Specter - Alacrity Support Condi DPS

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

Focused on: Condition damage and Support

Designed for: Raids and Fractals

Expansions required: End of Dragons builds

This build was last updated on September 24, 2022 and is up to date for the October 4, 2022 game patch.

Overview

A condition boon support build for Specter. Provides permanent Alacrity Alacrity, Fury Fury, Swiftness Swiftness and Vigor Vigor. The healing variant of this build has a lot of overlap with the Support Healer, so you can mix and match options between these to suit your group.


Skill Bar

Scepter/Dagger
Utility


Template Code

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Specializations


Equipment

Head
Ritualist
Shoulders
Ritualist
Chest
Ritualist
Hands
Ritualist
Legs
Ritualist
Feet
Ritualist
Backpiece
Ritualist
Accessory
Ritualist
Accessory
Ritualist
Amulet
Ritualist
Ring
Ritualist
Ring
Ritualist
Scepter
Ritualist
Sigil
Dagger
Ritualist
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18
  • deals practically identical damage to , but the extra vitality is of benefit to your Shadow Shroud.


Healing Variant

For an ~8% DPS loss, you can significantly increase your healing.

Head
Celestial
Shoulders
Celestial
Chest
Celestial
Hands
Celestial
Legs
Celestial
Feet
Celestial
Backpiece
Seraph
Accessory
Celestial
Accessory
Seraph
Amulet
Seraph
Ring
Seraph
Ring
Seraph
Scepter
Celestial
Sigil
Dagger
Celestial
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18
  • If the extra +375 toughness from the celestial gear is interfering with tanking, you can lower it by swapping in plaguedoctor stats plaguedoctor stats instead. Full plaguedoctor stats plaguedoctor stats gear is a ~6% DPS loss from the optimal healing variant.


Consumables

Food

    • , or ascended versions, if more boon duration is required.
      • If using boon duration food, you should swap the for a .


Utility

    • if you're really confident in your boon uptime or have an additional alacrity source.


Usage

Rotation

If you're using a pistol offhand, ignore any weapon swaps below. It is also optimal to skip the Post-Shroud section in this case.

Opener

  1. , , and - You can delay if there will be a breakbar soon.
  2. . This is instant cast, so can be used during the cast time of step 2. Make sure you're within range of allies!
  3. x2
  4. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap


Opening Shroud Loop

The first two uses of Shadow Shroud are slightly longer than during the rest of your rotation. This makes cooldowns line up better, as well as optimising triggers.

  1. Grasping Shadows Grasping Shadows
  2. Mind Shock Mind Shock
  3. Eternal Night Eternal Night
  4. Haunt Shot Haunt Shot until Grasping Shadows Grasping Shadows is off cooldown
  5. Grasping Shadows Grasping Shadows
  6. Haunt Shot Haunt Shot until Grasping Shadows Grasping Shadows is off cooldown
  7. Grasping Shadows Grasping Shadows


Post-Shroud

  1. x3
  2. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap
  3. , and
  4. repeat Opening Shroud Loop


Rest of the Rotation

The rest of the rotation has no strict skill order:

  • You should enter Shadow Shroud as soon as it becomes available, and use one of the shroud loops below.
  • Use , and your Wells off cooldown.
  • Spam to use up all your initiative.
  • Try to finish autoattack chains if possible. Unusually, you have a lot of grace time between the chain skills to use other skills without cancelling the chain.
  • Weapon Swap Weapon Swap, and will all trigger and . These have a 9- and an 8-second internal cooldown respectively, so if you are able to track these cooldowns you can squeeze extra damage out of the rotation.
    • Otherwise just Weapon Swap Weapon Swap off cooldown and hope for the best, being sure that you have less than 9 initiative to prevent wasting the effect of in case it triggers.


Normal Shroud Loop

Most of the time when you enter shroud, you want to do the following loop:

  1. Grasping Shadows Grasping Shadows
  2. Eternal Night Eternal Night
  3. Haunt Shot Haunt Shot until Grasping Shadows Grasping Shadows is off cooldown
  4. Grasping Shadows Grasping Shadows

Use Mind Shock Mind Shock if it comes off cooldown between steps 1 and 4. The same applies to .


