime for sustainability. Dagger as a offhand weapon to scepter is also not a viable option since June of 2022. The shadow steps sword ( sword skill2) option is still viable to bring additional shadow force as of the 2023 June patch update. But speaking to last year when this build was made and established, offhand pistol was a viable second hand option because of the ability to provide additional CC or even direct healing to an ally with scepter skill 3 (June 27th update dramatically improved group healing with the skill) I hope this inside helps while reviewing heel alacrity Specter as viable build for PVE content
3 stars
BossPanda gave this build 3 stars • June 2022
Definitely can get the job done and keep your party standing while providing alac, fury, vigor, regen, and protection and respectable amounts of CC. Great burst healing through Consume Shadows and resurrections potential with Shadestep. However, it lacks consistent stability along and the five second delay in your biggest burst heal, quickly reacting to panic situation is a bit sketchy in high pressure situations. Along with the fact that Heal Alac Mechanist and now Heal Alac Druid can perform better in most, if not all situations, and that some of the biggest strengths of this build can also be achieved with a DPS Alac Specter build, I find it hard to recommend this build for optimized groups. That being said, it's perfectly passable as a healer, and its a very fun, fast paced playstyle that's easy to pick up. If optimization is not your goal and you'd like to try something completely different from your normal heal builds, this may just be the build for you.
5 stars
Venom425 gave this build 5 stars • April 2022
Please don't listen to the guy that gave this build 2 stars.... He must be trolling. This build is perfect for healing and supplies Alac for the group.
5 stars
Healsupply gave this build 5 stars • April 2022
Good support healer when paired with a Hb or Druid. Brings Ala to the table.
5 stars
Ryphose gave this build 5 stars • April 2022
So far from testing , this works. Did good with Eod strikes, but have not tried raids yet.
5 stars
Rainydayz gave this build 5 stars • April 2022
Very fun elite spec to play, and i would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to try out healing/support. Most people that say this spec is not good are just toxic players that never pull away from the meta. People seems to forget that the point of the game is to have fun, and this spec has a ton of it. Make sure your squad/party stands in boons , and dont be shy to use them. I was able to complete all raids,strikes, and all t3 fractals with no problem.
5 stars
Powered gave this build 5 stars • March 2022
You can Zap People back to life in down state. Very fun spec for Eod Strikes, and would say100% viable.
5 stars
Synconi12 gave this build 5 stars • March 2022
Really good Build for strikes and t3+ fractals. Loving the single target heal and Insta res it has. Overall this build is fine for raids ands strikes bringing Alac to the table.
5 stars
Spike914 gave this build 5 stars • March 2022
Had a lot of fun with this build paired with druid as the other healer. Easily made quick work of of the new Eod Strikes. I would recommend giving this build a try for healing/ alac.
3 stars
Neage gave this build 3 stars • March 2022
Can work in a pinch but doesn't do anything that another class just does way better. Better off going condi boon support to still decent DPS and provide alacrity
5 stars
Mystrael gave this build 5 stars • March 2022
i really like this build for fractal and strike , it just work, kinda hard to get ppl to stay in well for boons but i guess people will get used to it it heals more then youd think my favorit by far from this extention

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