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Virtuoso - Condition Virtuoso

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 April 12, 2024 and is up to date for the March 19, 2024 patch.


Condition virtuoso is a powerful ranged condition dps build for open world. Virtuosos cannot summon clones. Instead, they stock Blades. This has the disadvantage of clones no longer tanking for you, but the advantage of Blades persisting after combat unlike clones which die after the fight.

Condition Dueling virtuoso inflicts enormous ammounts of Bleeding Bleeding damage through critical hits thanks to Sharper Images and Quiet Intensity. This large bleeding output also generates lots of Blades thanks to Bloodsong which allows you to use Bladesongs essentially off-cooldown. This means that this build very dependent on having the right gear to achieve high critical chance and bleeding duration.

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Weapon Variants

  • None. Dagger is a must and cannot be substituted by any other weapon. We advise not to change the offhand weapons either since this build prefers phantasms that attack multiple times, making sword and focus better than the traditional condi offhands torch and pistol.

Skill Variants

Healing skill

Signet of the Ether is an offensive heal whose active effect allows you to do more damage. But if you require more healing, you can instead use:

  • Ether Feast - very large heal, especially when used with maximun stocked blades.

Utility skills

Rain of Swords is good for AoE damage. Signet of Midnight and Signet of Domination provide the highest sustained damage through their passive, so you only use them in emergencies. If damage is not a concern, you could sometimes use different utility skills.

  • Mantra of Resolve - condition cleanse for yourself and nearby allies.
  • Feedback - projectile reflection.
  • Mantra of Concentration - personal stunbreak and AoE stability.
  • Portal Entre - utility.
  • Blink - utility.

Elite skills

Thousand Cuts is a high damage skill. If necessary, it can be replaced for elites with more utility.

  • Mass Invisibility - stealth for channeling hero points or sneaking past powerful enemies.
  • Signet of Humility - large amount of crowd control.


Specializations Variants

  • Persistence of Memory - Boon generation when solo.


Inspiration can replace Illusions when soloing to increase sustain at a large dps loss.


The default recommended gear is the same as the condi virtuoso raid build for ease of gearing.


  • This build loses massive damage from defensive gear; for defense, equip a jade core and use defensive traits instead.
  • This gear set is optimised to not require infusions. For an extremely minimal damage increase, use one Viper earring, 12 Precise Infusions, 4 Malign Infusions and 2 Spiteful Infusions.
  • With , this setup provides 60% crit chance, or 100% with Fury Fury thanks to Quiet Intensity.
  • This set is optimised for ascended gear. If you only have exotic gear, use the same attribute combinations even though that means your crit chance will be lower. Adding more crit to an exotic set would actually reduce your damage.
    • Sigil of Superior Sigil of Accuracy should not be used because Illusions do not gain the increased critical chance from it.


Budget consumables are acceptable for use in open world.


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This build requires an extremely high critical chance, ideally 100%, which is why it uses so much Rampager Rampager gear. Thankfully, Quiet Intensity helps with this. The build then converts this high crit chance into Bleeding Bleeding damage through Sharper Images and Jagged Mind. This high bleeding output generates an insane amount of Blades with Bloodsong, which are then consumed on Shatters/Bladesongs to both deal direct damage and increase your damage with Deadly Blades.

  1. Bladesong Sorrow with 5 Blades
  2. Phantasmal Warden / Phantasmal Swordsman / Signet of the Ether
  3. Unstable Bladestorm
  4. Bladesong Harmony with 5 Blades.
  5. Bladecall
  • When you swap to sword, use Phantasmal Swordsman and use it again when it recharges, then weapon swap. On the focus weapon set, cast Phantasmal Warden twice by using Signet of the Ether.
  • You will generate a lot of Blades, but space your Bladesongs to upkeep the buff from Deadly Blades.


  • Illusionary Riposte - block.
  • Bladesong Distortion - invulnerability


  • Dealing damage heals you thanks to Jagged Mind.
  • When Signet of the Ether is not on cooldown, every Blade you stock will heal you for a small amount.

Crowd control

  • Bladesong Dissonance - daze. Daze duration increases with number of stocked Blades.
  • Illusionary RiposteCounter Blade - daze.
  • Temporal CurtainInto the Void - pull.
  • Signet of Domination - stun (emergencies only).

Video examples


This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 4 votes.
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4 stars
BlobTheBob gave this build 4 stars • April 2024
A good build but its lacking in a few areas. Great for group and meta events, weaker when played solo. If you want to play virtuoso its arguably the best option. Self boon generation is pretty poor, so when playing solo you are missing out on might, quickness. It may be worth taking some different traits, or sigils like strength and celerity for some better quickness and might uptime. Its defences are poor outside of your f5 invuln and dodging. Its lacking mitigation without prot/resolution and because of its restrictive stat options. It has some sustain from the Jagged Mind trait but its a relatively small amount. Condi cleanse options are very limited. DPS is good, CC is great, cleave/aoe is good.
4 stars
Literallybad gave this build 4 stars • August 2022
The best open world build if you are looking to play Virtuoso, but this specialization does not excel in this area in the first place. Excellent in single target, zerg environments. The variant set is the one that is both slightly cheaper and keeps you alive for slightly longer. If you are not actively wanting to use this spec in particular, use a different one with better sustain and more relaxed gameplay, but otherwise this is your best set.
5 stars
Yanna gave this build 5 stars • August 2022
This has been a fun build to play with. Painful early on as you're collecting gear, since you're a glass cannon without much of a cannon, but once you get going this gets powerful. You want More Dakka, this has the Dakka to spare. Line up your shots and watch their health bars evaporate. But don't get hit. You must keep firing to keep lifestealing, so knockdowns can kill you fast.
5 stars
Warming Hearth gave this build 5 stars • April 2022
A very fun and easy to play build. While staff-staff mirage remains the best mesmer open world build, condi virtuoso can have a higher damage output when nearby players are providing you boons (since this build lacks self-boon generation). The build can play permanently from 1200 range, although being in melee range will increase your damage. Finally, the innate sustain makes the build forgiving to play.


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