Short Shroud Loop

Sometimes you will end up going into shroud just before your utility skills come off cooldown. In this case, do a much shorter loop:

  1. Grasping Shadows Grasping Shadows
  2. Mind Shock Mind Shock, if available
  3. Eternal Night Eternal Night


Video example (no weapon swap)


Utility

CC

  • can provide more reliable CC on encounters with extra targets (equivalent to 3 basilisk venom hits), or you want to pull targets together
  • Mind Shock Mind Shock
  • , if bringing offhand pistol


Support

All your Scepter skills and can be used with an allied target to provide them barrier and . This is a DPS loss, but can be used to save people if a healer isn't going to (particularly helpful on the tank).


General Tips

  • Almost all your damage can be done at range, but Eternal Night Eternal Night and Mind Shock Mind Shock are both melee range. If you are not in range to use them, either delay or skip them during the shroud loop.
  • While in Shadow Shroud, incoming damage is absorbed by your Shadow Force rather than your health. If you believe an incoming attack will kick you out before finishing the full Shroud loop, it may be worth doing a shorter one instead.
    • If you have more than 2 stacks of when you exit, the group healing you provide will exceed the personal damage mitigation you would have had. You're helping!
    • Alternatively, if there are no allies within range, you can use Shadow Shroud defensively to absorb incoming damage, as you lose your Shadow Force on Shroud exit regardless.
  • Avoid staying for too long in Shadow Shroud as the DPS from Haunt Shot Haunt Shot is worse than that of Scepter, and you need to spend initiative to maintain stacks of .
  • If there is nothing to attack, you can target allies with Scepter skills to buff them with barrier, and apply stacks of venom via just before a new phase starts.


Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 6 votes.
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4 stars
OfficerAndyGentleman gave this build 4 stars • November 2022
A strong support option that provides a decent amount of barrier and an easy path to providing more direct healing if needed. Does ok damage, but is somewhat weak in the boon-provision department as it can't maintain might, which is usually the alacrity's job. Despite that, the versatility in builds makes it an interesting choice, and if you can convince your group to share alacrity between two players so you can drop Well of Bounty its value skyrockets.
5 stars
Kisyana gave this build 5 stars • August 2022
An absolutely great build, decent at carrying underperforming groups, performing sweetly in open world due to high sustain.
5 stars
Primeauxvera gave this build 5 stars • March 2022
Great build, I'm running half plaguedoctor half celestial because it was convinient to gear and it has so much utility / heals with a fair amount of damage it's just fantastic. Pair it up with a cele quickbrand or condi quickbrand with advanced on. The stability and aegis will flatter it so perfectly
5 stars
Rip cel gave this build 5 stars • March 2022
I would recommend the celestial build as a solo healer for its subgroup on many low pressure encounters. On golem w/o allies it does about 22k dps, and has the benefit of massive healing output being part of its rotation. It does however need might to be covered by other sources(quickness harb, might warrior, condition tempest)
4 stars
Lucinellia gave this build 4 stars • March 2022
A very reasonable build that could be better tweaked and optimised. A safer setup for raids and strikes, in terms of boon duration and damage output, involves full Ritualist with Renegade runes, Demon and Doom sigils on Scepter and Dagger and Peppercorn-Spiced Eggs Benedict alongside Toxic Maintenance Oil. Use with Sc/P for CC. With this setup, Specter can do very reasonable DPS, full alacrity, additional supplementary boons and good sustain via barrier and healing from Consume Shadows. The crowd control output is also very strong via an Sc/P offset and this pairs well with a Firebrand that covers might and quickness. There is additional scope for utility via boon rip (via Bountiful Theft) and also by replacing Spider Venom with Prepare Shadow Portal, Seal Area and Smokescreen. The most glaring place where alacrity Specter lacks is might output, which is far stronger on alacrity condition Renegade, alacrity condition Mechanist and alacrity condition Mirage. The biggest advantages offered by Specter, relative to these other (generally better) options, is in healing and CC but the need for this in most groups will be somewhat niche and Renegade, Mechanist and Mirage are stronger options for both boons and DPS. Alacrity Specter would need higher sustained might output to be rated 5 stars. As is, it is a bit more of a niche option that will shine where the additional sustain and heavy CC can be utilised and the group setup can support it.
4 stars
Sootser gave this build 4 stars • March 2022
You can swap the elite for whatever is needed. You get permanent alacrity from the 3 other wells. I run this build with scavenging runes (dps is about the same) and basilisk venom/thieves. Just did a strike with my guild where everything was optimal and I gave 100% uptime on all boons, solid healing and 25k dps (lack a few pieces of ritualist).

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