Virtuoso - Power DPS

Part of the current metagame

Our curator decided this build is in the current metagame regardless of rating. The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great

Focused on: Direct damage

Designed for: Raids and Fractals

Expansions required: End of Dragons builds

This build was last updated on October 02, 2022 and is up to date for the August 23, 2022 game patch.

Overview

Power virtuoso is a simple yet effective build that deals great burst and sustained damage. It has access to evades and blocks, permanent Fury Fury, and inflicts large amounts of Vulnerability Vulnerability.

There are two variants of this build. The standard one with dagger/sword - greatsword, another with dagger/sword - sword/focus. The greatsword version has higher burst and Blade generation, while the focus version has access to the pull from .


Skill Bar

Dagger/Sword
Greatsword
Utility


Weapon Variants

  • Taking Sword/Focus instead of Greatsword provides access to the pull from . Focus favours long fights with little to no phases, while greatsword has higher burst so it favours short phases, and has superior Blade generation which makes it less punishing to use your Blades for CC with .


Skill Variants

  • or may be swapped out for other utilities as desired.


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Specializations


Trait Variants

  • Use when running focus and not greatsword.
  • is a small DPS loss and generates many more blades with - allowing you to reliably use or without losing damage.
  • If you're not able to start phases with five blades, may be more useful.


Equipment

Head
Berserker
Shoulders
Berserker
Chest
Berserker
Hands
Berserker
Legs
Assassin
Feet
Berserker
Backpiece
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Amulet
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Dagger
Berserker
Sword
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Greatsword
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x14
Infusion
x4
  • You need 4 Precise infusions to reach the crit cap. If you don't have infusions, you can use an Assassin Assassin headpiece while working on getting infusions.
  • The gear is the same whether you use focus or greatsword, the weapons should be Berserker stats Berserker stats with Accuracy and Force.


Impact Variant

If you want to run this build on encounters where the boss can be stunned, you may benefit more from running a instead of the . To make up for the lost crit chance, the most convenient method is to make the following gear changes:

  • Swap your runes to - is theoretically higher DPS, but requires you to run a lot of Assassin stats Assassin stats pieces as well as stay above 90% health near permanently.
  • Use full Berserker stats Berserker stats gear, with 14 Mighty infusions and 4 Precise infusions.
    • If you don't have stat infusions, take an Assassin stats Assassin stats head piece instead.


Consumables

Food

  • or ascended versions


Utility


Usage

Greatsword Rotation

Opener

Try to start with five blades stocked and begin on Dagger/Sword.

  1. and once you have the buff from - both are instant cast and can be used during other skills
  2. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap


Greatsword Loop

Each Greatsword Loop is opened and closed with and , using other skills off cooldown in between.

  1. until Mirror Blade is available
  2. until Mind Stab is nearly off cooldown
  3. - feel free to skip this if you will need the CC
  4. - Make sure to only cast this once you get the buff (see the note in General Tips)
  5. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap


Dagger/Sword Loop

Steps 1-3 of the Dagger/Sword loop are important to perform quickly to avoid delaying the swap back to Greatsword, you also need to be sure to use off cooldown so that you can fit 3 of them in.

  1. and until Phantasmal Disenchanter is off cooldown
  2. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap
  3. Return to start of Greatsword Loop


Video example

Video example - more optimal, but less "neat"


Sword/Focus Rotation

Opener

Try to start with five blades stocked and begin on Sword/Focus. The dagger section of the opener is broadly the same as the Dagger/Sword loop below.

  1. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap
  2. and once you have the buff from - both are instant cast and can be used during other skills
  3. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap
  4. - make sure you're at five blades
  5. and until Bladesong Harmony is ready - should come off cooldown when you still have the deadly buff, but before you start losing stacks of
  6. until Unstable Bladestorm is off cooldown
  7. - this is mostly to maintain , so skip if you think you'll need the CC
  8. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap


Sword/Focus Loop

The Sword/Focus loop is very simple, just be sure to use early and weapon swap immediately after using it a second time.

  1. Autoattack until Bladesong Harmony is off cooldown
  2. Autoattack until Phantasmal Disenchanter is off cooldown
  3. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap


Dagger/Sword Loop

Steps 1-5 of the Dagger/Sword loop are important to get in the correct order to avoid delaying the swap back to Sword/Focus, you also need to be sure to use off cooldown so that you can fit 4 of them in. If you reach step 15 and is still on cooldown, just skip that step and weapon swap.

  1. until you have five blades stocked
  2. until Unstable Bladestorm is off cooldown
  3. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap
  4. Return to start of Sword/Focus Loop


Video example


General Tips

  • Use and off cooldown
  • Make sure doesn't reach maximum charges - ideally while under the effects of both and
  • can be used to provide higher uptime of , but make sure not to use up your stock of blades just before you want to use or
  • If you cancel the aftercast of your Bladesongs too soon (such as with , or ), it will not apply the buff


Ratings

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5 stars
Warming Hearth gave this build 5 stars • August 2022
Great burst, great sustained damage, and the rotation is more forgiving than that of power chronomancer while doing higher sustained dps.
5 stars
Hxppy gave this build 5 stars • June 2022
very nice build, I love the burst of power dps and the utility of mesmers I wouldn't swap out the disenchanter though since i should be important for blade upkeep with Sharper Images. According to discretize you lose Mantra of Pain for utility skills also the rotation on discretize is way easier to learn and is easier to adapt to mechanics

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