**Updated Build Below**
Goal of this build:
- Provide high dps through melee while being sturdy enough to stay alive in tough fights
- Supplement pet dps through stacking might
- Wilderness Knowledge: Lightning Reflexes is particularly important since it allows higher might stacking on pets (from pounce on the sword), so talents that reduce the cooldown are important.
- Companion's Defense: Along with giving strong defense to myself, it allows me to prevent pets from getting gibbed when they get caught in boss abilities or can't get out of bad stuff in time since I can dodge to protect them.
- Mighty Swap: This allows pets to be changed frequently for the quickness without causing too much loss of the might boon on the pet
- Fortifying Bond: This is one of the main reasons I have a Jungle Stalker in my build. The F2 ability of the pet generates 10 stacks on the pet instead of 5 with this talent since the 5 stacks I get bounce back to the pet on top of what the pet gave himself.
I primarily use Berserker (power/precision/crit damage) armor with this, although I do also have some soldier (power/toughness/vit) pieces to prevent being too squishy. Also, I have Centaur runes in this build, but this is mainly a quality of life choice since I'm in love with swiftness. However, there are likely better choices if you're focusing on dungeons.
Use of the build:
- Swap weapon sets frequently to get the might stacks from Sigil of Battle for you and your pet.
- As with any build that uses a 1h sword, turn off autoattack to prevent being stuck/rooted by the animation.
- Whenever Rampage as One is available, use it when your Raven is out. This is because you can easily get 25 stacks of might on your pet with this ability and the raven's F2 ability will make good use of this since it's a high damage attack. Also, the stalker doesn't need to cast Mighty Roar when RaO is up, so they don't benefit from it as much.
- When RaO is on cooldown, swap pets frequently. This benefits you for two reasons. One is of course that you gain quickness on swap from your talents. The other reason is that you can use F2 abilities more frequently since this cooldown is reset when pets are swapped.
Since so much of this build is set around stacking might on your pet, the use of cooldowns and pet swap make a big difference in damage output.
- Swap an offhand for a torch: Burning can be problematic in PvE if you have other party members that may already be stacking the condition, but it does provide a higher dps potential if you don't run into these stacking problems.
- Swap Signet of the Wild: If you're running into a lot of condition damage, Sig of Renewal may work better and if you want more damage, you can bring "Sick 'Em" while swapping Speed Training for Shout Master
Work in Progress:
There's always room for improvement, so I'm open for advice on this build. One of the main areas I've been indecisive about is the 20th talent point in Nature Magic. I'd like to invest 10 in Skirmishing for Pet's Prowess or Companion's Might, but I'm not sure what I would remove to get this. I'm considering dropping the 20 point talents from WS and NM to get this, but I'm not sure yet.
** Update 12/15/2012 ** I made the switch to drop 5 points from WS and NM respectively for the 10 in Skirmishing to get the 30% damage increase on pet crits since so much of the damage in this build comes from pet dps. Also, I swapped in “Sick ’Em” since the buff convinced me to use it. Finally, I went with “of the Ranger” runes for the extra precision since the strength sigils rely on crit to proc. I may need to use some more defensive gear to offset some of these changes.
Edited by Dahk, 15 December 2012 - 08:07 AM.