Ranger - Core Longbow Roamer

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The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good.

Focused on: Direct damage.

Designed for:


A WvW Power Ranger burst build for roaming. Can be used by F2P players as well.

Skill Bar

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Slot Changes

Healing skill:

  • - if more cleansing is needed as it has synergy with .


For the optional slot:

  • - a stun break on a short CD which also grants a significant amount of barrier.
  • - if you want a panic button that helps you live through any amount of direct damage.

Pet options:

  • Juvenile Tiger Juvenile Tiger can replace either of the current pets, or specifically Juvenile Rock Gazelle Juvenile Rock Gazelle if you own Heart of Thorns but not Path of Fire. If you have both of these expansions, then it's just a matter of personal preference, Tiger works great with the GS burst combo.

If you do not own any of the expansions take the following pets (these pets are also viable if you do own them):

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  • Take if you want to focus more on Longbow bursts, or just don't want to work with .


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Superior Rune of Durability
Mighty WvW Infusion


  • - if you either want to trade sustain for damage, or can't afford Durability runes just yet.
  • - highest burst potential.


Sigil of Severance and Bloodlust can be replaced by:

  • - 100% crit chance on your entire burst.



  • - passive damage mitigation and great stats.
  • - defensive food with Wilderness Survival synergy.
    • Budget version:


  • or .



  • If you don't have a mount should be used for the Swiftness Swiftness from while roaming. In combat, to get the most out of the fact that it can grant you extra boons, try to use it if your pet has Protection and Quickness Quickness. Swapping pets in the middle of channeling your healing skill is something you should aim for.
  • Dodging applies Protection Protection, which also heals thanks to the trait .
  • Survival skills cure 2 conditions and grant Fury. (if taken) can cleanse 4, because it triggers another Survival skill from .
  • Use for mobility.
  • has many uses.
    • It can be used offensively for the Quickness, most notably to boost , , or Greatsword autos for downed cleave.
    • Defensively by keeping your pet swap ready in case you need to cleanse 2 conditions.
    • Alternatively the Superspeed Superspeed can help you escape damage or chase down targets while on Greatsword.
  • Pet swapping acts as a Blast finisher thanks to . Being instant, you can have Smokescale place a under you (even while you're stunned), and swap pets for AoE stealth.
  • is the easiest way to gain stealth in this build, but if the projectile misses then it won't be applied. To reduce the chance of that happening (and considering how the damage of this skill is horrible) you should fire it at pets, mesmer clones, and other AI whenever possible. Alternatively, use it to quickly get rid of Blind Blind or Aegis Aegis because it's the fastest projectile on this weapon.
  • is extremely useful against direct damage spikes, but you have to use it proactively and sometimes even predict when the burst is coming. Use it too late and it's wasted, too soon and your opponent can just delay its plan until the signet runs out.

Doing damage

  • Using before a burst makes it less likely to get interrupted whilst also increasing your damage.
  • Most of the build revolves around burst combos and just surviving / using fillers inbetween.

The Longbow burst combo is rather simple:

  1. CC people with
  2. Optional - get Quickness Quickness from either or
  3. Immediately follow up with while you have Fury Fury.

Greatsword burst combo:

  1. Already in combat, pet swap to Rock Gazelle or Tiger (depending on which one you chose), this is going to trigger which grants Fury Fury and Quickness Quickness. Fury gives you for increased damage.
  2. Use and your pet F2 attack about the same time. Maul will give your pet for its next attack. Your pet should hit a split second after you've landed Maul.
  3. your target for CC, hopefully a proc, and to refresh Maul.
  4. again.

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Hanz gave this build 4 stars July 2021

Overall not as scary as the Soulbeast version and doesn't have the CC/sustain of the druid version, but it's a nice and viable middle ground between the two. Has a diverse enough toolkit and good damage, perfectly fine for F2P players who want to get into roaming as well.