Herald - Power Herald

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

Focused on: Strike damage

Designed for: Open World and Open World General

Expansions required: Heart of Thorns builds

Difficulty:
Easy
This build was last updated on September 01, 2023 and is up to date for the November 28, 2023 patch.

Overview

A power-based Herald Herald build for open world. This build features very high ally support, good DPS, and relatively high personal defense even in DPS gear.


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Skill Bar

Greatsword
Staff
Utility
Utility

Weapon Variants

Skill Variants

  • - defense/cc

Specializations

  • - sustain
  • - condi cleanse
  • - if someone else is covering Quickness Quickness

Equipment

Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.

Standard Equipment

The pure DPS and Boon DPS options for Power Herald use identical gear.

Head
Berserker
Shoulders
Berserker
Chest
Berserker
Hands
Berserker
Legs
Berserker
Feet
Berserker
Backpiece
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Amulet
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Greatsword
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Staff
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6


Relic
  • and are interchangeable.
  • Other relics include , , , , and .
  • For defense, equip the highest tier Jade Core you can afford. Use defensive food, traits, or skills if required. If necessary, use Knight Knight trinkets.


Consumables

Budget consumables are acceptable for use in open world.

DPS

  • Prioritize Steak Ascended food.
  • /
  • /

Defense

Farming

  • Prioritize Steak Ascended food.
  • /
  • (and variants)


Usage

Damage

  • Maintain via or Facets. Generally, use , , and , but any combination of facets that maintains a minimum of -6 upkeep is valid.
  • This build self-caps Might Might, Fury Fury, and Quickness Quickness on itself (and nearby allies).
  • In , simply use
  • In , maintain any number of facets to hit -6 upkeep, though prioritize maintaining as this is both our stunbreak and our primary Fury Fury source. Consume off cooldown.
  • If using , ensure you are maintaining .
  • Our main damaging weapon is Greatsword Greatsword. Follow a loose priority of , , and . It is very important to not interrupt auto-attack chains.
  • It's important to watch energy in . Sometimes, it's better to not use and just auto-attack instead.

Defense

  • is one of the strongest heal skills in the game.
  • provides nearly permanent Protection Protection uptime.
  • Both Greatsword Greatsword and Staff Staff have very powerful channeled blocks.
  • is a relatively small DPS loss but a massive boost to personal sustain.
  • helps cover one of the build's main weaknesses, condi cleanse.
  • has many powerful defensive tools. If you want a more comfortable playstyle, it may be better to use this over , though you must still upkeep to maintain .
    • provides passive damage reduction.
    • provides Stability Stability for yourself and allies.
    • provides heavy CC
    • is a fantastic heal that cleanses conditions
    • breaks stun and provides significant damage reduction.
  • In rare circumstances, it may be beneficial to use for as a powerful projectile hate. This shouldn't be common, as even very powerful projectile-based attacks can often simply be dodged.

Crowd Control

We lose a lot of damage by swapping to Staff Staff for , so it should be a last resort if we absolutely need to break a bar. 24px United Legions Waystation can provide sufficient CC for most encounters. On encounters with a very early breakbar, opening on Staff Staff with and using into can be beneficial.

  • - emergencies only

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Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 votes.
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5 stars
Fenrisulfr gave this build 5 stars • September 2023
Busty damage with amazing sustain, absolutely unkillable in open world when used at its full potential. The quickness generation with fury and might absolutely carry in small groups without having to run concentration. Whether you want to play it on sweat mode with no sustain, or easy mode with some dragon stat swap-ins and play it safer (if the amazing synergy with battle scars isn't enough for you) - this destroys the open world scene as hard as scourge. I use Greatsword w/ shortbow for extra ranged potential in the build, allows you to kite-sustain almost anything with absolute glass HP while maintaining good damage. Hardly anything competes this hard right now with an intense power boon carry.
5 stars
Starlitjupiter gave this build 5 stars • September 2023
It is impossible to overstate how absolutely broken this build is for open world right now. The only thing that can compete with it is Scourge.

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