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Renegade - Shortbow Renegade

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Overview

Shortbow Renegade is a powerful option for open world that features fast, high ranged area damage and extreme sustain. This build is extremely versatile and capable of fulfilling roles in almost any aspect of open world, from speed tagging to zerging to soloing bounties.

Playstyle

The playstyle of this build revolves around kiting damage with Renegade's Shortbow while absuing Battle Scars. Revenant is an extremely versatile class, so you will often swap legends based on the situation. For example, you might take Ventari if you need projectile hate or Jallis when higher CC or extra defense is needed.

In general this build requires low mechanical input to play but requires knowledge of encounters and your class to excel.

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Weapon Variants

  • You can run a Staff in place of your Mace / Axe set for high CC, though your damage will take a huge hit.

Skill Variants

  • - Use this for 's massive damage reduction.
  • - Projectile defense and condition cleanse
  • - Replace's against enemies that move frequently.

Specializations

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Your third specialization is dependant on you gear and playstyle.

Invocation

Invocation provides very high might and fury uptime which is very strong when running Viper stat icon.png Viper's gear.


  • offers smoother energy management, which can result in higher DPS depending on your playstyle.

Corruption

This is a general damage variant and is stronger than Invocation when using the Trailblazer or Dire variants.



Equipment

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

Viper Variant

Viper Equipment is better for the vast majority of open world farming due to its higher burst. Due to Renegade's extremely high sustain, Viper is often the best option.
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Variants
  • - easier to obtain
  • - higher burst, lower overall DPS

Trailblazer Variant

Trailblazer gear offers much higher defense at the cost of burst and DPS. This variant is more useful for soloing extremely difficult content, such as legendary bounties.
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Variants
  • Dire stat icon.png Dire is an decent budget option. If running Dire stat icon.png Dire , use or .
  • as a budget option for Nightmare
  • For extremely difficult content, use

Consumables

Event Farming

Food
  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain (requires crit chance)
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
Utility
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma

Solo Play

  • - high sustain
  • - higher damage
  • - Dodges, might
  • - damage utility

Zerg Variant

This build can be quickly modified to perform well in zergs, even fast-paced ones. To do so, simply camp Shortbow and use : as often as possible. For mob groups, use : or : . Your is a rapid-firing AOE; use it to tag groups of mobs by abusing Tab targetting.

This variant can zerg quite well; however it may be beneficial to look into Renegade - TagRen for a more in-depth explanation.

Usage

Summary

This build is incredibly simple if you follow a few rules.

  • - Use , , and with auto-attacks.
  • - Use , , , , , , .
    • Use as both a stunbreak and powerful CC
    • Use as a massive DPS boost when you can affect multiple allies.
    • is usually not worth using but can provide extra sustain or help heal allies.
  • - use while using Mace/Axe 1, 2, 3, and 5 along with Shortbow 2 and 3. If using Tormenting Runes, camp Mace/Axe while in this stance.
  • - Use this stance for damage reduction and CC. Use the normal damage skills of each weapon set and use for CC, for stability, and for 50% damage reduction.
  • - this stance is only useful for

In general, you want to try and spend all the energy you can just before swapping legends for efficiency's sake. Use Shortbow to maintain range on mobs, Mace/Axe for a DPS boost (and huge sustain boost if using ).

Damage

  • This build is relatively simple to deal damage with. Spam your while using your other shortbow skills off cooldown. Be sure that your lands.
  • While in , use .
  • Spam off cooldown.
  • While in , use . Keep mobs on the edge of your damage area and kite them around with shortbow. If using , this will make you incredibly hard to kill.
  • If using , use for vuln application and high sustain.

Defense

  • Your Battle Scars from Devastation provide you with incredibly high sustain.
  • Swapping legends transfers conditions
  • is useful for difficult solos where condition pressure is low.
  • grants Resistance Resistance and breaks stun
  • is a long-duration projectile block
  • removes conditions

Crowd Control

Video Examples

Trailblazer Ren vs Champion Chak Lobber A good example of just how lenient this build can be. Jupiter messes up three separate times when she gets CC'd by the lobber, but because of Battle Scars and Tormenting Runes she's able to easily recover from something that would kill most builds.

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6 Ratings
5 stars
Happybliss gave this build 5 stars January 2021

Arguably the best open world build for soloing hard contents like legy bounties, fractal cm. Good damage, crazy sustain and tools to deal with variety of situations, simple-to-no rotation, great at tagging and it is range. The only cons of the build are lack of condi clease (maybe use cleanse sigil on weapon swap) and really low mobility when not using shiro.

5 stars
Jack Armstrong gave this build 5 stars December 2020

This is a remarkable build. Not only does it combine excellent damage and burst (even with the Trailblazer version) with excellent sustain, but it does this with a ranged weapon which makes it nearly unique. It's not for everyone--some people won't like how many ground-targeted skills there are, at least with the Kalla/Renegade stance--but if you don't mind that or can get by with the other stances, you owe it to yourself to give this build a try.

5 stars
BeastNHisHarlot gave this build 5 stars December 2020

This build is ridiculously good. With the Retribution trait-line, survivability is not an issue and the damage output of this build is immense. The rotation is simple and effective and allows for soloing of nearly all content in PvE so long as the gear is decent. Also, it can wield a Unicorn bow. I don't think there is too much else to want from a build.

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5 stars
Gunster gave this build 5 stars July 2020

Probably the easiest & one of the strongest open world rev build currently. Has fantastic burst & sustain and can solo most champions & bounties.

Slight variants include running any sort of major traits you want in the renegade line and either invocation, corruption, or retribution. The only staple is devastation 333 and running as a renegade.

With invocation 122 & renegade minor traits you will have permanent fury, 25 might stacks, & hitting close to 90%+ CC with TB or dire making this build have great mixed damage. Icerazor's ire combined with DoD + battle scars ensures you immediately heal up to full every switch to Kalla.

Be sure to avoid trying to solo any content where icerazor's (and your autos) won't hit, as you will lose a large chunk of your sustain but beyond that, go nuts.

5 stars
Linera gave this build 5 stars July 2020

In my opinion this is the strongest open world rev build at the time of writing. Has excellent burst, good sustained damage, and ridiculous self-sustain when paired with runes of tormenting. This build can solo most champions comfortably provided you know the champions attacks. Overall an absolute powerhouse of an open world roamer.

5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars July 2020

Renegade is one of the strongest open world classes at the moment due to its insane sustain and relatively high damage. Shortbow has fast projectile speed and innate area damage on its autos, so this build can perform well in a zerg while also being capable of soloing legendary bounties and even dungeons. To really make the class shine you need to be familiar with all the tools at your disposal and swap out legends based on your situation, but its low input requirements make it a comfortable class to play for long periods of time.

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