Necromancer - Core Condi Roamer

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

Focused on: Condition damage.

Designed for:


A condition based core Necromancer build for WvW roaming with proper sustain and decent pressure.

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For the optional slot:

  • - on-demand boon removal, post-nerf this is mostly a tech-option against builds with Stability Stability spam.
  • - great AoE pressure against groups, and could scare off melee enemies for a few moments.
  • - more mobility and a stun break with a bit of Life Force gain on the side.
  • - stun break, defense against direct damage, and excellent LF building.

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Specialization Changes

Spite can replace Blood Magic for more pressure but lower sustain:


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Superior Rune of the Undead
Malign WvW Infusion


  • - has great synergy with and procs frequently with (although it doesn't transfer 2 conditions, just gets rid of a second one).



  • - passive damage mitigation and great stats.
  • - more active damage mitigation via dodging.
    • - budget version


  • Optimal:
  • Budget: (found in Canned Food Crates looted from WvW Skirmish Chests)



  • All of your marks are unblockable and generate Life Force.
  • Both weapon sets have one unblockable hard-CC skill: on Scepter/Warhorn and on Staff. Use them to interrupt skills such as a Warrior's .
    • Tip: enemy players who block Staff skills can work against themselves. Long duration blocks such as Shield Stance give you more than enough time to land crucial staff skills like with little to no risk of being avoided as blocking players normally don't dodge.
  • Entering Shroud triggers . If you're CC'd and Blinded you can enter shroud, the Blind will make this trait miss, but will allow you to safely land a . If the target has Stability Stability you can do this the other way around, cast Doom while Blinded to get rid of it and land Weakening Shroud, applying Weakness and potentially turning the Stability into Fear.
  • - the frequent damage pulses are great for consuming Blind Blind you may have.


  • Most of the pressure comes from various sources of boon corruption and condition applications over time, this build isn't really about burst rotations (bar 1-2 combos).
  • is one of the most important skills in the build - boon corruption, condition pressure, and resource management all rolled into one. Try to use it with at least ~4 different conditions already on your target.
  • causes Fear to deal damage to the target.
  • is potent, but hard to land as anyone could just walk right out of it. Your goal here is to make your enemy overcommit to staying inside the range of this AoE - drop it on downed enemies when their team is coming to revive them, or under yourself on low HP essentially acting as a bait.
  • with is a great filler while in Shroud.

Shroud burst rotation (in melee range this doubles as a defensive rotation):

  1. to proc
  2. just before Dark Path reaches the target
  3. Spam


  • The build has above average condition cleansing by Necromancer standards.
  • Both entering and exiting shroud removes conditions thanks to and .
  • (SW) is great for preventing condition pressure from ramping up on you. Activating its chain skill which "ends" Spectral Walk does not stop the cleansing. This skill has many uses, for example:
    • Activate SW jump off a cliff while being chased when your enemies jump after you.
    • Activate SW (if using Flesh Wurm) teleport back when they catch up to you. This works for stomping downed enemies as well, the channeling isn't interrupted by either of these teleports!
  • Even at maximum health you may consider activating either Spectral skills before entering shroud. The added LF generation and sustain can prolong its duration significantly.
  • is more of a last resort option that should only be used at or below ~50% HP and when other forms of cleansing/healing won't suffice.

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Hanz gave this build 5 stars July 2021

Damage and sustain are both great, no question. Mobility is average at best but utilities help. Overall a really solid duelist, but suffers from the usual necromancer problems on most terrains (easy to chase down, can't really disengage, has trouble chasing targets, could be outranged as staff isn't enough to threaten a longbow ranged for example). If you pick your location well and can use the terrain to LoS or disengage to higher ground with Flesh Wurm the weaknesses can be remedied.